Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Spin it Gramps!

Ever since Gordon Hinckley (Grandpa and Grand Pooba to Mormons everywhere) died, I've been trying to verbalize how I felt about him and his passing.

Since I am a little busy today, I'll let Troy Williams tell you EXACTLY how I feel.

3 comments:

MoHoHawaii said...

I'm with you on this one. Thanks for the link to Troy's article.

jackie said...

Jake, question, why do you have that you are mormon on your profile if this is EXACLTY how you feel?

Jake said...

Jackie,

I was born into the Mormon religion and culture and it will always be a part of me. It frames my worldview and attitude. There are parts of it that I don't like. There are parts of it that I do.

I relate to and understand Mormons better than any other religion. I can't really call myself a Methodist or a Baptist (shudder the thought). I'm a Mormon like it or not. Just because I don't agree with everything doesn't make me any less a Mormon.

Being gay is also a part of me that is hardwired into my being. At times the two are at odds with each other. I accept the contradictions for what they are!

My favorite part of Troy's article is his statement how Gordon Hinckley was more a CEO than a prophet. I totally agree with him on that. I find it very disconcerting that a prophet of God, the claimed "mouthpiece of the Lord" can not answer how gay people fit into the Plan of Salvation. I would think that was an important topic. But no answer was forthcoming. Media savvy and kind, grandfatherly words does not a prophet make.

People say that we just need time. That all will be known eventually. But, in my mind, if truth is truth never changing, why doesn't the prophet just ask God? Who cares if the Church isn't ready for the answer? Hasn't God always challenged his followers? Isn't it ALWAYS better to know?