March Break!

MarchBreak Today starts March Break where the kids have a week off school! Of course it’s supposed to RAIN most of the week even though the temps are going to be mild, but 3 of the kids will be away on a trip to Connecticut with their Cadets group. The 14 YR old used to be in Cadets but she didn’t like it and quit just after Christmas so she’s not going on the trip, so her, the 8 YR old,and the 21 YR old are still here but the others will be gone for the week so it’ll be a bit quieter at home(so a break for me,too!) and my mother also hopes that we’ll save some $$$$ on food with less people here to eat,too.

The 12 YR old also said she doesn’t like the 16 YR old’s best friend; that she’s “annoying and bratty” and she has this annoying habit of just walking into our house without knocking, or as the 12 YR old puts it, “Just walking in like she owns the place” and I have to admit I was taken aback by it as well and find it rude and bad manners,and it reminds me of Patti complaining about a certain neighbour of hers who does the same thing; she just walks in her house without knocking and she’ll come downstairs and just find this woman sitting in her kitchen uninvited!(I told her she should just lock the door) She told me that *I* can just come in without knocking as I’m “like her sister” but I still don’t do it; I think it ‘s rude and I’d feel uncomfortable doing that; I still always knock first and don’t come in until I hear her say, “Come on in!”

In church yesterday it was all festooned with decorations for St. Patrick’s Day as well, and I found out  how my Facebook friend died recently,too; the coroner found that she’d had a massive heart-attack due to a blood clot. At least she died in her sleep though so that’s the way to go(that’s how my uncle,died, too, a heart-attack in his sleep) and the way I hope *I* die,too….

Mormon Temples.

MormonTemple I don’t know if I ever mentioned it or not, but awhile before we left Ottawa, and for a total of about 3 YRS, we had left the Catholic Church for various reasons and had become Mormons for awhile. I have cousins that are LDS( “Mormons”, or “Latter-Day Saints”) and I was curious and one thing led to another and I really liked their pro-family and strong morals and the kids and I were re-baptized into the LDS church….but once I reached “higher standing” and was able to attend the Temple things went downhill from there….

Let me tell you why.

In the beginning they don’t tell you the really *WEIRD* stuff. If they DID then I am convinced that no one would ever convert as it’s just plain bizarre, like Scientology bizarre. It sounds so positive at first, and I want to be clear here, I am in NO WAY “bashing” Mormons or attacking them or their faith; they are good, decent, upstanding moral people and I still believe that. I’m just saying what *I* thought about the Temple, my experience there, and what made me leave. I don’t have any regret as my time as a Mormon, either, as I learned so much, met many interesting people,and made so many good friends and I have always studied,and been curious about, other religions.

For one thing, they baptize by “proxy” for the dead! Living people are fully immersed in a “proxy” “baptism” taking the “place” of someone who is dead, even people of other faiths, under the presumption that if they were still alive and were aware of the LDS faith that they would want to be baptized in it as it’s the only “True” Salvation. Once I got my Temple Recommend( an official card comparable to a license that the Bishop gives after an interview and an audit that you are, indeed, paying a full tithe and meet the moral obligations of the church, basically qualify as an upstanding cookie-cutter “perfect” Mormon) I was off to the Temple in Toronto for my initiation…..

I was stripped down and given “holy” undergarments to wear which had Masonic symbols on them otherwise just looked like a white T-shirt and white knee-length shorts. I also wore a white uniform on top of that and a funny hat and apron that made me look like a baker or chef. I looked ridiculous and I felt like an idiot. I was blessed and annointed.. I then sat thru a movie of some sort about Adam and Eve and Original Sin and proceeded to be given a “secret” name I supposedly needed to enter Heaven and was shown secret handshakes and passwords that originated in Freemasonry. They said you’re supposed to “feel the Spirit” in the Temple but I never did; it just felt freaky and weird and I felt very uncomfortable and uneasy. They also annoint missionaries there, marry couples, and “seal” families for all eternity in special ceremonies. It’s all a bunch of secret rituals and mumbo-jumbo that they call “sacred” but in actual fact is just taken from the Mason’s rituals as founder Joseph Smith was a Freemason and likely keep secret as if it got out people would see how weird it really is.

So they build you up that the Temple is this amazing mystical, sacred experience and you’re honoured to have achieved that level of enlightenment and here I was just totally freaked out by the entire thing and wondered how on Earth these people REALLY believed such things. Then now once I was “in” and in this “deep” they started teaching me the weird stuff they’d keep hidden up until now: how God was once a “man” and how WE can become “gods”(which I found to be blasphemous) and rule over our own planets which we can inhabit with our own “Spirit children”, and there are “many Heavens” where men have more than one wife( Polygamy is allowed,apparantly, in the Afterlife!), God has a “Wife”, Jesus and Satan are “brothers”,God has a physical body with flesh and bones, Jesus and Adam are the same person, etc…. it was all just too bizarre and I didn’t want my kids being taught such obvious falsehoods, plus I was in Europe and being back with my roots and touring the cathedrals of Europe and connecting with my ancestry made me miss the Catholic Church, so we ended up going back.

So, for all those of you who ever wondered what Mormonism, or the secret Mormon Temples were all about, now you know!

Mormon Temples.

MormonTemple I don’t know if I ever mentioned it or not, but awhile before we left Ottawa, and for a total of about 3 YRS, we had left the Catholic Church for various reasons and had become Mormons for awhile. I have cousins that are LDS( “Mormons”, or “Latter-Day Saints”) and I was curious and one thing led to another and I really liked their pro-family and strong morals and the kids and I were re-baptized into the LDS church….but once I reached “higher standing” and was able to attend the Temple things went downhill from there….

Let me tell you why.

In the beginning they don’t tell you the really *WEIRD* stuff. If they DID then I am convinced that no one would ever convert as it’s just plain bizarre, like Scientology bizarre. It sounds so positive at first, and I want to be clear here, I am in NO WAY “bashing” Mormons or attacking them or their faith; they are good, decent, upstanding moral people and I still believe that. I’m just saying what *I* thought about the Temple, my experience there, and what made me leave. I don’t have any regret as my time as a Mormon, either, as I learned so much, met many interesting people,and made so many good friends and I have always studied,and been curious about, other religions.

For one thing, they baptize by “proxy” for the dead! Living people are fully immersed in a “proxy” “baptism” taking the “place” of someone who is dead, even people of other faiths, under the presumption that if they were still alive and were aware of the LDS faith that they would want to be baptized in it as it’s the only “True” Salvation. Once I got my Temple Recommend( an official card comparable to a license that the Bishop gives after an interview and an audit that you are, indeed, paying a full tithe and meet the moral obligations of the church, basically qualify as an upstanding cookie-cutter “perfect” Mormon) I was off to the Temple in Toronto for my initiation…..

I was stripped down and given “holy” undergarments to wear which had Masonic symbols on them otherwise just looked like a white T-shirt and white knee-length shorts. I also wore a white uniform on top of that and a funny hat and apron that made me look like a baker or chef. I looked ridiculous and I felt like an idiot. I was blessed and annointed.. I then sat thru a movie of some sort about Adam and Eve and Original Sin and proceeded to be given a “secret” name I supposedly needed to enter Heaven and was shown secret handshakes and passwords that originated in Freemasonry. They said you’re supposed to “feel the Spirit” in the Temple but I never did; it just felt freaky and weird and I felt very uncomfortable and uneasy. They also annoint missionaries there, marry couples, and “seal” families for all eternity in special ceremonies. It’s all a bunch of secret rituals and mumbo-jumbo that they call “sacred” but in actual fact is just taken from the Mason’s rituals as founder Joseph Smith was a Freemason and likely keep secret as if it got out people would see how weird it really is.

So they build you up that the Temple is this amazing mystical, sacred experience and you’re honoured to have achieved that level of enlightenment and here I was just totally freaked out by the entire thing and wondered how on Earth these people REALLY believed such things. Then now once I was “in” and in this “deep” they started teaching me the weird stuff they’d keep hidden up until now: how God was once a “man” and how WE can become “gods”(which I found to be blasphemous) and rule over our own planets which we can inhabit with our own “Spirit children”, and there are “many Heavens” where men have more than one wife( Polygamy is allowed,apparantly, in the Afterlife!), God has a “Wife”, Jesus and Satan are “brothers”,God has a physical body with flesh and bones, Jesus and Adam are the same person, etc…. it was all just too bizarre and I didn’t want my kids being taught such obvious falsehoods, plus I was in Europe and being back with my roots and touring the cathedrals of Europe and connecting with my ancestry made me miss the Catholic Church, so we ended up going back.

So, for all those of you who ever wondered what Mormonism, or the secret  Mormon Temples were all about, now you know!