I went to church yesterday and completely forgot that it was the Primary program. The Primary President (I think she is a biotech patent lawyer) compromised on her usual pantsuit and wore a skirt over pants, thus sort of conceding to the church's custom of skirt-wearing women. I will probably never hear a Primary president use the word "brainwashing" and "boring adult classes" ever again. I'm sorry I didn't ask MoBob to accompany me because (1) he knows some of the kids and would've enjoyed the service and (2) there was a political celebrity sighting in the form of Senator Dodd, whose wife is LDS and whose 7 year old daughter mugged for the audience in a way that suggested she was used to the public eye. He said "hi" to me in the hallway as I hung my coat and a slew of possible questions ran through my mind: Do you know who the next Peace Corps director will be? Can you facilitate MB's naturalization process? Can you get us tickets to the inauguration?
After church N., my usual partner in crime in skipping out early, and I met MB at the National Museum of African Art to see the exhibit on North African jewelry and photos. MB was pretty happy to see that the majority of pieces on display are from his home region in Morocco, and that his sisters own similiar items. I teased him the whole time as to why he never bought goodies like that for me.
I think I've been living in pretty much the 'bubble' my whole life. I've only seen two ladies EVER wear pants to church - one was a recent convert who didn't even OWN a dress and the other was also a convert - but she was camping that weekend and felt it important to make her meetings even while wearing a flannel shirt and jeans (which i thought was awesome - since I SO wouldn't have bothered coming if I were in her place). (and I assure - she'd never think MY Sunday School class was boring - yesterday's was one of the best all year.)
It's too bad the hubby didn't go. I'm sure he would have enjoyed it. Our PP was yesterday too. It was really nice. I've always loved the primary songs.
I think she could get away with it because they're always work pantsuits, she's a lifelong member with all the credentials (BYU, mission, temple marriage) and her husband's in the bishopric. She's also one of the women who've kept their own names after marriage - I'd say about a third of the married sisters in our ward have done so, including myself.
I love the primary songs too. I often play the CDs at home.
Just another thought occurred to me: the previous RS president always wears denim mini-skirts to church which makes me wonder if that's appropriate too. (I wouldn't wear anything that casual, but I wouldn't wear nice pants either.)
I wear a denim mini skirt pretty often (I say mini, but it is long enough to cover my g's.) I've often thought that a nice pants suit is much dressier than some of the other things I've seen at church, such as the shapeless and faded muumuus some women wear. Not judging, just commenting :)
I used to wear denim all the time. I know in some stakes they ask people not to - or sandals and stuff - so I haven't worn my jean skirt since moving here - but yeah, I was taught it was appropriate to wear skirts in order to be reverent.
But I may not be very progressive. As much of a women's libber - it never ever occured to me not to take my husband's name. So it's probably just me.
I think it just depends. If people ask me about it either I say (1) I don't want to be Madame Pigeon(which is what M's last name means in Berber) or (2) it's the tradition in Morocco that women keep their own names, or, if I'm feeling especially smart, (3) Eliza R. Snow was married to both Joseph *and* Brigham and she didn't change her name.
On November 24th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Is this her real name? You mean, yet another way she's the bizarro-universe version of me? I'm not the primary president, but I did wear pants to church yesterday.
And it's Dodd's daughter? Or his granddaughter? He's a RPCV, isn't he?