(You've been warned.)
So, I have a story to tell.
It's a story of a group of experiences I had the summer after I turned 17 years old.
It's a story of a group of experiences that led me to the person I am, the beliefs that I have, and the choices I make today.
But, before I tell that story, I need to give a little bit of background.
If you were to head over to a little blog entitled "Living in Utah", you would find the delightful blog of one of my friends. There Heather (who shares what is almost surely the most desirable name given to any female within the last fifty years) shares among other things, the experiences, thoughts, challenges, discoveries and questions that I suppose are essentially par for the course among people who live in Utah but are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Long story a bit shorter, a few days ago Heather finished two books, one written by a Buddhist, and one written by a Mormon. She then posted some of her thoughts and perceptions about both belief systems, and invited comments from those of us who wished to share. I chose to do so, commenting specifically on: 1)Whether or not churches are creations of God or man; 2)My philosophy regarding the exploration of other faiths and paths of belief; and 3)Where I stand on the issue of man judging man, and the LDS belief that the Church of Jesus Christ is the only true church on the earth at this time, and thus the only path to salvation.
I wrote a very long-winded comment which was so long that I had to split it up into two comments before blogger would publish it. You can read it by clicking on that "she then posted" link above and then reading the comments. I won't force you to read it all here.
The main point of my comment that has to do with the story that I'm going to tell though, is this:
Heather responded saying (among other things):
My answer to that question was:
And there you have the background.
If you're still interested, stay tuned for the story.
(Here's a hint:)
Coin Image found here.