Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Know a Mormon?

I have this blog on my blog roll, and enjoy reading what he has to say.  As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know we are a "peculiar people", yet it still surprises me when so many people still have not knowingly run across any of us.  I wonder if I am not forthcoming enough about it.  I do tend to socialize primarily with people of my faith because I am rather shy, and often don't get to know my neighbors more than in passing.  Part of that is because of our peculiarity.  I have no desire to go out for a girls' night to drink or whatever. 

The one lady in our building who I have chatted with the most knows that we are LDS, and seemed stunned (shocked? - her husband is a chaplain, Protestant I believe) when I first mentioned it.  I do know that as a family we need to be more outgoing and be better at getting to know those around us.  A former colleague, whose four children have all since joined the church (but not herself), once said to me that "Mormons" seem exclusive and only associate with each other.  I don't think it is intentional on anyone's part, certainly not mine, but because The Church is such a significant part of our lives it just happens.  

3 comments:

OUR HOUSE said...

I have this same problem, of having few to no friends who are nto members of the church. I feel horrible about it. I am very stingy with my time outside of the home and away from my family, so I limit myself to the number of activities I attend each month. The fact is, I would much rather spend an evening at a Relief Society activity than at an AirForce spouse's activity. But as a result of this, I don't get to meet and interact with many people otuside the church. It was so much easier when I had a job (before I had kids).

Becky and the Boys said...

I totally agree Ruth! And not having a job - that's a big one too for me, because who else would I be sharing with???

The Merrills said...

I sure want to be more outgoing to my neighbors...