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#DescendantofthePioneers

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I would have used the hashtag “DescendantoftheMormonPioneers” to celebrate my people, but did not out of fear of receiving hostile comments about ‘Mormons’, as well as mockery of my ancestors, and those in my extended family who still strive to practice their faith in peace. Sadly, many people have negative views of the Latter-Day Saints, and openly express disdain for the believers way of life and even their Holy book. I, as a child (unassuming, full of wonder), though not a ‘Mormon’ myself mentioned to some other children my family’s connection to the Faith and was immediately told, in no uncertain terms, that they would all go to HELL. Yes, I was saddened by this. Who wouldn’t be? My family, the people I loved, were consigned to HELL because of what they believed in their hearts to be true. Imagine that, a small child (wide eyed, and full of kindness) tortured by other children over religious beliefs. Some even made fun of the Temple Garments calling them ‘Mormon underwear’. Painful. Most definitely painful, and don’t get me started on the Faith’s persecution by the Federal Government. No, I couldn’t take it. As a descendant I still feel the sting.

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‘KIND OF’

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Beyond the seas of thought
Beyond the realm of what
Across the streams of hopes and dreams
Where things are really not

– ‘Journey to the Center of the Mind’

The Amboy Dukes

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The ‘Extraterrestrial Highway’. Sounds ‘kind of’ cool, doesn’t it? It’s in Nevada between Crystal Springs and another town with ‘springs’ in its name that right now I can’t recall, and I sure as hell ‘ain’t gonna’ Google it. It’s all bullshit to tell you the truth. I’ve been in both towns and, believe me, there’s no water anywhere around, above or below either of these God forsaken collection of cheaply built shacks occupied by maniacs, drifters and drug addicts. And, listen, if, for some reason, you have got it in your mind to go visit this Highway that no self respecting extraterrestrial would ever even consider worth visiting then don’t, whatever you do, stop in, or even slow down as you pass through those two towns. You’re welcome.

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