Thursday, August 30, 2012

I am a Mormon

The Mormon church has been in the news a lot lately. 
Mitt Romney is Mormon and running for president, so the world wants to know as much as they can about him.
The problem is, is that most people are only getting partial truths or misrepresented truths. Its like reading a book but only reading every 50th page. You get parts of it but not the whole story. And then you take those parts and fill in the missing pieces with what you want it to say. Its not accurate and its not the whole truth or the whole story.

I think what makes me the saddest is that there are so many places to go to find the truth. and are the best places to go to find out more about the Mormon Church.
Another way you can find the truth is to talk to someone who is a practicing member of it. Go to the source. 

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (mormon) my whole life but it wasn't until late into my teenage years that I became converted to the gospel.
 I had "borrowed" the testimony of others.
 I felt the spirit speak to me and I knew that what I was taught each week and what I read in the scriptures was true.
I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he saw the Angel Moroni and received the golden plates from him.
I knew that through the gifts of God he translated those plates into what we now know as The Book of Mormon.

I knew all of these things and I stood up for all of these things. 
But I had not had them strongly stitched into my heart. 
These truths and the knowledge I had of the gospel had not been stitched into every piece of my soul. 

I love the gospel.
I always have loved the gospel.
And I have always known it is true.
I faced many trials the last two years of high school. 
I found out I had a kidney disease.
I gotten beaten by my mother.
I went to live with a family from church whom I had not until that point ever met.
For  sometime I felt lost and confused.
I felt very alone and forgotten.

I prayed a lot during that time. 
I sought for the comfort and guidance of my father in Heaven.
He was there for me when I felt like no one else was.

Through my trials I grew! 
I came to know my Savior personally.
I came to cherish the gospel and found solace in the pages of the Book of Mormon.
I had the gospel of Jesus Christ so woven into my life that it became EVERYTHING I was and am today.

The church of Jesus Christ is my home. 
The gospel of Jesus Christ is everything I am.
I know that my Savior died on the cross for me.
I know that he rose and lives again, and that because of that I can live again with him and my family one day too.

I know that the temples have the power to seal families for all eternity.
I know that our forefathers established this country on their faith in a loving God.
I know that our Father in Heaven had a hand in making this country free. 
I have read many history books and in all of them I see Gods hand in the creating, protecting and the growth of America.

I KNOW that Joseph Smith saw a messenger of God and that he restored the church that Jesus Christ created while he was on this earth. 

I know that our Father in Heaven loves each of us and knows each of us. 
I know that we lived with him in heaven once and we knew him and he knew us. 
I know that we can live with him one day again.

I know that Families are Forever, ETERNAL. 

I know these things with every ounce of who I am. 
I have no doubt.
I have no questions.
I have no fear.

The true church is on this earth. And it is lead by a prophet of God. 
Why would a loving god remove his revelations from the earth?
I know that he hasn't. I know that there is a prophet on the earth in these latter days. 
I know that God has not forgotten us. 

President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God.
Adam, Moses, Abraham, Noah, Enoch, Jacob and many more men, are the prophets that God reveled his work to in the olden days. 
And just like in those times of old he still reveals his work to the world today, through his latter day prophets.

I know that if you are seeking for answers (in the right place) with an open heart and willing mind  that you can find them.
If you feel like something in your life is missing you will be able to find it.
If you want a relationship with your Father in Heaven and want to feel his arms around you all you have to do is ask.

 “Therefore, ask and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…” 3 Nephi 27:29
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7

The answers are out there and they are waiting for you.
Seek out the truth for yourself by reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it.
No one can create your faith for you. 
No one can tell you how to feel.
God gave us all agency and he wants us to seek him out and find him.
Our Father in Heaven is waiting with open arms and asks that you come unto him.

Our savior knows all that you have been through because he too has been through it. 
He bleed from every pore in the Garden of Gesthemane.
He was crucified on the cross and had nails driven into his hands, his wrists, his feet and side and when he was dieing he said to his father,
"Then asaid Jesus, Father, bforgive them; for they know not what cthey do. " -Luke 23:34

He plead for the forgiveness of those who persecuted him and killed him. He is a loving brother to us all and wants us to return to live with him again.

I ask that for those of you who want to know more about The Lds/mormon faith that you go to the source for the answers. We are not a church of secrets or a church of mystery. 
We have the truths, plan and simple and beautiful. 

Ask a member, or go to these sites and and find the answers. Don't rely on hearsay or the media. Find the answers for yourself. Read the truths and pray about them and you will feel the truths speak to you. You will feel the spirit of God burning within you. And you will find the place where you belong.

My name is Aurie Jenkins. 
I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. 
I am an avid lover of all things decorating, crafting and creating. 
I am a blogger and 

(all of these pictures where taken by me with my TOTALLY WONDERFUL camera at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. This temple is the Salt Lake City temple where work is done to seal families for time and all eternity. If you would like to know more about my faith, please ask, and I would love to answer any questions you have.)

1 comment:

Mari said...

Loved it! Thanks for sharing!