Mormons Rock

November 16, 2007

Tell us your story!

So many of you have read my conversion story, now I want to read yours! 

Please share your conversion here, make it as long (or short) as you want.  To hear others stories is so inspiring whether you have always been a member or whether you are a convert (I know we are all converts 🙂  )

 I can’t wait to read them!

* oh and one more thing, this is for LDS stories only, I’m sorry to restrict this post but I want to keep this subject on topic ! (thanks)

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November 15, 2007

To ALL you super awesome Mormons!!!!!!

I have had so many amazing mormons comment on my blog.  There have been so many comments that I am so behind in my reading and I have not been able to respond to even 1/4 of your comments!  I apologize, and I want each and everyone of you to know how very thankful I am!  The name of my blog is “Mormons Rock” and you have all just proven it!

I’m a bit overwhelmed (in a GOOD way) Your comments have brought me so much comfort and joy. 

People can say what they wish about the people and the religion, but I know that Mormons are the kindest, most loving, most amazing people in the world!

Knowing the Gospel is true is the most amazing gift I could ever be given.   I would not trade it for all the book smarts in the world     🙂 

Thank you all for comming here, thank you for your comments, thank you for sharing your stories, and thank you for going at it with Brad and EJ      🙂 

(I actually feel a bit sorry for them! ) 

 To all non Mormons out there, My purpose in my blog is to share with you what I have found.   I have peace in my heart, and a knowledge that my Father in Heaven LOVES ME!  My wish is for EVERYONE to have what I have! 

So to all my Mormon friends, and to all my Non Mormon friends, I love you all SO very much!!!!!!!!

Radtastic!!! If you want to be super rad…..

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So my daughter came home from school, she said all the cool kids were doing it, and I was concerned, until she showed me the super awesome dance she learned, at recess.  She then told me that we could find the dance AND the song on youtube.  

I’ve been up all night practicing.  Now that I know this sweet dance, I thought it was necessary to share this with all of you.  The version above I thought was the best because, well i’m mormon, and these boys just look so mormonish. 

So watch and practice, so when your kids come home from school you can show them how radtastic YOU are 🙂  Maybe even break it out at the next church function or business meeting!

*radtasic is a word I stole from one of the comments on this youtube, so make sure you use this new word as much as possible!

Oh also this is the clean adorable version, if you click here you will see the real one and you’ll see why this version is so cute and funny!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vum3qgoh0x4&feature=user  they even have a REAL instructional video!  So hilarious!

November 13, 2007

The Straight and narrow path

…”Straight is the gate and narrow the path that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14

Not everyone will accept the gospel, not everyone will take the straight and narrow path.  Although I wish everyone could have the happiness that the gospel brings and the joy that taking the straight path will bring you. 

The gospel WILL be taught to all the world, it does not mean everyone will accept it, but it will be taught. 

November 12, 2007

Veterans Day

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To ALL who have served our country,

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 9, 2007

Call me crazy……..

Filed under: life — by steffielynn @ 5:23 am
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So we tend to disagree A LOT on my blog, and it is usually just differences in opinion. 

So I want to take us somewhere else for a while, somewhere new, something a bit different.

I’ll explain……While I was at Chucky cheese tonight I was asked a very interesting question.  I had invited my adorable sister missionaries and they were worried about an investigator.  They said they had no clue as to how to handle this. 

So the question they posed was, is marijuana addictive and how do you over come this problem. 

Now this is just MY opinion, but I don’t think marijuana is addictive, although I think it may depend on the person.  (anything can become addictive) 

And if I were to be in a lot of pain or if I had cancer or something I would most certainly hope that it was an option.  I personally would rather put a natural substance in my body then a PROVEN addictive man made pill.  

So they asked me “then why is it illegal and is that the ONLY reason mormons don’t use it?  “Law of the land” and such. 

I really don’t know, does anyone else know?  I would say it is because of the law of the land.  But again that is just my opinion.  no facts here.   And I really don’t know why it’s illegal , but I know there are Mormons that take oxycontin which IS legal and also very bad and VERY addictive. 

Does my opinion shock anyone?  I’m interested in everyones opinions, so let me know what you think and why!

(I really just want personal opinions, this is not necessarily a LDS only issue)

***** I want all who read this to understand that the things expressed here are personal opinion!

Also I want it to be clear that I am personally in favor of marijauna for medical reasons ONLY, not for recreation.  I realize it is a drug, and should only be prescribed for those who need it, by a doctor!

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 18, 2007

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!

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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

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

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The Family: A Proclamation to the World

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How I became a Mormon!

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This is my story in a nutshell.  There is sooooo much to it, but I will save details for a later date.  I had posted this on Jay’s blog, and I did not realize I had not posted my conversion story on my blog!  So here it is!

My first interaction with the Mormon church was through by best friend in 2nd grade. She was Mormon and I was Lutheran. My parents did not seem to have much of an issue at this time with the Mormon religion. I spent a lot of time with my little friend and her family. I remember her family being so close, it was obvious that they loved each other very much and they always included me and made me feel loved as well. My family was extremely disfunctional. There was always a lot of yelling and not a whole lot of love.

For 2 years everything was fine and Dandy. Around the beginning of 4th grade I came home from school and my parents sat me down to have a talk. They informed me that a lady from our church had a son that was stolen by the Mormons. They told me it was a bad cult, and they didn’t want me to be stolen, so I was no longer allowed to be Sierra’s friend. This was totally confusing, scary and devastating. I pictured Sierra’s family throwing me in a van and stealing me away to some far off place and never seeing my family again. Of course at this age I did as my parents asked. They even sent me to school with a bible and a scripture in revelations. I was really sad that I couldn’t be her friend anymore. I asked my parents a lot of questions as to why. They told me that Mormons believed they Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Joseph Smith the founder was a liar and a cheater and they believe in magic underwear. They also explained to me that they believed in a different God and Jesus and that Mormons will go to hell when they die and burn for eternity. This did not sound like a good thing, so I stopped asking questions and stayed as far away from her as I could.

When I went to High school I met a few more of these Mormons, and even though I tried to stay away it was a little more difficult. I had a few on my cheerleading squad my senior year and one of them became my very good friend. I tried not to get too close to her, but she was so sweet and fun It became impossible. I never asked any questions about her church, but she would always invite me to her activities, and of course I didn’t want to burn in hell with her so I declined. During High School, I remember only two people who were there for me, and they both happened to be Mormon. I remember asking my mom why Mormons, who were such good people, would go to hell. She told me again that they believed in a false Jesus and that they were a cult.

So eight years later who knocks on the door, but 2 Mormon missionaries. I, at this time, decided to find out from an actual Mormon what exactly they believed.

Our first lesson began with me asking a thousand questions. I told them that I believed in a different Jesus and that they believed in the wrong one and that they were going to burn in hell if they didn’t except the “real” one. I went over with them all the things my parents had taught me. They were kind and they listened. I asked them to tell me what they believed and back it up with scripture, which they did.

Every time they would leave they asked if I would pray and ask if it was true for myself…which I did not do. I told my family I was having Mormon missionaries coming over and they FREAKED! They told me to stop having discussions because I would be brainwashed. They also started sending me info about the church. I went against the influence of my family and continued my discussions.  I read as much as I could on the LDS church. Most of it was against the church. The only positive stuff I read about the church was given to me by the missionaries. I read about Joseph Smith and polygamy, I read about the Mountain Meadows massacre, I read about their disbelief in the Trinity and how they believed they would become gods of their own planets. I became very conflicted. What the missionaries were teaching me made sense to me. I read and I read and I read. I became more and more confused. I wrestled with this issue for a long time. I did not want to join the LDS church, I most certainly did not want to burn in Hell. I was so confused and in need of an answer. I got on my knees and I started crying. I cried and poured my heart out to the Lord. I looked up and asked Him is this YOUR church, I fell to my knees broken, lost and confused, as soon as I asked this question I felt peace like I had never known.  It was a physical and mental change.  My burdens were lifted,  All the guilt and the sorrow and sadness was gone.  I called the missionaries and informed them that I wanted to be baptized.

The hardest thing for me to get over was the fear of burning in Hell for eternity. I would have thought it impossible to get over. But it was not me who took that fear away. The fear left me when I prayed. And even though I hear it all the time from both family and people I randomly encounter, I just smile inside and remember that I once, was just like them.

My family is extremely upset. They are worried about my soul. But I know that this Gospel is indeed true. I know that my Father in Heaven answered my prayers and healed my heart. There are many people out there who believe as I once did, and as my family still does. Many people (both members and nonmembers) cannot get over some of the history of the church and that is understandable. But I knew all these things when I joined. As weird as it may seem, all the history is frivolous, compared to the change that occurred in my heart. I know that throughout church history mistakes have been made.  Joseph Smith was a man. I don’t worship Joseph Smith. I worship my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ and I cannot imagine where I would be without the Gospel in my life!

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