I follow the rules / keep the commandments according to the dictates of my own conscience and for my own, personal reasons.
I do not pay tithing as fire insurance or as a measure / token
of righteousness; I pay it to help fund the Church.
I do not
attend church to be blessed in the next life; I attend church to be
blessed (sometimes) and to bless others (always).
I do not attend the
temple to hold any particular calling or to get to the Celestial
Kingdom; I attend the temple to commune with God in a quiet, reverent
place and to remember to seal my heart to all of God's children.
I do not wear the garment for physical protection (or, really, even for
spiritual protection); I wear it to remind myself of my relationship to
God and because I love the symbols they include - and, frankly, because
I've worn it so long it's a habit.
I could go on and on, but
the point is that I do things because I want to do things - for whatever
reasons make sense to me. I really don't care if others agree with my
reasons; I care that others find reasons that make sense for them - for
whatever they do, even if their actions are different than mine.
If I ask others to respect my right to make my own decisions, and to be accountable for my own choices, I simply must "allow them the same privilege", regardless of whether or not I agree with the choices they make.
Enid vs. Banality 2/26/2017
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