Father’s Day, 2020

I love these these photos, posted by Tina on Facebook today.

Andrew with Hunter

She wrote:

Happy Father’s Day to this amazing dad! Andy Horning, you’re such a great daddy to Hunter. We love you so much and are so grateful for everything you do for us 💞

Andrew seems to love being a dad, and he’s turning out to be a very good one, despite his reluctance to become one in the first place. Now, with number 2 on the way, he can enjoy his children twice as much.

I wished him a Happy Father’s Day, along with a few other dads that I know.

Later in the day, we had a Zoom call. It was great to catch up. Hunter was alternately smiling and fussy. I think he just wanted attention. We talked a bit about the new little one they’re expecting in early January. I guess heart rate suggests a girl, but not sure yet. Unfortunately, the pregnancy is difficult for Tina. She hasn’t been feeling well. She’s got a lot on her plate.

They’ve made some improvements to the house, namely new carpeting upstairs and tree removal in the back yard. Still have a lot to do.

Their businesses seem to be booming. Andrew said they currently have 4 mowing crews (8 guys total) and 2 office girls. They also have 4 moves scheduled this week for their moving business. They have so many vehicles and mowing equipment that they’re also looking for a mechanic. I don’t know how they keep up with it all.

I received a “Happy Father’s Day!” text from Emily — very nice to know she’s thinking of me — wish I had more opportunities to be a greater part of her life. Of course, I feel that way about all of my children.

In other news, I wanted to mention that since we’re still not able to hold Sunday church meetings, we have really enjoyed the weekly “Come Follow Me” Sunday School broadcast by Mormon News Report on Facebook. Click the image to listen to today’s lesson:

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One of the things they discussed today was women and the priesthood and the fact that this seems to be becoming more and more of an issue as time goes on.

The idea of women holding the priesthood is certainly not without precedent. The bible mentions prophetesses and we’re told in the Temple that women can become priestesses.

There are many thoughts about this. Our church leaders have made it clear that women do have “priesthood authority” in their callings and that they have a right to receive all priesthood blessings, but, of course, it’s not the same as the priesthood authority that men hold. This has lead, and even encouraged, some men to exercise “unrighteous dominion” over women, which is clearly not good.

It could be argued that the patriarchal system we have is the result of ancient prejudices that have gradually become outdated, and perhaps can be compared with the church’s attitude toward blacks prior to 1978 when black men were not permitted to hold the priesthood.

I think the consequences of allowing women to hold the priesthood would be much more far-reaching than that of giving blacks the priesthood. I believe that the priesthood system we currently have stems from (or at least is related to) the fact that we believe in one God whom we call Heavenly Father.

Although we Latter Day Saints readily admit that Heaven Father probably has a wife (Heavenly Mother), we don’t talk about her much. If women were allowed to hold the priesthood, then it would be logical to assume that Heavenly Mother also holds the priesthood, and if we believe that husbands and wives are equal, then it follows that Heavenly Mother should be worshiped in the same way that Heavenly Father is.

Then there’s the possibility that Heavenly Father has more than one wife (oh boy).

All of this pretty much wrecks our current view of the Godhead with it’s three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – all male) in one God.

This is also related to another major issue that we’ve been dealing with for some time, namely gender identity and same-sex vs opposite-sex attraction.

Is it possible that Heavenly Father is gay or not a man in the traditional sense?

Where does this all lead? It’s very hard to say. Although I do believe in one universal truth, I admit the possibility that we haven’t quite found it yet. We may be in for some major shifts in our thinking as time goes on.

Many will find the ideas I have expressed here totally unacceptable — even heretical. If I made a big deal out of them or tried to convince other people, no doubt I would get into trouble.

I don’t want to get into trouble nor do I believe that our leaders are wrong or should be ignored or disrespected. Frankly, my faith is not based on what we’ve been taught about the priesthood or the Godhead. It’s based on the fruit that I see — the tremendous force for good that our church represents.

I believe our leaders are doing the best they can and will continue to serve as well as they know how. And I expect I’ll be fine with any changes — even doctrinal — that they make in the future.

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