Only, I wasn't happy. A lot of the things I heard in church weren't loving, gentle, or good. As for friendship, all those church assignments left little time for socializing. My only friends were a couple of women who were assigned to come around and "teach" me every month. Half the time they were women I had little in common with. On the occasions I was given somebody that might grow into a friend, she was shifted to a new assignment before anything developed. With the LDS Church arranging my social life, I felt as though I was constantly following a script. Like an actress in a cheesy sitcom or creepy promotional film.
For me, there was no happiness in that Fake World.
Thank heavens I'm now a member of the Real World!
I like to say that the best thing about being a Mormon is becoming an ExMormon. It's a great community of accepting free thinkers - a place where I've found lots of real friends, not fake ones. And we've plenty of time to socialize! Take the past few weeks, for example.
First Eric and Ali flew down from Oregon. We met them, along with Steve and Sarah, at the Barrel to Bottle event in Half Moon Bay.
|BYOB - and they fill it!|
|Food is serious business|
|Eric whipping eggs into a frenzy|
|Chocolate Souffle - yum!|
|Dana and I at the Moraga Steps in SF|
|Dana's just mad about The Donald!|
|Of course Bill posed with him!|
|As did Don and Scott!|
|Jerry and Cheryl with Sinbad|
|Owner Tom Stinson in a final duel|
But we'll find a new watering hole. Because there are still plenty of fun times with good friends ahead. Life is good - when you don't have to fake it.