Friday, November 7, 2008

My Mixed Emotions

My mind has been a swirl of mixed emotions the last few days. I'm just not sure how to blog about my feelings. Do I just not say anything about how the election went and forget it all happened. Or do I try to put my feelings down in writing. I'm not good at putting my feelings down, but I try. So, here goes.

Obama won! The first black president of the United States of America. I hope that his election helps to heal people. In my town, this is the first year the citizens voted for mayor. (Currently, the mayor was chosen by the city council.) And, guess what? We overwhelming voted for a black man, including me. I think he is going to do a great job. We are no longer a racist country. People can achieve their dreams. People of every color and creed.

Still, I have concerns for the country I love. Concerns that we will become more like a socialist state. Concerns that the unborn will not be protected (I know they are not protected now, but I think it will get worse). Concerns that we won't be able to protect our country from terrorist acts. Concerns about the economy. Barark Obama is the president elect and thus we need to give him a chance. We need to pray. Only time will tell.

Prop 8 won! Marriage between a man and a woman is protected in California! The voters have spoken. Why do I NOT feel as joyous as I should? Is it because this issue is NOT going to go away? It makes my heart said to see the protests outside the Temple. It makes my heart sad to read the threats to churchs and people. I have never felt or shown hate to gay people. I just want to take a stand for what I know is right and what I know is right for the preservation of the family. There are people who appreciate what we have done as Latter-Day Saints, check out this: Ruth Youth Proclaim International Mormon Appreciation Day. It warmed my heart, when it needed to warmed.

Life goes on! I will keep doing what I do everyday. Take care of my family, who I love dearly!! Tend to my home and serve my community. Serve my mission, which is a joy in my life!! And, pray!!

6 comments:

Aprilyn said...

I see what you mean, Cindy. Barack Obama is going to be the President. Even though I didn't vote for him, he is our American President (as Glenn Beck said) and we just have to pray hard! I think he could destroy this country but I pray he will not.

How scary and sad that riots are going on in California. I hope you stay safe.

Cindy said...

Well, I don't think they are calling them riots, just demonstrations. There have been a few arrests though.

Katie said...

Don't worry Mom! The temples are safe. Just realize that when people make threats like that they are validating the point that part of their agenda is the downfall of traditional religion and that their calls for tolerance are only one-sided.

David said...

This quote was shared on a mailing list I follow:

"Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions. President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had 'never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or political life.'

"This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. . . . Your discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are discounted. . . . This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions.

"Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened....Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness by what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious of itself. Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves, 'summer is nigh.' Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat."

-Elder Neal A. Maxwell, BYU Devotional, October 10, 1978: "Meeting the Challenges of Today"

The full talk can be found here: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=6197

David said...

Also, demonstrating in front of a temple only validates its holy purpose of sealing families together for the eternities. Why else would they choose (or dare I say be led by the devil) to protest outside such a holy place? The temple represents the joy and peace that they can never have because of the choices they have made.

Cindy said...

Excellent point, David. That quote was sent out on our Relief Society via e-mail. It is very profound. What e-mail list did you get it from??

We were also sent to this webpage.

http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/catholic-bishop-decries-religious-bigotry-against-mormons

It's great to know that others are standing up for us. Maybe that is another good thing to come out of the Prop 8 campaign. We seem to be gaining more respect from other religions that we worked side by side on the same issue.

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