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Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ created other worlds besides ours. Do those other worlds get a "millennium" like us?By AngelLily
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ created other worlds besides ours. Do those other worlds get a "millennium" like us? I'm just curious.
This is my journey, my story, my path. I believe that if anywhere were a safe place to confide, this would be it.
In 2008, I made a brave decision to leave a mentally and emotionally abusive marriage. My dad bought me a train ticket and I had a close friend of mine drive me to stay in a bus stop for the night until the next morning when my train would leave. He wound up refusing to leave me there and bought me a hotel room and stayed in one adjacent to mine.
Three days later, I was in a new place. Somewhere cold and somewhere I had never dreamt of living. My dad took me on as his assistant and I took phone calls for all of his real estate clients. He paid me, but letting me live there was honestly payment enough. Although, having a few extra bucks made me feel somewhat independent.
I was 19, young and naïve and ready to start fresh. I'm not going to lie. I was depressed and wanted no social life for nearly 6 months. Then, one day while my dad and his family were out and about, there was a knock on the door. An annoying knock that forced me out of bed and when I opened the door I was a mess. And the young gentlemen that gazed upon me could tell I was in need of saving. I had been crying, I hadn't showered in days and honestly, wanted nothing to do with them. But, the southern hospitality in me let them in and offered them a glass of lemonade.
My dad wound up giving me a car and that Sunday I was at a new church with new people and I was way under dressed. Despite the way I looked, everyone welcomed me in. The missionaries I met were there and they introduced me to Bishop Pippo and the two gentlemen that would guide me spiritually and unknowingly change my life.
After my baptism and Confirmation, I enlisted into the united states military and in 2013 I married my high school sweetheart and best friend of almost 10 years. I have known him since 2005. His brother and I have been friends since 2002.
So, while this is my path to God, I guess it is only fair to admit that from June 1, 2011 until now I was distant from the church. I got into another bad relationship for a few months and let myself down the wrong path for a while. Now, with my life finally going well, I want to continue moving in a positive direction. Because that is the word I use to describe my life now, positive. And I honestly feel that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the place I need to be. The place I always needed to be. Everyone is always asking for a sign, a knock on the door and I literally got mine. Granted, yes I followed, I also took a wrong exit and headed down the same road that I needed to escape from.
My dear and beloved Father in Heaven,
I ask that you guide me in a positive direction of your seeing.
I ask that all I do and all I am reflects you.
I ask that the burdens of my past be lifted.
I thank you for all the blessings in my life.
I am so unbelievably grateful for everything you are. Everything you have ever been.
My dear and beloved Father in Heaven,
your forgiveness has washed over me lord and I truly believe that spirit within me will guide me towards you.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
Taking a step back from the specific conflicts of gay marriage, gay and atheist scouts, and related topics...
The broader issue of Church and State looms large in these discussions. This board being primarily USA and Canadian Saints have lots of assumptions regarding the role of the state when it comes to religious liberty. The Latter-Day Saints are particularly sensitive in our organizational memory of times when the state stepped in and denied the free exercise of our religion.
I'd like to start a discussion on the broader concept of:
When and where it is appropriate (healthy, moral, right, or other synonyms) for the state to step in and regulate, limit, or require a religious institution to abide by laws that may be contrary to it's own doctrines and practices?
Are these government interventions ever right?
Do they apply equally to religions that reflect a majority population than they do to minority religions or traditionally marginalized groups?
When two minority groups (LDS, LGBT advocates) are in conflict over their rights of free association, who arbitrates or mediates their differences?
Where is the balance between anarchy and tyranny, that still respects individual rights?
If we can step back from our own pet organizations or causes- this broader discussion might shed light on the proper relationship between community standards, individual rights, and the rights of faith based organizations.