Musician Dan Bern sings, "And if you must put me in a box, make sure it's a big box." Upon reading the recent articles, A Mormon president?: The LDS difference and True Church, I feel that our boxes are much too small. It would be dishonest to say that the Pope's statement did not sting as much as it would be unfair to say that I have not questioned Mitt Romney's presidency. And yet, I don't feel that we are listening. We are not asking Mitt Romney fair questions. We are not asking the LDS community or even the Pope to join us at table. Instead, we are gossiping around our own dinner tables about things that we have seen and heard. We are talking about our own hurts and distrust without finding ways to engage in authentic conversation with those that we are making the other. The questions posed by the Editor begin to break down these boxes. Certainly, no one is "left off the hook." I only hope that we can find ways to rejoice with the other that we are so determined to put into a box.
Letter to the Editor
Alex has inspired me to actually articulate my thoughts rather than only sharing them with colleagues and friends. Below is a Letter to the Editor responding to two different articles, entitled True Church and A Mormon president?: The LDS difference.