I finally had a chance to talk to "C"! He called me back concerning my text about the meeting today. We discussed all that pertinent information and then he apologized for last night. He told me he would never want to offend and that most of what he says is only in jest and when he 'makes fun of the Mormons' - it is never personal. He admitted to being a brat sometimes and how he enjoys making fun of stereotypes, and he was sorry he overstepped the boundaries with me. He told me he never thinks of me as Mormon but as an individual and respects who I am and what I believe. Not that I am or am not Mormon. I really respect him for that! In his words - "It's not the most interesting thing about you! You are you and I love that!" I apologized for not explaining or taking the time to stop and tell him last night that I was offended and for leaving. But explained to him it was better than him seeing me be emotional and cry. He apologized again for not contacting me last night after I text him back with confirmation it was indeed him that offended, but explained he felt it was something that needed to be talked about and not responded to with a text reply. We talked about how we want to keep this friendship and not let something that was said in jest to offend or ruin any of that. We are good and I am sure now he knows where to draw the line. He told me next time to just look at him and say "Shut the &%*$ up!" I laughed and said, "I'll just tell you to zip it!" We laughed and ended the call.
I am so thankful for the truth in my life and hope that by my example he will learn to recognize it. I cannot expect miracles of him leaving his partner, going straight and joining the church, but I don't want to let the opportunities pass me to let him know how highly I regard the gospel and its truths.
On a side note: I hung up some of my purchases from yesterday! Now, I need to know what to put along with it. Any suggestions? It's the wall next to my kitchen bay window, where we all sit and eat.