As a Mormon bisexual man I live in the "other circumstances" mentioned in The Family: A Proclamation to the World where "Death, disability or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation."
Man wanted: A mere mortal who is able and agreeable, bright and bold, calm and clean, deft and delightful, enthusiastic and energetic, frugal and friendly, good and gregarious, hopeful and humble, insightful and inspired, jovial and just, keen and ok, loving and lovable, musical and mild, nice and neat, observant and obliged, pure and purposeful, quick and quiet, respectful and real, strong and smart, trustworthy and truthful, understanding and unshakeable, virtuous and victorious, wise and wonderful, yearning and zealous. Does such a person exist, except in my imagination? Or is each of us capable of such ideals, not just all at the same time?
I've got a question about daily prayer: Do you pray every day? Why or why not? Now a confession: My prayers are mostly over meals these days. But I looked back in a journal and found this entry from Monday, March 17, 2008 at 7:05 a.m.: "Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I slept pretty well last night. Getting to bed a little before midnight, I think. I could remember a couple of dreams. They were dreams about some kind of certification. In one instance I had it and in the other I didn’t. They were about the same on the surface, but the certified route was happier." Then I had recorded this written prayer: "Dear Father in Heaven, I’m grateful for a good night’s rest. I’m grateful to be alive and well. I’m grateful for loved-ones, both families and friends. I’m grateful to suspect that I have loved-ones both known and unknown to me. Thanks be to you for all of them. Please bless me this day that I might do some good in the world today, that I might help someone in need, cheer up the sad and make someone feel glad. That I might see a way to lift a burden and do it. That I might wake up to such possibilities. Please help me to be strong and to bless my life and others. Help me in my work, in my thinking and doing and organizing. Bless me in all my relationships. Bless me with thy spirit. May I feel the comforter and take direction from Him, which is of course, taking direction from thee and the Savior. Bless me that I might have revelation to guide and encourage me this day, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." I gotta confess, I don't pray like that these days. Maybe I need to again. What do you think?