Category Archives: LDS Beliefs

The meaning behind our beliefs, from a Mormon’s perspective.

The Dual Nature of Man

There is something higher than the animal life; namely, the spiritual realm where there is love, the divinest attribute of the human soul. There are also sympathy, kindness and other attributes. 5

There is something within [man] which urges him to rise above himself, to control his environment, to master the body and all things physical and live in a higher and more beautiful world. 6

“Chapter 2: The Dual Nature of Man,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, (2003)

Heavenly Attributes of Fathers

I was asked to speak in church for Father’s Day. This is the talk I wrote and gave.

Something exciting has recently happened in our household . . . . . we welcomed eight baby chicks into our family. My husband often comes home from work and when walking through the door asks, “How are my babies?” – wanting to know how our fluffy little chicks are doing.  Seeing my husband care for these baby chicks has reminded me of the fatherly attributes I so admire in him.

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Suicidal Consequences

Mormon in the Real World

This woman was saved by the photographer, who grabbed the back of her coat and pulled her up and over the railing.

I’m taking a course on Death & Dying.  Our last period focused on murder, mass murder, natural disasters, serial killers, and suicide.  It wasn’t the most uplifting class.  We watched a documentary titled “The Bridge”.  The directors set up cameras to record a year of death at one of the top suicidal destinations in the world, The Golden Gate Bridge of San Fransisco, California.  It broke my heart to watch these people jump, hear their stories, and see the grief experienced by their loved ones.  What hope is there for those who choose such a bitter end?

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Getting Answers from God

LDS Beliefs, My Mormon Life

I’ve never been responsible for an income. I have no idea what it is to have that kind of pressure.  The closest I’ve come to it was this past week when my husband and I decided I would need to pay back my student loans on my own.

He’s always been the bread winner and I the stay-at-home mom.  Seeing my income will be required for student loans, I’ve wondered how to provide that and still be the mom my children need.  I’ve even questioned my major as a viable choice for future employment.  I chose my degree to achieve a dream, not an income.  Do I need to rethink my future to support family needs rather than personal wishes?

How do we make those hard decisions?  How can we confidently choose our futures?  Do we have to do it alone?

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Purpose in Pain

LDS Beliefs

It is common for people of faith to believe there are consequences for sin or poor choices, this accounting for pain, suffering, or trials in life.  While this is true, I don’t believe that trials are always associated with sin.  Sometimes, bad things just happen.  Why?

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Spiritual and Physical Gender Identity

Mormon Beliefs

We all know bodies are born with distinctive characteristics, per our sex.  What many people fail to consider is that our spirits were made male and female, just as our mortal bodies.  Therefore, just as our bodies have varying attributes, so do our spirits.

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