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Subject:  What would you do? Date:  11/15/2008  10:16 AM
Author:  jtallenmd Number:  654 of 674

I just received a call from our Stake President. Like me, he has been following the news about the protests after California's decision on Proposition 8. As many of you know, there have been protests at temples and places of worship. He asked me, as bishop of our ward, to consider what we would do if protesters came to our meeting place during one of our worship services.

That very question had crossed my mind a day or two ago, but I dismissed it. I reasoned that we live in a rural area where the primary employer is the US military and the majority of people are social conservatives so I thought the chances were slim that it would happen.

The biggest problem that I would face is that I am emotionally involved in the issue. I am the only member of the church in my family while both of my brothers are gay and my parents have been active in PFLAG. Gay rights issues have divided my family. It has gotten to the point where it is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room. We don't talk about it any more but it pervades the atmosphere whenever we are together, which isn't very often.

I would need to remember that at the chapel I am a representative of the Lord and I need to do and say what the Lord would do and say and not what I would do and say. My tendency is towards sarcasm. I have also been known to have a short temper. If left to my own devices, I am sure that I would not be the example that I really should be in that sort of situation.

Lord, grant me wisdom...
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