13 September 2009

Why Stay?

I think the decision to stay an active member of the LDS Church is a personal one. In the blogging world I read a lot about "should I stay or should I go." I think it's a question that weighs on all of us. The LDS Church, like any church, has standards and expectations that have been established, and being raised a member, we certainly know how high that bar is set.

I myself tend to go back and forth. Sometimes I think I can stay and make it work, sometimes I'm ready to just say "forget it" and walk away. Most days I'm just on the fence about it and don't even want to make a decision.

So I'm honestly asking...I'm not trying to be a smart aleck...why stay?

Knowing where Church leadership stands, hearing what they say in General Conference or reading it in the Ensign...why stay?

Knowing the way a gay member can be stereotyped and misunderstood, can even be punished for being sympathetic to gay rights...why stay?

Knowing that there are other religions out there that are more accepting and want you to be who you are, love who you will...why stay?

What do you think?

4 comments:

live honest said...

I stay because I have a testimony of the restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I stay because I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I stay because of my testimony of the Savior and how that relates to the Church. I have a testimony of the principles of the gospel. I stay because I do not want to leave.

David Baker-@DB389 said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih3UYa76H78

Jenz said...

i don't stay active because I don't want to go to a church that I cannot openly take my wife to. do i miss it? Sometimes. the church doesn't want me -- so why would i subject myself to their judgment and ridicule? I'm out...and I'm not going back in. Why would I want to attend a church that actively fought against my rights?? They don't want me.

alex dumas said...

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the awords of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (John 6:66-69)