March 2014 ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why do you believe in a God?

Dear Friend,
Yesterday, as Sister P. (my missionary companion)and I were biking to our last appointment for the day we stopped to talk to two women who were sitting outside enjoying the nice, cool weather. One sat curled up in a comfy-looking chair and the other in a fold-up hard chair, slowly smoking a cigarette.
We introduced ourselves as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We soon found out they were daughter and mother (respectively). They were both very nice and we quickly learned that they were atheist. The daughter began to excitedly explain to us why she had decided there was no such thing as a God and how science explained everything while God explained nothing. I could see that a lot of her concerns came from not having all the information. We took the opportunity to explain the role the Book of Mormon plays in answering our questions and complimenting the Bible so we can better understand God's truth. She wasn't convinced. Her mom though was listening and you could see her demeanor change as she leaned forward a little more in her seat and looked reflective, her cigarette temporarily forgotten.
We each bore simple testimony and invited them both to order a free copy of the Book of Mormon to read and pray about. In response the daughter invited us to read a book she had found helpful on her road to atheism; as she was doing so I could've sworn I heard her mother respond to our invitation quietly murmuring "I will."

The reason I know there is a God, who's also my Heavenly Father, is because I have prayed so many times in my life and received so many answers. The universe does not love me enough to give me answers to my questions and solace when I'm in need-- only my Heavenly Father could care enough to do that.
I suggest, and invite you, that if its been awhile since you've prayed, maybe its something you've never done before, that you try it. Your Heavenly Father wants to hear from you, and more than that, He wants you to hear from Him.
with much love,
Miss Mormon
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Do Mormons believe its required to spread the word in order to get to heaven?

Dear Friend,
When you have found a great recipe, don't tell me you don't immediately pin it to Pinterest. Or when some funny video made your day, you don't immediately upload that to your Facebook? We can't help it; naturally we desire to inform all our friends and family of sweet deals, upcoming events, and the latest blockbuster we just saw. Mormons feel the same way about the gospel! I know as soon as I knew the church was true, all I wanted to do was share it. Besides this wasn't a blessing given only to select people to be hoarded for all eternity, Christ Himself commissioned us to go and share it with others.
But I can't imagine getting to the gates of heaven and a heavenly sentinel stopping me to say: "sorry miss, but the toll allotment  was three souls and you barely helped Christ get one, you can turn around and go back the way you came, don't stop until it gets significantly warmer."
No way!
But I can imagine getting to heaven and feeling so relieved to be there, to have finally made it. I can imagine seeing my Savior and being so excited until He points to another group of people nearby and says: "I had so many amazing opportunities for you all set up, but you didn't want them or just didn't take them, so I had to send others to do it instead."
I think it will be very clear how many opportunities we'll have taken based on the group of people we have anxious to greet us and thank us on the other side.
No its not a requirement to get into heaven if we choose to share the gospel with others or not; but the moments I have felt the most joy have been when I was able to share my secret to happiness with others. When you cross paths with a Mormon, remember, we're not trying to force anything on you or purposely bother you; we're just trying to let you in on the secret--so don't be too upset when we offer you a Book of Mormon :)
with much love,
Miss Mormon
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What makes the mormon church different from the rest?

Dear Friend,
Before I answer this, let me lay out for you some things that make us similar:
-we believe there to be a higher power--for us its God, the Father and His son Jesus Christ
-we believe in doing good to all men
-we study out of the bible...yep the same KJV you do
-we believe Jesus Christ to be our Savior and the only way back to our Heavenly Father's presence

Now, as I sit at my desk writing and ignoring the mess of pens, highlighters, manuals, and papers strewn about; I look up and can see my Book of Mormon and bible set to the side as I have just finished reading from them. I slowly spin in my chair, one leg tucked under the other in my best thinking pose. Looking around our living room/study area I spot a picture of Thomas S Monson, a prophet called of God. I continue to slowly scan the room and spot a picture of the Orlando Temple, a beautiful building dedicated as a house of the Lords and a place where promises are made. Amongst the clutter on my desk I see a small painting of Jesus Christ, recently resurrected administering to the people of the american continent, recognized in the Book of Mormon as the Nephites.

Seeing these simple visuals reminds me of the unique message I hold. These are the things that I daily go out my door, hop on my bike and pedal around looking to share with everyone I see. As I meet people I explain that I am a representative of Jesus Christ called to share a special message. After centuries of being lost, truth has been restored through a prophet called in modern times. Joseph Smith, a young man seeking truth, was chosen by God Himself, to restore Christ's church back to the earth. God provided an ancient record from the Americas so His children could read, pray and receive light and understanding, so we could know He is still aware of us today. Our knowledge of Christ's church and gospel being restored to the earth is what makes us different , and often times its the missing piece that people are searching for.
with much love,
Miss Mormon
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Dear Friend,
As far as frequently asked questions go, this one's at the top in frequent flyer miles! I have to say, I use to wonder this myself, of course, only when I was facing hard things. I eventually had to compare it to something I could understand and relate very well with: school.

Given my time of life this seems fitting. Most people--including myself, would agree that studying is not listed in their personal rendition of Sound of Music's "Favorite Things"; its hard and time consuming, requires excessive amounts of effort and minimal amounts of sleep. But then, as we go to retrieve our test scores, what an overwhelming feeling of joy we receive as we see our hard work pay off! All of a sudden all that time and effort are well worth it. We could say the same about life. When we look at it with what Mormons call an "eternal perspective" we can see how hard times and difficulty will pay off. This life is not a one-time purchase, only to devalue and become obsolete; but an investment made into forever. Joseph Smith, the first prophet since the restoration of Christ's church, was constantly tried and tested. One particularly trying moment was during the time he spent falsely accused in a jail at Liberty, Missouri. The prophet, tired, cold, and worried for his friends and family; pleaded with the Lord finally asking: "O God, where art thou?....How long shall thy hand be stayed and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people...?" The Lord, seeing and knowing all of this said: "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment...know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience and shall be for thy good."

Life will always be full of joy and pain, birth and death, waves and smooth sails, school and summer vacation; the real success is when we begin to enjoy the lessons learned along the way.

With much love,
Miss Mormon


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