Something New to Evoke Tears

March 30 MarchTonight I cried anew.  Pretty hard.  This time, it’s not because of the stories.

What an amazing rally!!!  Great local and national publicity.  Awareness is starting to gallop.  The advocacy team performed beyond my wildest expectations.  I’m not crying about the march.  I’m relishing in its afterglow.

Here’s what happened:

We Just got back from a family outing.  I turned on my computer.  Checked email.  One popped up from Paypal.  I was stunned…$15,175 in new donations.  One for $75.  One for $100!  One for $5,000!!  One for $10,000!!!  That made me cry.

Fund raising is uncomfortable for me.  This is the first time I’ve ever done it.  I would prefer to pay every damn bill out of my own pocket.  However, I realize that my friends want to be involved more deeply in our cause.  And…we can achieve our goal faster.

Prior to today, many $100 contributions had come in.  A few at $1,000.  A couple at $2,000.  One at $3,000.

Until now, I had hesitated mentioning the larger numbers, not wanting to diminish the importance of $5 donations.  $5 is huge.  I don’t care what amount you have donated, you are putting your money where your heart is.  Do not apologize that you wish you could have donated more.  Nope.  If you think I have any integrity, then you had better believe me…$5 is gigantic.

As I was greeted with $15,175 tonight, I cried.  I cried at the new confirmation that our cause is not grinding to a halt.  Instead, we are gaining momentum in every possible way.  Even the financial piece.

WE.ARE.GOING.TO.WIN.THIS.WAR!!!!

FYI

Expenses:

Approx.  $126,000.

All the costs for the march are not in yet.  There may be a couple more thousand when all is said and done.  You can find a prior breakdown HERE

Donations:

$66,344.54

Including $614.71 cash donated at the march.

I am NOT posting this to request additional money.  This is my spirit of transparency that eases my fundraising discomfort.

I’m blown away at how much has come in.  Obviously, people care deeply about protecting our children,

THANK YOU for your contributions and for you understanding.

 

Unforgivable. Unpardonable.

Unforgivable. Unpardonable.

Sue Krupa Triplets

**Trigger Warning–Child Sex Abuse**

This story changed the lives of three darling little triplets.  Innocent before God and the world.

This story changed me, too.  The privileged, me.  The tragedy free, me.  The perfect childhood, me.  I have wept long and hard.  And continue to, as I type.

**Trigger Warning–likely this will change you**

Every story hits hard.  This one landed a blow deep into my soul.

Screams from a 10 year old boy, as the unthinkable happened in a tent on a hill.

I have had this story for a few days.  As a nightmare in daylight, it has haunted me.  I’m sure that will pass.  But, oh…how does this tragedy ever pass from the triplets?

**Final Trigger Warning–Turn back now if you have any trepidation**

This letter is from a friend of mine.  A friend that I cherish and love.  Recently, she honored me with her trust by sharing her story.  Thank you Sue.

Brethren,

I am writing to you today with hopes that my story will not fall on deaf ears. My name is Sue Krupa-Gray and I was a member for over 4 decades. I believe my story is a prime example of why the church needs to stop interviewing children behind closed doors, especially in regards to sexuality or anything related.

I was about 12 when I was called into my bishop’s office for an interview I will never forget. I’m sure it had something to do with advancement into the YW program. My bishop began asking me a few simple questions, which I answered. But when the subject matter evolved into personal inquiries about my time spent with boys, kissing, touching, and other sexually based subjects, I froze. It’s not that I had done anything wrong. I froze because of the nature of the questions. I froze because he wanted details and became pushy when I silenced myself. I froze because of something the LDS church played a part in.

Let me give you some of my back story.

When I was 9-10 years old we had a home teacher named Richard Bell placed in our home. He was single, came around far more than the required once a month visit, and he spent a lot of time with my triplet brothers, often excluding me. He never arrived with a partner. (Because my mom was single he should have had red flags placed all over him, but no one questioned anything.) He took the boys swimming a lot, played in the yard with them, brought gifts, prompted tickle fights, and took a liking to them. He was eccentric and creepy and he was grooming them for a moment that would change the lives of three children…forever.

The long and short of a complicated and far more detailed story is that Richard Bell marched my two brothers up a hill, in broad daylight, at a church campout and no one questioned him, even though he had a small tent thrown over his shoulder. What he did to my brothers is unforgivable. The repercussions that followed each of us is unpardonable.

My brother Robert, who had been asked to give him oral sex, recounted the events with me years later after I came out with my own story. After confronting Dave in our teens he also shared some details, but immediately closed down. Eventually, I was able to put the pieces together.

Rob wept as he recalled listening to our brother scream and cry in the tent as Richard molested him. My brothers were 10 years old. 10. Soak that in for a moment, please.

Dave later had a nervous breakdown at age 15 and has spent most of his life in an institution. Many believe the molestation changed the course of his life. I absolutely do too.

The story does not stop there. That same brother, Dave, began to come into my room the next year and I was molested. It changed the course of my life in numerous ways. A counselor assessed that the abuse he endured sparked a rage and unhealthy sexuality in him, hence pushing him to act against me, of all people. There is an eerie frost that still abides in me today when I think of what took place.

The next year my brothers decided to move out of our unstable mom’s home. I wanted to go too, but couldn’t because I did not want to be near my brother, my abuser. It was one of the hardest and most gut-wrenching choices I have ever made. I lost being a triplet. I lost having siblings that were all now living with my dad. I went from being one of 7 children and a triplet with built-in comrades to being alone. I survived for 6 more years with a mom that suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. 

I left home at 17 and never returned. I lost more than I can describe in words. My family never knew the true reason for my departure until I was almost 39, though I shared fragments with my dad.

The last birthday we triplets celebrated together was when we were 11 years old. We were born together….meant to be together. And one heinous act destroyed that.

Ask yourself this? What if the church had asked more questions about Richard Bell? Why sit and harass me, a 12-year-old girl about petting and kissing? I sat in the office of that bishop feeling humiliated and shamed and had done nothing wrong. That same bishop already had it out for our broken family because we did not fit the perfect Mormon mold. We all knew it.

I spoke up a year later when I was once again called in to talk about things he had not been trained to talk about and were unnecessary. I asked him “why are you allowing Richard to hurt boys? Why not care about what he is doing to people? And I blurted out what happened to my brothers and others in the ward. (By this time rumors were flying.) Steve Underdown was his name. And the only reply he had was: “I think people are blowing Richard’s weirdness out of proportion and misreading him.” He had closed the case without one question! Yet, he had a ton of questions for me about sex, touching, and things that were none of his business. I sat mortified.

These bishops are not prepared for the trauma people deal with. These bishops do not have degrees or knowledge to help people. I realize there are many good men in the role of the bishop, but, there are also many uninspired, predatorial, sexist, and misogynistic men wearing suits and playing God that are doing more harm than good.

Richard Bell married a blind woman in our ward who had at least 2 sons. They eventually had a son together. All of those boys were molested, the baby was 6 months old. There are court documents, though he got off because of a legal technicality. He also was arrested for a molestation of a crippled girl in Colorado. He went to a different congregation and groomed her before he hurt her. I am enclosing a picture of him in his prison jumpsuit. He is a prodigy of Mormonism in so many ways.

Another church went after him. How sad I was to see that the Mormon church did nothing!

So let me strongly state my opinion.

1) You have no right to question youth about sexuality, sex, or other natural things. That is a parents job. If there’s no parent, then that is the job of another adult that cares for them or someone they trust. These interviews are damaging, inappropriate, and wrong.

2) Sexuality is God-given and need not be shamed. The LDS church perpetuates such ugly notions of sex to youth. And then you have the gall to ask bishops to close a door, make a child feel intimidated, and ask them if they have touched themselves or participated in sexual acts. Do you understand how wrong that is? What about the kids like me that endured sitting in an office, weeping inside because I felt so bad and wrong for what had taken place with my own brother? Do you not have any idea how shaming that felt? Do you know how confused it made me?? My bishop had no skills or training to talk about such a loaded subject. And my bishop clearly had no promised gifts of discernment or inspiration. He never even reported Richard to the authorities. He instead protected the church and a priesthood holder.

3) Isn’t it time for the church to stop repressing people, shaming them, and making them feel awful for having sexual feelings? When will the church focus on helping people find feel joy, despite mistakes and being human? Christ did not walk around guilting and bullying people. In fact, I’d imagine He was the opposite. He probably took time to talk, to understand, and to grant empathy and compassion. I’m pretty sure he would ask the youth “what can I do to help you? How are you? What do you need to become more?” He would not be prying into their sexual actions or sending hopeless messages about sin.

4) When will LDS Inc., look at LGBTQ members and people and see just people? Your brutish Nov 5th policy walked me out of the church doors forever, along with a dishonest version of history. Love is love. Stay out of people’s bedrooms, please. There are plenty of homeless, hungry, naked, and suffering that deserve attention.

STOP. Stop closing doors on youth visits. Stop asking them about things your bishops and other leaders really have no right to be involved in. Stop avoiding the real problems in the church. How about you devote some time to this latest sexual predator and all that you allowed him to get away with before you pressure or shame another young child about their sexuality or feelings?

There are many apologies owed. You can feel free, to begin with the one my brothers, family, and I are owed.

Someday, I hope the church can practice what it preaches instead of bullying members, labeling people you know nothing about, and shaming youth in order to manipulate and control them.

I didn’t lose my faith; I simply found my truth.

Sincerely,

Sue Krupa-Gray

The priesthood pedophile in his prison jumpsuit:

RonBell

_______________________________________________

Dear Sue,

Your letter is addressed to the “Brethren.”  I hope they read it.  Unfortuantely, that’s not in your or my control.

However, I view your letter as also directed at me.  I’ve read it.  I bawled my eyes out over it.  And….I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Unforgivable?  Unpardonable?  Those are the very words that I would apply to myself if I sat silent and did nothing.

Thank you my friend.  I’m sorry for what happened to you.  Sorry enough to stay the course of Protecting The Children.

Note

Sue plans to participate in the rally on March 30th.  Her role will be one of 15 ambassadors who will deliver the books “Sacred Stories of Sacred Children.”  A personalized volume will be printed for each apostle.  She will be an ambassador representing the thousands of children who were egregiously wronged by our Church policies.

Please join her and 1,100 others as we March To Protect The Children.

Local Rallies are Taking Shape

Lion March Local RallySalt Lake City, March 30, 2018

History is about to be made, as we march to protect our children.

For the Salt Lake City event, 738 participants registered.  Soon we expect to eclipse our goal of 1,000.  Sign up HERE for the march in Salt Lake.

Local Rallies

Yeeehawwwww!  Our local rallies are now taking shape.  138 have registered to participate.  See the locations below.

These local rallies in will coincide with the Utah march.  Same date, same time…different place.

Every place we have a gathering, local media will be invited.  The local rallies will illustrate in a big way that our cause is a country-wide movement and deserves national attention.

This will be a big step in bringing awareness to good Mormon parents and bishops everywhere.

Below are the locations where people already have signed up.

Notes:

  1. If you have not registered and are near a place on the list, feel free to sign-up.
  2. Please invite others in your area to join in.
  3. If only 1 or 2 register, the rally may not be terribly effective.
  4. If no city close to you is listed, you can still register and recruit others in your area.
  5. We are now in the process of reaching out to all registrants to get organized and put you in contact with each other.
  6. We plan to Facebook live each event.
  7. New releases will be sent to media in all cities.  Names of those of you willing  to be interviewed will be given to the news outlets .
  8. The groups in each city can decide the location of the rally.  Most will likely be at temples.  Some at stake centers.  Wherever, it needs to be kept on the public sidewalks.
  9. Signage.  Examples will be provided.  Feel free to make your own.  The messaging should not be negative to the church.  We are not against the church or its leadership.  We are calling out ONE policy…interviewing children behind closed doors and asking sexually explicit questions.If you are interested in participating in a local rally, please register here.  A volunteer coordinator will reach out to you soon.
Location Signed Up
Sacramento 21
Phoenix 13
Seattle 13
Paris, France 12
Denver 7
Los Angeles 7
Idaho Falls 6
Houston 5
Palmyra 5
Saint Louis 5
San Antonio 5
Las Vegas 4
Quebec, Canada 4
Chicago 3
DC 3
New York 3
Albuquerque 2
Boston 2
Dallas 2
Orlando 2
Portland 2
Saint Paul 2
Cincinnati 1
Grand Rapids 1
Indianapolis 1
Kansas City 1
Philadelphia 1
Hawaii 1
***Tanzania***  Go David! 1

BTW…a dozen people in Paris, France?  I think I’ll fly there for the march rather than SLC. (I wish)

Please share this with friends in your local area.  March 30, 2017 is going to be quite a day.  Don’t miss out.

Thank you, my friends, for speaking up for our children. 

We are going to protect generations upon generations of kids.

Funding

In case you missed it, Protect The Children is now accepting donations.  You can find all the gory details HERE.

Or you can simply click HERE to make a contribution.

Our ‘Donate’ button was launched last Saturday.  We’ve had a pretty good response.  A big THANK YOU to all my friends who have joined in to help with our finances.   I plan to send a thank you email soon.  At the moment, things are pretty crazy busy.

A few people offered apologies for what they thought was a small donation or for not being able to donate at all.  Let me just say this, I’m not accepting any apologies.  A $5 donation is huge.  It may not be the biggest amount that came in.  Never-the-less, every dollar enables us to do more.  Those who told me they are not in a position to contribute…good for you.  As in all things, I trust and respect my friend’s ability to make the right decisions.  Besides that, you have already helped in so many ways, whether it was a signature, a share, a comment, an encouraging message…they all have brought us to where we are today….poised to make a major difference in our children’s lives.

My Hardest Post to Publish…So Far

Lion RunningI’ve been anguishing about this article for the last 4 days.  If I wait any longer, it will be moot.  So here goes…..damn it.

Warning From Friends

What I’m going to share required some help to get set up.  A few close friends were consulted.  I mentioned that I planned on laying everything out in the open.  They were cautiously supportive.  Their concerns centered on how people would perceive what I’ve done.  Here are some of their speculations.

People will say, “What a fool.  He spent all this money and accomplished nothing.”

Some will turn it around and make a joke out of you.

Nobody’s going to believe this.  They’ll use it as confirmation that you’re lying about everything.

Fine.  This post might make me look like a dishonest fool, fit for making fun of.  But, I’ve risked everything else.  You might as well know this, too.

The Gloves are Off

A few months ago I made a post with the title above.  I had reached the tipping point of frustration.  Stories of hideous damage to our children were flooding in.  At the same time, church leaders were completely ignoring me.

You already know that my heart is committed, my time is committed, my reputation is committed, even my church membership is committed.  What you didn’t know was that my funds were also committed.

When I decided to take the gloves off, that included launching my money into the mix.   I’m 65 years old.  My kids are grown and gone.  I have accumulated savings for retirement.  My retirement funds still need to be bolstered.  But, I view this challenge  as something worthy of my heart, my soul and my savings.

Here’s what I have poured in.

$100:  Magnetic name Tags

$300:  Signs for petition drive

$300:  Miscellaneous printing

$300:  Fast response service for Petition site

$660:  Constant Contact.  $220/mo.  Jan, Feb & Mar

$800:  News conf speaker airfare

$2,000:  For availability of up to 8 news releases to virtually every applicable news outlet in the country.

$2,000:  Expenses related to news conferences in Salt Lake City & Houston

$3,000:  Nov-Feb, 5 trips to Utah for speaking, news and podcast events.  Airfare, car rental and one hotel stay.

$3,400:  Website design and deployment.

$11,000:   Expenses to bring 16 members of my family to the march.  Wife, kids & grandkids.  Airfare, car rental and hotel for 3 days.  This is a personal expense.  I want my Granchildren to “come to remember this day.”  When my oldest daughter described the march to her 3 kids, they asked if it was like what Martin Luther King did.  She answered, “Well, kind of.”  All three of them spontaneously shot their hands in the air and shouted with joy!!!  They love MLK.

$14,400  Facebook advertising.  Three weeks leading up the march.  The goal is to reach an new audience in order to increase awareness of the March 30th event.  So, far it has generated a ton of traffic.

$37,500  PR Firm.  Three months at $12,500/mo.  Contracted for Feb, Mar & Apr.  This is a big expense.  During November and December, I was working with a volunteer to reach out to the media.  He was super helpful and still is.  But, we lacked solid national media contacts.  In January, I realized that I was out of my depth in the PR world.  This march is a one shot deal.  To generate maximum awareness we need significant media coverage, hopefully including national outlets.    I decided to turn to experts who can write a press release on a dime and already have established media contacts.  I consulted with a very close acquaintance who has years of PR experience from his business pursuits.  We talked about costs.  He said that you get what you pay for.  If we hired someone at $5,000/mo, we’d likely see no results.  His experience indicated a range from $10,000 to $15,000/mo.  Initially, I slumped at that kind of commitment.  My hesitance didn’t last long.  How the hell could it with story after story crying with horror from my in-box?  We started a search.  Our first choice quoted a price tag of $12,500/mo, right in the middle of the range.  They have been very helpful so far.  Lots of stuff going on behind the scenes regarding national media.  There are some encouraging talks.  But, we haven’t quite got a bite yet.  I’m hoping the march and other local rallies around the country will draw the national outlets to our cause.  This is a big reason that it’s important to have as many people at the march as we can muster.

Grand total = $75,760.  And I still have a ton of costs ahead with the march!

I hope to have the self-discipline to cap it at $100,000 out of pocket.  Will this affect my retirement?  Probably.  While I’m not a wealthy man, I’ll be just fine.   What I have a wealth of is fire in the belly from having read thousands of children’s horror stories.

Why Would A Foolish Man Share all This Crap?

#1 Transparency.  I have shared about everything possible along the way.

#2 Many of you have asked if you could contribute financially to our cause.  Initially, I was resistant.  It could give the impression that I was in this for the money.  At this point, I hope that any reasonable person can see that would be a ridiculous conclusion.

#3 From the outset, come hell or highwater, I was willing to completely self-fund.  But, if others join in, we can save even more children.

Donations

To make a donation, go to our website ProtectLDSChildren.org.

On a laptop, the donation button is in the upper right hand corner.

On a tablet, the button may move to the left side, depending on the size of the device.

On a phone, click the three line menu.  The Donate button will be at the bottom of the menu.

All funds will go to a new organization named “Protect The Children Association.”  A 501C3 application has been filed.  All donations made 27 months before the application is approved by the IRS will be tax deductible.  I’m expecting everything donated at this point will fall in that category.  BTW, the professional services to get this all set up were graciously provided without charge.

Caveat #1:  None of the donated funds will go towards reimbursing my previous expenditures.

Caveat #2:  DO NOT feel any obligation to donate.  DO NOT feel one whit of regret if you choose not to.

Thank you for traveling this journey at my side in whatever methods you choose.

**We have already made a difference in children’s lives.**

I was asked if the young man orgasmed in my mouth

Suicide attemptMy Mormon friends,

Does this title offend you?  I would hope that suicide attempts by our children would be even more alarming.

Certainly, we can’t bury your heads in the sand at this question being asked of a 13 year-old little girl, behind closed doors.  It was asked.  Here’s how this child was left feeling.

…I lost all hope in myself. I started actively planning my suicide.  

…This is still a struggle for me at age 40, and I hope my story helps to prevent this from happening to others.

Read the entire story (#395) that this grown woman had the courage to share…with her name attached.

I write this post with tears in my eyes for this 13 year old child.  And…anger at the lasting damage that my church inflicted upon her.

Dear Alice,

I and, 52,000 others, see you.  We hear you.  We extend out hearts in love and empathy.  What happened to you was wrong and we are sorry.

You have shared a righteous yearning, “I hope my story helps to prevent this from happening to others.”  My sweet friend, we are standing up and speaking out to make your hope a reality.  Your voice is going to help prevent 13 year-olds of today from repeating your dreadful experience of yesterday.

Thank you!

Millstones Abound

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Could Jesus have been more clear?  Did he ever issue a more stern warning?  Well…I’m not going to hell with a millstone wrapped around my neck.  It’s time we all act together to eliminate the hideous harms that our interview protocols allow and then to which we turn a blind eye.

Join The Historic March-For-The-Children

If you are in Utah, within driving distance, or even flying distance, come help us assure that the children of the future don’t repeat the dreadful experiences of children in our past.

On FridayMarch 30, 2018 we will gather at the Salt Lake City/County Building.  Then march 5 blocks to the LDS Church Office Building.  Upon arrival, we will present 2 items to church officials:

  1. The signatories on the Petition to Protect The Children.  Currently, 53,000 have signed their names.  See both petitions HERE and HERE.
  2. Sacred Stories of Sacred Children.  A record of childhoods destroyed behind closed doors.  We will present 15 books, each labeled with a specific apostle’s name.  The books will contain several blank pages.  At the rally, before the march commences, participants will have the opportunity to write a short note to the corresponding apostle.

Register here so we can get an accurate count ahead of time.  Our goal is 1,000 marchers.  So far, 610 have signed up.

How can you help protect our children:

  • Share the march info everywhere.
  • Bring your friends & family.
  • Encourage friends & family in Utah and surrounding states to join us.

We are making Mormon history.  Come make it with us.  It will be a once in a lifetime event.

Local Rallies

Many friends of Protect-The-Children who want to come to the march are constrained by time, distance, or money.

Good News!!!  We are organizing local rallies in offsite locations to coincide with the Utah march.  Same date, same time…different place.  Imagine 10 people in Seattle, 20 in Dallas, 15 in St. Louis and so on and so on and so on!

Every place we have a gathering, local media will be invited to cover.  We are expecting the national media to be at the SLC event.  The local rallies will illustrate in a big way that our cause is a country-wide movement and deserves national attention.

This will be a big step in bringing awareness to good Mormon parents and bishops everywhere.  So far, our efforts have reached some.  The march will extend our reach many times over.

If you are interested in participating in a local rally, please register here.  A volunteer coordinator will reach out to you soon.

Come help us save our children!!!  Whether it be at Church Headquarters or at local venues all across the country, your efforts will protect generations of children to come.

Links

 

Active Members are on the Move–Success Story #3.

Father and son

What a great email to wake up to!!

Dear Sam/Bishop Young,

I wanted to write to you to thank you for the information you are sharing. I know this has been so troublesome for you and a heavy load to bear. I also know that the burden of hurt carried by so many members and their children has been heavy and lonely. I am a former Relief Society President and life long member of the church. Like you I have served in presidencies and served a full time mission. I have family and friends who have their own experiences with well-meaning or not so well-meaning church leadership.

I wanted to let you know that I have shared our concerns and your press conference with our bishopric, RS, Primary and YW Presidents. Our bishop expressed his concern as well and is planning to bring up the issue in his next Stake Welfare meeting. Our RS President is well aware and endorses our efforts to address the issue. My husband, who is currently on the High Council, and I sat down personally with our Stake President a week ago to express our concerns. He was very open and willing to address the issue in the Stake and has told us he will bring the issue to his next meeting of Stake Presidents who meet with the area authority Elder _____. I believe our stake president sees the wisdom in taking some action to protect children and also to avoid huge liabilities. I have also shared the press conference and my concerns with the Stake RS President, Stake Primary Presidency and the Stake YW President. The quickest solution we offered is for a child to choose a parent or another leader to accompany them into the interviews.

We also have been sharing our concerns with family and friends, especially those who hold leadership positions in our faith. We pray that they will have the courage to share their concerns and that the spirit will guide them in how to do so in their respective spheres of influence.

God bless you and guide you as you take this journey.

Thank you,  T.D.

THANK YOU, T.D.  Your efforts will protect our children.  This is so awesome!

My totally active daughter has been telling me for months, “Dad please don’t quit.  There are more people in the church who agree with these changes than don’t.  It’s just that the members who support you are afraid to speak up.”

Last week, I was told the same thing by an active member who has also spoken with his friends, family and leaders.

I’m starting to believe them.

How Can You Help Protect Our Children?

Share your concerns with leaders, friends and family.

Share YOUR Success Story.

Share the Petition.

Share the website, ProtectLDSChildren.org.

Join the March in Salt Lake City, on March 30th.  570 have already registered.  Don’t miss it.

Or…..join a Local Rally on March 30th

Other Resources

 

Where Oh Where is Jesus, as Tears Streak Our Children’s Cheeks?

CryingWomanThe Naked Mormon podcast was recorded on Monday and published yesterday. I just listened to it tonight.  Bryce interspersed the interview by reading several of the stories on the website.
 
I’ve read every damn story already.  But, as Bryce read them, I cried again.  At every single one. Vicarious trauma has set in big time tonight.
 
Bryce said, “These stories matter.” You bet they matter. These are real people. These were real children.  Innocent children.  Victimized by a well-intentioned but, highly flawed institutional practice.
 
After 2 1/2 hours of podcast, Bryce’s last words were, “If history is any indicator of future events, the battle has just begun.” That brought big tears that are still flowing.
Oh hell, how can this just be the beginning?  Children.Are.Being.Destroyed.  How can this be the beginning?  We know what is happening.  How can this possibly not be the end of doing hideous damage to the little ones?
 
Where is our love of following the Savior? Where is Jesus in all of this? After all, it was he who said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
 
In the face of Christ’s dire warning, how can it be that we are battling each other?  How can it be that we have just started fighting?
 
Let us finish….And protect our precious and vulnerable children.
 
Here’s the Petition.
 
Here’s the March.
 
Sealed with the tears of thousands of adults whose childhoods perished behind-closed-doors.  Tonight, my tears mix with theirs.