This past week I was in Park City for the EVO conference. It was a wonderful time of learning and bonding with fellow women in social media.
But one conversation stands out for me, and captures how I feel about people I have met through the blogosphere.
Rachael, one of the organizers of the conference is Mormon. People have asked me before if the conference has a Mormon flavor to it, and the answer is no. I know that Rachael and Jyl have gone out of their way to make the conference comfortable and welcoming for everyone attending.
Which is why I knew I could ask Rachael about Mormonism late one night, a religion I know little about.
I call myself agnostic, but generally believe in a higher power. I mostly I believe in a person’s right to have faith in whatever they can muster faith for. Faith is amazing. My biggest problem with religion is when people try to tell me I am wrong if I don’t believe what they do.
I knew Rachael would not do that.
She listened to my questions and explained.
She even gave me a tiny (tiny) peek of her Mormon underwear, or “garments,” or “G’s” as she told me they all call them. The way she described them reminded me of why I like to listen to people discuss their religion.
“It’s basically a reminder of my relationship with God. I can feel them, and feel him, and it feels like protection and love.”
That’s just lovely.
And there was no judgement between us for our differing views, just a big hug and kiss as we said good night… and some more things to think about as I drifted off to sleep.