I haven't been keeping up with the blogs very well lately - my own or the others on my favorites list. (I never did figure out an easy way to work with Bloglines.) So last night I though I'd do some catching up and was over at Queer Joe's. Now Joe and I don't often agree on a lot of things but I enjoy the discussion over there and so I read it.
Joe had a post the other day where the title was "Mormons...What's the deal?" He went on to repeat myths and out of context things which everyone who doesn't know any better always repeats. Not helpful.
In his follow up post he seemed to have really listened to the comments and came out with an understanding that faith in God doesn't always look rational to those around you. So my argument here isn't with Joe. I was bothered all night about the comments. Some took this opportunity to bash Mormons. Why? I ask this question a lot. Yes, a lot of the stuff in the religion, taken out of context, looks a little strange. But really isn't it like that in all religions?
Just because the stuff happened only less than 150 years ago does it seem more weird than talking donkeys, sticks turning into snakes, lamb's blood over doorways? (I believe all that stuff) Why is it harder to believe that God talked to somebody a month ago than it is to believe that He spoke from a burning bush?
I'm not saying that I expect everybody to turn around and join up, but really, do we have to be so mean? As in every religion there are those who will give you the shirt off their back and those who still haven't figured out how to be nice. There are those who follow the teachings as well as they can and those who go on Sunday and return to life without religion on Monday.
There is a lot of political talk on the Internet and I don't agree with a lot of it but it isn't personal. Religion IS personal. If there are questions then by all means ask them but to just say "Mormons are weird" ...
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has close to 13 million members world wide and it the fourth largest church in the US. Really. There are a lot of them around. Trying their best and believing in God. And for every story of somebody growing up in an abusive Mormon house there are 100 stories of children growing up with loving parents, just like all of those houses which aren't Mormon.
We are all alike no matter where we live or what church we go to or don't go to. Doing our best to get through life and help each other and raise our kids.
Yes, I'm Mormon. I don't talk about it much here. It is a very sacred and important thing to me. I work at it. I study it. I am trying my best.