Sunday in Outer Blogness: Hi, Mom edition!
In the US (and here in Switzerland) today is Mother’s Day!! Time for musings on parenthood! So, if you and/or your mom are living in countries that celebrate Mother’s Day today, don’t forget to write or call her!
This is traditionally the most dreaded Sunday of the year in the CoJCoL-dS, but Sara Katherine Staheli Hanks started the holiday on a light and positive note:
A few years ago, a friend of mine told me why she actually loves talks like those, and it gave me a new way to think of it. Her point more or less went like this: â€œWhen I hear talks like that, I canâ€™t help but think that those moms actually werenâ€™t all that perfect. They definitely screwed up sometimes, because we all do. When I hear people talk about how great their moms were and remember the things they were really great at, it gives me hope that my daughter will grow up and remember my good days, my good qualities, and not just the things I sucked at.â€
If that doesn’t make you feel better, remember that at least it’s not too hard to be a better parent than God.
According to the scriptures, Mormons believe that there was no death on this planet prior to 6,000 years ago, but maybe that depends on what you mean by “literally”. Alternative Sunday School lessons include magnifying your boobs, a Gilliganâ€™s Island analogy, and 50 ways to leave the CoJCoL-dS.
Ordain Women: Does it make sense to agitate for revelation? Especially considering people are just going to make up their own interpretations of what you’re doing. Pink Hedgehog recommends some more serious tactics. Here‘s a fun way to learn about women’s experience!
Katie L. wrote some good analysis of what the CoJCoL-dS could do to stop driving away the millenials. Dave Banack wrote some ideas as well, and Jen posted some insights about belief dynamics. As it is, the CoJCoL-dS seems to be frantically rearranging the deck chairs. At least there are a few fun parts about going to Mormon church — and they’re not the silliest religion out there. (Although the idea that same-sex marriage will lead to missionary work becoming illegal certainly puts them in the running…)
Meganhowarth’s experience illustrated an interesting paradox in Mormonism: while sexual sins will get you in big trouble, you can also run into trouble for not even wanting to do it.
OK, now let’s have some fun! Does anyone remember this Y? Let’s learn lessons at Comic Con or visit an interesting new place or enjoy nature with family or other random stuff! You might just find a little magic in a bottle.
There are a lot of little story gems in this week’s collection — happy reading!