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Hi! [17 Dec 2007|09:03am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

 Thanks for letting me join! Here is a little about my story...

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[17 Dec 2007|01:43pm]
[ mood | curious ]

So my brothers' temple wedding was last weekend. Interesting. He is the second of my younger brothers to tie the knot. My uncle came up to me and told me that I "could be next, but it's up to me. the Lord isn't going to bless you with a good husband until you doing what you are supposed to. You have to be the one, to meet the one!" Ha ha ha. Who even said I was looking for one?! This is really the first run in I have with the extended family about it, and I admit I wasn't quite prepared for it. I'm 25 unmarried and apparently not doing what I am supposed to, so I guess that makes me something to be pitied. To be perfectly honest, I don't think I want to ever get married or have children. I don't I want to deal with worrying about how to deflect blessings, baptisms, and all the rot that comes with worrying about unteaching what my kids are being taught while staying with the family.

Kudos to those of you out there who are doing something positive and being responsible parents in that situation. You are braver than I will ever be.

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Cultural Mormonism [17 Dec 2007|02:40pm]
There has been a precident for some time of people growing up in societies where the dominant religion has created a definate affect on the culture of that society, even when the de-facto relationship between that religion and that culture has been severed.

Some of the most recognizable examples of this, at least in the United States, are illustrated in people who maintain close cultural identities with Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam, even though they may not, and often even do not, personally consider themselves believers in the dogma or faith of those religions.

For a long time, there was scarcely any trace of this in the world of Mormonism. Mormonism was very much either in or out. But that distinction is starting to erode, both from inside the church, and from those who have left the church behind.

This is, in general, not really a good or bad thing, I don't think. I'm sure we all know that it can be bad, since we all have our stories about people who, in being allowed to stay close to us, assume that we have given them permission to continue to hound us about participating in church organizations, rituals, and events with the misguided hope of bringing us back to the fold, or at least our kids, spouses, brothers and sisters, etc.

But I think we're starting to see more and more people who are comfortable about their cultural Mormonism in ways that are neither pro- nor anit- the actual faith. Since the mormon culture is one that is now quite old and rather far-reaching, I am curious to hear other people's thoughts about the possible therapuedic nature of people accepting their cultural mormonism, even if they are hard-line atheists, non-religious, or have found a different faith which they find more acceptable to their conscience.
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