Monthly Archives: September 2014

We Believe Wednesday-The Sweet Struggle

I’ve really struggled with what to say today. Hence why it is really Thursday and I’m writing my Wednesday post.

Today has been a hard. One where I wanted to shut everyone and everything out, right from the start. With teaching, we are all still trying to adjust to the new schedule. My three little ones get woken up around six o’clock in the morning, needless to say we are all overtired.

I have this little part of my brain (okay, big part) that wants everything to be perfect. Yes, I know it’s not happening soon. I want the house to be clean, no clutter, happy kids who never fight and take naps… I want to be a good wife, good mom, good daughter, food granddaughter, Continue reading

We Believe Wednesday-Sacrament

Jesus Christ sat with His apostles the evening before the atonement.  Christ knew it was time for Him to atone and die for us.  In Luke 22, we read about the first sacrament and Christ said, “this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. . . . this cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we feel sacrament is an important part of our spiritual growth and worship, as we remember and renew the covenants we make with Heavenly Father when we are baptized.  As we partake of the bread and water, we remember the atoning sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us.  We take the time, while the sacrament is being passed, to reflect on the ministry, life and Atonement of Christ, the Son of God.

The bread being broken is a symbolic reminder of His body on the cross and His physical sufferings.  It is also symbolic to ancient times when as part of the covenant, they would cut (break) an animal into pieces as a sacrifice and say “Let what happened to this sacrifice, happen to us, if we break our covenant.”

The water is symbolic of the blood of our Savior shed in extreme spiritual suffering and grief, commencing in the Garden of Gethsemane and concluding on the cross.  In Matthew 26:38 Christ said, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.”  In the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:7 we read and understand, “Blood [came] from every pore, so great [was] his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.”

Jesus Christ suffered for the sins, sorrows, and pains of all people.  He is the only one who truly understands us, emotionally and spiritually.  When we get that call, your grandma has suffered a stroke and is on the way to the hospital, He truly felt the pain, regrets and overwhelming fears.  When we sin, because we all will, He felt the sorrow, fear, and humility.  What greater gift could our Father give us than a big brother who truly knows us?

As a mother, I want to teach my children of this great gift.  When my oldest, Princess, was around 12-months, I was contemplating how to teach my children about Jesus Christ and the sacrament.  Almost intuitively, as I handed her the bread, I whispered, “this helps us remember Jesus made it so we can live with Heavenly Father again.”  Then with the water I whispered, “this helps us remember we can say sorry and repent for our sis.”  As simple as these words were, they truly help us focus on the atonement, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Princess is now almost five, and I have Tiny, three; and B, one.  They each are told these same words each time we partake of the sacrament.

We Believe Wednesday-Finding Yourself

This last weekend I attended Time Out For Women

Among the many speakers, S. Michael Wilcox spoke. He said “find yourself in the scriptures.”  This brought back a memory I thought I would share.

Six years and seven months ago I was dating a young man (Gordon) whom pursued me heavily. I was dating him because I strongly felt I should, but in reality I wanted nothing to do with boys. (Having just gotten out of a complicated relationship, I just wanted “me” time.)

After dating a while, we kept feeling like we were supposed to be together, the next step would be marriage.  Honestly, I was rarified and excited at the same time. 

I prayed to Heavenly Father for guidance on wither I should marry Gordon.  I immediately feel the Holy Ghost telling me YES.  I was uneasy.  Although the prompting was so strong and overwhelming, it felt too easy and fast.  I quickly told Heavenly Father I would pray about in the temple and then accept any answer He gives me then.  

I know this may be a little shocking for some, that I would not accept the first answer. It was partially stubbornness and partially that I needed to be reassured when my answer cam so fast.  

The same week as the first prayer, I went to the temple with a group of young single adults from church.  A member of the Temple Presidency came to speak to us.  He talked about utilizing the scriptures to help us receive answers to our prayers.  He said, sometimes we need to just be willing to let the Lord guide us and the pages fall open to where He wants us to read.  I decided, since I never do this, I would give it a try.  

I sat quietly with my scriptures in hand.  I looked up, opened my scriptures, looked down and read: 

Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth;

Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.

Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?

And now, behold, you have received a witness; for if I havetold you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?

Doctrine and Covenants 6: 15-16, 22-24

I knew then, Heavenly Father answered me before. I knew the words written for Oliver Cowdery years ago, were for me at that moment.  I knew our Lord understood me, better than I could imagine. 

I am still ever so thankful Heavenly Father knew what I needed to understand and feel.  I found myself in the scripture.  I married Gordon after he was a member for a year.

We Believe Wednesday-One of the Three

Today’s post is inspired from questions a friend asked about my beliefs.  Always feel free to ask me questions!

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.-Articles of Faith 1

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are separate distinct beings.  We refer to the three of them as the Godhead.  Today, I want to talk about the Holy Ghost (some people refer to him as the Holy Spirit).

I believe the Holy Ghost has the ability to influence ALL people who strive for good.

The Holy Ghost helps us recognize and comprehend truth. He also gives us spiritual strength and comforts us in times of trials. In John 14:26 it says; “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

In John 3:5 Jesus was talking to Nicodemus, a Pharisees, and said “…except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” While we believe all have the opportunity to feel the Holy Ghost, we believe that in order to have him with you at all times, one would need to be baptized and then given the gift of the Holy Ghost.

I invite all wanting to know more about the Mormon church to consider meeting with the missionaries.  They devote 18 months to two years to serving Heavenly Father’s children and to teach others of Jesus Christ, as well as helping those they teach have a stronger relationship with Him.