Faith Crisis ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Faith Crisis

Dear Friend,
How have you been? How was your holiday? I think (or hope) that everyone took a bit of a break from their busy schedules to spend time with family...I know I did!
And now I've started back to school after a 20 month break...I'm feeling a little rusty to put it mildly.

But putting my calculus, physics, and biology textbooks aside I wanted to share a story with you from my mission

I'm feeling a little nostalgic today, can you tell?

While I was living in Florida I met this wonderful little family, who all happened to be members of the church. I fell in love with them instantly. They were cool, hip, and the cutest thing I had ever seen. I fought hard for an invite to their home just to share a message of Christ with them. We finally got in, and what we found was so sad and so not what I was expecting.

The sweet wife sat on the floor as we shared our message and tearfully opened up about what she called her "faith crisis". She had a testimony, she loved the gospel, but she had discovered truths that appeared to be stumbling blocks for her and she didn't know entirely what to do. You could see the pain that it was causing her, the long nights and I'm sure the many tearful conversations she had had with her husband trying to believe the way she had before.

This wasn't the only time I ran into this kind of situation and I'm sure it won't be the last. As we go through life, new knowledge is brought to light, fresh perspectives are introduced, and interpretations of events are reconstructed and presented. When these things happen its like the shifting of tectonic plates and the ripple effect will test your very foundation.

Don't let your foundation be weakened by new information, learn to absorb it, process it, and sort it to leave your faith stronger than it was before.

When you learned algebra it didn't negate or falsify the basic math you were doing before, it enhanced, enriched, and enlightened your understanding.

Allow all that you learn now and in the future to do the same to your testimony and to bring you closer to your Heavenly Father.

I love you friend, I hope that if ever in the midst of a faith crisis or any other storm in your life you know that there are people out there, both those you know and you don't know, who are praying for you and rooting for you.

Go forward with faith.

With much love,
Miss Mormon

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