I just came across a great blog called Believe All Things. It's a blog hosted by members of the church and they discuss all kinds of issues we face in the world today. I'm sure many of you have probably seen it before, but I just found it. If you haven't seen it yet, you really should. And do it when you have some time because there is a lot of very good stuff on it. You should especially watch the videos about Proposition 8 and the Catholic Vote 2008 ad. http://www.believeallthings.com/
Since the election and the outcome of Proposition 8 and all the press it's getting, I have really been spending a lot of time researching it and reading what the church has to say on marriage, specifically, the definition of marriage. It has totally energized me. I feel a spirit right now that I haven't felt in a long time. This issue is so incredibly important to our society and no one but members of our church really understand why. That isn't entirely true I guess because our church members made up a huge minority of voters who voted on Prop 8. But I think our church places this issue much higher than anyone else does. If the definition of marriage was redefined it would do more damage to our society than anything else up to this point in history has done. In certain places in Europe where it has been legally redifined there are preachers who may be prosecuted and sent to prison for preaching that same sex marriage is a sin. Because it has been redefined, there are civil rights that go along with it, which legally must be recognized. The ironic thing is, if it does pass, those fighting for same sex marriages lose nothing because they already have protected rights in CA. But if it does not pass, everyone else have everything to lose.
My opinions about the issue haven't changed, they are just much stronger. This will be one of the most important issues of our time.
Anyway, did anyone else catch the Office on Thursday? Hilarious.
A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.
From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.
In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.
Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.
Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.
We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.
As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.