and yes, I have been listening to a lot of goldfinger lately
Step One: pretend you're straight.
Step Two: ask a priesthood authority if there is more to a relationship than the physical.
Step Three: sheepishly admit you already know there is.
Step Four: clarify the question by asking, "How much more is there to a relationship. Beyond the physical, how much is really there?"
As it turns out there is more. Much more. Tons more. Decades upon decades more.
It turns out a real relationship is more than a perpetual infatuation. True love endures when the desire for sex fades. Relationships are about eternal friendships/partnerships that share everything, strengthen one another, and are a critical part of the life of every child of god.
I wonder if his response would have been different if I had clarified I was really asking about a gay relationship. But a relationship’s a relationship, right? Companionship is instinctual, isn’t it? I mean, regardless of who we’re after what we need doesn’t change, does it? I bet the Bishop would have agreed with me.*
How could he possibly not?
*The Bishop has been pestering me to start dating for a while. I bet he'll be happy to hear if I start.