Monday, June 20, 2011

Change is good

One of the weirdest things that ever happened was when my college-age son and I were going through some old boxes and he found a copy of the Book of Mormon with his mother's and my photo pasted in the front with our testimonies. The photo was older than he was. This was from one of those ward missionary projects where everyone had to make a bunch of these personalized books and give them to the missionaries to hand out.

The stiff smiles in the photo and the boilerplate confession of faith (including set phrases!) sent me back years. I recalled the person I was at the time of the photo-- closeted, nearly suicidal, and just barely managing to keep the cognitive dissonance from leaking out. And judgmental.

My son was not raised in the church, so the whole thing was extra strange to him. I looked at him sheepishly and gave a what-can-you-do kind of shrug. It was awkward and funny at the same time.

Anyway, changes can be profound. To all of you who are in the process of reevaluating your position with respect to the Church, here's to you! Change is good.

3 comments:

Miguel said...

Yes indeed. Wise words (as always!) I hope I get to meet you in person one day, I look up to you in so many ways!
Hugs,Miguel

MoHoHawaii said...

Hi Miguel,

Shucks, you make me blush. I assure you I'm just stumbling through life like the next person.
I'd love to meet you sometime, too.

J G-W said...

Wow, these kinds of moments are so awesome, kind of magical.