4.06.2013

conference weekend!

I don't often talk about my religion here on the blog, but I thought I'd do a quick post to share what our weekend will be all about.

Twice a year (in April and October), members of the LDS Church tune in to hear talks from the men and women who lead us.  The messages they share are inspirational and always leave me feeling uplifted and loved.  I think that people of any faith would enjoy the peaceful thoughts shared at Conference.  The final two sessions will be tomorrow (Sunday, 4/7) from 10-12 and 2-4 MST.  They'll be streaming live online, but will also be available after the fact to read or watch whenever you can.
My faith is very close to my heart.  I do believe that Christ's church has been restored on the Earth today and that my family can be together forever.  Nothing brings me more happiness than that knowledge.  If you have any (respectful) questions about what I believe, I'd be happy to answer them in the comments below!  I hope everyone's having a happy weekend.

12 comments:

  1. That sounds great! Are there many other mormons in the area that you live in? I dont think the mormon population is too big on the east coast so Im not all that familiar with the religion. But on the flip side, i always think its funny when my husband is totally clueless about Judaism since he's from Wisconsin and there are basically no Jewish people there. Im like "what do you mean youve never been to a bar mitzvah?!" Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!! :)

    (Ps I added you on IG but my IG name is my married name...aliarnette!)

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    1. Hey, Ali! Idaho has a LOT of Mormons--not quite as many as Utah, but close! Being surrounded by so many other LDS people definitely has its ups and downs.

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  2. I am not LDS, but I have a lot of respect for those who are! I have seen them genuinely live out their faith, and they are the kindest and most friendly people I have met. Again, there aren't too many in Mississippi, but I love all of those I have met. I love your blog and have been a reader for a long time - I hope the conference this weekend is motivational and uplifting for you and your family!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Heather!! I so appreciate it :)

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  3. I don't know that much about the Morman faith (I'm in the UK and it's not as big over here) but I did go to a Morman wedding once. They had the King James bible and sang similar hymns to the ones we have in the Methodist church. But am I right in thinking Mormans are not classed as Christians, or is that totally wrong?

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    1. We are Christians! We do believe that Christ is God's son, He came to live on this earth, He suffered for our sins and was crucified, He was risen, and because of Him, we can be forgiven for our sins and live forever with our Heavenly Father.

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  4. Hello! First, I just want to say that I love your blog. I am a non-denominational Christian. I have always thought that Mormons are some of the nicest, most dedicated people. I would like to know the significance of the Prophets? Also, do you believe that you must be saved to go to heaven? Thank you & God Bless :)

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    1. Hey! Thanks so much for your comment.

      In ancient days, God spoke to His people through Prophets (Moses, Noah, etc.) as recorded in the Bible. We believe that God loves all His children, past and present, and still uses prophets to communicate with us today. Our current living prophet is President Monson, and every time I hear Him speak I feel God's love for me as an individual and for us as a people.

      As for your question about being saved, yes and no. We do believe that certain saving ordinances (like baptism) are necessary. We also believe that you must strive to keep the commandments in order to receive the blessings of heaven, so it's not just a one-time event that saves. Does that answer your question?

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  5. Long time reader, first time commenter. Just wanted to say how wonderful it is to see people sharing little aspects of their faith on their blog. I so respect people who have a platform to share and who do it well. Great work x

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    1. Hey, Steffany! Thank you so much! It can be a bit scary to put something so personal and potentially controversial on such a public platform, so I really so appreciate your kind words.

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  6. I was thinking about my relationship with God today, and you popped into my mind, because your relationship with Him seems so personal and wonderful!

    What makes the LDS faith unique? (As in, how is this different from baptism, catholicism, etc.) What is a valued LDS principle that warrants it a different segment of Christianity? Can you recommend any books/websites for learning more about the faith?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hey, Varissa! Sorry I'm just seeing your comment!

      The LDS faith is different from other Christian belief systems in that we believe Christ's church has been restored to the Earth today, organized in the same way it was in biblical times--so we believe that we have a living Prophet today who is God's mouthpiece on the Earth! I personally love that, since it seems logical to me that God loves his children today as much as he did in biblical times and, therefore, wouldn't leave us without a prophet.

      The website Mormon.org has a ton of awesome information and should be able to answer any questions you have! Also feel free to email me at hello.brandilyn@gmail.com if you want to chat more :)

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i think you're smart, pretty, and entitled to your own opinions.

i'd love it if the feeling was mutual!