1. The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
The first is the LDS Semi-Annual General Conference. On the surface, it exudes the appearance of dignity: envision a sea of distinguished white men in white shirts.
Only once they open their mouths they're stripped of any semblance of dignity--all the way down to their holy temple garments. It never fails. Every General Conference what the men in the magic underpants say is sometimes folksy, always guilt-inducing, basically bullshit, and, at the same time, over-the-top boring.
As my regular readers know, I had the good fortune to be in London during this October's 7 1/2 hour snore-fest. So I missed the whole damn thing. But from what I understand this year was no different. Evidently only two speakers managed to rouse the faithful from their rem sleep:
The unintentionally hilarious Dieter Uchtdorf who admitted that LDS Church leaders had made a few mistakes (presumably referring to eensy boo-boo's like polygamy and the Mountain Meadows Massacre) and then urged skeptics to "doubt their doubts." (Whatever the hell that means.)
The intentionally nasty Dallin Oaks who pompously insisted that even though gay marriage is legal it is still immoral.
|Shakespeare couldn't have said it better.|
|I got this amazing breadboard made by InsanaD's husband.|
|Right off we got them drunk.|
|Ensuring these are the best two years of their lives.|
Also there was some flagrant self-promotion--Yes, of course, I brought my new book!
|These are true messengers!|
Micah McAllister's heartfelt presentation about his excellent book, Exit Strategy: Leaving Mormonism with your Dignity Intact. (There's that word again.)
D. William Johnson's panel discussion of his "I Am an Ex-Mormon" videos--a presentation so moving that at it's end, members of the audience rushed forward with cash donations to help him continue the project.
Richard Packham's two excellent talks that were, at times, intentionally hilarious.
Chris Johnson's fascinating insights into possible sources for the Book of Mormon.
Kay Burningham's speech, "Are Mormon Leaders Above the Law?"
And beyond that, the hours of scintillating conversation amongst the thoughtful and intelligent attendees.
Which of the two October conferences possessed the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect? I'm with the Ex-Mormons. We may not wear white dress shirts anymore, and we've nothing like the magic underpants. But our dignity is intact. Also we're allowed moveable parts.