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By htconem8 Apr 23, 2014 2876 Words
Five memories
1. My early childhood of going to church and why I believe in the things that I do today. 2. Making the decision to quit working retail and attend ITT 3. When I gave up drinking
4. Deciding to pop the question to the wife
5. Quitting smoking
When you are young you tend to just go along with whatever you are told to do and that was the case for me and church. I was too young to really understand what I was being taught during Sunday school so I was just there. By the time I was ten I was confused so I started to look at outside sources for more information.

Topic:
1. What is my topic?
As a child I believed that I needed a higher being but as I got older I learned that not true. 2. What is my thesis?
3. As a young child I blindly accepted what I was told and believed that to be moral and to be a good person I needed a higher being in my life to guide me, but as I got older I learned that to be a good person and to be moral all I had to do was be a good and moral person. 4. Does my thesis have a “topic” and a “so what?”

Yes
Audience:
1. Who is my reader?
My reader is anyone who has had a question about their beliefs, or who likes to debate religion. 2. What is important about my reader in regards to my memoir? That they have an open mind.
3. What rhetorical moves do I need to make in regards to my reader? Purpose:
1. What exactly am I writing about?
I am writing a story about questioning my need to believe in a higher being. 2. What is my tone?
My tone is on the serious side

Let me start off by saying that this story is not about a wow moment in my life, or about an epiphany that I had one day that made me change the way I live my life. No this is simply a story about the things that I’ve learned along the way to make me view religion the way I do. 

As a young child I blindly accepted what I was told and believed that to be moral and to be a good person I needed a higher being in my life to guide me, but as I got older I learned that to be a good person and to be moral all I had to do was be a good and moral person. I remember when I was young my parents would take me and drop me off at Sunday school and I would learn about the bible and Jesus and all things that he supposedly did. When you are young you don’t know to question the things that adults tell you so you just go along with it. So for my most of my early childhood I read the bible and prayed to an all knowing being that I was sure was listing to me. As I got older and was going to school I started to learn about science and was shown more wonders of the world I started to question some of the things that I learned in church like that the world was only created about 6000 ago but scientist have found things that are much older than that in the earth, so how could the earth be so young? As I continued going to church I would bring up these thing that I learned in science class and my teachers would just dismiss them whole heartily or try to explain it to me like it was a way for god to test our beliefs. This was how the teachers explained things to me and they hoped that it would be enough to quell my curios mind but all it did really was push me further away from my beliefs. So by the time I was in fifth grade I had made my decision to no longer attend church and I gave up on all of my beliefs at this time also. It wasn’t even a very hard decision to make. I felt like I had been lied to, and betrayed by the adults that that were supposed to be teaching me about morals and about what was right and wrong.

Not everyone was incredibly happy about my decision, mostly the people on my mom’s side of the family who are all pretty hardcore Christians. There was a lot of back and forth between my parents and my aunts, uncles and even my grandmother. They were really upset with me telling me and my parents that I was turning my back on my faith and my family or that I was a devil worshiper now. To this day I still find it kind of funny, how you can believe in one and not the other. I was mad and hurt by my family all that I had been close to for all my life at that point, I still don’t talk to some of them. As I got older I started to ask questions about other religions and I wanted to see if these were any more factual and not just more, it’s this way because we say it is type of mentality. Not all of them did but most did. One religion that I did like was Buddhism; I’ve tried to install some of the basic teachings in the way I live my life now. As I’ve got older and learned more about the histories of many religions and how many have died because of their beliefs, and I found it kind of funny in sad way. Here people are fighting and killing for a religion that teaches peace and understanding. In about 6th or 7th grade I made the decision to longer say the pledge of alliance because of the part “under god” I felt that it wasn’t right to say with my beliefs against religion. I think I might have pissed off my teacher because after that I had to talk to the principle and almost got suspended from school. After a talk with my parents things seem to cool down. By the time 8th grade came around I guess you could say I was full blown Atheist but I still wasn’t the person that I am today. I was against all religions and I wanted people to know it, I wanted to argue and fight with people about it saying things like religion was for idiots or that they were weak minded. I hated everything to do with religion. As high school and girls were now the two major things on my mind I started to cool on religion and I no longer wanted to fight and argue with people about it. I was much more of a life is like a stream and just wanted to flow with things. This was about the time I met my wife, well girlfriend at that time and she was Christian so we would often discuss our beliefs sometimes more passionately then others. Getting older I started to incorporate aspects of religions into my life but for me it wasn’t about being religious. It was about being a good person and treating people the way I wanted to be treated, is that so hard, do I need some mystical being to tell me what was right or wrong, No. At the age I am now I’ve tried to live my life to best that it can be and I look back at what I’ve learned. I want my children to understand about religious freedom and that they can make up their own minds on what path they want to take as they get older. My kids are only 6 right now and they do go to Sunday school with their mom and they do enjoy it. They ask me why I don’t go to church with them and mommy and I explain to them that I don’t go because it’s not a place or a religion for me. They don’t really understand why but as they get older they will and I will teach them about all the other outlooks and beliefs that people have.

So in closing I just want to say one last thing, try to live life the way you want to. Everyone has the right to be happy and I feel that as long as you’re not out hurting someone else or impeding on what makes them happy then more power to you. 

As a young child I blindly accepted what I was told and believed that to be moral and to be a good person I needed a higher being in my life to guide me, but as I got older I learned that to be a good person and to be moral all I had to do was be a good and moral person. I remember when I was young my parents would take me and drop me off at Sunday school and I would learn about the bible and Jesus and all things that he supposedly did. When you are young you don’t know to question the things that adults tell you so you just go along with it. So for my most of my early childhood I read the bible and prayed to an all knowing being that I was sure was listing to me. As I got older, I started to learn about science and was shown more wonders of the world I started to question some of the things that I learned in church like that the world was only created about 6000 years ago but scientist have found things that are much older than that in the earth, so how could the earth be so young? As I continued going to church I would bring up these thing that I learned in science class and my teachers would just dismiss them whole heartily or try to explain it to me “This is god’s way to test our beliefs” This was how the teachers explained things to me and they hoped that it would be enough to quell my curious mind but all it did really was push me further away from my beliefs. So by the time I was in fifth grade I had made my decision to no longer attend church and I gave up on all of my beliefs at this time also. It wasn’t even a very hard decision to make. I felt like I had been lied to, and betrayed by the adults that that were supposed to be teaching me about morals and about what was right and wrong. Not everyone was incredibly happy about my decision, mostly the people on my mom’s side of the family who are all pretty hardcore Christians. There was a lot of back and forth between my parents and my aunts, uncles and even my grandmother. They were really upset with me telling me and my parents “you are turning your back to god and you are a devil worshipper”. To this day I still find it kind of funny, how you can believe in one and not the other. I was mad and hurt by my family all that I had been close to for all my life at that point, I still don’t talk to some of them. In about 6th or 7th grade I made the decision to longer say the pledge of alliance because of the part “under god” I felt that it wasn’t right to say with my beliefs against religion. I think I might have pissed off my teacher because after that I had to talk to the principle and almost got suspended from school. After a talk with my parents things seem to cool down. By the time 8th grade came around I guess you could say I was full blown Atheist but I still wasn’t the person that I am today. I was against all religions and I wanted people to know it, I wanted to argue and fight with people about it saying things like “religion is for idiots or the weak minded”. I hated everything to do with religion. As I got past the I hate religion and started to wise up a bit I started to ask questions about other religions and I wanted to see if these were any others were more factual and not just more, it’s this way because we say it is type of mentality. Not all of them did but most did. One religion that I did like was Buddhism; I’ve tried to install some of the basic teachings in the way I live my life now. As I got older and learned more about the histories of many religions and how many have died because of their beliefs, and I found it kind of funny in sad way. Here people are fighting and killing for a religion that teaches peace and understanding.

As high school rolled around, girls were now the major thing on my mind I started to chill out on I no longer wanted to fight and argue with people about religion. As a much calmer young adult I tried not to worry about things so much and just wanted to take things as they were given to me, good or bad. This was about the time I met my wife, well girlfriend at that time and she is a Christian so we would often discuss our beliefs sometimes more passionately then others. Getting older, I started to incorporate aspects of religions into my life, but for me it wasn’t about being religious. It was about being a good person and treating people the way I wanted to be treated, is that so hard, do I need some mystical being to tell me what was right or wrong, No. At the age I am now I’ve tried to live my life to best that it can be and I look back at what I’ve learned. As an adult I want my children to understand about religious freedom and that they can make up their own minds on what path they want to take as they get older. My kids are only 6 right now and they do go to Sunday school with their mom and they do enjoy it. They ask me “why don’t you go to church with us and mommy and I try to explain to them that I don’t go because I don’t believe in Jesus. They don’t really understand why but as they get older they will and I will teach them about all the other outlooks and beliefs that people have.

So in closing I just want to say one last thing, “Try to live life the way you want to”. Everyone has the right to be happy and I feel that as long as you’re not out hurting someone else or impeding on what makes them happy then more power to you.

Jason K Lucero 5617 Kettle Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87120 June 29, 2013

Ms. Garcia 5100 Masthead St NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 Dear Ms. Garcia

My writing process was first to brain storm about what I wanted to write about. Now this was a bit tricky because I don’t have many wow moments in my life. So once I figured out some ideas to write about I chose the one I liked the best. Next was my prewrite and then came my first draft. After seeing the revisions from you and my peers I set about to write my finial draft.

The writing process was helpful because it made it easier to think of what I would want to write about. There was a structured process to the drafting sequence so I didn’t stop and get confused as to what to do next.

I think the most difficult step for me was actually the very first step. Thinking about 5 memories from my life wasn’t easy for me. Not because they are difficult to think about, but just the fact that my life has been kind of boring. I think the easiest part was writing the memoir. Once I had an idea of what I would write about I just had to sit down and write (don’t get me wrong I had a few issues but those were more about me than anything).

I learned that I need to work more on my writing. I haven’t written anything in a long time so I was a bit rusty. I also learned that I need to not rush my work and take a bit more time on it.
One question I have is what is the difference between a memoir and a story of fiction? I know that a memoir is supposed to be about a memory from a person’s life but without some kind way to check it the memoir could be totally made up.

Yours truly,

Jason K Lucero

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