Aug 13, 12
Read from August 09 to 13, 2012
Where to start. Interesting read. I thought I'd relate completely to her, given Im only 2 yrs older than her and overlapped at BYU w/her. I was gone when the "scandals" we're happening. Long gone. I related to her crisis of faith. For similar and different reasons. My reasons for staying are different. Yet similar. My interfaith marriage is very different. Our choices in raising our children are different. My self-imposed liberal Mormon label is definitely true. But we approach things differently.
My teenage experience down the road in Sam Diego was completely different from hers. Mine had less eye-brow raising experiences. I was surprised at some of the things she detailed. Things were much more "normal" in my ward than in hers. Some of the things were odd and I questioned whether she embellished a bit. Otherwise, the people were doing stuff in what I would say is a bit unkosher way. Proving my opinion that the people screw up the gospel. They impose their own thoughts onto others. They are humans who aren't perfect making things "messier" for others. Making "the church" messier. One needs to reach a point where one realizes that the people and the church culture and attitudes are most often a reflection of the people and not the true gospel. Focusing on Christ is the key. And remembering people screw things up. All the time.
That said, it was fun being reminded of the 1985 Dance Festival. I was a part of it, one dance I did being the rock around the clock.
Ok. I could go on as long as her book, effectively writing my own memoir. But this isn't the forum.
Also, she used certain phrases too frequently so could have used better editing.