Over the weekend we made a quick trip to Salt Lake City to visit cousins and attend a general conference of the LDS church.
I don't often write about spiritual matters on my blog, though much of what I say is in some way a reflection of my outlook, which is marked by a constant search for understanding of things both seen and unseen.
I don't often write about spiritual matters because it can make me feel hypocritical when I look at myself and see how poorly I measure up to certain ideals, or if I'm having a bad day and don't care whether I measure up or not.
I could be waiting a long time.
Sometimes I think it's in acknowledging the not measuring up yet still making the attempt that we find more common ground than previously thought and feel a greater sense of possibility along the way.
At any rate, I was deeply touched by what the speakers shared at that conference. It would be difficult to narrow down a favorite talk but one that was given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who is a member of the first presidency of the church, elaborated on some of the very thoughts I just shared and I'm still reflecting on what he said.
It might amuse you to know he's considered somewhat swoonworthy amongst LDS women of a certain demographic. I don't know why but this thought makes me smile. I suppose, while we espouse the higher virtues, the presence of an exotic accent combined with a megawatt smile will never be considered a liability in this life.
Just as wonderful was the whirlwind, full court press visit with cousins. These wild and delightful children, uncannily reminisicent of my siblings, bring such happiness to my life. They are so familiar and dear to me whether we see them often enough or not.
Beyond that, dear reader, I've missed you and this place. Some of you have sent notes via email or otherwise, even sharing pictures of the insects you've come across along your way. There is something about that which goes beyond making my day. I love that Tollipop is at the crossroads of so many unusual and interesting travellers.
I'm not completely sure I'm back from hiatus: life continues to run circles around me and I'm still determined to finish this story. I'm somewhere in the range of 46,000 words now...moving slowly but gaining ground.
I hope things are well with you.