Thursday, November 24, 2011
My extended family has a particular attraction to this holiday, since we're Pilgrims...literally. When I became a Pilgrim, I did a little research to find out the difference between a pilgrim and a pioneer.
I found out "pilgrim" specifically refers to people traveling for religious purposes. The way I see it, Thanksgiving should be a celebration of religious freedom as well as gratitude.
I gravitate toward misunderstood religions in my writing, mostly because as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I belong to one.
If it weren't for the Puritans and our country's founding fathers, who sacrificed so much for our religious freedom, God wouldn't have had the opportunity to reveal the church to Joseph Smith. Even with the standard of tolerance in our country, the early saints were murdered and driven out of their homes; at any other place and time, the church never could have even got off the ground.
I owe the Puritans a great debt of gratitude.
This Thanksgiving, that's what I'm going to focus on; my ability to believe what I want without getting hurt and the ability to do what I want without being ridiculed.
Here's an article my church wrote about the same idea. I read it after writing this article; I guess we were just on the same wavelength.