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Being a Mormon

So, all week long we’ve been talking about people, recipes and ideas that I believe in, and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to give you a little glance at what I believe in as a Mormon, or as we call ourselves, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Being a Mormon is what makes me happy and here’s why.

I know that religion is a sacred and personal thing and I’m hoping that we can all be respectful of that.

A food blog is generally about food. Occasionally I like to talk about favorites, health, fitness, travel etc, but one thing I don’t ever really talk about is myself. I guess it’s because I am so busy talking about everything else I don’t really have a a good place to get personal.

Oh, religion. Something that is usually connected with messages of peace and hope (I know ours is), but instead generally brings up negativity and judgments. I get it, “Mormons” aren’t very well understood by many people. You see, I recognize that many could care less what religion I am, but I also know that there is a lot going on about the Mormons today, and unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions about the church. Instead of looking for answers on the internet or from people who are not members and may not have correct information (and I only mean that if you have only been hearing things and you’ve never done the research yourself you may not have correct answers) I wanted to provide an opportunity to find out for yourself what we believe directly from the source.

Now don’t worry, this is not going to turn into a religious blog, I’ll be going right back to food, glorious food,
but for now, I just wanted to share with you a little project called, “Why Are Your Favorite Bloggers Mormon?”  You don’t have to participate, you wont be called, emailed, have missionaries sent to your door etc, but if you would ever like to know more about why I believe what I believe as well as about 30 others, you can request a packet that includes our testimonies and a Book of Mormon so you can find out the truth for yourself. It wont cost you money. You don’t have to do anything at all about it. But, if you’re curious, I just want everyone to know that you don’t have to feel uncomfortable with being curious, and I promise we have nothing at all to hide.

Nothing brings my family more peace and happiness than the gospel of Jesus Christ. I, along with all of these other wonderful bloggers are more than happy to tell you exactly why.

Here’s how it works:

If you are genuinely interested in learning more about many of your favorite bloggers and why we are Mormon, send me an email with your name and address to ohsweetbasil (at) gmail (dot) com

Here’s what you get:

I will personally send you (for free) a packet filled with the personal thoughts of the following “Mormon Mommy Bloggers”:

Carrian ~ Sweet Basil {yay me!}
Mariel~Or So She Says
Becky ~ The Crafting Chicks
Camille ~ Six Sisters Stuff
Leigh Anne ~ Your Homebased Mom
Tausha ~ Sassy Style Redesign
Megan ~ Brassy Apple
Reachel ~ Cardigan Empire
Mandy ~ Sugar Bee Crafts
Caroline ~ Armelle Blog
Melissa ~ 320 Sycamore
Shawn ~ I Wash…You Dry
Becky ~ Babes in Hairland
Shandra ~ Deals to Meals
Kristyn ~ Lil’ Luna
Nikkala ~ The Crafting Chicks
Krista ~ Budget Gourmet Mom
Kelli ~ Lolly Jane
Stephanie ~ Somewhat Simple
Mel ~ Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Becky ~ UCreate
Arianne ~ Still Parenting
Emily ~ Is This Really My Life?
Shawni ~ 71 Toes
Nikki ~ Chef in Training
Lindsey ~ The R House
Jamie ~ The Crafting Chicks
Aleisha ~ She Calls Me Mama Leisha
Kirsten ~ The Crafting Chicks
Melanie ~ Sugardoodle
Kierste ~ Brown Paper Packages
Shelley ~ How Does She?
Brooke ~ The Crafting Chicks
Ruthie~What’s Cooking With Ruthie

Along with the blogger packet, you will find our favorite scriptures, the ones that have personally touched our lives, along with a free Book of Mormon.  Why the Book of Mormon too?  Well, it would be impossible to really understand us without it.  It is a major part of our religion, our lives…and part of WHY we are Mormon.  The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ.  It is the ancient records of prophets who lived in the Americas before, during and after Christ’s time on earth.

In the meantime, if you want to find out more you can visit to find out our basic beliefs. And we personally love to watch, I Am Mormon and Mormon Messages. Both are sweet little messages about who we are and messages of hope, peace, marriage, divorce, addiction, death etc. No matter if you are LDS or not, these short videos are awesome. Cade and I especially love, Good Things to Come, You’re never alone, Come What May and Love It, and Motherhood. In fact, if I were you I would just go through them all. They are such sweet messages for everyone everywhere. (I find the one on Gossip, looking through windows, to be spot on, funny, and a great reminder)

I also love This post on Mormons

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • One of my best friends just went through a faith crisis after reading the CES letter.. it was tough.  What are your thoughts on the church’s “truth crisis”?  I learned so much about your religion- but even more so your culture- in the past couple months.  Do most Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon is allegory?  Or do they continue to view it as literal history despite everything we now know?  Thanks:)

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    • Hey Amanda! I totally want to answer you and answer well, but I’m not sure I know which letter you’re referring to. Can you link it for me so I can be certain I’m on the same page?

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  • As a person who uses the FamilySearch website every day, but is not LDS. I thought there was some hidden meaning to the word “recipe” within the religion when I first saw an article of the subject in the Blog pages. But, no, I found the discussion was literally about recipes – specifically, those of “Grandma”!

    I guess it’s one of those things that help in binding a family together, but not being a great family man – nor a food lover – I have little empathy here!

    I came here prompted by a question at – maybe someone could provide a response to this lady.

    Anyhow, I wish you well – happy eating!

    London, England

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    • Thanks, Paul!

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  • Thank you so much for such an inspirational message. I too am a Mormon and am thankful for the gospel in my life. I am a convert to the church and have been a member now for 32 years.

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    • Thank you for your comment, Ann! 32 years, how amazing!

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  • This is wonderful Carrian and only makes me love you more!

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  • so great! thanks for sharing.

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  • I too share your faith and appreciate your willingness to share your feelings and thoughts with those who follow your site. I hope it can reach many, but if it just changes one persons life, then it was worth it.
    Keep up the great work on the blog!

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  • Love it, Carrian! Thanks for being a part of this with us!!

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  • Such a great post! Have a great week!

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  • You are an inspiration – thank you so much for just being you!!

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  • In response to “Anonymous,” yes, the two lovely ladies from Our Best Bites do belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yep, it even says it right on the cover of their first cookbook.

    As a fellow Mormon, I thought this post was great! Love how you presented the information and I was just thoroughly impressed. Our lives are so impacted by our beliefs it's hard not to talk about them. You never know who you'll touch through blogging. Great work!

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  • I really love that you all are reaching out to simply educate others, it's so important and I applaud you. I love this!

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  • Great post Carrian!! Hugs!

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  • What a great way for people to find out about the LDS church. I looked down the list of bloggers and some of my favorite bloggers ARE Mormon! Joni

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  • Loved doing this project with you. What an example you are!

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  • That was a great post! Thanks for sharing… loved how straight forward it is 🙂

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  • What a wonderful way to share what you believe. Very well said.

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  • What about Our Best Bites?

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