January 2017 ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My stolen identity

Dear friend,

Somehow I have managed to have my credit card information stolen twice in the past two years. Now call it stupidity on my part, carelessness, or just sheer bad luck, regardless, it happened and it sucked.

But of course I have gotten more out of the experience than just a new card in the mail.

There is an event that comes from Mormon scripture in what we call The Pearl of Great Price. In this book there is an account of Moses being confronted by Satan. The verses of this scripture read: "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." (PoGP Moses 1:12-13)

This is my favorite example of how Satan tries to trick us into forgetting who we are. He tried to make Moses actually forget his personal divinity and essentially steal his identity.

 I have looked at the things that tempt me and I have realized all of my temptations-- all of the things that cause me to sin are things that make me forget who I am, and they steal my identity.

Satan is really good these days at stealing your identity. He will tell you you're the person that doesn't have patience, that lacks the faith, and/or the person who can't overcome personal shortcomings. He will constantly remind you that you're the person who deserves:
- short-term happiness
-prolonged grief
-and overwhelming hardship to be carried entirely alone.

He will repeat the mantra that you are no longer the man or woman who deserves mercy but you are the person who has earned the task of walking the hard road alone.

Or he'll tell you the exact opposite. He will try to puff you up, telling you that you are no longer a subject to the law, but above it. You are now the ruler of your own world, solely the maker of your own individual morals and laws; and without consequence. He loves to hand you a brush, carving tool, or simply some finger paint and say "create your own God, and that is the one you will truly answer to".

Even with all the firewalls, passwords, and advanced technology today, we find ourselves constantly violated and stripped of our inherent rights to the title "child of God." 

DON'T BE FOOLED.

You are great, you are incredible, you are worth every morsel of infinite time God has put into you. Don't be fooled and forget who you are or where you came from. You are more than the lies you've been told, you are big enough to be kind, you are strong enough to love, and you are capable of all the great things God has in store for you.

There are plenty of opportunities to be scammed and conned by the greatest con artist of them all, but do not be deceived; you are more than what Satan has you made out to be.

With much love,
Miss Mormon

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