Every married person was once a single person and is likely to be again. It’s rare that a married couple die together.
For me, that epitomizes the nature of my childhood. There was nothing that could be done to me that was bad enough to overwhelm the love I felt from God. It didn’t really lessen the pain of things like having a lit cigarette touched to my arm or the shame of being forced to perform sexual acts. Those things were as painful and degrading as they would have been for anyone, but thinking of Jesus could soothe anything for me.
I still think that the first thing a man thinks when another man is stumped by, “What did you think of the game yesterday?” is “gay.” It may not be true, but that’s my worry.
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Some believe that in order to deal with current issues, one must be enough in tune with the past abuse that they can make a mental connection between current problems and the abuse roots. In other words, if I’m having a difficult time with life, it might help me to see how past abuse may be influencing my behavior today.
In order for any of this to work, we have to be willing to learn. I find that the most change-resistant personality is the one who operates in his world with inflexibility. I don’t think that the quote about insanity is accurate. I think it is more accurate to say that the definition of stubbornness is always doing the same thing the same way and expecting God to alter the universe to accommodate what you insist on repeating.
Yesterday, I had a good experience in Gospel Doctrine class. The subject was the book of Job. I had many opportunities during the hour to reflect on the role of suffering and opposition in my life. There came a moment when the teacher asked for someone to read Job 19:25–27. I raised my hand and […]
In my long fight with same-sex attraction and my often burning desire to attract the appropriate attention and love of men, I have learned that men are attracted to certain things and not attracted to others. I’m not speaking of attraction in the sexual or romantic senses. It has long been my contention that all […]
Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, Stephen Burnett was called on a mission to preach in any of the four directions. In the revelation as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants Section 80, the Lord makes reference to a desire of Stephen Burnett to have a companion. The Lord said: …inasmuch as you desire a companion, I […]
It has been a very long time since I was baptized, almost 47 years now. My memories of the day are faded. I know it happened in the Norwalk Stake Center in Norwalk, California. That stake center is now gone as far as I know. I tried to find it once. The current stake center […]