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Testimony...which one is this?
Published on August 27, 2008 By Cedarbird In Humor

Today there was a "Meet your religious leaders" barbeque on campus.  There was free food, so of course I'm there.

I mean, I already know my bishop, but hey, free dinner.  Anyway, so all of the wards here had their own tables set up, which of course took up more that half of the space because hello!  Utah.  Then there were the other religions.

The episcopalians (sp) were giving out fruit and veggies.  I should have taken some, but I didn't.  Now I'm regretting that.  Could use some spare oranges, can't have scurvy.

Then, I went to the Trinity Lutheren Church's table and got a free cd case that told me that God 'hearts' (loves) me!  Yeah, babeh, good to hear!

Then we kept walking and I said hi to some grumpy Catholics.  They were civil enough, but I got the vibe that they almost didn't want to talk to me.  I didn't feel very welcome, and I was even nice!  I asked them where they met and that I'd gone to mass before and they didn't care.    It was very upsetting. 

Then, my friend and I walked past the Calvary Chapel people and they practically THREW these cool water bottles at us.

I got that.

And some dinner.

And ice cream.

My friend that was with me made and interesting comment, though.  She told me that all of the Mormons were very happy and welcoming.  She said, "I know everyone has their bad days, but all the LDS people seemed just more firendly than everyone else.  And they don't force it on you like some people do."  I don't really know what that last comment meant, because no one was out there throwing Bibles in our faces, just water bottles. 

It was fun.

I like organized religion.

It makes me happy, and that's what's important, right?

I mean, as much faith as I have in my religion, I'm just glad other people can love theirs.  I might even go to some of these other services, just to see.  But I'll still know that I have the true and living Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I hope others are just as strong in what they believe.  That's what makes this world so interesting.


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on Aug 27, 2008

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on Aug 27, 2008

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on Aug 27, 2008

You Mormons.  I tell ya.

I have to agree with your friend.  Our friend, "Mormon Mike," is one of the sweetest men I've ever met.  He's strong in his faith, and he just knows a lot about people and how we work.  So...if you know any middle-aged single Mormon women without drama...Mike's your man (seriously...do you know any nice women?).

Many of my Mormon students come from large families, and many of them are the most mild-mannered children.  I like that Mormons are so outgoing.  I've never had a Mormon shove their beliefs down my throat.  I think that other Christian faiths could definitely learn a lesson from LDS folks about reaching out to the community and taking care of one another.  Every time I see Mike he's got to hurry up and do his route because he's got to go help someone move, or go visiting and stuff.  And I *ALSO* like that there really isn't any formal clergy.  I think that's neat, too.

I think it's just important to remember that even though our "details" might be different, that we all serve the same Christ.  He never changes, and neither does His love for all people, believers or not. 

I think we're going to church on Sunday.  Yay!  We haven't been to school all summer.  I really hope Ryan will let us get involved in a small group.  I feel so disconnected from this little town.  I feel more connected in the town I teach in because I know families and other teachers there, but I think we need to make some friends here, closer to home.  The only other real "normal" man poor Ryan talks to ever is Mike, which is fine and dandy, but I think he's lonely, and so am I.  We'll see I guess.

I babbled, my dear, and I'm sorry.

 

on Aug 28, 2008

Yes, free stuff is a much better way to win people over than the whole "you're going to hell" thing.  lol. 

on Aug 28, 2008

Yes, free stuff is a much better way to win people over than the whole "you're going to hell" thing.  lol.

So I was right, that is how Democrats think. LOL

I like free, but we never really get the good stuff for free. besides, how free is it really?

on Aug 28, 2008

Mormons are nice.  I haven't met an ugly Mormon yet.

But as far as theology and the groups you mentioned....for me it would be the Calvary Chapal group.  That's where I'd go....but then again, I'm not Mormon. 

If you do go, let me know how it is.  I've only gone to two Calvary Chapal churches.  One was for a one-time visit and the other I attended for about six months.  At first it was kind of weird because they are so low key but they really seem to be strong biblical thinkers.  I liked that.   Besides that, their music was very good. 

 

on Aug 29, 2008

If you do go, let me know how it is.

Oh, I'll definitely write about my experiences if I go elsewhere.  It'll be fun!

 

Marcie:

Actually, I do know a fantastic lady in her thirties.    We should set them up. 

You should go to church this Sunday, I don't know if it's the same for other churches, but no matter where I go to church, I seem to find people that are like auto-friends.  I think churches, no matter what denomination, bring people together. 

 

 

on Aug 29, 2008

But as far as theology and the groups you mentioned....for me it would be the Calvary Chapal group.

Ah, I remember Calvary Chapel in Albuquerque.  I don't think I've ever met a more divisive, vitriolic group of people in my life.

Maybe they're not like that other places, but that's how every single attendee I met in Albuquerque acted.

on Aug 29, 2008

I don't think I've ever met a more divisive, vitriolic group of people in my life.

I wouldn't know.  They seemed nice enough at the barbeque, and hey, the pastor does a radio hour each Sunday on our station.  It could have just been the group you knew.

I'm withholding judgement until I see for myself.

on Aug 29, 2008

don't think I've ever met a more divisive, vitriolic group of people in my life.

why?  Can you give me some reasons?  I mean you may be right and all but all I can think about is that Christ was also divisive as well.  It even says in scripture that there were divisions because of him.   So is it their stance on issues or were they just divisive for divisive sake?  I'm not sure what you mean exactly.

I've found the Calvary Chapel people, for the most part, to be very real and simple people.  This group was started by Chuck Smith out of California to reach the hippie type or unchurched.  These were the types of people who were not "religious" or "churchy" at all but looking for somewhere to fit in to worship God just as they are.  These are those that don't conform well to the suit and tie type of church and have more heart  for God and down to earth basic type of belief than many other groups out there.   I find their theology to be good for the most part with no "strange" teachings coming from them. 

 

 

on Aug 29, 2008

no "strange" teachings coming from them.

 

Hey, nothing wrong with strange teachings!  My friend and I just made up a religion about this baled up newspaper we were playing with all afternoon.  But we can't think of a name for it.  But if you drop the ball, we've decided you're on altar boy duty for a month.  Why?  I don't know.  It's a work in progress.  But it's about as strange as you can get....

 

 

on Sep 04, 2008

As long as the people are pleasant, I like these types of things.  But when they get fiesty and in your face, not so much fun.

on Feb 27, 2009

"He is the image of the invisble God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers----all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body (believers), the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead (the grave could not hold him, so he can bring rebirth to all of mankind, if they choice it), so that he might come to have first place in everything. Fore him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. And through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross."  Colossians 1:15-20

Of course, their is the sermon of the mount (known as the Beatiudes; Matthew 5:3-12 Then Jesus said, in John 13:34-35, I give you a new commandment, that you love one another, Just as I love you, you also should love one another, By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love fore one another."

Coke had is right: "All the world needs love." I'm not sure if those were the corrects words that have been sung in their advertisment. If the world could love one another, then less social unrest.

May all have you have a joyful live, through Christ Jesus.    

on Feb 27, 2009

Coke had is right: "All the world needs love." I'm not sure if those were the corrects words that have been sung in their advertisment. If the world could love one another, then less social unrest.

coke's slogan was much closer to "i want to buy the world a coke".  such irony too.  coca cola never considered buying anything for anyone but the exact opposite: their slogan was intended solely to encourage the world to buy coke from them. 

i think you're confusing coke with the beatles who sang "all you need is love."

imagine!

on Mar 02, 2009

Correct, it was those British four. And, thanks for the memory, Kingbee.