I don't like to talk politics, mostly because I feel very uneduacated in that area. I watch the news and talk about it with my husband, and that's about as far as it goes. I've been watching the televison today (something I really don't do to often, ya know with 3 kids, usually it's cartoons). Anyhow, it's been interupted a lot with breaking news of the protests in Califorinia at the Los Angelos temple. Ok, I'm not a real eloquent person so forgive me for not being able to explain myself better.
My heart is truly breaking. I think this is one of the first times in my life I've seen the church and prophet that I love, so publicly ridiculed. I wish people could see the kind, loving, humble man that our prophet is. Is it so wrong for us to fight for what believe to be true? I understand that people have freedom of speech, but the other day I received this e-mail from my sister n' law from an aquaintance of hers in Califorinia, and it made me so sad.
Dear family and friends, Monday Oct. 27, 2008 I had a very disturbing experience yesterday that I would like to share with those of you that live outside of California (or outside of the San Francisco Bay area). This weekend we have stake conference. Our stake conference always begins with a stake temple session on Friday or Thursday night. Early Friday morning I received a call from the second counselor in our bishopric to let me know that there would be numerous protesters outside the temple, and to remind everyone to stay calm and to drive carefully. The beautiful Oakland Temple is located right across the bay from San Francisco, very close to the city of Berkeley. Apparently the opposition to proposition 8, the amendmant that seeks to make marriage in Ca, between a man and a woman again, has realized the deep involvemant of the church and begun to protest right outside of the temple and harass temple patrons. The fastest way to get to the temple from our house is to take the 680 freeway, but the exit is a bit tricky. The off ramp is extremely short and straight uphill. You then make an almost blind left turn, an immediate right and another left into the parking lot. As we approached the off ramp I realized there would be trouble, there was a backup onto the freeway from cars stalled on the off ramp. As we moved forward inches at a time, we realized this was due to a large group of loud protesters who were standing on both sides of the street, yelling, screaming and waving signs. When we got to the top of the off ramp, ready to make our turn, one protester jumped out right in front of our car. It took my husband all his self control to carefully maneuver around him to the left and proceed to the temple. I tried not to listen to all they were shouting at us, but I was shaking as I got to the temple front door. Several of the sisters, especially the ones driving on their own, were crying (which made me snap out of it and go into the RS President mode to comfort them). Later, as I was sitting in the perfect quiet of the chapel, I couldn't help but think of Lehi's dream, and the people who mocked the Saints from the big spacious building but 'we heeded them not'. It was a truly surreal experience, I'd never thought that I would have to go through an angry crowd to ge to the temple. As we left late at night, the protesters had dispersed, temple security (who all looked very large and Tongan) stood by the gates. I never saw a single police man. Please pray for those of us in California fighting for prop 8--it's getting kind of scary out here!
As a member of the LDS church I try and be a kind person, and for the most part I believe that can be said for most members. We are blessed to live in a free country with freedom of speech so I don't understand why LDS members in Califorinia are being so ridiculed for standing up for their beliefs. I understand that these groups also have that same right, but the tactics they are using I belive is wrong. They have put untruthful ads on the teleivision about the the LDS Church and LDS missionaries. These young men give up two years of their life to preach our gospel and share it with others, not to go into people's homes and terrorize them. They riot on the temple grounds that we beleive to be a sacred place. They have made it difficult for peaceful LDS church members to go to a place we beleive to be sacred and worship our Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Anyhow, like I said, I wish I was better with words and could share what is in my heart! I'm praying for LDS church members in Califorinia, and also that the hearts of the protestors will be softened and they will come to realize, as Mormons, we do love them, we just believe marriage should be between a Man and a Woman.
I hope nobody will be offended by this post, that was not my intent. I am not trying to push my religion on others. I guess I just want others to understand it. This is something I feel so strongly about and I guess I needed an outlet for my frustrations.
Tommow, I'll be back tommorow with my finished project!