Anonymous asked: I haven't been to the temple since I was 14 because I didn't feel worthy, and now I've decided to go on a mission and I need to get my endowment, but I am scared. I am scared of the temple and scared of having the same feeling of unworthiness and scared of screwing something up. Sort of like performance anxiety. What should I do? What can I do?
Oh goodness, i’m so sorry you feel that way. please remember you don’t need to be perfect to go to the temple, if we had to be perfect, then no one could go. If you’re striving the best you can and keeping the covenants you have made and keeping to commandments you are okay.
i remember feeling that way before i took out my own endowment, and the thoughts of “what if you haven’t really repented of that. and how could you possibly be able to go into the temple with all the terrible things you’ve done?” kept coming to my head as we drove to the temple, but i knew i was doing the right thing and as soon as i walked through those doors, those thoughts went away. and just the excitement nerves took it’s place.
It’s okay to feel nervous, because it’s new. But you don’t learn anything you don’t already know, don’t be afraid of the temple, it’s such a wonderful place. Maybe to ease your mind you can try going and sitting on the grounds for a while to get used to the feeling, then try and do baptisms before you take out your endowment. take it little by little, the temple is a place of peace.
You can read Preparing to enter the holy temple, which is the manual they give you as you take temple prep. you can even look at the Temples ensign from October 2010. it’s really helpful, if you need anyone to talk to about it, we are here for you! don’t worry you’ll do great.
Anonymous asked: I'm a girl and I hug my sister missionaries all the time, and it's great. But is it okay to hug the elders? It's nothing sexual or anything, just a friendly hug. Also are you allowed to hug the elder who baptises me straight after it has taken place?
You can hug the sisters any time you wish! But, it’s not okay to hug the elders if you’re a girl. There are only 3 times i can remember from my mission when i hugged someone of the opposite gender and those were very special circumstances 2 of those times were with families i had gotten very close to and the last one was from my mission president and his wife at the airport before i flew home. There was one time a guy hugged me before i could say ” i’m not supposed to hug you!” because he was just so excited to see the missionaries, he later apologized and gave us very awesome handshakes after that.
After a baptism of one of our male investigators he came up to us and said how he wished he could give us a hug to show is gratitude, but he gave us a very long good handshake and we all cried. It was a very special moment, that i look back to often.
The reason is, hugs are a very personal thing. And as a missionary they’re striving to bring others closer to Christ and the focus needs to stay on that. hugs can lead to feelings, not for everyone but for some, so to be safe that is why the rule is there for all missionaries.
" The love of God is so universal that His perfect plan bestows many gifts on all of His children, even those who disobey His laws. Mortality is one such gift, bestowed on all who qualified in the War in Heaven (see Revelation 12:7–8). Another unconditional gift is the universal resurrection: ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive’ (1 Corinthians 15:22). Many other mortal gifts are not tied to our personal obedience to law. As Jesus taught, our Heavenly Father ‘maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust’ (Matthew 5:45) "
" he need for civility in society has never been more important. The foundation of kindness and civility begins in our homes. It is not surprising that our public discourse has declined in equal measure with the breakdown of the family. The family is the foundation for love and for maintaining spirituality. The family promotes an atmosphere where religious observance can flourish. There is indeed beauty all around when there’s love at home. "
" Some build their sense of personal worth by comparing themselves to others. That approach can lead to feelings of inadequacy or superiority. It is preferable to look directly to our Father for our sense of self-worth. "
Anonymous asked: Sometimes, I look at your posts and think "I'd love to be a part of this, they are a wonderful group of members". And then I realize, I don't have the patience and tact ya'll do with some of the questions that come your way--so, it's probably a good thing I'm not. Basically, you guys are awesome; thank you for all you are and do; keep going!
Awh thank you for your kind words! you’re great and we appreciate you so much!
Anonymous asked: How are girls supposed to act around missionaries? Where does it say you aren't supposed to do certain things?
Missionaries are there as representatives of Jesus Christ, they’re on their mission to bring others closer to Christ and represent him in the best way possible.
So, what it says in the missionaries white handbook (rules) which can apply to people with missionaries as well, it states ” do not be alone with, flirt with, or associate in any other inappropriate way with anyone of the opposite sex. Do not telephone, write, email, or accept calls from anyone of the opposite sex living within or near mission boundaries.”
So this can be replaced with do not be alone with, flirt with, or associate in any other inappropriate way with a missionary. Do not write, telephone, or accept calls from a missionary if you are within or near mission boundaries.
The only exception to the phone calls and texts are to confirm dinner appointments, member/less active appointments and investigator appointments.
The reason is, the missionary is there to focus on bringing others closer to the savior Jesus Christ, so during this time they shouldn’t be interacting in ways that distract them from that. hope that helps clear things up :]
Anonymous asked: Why do you never give bible verses to people, it's always book of Mormon, one would start to wonder what takes priority, prophets or God
We do, i have finished reading in the bible and am currently reading in the book of mormon during my study, so that is what my mind is currently on. since i just finished reading certain things in the book of mormon, when people ask questions thats just what my mind jumps to since it is in my current study.
We love the bible, and we love the book of mormon. God will always take priority, and prophets testify of Him.
Anonymous asked: Hi, rad blog! Anyway, I wanna see what you think about this. I'm a convert of a year and a half and I keep remembering some of my big mistakes in life before my conversion. I know that I was baptized for the remission of my sins, and that I'm forgiven of them, but why is it so hard to forget and get over the past? Thanks!
Thank you so much!
That is a really good question, the first thing i’m going to give you is a talk by president uchtdorf called Point of Safe Return it talks about why we remember our sins after we have received forgiveness.
Before you were baptized you were a totally different person, you were made clean through the atonement of Jesus Christ by entering the waters of baptism and leaving your old life behind. Satan wants us to be miserable and remember all the terrible things we have done to create a sense of doubt that the Lord couldn’t possibly love us for all the bad things we’ve done, but the Lord loves us regardless of our mistakes. We also remember our sins as a kind of reminder to not do them again. Having been a person who has made some pretty big mistakes, i can relate to having the memories stick with you. Even after a year i could still remember my pain and sadness, but now years later i can look back on my sins without the pain and use those memories as a reminder of what i don’t want my life to go back to.
Try reading Alma 36 by clicking that or reading in your own scriptures, it also talks about this. But i promise the memory does fade, and you can look back on those experiences and move on. the links are there for you to click! read the talk especially, president uchtdorf phrases it in a way i never could, it’s such an amazing talk! i hope this helps :]