October 22, 2010

seeing as it is exactly one month since the last post, i thought it would be a good idea to get back on the horse. to those who actually read this blog, i apologize (18 credits + grad school applications + being a wifey + working has proved to be very difficult). but, on a brighter note, life is swell.

in the next few days i will be posting our life in the last month so that will be awesome :)

but for my immediate concern today i want to just give a little thought. 

as many of our friends know michael and i are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. or in simpler terms we are mormon. 

i think there is often a lot of confusion as to what "mormons" really are.

the best depiction of our beliefs comes from the articles of faith, with outline our church's fundamental core. http://www.mormon.org/articles-of-faith/ please take a chance and educate yourself about our church. we believe in Jesus Christ as our savior and redeemer. this is another area where our church is often criticized - people automatically assume we don't believe in Jesus Christ - but we DO. he is the way, the truth, and the life. 

my reason for sharing some of this background information about michael and i's beliefs is because we want all of our friends and acquaintances to know how important our religion is to us. we are so full of joy because we have the restored gospel in our lives. people often comment on how we have a light or a aura of goodness about us - that is a result of the gospel of Jesus Christ. we have been so fortunate to grow up in the church and have been exposed to a plan that was created for each of us as god's children. we have hope, we have faith in something greater. we have peace because we have been able to develop relationships through prayer with our Heavenly Father and our savior Jesus Christ. we are not alone on this earth. in some of my weakest moments in which i felt so alone and destitute i was always able to pray for comfort and help when my family or close friends were not near or not able to understand what i was going through. Jesus Christ has experienced all of our pains, sorrows, inadequacies, etc. he knows how to heal us if we let him. if we knock.

i encourage all of my friends - mormon and not to pray. to read the book of mormon and ask if it is true. i promise you if you read it with a real intent to know what is true, and ask with those same good intentions, and a desire to know - you will have confirmations that it is. it is time to rise up. there are some scary times ahead of us. the world is becoming more and more evil. we have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ at our fingertips. how are we preparing ourselves, how are we strengthening our testimonies and becoming more like Christ in our daily lives. are we serving our neighbor, loving those around us regardless of anything, are we seeking opportunity to better improve our selves in our thoughts and our actions. are we taking time to be with family, to be with those we love, are we being a light of truth unto people to show them there is hope and truth on this earth. 

be courageous. find out for yourself what is true, what god's plan is for you, and how you can reach your potential. only through him, our heavenly father, will these questions be answered. 

if you would like to learn more about our faith click here http://www.mormon.org/

if you would like to learn more about my personal faith click here http://www.mormon.org/me/1WSY-eng/Jessica

if you would like a free copy of the book of mormon click  http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon/

again, i hope you do not find this post threatening or inappropriate, i just really felt it was time to share of joy i have found through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. anyone can have this same joy and hope. 

i love you all! 
look for new posts over the weekend :)


jessica grace 

1 comment:

  1. Jess, so great you're sharing your testimony for all to see. Elder Holland said, "Never let your faith be difficult to detect." Love ya!