May 2014 ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What is my purpose for being here?

Dear Friend,
The other day Sister P and I were walking down a street just as the high school bus was unloading. As the teens walked past us we noticed the earbuds in their ears, their heads were down and their eyes seemed dark. The atmosphere lacked any trace of happiness. Now, it may have been due to a day of state testing--I remember those days--but noticing the growing trend in most teenagers, I'd guess that its really because they all just don't understand their purpose.

As we go through our lives we are given opportunities by God to discover our purpose. We learn about God,  we work hard to further our education, we start families of our own, and we go through the circle of life. But sometimes we still get a little lost in the process, sometimes we still miss the whole point. During Moses' lifetime he was taught many times by God. After one of these amazing one-on-one tutoring sessions and being shown many wondrous things, Moses had another visitor come to try to "teach" him. This is what went down as recorded in the book of Moses:

"Behold, Satan came tempting him saying: Moses, son of man, worship me.

and it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God." (emphasis added)

Moses was not confused at all about who he was. He knew he was a son of God, for he had been taught well; but I think at this point he didn't quite understand what that meant. The Lord would come back to teach him that. After the devil's plan was foiled, the Lord came back to Moses and enlightened him on what our purpose really is as children of God, He said.

"For behold this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (emphasis added)

With that simple statement, the Lord teaches us our purpose. We are sons and daughters of God, He loves us, and wants us to return home to Him. His plan is for us to learn through tests and trials in mortality, but to keep our sights set homeward bound.

Disney has always seemed to teach me valuable lessons growing up. There's a song in the movie "Hercules" where Hercules is talking about a place he wants to get to--a place where he really belongs. The lyrics go something like this:

"I will find my way
I can go the distance
I don't care how far
Somehow I'll be strong
I know every mile
will be worth my while
I will go most anywhere
 to feel like I belong."

This time on earth labelled mortality isn't easy, I don't think it was ever promised to be easy. But as we "go the distance" and search for the way home, our Heavenly Father will help us because our whole purpose is to be happy and reach for Heaven.

I wish I had stopped each of those teenagers and had them put their headphones down so we could tell them who they really are and why they are really here.

"All of you are children of the most High" --Psalms 82:6

Remember who you are and where you're going, live it and love it and don't forget it!

With much love,

Miss Mormon

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Are Mormons a cult?

Dear Friend,

Cult (kult) n. 1. a system of religious worship
                    2. devoted attachment to a person, principle, etc
                    3. sect (a religious denomination)
                                                       (The Second College Edition of Webster's New World Dictionary).

So really your question could be broken down even further to determine the answer.
1. Are you a system of religious worship?
Yes, we are a formally organized religion under the name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
2. Are you devotedly attached to a person, principle, etc?
Yes, we are devoted to Jesus Christ and all His teachings, commandments, and principles.
3. Do you happen to be a sect (or a religious denomination)?
Yes, just as you might meet a Baptist or a Methodist walking down the street, you could also meet a Latter-Day Saint.

     Now, when people have asked me this question in the past, "cult" seemed to take on more of a Charles Manson kind of definition. Based on their wary expressions and desperation to get away quickly, I think Webster and the common people need to have a little heart-to-heart chat.
As Mormons, we don't stand for evilness or wickedness. I would say we don't stand for peculiar-ness either, but in today's day modesty, fidelity, and morality seem to fall under that category. We believe in doing good to all men, in loving our neighbor, and choosing the right.We also believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father who sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us. We know that God still speaks today through a living prophet and that there is more scripture and more knowledge to be gained.Ultimately we claim anything that is virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy...sounds pretty uplifting to me!
     If you side with Webster, then yes, we proudly claim that description, we are and always will be devoted to Christ. The scriptures say "By their fruits ye shall know them.", as Mormons we strive to live by this principle and serve and love others to the best of our abilities. In the end, I hope this, above all others, is the way people define me:

Miss Mormon (mis môr`mәn) n. 1. follower of Jesus Christ

I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father, more than my (or Websters) words can express. Hope this helps!

With much love,
Miss Mormon

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Do miracles still happen?

Dear Friend,
I have to admit, I've never seen water turned to wine. Nor a man risen from the dead. The Red sea parted? well...maybe a time or two ;)
The scriptures say God "is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (1 Nephi 10:18) If this is true, then miracles must still exist."But why don't I see them?" You might ask...

my answer? You just might not be looking hard enough.

God is just as present and engaged in our day as He was in Moses', Noah's, Peter's, and Paul's. He has not forgotten us and His miracles have refused to cease.
The problem is, sometimes miracles are overlooked as "everyday norms". If you're reading this blog on a computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad, tablet, etc. you are experiencing a miracle. Some people say "no, that's just science." I think Bill Nye would agree with me when I say science is a miracle!

Maybe science isn't your thing though, I can't say mitosis really interests me either, but hopefully faith and conversion are. Who doesn't love the story of Saul's dramatic transformation to Paul or Jonah's stubbornness being swallowed up by the whale? Conversion itself is a miracle! I have watched people close to me experience conversion, I have felt it in my own life, its a hard thing to explain but its also hard to forget--and impossible to deny.

Bruce R. McConkie, a mormon, said: "According to the eternal laws which Jesus himself ordained in eternity, miracles are the fruit of faith. Where there is faith, there will be signs, miracles and gifts of the Spirit. Where there is no faith, these things cannot occur."

My sweet friend, Sister Jenessa Hutchins, noted a need for miracles to be shared and started posting miracles of friends, family, and acquaintances on her blog whenyoubelieveingod. Their miracles will promote your faith and help to reassure you that miracles do indeed still exist. Where there is faith there will always be miracles.

So fight the good fight, finish your course and keep the faith---then watch the miracles and mercies of God unfold before you.

Who knows...maybe your very own sea will be parted <3

With much love,
Miss Mormon

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