So we hid inside Kingdom Hearts today instead! But we were more responsible than that, even! We cleaned first! And vacuumed! Wow! And then we managed to beat four boss battles and two mushrooms, and now all we have left is one event quest, which of course involves fighting a super scary strong boss guy, but it's all very exciting.
But anyway, I mentioned the writer's block question about if you've ever considered converting to another religion, and I figure I should stop putting off answering it.
The question had actually come up when we were in elementary school. I don't remember why I was thinking it, but I clearly remember thinking, "It's a good thing I was born in my religion, because otherwise I'd be way too stubborn to convert." I think this is sort of an indication of how strongly I believe our religion to be true, but on the other hand, the thought has occurred to me that I might feel the same way about any other religion I may have been born into (the potential reason for being too stubborn to convert), which of course brings up the possibility that whatever other religion I had been born into is true, and the one we're in right now is false. So sometimes, the thought would pop into my head, "Is it really true?"
My usual mental reaction to this is to say, "Of course it's true," or to just brush it off because, as I mentioned before, I don't like the deep thinking so much. But all the logic and evidence I've considered seems to indicate to me that it is true. One time at the dorms at BYU, someone posted a bunch of quotes on the doors to all the bathroom stalls, and one of them was from C.S. Lewis, and it was something like, "I believe in Jesus Christ like I believe in the sun--not because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else." That's kind of how we think of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When we apply life to the principles taught in it, everything tends to make sense and/or work out anyway. We've grown up following all the "rules," and even when life was hard, everything all worked out.
For example, tithing. In the LDS Church, we're asked to pay a tenth of our income to the church. That's how our wards fund activities and programs and stuff. We've always paid tithing, and things have always worked out financially for us. There was one year when we were like way super poor, but then we were able to turn to the church to help us when we really needed it, and there were a bunch of little things that kept happening to get us through it all. It wasn't too long after we got back on our feet that we were so swamped with work we had a really hard time keeping up with it all, and then we even had enough money to go to Japan. So now whenever we hear about friends with financial troubles, we're like, "If only they could pay tithing; then it would all work out!"
We also really like the leaders of our church. Every six months, we have General Conference, where the church presidency and the twelve apostles and some other general leaders give talks that are broadcast via satellite all over the world so the whole church can hear them. And whenever they speak, you can tell how much they care about everybody, and about the Lord. And the advice they give in their talks always works! Er, it does whenever we apply it anyway. (We're still working on the whole perfection thing.)
And finally, this year the lessons for some of our church meeting have been based on the teachings of the first prophet since the church was restored (we believe the LDS Church is a restored version of the church in the New Testament), Joseph Smith, and everything he says is so great. The lesson we had this week was about how everybody is given an equal chance to be saved, even if they didn't get a chance to hear about the gospel while they were alive. It talks about how when his brother died (before the LDS Church was organized), they asked a minister to give the sermon at his funeral, and the minister strongly implied that the brother would go to hell because he wasn't part of that minister's congregation. Of course, the family didn't like that because they knew he was a good kid, and it didn't make sense for a good person to go to hell just because he wasn't in the right congregation. So when the prophet was inspired with the doctrine that everyone is given an equal opportunity to be saved, he talked about how it's completely illogical not to be saved just because you couldn't get someone to pray for you before you died. It makes more sense in the lesson. Here's a link to it.
Of course, all this talk about inspiration and revelation sounds a lot like our Dad's crazy mischief, so we end up having to think really hard about whether or not something sounds right, or if it sounds psycho crazy. And that opens up a whole other set of deep thinking that I'd rather not deal with right now. We'll just stick to the scriptures and the prophets.
I think that about covers it. Today I'm thankful for the Joseph Smith manual, making a lot of progress on KH2 sidequests today, having a vacuumed floor!, Sora's cute little crown, and getting to watch The Little Mermaid last night.