Apr 2, 2013

Misconceptions

First off, I want to start by saying that these are all MY opinions.
I take full responsibility for what I write and these are the things I believe whole heartedly.
I am in no position to judge nor should anyone else. If religion is too sensitive of a subject for you, then this is not the post to read.
All my life, I've heard many stories of what people think about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Stories of what they've heard and what they think we believe and practice.
It seems as though the older I get, the more extreme and crazy these misconceptions become.
I remember going to Air Force Academy for sports camp when I was in junior high.
Every summer as I sat at the dining hall for meals, people would randomly ask for names and ask those around where they were all from.
I remember telling them I was from Utah. Their eyes got really big and one girl asked me if my dad had more than one wife. I knew they were referring to polygamy. I laughed and told them that I only had one mom and one dad. To me that was silly but they were serious. They really thought that's what people in Utah did.
When I was 16, our high school basketball team went to San Diego for a tournament. At the beach, my friends and I ran into a couple of guys and we all started talking. They were intrigued that we were a bunch of girls from Utah. As I was talking to one guy, he told me that he thought all girls from Utah were squares and thought they all lived in a bubble. I remember laughing at him and told him that we were all fortunate enough to have cable and that it was his loss because we weren't squares at all. That was my queue to ditch the losers and enjoy the beach!
Anyway I wanted to do a post about misconceptions that people have about Mormons.

MISCONCEPTION # 1: We worship Joseph Smith
    Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, we are grateful for his courage and his desire at such a young age to know which church he should join but we do not worship him. At the age of 14, he had a vision.
God restored the fullness of His gospel to the earth THROUGH Joseph Smith.
With God's guidance, he was led to a hidden ancient record and he translated those records which is called The Book of Mormon. I find it odd that many have not read this book but have many things to say about it. I challenge you to read it before placing judgements. We believe that it is another testament and direct correlation to the Bible. I have read this book and I testify that is has TRUE and REAL power.
Upon reading the Book of Mormon, I got down on my knees and with great sincerity, I asked if these things I read were true. I remember as I said this prayer an overwhelming blanket of warmth surrounding me and peace in my heart thus testifying to me that these words in this book are true.

MISCONCEPTION #2: Mormons have multiple wives
     Today the practice of polygamy is prohibited and has been for over 120 years. We do not believe in plural marriage and if you'd like to read more about that you can here.

I don't discriminate other's beliefs, their preference and I don't care what color you are. I try to love everyone and most people make it really easy for me to. The ones that don't make it that easy are blessings because through them I learn how to really love someone by trying to serve them. I'm not perfect nor do I try to be. My only competition is myself. I respect everyone's opinions but for ME, I full heartedly believe in this.

MISCONCEPTION #3: The Church is judgemental and all Mormons act better than everyone
  I believe that the Church and the gospel principles are true and perfect. The people of the church are not perfect. I don't believe that ALL Mormons think they are better than anyone. I lived and grew up in Utah my whole life. There are some that cannot understand why some people make the choices that they make and yes, I believe that sometimes it's disheartening because you feel like everyone is judging you. I've been there, I've done that. I was seventeen and pregnant. The stares that I got while sitting in church was almost unbearable but I put myself in that situation so now I had to deal with the staring and the judging. The one thing I learned having to go through that was the only time someone can offend me and make me feel little is if I LET them. You have a choice and your own agency to let the judging get to you. No one is perfect and I believe that this is the reason why we are here. To be tested, to learn love and to learn to serve. To experience pain and joy.

MISCONCEPTION #4: Not everyone can enter the Temple so it must be a cult or secret society:
  Um, this is a definite NO! We are not a cult nor are we a secret society.
We believe that the Temple is the House of the Lord. We have the utmost respect for God and His Son Jesus Christ. In the Temple we receive ordinances and make covenants. Read this, it explains temples and sacred covenants a lot better than I can. We believe that these things are so sacred that some aspects of temple work should not be discussed outside the temple.
I see it like this: You tell your best friend, your most raw, deepest, most sacred thoughts. You expect them to respect your wishes to keep these things between you and them. And because of that, it becomes special and a connection that only you and that person share.
This is the way I feel for the temple. I feel that the covenants I made in the temple are so sacred and so special that they should only be shared within the walls of the Lord's House. He knows my deepest angst and concerns. He knows my joys and shows me His love through tender mercies. I receive guidance and counsel through the Spirit.
To be in the temple and feel the peace it resonates is simply amazing. In a world of such turmoil and evil, that is one place I can find solace and feel of God's love for me.
When I'm there all I think about is my eternal perspective and the cares of this world fade, if only for a couple hours. I am focused and refueled to get back in the real world and be grateful for all that I have.

I am grateful and proud of who I am. I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I've never felt more passionate about something in my life. Within the last three years, I've come to know God and feel His love. I wasn't always the best member growing up, I lost my way. I made excuses and justifications. I've made lots of bad choices and with some of those choices I am still dealing with the consequences.

What kinds of misconceptions do people have about YOU?
What do you believe in?
Post a comment to share your thoughts or if you'd rather discuss in private, shoot me an email. ttima24@gmail.com
Have a great day everyone!!




8 comments:

  1. Hi sis...I am so proud of u..& ur comments were beautiful..I kept reading each misconception & ur feelings on those I kept saying AMENE...thank u for ur testimony..& ur greatest example of standing up for this wonderful gospel we belong to. I love u Sis...God Bless...

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  2. I think being more open more often like this is wonderful. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I was a little worried about this one but I felt so strongly about it and was impressed to share my feelings. Thank you for reading!! :)

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  3. Very interesting to read! I love when someone is passionate about their faith!:-) xoxo

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    1. Thanks for reading! I saw on your blog that you are from Portland. I have family in Portland. It's beautiful there!

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  4. Amen, Sister! Thank you for your courage and example! Love you!!

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    1. Love you too!! :) YOU are a great example to me. Always have been, always will be!

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