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I wish…

I wish…

I wish you knew
Of his love for you
I wish that you can feel
How my strength comes from a love so real
 
I wish you could see what I see
This church is genuine and true
Who else would give their life
And die on the cross for you?
 
I wish you would just listen
To the words of Jesus Christ
To learn of his teachings and his life
Of which he sacrificed
 
I wish you could be happy
Just like me
If only I knew how to get through
So together we can be free
 
The gospel teaches me to be patient
So for you I will wait
My prayers will soon be answered
And I will be blessed with an eternal mate
 

The past few months have been difficult for me which is why I have not posted in a while. Joining the church has been the best thing I have ever done in my life but unfortunately it has been a source of contention in my household. Living in a part member household has been a challenge but I know that Heavenly Father would not put more on me than I could handle. My experiences were the inspiration for this poem that I wrote. I started off writing because I was sad, angry and frustrated. But then a spirit of peace and patience came over me. I know that God works in mysterious ways and I believe that one day he will bless me abundantly with the eternal love that I so desperately desire. Until then I will continue to be a loving wife and a faithful daughter of God.


 

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Poetry

 

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Nuturing Our New Lives

Converting to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been an awesome journey. I have met so many people that have become good friends. I have learned so much about the church and myself in the process. It has not always been easy but now that I have faith in my life I have made it through. Converting to this Church is a unique experience that only others that have converted will understand. This recent article in the Liahona includes experiences and testimonies from converts to the Church. I encourage you to read it and feel the Spirit.

Leave me a comment about your experiences as a convert!

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Latter Day Poet

So I just wanted to let you know about a fantastic poet that I follow. His name is Alex Barlow and the name of his website is A Latter Day Poet. He writes awesome poetry that is spiritual and uplifting. If you subscribe to his website, you will receive a daily poem AND his free e-book of poetry!

If you are looking for positivity in your life, please subscribe to his website today! You will not be sorry!

http://www.latterdaypoet.com

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Adventures in Personal Progress: Individual Worth 3 (Update)

So I decided to try to use the power of social media to help me complete this experience. I am going to randomly select Facebook friends and post a kind thought or compliment on their page. It will be unexpected for them and it will help to build my own confidence to recognize the good in others. Our words have power and you never know when your words can make a difference in someone’s life. This should be fun!

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Personal Progress

 

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Why I don’t like the word “Modest”

Way before I even knew about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, my parents taught me about self respect. My mother taught me to protect my body and treat it like a temple. My father taught me to wear my hair like a crown. I was never forbidden from wearing certain types of clothing. I was always taught to wear clothing that was appropriate and made me feel comfortable. I gained a love of fashion and accessorizing from my great-grandmother who owned a beauty salon. These early lessons from my parents and grandparents helped to shape my individual sense of style and my self worth. I have always used fashion as a way to express myself.

So basically, I was never taught specifically how to be modest. In fact, I don’t ever remember hearing my parents say this word. The word didn’t really have that much meaning for me until I joined the church. There seems to be so many different views on what constitutes as being modest that I don’t even know what it is anymore!

For The Strength of Youth includes standards for Dress and Appearance that go into a little detail:

“Immodest clothing is any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. Young women should avoid short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders or is low-cut in the front or the back. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance.”

I’m going to save the argument about this standard being overtly geared towards young women for another post. But moving on, there are so many things that could be considered immodest just from reading this. Is lace immodest because it is sheer? Are short sleeved shirts immodest because you can see your forearms? Should I only wear turtlenecks to avoid my shirt being too low cut? If my shorts are to my knees, is that considered short shorts? Should I never wear a swimsuit because they are just immodest in nature? So I can’t wear sleeveless shirts even in the summertime?

Can anyone answer these questions?

Yes, a lot of people can answer these questions but I can tell you they will all have different answers!

Modesty is not just about our outward appearance. Yes, you can show your love for Christ through your attire and the way you carry yourself. But you also need to have modesty of the heart.

In I Samuel 16:7 it says: “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the eheart.”

I interpret this to mean that we should not put so much emphasis on our outward appearance but on what is inside. My parents instilled in me faith, respect, responsibility, confidence and self worth. They unknowingly shaped my modesty on the outside by building my modesty on the inside.

So why don’t I like the word modest?

Because I feel that it creates a wall between church members and between the church and the world. I have actually heard church members judge another member because her skirt was knee length. I have also heard church members judge non-members because they wear bikinis. “Oh her skirt is not modest at all!” “That attire is so immodest!” Are we really basing others’ worth on their attire? Why are we doing this to each other?

So let’s get out of the closet (literally) and stop focusing on hemlines and sleeves and necklines. Stop using a person’s so called modesty as a measure of their heart. When teaching your children about modesty, take a lesson from my parents. Start working on the inside and it will show on the outside.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Fashion

 

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Adventures in Personal Progress: Individual Worth 3

Read Doctrine and Covenants 18:10 and 121:45. Do all you can to build others and make them feel of worth. Every day for two weeks notice the worthwhile qualities and attributes of others. Acknowledge them verbally or in writing. In your journal write what you have learned about the worth of individuals and how your own confidence grows when you build others.

When I read first this I started wondering,  why is the worth of others so important to MY Individual Worth. I think this value experience is going to be the most challenging to me. Stay tuned…

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Personal Progress

 

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Adventures in Personal Progress: Individual Worth 7

So this week I am working on Individual Worth 7 which says:

Heavenly Father has given you special gifts. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4–12; 13; Moroni 7:12–13; 10:8–18; and Doctrine and Covenants 46:11–26. Ask a family member, a Young Women leader, and a friend to write down positive qualities the Lord has given you. List your gifts in your journal, and write how you can continue to develop these gifts and use them to serve your family and others.

So to find out what others think my special gifts and positive qualities are, I put a call to action post on Facebook. Here is a list of some of the responses I got:

“Faith. You have the gift of faith.”

“Teaching. Your also a great teacher.”

“You are awesome at crafting!”

“You are a true friend!”

“You are the best daughter, mother, teacher, crafter, and an excellent inspiration that when life gives you lemons you make lemonade.” (This one is from my Mommy!)

It made me feel really good about myself to read this! So I started thinking about why it is important for us to know what our special gifts are. What is the point of this Personal Progress experience anyway? In Doctrine & Covenants 46:26 it says, “And all of these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God.” I have come to the conclusion that we are given these special gifts so we can help others. Some people have the gift of healing or the gift of teaching and these gifts can be used to provide service. It is helpful for me to know this so I can understand my worth. We are all God’s children and we all have a purpose here on Earth. Learning this purpose and continuing to develop these special gifts can help us come unto Christ. Knowing our purpose helps us to stay on the path to salvation. It is hard to go astray when you know what you were placed on this Earth to do.

It is my hope that I can help others to discover their Individual Worth in order to help them Come Unto Christ.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Personal Progress

 

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