Sunday, April 3, 2011

If you're trying to turn me into something else, it's easy to see I'm not down with that.

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It's been a day of serious thinking, and after taking the long way (and I mean very long way) home tonight I feel I need to blog. Religion is a weird subject for me, and it has been for the past 2 1/2 years. Friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and even people I don't know are constantly talking to me about the mormon church. Obviously that's because I live in Utah, and I'm mormon. But two and a half years ago I stopped going to church. I stopped following it blindly. I started thinking about WHY I was going. Was I going just because everyone else was? Yes. Was I even listening to what was being preached? Kind of. I was going about it all wrong.

Because of my change in the church-going, I've been asked a lot of questions these last couple years. You know what the hardest thing is? Trying to explain to a hardcore mormon that you don't agree with certain things in the mormon church. Trying to explain that the things going on in my head aren't the same things going on in theirs. Trying to get them to see you're point of view.

I believe in God. I believe that there's somebody there who answers prayers, and who gives us challenges in life so we can grow. I believe in service. I believe in quite a few things with the mormon church. I've seen friends and brothers serve LDS missions, and they work hard at it. But it still just doesn't change my thoughts on how unfair the church can be. Why are stupid, ignorant people praised because they're "religious", when kind, good-hearted people are judged just because they don't go to church? I guess I'm just at a point where I need to find some meaning. I believe that people should be judged based on how they treated others, and how they spread love. Tattoos and piercings? Come on, there are more important things to worry about than if someone has an extra piercing. What about those innocent animals that are getting slaughtered by the guy sitting next to you in church?

Life should be about love.


Francesca said...

I'm from Australia! ^_^ very far away hehe xx

OneCraftyFox said...

Hey Adri, I am totally proud of you for writing this post. There are far more important things in life to focus on... and there are so many different religions, who's to say which is "right"?

I was born Lutheran, went to a Catholic school, dated a dedicated Protestant for a while (which meant I joined him at church) and felt the same frustrations you do.

I took a course in World Religions when I was in high school and it totally opened my eyes to everything out there.

Everyone is entitled to their own belief and should have the freedom to follow whichever religion best suits there moral beliefs. Does that make sense?

You have a good head on your shoulders and a good heart. And if anyone else thinks any differently just because you follow your own path, then that is their loss.