"God made gays, and God made people capable of loving other people… Who are we to argue with God’s intentions?"
Minnesota Senate is debating/voting on gay marriage today
send good vibrations.
"I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Never was there a clearer case of ‘stealing the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in.’ I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with the horrible inconsistencies, which every where surround me. We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries, and cradle-plunderers for church members. The man who wields the blood-clotted cowskin during the week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims to be a minister of the meek and lowly Jesus… . The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave-trade go hand in hand together. The slave prison and the church stand near each other. The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time. The dealers in the bodies and souls of men erect their stand in the presence of the pulpit, and they mutually help each other. The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support the pulpit, and the pulpit, in return, covers his infernal business with the garb of Christianity. Here we have religion and robbery the allies of each other—devils dressed in angels’ robes, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise."
"Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."
Mother’s Day in a YSA ward
Awkward. Especially when we get gifts for it….
Like….cool? I have a uterus? Thanks for noticing guys! You’re right, my eggs are sups shiny today!
Ironically, the gifts handed out by the men in the ward where made by the bishoprics wives….
I mean really guys…..I KNOW ya’ll didn’t cut out cute flower shaped cards and put them on an equally cute jar.
Summer Sellers have invaded my YSA ward
BRACE YOURSELVES FOR THE UNHEALTHY LEVELS OF EXPOSURE TO MORMON BRO.
Do they make something like sunblock for this? Bro-block?
ps. this is a non-utah mormon mormonism ;)
Anonymous asked: HOLY HELL THE PRAYING WORKED. My mom prayed for me to get a 70% in the class so I'll pass. I literally felt like I got a 20% on the final, but I GOT A 62%, THE EXACT SCORE I NEEDED TO GET A C TO PASS THE CLASS.. I am flipping out at the fact that I haven't been praying this whole time and MY MOM WAS RIGHT. WHAT.
Moms…..they’ll get ya….
Congrats on the final! Been there bro…..BEEN THERE.
“I must warn you….nothing here is vegetarian.”
WHY IS HANNIBAL SO GOOD?!
"He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon."
Body Image: Wisdom from a 9 year old
I love how much unabashed clarity children can bring to the issues of society. A friend’s little sister said this, truly confused:
“So if I like how I look like I’m snotty, but If I don’t like how I look like, I’m emo…..Where do I win?”
The only answer I could think of is a concept that I still struggle to adopt. I could answer this little girl and say “Don’t pay mind to what others say about you.” However, most people translate this in their mind as “Don’t pay mind to the negative things others say about you.”
In my opinion, the only way to truly free yourself from being affected by societal opinions is by not putting stock in anything others say about you- good and bad.
I’m not saying it isn’t nice to receive compliments, but If my confidence increases based on the kind words of others, I’m equally setting myself for a decrease in my confidence based on the not-so-kind words of others.
smoom asked: Yeah that's understandable, but God's not going to give us everything we pray for. I don't really know how to word it right to make it sound logical lol but I hope you sorta get what I mean here.
No worries. Neither side of this is right or wrong. It just is.
but seriously, people who solely rely on prayer to get them through an exam are dumb. *shrugs*
smoom asked: I can understand why it seems weird to pray about tests/exams, but prayer can be used for all situations. Why not ask God to simply help you remember what you've studied? You're not asking him to make up the preparation you didn't do, but just add to it. It wouldn't make much sense if you prayed with no preparation beforehand though.
Yeah totally! I was (and I think the anon was) referring to relying on the prayer to get the grade. Or, equating the good grade as a result of the prayer when you’ve worked really hard to get the grade. Let’s look at the other side of this: What if you prepare hardcore, pray, and still bomb the test? Would we blame God?
That sounds pretty ungrateful, but I just think credit should be given where credit is due.
Anonymous asked: Why the fuck do people tell me to pray about finals? If I get a good grade, it's because I studied and deserved it. If I pray, GOd isn't going to magically make me remember everything I need to know for the exam. Like yeah, it's because of him I have a brain and the ability to study/learn but WHY pray about finals? Do you understand/agree?
BAHAHAHAHA I LEGIT JUST LOLed IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS COFFEE SHOP. My mom does this all the time and I’m just like: “…..K bye Mom.”
I do think however, that prayer can be a good meditation technique. Even if it’s not necessarily helping you remember everything, it’s good to center yourself and clear your brain clutter.
my hippy is showing
I can definitely relate to the frustration of the concept. People do/say well intended,
dumb illogical things. Let us pray for them.