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December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas??? I hope so….

Filed under: faith,happiness,Jesus Christ,LDS,life,love,Mormons — by steffielynn @ 12:34 am
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This Christmas has been extremly sad and difficult for myself and my children with my husband being so far away. 

It’s also hitting me a bit harder when people comment here regarding my faith in my Savior, whom I hold so dear to my heart.  Because it is Christmas, I want to be happy and focus on the Savior, without being told that I am not a “Christian”.

The reason I started this blog was to help people understand that Mormons are great people, who try there best to live according to what they know to be true. 

But instead people come here and try to tear down our beliefs. 

 My hope was that people would want to hear us.  Instead they close their ears and talk over us.

I used to be anti too, but one day I figured it was only fair to hear what an actual Mormon had to say, rather then listen to all the non Mormons preach about what Mormons believe.  I’m so glad that I did. 

 My hope is for all God’s children (which is EVERYONE) will have the kind of peace that I have found.  I will always hope for this, even when others are hateful and mean. 

Because of the sadness I feel right now, I have decided to shut down my blog.  I will be opening it back up after the new year.  Hopefully this will give everyone a break, and we can start fresh.

 My hope will always stay the same, that people will find that the LDS faith is true and wonderful, that the church has been restored, that God loves His children and He still talks to us. 

I know that my Savior lives, because of his sacrifice my burdens have been lifted,  I have peace in my heart, and happiness in my soul.   I love Him with everything inside of me! 

If anyone wants to reach me you can email me at slbluvssdb@yahoo.com

All my love to all of you!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Until next year…

🙂    steffielynn  🙂

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22 Comments »

  1. Steffielynn-
    Have a Merry Christmas! Iknow what you mean about peopletelling ou you aren’t a Christian. I’m Mormon too. It is hard to keep people from tearing us down, but as long as keep that inner peace, the peace that comes form having a knowledge of God, they will never prevail against us. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

    I hope that you have a very happy holiday season! May the love of the Savior be in your home to help you through your hard times, and be there to bless you, as I’m sure He already does. Take care!

    Comment by olfashionedgirl07 — December 22, 2007 @ 1:58 am |Reply

  2. Merry Christmas to you!

    Comment by Todd Wood — December 22, 2007 @ 6:42 pm |Reply

  3. Oh sweet Stephanie,
    Please don’t leave – you have made such an impact on so many lives that you have no idea of the ripple effect. Words seem to be failing me right now but I can guarantee when the word gets out that you are thinking of shutting down your blog because of the Anti’s you will have an outpouring of posts on here telling you like I am telling you now that we love you and wish for you to continue on. You being you have made such an impact on my life alone that I asked you for a picture of you and your family so that it could be included in the book that will be compiled of my blog into the Mormon faith so that my children’s – children will know the reasons and the outpouring of support for me joining the church.
    I know it has to be hard having your husband so far away on this Christmas and you feeling alone – but you know what Stephanie — YOU ARE NOT ALONE – you have our love and support and prayers for you and your family and you husband and he will be home soon!!!!

    Comment by Ron — December 23, 2007 @ 12:55 am |Reply

  4. Stephanie,

    I have never commented on your blog before. I want you to know that I know what you’re feeling… growing up in a very religious community like I did. My friends were baptists, protestants, lutherans, presbyterians, weslyans, you name it. All wonderful kids, and all thought I was going to hell. Had lots of great discussions about it.

    The thing is, they think that Mormons are strange and evil and wrong… until they meet one. And get to know one. One of my staunch baptists friends ended up walking out on one of those sessions they have decrying the Mormon faith. She was so angry that her own preacher would say such terrible things about Mormons. Things that she knew weren’t true, because she knew me. She started asking some more questions about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, because of her realization that she had been told wrong.

    My choir teacher, whom I idolized, is a staunch Presbyterian. He would tell me about how Joseph Smith was a criminal and decietful, and sometimes all I wanted to do was cry. One time I asked him, Mr. Baggett, do you think Mormons aren’t Christiansl? He said, yes. I asked him, do you think I’m not a Christian? He looked at me for a long moment and said, “Sarah, I think YOU’RE a Christian.”

    Let’s give them enough examples of exceptions to their own rule that they start wondering about the rule they’ve set out in the first place. Help them see we ARE Christians, we ARE devoted to Christ and his gospel, we do good in the world, we love our neighbors, we’re just and capable and intelligent people. After enough exceptions, they’ll have to concede. You’re doing a wonderful job with this site, keep it up. I’ll keep working alongside you. 🙂

    –Sarah

    Comment by nosurfgirl — December 23, 2007 @ 3:33 am |Reply

  5. Merry Christmas, Steffie. May you feel the Lord’s love intensely during this magical time. The following is an amazing post you should read:

    http://abev.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/behold-the-condescension-of-god

    Comment by Ray — December 23, 2007 @ 4:00 am |Reply

  6. Steffie- thanks for sharing your bright voice with us all. Please don’t shut down your blog because of people who attack our faith- there are so many of us who really love it, the same way you do.

    Looking forward to seeing what’s new with you in January…

    Comment by tracy m — December 23, 2007 @ 5:05 am |Reply

  7. Oh, and Merry Christmas to you and yours, and you’ll all be in my prayers.

    Comment by tracy m — December 23, 2007 @ 5:06 am |Reply

  8. Hi Steff, please don’t get discouraged, you are doing a good thing here. The fact that people come here and talk about these things is a real compliment to you. You have a wonderful testimony. Please hold tight to it. Merry Christmas.

    D&C 64:

    33 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.

    Comment by MCQ — December 23, 2007 @ 7:26 am |Reply

  9. Steffielynn what was it our Lord said to brother Joseph,something about the very gates of hell.Stand tall and strong you are a daughter of God!!!!!!!!!! HOLD TO THE ROD……If your husband is serving this great nation in the war I THANK YOU and Him.

    Comment by Peter Arzani — December 23, 2007 @ 8:43 am |Reply

  10. Steff,
    If you’re objective here is to prove that Mormon’s are great people, then I will take the debate elsewhere. I’m sorry, I don’t think that you are “horrible people” by everyday standards. However, we all are by God’s standards and from my understanding of the Bible, if you’re church leads you to an interpretation that concludes you’re a good or great person you need to question it by the Word. I still would like to post my final reply to Ray’s last response to me, as I find it to be in error and quite distasteful by calling me a fool. Don’t worry, if you haven’t already read it I won’t be mean spirited. I will take this debate elsewhere, do you know of any forum our there for debating these issues specifically?

    Comment by ColinSamul — December 23, 2007 @ 7:28 pm |Reply

  11. I called and they came Steph,,, You are so very loved,,,,,,, I am sure there will be more.

    Comment by Ron — December 23, 2007 @ 10:48 pm |Reply

  12. Steffie,

    I have only recently found your blog and have truly been amazed at your knowledge and ability to communicate about this gospel that we love. I have never come across a blog like yours and I have very much admired it. I worried initially whether I would have the strength to deal with the anti’s commenting so vehemently on it, and hoped that you would do what ever was best for you. Your first priority should be to your own inner faith and strength and family, and if keeping the blog is detrimental to it, then I would agree with you. The antis can go their hateful little way. We can go our way, being happy that we are members of our Church, and that fills us with peace and happiness and purpose. I wish you all the best, and may your husband feel the prayers of many throughout our country who care! May your Christmas be merry, magical for the children, and bright!

    Comment by Rachel — December 24, 2007 @ 1:10 pm |Reply

  13. Oh great big hugs for you!

    Comment by cowgalutah — December 24, 2007 @ 6:05 pm |Reply

  14. Merry Christmas Stephanie and family,
    I am thinking of you on this Christmas day and wish to extend my blessings on to you and your family.

    Comment by Ron — December 25, 2007 @ 10:35 pm |Reply

  15. Steffie, I also thought of you tonight as I kicked back and considered the day. I thought of what you said about your husband and children; the following is what I posted tonight on my own blog:

    http://thingsofmysoul.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-christmas-wish.html

    Comment by Ray — December 26, 2007 @ 3:22 am |Reply

  16. Steffie, Ditto to all of the above posts. I’ll be one unhappy gal if you shut down your blog. It’s so bright, warm, loving…just like its author. I KNOW how you feel about those who attack our faith, but withdrawing is not going to stop them; standing firm and strong will. If you’re feeling the way you do, just imagine what Joseph Smith felt…and Mitt Romney. People of the world are looking at us, and it’s our responsibility to the Savior to share His message. As Joseph Smith said, nothing will stop the growth of this church…nothing. Recently I came across a comment by Boyd K. Packer that said that it’s possible that their negative remarks will advance our cause rather that halt it.

    Christ needs people like you! Please come back. Just so you’ll know, I loved the post “Love is Spoken Here” so much that I had a decal made of the words and placed it in my dining room above the archway that leads out of the room. All during the holidays there were people in and out of the house, and that phrase stopped many a conversation that contained gossip, ill will, or negativity…all because of your blog and that beautiful rendition of the song touched me so.

    By the way, you’re under no obligation to allow the negative posts on your blog. I’ve deleted several that I felt detracted from the spirit of my blog.

    Comment by marlajayne — December 27, 2007 @ 1:04 am |Reply

  17. Hey Steffie,

    I hope the holidays were good for you and your family.

    Looking forward to seeing your next post 🙂

    Comment by ldspad — December 31, 2007 @ 5:41 am |Reply

  18. I’m looking forward to your next post too. You’ve done a great job with this blog.

    Comment by Eric — January 2, 2008 @ 3:59 am |Reply

  19. Don’t leave the blogging world. We need all the Mormon bloggers we can get, and from what I’ve read, you’re doing a great job!

    Comment by Elisabeth — January 2, 2008 @ 8:44 am |Reply

  20. I just love you ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks to everyone for your loving kind sweet words

    Comment by steffielynn — January 3, 2008 @ 10:15 pm |Reply

  21. Hey Steph,
    Great to have you back – I wanted to respond in your new post but the comments are closed so it won’t let me. Welcome back I missed you and we love you so much – you are awesome,,,,

    Comment by Ron — January 3, 2008 @ 10:28 pm |Reply

  22. I don’t know why the comments are showing closed! I opened it back up…. I’ll try to figure out what the prob is! Sorry!!!

    PS I missed U too 🙂

    Comment by steffielynn — January 4, 2008 @ 3:07 am |Reply


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