What I’ve been up to:
- Discovered that it gets hot enough in St George in April to melt those gel window decorations to the inside of your windows. True story.
- Took my parents and sister to Zion’s National Park. We had a great time and the weather was very cooperative.
- Visited Pioneer Park while the weather was still nice.
- Volunteering for the St George Children’s Museum. Since we moved here almost 4 years ago we’ve heard that this was going to open. It looks like it’s finally going to happen, and our family is so excited!
- I made pirate curtains for Thing 2’s room. Unfortunately I bought the wrong size curtain rod, so I need to exchange it before I can hang them up. I hate taking things back to the store. :S
- I turned my unfinished basement into a playground to help me pry my kids away from the tv/computer when it is too hot to play outside this summer.
- I’ve started working on my graduate school application.
What I’ve been reading/listening to/watching:
- Let’s Talk About Rape Culture on Shannon Hale’s website. I love Shannon Hale’s books, but I love even more that she’s willing to speak up about a troubling issue. More people need to understand this.
- Forest Born by Shannon Hale. Yes, I am a grown woman who reads young adult
literature and Shannon Hale is my favorite. Goose Girl is still my favorite, but I also enjoyed this 4th book in the series.
- Ip Man is from the IMDb Movie top 250 list, which my husband has been interested in watching selections from. I can’t say that I have ever really had a strong interest in martial arts, but I really liked this movie. It’s loosely based on the life of the man who trained Bruce Lee and how he stood up to the Japanese soldiers during WWII. Very Inspiring.
- LDS General Conference My favorite talk was Elder Uctdorf’s from the General Young Women Meeting
- Kate Kelly on the Ordination of Women So there’s movement of LDS women who are asking to be ordained to the Priesthood. I listened to what she had to say and she does make some good points, but it’s not an issue that I am passionate about. Sure, there are times in the hospital when people have asked for an LDS blessing and sometimes it is difficult to find an available priesthood holder and it would be cool if I could help them in that regard. But I don’t think this battle is even worth the fight that would be required to change things.
- The Story of Josh and Lolly Weed This was the story of a mixed-orientation couple. The love that they have for each other is just beautiful. Their big message was 1) Homosexuality is real 2)Homosexuals need love and acceptance and 3) Mixed-orientation marriages are difficult and definitely not a good answer for everyone.
- Dr. William Bradshaw: Life of Science, Service and Compassion Here are the stories of a retired BYU professor of religion and biology. He was very interesting to listen to, and he has a very kind and logical attitude toward homosexuals.
- D. Michael Quinn: 21st Century Mormon Enigma Michael Quinn is one of the famous September 6. He used to be employed by the LDS Church History department. Later he was excommunicated for publishing uncomfortable LDS Church history. Despite what he has gone through he is still a believer in the literal divinity of the LDS Church. His story was kind of long, but fascinating. Well worth the listen.
- Mr Diety on Racism in the Book of Mormon It really had not occurred to me before that the Book of Mormon was racist. Here’s the primary offensive scripture: “And he had caused the acursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair andbdelightsome, that they might not be centicing unto my people the Lord God did cause a dskin of eblackness to come upon them.”
Yeah, it’s pretty hard to argue how that would not be taken as offensive. Particularly if you are non-caucasion and you have been taught to have a healthy sense of love and pride about who you are. This interview was not what I expected it to be. I was expecting a thoughtful discussion between three parties. Instead it was angry ex-Mormon who doesn’t see the value in religion versus two other guys who do. I’m not saying it wasn’t entertaining, just not what I expected. They didn’t seem to get to any part that really justifies this scripture. It says there is a second part, but I can’t find it.
I have a Young Woman who is Native American and left our 24 hour Book of Mormon read-a-thon activity not too long after we read this section. I have no idea how to justify this to her, and I don’t know for sure if this is the reason that she left.
- Kiddie Baptisms in Guatemala This is the first Mormon Stories podcast. Here John Dehlin talks about an experience from his mission that really bothered him and what he did to try to fix it. This is the one that started him on his journey exploring various parts of Mormonism. His story reminds me of an experience my dad on his mission in the 70’s. I know that it bothered him for a long time.