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This blog is a very straight forward approach to dispelling myths regarding The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (aka Mormons). All comments are moderated, any comments of an intolerant or abusive nature will not be accepted.

Please do not take offense to the way things are presented here. I am a very blunt woman and I write these things not directed to any one person but in an effort to address my frustrations regarding the intolerance of my beliefs.

I am a History Major and my specialty includes the time period in which Christ lived and in which Christianity was formed. I have also spent my life studying other faiths and beliefs. Please know that after all of my studies and my continued studies, I am firm in my beliefs and I only wish to dispel myths. This is in no way an approach to forcing my beliefs on anyone; jut a way to open eyes and build bridges. The misunderstandings are great, but so is the close-minded views of the world. Please read this blog with a desire to learn and to understand.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Daily Reflection

So I got this great little book for Christmas....
A Lamp Unto My Feet: a Daily Reflection on the old testament by Lloyd D Newell and Robert L Millet.

So I opened it up for today's reflection and this is what I found:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Zechariah 9.9
President Gordon B Hinckley Said; "Put on they beautiful garments, O Daughters of Zion. Live up to the great and magnificent inheritance which the Lord God, your Father in Heaven, has provided you. Rise above the dust of the world. Know that you are daughters of God, Children with a divine birthrights. Walk in the sun with your heads high. Know that you are loved and honored, that you are part of His kingdom, and that there is for you a great work to be done which cannot be left to others" (Ensign, November 1983, 84). It is gospel light that gives us comfort and direction, peace and contentment in this life. An abiding testimony of the Father's great plan of happiness for us, his children, empowers us to climb the mountains of morality with courage and steadfastness. Yes, we'll have our sorrows and setbacks, and we'll have our joys and triumphs. Surely the Lord will strengthen us as we rise to the divinity within us.

If found this to be incredibly fitting. I totally expected a reflection on Isaiah or something of the sort to do with Christmas, but you know this was exactly what i needed to share today. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints we fully believe that we are the literal children of our Heavenly Father. We believe that when the bible tells us we were known before we were born we really were. We believe that our spirits were created by Heavenly Father and therefore he is our Father. He loves each of us and he provided a way for all of his children to return home. We believe that we lived with our Father in Heaven before this earth life and that we made a decision to follow him and to come to earth to receive bodies and be tested. We believe that as his children we are entitled to a divine inheritance and that if we do everything we can in this life then through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that all will be saved and that we will return to our home in heaven.

I have been reading another wonderful book all about Eve in the Garden. And even she had a diving purpose that only she could fulfill. Just like her each of us have our own purpose here on earth. We have not inherited some horrible sin of Eve's just because we are women. Eve may have transgressed but it was not a Sin. She had been told that she needed to multiply and replenish the earth. In her wisdom she knew that to remain in the garden in a pure state would not allow her to fulfill her commandment from Heavenly Father. She chose to enter mortality that all of us might be. Just like her we have our own choices and ability to think for ourself. We have the ability to understand the consequences of all actions good or bad and we are Daughters of a Diving Heavenly Father and As long as we remember that we are divine we will succeed.

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