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October 31, 2007

Happy halloween!

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I hope all have a safe and happy night.  I’m taking the kids trick or treating in my new neighborhood!  I’m so excited! (we have side walks on BOTH sides of the road! YAH!) 

 Hope you will all have as much fun as we will   🙂

 Steff 🙂

October 26, 2007

My husband

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I’m dedicating this post to my husband.  I REALLY wish he would read my blog…..

He always has excuses, “i’m working, i’m busy, bombs are going off over my head…blah blah blah.

I just want you to know…..

That you are a poop face,

Just kidding 🙂

What I really want you to know is…….

That I love you, and you are my world, my everything, my best friend.  I miss you and I cannot wait til you come home for GOOD! 

I also want you to know that I appreciate everything you have done for me and the sacrifices you have made. 

You are my prince charming and my dream come true!  And I know we will be together forever and always!

(even if you don’t read my sweet blog)

October 25, 2007

“Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums.”

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”

 Ezra Taft Benson
 

October 24, 2007

Who are you?

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Who are you?  I know your screen names and I even know what you believe.  But it’s kinda weird, I know some of you better then my friends in the real world 🙂  So I want to make this post as a way to get to know each other a little better, this is just for fun, and to be taken lightheartedly!

 So I’m thinking a list of 10 things is good, you can give more or less it’s up to you!

So this is me:

1.  I’m an LDS convert  🙂   (what a shocker I know)

 2.  I’m happily married (for 6 years) and I am still madly in love with my husband!

 3.  I have 2 of the greatest kids who I love more then anything.

4.  I hate crowds (and traffic)

5.   I’m scared of flying

 6.  I like bugs, snakes, sharks, the scarier and weirder the better.

7.  My favorite color is pink

8.  I love to eat (it’s probably one of my favorite thing to do)

 9. I love the outdoors, I love trees and water! 

10.  I love the Gospel (sorry I know most of you already know this but I HAD to put in in here 🙂  )

Ok your turn!

October 23, 2007

This Mormon Chic’s View On Salvation (and what I have learned!)

Is Salvation a gift or can it be earned?  This seems to be the question many Christians ask us Mormons.  I’m not sure really why this is a question because it has been answered a billion times.  So I’m going to give my view on Salvation, and what I have learned recently.  

I have been reading Romans, because a fellow blogger has asked me to do so.  I have been reading slowly,  just a few chapters at a time, and trying to soak it all in.  I have also been studying Romans with a study guide called;

“The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles” (course manual 211-212)

It begins with a little bit of history so we know where Paul is coming from

INTRODUCTION

It had been more than twenty years since Paul had started on the road to what he thought would lead him only to Damascus but which, instead, began a far longer and more glorious journey. He had left Jerusalem that day seeing but blind; he had come to Damascus blind but seeing. When he had set out, he had in his hand the edict of the high priest: bind the followers of the way and bring them to the prisons of Jerusalem. When he had arrived, he had in his heart the edict of Christ: unbind the gentiles and bring them to the mansions of the heavenly Jerusalem. For more than seven thousand days now, the man from Tarsus had labored to fulfill that edict. He had crossed and recrossed eight or more provinces of the Roman empire. He had personally established a number of branches of the church. His converts must have numbered well into the thousands. He had been beaten, stoned, scourged, jailed, and shipwrecked and had endured hunger, thirst, cold, fatigue, rejection, insults, scorn, and desertion—and all this while afflicted with his own “thorn in the flesh.” Surely now he had done enough? Surely now he could return to Jerusalem and pass the baton on to younger hands?

But of course such would be unthinkable to Paul. With characteristic simplicity Luke reports, “After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit . . . to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” (Acts 19:21.) And so he had come to Corinth to spend the winter, waiting for safe sailing weather. It must have been a time of reflection and planning and concern. It was evidently during these months that reports arrived saying that Galatia was being ravaged by the onslaughts of the Judaizers. “True righteousness is based in the law of Moses,” they were saying, “Believing in Christ is all well and good, but you must not leave the foundation principles of circumcision, dietary law, and Levitical ritual.” They maligned Paul and his office, wooing many away from the teachings of the great apostle.

Paul had written to the churches in Galatia and sharply condemned the false teachings. “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you?” he asked in sorrow. (Galatians 3:1.) It was shortly after this that the apostle wrote his letter to Rome, alerting the saints there of his intent to visit them. The reports from Rome were positive. The saints were believing, growing, testifying. But the concern for the growing threat of the false teachers must still have weighed heavily on his mind, for the book of Romans contains Paul’s powerful defense of true righteousness and his rejection of any system of salvation that is not based on faith in Jesus Christ.

How ironic that the letters to Rome and Galatia should be used in later centuries as the basis for the doctrine that works are unessential for salvation. Can you imagine the retort of the man who had been five times scourged of the Jews to those who would say that all you must do to be saved is confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Christ? Can you picture the response of the man who for two decades had devoted his life to good works to those who say that good works are not a requirement for salvation? But on the other hand, you must also recognize that Paul rejected the idea fostered by the Judaizers, namely, that man can achieve righteousness by his own efforts. The ideas are opposite ends of the grace and works continuum, but both are false. In order to find the true middle ground, let us now turn to a careful study of what Paul wrote to the saints in Rome. What is the proper relationship between our own works and the grace of God? If a man is justified by faith, just what does that mean? As you study this lesson and ponder such questions, remember Paul the man. Remember the experiences that had molded and shaped him as he sat in Corinth and wrote his letter to the saints in Rome.

Now we will look at what Paul is speaking of when he writes about works and grace,

(39-7) Romans 3:1–31. Man Must Be Justified by Grace

Since, as Paul says, all men sin, then no man can be justified (or restored to a proper relationship with God) by works alone. Some intervening power must bridge the gap. That power was provided by Jesus Christ. He lived the law perfectly, had no sin, and therefore never estranged himself from God. In addition, he sacrificed himself so that he could pay the debt of sin with his own holiness for all men who would come unto him. His grace becomes the source of their justification with God.

President Joseph Fielding Smith clearly pointed out the role of both grace and works in our salvation.

“There is a difference between the Lord Jesus Christ and the rest of mankind. We have no life in ourselves, for no power has been given unto us, to lay down our lives and take them again. That is beyond our power, and so, being subject to death, and being sinners—for we are all transgressors of the law to some extent, no matter how good we have tried to be—we are therefore unable in and of ourselves to receive redemption from our sins by any act of our own.

“This is the grace that Paul was teaching. Therefore, it is by the grace of Jesus Christ that we are saved. And had he not come into the world, and laid down his life that he might take it again, or as he said in another place, to give us life that we may have it more abundantly we would still be subject to death and be in our sins. . . .

“So it is easy to understand that we must accept the mission of Jesus Christ. We must believe that it is through his grace that we are saved, that he performed for us that labor which we were unable to perform for ourselves, and did for us those things which were essential to our salvation, which were beyond our power; and also that we are under the commandment and the necessity of performing the labors that are required of us as set forth in the commandments known as the gospel of Jesus Christ:” (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:309–11.)

Here is the link so you can read the entire thing if you wish!

http://www.ldsces.org/inst_manuals/nt-in/manualindex.asp

So in conclusion, Mormons DO NOT believe you can earn Salvation.  It is a gift, it is by grace we are saved . 

Jesus Christ did not come to this earth only to die.  He came here to live and to teach us HOW to live and how to return to our Father in Heaven. 

If you think all you need to do to be saved is believe in Him then you are saying His life and teachings are pointless and mean nothing. 

He is our perfect example and we should do our best to follow Him!

We are saved by grace, after all we can do!

October 20, 2007

What do YOU believe?

I have a lot of people come to my blog who disagree with my beliefs.  Many times they come here and try to TELL me what I believe.  I feel this is strange, because I feel I am an expert on my own personal beliefs. 

So I am creating this post so that you can tell us what it is YOU believe.  You can write as much or as little as you want.  I ask that EVERYONE be respectful of others. 

I will start us off.

I believe the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. 

I believe the Gospel has been restored in it’s fulness to the earth. 

I believe that God still speaks to us through prophets. 

I believe that our families can be together forever. 

I believe that Jesus Christ is Gods literal Son. 

I believe He lived and He died for me, so that I may live. 

I believe we are saved by His atoning sacrifice.  By grace. 

I believe that once we are saved we must change our hearts and our lives. 

I believe we must live by His teachings, and do what He has commanded.

I believe in a  loving and kind Heavenly Father.  I believe He wants ALL His children to return to Him. 

I love my Father in Heaven, and I love His Son, my Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the gospel and the change it has brought into my life.  I am grateful for the change it has brought to my family, and I hope and pray that all who seek Him will find Him.

I leave you with these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  

Ok.   Now, tell me what you believe 🙂

October 18, 2007

Love is spoken here!

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Love is spoken here.  This is the theme of my blog.  So be nice, only speak in love here 🙂  and please listen to this song, it is the most beautiful and inspiring song I have heard. 

Missionaries

Two and a half years ago we had two missionaries knock on the door.  I remember that day clearly.  It was in April, it was a VERY cold day.  I was actually at my friends house for her little girls party.  There were a bunch of people at this party and we were all in the living room.  When we saw 2 missionaries walking up the driveway EVERYONE left the room, except me.  Now normally I would not answer the door, because well, this was not my home.  But because I was left alone I decided to answer.  So I opened the door, beer in hand, and there they stood.  Freezing, shaking, they introduced themselves to me.  I offered them a beer (yes I know it was rude, and I feel bad) but the graciously declined, and I saw this sparkle in them.  It was weird.  So I informed them this was not my house, and so they made an appointment to come to my home. 

When they came over I really gave it to them.  I was very ignorant about their beliefs, and so I began with a “mormons are going to hell”,speech and I remember them being so kind, and they then went over all my opinions and questions, and taught me some of what they actually believed.  Now I did not have the intention to listen to them, I was out to “save” them.  We ended our discussion and made another appointment. 

 So we had a few more discussions, and one day my husband came home early from work.  So he joined in.  He actually felt that what they taught made a lot of sense.  I was a little disturbed by this, and I informed the Elders I would never join their church.  Soon though my husband was fully involved and did not mind continuing our lessons.

  This is when I became very confused. For some reason we wanted these Elders around ALL the time.  We loved them.  They would leave our house and my husband and I would stand in our doorway feeling very sad.  They had something about them that we couldn’t figure out.  Something that left our home when they left. 

So at this time I was confused.  I felt like what they were saying was right. But how could this be?  Mormons were all going to hell!

 So I prayed.  And I found out that these Elders were speaking the truth.  And what they had was what I was missing.  And now That wonderful feeling is in my heart and in my home always.  We were able to reconize the spirit. 

Because these two missionaries loved the Lord so much they took 2 years out of their lives to spread the gospel.  They were the tool the Lord used to help my family find happiness and truth. 

I love missionaries, they by far the most amazing people I have ever met.  I will forever be grateful for what they did for my family.

When you have missionaries knock at the door, don’t be so quick to shoo them away.  They have an awesome message to share that will forever change your life!!!

I BELIEVE IN CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know there are many out there who think Mormons don’t believe in Christ.  To you I say, I BELIEVE IN CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!  He saved me from my sins.  He freed me.  I love Him with all my heart and with all my soul!  My favorite hymn happens to be titled, I Believe in Christ!  I want to post the words to this song here.  When I hear it sung My soul fills with joy, when I read the words, my eyes fill with tears.  I love Him, He is My Savior, My friend.  I will live for Him and I would die for Him!

 134
I Believe in Christ

31243, Hymns, I Believe in Christ, no. 134

1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
In grand amens my tongue employ.
I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
On earth to dwell his soul did come.
He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
Good works were his; his name be praised.

2. I believe in Christ; oh blessed name!
As Mary’s Son he came to reign
’Mid mortal men, his earthly kin,
To save them from the woes of sin.
I believe in Christ, who marked the path,
Who did gain all his Father hath,
Who said to men: “Come, follow me,
That ye, my friends, with God may be.”

3. I believe in Christ—my Lord, my God!
My feet he plants on gospel sod.
I’ll worship him with all my might;
He is the source of truth and light.
I believe in Christ; he ransoms me.
From Satan’s grasp he sets me free,
And I shall live with joy and love
In his eternal courts above.

4. I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
From him I’ll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: “Ye shall obtain.”
I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With him I’ll stand in that great day
When on this earth he comes again
To rule among the sons of men.

Text: Bruce R. McConkie, 1915–1985. © 1972 IRI

Music: John Longhurst, b. 1940. © 1985 IRI

2 Nephi 25:23, 26, 29

Mormon 7:5–7

October 16, 2007

3 things I want to improve or change

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This week in church we had a lesson on self mastery.  We talked about how to overcome bad habits.  We were challenged to pick three bad habits we would like to overcome.  I wrote my three things down,  Then we were asked to choose one of those things and start this week to improve upon it.  So out of my three things I want to change, I decided to really work on my patience/anger.  I am a very impatient person, especially with my children.  I was raised in a home with a lot of screaming and yelling.  I do not want to carry that over to my children.  I’m writing about it on this blog because I feel it will be a good place to write my thoughts as I begin my journey.  I know it will be difficult, but I want to do better for myself and my kids.   In class we discussed 4 steps to help us.

1. have a goal and a plan for accomplishing that goal,  Be determined, work hard (that’s why i’m posting this to be held accountable)

2. Choose someone who is a great example of the characteristics you wish to develop.  (for me it is the example of Christ, as he tells us to be slow to anger.)

3. Ask your self how would Christ respond if He were here today, and act as He would act.  (step one and step 2…. I have a lot to live up to :))

4.  Pray to heavenly Father and ask for help in controlling your feelings and actions.

So here goes. 

And by the way, if you are reading this I extend this challenge to you……  Let me know how you do 🙂

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