Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Where I Stand

I don't generally like to get involved with controversial subjects. I don't like conflict. However, I, like many people feel passionately regarding certain topics. One of those topics: same sex marriage. I stand with the leaders of my Church- marriage should be between a man and a woman. I believe that is how God designed it to be. I found the following statement puts my thoughts and feelings into words in a perfect way:

"..The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms the centrality of doctrines relating to human sexuality and gender as well as the sanctity and significance of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. However, the Church firmly believes that all people are equally beloved children of God and deserve to be treated with love and respect. Church apostle Elder Quentin L. Cook stated, “As a church, nobody should be more loving and compassionate. Let us be at the forefront in terms of expressing love, compassion and outreach. Let’s not have families exclude or be disrespectful of those who choose a different lifestyle as a result of their feelings about their own gender."

(Quote taken from here.)

We are all entitled to our own thoughts and feelings on the subject. I am not saying you are a bad person if you don't feel the way I feel. I know where I stand and I feel it necessary to make my position known. If I am here when the Lord comes again to this earth I will be standing next to my husband (assuming I have one) and right behind my Church leaders.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Millennium

I have to be honest, I haven't known a lot about the millennium or given it a lot of thought really. Until this week, that is. In my personal Gospel study this week I've been studying about the Second Coming and the millennium. Of course, I've been pretty familiar with the doctrine concerning the Second Coming. But, oh my goodness... the millennium sounds like a fabulous time to be living on the earth. Christ will personally be here on earth?!?! I can't even imagine. So many other cool things... like Satan being bound. People will still continue to have children as they do now. And, those kids will grow up without sin. Man, I sure want to have kids during the millennium! Those kids are super lucky! It sounds like a really good deal to me.

The crazy thing is, there's a really good chance you and I could experience this! The signs of the Second Coming are all around us. The Lord is hastening His work. I mean, just look at all of these missionaries going out. It is so exciting. A little scary to me, but mostly exciting.

I will post more on this as I study and learn more. I just had to share some quick thoughts because I am so excited about my studies this week.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Miracles Happen

I should be asleep right now, but I have so much on my mind. Mostly, I'm thinking about how completely loving Heavenly Father is. I absolutely know He is real. We are His children whom He loves and is mindful of. I've seen His hand in my life in recent months especially. It took a lot of prayers and guidance to get me where I am today. Heavenly Father has been by my side a lot and has really blessed me. He's answered so many prayers.

I've also seen the amazing miracles He can perform when we have faith. Last August, my sister-in-law's brother's wife was involved in an extremely serious accident. She should have died. Nearly every bone in her body was broken. Her head sustained severe injuries. Many people thought she would not make it. But, there were also many people who had a lot of faith. And now, several months later, she is starting to come out of a coma and to talk. I'm in absolute awe. You cannot tell me there is not a God. It is a complete miracle. Miracles still exist today.

So, this was kind of random. But the takeaways are: 1.God loves us. 2. God hears and answers our prayers. 3. Miracles happen.