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Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet This Mormon

I'm excited to be part of this huge group of bloggers today!Pinable Image
We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as "The Mormons". We are proud of this part of who we are! 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 not meant to be an "in your face" - you must join our church film. It is simply 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. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. 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!!
[embed][/embed] We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. 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 are by you! 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 we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm A Mormon #1
Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain
Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3
Nat & Holly | My Sister's Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops

What an amazing group of talented, funny, witty, courageous, and uplifting bloggers! And what do we all have in common. Our faith.

I want to share a little bit about myself and my family and our beliefs in our Savior, Jesus Christ with you today. Again, this isn't always easy and is something that means the world to me. I truly believe that there is beauty in agency and in differences. I respect other's choice of their beliefs, even when they differ from mine. We can all learn from each other. I ask that you be respectful of mine as well.

I grew up in Idaho mainly, until high school when my family moved to Texas. I grew up in an active LDS family (LDS means Latter Day Saint or belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). My parents were always very busy helping in church, and with 7 children, you can imagine how our home was. Busy? Yes. Full? Yes. But also full of love and full of the Spirit of Christ and teachings of him. My home/family and my faith/church, I learned, were the two things that were constant in my life. And I came to truly appreciate those even more when we moved (when I was in high school).

About that time. I learned more about my true personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. I learned and gained a testimony of my own, through my own study and prayer, and as I did, my faith increased. I know that Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I studied and learned from the Bible AND the Book of Mormon each year.  I know that there is life after death; that we CAN see and live with our loved ones again. I gained a testimony of the way our church is set up...the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) has set up the church today to follow how Jesus Christ set it up when he was live on the Earth. We have a modern day prophet and 12 apostles. I know that they are called of God and that they speak to us, the word of God. I learned that I could rely on the Lord, and that through His sacrifice FOR ME, and his atoning of MY sins, that I could be forgiven of my own shortcomings and weaknesses. I learned that I could talk to Him anytime I needed and that He would be there listening. I felt of His love and His spirit. 
Sometimes very strongly, other times, softly.

I now have my own family. I have a wonderful husband that serves in the youth program at church with the Young Men as well as being the Boy Scout Scoutmaster in the troop that is associated with our congregation. He is a wonderful example of trying to lead our home, the best he can, to being worthy to go back and live with our Father in Heaven someday. 
I have 5 children that have good hearts and righteous desires. They study and learn for themselves. They help and serve others around them.  They deal with disappointments and trials as do we all, but they learn and become stronger from them. They want to be good and want to be happy. That is what the Lord wants for all of us as well.
I was just thinking yesterday as I was driving home from how truly and deeply I love my children and feel sincerely blessed to be their mother and to have them in my life each day. I learn from them every day.

Do they make mistakes? Yep, you betcha! Do I? Yep! Certainly! Is our life perfect? No way. But I have come to realize...and treasure, that my relationship with each of my family members is what fills me up each day. We love the Lord, and we are thankful for all that we are given, and that is enough. 

We would invite all of you to go to this movie coming out today in theaters "Meet the Mormons". (You can find out which theaters it is playing in and watch the trailer here.)  See what we are like, what we believe, destroy the stereotypical myths that there are about us. We are Christians, who love the Lord and want to do His will. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phillipians 4:13. 

If you have any questions or want to know more about the "Mormons", you can find more here as well. If you would like to receive a Book of Mormon, you can also request one there OR you can request one from me and my family will send you one with our personal testimonies in it. Hope you get out and get to enjoy the movie "Meet the Mormons".
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Steph Thomas said...

You are a great "Mormon" too:)