Sunday in Outer Blogness: The Lord Has Spoken edition!
We’re right in the heart of awards season!! You have until this Friday, January 22, 2016 to get in your votes for X-Mormon of the Year — and the voting for the Brodies will begin the same day! Tomorrow I will post the last call for nominations, along with the final list of categories — stay tuned!!
Also note the Wheat & Tares blog is wrapping up their award nominations as well. You may notice a non-trivial overlap with the Brodies — basically W&T is more oriented towards the faithful and we’re more oriented towards the heathen/apostate. It seems we all play better together if we have our separate home bases — but feel free to participate in both, regardless of where you’re at with respect to Mormonism.
The big Mormon news for the week is that the CoJCoL-dS has decided to hitch its wagon firmly to the disastrous policy change, now claiming it was a message they received for reals on their hotline from God. This move raises a lot of questions, such as Do you really think this is a good idea? and Are you sure you’d rather see all the young people defect (and profoundly hurt the LGBTQ ones) than admit you were wrong? and Does this really align with doctrine?
Here’s my favorite observation:
FAIR argues that external pressure makes revelation even less likely to come. That it somehow “invites resistance” … It’s truly incredible how much power we dissenters hold over passive-aggressive Mormon God.
After this lesson in YW, I realized I was dirty, that I was already so far damaged that no one would want me, so when I was 16 and my high school boyfriend wanted to go further than is recommended, I didnâ€™t see a problem with it. After all, I was already damaged. What was the problem with more damage? Elizabeth Smart relates that this same type of lesson was the reason she didnâ€™t immediately identify herself when she was recognized and rescued. Sheâ€™d had the same type of lesson in YW, hers was illustrated by a piece of chewed up gum.
Since when did Daughters of God become consumable items? No matter what we do in our lives, our worth remains constant.
We are bars of gold! What can you do to a bar of gold to diminish its worth? Does it become worth less if you lick it? Smear it on a plate? Bite it? What if you kick it down the stairs or run it over with a car? You can handle it with dirty hand. The value of the gold remains the same even if you chop it into tiny little pieces.
Happy reading, and thanks for helping build recognition for people in our community through your participation in our awards!! 😀