WOW! Did anyone just see that?! I am watching the live news conference introducing Elder Eyring and Elder Cook to the press on KBYU, and they just opened it up for questions, and poor President Eyring’s first question was “What do you think about Same Sex Marriage and Same Gender Attraction?” The look on his face was priceless. He was scared. To me it looked like the mantle suddenly came crashing down on his shoulders. He couldn’t answer the question, and delicately danced himself out of answering it. I’m not upset about that, he did a good job of it, but man- I would love to have the image of his face to put up here.
It is so sad that we have to be so scary.
On a completely different note, I changed my title and username from “ssa” to “forever barred.” When I started this blog, I thought that SSA was going to be a creative title. I thought that a blog about the conflicts of same sex attraction and being an active Latter-day Saint was unique. Well, since I’ve discovered I’m not really that weird after all, I should create a username that is more reflective of me. And so, I decided to make an allusion to one of my favorite books, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. I thought about using “My Biggest Pretend” to refer to the quote: “I want always to be a boy and have fun.” (Peter) “You say so, but I think it is your biggest pretend” (Wendy). But then I thought that this site is not my biggest pretend, because it is the one place I can be honest. So then I thought about using “Oh the cleverness of me!,” but it is too long and it is too cocky. While it is the cockiness that makes Peter Pan so awesome, I haven’t improved my self esteem enough to share such a virtue.
And so I, I decided to use “forever barred” as my username- a reference to some of the things that Peter was barred from, (or was he really barred from them?) It fits.