Hi! Wow I can’t believe I found this community! Soo I have some questions..
In A Proclamation to the World it says “All human beings - male and female - are created in the image of god….each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents…”
that makes it sound like someone could only be a girl or a boy. But then it says:
“Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”
Here, it sort of sounds like it’s talking about gender identity. It doesn’t feel like it’s saying “you can only identify as a girl or boy” but something like, “ ya gender is different for everyone, it’s part of your identity, and it’s important.”
Soo I guess my questions are: what are your guy’s thoughts on this? Is it possible for someone to identify as non-binary in the church?
The people in the Queerstake on Tumblr are going to be my crutches during the coming week leading up to general conference. I wish I could say that general conference is uplifting but instead it fills me with anxiety and dreaded anticipation. I’m afraid of being beaten over the head with the same old, painful messages about gender and sexuality and it completely ruins my experience.
Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.
The missionaries typically have no idea what they are doing. They run around like chickens with their heads cut off.
I will say that I have encountered missionaries (or heard stories of) that were not…serving with honor, shall we say. By that I mean, some missionaries are out there that either don’t want to be or simply need to grow in the gospel more (both problems can be solved while on the actual mission if their hearts are in the right place). And it’s hard when members have to deal with the damage they leave behind. Believe you me, it’s hard.
Butthat is an exception to the rule. What is actually typical is that LDS Missionaries are generally beautiful souls with an eagerness and brightness about them. Bubbly for the gospel (if perhaps sometimes overeager, which is adorable) and always ready to serve, either in spirit or by actually doing service in their communities.
There is a sister missionary I know who was SO EXCITED to show me how to index just this past week, and we watched the new First Vision video and she was just bubbling over with how much she adored the gospel. I knew another sister (she’s returned home now and goes to BYU) who always made you feel warm and loved. I knew an elder who was so happy about sharing the gospel with my nonmember friends I would bring to FHE and he actually placed a Book of Mormon with my wiccan friend. She has still kept it, even if she hasn’t read it much (if at all lol), and she even tells me when she sees our missionaries around her town.
And those are just a few of the stories I have and others have of how LDS Missionaries have touched their lives.
You have to remember, these are usually just kids. They aren’t university professors that have studied the gospel their entire lives. I mean, they should have a good grasp of the basics (and more often than not they do) but they are learning every day, especially as their faith is put into practice or tested.
There’s a movie called The Best Two Years, and in it we see this comparison. The Bad Missionary vs The Good Missionary. And lots of in-between. They aren’t perfect, but they learn how to try. Give it a look, it’s a good one.
There’s another good movie called God’s Army, and in it you see the very real struggles of the daily life of a missionary. It follows a missionary who starts out with his heart and mind in a very bad place. It’s honestly an amazing insight into that.
What I want you to remember, if you take nothing else from my reply, is that the life of a missionary is VERY difficult. And personally I think of it as being that you have to be a very special kind of person to serve and come home with honor (not that they are better than anyone else ofc but that it’s an admirable feat in itself). A missionary deals with so, so much. And no, this doesn’t excuse the behavior of those that do not try or give into temptation or are on missions with the wrong perspective/reasons (and do not try to reconcile this in their hearts).
But gosh, there are SO MANY awesome missionaries out there. It’s pretty unfair to group them all together negatively just because of the few. They are learning, doing the best they can with what they have. So please, have a softer heart for them <3 They aren’t perfect but they are all God’s children (like you and me) and they each deserve a chance to be considered for their character, not pay for the sins or mistakes of a missionary that came before them. Keep that in mind.
Highlights on a new member’s lesson on the Restoration:
So I attended my ward’s sister missionaries as they taught a new brother a refresher lesson on the Restoration, and had him teach it instead and omg it was amazing.
-John (that’s his name) stood by a rolling chair, began talking and immediately expressed feeling like a missionary.
-one of the sisters gave him her spare name-tag to wear to make it official as he taught XD
-John begins to talk about Joseph Smith having to walk through the woods to find a place to pray at and pushes/rolls on the chair out the door.
-I turn to the missionaries and I’m like “ welp, you lost him there he goes XD”
-he comes back and motions us to follow.
-so here we are, walking down the hallways of the church, John talking about Joseph walking all this way to find a good spot (still pushing the chair?) and one sister is like “omg what is this but okay go for it” and the other who has only been out a few weeks is also happily perplexed.
-He finds the lights won’t come on in the rec room and is like “Oh no this is too dark Joseph was in the place of lights”
-I said before I could stop myself “Las Vegas..???XD”
-John, still pushing his chair towards the chapel “No actually, this was before Las Vegas was a thing.”
-We find the chapel has a lot of members still around from the priesthood meeting earlier so we turn around and go back to the family history room haha.
-In talking about God and Christ appearing to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, he paraphrased God’s introduction as follows: “Hey yeah, this is my Son, he’s super cool, you may have heard of him? His name is Jesus.”
-He talked about how the guy who was now an angel came to Joseph to reveal about the Book of Mormon. And his name was (John pauses ever so slightly here lol) “Macaroni” ie. Moroni XD
-He also paraphrased Joseph when unearthing the Golden Plates: “Whoa! This is a heavy, gold book! The guy who wrote these mUST HAVE BEEN RIPPED!”
-Throwback to his previous lesson I attended where he talked about “That ripped guy in the painting praying” ie. Moroni lol
-His friends came back with food and had stayed for the last half of the lesson (they were already members) and they encourage him and talk about reading his scriptures with him over the phone and having “family prayer” and this is PRECIOUS coming from like, muscular 20-something guys. Supporting their bro in the Gospel :’)
Book of BROman
-Talking about his scripture reading, the sisters were like “yeah there’s some good stuff coming up! And Enos, you’ve already read that–” John: “I don’t remember it” Sister: *still flipping through her scriptures, not missing a beat* “Well you can read it again” Me and John share a look and I start laughing, and John starts talking about how the sisters are always so salty and the sister is like “I didn’t mean it that way!!” So precious, all of them.
All in all, it was an amazing lesson. Like I know it looks like he’s not serious about it but you can tell and feel he is, and his prayers and serious answers are sooo sweet and genuine. And everyone is so chill and works with his personality so he gets the most out of the lesson and it was so awesome to just be there and be a part of that. ^^
God wants us to be happy; He didn’t put us on this earth just to endure the journey, but to also enjoy it. Rely on the Lord, for only He can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and what’s broken into something beautiful.
Okay so I have had the odd crush on your everyday missionary.. it happens.. but what I extremely gross is when I come on to this website and search the mormon tag and find blogs sexualising the Lords missionaries. Innocent enough pictures of those out serving being posted onto blogs with various titles such as “hotldsgirls” or “hotsistermissionaries”
you’re entitled to your kinks.. but for the love of all things good in this world please stop that.. i most certainly would be horrified if I came onto this website after my mission and saw my picture on there.. of me serving.. or any of my companions/someone i knew out in the field serving.
Being a refugee may be a defining moment in the lives of those who are refugees, but being a refugee does not define them. Like countless thousands before them, this will be a period—we hope a short period—in their lives. Some of them will go on to be Nobel laureates, public servants, physicians, scientists, musicians, artists, religious leaders, and contributors in other fields. Indeed, many of them were these things before they lost everything. This moment does not define them, but our response will help define us.
Elder Patrick Kearon, from Refuge from the Storm (April 2016)