Monday, January 26, 2004

Heather goes to church.....

For the second time since she has been in school, Heather went to the Mormon church. I think it's a great choice, even though I have mixed feelings about it. Of all the religious affiliations, I admire Mormon family life the most. I have many LDS publications on food storage, home production and preparedness. I have always believed in having LOTS of food, fiber and fuel stored up.

I grew up Presbyterian and my step-father is a Presbyterian minister. When I was in college, I belonged to the Baptists, Methodists, Lutherens, Catholics and Episcopals. I wanted to try everything and I enjoyed the different activities sponsored by each church. Heather was brought up Unitarian, but baptized Presbyterian one Easter while visiting my mother.

I have to admit, I'm not much into organized religion. For years we have studied with the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses because they are the ones willing to walk back to our underground house ;-) I like learning everything.

My personal philosophy is that there is one God and there are many ways to go about having a relationship with God. I do not believe any religious persuasion has the corner on truth. All have been corrupted by people. The thing that scares me about being a Mormon is following Joseph Smith. I see God as the only true authority....anything else and you are following the interpretations of mere mortals.

I grew up in New York State, so went to the LDS Palmyra Pageant each summer. Now I live in VT....birthplace of Joseph Smith. Twice now I have been to Salt Lake City, Utah. I love church square, the friendly people and the beautiful flowers. I just have no desire to join a club. It will be interesting to see what choices Heather makes.

Heather has found a nice bunch of folks to go to church with. They are also great about picking her up at school for potlucks and classes. I have encouraged her to begin food storage at school. She says she feels "naked" without it.

Heather has a friend who is Creole. She plans on going to the Adventist church with him. I will have to look that up. I never tried one of those ;-)

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