Athena points out that when I mentioned Ueki yesterday, I didn't talk about Kishou Taniyama playing BJ with his crazy hip hop and fake American accent. Not that there's really much to say about it, though. We just wanted to point it out because it's funny.
I feel like most of the things I have to talk about on LJ are random little things that I don't have much to say about. Like how when we play HaruToki, every time the miko gets confused, she ends up killing Atsumori. So far that's happened twice, but it's still every time. And then Atsumori got confused and I guess he decided it was time for payback, but our miko is earth element, which is strong against Atsumori's water element, which is why she kills him every time but why he hardly scratched her. It's so sad, too, because when he dies he says, "I'm sorry... Miko..." Poor kid.
I think part of the reason I have a hard time talking about church stuff is that our dad went crazy. He was always trying to get revelations and visions and things, and so he was always coming up with all sorts of things that may or may not have gone along with our church's doctrines. Some of the things he came up with were really beautiful, and some of them were just like, "Um... I don't think so..." And in the end, he got disfellowshipped, which is sort of like being excommunicated, only not to that extent.
So anyway. Despite all that stuff, we do believe that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. I don't think I've ever actually said that before, so it feels kind of weird, but it's true. I think it might seem weird to other people that we believe in prophets, especially back when there were all those cults with the mass suicides and stuff. But it makes sense. If there were prophets back when the stuff in the Bible was going on, why wouldn't there be prophets now, right? But then you have all those cult leaders claiming to be prophets and you start to wonder how you can tell Joseph Smith was a prophet and not a crazy.
It's really very simple, though. Like it says in the Bible, "by their fruits ye shall know them." And everything I've heard about Joseph Smith matches with what I think someone who would be a good enough person to be a prophet would be like. For example, there's one story about how this guy comes up and he's fallen on hard times and he tells his story and everybody around is like, "Oh, the poor thing, I feel so sorry for him," and Joseph Smith stepped up and said, "I feel sorry for this man to the amount of five dollars" (note that five dollars was worth a heck of a lot more back in the 1830s), and started asking people how sorry they felt for him, and collected some money to help him out.
Now I feel bad that I don't remember all the stories I've heard, but there are a lot of good ones. I'm kind of losing my articulation now, so I hope I've sort of conveyed what I've been thinking, and I'll stop here. But the main point is, Joseph Smith is awesome.
Today I'm thankful for my better typing days, stretching, Joseph Smith, classical music, and elbows.