Sunday, 28 June 2015

Dark & Stormy Outside but Calm and Loving Indoors

It's been an interesting week. Our kids who live on the other side of this vast country, send a list of questions so now my beloved husband is trying to come up with the best answers for them. I think by the time he's all done it will involve movies, a power point presentation, and photos. Yikes! When nerds run amok! The list asked the usual questions but also ones about our relationship including 'define your relationship with Liz'. Talk about direct. They seem to think the two options in that regard are lesbian sex or having a platonic relationship. I think we need to set them straight without giving too many details. No kid wants to believe their parents still enjoy a healthy sex life do they?

Another interesting question was 'Are you leaving the church?' It's interesting because while we're members of a conservative religion that has a bad reputation for discrimination against gay people, it's largely unfounded. We preach and really try to live love and kindness towards all God's children. But of course there's always the small minority who make the rest of us look bad. On one of the LDS (yes, we're Mormons) websites there's a great quote from an Apostle, a senior leader in the Church where in he states   "As a church, nobody should be more loving and compassionate. Let us be at the forefront in terms of expressing love, compassion and outreach. Let’s not have families exclude or be disrespectful of those who choose a different lifestyle as a result of their feelings about their own gender." Quentin L. Cook

For me that sums up the official position, that we should love all of God's children. But of course we're all human and so we have to deal with misconceptions, bigotry, hatred, fear, and all manner or persecution if we're different. It's time to change that and be more loving and tolerant. I'm dozing off here so I'll write again soon.

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