Recently, I received a (my term) "come to Jesus" e-mail from an older relative of mine. I'm pretty certain that my relatives who read this blog know which relative I'm talking about, as I know they have also received e-mails and letters from this person in the past.**
Anyway, in this e-mail (which was only to me, not a group e-mail), this very faithful LDS person mentioned that I probably had no use for "the moron church" (their words, not mine).
I have to admit, I was a bit taken aback. I had to think, okay, have I ever used the term "moron church" on this blog or anywhere on the net?
(I even did a search through the blog to make sure).
When it wasn't a genuine spelling error (yes, they happen, even to me!)?
I don't think I have. Because as I've written before, while I disagree about MANY things about mormonism and the mormon faith - I don't consider it the moron church.
I do not consider its members "morons".
I even try to use LDS, even though I disagree with changing the terms from mormon to LDS.
I hope I've been pretty clear in the past that I know a lot of people whom I respect (some whom I love) who happen to be mormon.
I give them the same freedom and respect to find their own belief system as I would hope they would give me.
Honestly, there are only a handful of people that I would even use the term "moron" about. On my good days, I could even attempt some compassion about using "moron" towards those few people. As I have compassion for this older relative of mine, who has been through many rough patches throughout their years that I know about.
I just couldn't help giving this explanation/defense here. In case this person is (by some stretch of the imagination) reading this blog. Because that e-mail pushed all my buttons (which most "come to Jesus" e-mails are meant to do).
**As an aside, this particular person is not very good about keeping boundaries (or being respectful) from my experience, so I will probably not be engaging or responding.
As an example, at one point, this person even blamed my disaffection on my Mother. That I left the mormon faith because my Mom was not a "good example" to her daughters. The best thing I can say about that comment is that at least I know where this person stands.