The importance of family, and our other “families”

Sitting here in church I draw the parallel to what is being discussed to the diverse and amazing community of people that make up our “family.”  The gentleman spoke of the divine power of being put into families and the power behind families. The strength of what we have together. My family constantly refers to ourselves as a team, and we “succeed as a team.”  We cannot do it alone, we truly are better together.

He then extended families to include those who we associate with.  Our congregations we are organized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called Wards.  Often it is said that you are part of a “Ward Family” which ties together many different people with various skill sets, personalities, interests, and struggles.  We help each other, and are blessed through the service we can provide to each other.

I would encourage you to take a few minutes and give a listen and a read to the message around “The Family, A Proclamation to the world.”  A message provided in 1995, about the importance of the family to the plan of happiness.

What does any of this have to do with diapers?

I want to extend that same concept of “family” to the ABDL community.  We are a family. The love and genuine concern I have felt for my life, my personal situation, and the internal struggles has resonated in a powerful way.  I am proud to be numbered among you. Like any family were a spectrum of people, with the crazy uncles in tow. One might say we are a bit of a colorful group.  

Thank you to all of you for being part of my family, and thank you for letting me in as I’ve looked for belonging and understanding.  I know that I am a not alone, and that is a powerful thing. I know that I am better because of my association with you, and I hope that makes us better together.

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