Sunday, November 23, 2008

Call of the Night.

My friend Wendy worked last night, here is her caller's question...

"How many teaspoons make a tablespoon?"

(The answer is 3 - in case you were wondering!!! Gosh, what did we do before Google?????!!!!)

A bunch of puffs and a temple!!

In England there is a famous television show, it is like the David Letterman show and is presented by Jonathan Ross. Anyway, they have a house band called 4 puffs and a piano, made up of 4 gay men (puffs) and a piano. The reason that I am telling you this is that a couple of weeks ago there were protests around the Salt Lake Temple about the outcome of proposition 8, and the name of that band just kept popping into my mind, all I could think of was 'a bunch of puffs and a temple' which made me giggle. I therefore decided to stick around Temple Square on the night of the protest and watch the 'fireworks'. I have to admit that I was very excited! I mean, how often is it that that many homosexuals visit Temple Square??!!!!!!
I am not really sure of my feelings toward this protest. On the one had I was overwhelmed with the response that we had at Church Offices from our own members who wanted their names removed from the records of the church because of the stand that we had taken, supporting proposition 8. I was honestly shocked that some church members would be surprised that we would take a stand against same sex marriage. I thought that it was rather clear that we would oppose anything that threatened the sanctity of marriage. I was also stunned at the overwhelming response that we had from people not of our faith, who called to let us know of their support and gratitude for speaking out in support of traditional marriage.
On the other hand, I think that being homosexual is something that is very difficult to live with, especially for members of our church. I feel that people are born with homosexual tendencies, and that it is honestly difficult for them, and I do feel that we should be more accepting of different people and different lifestyles even though those beliefs sometimes clash with our own.
I did actually really enjoy the protest. It was nice that the Church allows people to freely express their opinions on Temple Square.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Sunday

It is Armistice Day today, and it is has been a very strange experience for me this year. In England on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day we have, what is commonly referred to as Remembrance Sunday. It is on this Sunday that we reflect on war, all the people that have fought in all wars and the people that still are fighting in wars, for the freedom of others. In England, we remember the soldiers that fought, by buying and wearing a red poppy. In every town square there is a memorial statue and in November the statues are covered with poppy wreaths. It really is very pretty and respectful and humbling and I really do miss it.

Here is my favourite sad poem about war.

The Box by Lascelles Abercrombie.
Once upon a time, in the land of Hush-A-Bye.
Around about the wondrous days of yore,
They came across a kind of box
Bound up with chains and locked with locks,
And labeled "Kindly do not touch: it's war."
A decree was issued round about and all with a flourish and a shout
And a gaily coloured mascot tripping lightly on before.
Don't fiddle with this deadly box, or break the chains, or pick the locks.
And please, don't ever play about with war.
The children understood, children happen to be good
And they were just as good around the time of yore.
They didn't try to pick the locks or break into that deadly box.
They never tried to play about with war.
Mommies didn't either, sisters, brothers, grannies neither
'Cause they were quiet, and sweet and pretty
In those wondrous days of yore.
Well, very much the same as now
And not the ones to blame somehow
For opening up that deadly box of war.
But someone did. Someone battered in the lid
And spilled the insides out across the floor.
A kind of bouncy, bumpy ball made up of guns and flags
And all the tears, and horror, and death that comes with war.
It bounced right out and went bashing all about,
Bumping into everything it saw. And what was sad and most unfair
Was that it didn't really seem to care
Much who it bumped, or why, or what, or for.
It bumped the children mainly. And I'll tell you this quite plainly,
It bumps them everyday and more, and more,
And leaves them dead, and burned, and dying
Thousands of them sick and crying.
'Cause when it bumps, it's really very sore.
Now there's a way to stop the ball. It isn't difficult at all.
All it takes is wisdom and I'm absolutely sure
That we can get it back into the box, and bind the chains, and lock the locks.
But no-one seems to want to save the children anymore.
Well, that's the way it all appears, 'cause its been bouncing round for years and years
In spite of all the wisdom wizzed since those wondrous days of yore
And the time they came across a box
Bound up with chains and locked with locks,
And labeled "kindly do not touch; it's war."