20 March, 2012





10 comments:

Tyler said...

Nice family you have there. Nothing finer than the Roddy's.

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

I had someone tell me that friends are only temporary because they end in "end". I just want people to know that just because they are not blood, it does not make them any less my family. I just wanted to pay them tribute as I have done with my biological family on this blog. I love you all.

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

I also had an extended family member tell me that you cannot be sealed to your friends, but you can be sealed to your family. Now I know that this isn't how all religious people think, but I'm just going to say that if there is a God I don't think he would be that harsh.

Anonymous said...

I dissagree because we are all suposed to be sealed together in the end according to our religion.

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

Religion or not my friends will always be a part of my great big wonderful family. I've got many mothers, fathers brothers and sisters. I love you all.

Anonymous said...

I just wonder why you would bring up religion in the first place. What does religion have to do with this?
I agree friends are just as good as family. I still concider the Jones family as very close. I know they can never support me as well as my family. If you think your friends will ever support you financially, wipe your ass as a child and raise you to be one of their own that is a diffrent kind of family.
I am greatful to the Jones family for helping me out in high school. we are close and I concider them family. But the Jonses would save thier own children from a burning building before they would save me. That, to me is the diffrence. I doubt your friends would grieve for you the way your family would. There is in my case an emotional bond tied to years and years of good and bad memories with every brother, sister, parent, in our family that I can't say I have with anyone else. When Aaron died it was hard for me. But it was even harder on his family. I have never seen the Jones family so sad and upset. I could also tell I wasn't feeling what they were feeling.

If you feel it's like that with your friends. That is fine. If you have that it's a rare thing and cherish it up. But think about it. Do you have that bond like do with your family? It's ok if you do.
Jeffrey oh jeffrey don't listen to them -how can you say thier your friends?

Saturdays warrior!

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

Religion came up because the conversation was with a family member (not on our side of the family) concerning eternal relationships. They were afraid our decision to leave the church was influenced by friends. This is not true. I had doubts leading back all the way to my mission.
I don't think you understand how much I love my blood relatives. Mom, Dad, my brothers and sisters. Yes I love you all. I've just been able to make that same connection to other people in this world too. If James or Colin died I would morn for the two of them just as I would you. I visit them often, we surf together, camp together. We've been friends for fifteen years now.
James was my best man at my wedding and he didn't even get to see it. He had to wait outside the temple with his dad. He didn't complain, he did his best to understand and he made me an awesome documentary on our friendship to show at the reception.
When we were in California on our honeymoon his parents took Mandi and I out to dinner. They also gave us a card with quite a bit of money. They invite us to use their beach house every summer, they stock it with food before we get there. They take us out to eat, we have BBQ's. Liz and Cameron put us up in their apartment last week in San Francisco, made us dinner and we are going to their wedding this summer. We stay with Colin when we visit LA. He takes us all around the city, cooks for us.
I don't know how to explain to you that these people are family.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like they are family to you the same way the Jonses are family to me. That is great. I think that means you are more than just friends. That is the way I understand it. To me the Jones family are more than friends. I think some readers maybe thought your caption above the picture was an attack on those in the family who on ocasion dissagree with you or think you make bad choices.

On a personal note, I know there is a life after this one and we will all be together again. I know this! I am so imperfect but I know I will be there because I try to do the best I can. That is why I know you will be there. You are probably more worthy of it than I am. All your friends will be there.

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

Not at all. I love all my family members. The caption above the picture was to express my feelings for my extended family members as well. I talk a lot about how I love my family on this blog. I thought I would also allow my friends to know that they are my family too, even if they aren't blood related.

Anonymous said...

Cool. I'm sure some people thought it was that way. I think because of tradition and religious beliefs in the family that most of us share it's easy to come to any conclusion even if it was not intended. Our beliefs somtimes I think get in the way of what is most important. And that is love for one another. I can only wish you the best on your journey through life.