Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today's Spiritual Message: Supporting Traditional Marriage in Lima, OH

Lima, OH?

Yeah, I don't think I'd ever heard of it before yesterday, either.

Nevertheless, my wife, our daughter, and I jumped into the car and made the 2:20 drive up to Lima to attend a National Organization for Marriage rally.  To be frank, we would have attended the larger, Columbus rally on Friday, but it was during work.

Lima's not exactly Manhattan (sorry folks), so there weren't millions in attendance, but we were happy to participate.

Here's one of the pictures taken of us at the rally:

Click here for the NOM website I pulled this from (also includes a snippet from us).

As the youngest couple, "with the most adorable baby in tow," I had a feeling we would be interviewed by one or both sides, and we were.

As I told Maggie Gallagher, I feel so blessed to live in a land where two sides can both show up to the same location and peaceably express their views (while in many countries this isn't possible).

Traditional marriage faces an onslaught of opposition:  unchastity before and during marriage, divorce, abuse, and same sex marriage, to name a few.  What I tried to communicate to both sides of the debate is that these are all issues we feel affect not only traditional marriage but also the family and society at large.

As I am paraphrased in Maggie's article, it is most certainly uncool, amongst our generation, to believe in chastity before marriage and full fidelity after, in a committed and loving union.  

Seattle, WA, December 2006
For my wife and myself, we know that if we are faithful in keeping sacred covenants we made in the temple of our God, our union will last not only for this life, but for all eternity.  

No fleeting one night stand or any other form of relationship can bring the same kind of happiness as an eternal marriage, performed by those with authority from our Heavenly Father.  I say this not to boast of ourselves, but to invite all to enjoy the same happiness and hope of an eternal union we cherish on a daily basis.

Speaking of the Savior, Jesus Christ, a Book of Mormon Prophet said,
 24 He doeth not aanything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he bloveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw call men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.

  25 Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: aCome unto me all ye bends of the earth, cbuy milk and honey, without money and without price.

  26 Behold, hath he commanded any that they should adepart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.

  27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his asalvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath bgiven it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to crepentance.

  28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but aall men are privileged the one blike unto the other, and none are forbidden.  (2 Nephi 26: 24-28).
Part of this salvation is eternal marriage; this blessing is open to any and all who will accept the Savior's conditions.  Thus, we invite everyone to meet the Savior's conditions and enjoy the happiness which springs from an eternal family.

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M Fletch Fotos said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely photos and the presentation ofyour beliefs on marriage.
I am SO HAPPY that we have the freedom and means whereby we can share these feelings freely with one another.

Christy said...

Yes, we had a lot of fun and everybody loved Maria. It's certainly is important to discuss and support those issues that we feel are important.

CCF and JRF said...

I would be very interested in what you had to say on Marriage as it relates to us.


CCF and JRF said...

Never mind we saw the article. You have hurt your brother beyond words and me. You just solidified why he didn't come to your wedding and best of luck getting him to ever speak to you again.


Cougar Abogado said...

@JRF. I'm sorry you feel offended. I certainly had no intention to hurt anyone. I do still feel like we can overcome our differences of opinion and be close friends/family, but I can't force either of you to associate with me if you choose not to.

What I've said, and what I stand up for in no way diminish the amount of love that I have for both of you.

Steph said...

Wow, thank you so much for sharing this. I think it's great that you were able to go to the marriage rally and you always have a great way of saying things. I was concerned last week that a good friendship of mine may have ended due to a disagreement over this same topic. It is sometimes hard to help people understand why we cherish this blessing so much and that we do want all to participate in this eternal happiness. The important thing is that we endure, and above all we support our spouses and family to gain eternal salvation. I'm glad to see that you and Christy are so happy and that Maria has such great parents :)