Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Did You Know?

Did you know ....

That I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? Most people refer to us as "Mormons", only that is a nickname given to us because we believe in the Book of Mormon.

Yes, I do believe in the Book of Mormon, which testifies of Jesus Christ. I also believe in the Bible, which prophesies of Christ, records his birth, his ministries, his life and teachings, his death and resurrection.

Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ, with all my heart and soul. I know He lives now, I know he lived and died for me, and you, and for every child of God that we may all live again.  I read daily from the scriptures, and renew my faith in Jesus Christ each time.

I believe in the same Jesus Christ that you do. I believe he was born of Mary, in a stable in Bethlehem. I know He is the Son of God. I know he taught and lived the gospel setting an example for us to live by. I know He loved all people, even those who refused to believe Him, those who mocked Him, those who persecuted and crucified Him. I know He loves all of God's children, no matter our station, our choices, our mistakes or failures. He loves us and I love Him.

Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. But not mine alone, He is the Savior of the world. He is not a respecter of persons. While in the Garden of Gethsemane He atoned for ALL sins, of ALL people, of ALL religions. He does not offer this gift to some or an elite few, it is a gift available to all people - all that have ever lived here on earth. He loves us all equally.

Yes, it hurts and is extremely frustrating when there are those who want to diminish my faith for whatever reason. Those who want to claim that they know what I do and do not believe in. Yes, our faith differs from many in specific doctrines, as all religions do. But I KNOW that I believe in Jesus Christ. He is my exemplar, my friend, my Savior, my Redeemer. I know He LOVES me, unconditionally, but with that, I also KNOW He loves you to, and every individual on earth. Even those who condemn, judge and persecute.

The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope. It can give us all hope.

I love my Savior,  Jesus Christ,  and I BELIEVE in Him.

If you have questions about what we believe in please do not hesitate to ask. I am happy to share what I believe. You can visit www.mormon.org to have any questions answered, contact me directly or attend a local congregation at any time - all are welcome.

I know many of us differ in our beliefs and I believe my life is richer and more full because of my friends from many faiths who have shared their beliefs with me and who show each day how to live a Christ like life. Thank you for showing me how to be a better person and for adding to my faith in Jesus Christ because of your example and your way of living. Thank you.


Jessica Hall said...

Beautiful! This was so perfect.

Karli said...

This was great. Especially after the comments about Romney this past week. Thanks.

Lyon's said...

Thank you for sharing! I loved and felt the spirit with every word!

TL said...

I had the same thought as Jess, Beautiful!