TV Church.

This weekend is the LDS Church’s General Conference. It happens twice a year–first weekend in April, first weekend in October. I call it TV church, because I get to wear comfy clothes and hang out on my couch all weekend, as it’s broadcast right into my living room.

Just like with regular church, sometimes I hear sermons that bother me. Sometimes I hear sermons that elevate me. And sometimes I end up dozing off, only to be awoken by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
(That last part doesn’t happen in regular church, by the way.)
Church and me aren’t on the best of terms at the moment, but like the swallows to Capistrano or the cranes to the Sandhills, it’s part of my DNA to watch it.
Growing up, I always imagined what conference weekend would look like when I had a family of my own. When it became clear to me that I wasn’t going to have a family of my own, I made my own tradition, and like any good Mormon girl, it’s all about food.
So tomorrow morning, I will make a batch of pumpkin waffles, just like I did in October, and cook some bacon, and sit on my couch and listen to a variety of speakers speak about Jesus and other tenets of my faith. 
I know I won’t agree with all of it, and I might even send my sister ragey texts in all caps, but I’ll also remember these wise words from this essay:

These are examples, I believe, of what Paul was talking about in I Corinthians 12, the great chapter on spiritual gifts, where he teaches that all the parts of the body of Christ, the Church, are needed for their separate gifts—and, in fact, that those with “less honorable” and “uncomely” gifts are more needed and more in need of attention and honor because the world will automatically honor and use the others. It is in the Church especially that those with the gifts of vulnerability, pain, handicap, need, ignorance, intellectual arrogance, social pride, even prejudice and sin—those Paul calls the members that “seem to be more feeble”—can be accepted, learned from, helped, and made part of the body so that together we can all be blessed. It is there that those of us with the more comely and world-honored gifts of riches and intelligence can learn what we most need—to serve and love and patiently learn from those with other gifts.

I’m part of the body of Christ–my single, childless, bleeding heart liberal self is somehow needed, even if I don’t always feel that way, and there’s bound to be one or two talks this weekend that will really make me feel I don’t belong. But I am needed, and I need to “serve and love and patiently learn.”

If you want to see what General Conference is all about, visit lds.org for all viewing/listening opportunities.

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