STAND UP

Friday, November 6




it's well past my bedtime but im up..


sick to my stomach


and once again cant shake the feeling and need to get my words
onto paper and HOPE AND PRAY that someone
along their way 


stops.


reads them.

and is somehow POSITIVELY influenced by what I have to say



yup.

if you have anything more advanced than a flip phone 
you've seen it


BIG NEWS for the LDS Church



BIG NEWS (with a horrible misleading title)

posted all over your facebook page that even before opening
the article sets a negative tone





I wont go into too great of detail or doctrine of what the church has announced

that is a post for another day..


but for now I want the world to know



god loves his children

every.single.one of them



let. it. be. clear.



that just because we don't accept the practices
does not mean we do not accept the parents.


we.. as LDS members believe the family

to be the most precious and important thing 


so precious that the brethren have made what I

feel to be an incredibly INSPIRED and considerate decision



a decision that helps prevent any tension

disownment or problems that may arise within the homes
of those whose parents may practice or believe
things contradictory to the church's teachings.



The Church has made this decision 


to PROTECT the family


not tear them apart. 




this is nothing new.



there are many similar situations I encountered on my mission where

muslims. spouses and children all must

obtain special permission from a leader of the church
or their family before entering the waters of baptism.



to prevent tension



to protect the individual



to PROTECT the family



this.. this is no different


 the church hopes to help children find balance and a clear understanding


to make the decision right for themselves when the time

comes and to prevent any confusion and insecurities that
may arise when they are taught one thing at home and another
in sunday school






the hate.


the name calling.


the misunderstanding.



the "unchristlike" accusations


are only the beginning of what is

breaking my heart today



---------------------------


BUT



i'm reacting and posting to voice a different concern I am seeing
all over my facebook wall today




posts from fellow members

former missionaries

soon to be missionaries

relief society presidents

members of our church who announce they are:




logging off.

shutting down.

taking a facebook fast for a while.



looking away



thats one way to handle difficult situations i suppose

but not how i will



 other people right now are doing what the world does best


they are reading

reacting

posting

sharing

spreading

hating

reposting



one day its the death of a lion

and the next day its something new

i honestly cant keep up with what we hate today





but TODAY 


RIGHT NOW


its the mormon church


its your.. faith


if not your faith then its probably some of YOUR FRIENDS


i know its tough

NOONE likes to read such hurtful things


no one wants their words to spark an argument


NOONE wants to offend or say the wrong thing





i pray that people out there will




""    pause before you post. 

think before you share

pray before you judge. 

no matter who you are or what you believe. ""






i have faith in my god and in his teachings


i know that he has a plan.. muuuuuch greater and muuuuch
more divinely inspired than ill ever understand




of most importance today i hope that we will


STAND UP


not look away when times get tough

when that spotlight gets a little brighter

when those words read a little harsher 

when those commandments become a bit more difficult
to defend and the words just don't seem to come



for all the negative. the hate and the hurt on your feed.

i challenge you


spread love

DEFEND YOUR BELIEFS

do not cower. 

do not fear.



** be aware that **


there is a difference in

battling

and defending the truth


kindly.

patiently

and lovingly.




to my friends that are directly affected by this
announcement

i love you.. 

i love you and i also know that god loves you.

that. will never change. it hasnt. and it will not


if anything.. thats all i want you to know
and to remember as you scroll through your feed today.


its that simple. 



no matter who you are or WHAT you believe



hate. arguing.

and name calling to me

is most definitely not christlike




don't believe in god?



then be a kind.


uplifting


and positive person





the world is full of enough hate


put down your stones


but most importantly



STAND UP for your beliefs



and



STAND UP for your friends


whoever they may be