Sunday, December 15, 2013

Neighbor, Hometeacher, Friend.




He's been teh only guy who's home taught me in years.  I was happy he came, for several reasons. It's good to be cared about.  It's good to have someone ask about your welbeing.  It's good to have a friend...And it's even all the better when he's one of those attractive men.  Not just in sight, but in person. 

He came, and i felt like we opened up and had a genuine conversation.  He said i was one of his best friends in the ward, which i found interesting.  I think men in general are so starved for friendship sometimes any little bit helps.  We talked about that, about how good it is to develop close relationships.  How good it is.   He is leaving, but he was grateful i had been nice to him--how interesting.  He seems to have it all.  He acknowledged that women don't give you everything, but men need men.

A culture change is coming.  The fear of close male friendship will leave us.  

He said a nice prayer for me, and we just naturally went in for a hug after.  He is a righteous man, and a good man, and a friend.  

I'm glad i had him as a hometeacher.  

I feel warm, comforted, loved, appreciated.  He thanked me for my example.  and said he knew i'd make it.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Church Changing



Just my thoughts on it. Re, marriage and the homosexual

My understanding is that God does not want gay marriage. The plan is between a man an a woman, and kids.

That's how i live my life, either through a life of celibacy, (attempted) or possibly a marriage to a woman.

I think there is a blessing in following that

Could the gospel be changed, or at least my understanding of it?

yeah. I mean people used to go get sealed to Joseph smith in the temples. guys and ladies, from my understanding. It was different than marriage.

i guess in my mind i could see a way it could be accommodated in the church

BUT that does not mean i think it will or should be accommodated.

because, what the Lord has called me to do now, is to follow the prophet, to follow the gospel.

Much like the members of the genesis group.

But i think it is much more likely that the Lord doesn't change the teachings. And i'm not gonna live my life hoping that it does change.

There is a path laid out. I can be exalted without marriage in this life.

Will the atonement change? NO

Will the truthfulness of the priesthood change? NO

Will the commandments to love my neighbor and God change? NO

Will 95% of what i am taught at church change? probably not

The church is living, breathing, and revelation does continue to come. "we believe ...He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God"

we don't have it all yet folks.

So the key for me, is live what i do have, BUT not get stuck on the idea that the church is unchanging. cause we don't' know everything yet, but when change comes, it won't come from ME, it'll come from those at the head. And if i think change is being revealed to me, it isn't, and that'll open the path for me to be mislead.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Deck the Halls

Christmas!  For many people it appears to be one of the greatest transfers of childhood memories and family tradition. 

Just read about how different countries have entirely different traditions, and the staying power becomes apparant.  Sometimes added too, but pretty hard to subtract.

Thanksgiving by contrast is varied, sometimes we'll go to a buffet, sometimes extended family, sometimes the church, sometimes just four of us.

But Christmas,

oh the joys of the Christmas tradition. Gingerbread houses, reenacting the Nativity story, children all sleeping in the same room.  Cold Cereal for breakfast (which was a real treat, we never had that growing up)  and so much more.  Presents, Giant trees, outside lights. 

I love it all

then on New Years Eve, we put out our shoes, and teh New Years Elf, fills them with simple things, jerkey, candy, a inexpensive gift.

I love how it is done the same that it was in my father's house, and with things added from my mothers.


And yeah, the point of all this was i want to pass it on to my children.

along with so much more.

but, inspite of my blog name, i'm more of a confirmed bachelor than ever.