I will say straight up that I am not Mormon. It wasn’t until the past couple of years that I realized what a large amount of popular bloggers out there are Mormons. Even then I didn’t really notice until I saw all the “I Believe” pages, which to me see more like advertising than the private thing that I thought religion is supposed to be. I just never knew that it was such a huge market. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I was just surprised. Maybe it’s because I have never really lived anywhere where religion was a conversation piece, and friendships are formed by thing in common other than attending the same church. I grew up with one’s religion being something that is private to each person’s family and not brought up in casual conversation. So this is all new to me. I *think* I have only known one Mormon family. I was five, and the daughter’s name was Desiree. I remember her being pretty, kind, and quiet. My mother and I attended her church once and I made crafts. That was my extent of my experience with Mormonism. I grew up Catholic though. I have been baptized, had my first communion, and made my confirmation. I went to both a Catholic elementary and high school. I chose the high school based on the uniform mostly. I figured that it would be a lot easier not having to figure out what to wear each day. Plus, most of my friends went there. But as a teenager and adult I don’t have any religious affiliation. I classify myself as Agnostic, my husband is an atheist, my oldest Roo is aware of all and partial to the nature aspect of Wicca, and the peacefulness of Buddhism. Merle my youngest thinks Jesus Christ is something mom says when she stubs her toe, and praying is something only done during tax season ;) She will learn about different religion as she becomes exposed to them through life and education. All kidding aside, although I am sure I have offended more than one with the last statement. It comes down to the fact that I don’t think I need to book to guide myself and my family throughout life, to define our morals, or how we treat people. As a family we would be classified as secular and
“For secular people, morality is predicated on one simple principle: empathetic reciprocity, widely known as the Golden Rule.”
The quote is from this article. It’s very obvious to us. Treat people as you would like to be treated. We are the same as everyone else, we are good people just trying to raise the next generation of good people.
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