Monday, August 15, 2016

Podcasts

There are some amazing podcasts out on the Internet. I would like to highlight four of them and hope you will sincerely consider listening to them. I promise, your time will be well spent:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Thought 4 of 4: I tried, but gay is gay

After returning home from my mission, I jumped back into school with determination and focus. Having learned a foreign language on my mission, I now changed my university major to reflect that language and began taking the required classes for it and my mathematics minor.

These language classes I took were filled with mostly-returned missionaries. While there were generally 20-25 Elder returned missionaries, I was always the only Sister returned missionary. Which made going to classes pretty wonderful. I was in the mindset that, as a newly returned missionary, I would find a man, fall in love, and get married. These classes had loads of handsome, funny, charismatic men in them and I thought I would surely find the "love of my life" there.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

November 5, 2015: a day of infamy I shall 'ner forget

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As a gay woman in the Church, the date of November 5, 2015 will be a day I remember forever. To any who may not know, it is the day the Church came out with the policy banning the children of gay parents from receiving a name, from receiving baptism, from joining the church until they are 18 and have disavowed their parent's relationship if and only if they have approval from the First Presidency, that gay members who have entered into a same-sex-marriage will now be considered apostates, etc. etc. etc. It is a day I now hate merely because of of this policy.

It dawned on me recently that November 5 holds another significance for me. While living in Great Britain (when I taught for the Department of Defense), every Nov 5, we celebrated Guy Fawkes night. He was a traitor to the British government and every year on the anniversary of when he and his cohorts were going to blow up Parliament, Brits gather to build great bonfires in which they throw effigies of Guy Fawkes. Fireworks displays are also often held on this date.

I found the following article on the Internet. I am sorry, I do not remember the source, but I am posting it in its entirety. I found so many similarities with what Guy and his cohorts were trying to do and how many people within the LDS Church may have felt like doing to the leaders for their policy (I said with tongue in cheek):