My plan to share my personal essay about my mom's closet habit will be a little difficult. I don't necessarily want to share something my mom doesn't want shared. So... I need to be very careful and calculating in how I share it. I want to share it with:
1. My Uncle Alex. He left the church 50 years ago when he was offended. I think he feels like Mormons put on this "perfection" show and he just isn't ready to commit to that. I am going to email it to him and ask him about how it relates to my mother. I have been trying to get him to read the Book of Mormon for a long time and I know that if he does he will gain a stronger testimony and maybe the strength to come back.
2. My Aunt Connie. She is my Uncle Alex's wife and said she reads the Book of Mormon on occasion. I want her to be able to read the Book of Mormon everyday and to feel the power of the gospel. I know that they are on the cusp of coming back, it is just going to take all of our efforts and small but consistent efforts to get her back. I am going to email it to her or go to visit her and see what she thinks.
3. Polly. She is a girl I taught on my mission who almost got baptized. She had strong family opposition to getting baptized and is still clinging to the church in all ways that she can. I want her to know that members of the church are real people and that they can have strong values but strong personalities. I am hoping that it will encourage her to keep pursuing the gospel and eventually joining the church. I will send her a link to my blog post.
4. My cousin Winston. He grew up not very religious at all. From his point of view, Mormons are too goody-goody and have to follow a weird mold. I want him to realize that we have personalities and that my mom has a fun side. He comes down to Arizona to see his girlfriend and I think knowing my mom has a spunky side will make him want to come and visit more. I am going to post the link to my facebook, tag him in it and say "Did you know your aunt was a closet nintendoer?"