Sundays are a nice break during the session. Though I like being stopped by constituents to discuss issues in the store or at a restaurant, I used to bristle that every other conversation at church is on some issue the legislature is facing. I thought there should be one place I could just relax.
My wife, Sara, finally suggested that maybe it had less to do with me and politics than it had to do with my friends and neighbors just wanting to be friendly and talk about something I was doing. She was right, of course. Now, we talk about politics, family, business, even the gospel, and we long for the day we again can talk about BYU sports.
This Sunday was stake conference. Sara, as stake primary president, spoke on preparing our children. She had thoroughly prepared her talk, going so far as to give her talk during the week to an empty chapel (something my state-champion-orator wife hadnâ€™t done since she was 6). Her nervousness increased several fold when, minutes before the meeting began, President Gordon B. Hinckley entered the chapel to preside over the meeting. What an extraordinary man! Sara did great, and it was wonderful to have President Hinckley there and to worship with him.
After the meeting I enjoyed talking about education funding with a neighbor.