Category Archives: Missionary

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-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.

We Believe Wednesday-Being Modest

Well, modestly seams to be a touchy subject.  For me, it is black and white.  I teach my children that it is important to be modest.  We teach them from the time they are born on, because in my mind, there is not other option.

Why?

We respect and love ourselves.  We respect and love our Father in Heaven.  We show this by being modest in dress, grooming, language and actions.

We teach our children to keep their bodies covered.  We don’t run around showing our underwear.  We don’t pull our shirts up to have our tummy showing.  We wear shirts under dressed or other shirts that don’t cover the shoulders.  We wear dresses, skirts and shorts down to the knees, or longer if they like. We feel this is important to teach our children, girls and boys, how to dress when they are young so they can govern themselves as teens and adults.  The specifics we choose to set in covering our bodies will become important when our children wear garments as an adult.

You may be wondering what garment I’m talking about.  Many religions wear clothing to show their faith, their position in church, or as a personal reminder beliefs.  As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we wear white underclothing, similar to shorts and T-shirts, as a personal reminder of our faith and the covenants we have made with Heavenly Father. Also, as a bishop, preacher, pastor, reverend and others usually wear clerical clothing, our church is a lay ministry. As our congregational leaders have an occupation outside of their role in the church.  Wearing the garment has some of the same advantage you may draw from clerical vestments. Due to employment in different occupations, we wear ours under the clothing instead of outside.

We teach our children to take care of their body.  We bathe, brush hair, teeth and take care of our bodies.

Language can affect everything.  We strive to teach our children to be polite and gentle in their words.  Yelling, name calling and rude tones are things we strive to keep away from our home.  We all struggle at times (after all we are not perfect), but we feel it is important to respect others with our words.

I believe we show respect to ourselves, our family, our friends, and our Father in Heaven when we are modest in our lives.

If you want some tips for trendy modest clothing, I suggest you follow of these Instagram accounts: Modest Mormon Girls; Dressing Dallas; and Modest Mormon.

How are you modest? 

We Believe Wednesday-I’m a Mormon

I’m starting a weekly post called “We Believe Wednesday.”  Feel free to link up with our weekly posts.  Each week I will post information on what I believe or stories that are relevant to my life as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

So, I’m a Mormon.

What is a Mormon?

A Mormon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Often times people refer to us as the Mormon Church or Mormons.

Why are you called Mormons?

We believe in the Book or Mormon.  This book is scripture, like the Bible.  We believe the Book of Mormon aids in testifying of the life of Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon is given out freely, all over the world by members of our church, as well as by missionaries.  If you would like one, feel free to ask me, a member, or click here.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a compilation of writings from ancient prophets starting in Jerusalem with Lehi. Around 600 B.C., Lehi, his family and a few others traveled from Jerusalem to America.  The Book of Mormon follows their journey and and continues to follow the people as they become a large civilization.  Heavenly Father, God, continued to call prophets to help teach and guide the people. In the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni, promises that if you sincerely read and pray with an open heart, you will know of its truth through the Holy Ghost (Moroni 10:4).

Pay Attention

We are blessed to have missionaries in our home at lease once a week. As we struggle to have our small children to to sit and listen we were loosing our patience. In those moment of pure desperation came such a simple answer.

Princess, did you know they are going to talk about Jesus?
Oh I love my big brother!
Can you listen really carefully as the missionaries talk and raise your hand when they say ‘Jesus?’

And so it began. An answer to a silent prayer. Now when the missionaries give their spiritual thoughts they listen to hear “Jesus” and their hand shoots up into the air with excitement.

We have expanded this into our scripture study. As we read from the Book of Mormon, our girls raise their hands for: Jesus; Father; Lord; God; Heavenly Father and angel. Gordon will even join in on the action and raise his hand or if he is holding B, he will help raise B’s hand.

On occasions they pay enough attention in sacrament meeting and you will see little girls’ hands shoot up into the air as they whip their head around and say;

“Mommy he just said Jesus!”

You are welcome, for the added distraction in church. 

Saying Goodbye

We, as people, say goodbye. We use it so often, yet there are so many reasons. It is hard teaching children “goodbye.”

In Princess’ short four-and-a-half years she has said goodbye to three dogs that have passed away, several friends that have moved, family as they come and go from visits and countless missionaries.

Several months ago we said goodbye to Hermana Vigil. She served 18 months, teaching others of Jesus Christ. As much as we have missed her, I know her family is happy to have her back home.

Princess wearing Hermana Vigil's name tag.

Princess wearing Hermana Vigil’s name tag.

Four weeks ago we said goodbye to Hermana Bass. Our girls are having a hard time understanding why this sweet women in their lives have left.

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Hermana Bass reading to all three kiddos.

Many mornings I am asked:

“mommy, when is Hermana Bass coming back to visit us?”

I do not have the words to express my great appreciation for all the individuals who choose to serve missions. You dedicate your life between 18 months to two years, teaching others of Jesus Christ. You leave your family, friends, and often significant others.

You are an example to myself and more importantly, my children.

Each move you make is being watch by little eyes. They watch your strength. They watch you teach. They watch you preach of Christ. They watch you serve. They watch you love.

With all my heart, thank you!