Today we had a lesson on eternal marriage, and I thought people might be interested to know why marriage is so important in the LDS culture, so here's a link to that lesson from the manual. And here's a little snippet!:
"Many people in the world consider marriage to be only a social custom, a legal agreement between a man and a woman to live together. But to Latter-day Saints, marriage is much more. Our exaltation depends on marriage, along with other principles and ordinances, such as faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe that marriage is the most sacred relationship that can exist between a man and a woman. This sacred relationship affects our happiness now and in the eternities."
But because we're easily distracted, before we found that link, we found this link to a chronological report of all the things the LDS Church has been doing to help out in Japan since the earthquake in March. Included in the timeline are some links to neat stories that happened to people who were there at the time.
And while we were looking at that! we noticed one of the items on the timeline was a bless4 concert, which didn't mention any other church stuff, so we were like, "Wait...is bless4 LDS?" As it turns out, they are! Neat!
We don't follow music very closely, so I only remembered the name bless4 from a Japanese music TV show we watched when we were in Japan, where they were guests. It was actually an anime theme song show, and they were there to perform the theme song to Sousei no Aquarion, which is really an amazing song (written by Yoko Kanno (I say, since I know that will mean something to some of you)). They talked about how when they grew up in the United States, their grandmother would send them Sailor Moon videos and stuff. We were so jealous of them. I remember getting a kind of LDS vibe from them at the time, but I never bothered to look it up until now. I wonder if we can convince more people to watch anime with us if we tell them, "Hey, you know the people who sang this theme song are LDS?" ...Probably not. Sigh.
And that's enough disjointed rambling for today.
Today I'm thankful for finally getting to try the Reese's ice cream thingies we got (which are amazing! the problem with putting Reese's peanut butter cups in ice cream is the chocolate doesn't do so well frozen, so what they did for these things was put the peanut butter (sans chocolate) in the ice cream, and coat all of that with made-for-ice-cream chocolate; it's brilliant!), having a nice visit from our home teacher and his substitute companion, finding out neat things about anime theme songs that I already like, finding our ride home (who had not, in fact, vanished), and having a Freschetta pizza to eat for dinner tonight.