Todd and Susan Richardson at the closing luncheon of the Seattle Conference
Parents, come to conference. Children, invite your parents to conference.
By Susan Richardson
My experience at Affirmation’s conference in Seattle last year was life-changing. When Todd initially asked me to go to the conference, I was nervous. I didn’t quite know how a mom would “fit in.” Still, I was so honored he wanted me there, I was happy to attend.
Being welcomed at conference was a gift! Everyone was so kind to me. I met many extraordinary and accepting men and women. I’m so thankful for the members, speakers, and even bishops, who helped me better understand the trials and hopes of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
The music was also a gift! Singing in the choir (a first for me) was a blessing. But it was singing primary songs with everyone at the closing luncheon that perhaps touched my heart most. Those simple melodies took me back to childhood. Primary was, for many of us, a time we knew with a surety that our Father in Heaven loved us. Parents and church leaders did their best to nurture and protect us. We felt welcomed and wanted. As I watched the crowd of grown men and women making “popcorn balls that would smell so sweet,” I remembered an important truth: we are all still His children. We will always be welcomed and wanted by Him.
Parents, come to conference. Children, invite your parents to conference. Come to feel the love and acceptance. Thank you, Affirmation members, for helping me along my life’s journey and letting me know and love you. For knowing and loving God’s children is the key to charity, the pure love of Christ.