It’s the quintessential smalltalk question. “What do you think of this weather?” In Oregon, where I live, the weather lately has been pretty interesting. It’s mid-June and we’re still having temperatures like February. It’s certainly not uncommon for June in Oregon to be rainy, but it’s definitely strange for it to also be cold. READ MORE »
I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve long had a heart for black people. I’ve occasionally joked that I was born into the wrong race. I like to think it’s because I’ve got too much soul for a white boy. Some would argue.
While I was on my mission, it was my dream to teach and baptize a black family into the Church. But, alas, the few black people who reside in New Hampshire and Maine all somehow alluded my proselytizing efforts. There was one woman, however, a large black woman named Erma with a thick southern accent who had moved to New England from Georgia, and who investigated the Church for some time, though it was the other Elders in our ward who had the privilege of teaching her. Erma couldn’t get baptized at the time because she was on probation, but we had a single adult Family Home Evening in the ward that she would consistently attend. One night, sitting next to Erma during the opening hymn, listening to her thick and soulful southern singing voice, I leaned over and said, “Erma, you’ve got a great voice!” She looked over at me with a wry smirk as though she wondered where I’d been all my life and said, “Honey… ALL black peoples can sing.”
In the pamphlet Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Pornography Addiction Support Group Meetings at ProvidentLiving.org, it says:
8. Are these meetings open to those who deal with same sex attraction?
Seeing a sharp spike in the traffic yesterday, I decided to check to see where it all was coming from. And, lo and behold, Emily Jensen with the Deseret News‘ Mormon Times featured Kim Mack’s post on “Requirements” in her Today on the Bloggernacle column. Thanks, Emily, for the heads up, and welcome Mormon Times visitors!!
A friend of mine used to serve in a Branch Presidency in a large urban area. Nearly his entire congregation was black. Some of the black converts told him that there are a number of black ministers (of other churches) who teach something called “the taint”. It goes something like this: If you, as a married man, commit adultery, then God will send a curse upon your family, making at least one of your sons homosexual.
Now, I think this idea is ridiculous and incorrect. But as I’ve thought about it for a while, I wonder if there isn’t a grain of truth in this idea if you look at the matter in the context of an entire society.
I have been thinking lately about requirements. I am amazed at how many I come across in my normal everyday life. I have to meet requirements to graduate with my masters in July. I had to meet requirements to get my new job. I have to meet requirements to keep my new job. There are requirements that I pay my bills so I can keep my power on. There is a requirement that I take my medication in order to stay alive. I am required to show up for church if I want to fulfill my calling as a teacher. My car requires gas to run. This list, obviously not all-inclusive, is not meant to overwhelm, but to point out how much requirements are part of a natural order of things. It’s a law we live by.