I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints… yes, I am a Mormon.
You may have heard of a little film coming out this weekend called “Meet The Mormons”. And maybe you’ve wondered what it’s all about. I know I have. Unlike most films, this one isn’t made in the hopes of making money, pushing an agenda, or promoting fame. In fact, this movie isn’t even trying to convert you. This movie was made to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of my faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. The whole film was made so that people can better understand what Mormons are like. Because after all is said and done, we are people, just like you, who have struggles and hard times, but we are also SO blessed.
I am joining over 65 other Mormon bloggers to extend an invitation to you to see this film. (And you can feel good knowing all proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross.) Along with inviting you to see this movie, we wanted you to “meet the Mormons”… and get to know each of us, and our faith a little better. We are each sharing testimonies of our own personal conversion, and 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 that as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Savior and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. 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 am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints… I am a Mormon. I was raised in a typical Mormon family, with 7 kids, in a little teeny town in Northern Utah. I grew up building houses with my dad and sewing with my mom. I was an average kid who played soccer and softball, and spent my summers barefoot on my bike. My childhood was wonderful, and I would never trade the family I grew up in for anything in the world. I met my husband “The Italian Stallion” in High School. We were best friends. We both dated other people through High School (yes, Mormons can date). After High School, he left for 2 years to serve an LDS mission in Washington DC. We wrote letters while he was on his mission, and our friendship stayed strong. I kept on dating, but somehow, I fell in love with Casey while he was 2000 miles away. Not long after he returned from his mission, we were married in the Logan LDS Temple. We’ve been married now for over 8 years, we have 3 children, 2 goats, 4 chickens, a mortgage, and we are happy. Sure, life has it’s struggles. Sometimes I feel like punching him in the face- but I never do. We never seem to have enough time or money to get everything done that we want to, and every once in a while I have to sneak into the pantry to eat chocolate chips because my kids are driving me SO crazy. But, after all is said and done, I love them and this little life we’ve created together.
I am a Mormon because I feel in my heart, that this is Christ’s church. When Christ was on the Earth, he established a church with Prophets and Apostles who had the keys of God’s Priesthood. He set up a church, with structure and order. I believe that our Latter-Day Prophets and Apostles hold the same keys of God’s Priesthood as Christ held. God would not leave us walking without purpose or direction. He loves us, and He wants us to return to live with Him someday. I believe Christ established a church which required its members to sacrifice sometimes. I think he still requires us to sacrifice sometimes. Christ encouraged his followers to help the poor and needy, and I believe he expects us to continue to help the poor and needy. I know that if I want to be like Christ, I must serve those around me. I know that being charitable and kind to ALL of God’s children is what he expects from us. And as I serve, I feel God’s spirit in my life, and I am blessed for it. I believe that Christ prepared a way for us to return to live with Him in glory one day. And I believe that through the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and though the power of God’s holy Priesthood, we can be together with our families after this life. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the exact same church, with the same Priesthood power, that Christ set up when he lived on this Earth. It is Christ’s church… and that is why I am a Mormon.
I know it. I live it. I love it.
Please take a moment to watch this video about our Savior, it touched my heart, and I have been wanting to share it: