Monday, November 24, 2008


As many of you know I support Proposition 8. I also am an operator for my college. Not sure I want to disclose that information as we try to keep it on the DL. But... hopefully this story can help us all realize how grateful we should be.

The other day I was working during the football game. You know that rival football game that the fans wait and watch for all year. The rival game where one ticket went for 500,000 dollars. You know that BYU vs. UTAH game.

Back to the point of this story. Calls on game days are all directed towards the game. What channel? What channel if I have comcast? What is the score? I even got, what is the weather like in Salt Lake right now? Is the weather affecting their game? How many players have gotten hurt? What did Max Hall eat for lunch? Okay.. I may be getting carried away, but every single question is repetitive and as I try to keep a good perspective about the callers it sometimes is daunting answering the same question 70 times. With that in mind I was put in my place. Extremely reprimanded by a certain caller. The conversation went as follows.

ME: BYU OPERATOR (prepping myself to say the following, Game is at 4, in Utah, on the mountain channel)
Caller: Hi, I am a resident of California and I am sure you don't get many calls from people calling and thanking you for what you have done in California.
Me: I don't believe I personally have received any calls if you are calling regarding Proposition 8.
Caller: Well you guys deserve immense respect, and I would like to express me and my family's gratitude for what you have done for Proposition 8.
(Throughout the call she referred to the church as 'me' specifically, which is not uncommon as BYU does represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as an operator I do represent BYU)
Me: I cannot say that it was me alone, The Church has definitely taken a strong stand and with that we hopefully made a difference.
Caller: Well you did an amazing job, and I am calling to tell you that you made a significant difference, and thousands of non-LDS people in California have so much to thank you for, and I know you are receiving unnecessary and uncalled for persecution, but do not think the world is against you. Most of California is with you and supports and thanks you for all you have done.
Me: (I was speechless, and taken aback, that me being ungrateful for football calls, could not take the time to be thankful for My God, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.)
ME: I then thanked her for calling, and expressed gratitude for her support towards the church, and then hung up in awe. Shock and awe.

How could I be so pathetic as to not notice such an important time and be so grateful for my values and my stand on marriage, and that our country was able to fight against the terrible sin in which impeaches upon what marriage is. I am not sure what is and isn't politically correct. But something tells me that having a family in the natural and sacred way and raising the family with values and principles that sustain our economy and society is politically correct.

The leaders encourage us to not be involved in the ongoing debate, because this battle cannot be won by logic alone. I provide a series of links to help better the understanding of the Church's stand on gay marriage, and proposition 8.

All in all, I am thankful for the stance The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taken, I am thankful for California's stance on Prop 8. I am thankful that I belong to a church that will stand and protect marriage with all respect for those who do not believe it its between a man and a woman.

Click on these titles below to read:

First Presidency Urges Respect

Protect Marriage Website

Elder Bednar Quorum of the 12 Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Importance of Marriage between a man and a woman.

Letter from First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

List of Helpful Websites on Proposition 8 and Same Sex Marriage


Brooke said...

Beautifully written Brittany. Great work! I'm thankful, too!

MeganandClaudy said...

that is so awesome! I miss cool calls like that! I'm so glad to see that at least SOME people are grateful for prop 8 :)