Anonymous asked: Do you pay for your entire mission before you leave? Also, do you have any fundraising ideas for a convert who feels such a strong call and conviction to serve but can't afford it and has no financial support from family?
No sir! Or ma’am! Haha you pay for your mission monthly. Talk to your bishop about ways to pay, this the wonderful thing about tithing and offerings is they come back to the members. One of my dear friends was a convert with no support from his family, and he talked with our bishop and he payed as much as he could then he was sponsored by our ward. For this very reason, is why we have the general missionary fund. For those who want to serve but can’t financially afford it, The Lord always provides a way. :)
So Brad Wilcox came and spoke at a multi-stake fireside
And guys it was absolutely amazing. He forever changed the way i view the atonement. For those of you who don’t know who Brad Wilcox is, please read this AMAZING talk called his grace is sufficient
Anyways, he spoke on the same concept with a twist, and i thought i’d share some of the insights i got since we haven’e been able to get on here much lately.
He read the scripture in 2 Nephi 25: 23 which says
"For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”
and he emphasized that last phrase that i have bolded. We know, and are SO grateful to Christ, we are saved by Him and only through Him. Grace isn’t the finishing touch, and after isn’t always a preposition of time, but separateness. We are saved by grace in spite of all that we do. Christ paid the price for us. The Ultimate goal is not just coming to Christ, but to become like Christ. I’m not saying actually become him, but strive to be Christlike.
We don’t need to be perfect for Christ, but be perfected IN Him. God does not compare us, no one gives better offerings than the other. He doesn’t care about the offering, but the offerer.
He quoted one of my favorite scriptures, Moroni 7:48
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpurified even as he is pure. Amen."
The ultimate Goal is not to see Christ, for we will all see Christ, but that He sees Himself in us. That we have not only been saved by His Grace and Atonement, BUT changed by it.
There’s so much more i want to share but i will share one last thing that really hit me. I’m not going to lie, it’s been a rough week… Month.. ha, and i’ve been particularly hard on myself. And this last bit i feel like i should share with ya’ll in particular.
Remember, we don’t pray because we are worthy, we pray because we need His help. We don’t take the sacrament because we are perfect, we take the sacrament to strengthen us. We don’t go to the temple because we are perfect, we go to the temple because it’s a sacred place, that gives us strength from on high. On my own i’m not worthy to get there, because i make so many mistakes, BUT with Christ i am worthy to be there.
Worthiness is not perfection. But a willingness to try and not give up. That you trust that God will be there to strengthen you. (in this last bit he is referring to the temple) “We cross through the veil humbly, taking the hand of the one representing the Lord and TOGETHER we enter heaven. “
We can’t get there on our own, no matter how hard we try. We can only get there through the Grace, Merits and Mercy of Jesus Christ. And for that i am forever grateful.
Be kind to yourself, know that perfection doesn’t come in this life, and regardless of our mistakes we make daily, we are loved. We were worth it enough for the Savior to die for us, and we are worth it enough to make it back to Him, with His help.
last quote ” Me alone worthy? no, but i’m not alone. I’m standing with Jesus, and together WE are worthy.”
We love you guys, sorry we haven’t been getting to he questions as fast, school has been SUPER crazy.
Anonymous asked: I worry about having to renew my Temple recommend because when the Bishop asks, "do you support any organizations not in line with the church" or similar, my answer will be yes because I support LGBTQ+ groups. Will I be denied my recommend because of this?
Well, I’m not a bishop so I can’t tell you whether or not you will be able to renew your temple recommend. I’m not set apart to that calling. That’s up to your bishop, and something you should talk to him about. I’m sure if you answer yes to that question he will ask you to explain, then he will decide by listening to the spirit.
thatoneconvert asked: Your blog is amazing! I wish I had found it while I was still an investigator (not that the outcome would have been different). It's nice to have a place to ask questions openly without feeling judgment! Thank you for this awesome blog!
Anonymous asked: I'm not Mormon but I'm trying to learn more about it and I keep seeing you talking about garments. what exactly are the garments? why do you wear them?
Garments are something worn by members of the Church who have gone through the temple and received their endowments. They are 2 pieces that look like a white shirt and white shorts. They’re worn under the cloths and they remind us of covenants or promises we have made with God in the temple.