This should be one of the easiest posts I’ve ever written, and instead it’s proving to be one of the hardest. How do you put into words something that means so much to you? It’s the one thing in my life, well and family but that is included in it, that means more to me than anything else. It is who I am. My days and life are all centered around this one thing and it has made me not only into who I am but it also directs who I will become. In fact, this has been such a great blessing in my life that you may have read the story of how it preserved not only my life but our unborn baby through a miracle. Here let me explain why I want you to meet this Mormon and my pretty raw, and out there feelings about things. And if I don’t answer your questions, leave them below and I’ll make a new post and answer anything. Or email if you’d prefer to be anonymous.
Why was I hesitant about mentioning my religion? Because unlike other differences, religion seems to be the one thing people don’t have to be kind and respectful about. I believe they should, and hope you all will.
I’ve always known who I am. Yes, the older I get the more secure I get with my differences or whatever, but since I was a little girl I had this strong feeling in me, one I can hardly explain. It’s almost like how you know what your name is, I just knew I was a daughter of God, that I was loved by Him and that I was born for a purpose. With the new movie, Meet the Mormons coming out I felt like I should share what I know because I realized something, maybe people just don’t understand us, and they think they can’t ask questions or we will try to convert them or that we are secretive. Neither is true, so I hope these answers help you understand us.
Why are you called Mormons?
Many of you may have read my post a few years ago about being LDS, yes, we call ourselves LDS, not Mormon. Mormon is an ancient prophet who compiled ancient records into the Book of Mormon so people call us that but we belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and call ourselves, LDS, Latter Day Saints.
Why are you always trying to convert everyone with all those missionaries?
This one always makes me smile a little because I can see where you are coming from. THIS is a fantastic, to the point talk from one of our apostles (see the next question) about just that. We aren’t trying to convert the world, we have found great happiness in knowing that we truly are sons and daughters of a loving God who knows us by name, personally. The gospel brings us peace, joy, and hope. We know who we are, why we are here and where we are going. If I gave you the most delicious cookie would you want your sweet family to enjoy it as well? That is 100% how we feel. I love my friends so much that I want them to have the opportunity to taste that sweetness that I enjoy every day and that has greatly blessed my life. If they aren’t interested I honestly don’t mind. I’m just sharing something that means so much to me, no pressure involved.
Who leads your church?
We believe that God loves us always and is still just as much involved now as he was during bible times. That being said, we believe in modern day prophets, apostles, and modern revelation. Why would God abandon us when we need him most? The world is in turmoil and he is still very much there. We have a prophet, Thomas S. Monson who is an incredible man. Our church is established as it was in bible times, and our local leaders are called Bishops. You have actually met ours without knowing it in THIS incredibly tender, and emotional post. None of our leaders are paid, we are all volunteer and guess what, it’s not perfect but it runs incredibly well. We are separated into small wards where all of the members are given callings that change often and allow us all to be active participants, serving each other and the Lord. It’s an amazing opportunity.
What’s up with the temple?
I think this video shares it better than I could. Temples are actually in the bible, it’s not a new thing. We pattern ourselves after Christ’s church in those times which involves restoring the blessings of the temple. It’s not secret, we just hold it very sacred to us. Any are invited to enter the temple that are clean, worthy and believe. There are also temples opening all over the world and if you are not a member of the church you can walk through the entire thing during an open house. We are married there because we believe that marriage can last through the eternities. We believe families can be together forever as it is God’s plan. The temple has always been a house of the Lord, 1 Kings 6:1, 37. Learn about where in the bible it talks about ordinances done in the temple: Malachi 4:5-6, 1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Peter 4:6
Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
This is one of the most asked questions so let me help you out, we belong to The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. Jesus Christ is the center of everything. He truly lived on this Earth. He was sent by our Heavenly Father to live a perfect life, bring others to the knowledge of the gospel and then he was willing to be a sacrifice for each of us. It was the ultimate sacrifice. One that in the future when we stand before the judgement seat of God, if we have been repentant, followed the commandments, did our best and worked hard, Jesus Christ will allow mercy to be extended in our behalf so that we can live with him and our Heavenly Father forever. I know he lives, and I know he loves each of us and is always by our side.
Why are we here?
We believe that we all lived in heaven together. A great plan was presented that would allow us to become like our Heavenly Father, who we wanted so much to be like. But it would take hard work, growth and leaving his presence for a short time. Those of us that chose to follow that plan were sent here to Earth to experience mortality. We are here not just to go through experiences that would help us to grow closer and our faith increase but to have experiences that would teach us about opposition- pain, happiness, sadness, depression, loss, sickness, service, brotherly love etc. We are here in order to progress and one day have proven worthy of living in God’s presence. We believe that he has promised us all that he has, if we will but turn to him and be like him. I know that we are not alone. This life is the pits at times, but we are here for a purpose. We can feel a joy, light and peace right now, even during the hardest of trials when we know that we are sons and daughters of a true king, our God. We have divine potential and not only should we live up to that but we should see it in others too. In fact, if we realized just what everyone’s potential was we would be filled with love and compassion for one another. We are not a perfect people, all organizations have those who make mistakes or are less converted, but we are striving together to be better and do more. We believe that the family is central to God’s plan. That we are meant to be with one another. You can read the proclamation to the world if yo would like to learn more.
I’m a food blogger, a wife, a mother, an active reader, a tender heart, a woman and I’m a Mormon. I’m happy to answer your questions, or if you want to read more I can always send you a packet of why your favorite bloggers are mormon and a free copy of the Book of Mormon.
We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as “The Mormons”. We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong… to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled “Meet The Mormons”. This film is designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. It’s an opportunity to get to know us, and see those whose lives have been changed by following Christ in their lives. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!
The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because this is something that we love and has changed our lives for the better. We aren’t looking to convert, we are merely sharing something we love because it’s who we are.
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