We’re pleased to feature this guest post from EOR.
Like many people, my relationship with The Church is a complicated one. I converted from Catholicism at the age of 15 and despite over 20 years of membership there is nothing that necessarily ties me to The Church. I come from a large family, none of which are LDS nor have any intention of becoming so. So I have walked this road largely alone.
My faith in God and in the Gospel has never been in question, even sometimes at great aggravation to myself. However, The Church and I have had what can aptly be described as a “love-not exactly hate” relationship. I have gone through periods of inactivity for varying reasons which I won’t address here including one currently. I also have a similarly complicated relationship with myself.
In Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo and Frollo have what is (in my opinion) the single greatest song in Disney history. It succinctly sums up each character as well as compares and contrasts them with rich, spiritually infused vocals. This 2-part song also serves to sum up my interactions with The Church and with my inner self. Heaven’s Light/Hellfire sees Quasimodo and Frollo both relaying the story of their object, Esmeralda. Both characters are profoundly impacted by her but in two very different ways. The Church is my Esmeralda; my object for purposes of this analogy.