Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mormons are Worth Loving Too

So I was talking to a friend of mine who just recently joined the church a few months ago. She was telling me that while at work she overheard a couple of her friends/co-workers talking about Mormons and our beliefs. One of her co-workers said, "Ya, I could never be friends with a Mormon." Hmmm...Really?? It just boggles my mind how some people will consciously choose to not be friends with someone just because they have different religious beliefs than them. This isn't the first time I've heard a story like this, but it never fails to surprise me. It's hard for me to understand because I have many friends who are of other faiths. I disagree with and don't understand many of the doctrines that they believe in. But would I ever choose to not be some one's friend just because they have different religious beliefs? Of course not. That seems ridiculous to me, and honestly quite un-Christian like.

What's funny is that they ARE friends with a Mormon...They just don't know it yet. I can only hope that once these gals find out that their friend is a Mormon, they will realize that Mormons are regular, decent people who although imperfect, are worth loving too.

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

“This is the first and great commandment.

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." (Matthew 22:36-40)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Look Not Behind Thee

I really think this video relays an important message.  We have a new year before us.  We have the opportunity for a new start.  The important thing to remember is that we need to move ahead and not look back.  I made plenty of mistakes in 2010.  But because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we all have the opportunity to repent, forgive ourselves and move forward.  Let's make positive changes in 2011 and not look back.  Yes, I will still make mistakes in 2011.  But the great thing is that each day is a new start and the Atonement is there for us always.  The opportunity for a new start is available to us each and every day.  Look Not Behind Thee.

"If any has stumbled in his journey, there is a way back. The process is called repentance. Our Savior died to provide you and me that blessed gift. Though the path is difficult, the promise is real: 'Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow' (Isaiah 1:18)." (Pres. Thomas S. Monson)