Most, if not all of my Facebook friends share my view in politics. I would venture a guess of about 50 to 60% of them sharing my religious views. Some are friends in real life, some are blogging friends, some are family of course, and some I met through a forum that is now defunked, ka-put, DEAD! But a group of us managed to stay connected on FB. Over the years, it has been fun to stay connected and share fun stories, jokes and laughter. But since this election, it has become more and more challenging to maintain good feelings.
I do not care if you don't like who I am voting for. Posting about him 35 times a day on your FB status is kind of extreme and definitely annoying. I was happy to learn how to block someone out of my news feed. It's a much happier place to visit now! Thanks Emmy. What bothers me, is when you tackle his religious choice. Yes, I am for Romney/Ryan. There, I said it. But what gets my knickers in a wad, is when people start saying things that are out right disrespectful.
Last night, in the closing of the debate, each candidate was asked to tell the country who they are and why we should vote for them. The very first words out of Mitt Romney's mouth: I believe in God, and I believe we are all children of God. In a nutshell that is who he is. He went on to speak of his church experience as a "Pastor." (A position which he does not get paid for) Sitting across from those in need of assistance. He has never needed it, but he has seen it first hand. One of my FB friends called it preaching, and said she wanted a President not somebody with a "magic" friend. Another mutual friend came in and added, "And "Magic underwear."*
My responses were simple: He was asked to tell about himself, and he did. And as for the magic underwear, I wear mine every day. I never leave home without it!
I am weary of the argument and the tireless remarks. However, I am not tired or weakened in my convictions. I grew up in the LDS church and formed my own opinions and testimony long before I ever even heard of Mr. Romney. And here's the clincher, he is not preaching. If you want preaching about the gospel of my church, simply go to www.lds.org and you can find a wealth of information at your fingertips. We recently had General Conference in which our General Authorities spoke to all of the members WORLDWIDE. What a tremendous blessing that was. That was preaching. That is what I believe and who I am. And nothing anyone says will ever change that.
And I must love it, because why else would I get all riled up?
* "Magic underwear" is the crude reference some "friends" are giving in reference to the garments that Temple-worthy LDS members wear. They are worn as reminders of covenants made in the Temple, reminders of modesty, and it is a part of who we are. Much like a Catholic Priest wears his Cross, and robes we wear our reminders inwardly. They are not "magic." But we do treat them with respect and honor as you would a cross.