Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a Sharing Station at Women's Conference. I was helping represent Mormon Women, which is sponsored by the More Good Foundation. I loved meeting so many women and explaining to them the point behind the More Good Foundation (which is basically to put correct and positive information about Mormons --and the LDS Church --out online, so when people go looking for answers or information, they won't find just the lies and bitterness). A lot of them were excited about it and many wanted to know more. Personally, my favorite part was having the chance to quote a friend of mine who once said (not word for word):
People don't realize that the majority of Mormon women are happy in the Church. They love the Gospel, their testimonies are strong, they don't feel oppressed nor patronized, they are educated, and they are strong, intelligent women! The problem is, nobody knows about them because they aren't online. So, those who are online just assume they don't exist...
She said this about a year ago, when she was jump-starting Mormon Women, and I think she was very wise. And our focus yesterday was to give women the information they need to have their voices heard online. It doesn't necessarily have to be through blogging -- it could be through simply leaving a comment over at Mormon Women, or sharing their testimony. It's also a place where women (and men, of course) could send their friends from other faiths to get the right answers. Lds.org and Mormon.org have all the right answers, too, but many people would rather hear from every-day Mormon people. Those who are living it and not necessarily preaching it as their "job." I'm not trying to downplay the vast importance of such websites (I mean, they are the "official" sites, you know!), I'm just showing how your normal Mormons --the every-day-run-of-the-mill-living-their-lives-ones --are the ones that most people watch and want to hear from.
That's me, you know. And maybe you, too.
Anyway, it was just awesome! I loved it. The best part was the people I ran into! Here is the list of people I saw:
*A lady who is in my brother and SIL's ward in the Bay Area
*Lindsay B. from my old ward in the Bay Area
*Emily J. --also from my old ward in the Bay Area (I haven't seen Lindsay or Emily for over a year!)
*Jennifer H. M. --a high school friend I haven't seen in years!
*My Grandma and Aunt Cathy! (technically they are Brandon's, but as Grandma said last night: "Oh, I'm Cheryl's Grandma!")
How fun is that!?
Overall, it was a fabulous experience! I was glad to be there.
And now, dear reader, if you would like to help out, or get your own Mormon voice added to many others across the world, please visit the following websites:
More Good Foundation
That is all. #1's Baptism is tomorrow! Much to do...see you next week...