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I was surprised by the number of comments I got about crying more as a Mormon than as a Catholic. I'm already prone to weepiness; I get all teary-eyed for happy and unhappy occasions, whether it's a documentary on penguins in the Antarctic, Olympic medal awards ceremonies, or 9/11 memorial exhibitions. I cry more as a Mormon because, in a 99% lay clergy and volunteer run church, there are many more opportunities to cry. Think for example of a typical Mormon Sunday, with two talks during sacrament meeting, followed by testimonies embedded within Sunday School and Relief Society lessons. That's three hours right there - not including any other activities during the week, like Enrichment or the temple. I also think that the Mormon church provides an enabling context for weepiness. Mormons are not shy about crying in public. Even the beefiest, football-playing 20-year-old missionary gets choked up, and it's not embarrassing for anyone. There seems to be a cultural assumption that crying is related to feeling the spirit. The more tears, the stronger the presence.

I only remember a few church-related events as a Catholic when I cried heartily; a couple of funerals, the senior retreat, and graduation. I don't ever recall weeping during a regular Mass. Or even at Easter or Christmas.
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On September 24th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC), jandjsalmon commented:
*hugs you* My brother in law always teases me when I say, "The spirit was so strong that I cried." He says they aren't connected but to me they totally are.
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On September 24th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
*hugs back*
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