Going to get a little personal here. It’s a little bit more scary to tell you personal stuff than it is to show you a cute project I just finished, but this is a part of my life that is near and dear and so I am sharing.
Hi, my name is Amber and I am a Mormon! Can I tell you a little bit about what that means?
First and foremost, it means that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Many people mistakenly believe that Mormons are not Christians, but Jesus Christ is at the very center of our church and our beliefs. I love him, I worship him and I recognize him as my Savior and Redeemer. I believe that he is God’s son who came to Earth and I believe that I have a loving Heavenly Father who watches over me and knows me and loves me too.
It also means that I believe that the same church that existed at the time that Christ lived on the Earth exists today. That means that I believe in a living prophet of God. I also love this man-President Thomas S. Monson. He is a servant of God who speaks for him on the Earth today. He is kind and loving and he can wiggle his ears. He also serves with a quorum of 12 apostles.
I believe in the Book of Mormon AND the Bible both as holy scripture. They go hand in hand-both as testaments of Jesus Christ. I read from them and I study them:
I also believe in holy temples of the Lord. Just as in old times, there are temples on the Earth today that are sacred houses where covenants and promises can be made with the Lord and families can be sealed together for all eternity. You’ve probably seen one of these beauties. I love temples.
How does this religion translate into my daily life?
It means that first and foremost I serve the Lord Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. I try to live my life every single day in the way that they would have me live.
This means that family is so important to me. It means that nothing in life comes before them. For me this means that I choose to stay at home with my kids because raising them is more important than anything else to me. (Though I do enjoy being a blogger on the side!) I believe that my family can be together forever-and that is my greatest goal. I try to teach my kids the gospel, I try to teach them to be good people. I pray for them, I love them, I care for them, I teach them. Probably a lot like you!
This also means that a lot of my life is dedicated to serving others. I love that about my religion. We each serve in a position in the church. All are voluntary and we serve where we are asked. Currently I get to serve with the teenage girls and I LOVE IT! It means that every Sunday I am with them for one hour of our three hour church meetings. It means that on Wednesday nights I am with them for fun activities. It means that I think about them and pray for them all the time. I love them!
It means that I take dinner to people because I want to serve. It means that I am kind to my neighbors. It means that I try to be Christlike. It means that I am happy because I know who I am-a child of God-and where I am going and why I am here. It means that when life gets hard (like when your baby boy is in the hospital with meningitis) I have somewhere to turn. I can pray and I can feel the comfort of the Holy Ghost. I am surrounded by love and support from my church “family.”
It means that I am happy. I love my religion and all that it means for my life.
This month a new movie is being release called Meet the Mormons. It’s a peek into the lives of several every day Mormons. (All proceeds from this film are being donated to the Red Cross.) See more about it here:
I joined this group of bloggers because we wanted to tell you our story. Meet all of THESE Mormons!
All of us are telling our story today! Feel free to read through them!
Kirtley | The Gist of It | Aubrey | Dreaming of Someday, Natalie| The Messanos, Angela | Handmade In The Heartland
Please, if you want to know more talk to me! Email me. Would you like your own copy of the Book of Mormon so you can see what it’s all about it? Let me know and I can send you one!
Or, you can find out lots more at Mormon.org