Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My Beliefs Being Worn On My Sleeve

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a Mormon! I have always been a Mormon. Even if I wasn't a practicing Mormon, I still subscribed to the following tenets of my faith:
1. Jesus is the Christ, a separate personage than God the Father. Also, a literal son of God the Father.
2. The Heavens are OPEN and there is a prophet on the earth today, as they were in biblical times.
3. Families are the glue that holds societies together and the relationships we enjoy here are meant to last through eternity.
Prior to this post, I held my beliefs very close to my heart. However, over the past couple of days I've experienced an epiphany of sorts. I increasingly have a desire to talk about my spirituality, to share my view-point as a Latter-Day-Saint woman, and share the things I've had to overcome to continue to align myself with the will of God.

The Mormon religion sits on the outside of mainstream Christianity, being constantly shunned due to the differing doctrines. If I weren't Mormon, I'd probably be Muslim because it requires a lifestyle change; from a change in behavior to changes in the way you eat, the way you dress, etc. I think that a religion should help you become a better person. What good can I be to the world if all I did was add money to the collection plate on Sunday but cheated on everything else all throughout the week? (By the way, Mormons DO NOT have payed clergy. No collection plates either. The members do tithe but it is a private transaction between the individual and the lay clergy.)

Faith is a funny thing. It asks of you to believe without seeing and I am counted with the believers even though I have not seen the Savior. Though many Mormon doctrines and ordinances may seem strange, weird, peculiar even, I rely on my faith to guide me through each new situation.

My free spirit has taken me to many different congregations; non-denominational, Buddhist, Baha'i, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, etc. My book list include several different topics from Hinduism, Free Masons, Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, etc. I still desire to live for a couple of months in an ashram. I still have a desire to study at a Buddhist monastery. I have a healthy interest in all things of a spiritual nature and it doesn't make me less Mormon but much more spiritual. With such a broad base to build upon, I still subscribe to the tenets of the Mormon faith.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream. In the dream I found myself running in a maze of streets. The walls that surrounded me were sand colored and very tall. I noticed how I was running through the maze not really thinking about what I was doing. I just kept running forward. I wasn't out of breath or tired. In fact, I appeared to be eager to run the race. And then, on the wind, I clearly heard the voice of the Savior (and I know without a doubt that it was HIM). He whispered, "Just always follow me!" When I woke in the morning, I felt renewed and had a more fuller understanding of my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am very humbled that he saw fit to visit me, personally, to share his special message for me.

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
-2nd Nephi 31:20 found in the Book of Mormon

4 comments:

The Brown Blogger said...

I continue to be so impressed with you. You continue to grow stronger with each day and situation.

Wow. I don't know what more to say.

Ui said...

amazing. thank you for ur forever growing testimony. it continues to inspire and motivate and strengthen my own.

Assertive Wit said...

religion is such a touchy subject with most people because (what I have noticed) someone can always find SOMETHING wrong with someone elses religion but herald their own as though it was dipped in perfection...big reason I do not discuss it with people, generally speaking...but I've found that people who tend to look at things OBJECTIVELY (read loosely: unbiased), you can have religious conversations with...people who ALWAYS seek to be right about any and everything, well those aren't really the people to EVER discuss ANYTHING with LOL

Just as you stated, even though you are open to learning about other religions, the one you choose to subscribe to is the Mormon beliefs and I like how you NEVER ONCE stated that your beliefs supersede the beliefs of anyone else.

real brave of you to share...keep it up! :)

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much said...

Thank you for sharing! God is great!