This weekend, my wife and I went to Philly to participate in the sealing of our adopted grandson to my daughter and son-in-law. My wife inside the temple, and I awaiting outside. It really was a choice event.
Coming home today, we flew out on separate planes. I arrived a few hours later than my wife. When I got home, this conversation ensued:
PATTY: You know I believe in the church and don’t want to leave it.
ME: Of course. You know that I totally support you in that.
PATTY: On the plane, I read 4 talks from the last General Conference. I really liked the talks. As I read, I reached the same conclusions over and over. First, you are doing the right things. Second, if I was ever questioned by the leaders about you, I could totally defend you. Third, some might say that you are breaking your covenants. You aren’t. And God knows you aren’t.
Wow. Just Wow. What a great homecoming.
And this on the heels of a meeting I recently had with a prominent leader in our stake. He told me this, “Sam, come back to church. We need someone to speak out about the issues you are raising.”