Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Long Time Coming

I've had a little debate with myself over what to say or how to write this post or if I should ever write it at all. I've never wanted to get political or religious on my blog because I know that many people who read this, people who I care about, have very different ideas and opinions from mine. Alas, here it is so I guess I've decided to write it.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am LDS, a Latter-Day Saint or a Mormon. I'm aware that among many there is great misunderstanding about what that means and what I do and don't believe. For those searching to know more I beg of you to not "google" Mormon and go on believing anything you see because many of the people writing those things don't know anymore than you do about it. Here is an honest and reliable site for information.

I don't want to go into great, boring detail but I just have a few personal beliefs I'd like to share:

I believe in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Heaven and repentance.

I believe that there is a living Prophet of God on the earth today.

I believe that families are central to God's plan as well as to a successful, moral and well functioning society.

I believe that the Book of Mormon is just as true as the Bible and that "...the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."

Why am I blogging all of this you might ask? Well, that answer goes along with the 2nd belief I have listed above. Because I believe that there is a prophet on earth today, I listen to his counsel and the counsel of the living apostles. Members of my church have been urged to speak out about what we believe, including using blogs specifically, to expose people to the Gospel and to aid in understanding.

I also blog about it because of the example that others have set for me. Friends who have said what they believe and have been chastised for being closed minded, prejudice or mean spirited.

I ask you, how am I any more prejudice for thinking your act is a sin than you are for thinking my faith is silly?

I don't want to be embarrassed or timid to tell people how I feel. I believe that homosexuality is a sin. I've stated that families are central to God's plan and I know that to be true. I'm fortunate to live in a state where marriage will likely always be defined as being between a man and a woman. However, I'm not fortunate enough to live in a country where the same will always be true.

Don't get me wrong, I would never treat someone poorly for being homosexual just as I would never deny someone friendship for being a smoker or a drinker or doing anything that I abstain from. I understand that not everyone believes as I do. I will however stand up for what I believe in and urge others to do the same. If you have a chance this election day, help save the purity of families.


Mendy said...

Well said, Little Sister. I am overcome by the truthfulness of your words. Thank for you putting yourself out there as you share your most personal beliefs.

Van Ry Clan of Layton Ave said...

Wow Whitney, I'm proud of you for sharing your feelings, I know that it is sometimes hard to do Way to Go!!

Sommer said...

Way to go Whit! What an amazing wonderful example you have just set for me, I am truly humbled and touched by you writing this. Thank you!

Adam said...

amen sista!!!! This is such a hot topic right now and I never thought growing up it would ever come to this. Our country is assuredly on the brink. Thank you for doing your part as a married woman, american, member of the church and wonderful person. Here's to keeping marriage sacred!!!

kathleener said...

i think it's great that we live in a country where everyone can express and practice their beliefs and opinions. way to go for being strong and up front about it!

Anonymous said...

Often I wonder who will take a stand, who will show courage and faith in their convictions. By small and simple things, great things shall come to pass. Thank you, your words are heart felt and inspiring. (although the title through me off, i thought and hoped it was a pregnancy announcement) I love you Whit!

Amber said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony, Whitney. Who's on the Lord's side, who??

Candace said...

Hey i just wanted to let you know that the comment left yesterday was from me ...not my husband...i forgot i was signed in under his name...he he...but he feels the same way just with different wording. :)