|this is when i was cute and everything made sense|
|i wore pants and a dress to church.|
it looked better in real life, taking self portraits is hard work
that is why i am not a fashion blogger
(and for so many other reasons too of course...)
In case you are like me, here is what i have learned over the past year.
|this is me being okay with being a business|
woman and not mom right now. i rock that fancy
pants blazer when i need to.
Contrary to some popular belief the LDS church does and can change. I hate when i am talking to people about an issue that i don't quite understand and they try to tell me that i need to drop it because the church would never embrase something mainstream like (insert our topic here). The truth is that we not only change but at one point we were hip! If you think about, all the hymns (which i love and wouldn't really want to give a facelift to) that we sing were popular when the church was established. Members sang (at the time) hip songs and did things that were culturally acceptable anywhere in the US (except polygamy of course but lets disregard that...). We pushed the boundaries and wanted others to change too (now insert polygamy and the fight to let Mormons marry who and how they wanted)! We even had a prophet that ran for president. But look at us now, for some reason is has become a bad thing to stay with the times in the weirdest regards. When the church finally allowed blacks to have the priesthood it was a big deal, it was a big deal because we were WAY behind on the times AND because the prophet had wanted it to change for years but he kept getting the answer that the church was not ready. We have been told time and time again that change occurs when the members are ready, meaning change can and will occur and it is not bad to talk about things because how is anyone supposed to show they are ready if they are quiet and no one knows? People constantly talked about the priesthood and the need for blacks to have it, talking lead to awareness, awareness lead readiness and readiness lead to revelation.
To be honest, especially with that issue (and some other issues) i feel that the church's growth is stunted by conservative American members. Hot button issues occur in the church frequently when they are an issue in the US. This is unfortunate that others around the world have to wait for so many people here to be ready for change. I am pretty sure the members in Africa wanted the priesthood...
I also like to think that some things that need changing can change because it wasn't really supposed to be a policy, it just got overlooked and became the norm--like how a woman has never given a prayer in General Conference. Surely with the awareness of this recently this will change since previous prophets have said that women should pray in church meetings.
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members are welcome too
|there are far more images than i expected when you google|
Happy Birthday Jesus, apparently i am behind on the times.
I have always thought that it was a bit strange that we believe that Christ was born on April 6th but we do not celebrate that, we seem to celebrate the birth of our religion more. Since i think this is something that is important i decided that i will start celebrating 'the real christmas' this year. Think about it, if we celebrate Christ's birthday there is no way that it can be confused with the material aspects of normal christmas, stores don't have any of their christmas merchandise out yet, there isn't even a holiday reeses for this (though i would not put it below them to create a Jesus shape...)! I haven't come up with a name for it because 'Happy Birthday Jesus' sounds a little sacra-religious... so i welcome all suggestions.
|this is the cake i will be making, |
pecan cake with brown-butter pears
So come to my house on April 6th for a birthday cake, perhaps some christmas carols (the more traditional ones about Christ and not about Santa), and spending time with friends showing them how much you love them because Jesus wants us to love everyone.
And since i am turning a new leaf and dwelling more on the important things like Jesus, if i start to talk to you about weird cultural things going down in Utah just tell me to shut up. We all know we got some strange traditions going down, no reason to beat the dead horse--and it just gets me agitated. I think we can all be glad when i stop talking about dating, how much it sucks and how backwards it is in this culture.