Category Archives: My Mormon Life
Mormonism behind closed doors.
I’ve been working out the past few weeks and I’ve gotta say that exercise and I have a HUGE love/hate relationship. I like feeling strong and healthy, but I’m not a huge fan of consistent exercise and healthy eating (I love me some TV and a carton of Hershey’s Whoppers). Considering this, I’ve wondered today – “Will we need treadmills in Heaven?”
It’s so hard to take time to do the things that matter most. . . . but the little things that matter most make the biggest difference.
For those who don’t know, I’m currently going to college while raising three small children. It’s often hard to balance the busy life of the kids’ school functions, homework, church, sports,while helping my husband with his business (every now and then), keeping up with my schooling and homework and so forth. I know you all understand this because you have super busy lives too. I try to do my stuff on my own time (homework, house chores, etc) but it’s often the case that I fall short of that and neglect the kids to do the other. On such occasions I quickly notice that arguing, crying, and sad children seem to live in my house. I’ve found that if I just take a little time from what I’m doing to do the things that matter most – play and laugh with them – that things quickly turn around.
I’ve never regretted putting my stuff aside to be with them. Doing so not only makes them happy, but me as well. Taking the time to love them is a lot more effective than getting mad at them for interrupting me or being loud. If I just play with them for a moment, their spirits brighten and they can go on happily for quite awhile. They just need to know that they’re important to me . . . and that I’d put anything aside to be with them. My children are the moments that matter most.
What are the moments that matter most to you?
Enjoy this touching video from “Mormon Messages” – the LDS Youtube Channel. You’ll find a link to more videos like it in the sidebar. My favorite part of the video starts at 2:43, but you have to see the beginning to understand why it’s so special.
-Marzee, your atmchick
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I turned thirty this week. My twenties were personally challenging for me. Unlike many twenty-year-olds, I didn’t get to go off to college, live in a dorm or “find myself”. My parents never thought to prepare me for college, searching out scholarships, saving money and I never considered that I would have to worry about it until it was too late. So I stayed home, went to community college, decided to go to beauty school to help pay my way through college and worked. Shortly before my twentieth birthday I met a boy . . . who only a few months later would become my husband. I moved out of my parents’ house into a home with my husband and continued school and work until our first little baby arrived.
I wasn’t ready for my husband. Well, I was ready to marry but I wasn’t looking for the guy who annoyingly followed me out of class one day – all the way to the water fountain and back. As if I didn’t know what he was up to. His interrogation didn’t make such a great impression either, “How old are you? Where are you from?” Smooth. His name was Jon. Continue Reading . . .
My Mormon Life
In nine and a half years of marriage, my husband and I have continually struggled with employment and income. We’ve tried multiple business ventures, suffered multiple job losses, and know well the stresses of financial instability and crisis. Every time we fail, we hope for more and try anew, only to fail again – or so it seems.
We live in troubling times. This is not new. It seems that every generation faces its challenges and we are no different. We all have our stories of struggle and strife. You yours, and me mine. Our economy verges on collapse, our nation wars, and our leaders often fall short. Is there potential for a promising future in such a world?
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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?