We once had a bishop who told us this hilarious story*
Bishop Muppet invited us into his office to get to know us a little better because we had just moved into his ward (a geographical congregation for those of you unfamiliar with the word). We got to talking and discovered that he and his wife had struggled with infertility for many, many years before they had had their children.
Bishop Muppet talked of how much it hurt him when people would tell them, "Why don't you just adopt?" They wanted their own children, they wanted to be pregnant and experience all the joys of child bearing. They had prayed and prayed about adoption but had never gotten any confirmation that this was their path.
Once, he said, he got so angry at all the friends, family members and church members telling them they should "just adopt" that he...
WAIT FOR IT
Grew a big beard! Just to show them. He laughed and laughed at himself and his spiteful beard.
It was a good day for us to know we aren't the only ones who struggle with this helpful suggestion. It was also great to see someone else laughing at their own infertility spite.
At the end of our meeting he swore us to secrecy about his beard ;) Don't worry Bishop Muppet, we will never reveal your true name and identity.
*All names have been changed to protect the innocent.
*Laughter is the best medicine right? Why not laugh at my infertility?! I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!