Refuge From The Storm

This is a summary of a talk by Patrick Kearton, from this year’s General Conference. Every 6 months the leaders of our church speak about various topics so instead of going to church we we either watch it on TV, or go to the Conference Center.  If you want to check out the other talks then click here!

And onto the summary:

“As members of the Church, as a people, we don’t have to look back far in our history to reflect on times when we were refugees. …

The Savior knows how it feels to be a refugee—He was one. As a child, Jesus and His family fled to Egypt to escape the murderous swords of Herod. And at various points in His ministry, He found Himself threatened and His life in danger, ultimately submitting to the designs of evil men who had plotted His death. Perhaps, then, it is all the more remarkable to us that He repeatedly taught us to love one another, to love as He loves, to love our neighbor as ourselves. …

If you are asking, “What can I do?” let us first remember that we should not serve at the expense of families and other responsibilities, nor should we expect our leaders to organize projects for us. But as youth, men, women, and families, we can join in this great humanitarian endeavor. …

The Lord has instructed us that the stakes of Zion are to be “a defense” and “a refuge from the storm” [D&C 115:6]. We have found refuge. Let us come out from our safe places and share with them, from our abundance, hope for a brighter future, faith in God and in our fellowman, and love that sees beyond cultural and ideological differences to the glorious truth that we are all children of our Father in Heaven.”

I just want to say how thankful I am for a living prophet on this Earth and for the modern revelation he and his counselors are able to give.

I love you all-Aspen AKA A Member Of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

There Once Was A Girl

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There once was a girl with who wanted nothing more than to step foot into that castle.

There once was a girl who wanted nothing more than to step foot out of that castle.

There once was a girl who only knew the horrors caused by a King inside that castle.

There once was a girl who only knew the things her father did to get inside that castle.

There was once a girl who was forced to always stand in the shadows of that castle.

There once a peasant.

There once was a princess.

There once was a prisoner’s daughter.

There once was an aristocrat’s daughter.

There once was a servant.

There once were 5 girls, too blinded by their wants to see that they all wanted the same thing. Equality.

Underprivileged Boys??

This isn’t going to be some rant about how guys are so whiny and that they need to see how hard it is to be a girl, and this isn’t a misogynistic post either. This is a post on equality, which I highly believe in.

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And okay, so we always see everything about girls being treated as equals in society. But even if men do get paid better, I want to talk about the personal aspect of things.  Girls are always told that they are princesses who don’t need a guy, they are beautiful and fierce, and capable of anything.

But, so are guys. Guys are strong, and funny, and deserve to “romanticized” too. I know, I know! It’s not manly, but who cares! Why can’t a guy be a prince, or a king, ora superhero? Sure he doesn’t need to “save the day”, but what’s wrong with making someone happy? What’s wrong with helping someone out when they need it? 

What’s wrong with wanting a so-called fairytale? Sure, a girl obviously deserves to have a guy that treats her right and knows her potential and worth, but a guy deserves a girl who knows that she can turn to him for help. A girl that makes him smile and can help conquer his fears.

Men are magical, and powerful, and fantastic people. Sure they do wrong! But it doesn’t mean we can group them all into a file of “masochistic douchebags”.

Fairytales are for everyone! Princess empowerment is great! Leave your tower, save China, start a business!

But maybe in another story a peasant boy is saving the world too! But now I’ve lost you, haven’t I? A guy saving the world, so stereotypical. This clearly means that everyone thinks the girl was incapable of doing anything for herself.

Well maybe, the guy is actually a decent being who was trying to help people in general! Maybe he’s not even in love, hell he may not even know “the girl”.

My point is that it doesn’t matter who is saving the world or living the fairytale. If both men and women are working for a better cause then it doesn’t matter. Double the empowerment, double the respect.

Can’t guys live happily ever after too?

(Sidenote: After writing this I went to look up a quote that went well with it and simply typed, “quotes about men” into google search and literally nothing positive came up. Hopefully I do find something.)

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