Sunday in Outer Blogness: Personal stories edition!
Here’s a charming little story of making a connection across cultural boundaries:
A moment later it spoke back in Chinese. His eyes widened. I showed him the button to press on my phone. He spoke into it, and a moment later it said “Yes, I am sad.”
“Why are you sad?” I asked. My phone translated.
“I lost my gloves during lunch,” my phone said aloud after he spoke to it.
Angela C revisited her mission, which brought back memories:
So in deciding to go on a mission, I felt like my identity was unsuitable anyway. I needed to be silent and milquetoast if I couldn’t be that pastel-wearing smile machine that seemed to be the desired stereotype. Since I was mostly pretend-dour in the MTC, my district didn’t really like me. They thought I was a killjoy (me! a killjoy!), and they would hum the Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch theme whenever I came in the room. My companion was cool and didn’t see me that way, but I silently let the elders think that, considering the loss of identity my necessary cross to bear.
Sam Young continues to vote his conscience:
I vote opposed in the expectation that this law will once again become the common law of church governance. I have made a temple covenant to obey the law of God. Consequently, I vote opposed in order to keep my sacred promise of obedience.
Sadly, in order to participate, you have to attend church which is boring and no fun — though you can liven it up with coloring books and comic books!
If you’re wondering whether you’re an exmo in Utah County, La has a helpful list for you. Jaxon Evans has created his own Christianity / Zen Buddhism fusion.
Does anybody understand how the forever families doctrine works? The Rational Faith bloggers have some thoughts on here-and-now marriage as well as on combining Mormonism with other identities like queer or Latino.
In scripture study, RT posted an analysis of Michael Austin’s application of Biblical canonical criticism techniques to the Book of Mormon.
Sorry I’m not feeling like posting about politics this week. I’m sure I’ll be back at it next week though — see you then!