Mormonism in the 21st Century — Gender Roles

This column is the fourth in a series of articles that I will write on Mormonism in the 21st Century. Everything I write here is from my own perspective, and is not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

ward-council-452390-wallpaperFor my topic today I have chosen to write about something quite a bit more controversial than some of the other topics I’ve addressed. I will be writing about gender roles within the church, including expectations for each gender, equality, and responsibilities. I have taken extra time to write this column because I wanted to get all the information right. This issue also has individual significance for me because I had personal concerns about this and have searched for answers to my many questions concerning my role as a woman in this church. However, through my search I have gained an understanding that I can now share with others.

To begin with, I want to write about Mother Eve. I believe that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a unique view of this wonderful mother of all living. We believe that Eve understood Continue reading

“Are You Lonely, Mama?”

I enjoy reading what other people write.  I follow many writers.  Each Saturday I will share an article that particularly touched me this past week.

10400629_130762810155_8955_nThis week I loved the article “Are you Lonely, Mama?” written by Kristen at the blog When at Home.  I related so well to her thoughts.  I, too, often feel loneliness, and the reminder that the work I do at home is important was so needed this week.  What a beautiful article for all moms to read.

Click Here to Read it.

Mormonism in the 21st Century — Restoration

This column is the third in a series of articles that I will write on Mormonism in the 21st Century. Everything I write here is from my own perspective, and is not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

priesthoodThe New Testament gives us some insight into the way that Jesus Christ organized His church. He called twelve apostles, and laid his hands on their heads to give them the priesthood authority. Before the Savior’s death and Resurrection, He gave His Apostles authority to teach His gospel, perform the ordinances of salvation, and establish His Church in the world.

After the death of Jesus Christ, the Apostles taught until they were killed. Without revelation and priesthood authority on Earth once again, the people fell into what became known as The Great Apostasy, or the Dark Ages. People did not know where to find truth; they relied on human wisdom. Eventually, the people began searching for more answers. Sometimes people rebelled against the teachings of the churches, such as the pilgrims, and searched for more truth.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, did restore the true church once again Continue reading

Mormonism in the 21st Century — The Book of Mormon

This column is the second in a series of articles that I will write on Mormonism in the 21st Century. Everything I write here is from my own perspective and is not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

book-of-mormonIf you’ve heard anything about the “Mormon” church, then you’ve most likely heard mention of The Book of Mormon. But, first, let me say that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do believe that the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel.

In Hebrews 13:8 we read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If God spoke through prophets to Israel, wouldn’t God also speak through prophets to the people on the American continent? We believe He did.

Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a testament of Jesus Christ. Also, like the Bible, Continue reading

Mormonism in the 21st Century — Christianity

jesus christAs a writer, I enjoy getting requests about topics people are interested in. One request in particular that caught my attention is the topic of Mormonism in the 21st Century. There are many common misconceptions about Mormons and Mormonism, and as a Mormon, myself, I figured that I could help clear up some of these misunderstandings. This column is the first in a series of articles that I will write on Mormonism in the 21st Century. Everything I write here is from my own perspective and is not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The first thing I’d like to share is that the true name of the “Mormon” church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The nickname “Mormons” was given because of our belief in the Book of Mormon (a book of scripture we use as a companion to the Bible). We don’t mind being referred to by that nickname, however in speaking of our church, we prefer to use the full name. The biggest reason for this distinction is as an affirmation of Him whose church this is.

Contrary to popular belief, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we do not worship the prophet Joseph Smith nor the prophet Mormon. We worship Jesus Christ and follow His teachings. We believe that Continue reading

A Father’s Empty Arms

img_0381_0050My favorite memory of my Father was when my newborn daughter was about a month old. I was struggling very much as a new mother. It was more difficult than I could have ever imagined. I was also very young at the time with a lot to learn.

One day there was a knock at our door. I opened it and was completely surprised to see my dad standing there. They lived three hours away, and I didn’t know he would be coming. He grinned a bit and said, “I was in the neighborhood, and wanted to see if I could hold the baby.” It made me laugh. The baby had been fussy all day, but when my dad picked her up and cuddled her on his chest she calmed right down, and was asleep almost instantly.

I was hesitant about leaving her when she was so little, but my dad had raised ten babies, so I knew he was more than capable. My husband and I took Continue reading

Empty Arms

1126090754aThere is a phenomenon called Phantom Pain in amputees where the person perceives pain in the missing limb. Phantom limb is similar, where the amputee senses the limb itself. It is estimated that phantom sensations affects 80% of amputees. I vividly remember learning about these conditions in my anatomy and physiology class in college; I just couldn’t comprehend how the nervous system could react to something that wasn’t there.

I know, now. I’m not missing an arm or a leg, but I am missing something else. I’ve reached the stage that all mothers go through when they realize that no more Continue reading

Mealtime Burping Contests

dinnerWith three young kids, dinner conversations can be, well, fascinating.  We’ve talked about many things over the years: rodents, germs, vomiting, and the little boy at school who eats worms.

My husband and I have tried all kinds of creative things to have discussions of much less stomach-churning topics.  One of my children’s favorites is stories.  I love to tell stories, and am a very animated narrator.  I have told stories of my childhood, their grandpa’s childhood, and even stories about when my children were younger.  They find it hilarious.  Some of the most popular and repeated stories is Continue reading

What Fathers Can Do

jim_kidsRecently, I’ve had conversations with some of my friends about the differences in our children’s relationships with their mother and their father.  If a child needs anything, Mom generally is the person who they come running to.  However, Dads typically tend to be the more fun parent.  I admit that I’m slightly jealous of this arrangement.  I do feel lucky that I get to be the one who snuggles and feeds the baby, and the one whose magic kiss fixes scrapes and cuts, but when I watch my husband sitting in a cardboard box with my son as they fly to the moon and meet aliens, I wish that I  could Continue reading