Posts tagged lds
Posts tagged lds
Breaking Mormon Stereotypes
There were these Mormon dudes in Union Square chilling and I had to get a photo of this one. This guy actually bumped away his buddy and ended up bringing out his inner homeboy, so I just went with it.
“Missionaries: What they REALLY do.”
I’m learning how to associate more humor into the disconnect between me and my dad. I wish it were some obviously untrue melodramatic ‘wahh nobody cares’ thing, but it’s scary when, literally, the only contact I have with my family is a 6-minute call about once or twice a month from my dad. (I can never get a hold of him when I call)
an article about a bunch of LDS people in Utah who marched in a Gay Pride parade.
I know several openly homosexual Mormons, and they tell me it’s very difficult, but the greatest thing that helps them stay faithful in the church is the fact that other members of the church see no difference between homosexuals and heterosexuals, because we are all children of God, and that’s all that matters to us.
I’m proud to find a post like this here on tumblr. Here’s an interesting quote from the MormonNewsRoom:
"The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to elect politicians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in matters of party politics." - MormonNewsRoom.org, Political Neutrality.
Even though there are some common political beliefs among many church members, politics aren’t church doctrine and I think the variables within political matters are too broad for even the gospel to indicate directly as black or white. It’s a personal decision that only the voter - a prayerful voter, can make. I wish it weren’t the case, but it shouldn’t be surprising to encounter non-republican members of the LDS church.
One last quote - from the LDS Gay Parade article:
One man walking with the group reflected on a cluster of suicides in Mapleton when he was growing up. They were mostly teenagers and some were gay.
"There have been too many LDS deaths," said Adam Ford, 40, who now lives in Alpine. "No doctrine is more important than God’s children."
I finally attended a church meeting.
Everything was absolutely perfect besides my roommate/visitor friend who was uncomfortably a missionary-moment-magnet. That didn’t come unexpected though and we were prepared. Regardless, mission accomplished and I want to go back next Sunday!! I also want to start going to an institude class this summer!
Additionally: Since I wore dress pants, my roommate did too… and
WE WERE THE ONLY GIRLS IN PANTS OUT OF THE WHOLE WARD.
The other part I didn’t enjoy… (which I SERIOUSLY feel guilty for) was… relief society. Gospel principles class was nice and layed back, but relief society is that big cheesy buzzkill at the end of a good day.
They were like:
And I was like:
Anyone know what I mean?
I’m a flake. Frosted. I told my roommate how lost I feel lately and how I’ve never been an active member in my church before. She isn’t a member, but attends several youth groups on her campus and she said she’d go with me today so I wouldn’t have to go alone. Part of me thinks she’s curious about the church, but I really don’t have the energy to be a missionary when I myself can’t even become active. Whatever it is, I’m glad she’s going with me, but I have no idea how any of this will pan out. I’m nervous to go back to the singles ward which I had only attended for a month of last year, but I really want to find my way back to God and live my life along his paths…
I’m not a very great person and I feel guilty, and sad that I’m still experiencing wonderful blessings in my life everyday. Why? How do I deserve even this much?
Also, totally not wearing a skirt. (yayeeyayee)
Hopefully the usual trying-to-go-back-to-church-thing won’t happen:
This makes explaining things so much easier.
(My answer box wasn’t working before so I had to post it like this instead. Thanks for writing me, and I hope this answers other types of questions/qualms relevant to this topic of religion.)
The only thing I can think to respond is that ‘God’ is… goodness, and anything contrary to that nature is not of God. There are people who claim a ’christian’ title and don’t dictate their lives as such, some blatantly opposite. The belief that faith is only required to be a ‘salvation-guaranteed-christian’ is another dangerous thought, allowing them room to play opposite fields, denying hypocrisy even though there are obvious biblical arguments they choose to ignore. Goodness doesn’t have to come equipped with faith, wisdom or knowledge of the bible, torah, or other religious texts either.
One of my most trusted friends is aboslutely atheist, and also a homosexual (not by choice.) He is an incredibly charitable, honest and trusted friend who surprisingly lives with rational high morals. He’s been a profound blessing in my life the moment I met him and if Christ were to walk the earth tomorrow, I would imagine a piece of him being like my friend. I wish I could express how much I really mean that.
It’s true that there exists (sometimes overpoweringly) irrational representations of God or Christ in general christian reiligion. I agree that some use it, ironically contrary to the nature of Christ, as a justifying tool/self-righteous condemning-weapon of hatred against atheists, homosexuals, unexpecting members of other faiths and more.
But there are people who genuinely believe in a God, are tolerant of other philosophies, and (honesly try to) put their (for the better half of the christian society: christ-like) faith to good use in their everyday lives by charitably/delicately existing respective towards everyone as an equel traveling spiritual independent.
In my religion at least, everyone is seen as a child of God and all things that occur in our lives come with divine purpose, specifically tailored to each of our spirits. (Which sometimes means being born with special characteristics that are harder to deal with than others) The important part is not exactly what we believe, but what we choose to do in the circumstances that are our lives. In our faith, we apply this to all of humanity, taking into account whether they are equipped with a knowledge of gospel or not. That means that judgement is not based solely on faith, but it is based on the choices and principles we live by.
In our eyes, Buddhists are doing a pretty good job compared to the West Boro Baptist Church. We believe that utilizing accurately/having the total Gospel of Jesus Christ can only help someone do this better/become happier, hence our snazzily dressed missionaries on bikes. (Not to be mistaken with Johovah’s Witnesses)
I don’t think believing in a God has done more harm to this planet, that’s kind of a stretch. What with all the money-grubbing-unfair-government-power we have going on in big wealthy corporations around the world, depending on the morality of the religion/practitioner of, I would suppose it can only add to our humanity.
Us too, RDJ. Us too.
I went home to visit this past weekend. It was not very good. If I could tell Dr. Malcolm what it’s like seeing my family, this is exactly what I would’ve expressed.
I also found out that my 24-year-old sister/’million-dollar single mother’ managed to leave her 1 year old alone considerably long enough to pry open, tip over, roll in and consume paint thinner. Thankfully, poison control was able to help and the baby survived. (Thank goodness she even thought to call poison control)
My home is haunted by empty careless people who obliterate any love and confidence that comes within ten feet of them. I’ve felt guilty for not loving them more for the longest time, but I think I’m learning that that’s okay. And that sometimes… that’s okay with God.