For many in our culture, religion and moral values have become like soft drinks. I prefer Coke, you prefer Mountain Dew, but in the end, neither of us is wrong. To each his own. Nevertheless, the choose-your-own-taste view of truth and morality still sounds good to many people. While many Christians rightly recoil at such a view, they often fail to notice the inroads it has made into their own thinking. For instance, when you hear a fellow believer on a major TV news network say that Muslims who do not turn to Jesus will go to hell, do you wince? Or when a Christian pastor on NPR calls homosexuality a sin, do you feel a little uncomfortable? Sure, you may agree in principle, but for someone to put it out there so candidly, without a thousand qualifications, seems so, well, unloving and intolerant. We could turn that statement around and say that love rejects error.
Growing up in Haywood County, David Burnette was drawn to the old ways that he learned from elders in his community. When David was twelve, he built his first log cabin. His taste in music tends towards the sounds of an earlier day. He learned old-time and bluegrass music, and is a great clawhammer banjo player. David Burnette devotes his energies to teaching and sharing the traditions that his elders shared with him. He teaches blacksmithing at Haywood County Community College , and does blacksmith demonstrations at festivals and fairs. He and his son, with whom he also plays music, have given demonstrations, at the Cradle of Forestry and area plow days, of logging with horses and plowing with oxen. He taught a troop of boy scouts how to make a horse- or mule-pulled work sled of the kind that was ubiquitous on mountain farms before automobiles. David does custom work and demonstrations with a handset small, manually-operated sawmill. David also carries on traditional methods of making and preserving food.
It's a heart-wrenching story. Whatever your leaders have said, consider their counsel, give it the weight it deserves, then counsel with your Heavenly Father about your own situation. There is no way this will work out. It's gonna hurt, and it's gonna break her heart, but much less so than waiting until you've both committed to each other and start discussing your future together. In addition to your religious leaders, there are counselors who specialize in interfaith couples. I grew up in Utah, attended BYU, and served a mission. The hardworking doctors won't even get the time or energy for affairs. Make sure she knows the plan, so you both can dress appropriately. It CAN work, to be frank. I knew a Mormon girl who got rides from her Mormon friends for casual sex dates with men she met on Tinder.
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