For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth . . .”
Romans 1:16 KJV
We are excited to join with over 65+ bloggers who share the same beliefs as we do and invite you to see a film entitled “Meet The Mormons”. Everyone in the photo above all belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as “The Mormon Church”.
Forrest and I were both born into LDS families. How we were raised shaped who we are today, and we are grateful for the examples and testimonies our parents shared with us as we grew up (and continue to do so today.) However, throughout our lives and different experiences we each have had, we’ve come to gain our own testimonies of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We aren’t perfect, nor do we claim to be, but we do our best to live our lives as Heavenly Father would want us to and how Christ would.
Some people will say Mormons are weird. But really, aren’t most people kind of weird? Honestly though, here’s the thing, we probably have more in common than you might think!
We are born into this world, just like everyone else.
We fall in love.
We have babies (okay, maybe more babies than most.)
We go to college.
We experience joy and sadness. Triumphs and failures. We experience the highest highs, and the lowest lows (okay, I’ll stop with cliché phrases.) We may be a peculiar people, and even when similarities start to part, the most important thing we have in common with you is that we are all God’s children.
My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ hasn’t come without trials of faith, and it’s always growing and changing as I go through different stages in my life. However, in the end, I know that Christ lives, and that we have a loving Heavenly Father. I know that families are meant to be together for eternity, and that this life on earth is just a small part of our journey. I know that God loves all His children, and that He still speaks with us today. I believe that, just in the days of the Bible, there are living prophets on the earth today who are God’s mouthpiece and continually receive revelation to help guide us through this life. Isn’t that a wonderful thing? I sure think so. I know that Christ died for us, and that through Him, we all can be made whole from any heartache, illness, loneliness, discouragement, etc. we may experience in this life. I have felt the power of His atonement many times in my life, particularly during my pregnancy when I was at the darkest point in my life. Even when we don’t feel like we deserve the love of the Savior and of Heavenly Father, we do. God may not always answer our prayers when we want Him to, or the way we want Him to, but I know this His way is always the right way.
While members of the church are not perfect, I know that the doctrine is. If you’ve had a bad experience with members of the LDS church, I’m sorry. Everyone is prone to human imperfection, but I promise that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an inclusive place where we are taught to love and respect everyone. I have a simple testimony of the Gospel, but I know it’s true. To say it wasn’t, would be lying to myself and denying the truthfulness of the experiences I’ve had.
Sometimes I worry about sharing our beliefs too much on here, because I really don’t want people to think that we believe we are better than them . However, as our blog has grown, we’ve realized that “hiding” our beliefs isn’t possible, even if we wanted to (which we don’t!) Being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is part of who we are, and I hope that if anything, getting to know our family through our blog will improve (and not hurt!) what you think of Mormons.
People sometimes wonder why LDS people are so eager to share our beliefs with them. While I can’t speak for everyone, I know that when I look back on my life so far, the greatest joys that I have experienced have come directly from living the principles and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I feel selfish to keep that joy to myself, and I have a desire to share it with anyone who may be seeking for more truth and joy in their life. I have found that when I live the doctrine of the LDS church, I am happiest. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
I have many friends who have different beliefs than I do, and I would imagine most of our readers here on Clarks Condensed aren’t members of our church. And that’s okay! If you are happy with where you are in your life, then that’s just great. In a recent session of General Conference, Elder Dallin H. Oaks said, “We should love all people, be good listeners, and show concern for their beliefs.” And I believe it’s important for all people to do. I respect all beliefs and viewpoints (even if I don’t always agree), and I would hope you all would do the same.
However, if you ever are interested in learning more about the LDS church, I’d love to talk with you or even send you a free copy of the Book of Mormon. I have seen the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon transform people’s lives. It’s worked miracles in my own life and those around me. Just send me an email!
And now, I’d like to introduce a documentary that is being released today, for anyone who’s curious about our faith (and no, I am not being paid, nor have I been asked by the church to promote this film!) I honestly can’t wait to see this movie. From what I’ve been told, it’s incredibly inspiring and uplifting, regardless of what faith you are.
Meet the Mormons is a documentary which highlights six members of our church and shows how the teachings of Christ have impacted their lives. The movie is not intended to convince anyone that we are right and they are wrong. It is simply to get a glimpse into the lives of LDS/Mormon people on a more personal level and provide entertainment and understanding.
It will be in movie theaters across the world (starting today, October 10th). In the U.S. theaters such as Regal, AMC, and Cinemark will be showing this feature film in select locations. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. Also, all proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. We invite you to see it this weekend or sometime soon!
I would also like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies/convictions (all on our own personal websites/blogs). I hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged.
I love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! So feel free to ask questions, read comments, etc. I just ask that you please be kind and considerate. It takes great bravery for us to share such a personal part of who we are.