Friday, November 7, 2008

Thank You!

Sorry for not posting for so long. I promise new pictures of the girls are coming! Sofie is getting big and so much fun. She is such a smiley baby, I love it! Emma is getting smarter every day. She sure keeps us on our toes!

I have been in a reflective mood lately and couldn't let my feelings about election day go by without writing them down. I am so grateful to live in a country where we as citizens have control over what happens (to an extent) in our country. I think this past election day was an extremely important one in our history. Not only have we elected the first African American man as our President but we have taken a stand morally over several issues! As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have been very aware of our church's stance on marriage and the family unit as a whole. I also strongly believe marriage should be between a man and a woman only. My aunt and uncle (Matt and Hayley) live in California and been physically and emotionally involved in promoting Proposition 8. I admire them for their perseverance in such a heated topic. They have posted some very moving and inspiring posts.

I just want to personally say thank you to Matt and Hayley for supporting Proposition 8 and the time you spent fighting for it. I can't even imagine the hardship and injustice you and your family and friends have been faced with in California for supporting this very important time in history. I am so grateful that you guys have stayed faithful in the church and supported our prophet and leaders in their (our) fight against same-sex marriage. I hope that in time this will all settle down but I am sure this is not the last time we will be faced with this kind of harassment and hardship. It is amazing how hard Satan is working to try and ruin one of the most sacred things we believe in. Sadly, I was amazed that Proposition 8 actually passed, but it renewed my faith greatly when I heard it did pass! I knew Satan was working just as hard or even harder for people to believe that same-sex marriage was/is okay. My testimony has been strengthened immensely in this church and in the gospel. I know that if I lived in California I would have been right by your side fighting for the sacred union between a man and a woman. I was also shocked to hear of the protest outside of the LA temple. There is also a protest expected to be just as large outside the SLC temple tonight. It saddens me that members of our church are being persecuted to this extent. If anything I see it strengthening our testimonies and furthering ourselves from Satan.Everyday I try to teach Emma right from wrong and I hope that she can become stronger than ever as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She, and all of us are going to need a very powerful testimony to be able to withstand Satan's powers in these last days. I also realize that this is probably only the beginning. Although it is saddening to witness the side of Satan getting stronger, it excites me because I know that the time when Christ will come again to this earth is getting closer. I believe so strongly in this gospel, I believe in Christ and in His church. I know that our prophet and leaders are called of God. I am so grateful for a church full of strong members fighting for our church and the things that we believe to be true. This all reminds me of the early years of our church and the persecution the members went through to build The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I used to think I could never go through the things they went through, but I know now that I would do anything for this church and this gospel. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I am so grateful to be a member of His church. Thank you again Matt and Hayley and to everyone that fought for Proposition 8. We love you!


Bryan and Karalee said...

Starla, Wow! You are such a neat girl. You made me get teary eyed reading that. I agree 100% with you and the sacredness of the family unit. Satan is real, but we are more powerful than Him. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feeling. Can't wait to see you and your girls again. Love you lots.