Monday, September 24, 2012

i am mormon.

actually, the appropriate name is Latter-day Saint.
and here are a couple of things that i believe.

i believe in improving yourself.   in being a better person than you use to be.
i believe in God as our Eternal Father, and the father of our brother, Jesus Christ
i believe that Heavenly Father (God), Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate entities that work together for the same purpose.  they never contradict the other.
i believe that God loves me, Desiree Nicole Kunis. and all of you.
i believe that Jesus Christ walked this earth.  that he grew and progressed, like you and me, and performed miracles unlike any other being.
i believe that He established HIS church on the earth to make our lives happier.  to give us a way, a path to follow, that will lead us back to Him and Heavenly Father when we die.
i believe that He suffered the pain of all the people on the earth and died upon the cross as a sacrifice for you and me.  He did so, out of love and duty, to give us the chance to be able to become whole again.
i believe that as you and i make mistakes in this life, we can repent through this holy atonement that Christ has endured for us.
i believe that repentance means to become aware of ways you have been imperfect, to decide to make a change, to truly feel sorrow for committing the sin, seeking forgiveness through prayer and proper apologies to hurt parties, and staying committed to not repeating the sin.
i believe that Christ can help you do this, no matter how difficult the task, if you will but only pray unto him for the strength and guidance.
i believe that the Holy Ghost is available for every being to feel.  I believe that it is a spirit that can dwell with in you.  It may feel like different things, but for me it feels like warmth, peace, and the deepest happiness I have ever felt.
i believe that the Holy Ghost can be felt through reading these words and acting upon them.
i believe that God communicates with us through this Holy Ghost.
i believe that the Book of Mormon is a true book.
i believe that it was written by men, chosen by God, to document their testimonies, experiences, ancestry, and most importantly to tell who Jesus Christ is.
i believe that the Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with the Holy Bible, so long as it is interpreted correctly.
i believe that the Book of Mormon will bring you more happiness in your life, if you will read it.
i believe that you have a special role on the earth.
i believe that it is your duty and quest to find what that is.
i believe that God gave you and i talents and skills, not for our enjoyment, but to be used to bless others' lives.
i believe that God intends for us to be happy. that is why he gave us a plan--a way to do so.
i believe that THAT plan is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
i believe that before we were born, we lived with Heavenly Father as spirits.  we were with our families there. and we chose to come to earth.
i believe that we chose to come to earth to gain physical bodies, to progress, to be given the choice of happiness, and to find our way back to Heavenly Father again.
i believe that we were given our very specific families for a reason. to help us become who we need to be.  to serve and love one another, and to guide each other through this life.
i believe that families are the center of our happiness and His plan for us.
i believe that only when we are sealed to our spouse in the Temple of God, are we bound to one another for eternity-not to end when we die.
i believe that your family can be with you again after you die.
i believe that you can still have your children and wife/husband with you and continue in happiness, here after.
i believe in a life where you are not controlled by anything else.   not by a substance, someone else, money, or material things.
i believe in a life of good health.
i believe in a life where people speak kindly to one another, laughter is shared, and love is expressed.
i believe that many churches hold some good and true doctrine.
i believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that holds the Priesthood (the authority and power of God).

i believe that it is the one true church upon the whole earth that has ALL of the truths.

i believe that satan is real.
i believe that many people have let him have control over them.
i believe that he tries his hardest to have you forget the truths which i have stated above.
i believe that he tries to have you forget that you ARE A CHILD OF GOD.
i believe that he tries to have you forget that you can have control over yourself.
i believe that loving all people despite their race, sexual orientation, religion, and choices is Christ-like.
and i believe in being Christ-like.

there was a time when i did not know these things.
i didn't know much about any religion for most of my life.
i am not perfect.
i was not told to believe these things.
i have only recited these things from my heart.
i know that it is not easy in the least bit to make sacrifices for faith.
i know that it is hard to give up sex and alcohol and addictions and immodesty and stubbornness.
but it is worth it.
it is sooo worth it.
to try, to try everyday.

i love the ways i have changed since i have learned about the gospel and committed myself to try it, to practice it.
i love the missionaries who taught me.
i love myself more because of it.
there is nothing in this world that can have a more positive impact than to learn about this gospel.


Leian Felton said...

I just happen to click "view next blog" a few times when updating my son's Missionary Blog. I post his emails for family and friends to see.Then I came across your blog. BEAUTIFUL photographs! Then I saw an LDS Temple, and then, I read this post. Anyway, I thought I would say hi from Indiana. if you ever want to read the thoughts of Elder Felton here is his page...

Have a wonderful week!

desiredshots PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Leian, hello to indiana!

thank you so much for your comment and your sweet compliment. that is fun and random to have stumbled upon my blog! i appreciate your sons service! i once was taught by missionaries like him, and they changed my life =] what a great opportunity for him to grow and learn. i hope for him happiness, success, and blessings for his time there!

love from utah!