LilyBelle00

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    I feel like we're in a cult

    Just to let those who care know, we had our baby boy on Tuesday, Nov 24. He was 7.3 and 20 1/2 inches long. He's beautiful and perfect!!
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    I feel like we're in a cult

    We actually had a fairly good day at church yesterday. That's sort of awful to say because my husband woke up not feeling well...but because of that we were able to ride to church in the same vehicle for the first time in over 6 months AND leave together afterwards! So it was really nice to have some help and get to eat lunch together. :)
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    I feel like we're in a cult

    I'm sorry for looking like I abandoned this post (but maybe it's a good thing I did). I posted it when I was feeling particularly down and frustrated and alone. I am sorry for using the word "cult". I shouldn't have used such a sensitive word. I do want to give a big thank you to the ones who read my post and used reading comprehension skills to recognize that I wasn't calling the LDS church a cult. Again, I shouldn't have used that particular word. Also, it's not just that I don't like the social activities. I don't, but that's besides the point. They could plan a social activity for every night of the week if they wanted to. I don't care. The problem is telling my husband that it's his job to attend every activity they plan, it's his job to sit and listen to fishing stories for 3 hours at a "meeting", it's his job to be away from his family 3+ nights a week. When my husband tried to tell them that he needed to take a step back to spend more time with his family he was brushed off. Told to pray about his feelings like they were wrong. Anyway, thank you to all the ones who read my post and understood what I was trying to say with all my rambling. Thank you to the ones who actually had helpful advice and even just support. I don't want to become inactive and it's important to me for our children to be raised in the church (because I do love THE church). My poor husband is ready to pack up and move just to get away but that's not possible. Hopefully we'll be able to figure something out. Also, for those who care, I'm STILL pregnant.
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    I feel like we're in a cult

    Yep... I just used the dreaded "C word." After laughing at people who called the Church a cult all my life, now I'm feeling like I'm actually in one. I do not believe that the LDS Church is a cult! I love the Church. I've been a member all my life. We belong to a very small branch and that's where our problems stem from. I feel like the branch "cultish". I'm sure "cult" is too strong of a word but I don't know how to describe it. They keep scheduling activities and meetings. We are a tiny branch of maybe 20-30 active members, most of them over the age of 60. We are one of 3 families with young children. My husband is 2nd counselor in the presidency. He's expected to go to a meeting every Wednesday night. This meeting starts at 6pm and can last past 9pm because the other men sit around and just talk about random topics (fishing, work) and will not dismiss the meeting. My husband gets home from work at 5:30 so he doesn't get to spend any time with me or the kids that night (7yo, 4yo, and one on the way). He's also expected to stay after church every Sunday for another meeting that lasts "an hour". He didn't get out of church today until after 2. They also schedule activities every week. We have at least 2 "branch activities" a month. This is just random "fun" things like fish frys or chili cook offs. We also have a monthly "family night" where everyone comes and does an activity...while the kids run around like crazy. It's definitely not what I'd consider a family night. Plus, we have BOM class and they want to start an "Addiction Recovery" class that the president thinks "everyone should come to". This is of course all on top of my husband still having people to HT and being asked to take the missionaries out visiting a couple times a month. He's getting majorly burnt out. Tonight we were sitting down to dinner and he got a call saying that he needed to go visit someone with the missionaries and he was the only one who could do it. We are (or used to be) a very close family. This is hurting our marriage and our kids. They cry for him and ask why he's always gone. I'm 9 months pregnant and feeling abandoned. I try not to get angry with him because I know it's not his fault but it is frustrating. He feels like he can't say anything because the branch is so small and they "need" him for everything. I feel like the other men are piling too much on him and not realizing that he's the only one who also has a young family and a job to worry about (they are mostly either retired or semi retired). And the guilt!! Last time he tried to bring up the fact that he was feeling stretched thin and like he wasn't spending enough time with his family, they told him that he needed to pray about his feelings...and continued to call him for everything. He also gets singled out sometimes in the meetings if we miss one of the branch activities. We like to do things together as a family, not with other people. We both work full time so we also enjoy our time off together...but he's made feel guilty if we skip out. A few weeks ago my sister had her first baby. That Saturday was our branch's fish fry. We chose to go visit her and the baby instead...Sunday they wanted to know where we were and when he told them the president kept making little comments about how his "job" was to be there for the activities and that I could have visited my sister another day. Apparently I've also been put on a list of people who need more attention and visits because I've missed the past 2 Sundays. The first one was because I was having major pregnancy pains and this one was because one of my kids was sick with a fever. I feel like we are teetering on the edge of inactivity because we can't handle all this. We have been in other wards and I don't remember it being like this. We were inactive for many years and we were very happy and thankful when this little branch opened in our town but now we are both actually missing our inactive life!! Is this normal?? Are other branches this busy and all consuming? I feel like we are being pulled away from other family and friends. Are we just being anti social? Because we can be. We are not very social and mostly just really enjoy being together as a family.
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    RS activity ideas...HELP!

    Thanks for the suggestions. I should mention that this is a very small group also with only maybe 4-5 women coming to the monthly meetings out of the maybe 8-10 active churchgoing ladies. I'm thinking that for the first meeting I'll do something easy and then maybe start asking what they are interested in and what skills they can teach... Unfortunately, most of these women are not active. Usually when I ask a question or try to talk to them all I get are blank smiles and nods.
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    RS activity ideas...HELP!

    I haven't posted anything in a very long time. I'm surprised I remembered my login information! Anyway, I had a calling in Primary Presidency and I hated it.... now I have a new calling in RS Presidency and I hate it just as much. I'm starting to think the problem is ME. It's really hard to go from being inactive for over 10 years to suddenly being in the Presidency of anything. Especially having been inactive during pretty much all of my "adult" life before now. I feel like I just want to go and enjoy church and learn but instead I'm suddenly "in charge" of things I know NOTHING about! It's because we are a very, very small branch so it's slim pickings when it comes to callings. So anyway, I'm in charge of the RS monthly enrichment activities. Yay. It wouldn't be so bad if we had more members...and younger. I'm 31 and I'm the youngest one in RS by a good 40 years. Seriously. Anything that I'm interested in (family, children, strengthening marriage) doesn't pertain to anyone else there. Everyone is widowed/never married, most live alone.... I'm clueless. Any ideas for activities that I can plan that they might enjoy?
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    R rated movies

    Thank you. This is exactly how I feel. I know that we need to evaluate the content of movies case by case but the rating system just makes that a little bit easier by knocking out a whole chunk of movies for me. If the ratings people consider the movie to have content that is "restricted" then it would seem that people who strive to live above worldly standards would feel the same... I would also much rather get my historical knowledge from actual biographies or records and not whatever spin Hollywood wants to puts on it. 'The Patriot,' 2000 | Top 10 Historically Misleading Films | TIME.com
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    R rated movies

    I understand that we need to check the content of the movies we watch but I've always applied that to movies not rated R. That's what I assume the authorities are speaking of when they mention movies but don't specifically mention a rating. I'm still ok with the thought of "if it's rated R it must not be a movie I should see" and making that rating off limits for me and my family. I guess the fact that the General Authorities have stopped mentioning the ratings has made some members, including this missionary, think that it's ok to watch anything. I personally think that by not mentioning the R rating the GAs are saying "We already said stay away from R movies in the 80's and now other ratings are getting worse so we need to check the content of any movie we watch."
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    R rated movies

    I've thought about speaking to the mission president several times about him. I don't want to tattle but at the same time I really do not think that he's acting appropriately. The mission president and his wife are two of the people that I've heard him speak cruelly of! It's gotten to the point where I almost want to ask my husband to stop going out with them because I feel like they (really just the one) is a bad influence. The sad thing is that this guy replaced a missionary who was really great. I find myself counting the days until this one leaves.
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    R rated movies

    I'm a little irritated right now... I grew up LDS. We were not allowed to watch R rated movies in our house. As a teenager I snuck a few in with friends but now that I'm older and have a family of my own, I stick strongly by that. My husband did not grow up LDS. Not at all. As a young child he rarely watched children's movies and instead his family watched R rated movies with him. His favorite movies were all R rated. After he was baptized and we were married, I asked him to stop watching R rated movies and he (grudging) did for awhile. After we became inactive he started watching them again occasionally but it was always a little sore point between us because he knew I didn't agree with it. He would watch them while I was at work or after I went to bed. So fast forward to now.... We are active again, sealed in the temple, he's "moving on up" in the church, and things are great. He stopped watching R rated movies. He goes out with the missionaries quite a bit. At least once a week. There is one missionary that I'm not really fond of. I feel awful saying that because I still have this naive ingrained thought that missionaries should be above reproach. This guy just gives me a bad feeling. Not that he's really a bad guy...just that he's not really "into" it. He talks bad about other people in the church, including some members of the branch presidency. It can be really uncomfortable for my husband and I and I'm always warning my husband not to get sucked into what this guy is saying or telling him. My husband just tries to change the subject. Anyway, they were at an investigator's house and got to talking about movies. The missionary was talking about different movies that he liked and all of them were R rated. Not just R rated but some of them were pretty bad horror or raunchy comedy movies. He kept asking my husband if he had seen them and my husband just kept saying no. The missionary pressured him some more and told him that he really needed to see this particular one and the investigator offered to let him borrow it. My husband declined and the missionary asked him why so finally my husband said that we weren't supposed to be watching R rated movies. The missionary laughed at him. He said "That's bull. Show me in the scriptures where it says that." My husband, whose not well versed yet in all these things, just said that he thought it was something that a prophet might have said years back and the missionary just laughed and said "R rated movies are just like caffeine, you got some Mormons who say we can't have it but the church doesn't care." All of this was said in front of the investigator. I don't know what the other missionary was doing or saying but he's younger and hasn't been out very long, so he seems to just follow the lead of whoever he's with. Am I right to be upset by this? My husband was a little embarrassed by the whole exchange. He asked me about it but said that he trusted me. I searched "r rated" on LDS.org and showed him all the talks and such telling us to avoid movies like that. What do you think? Do you watch them?
  11. It would be sort of "The Office" like. Just because I work in an office setting and my coworkers are crazy.
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    Animal Lovers

    My favorite topic!!!! We have 2 1/2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 parakeet, and a tank full of fish. The fish and the parakeet are both kind of boring.... The fish are well, fish and the parakeet is not a big fan of people. Our cat is a big 10 year old orange tabby boy, Artie. We found him in a parking lot when he was just a starving little kitten. He very sweet but not very sociable. He never seeks out attention but enjoys cuddling when we go to him. I say 2 1/2 dogs because we have 3 living with us but one is a foster dog so not technically ours. That makes a BIG difference because I promised my husband we'd never have 3 dogs at once again....haha. Our foster dog is a big 8 year old Weimaraner, Gus. He's beautiful and the absolute easiest dog ever. If he wasn't so big we'd forget he was here. Then we have Buttercup, our Olde English Bulldogge. She's a crazy goof. She's got the funniest face. She's an "up for anything" kind of dog. She plays hard, loves hard, and gets in trouble hard. She'll be 2 in November. Last and least in size we have Jasper. He's a two year old "short haired" Havanese. It's a very rare genetic mutation of the normal incredibly long haired Havanese. He was the ugly duckling in his litter because everyone wanted the normal fluffy puppies. He's very, very cute though and is actually a long haired dog, just not compared to the breed standard. We are super lucky to have him though because he's perfect for us. He's extremely tolerant of children and just completely attached to us. I'm currently trying to talk my husband into a kitten but it's not going well.
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    Body Guard Needed

    I used to get a .50 cents, I think. My younger siblings got a $1.
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    New temple video

    I just saw the new video on Saturday. I liked it. I feel like I liked it more than the old one but I only saw the old one once for my own endowment 2 months ago, so what do I know?? :)
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    Feeling sorry for myself.

    I get those Daily Message quotes to my email at work and this is the one that I just received a couple of minutes ago: "The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is to see a husband and his wife and their children happy at home, protected by the principles and laws of the gospel, sealed safely in the covenants of the everlasting priesthood. Husbands and wives should understand that their first calling—from which they will never be released—is to one another and then to their children." —Boyd K. Packer Coincidence??? lol. :)