molly is a mormon

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so i still really like danny. and it’s throwing me off because i’m a total coward. on the way back, we were sitting in silence, when he asks, “penny for your thoughts?” i thought that was sweet. i don’t know if - i don’t think that - anyone has ever asked me that before. it caught me off guard and he said it so softly and i choked on my spit anyway so it was embarrassing but i couldn’t straight up tell him i like him because surprise - i’m a coward. so no, that didn’t happen. anyway.

he’s really amazing, though. the lesson he taught today during sunday school was really something. we spoke about our heavenly family and a verse that he talked about helped me realize something that never really hit home before. i had been feeling really anxious, like i was gonna have an attack, and i felt really terrible just before going to class. but after five minutes of standing in the library with my face planted into the table, i resolved to go to class and grabbed some paper so i could write or doodle a little bit. and the verse danny talked about was one where moses was confronted by the devil after speaking with the Lord. and satan tries his best to tempt moses, who replies, “who are you, to tempt me? i am a son of God.”

and that kinda hit me. moses basically said to the devil himself “who are you? you’re nothing and i, i am a son of God. so fite me m8, i’ll win” and it made me realize that all the crappy thoughts in my head are from satan. and who is he that he should bring me down? i am a daughter of the Most High. i am a princess in the eternal kingdom of God. and satan is trying to drag me down? i’m better than that. i’m more than that. and i’m willing to fight for that.

anonymous asked:

What is a Mormon?

This is the first time I’ve gotten this directly.

So technically, “Mormons” belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We value family, virtue, charity, and the atonement of Jesus Christ above all else.

Here are some facts about us:

  • We believe in a loving, living God.  We are His Children, and nothing we do can make Him stop loving us.
  • We believe that God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) are three separate beings and make up the Godhead.  They live and are active parts in our lives, if we let them.
  • We have a living prophet, a man of God who speaks to Him on our behalf and provides revelation for the entire Church and, by extension, the world.
  • Our church has the same structure as the Church in the times of the New Testament, with “apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.”
  • We use the King James Version of the Holy Bible, not just the Book of Mormon.  We also have two other books, called the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.
  • The Book of Mormon is the record of the people who lived in the Americas around the time of Christ.  It documents the lives of prophets of the Lord as well as the time when Jesus Christ came to the people who lived there.  It was found, buried in a hill in upstate New York by a young man by the name of Joseph Smith, Jr.
  • The Doctrine and Covenants consists of revelation given to Church leaders at the time of its restoration in the 19th century.
  • The Pearl of Great Price contains excerpts from the Book of Moses and the Book of Abraham.
  • Worthy male members of the Church can be ordained to the Priesthood, which means they have the authority to act in God’s name on the Earth.
  • We have just over 70,000 missionaries (elders and sisters) serving worldwide to bring the truth and light of the gospel to those in need of it.
  • We do attend church every Sunday - we have a three-hour block of meetings, including sacrament meeting (the sacrament is like communion for Catholics minus the wine and wafers plus water and bread or crackers) and Sunday school where we learn about doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
On the structure of the church:
  • We have wards and branches which are akin to Catholic parishes.  Branches are smaller versions of wards, where wards are unable to be formed due to lack of something or other, I think it’s members in the area or authority members.
  • Wards and branches are grouped together into Stakes, which are like the Mormon version of a Catholic diocese. (I’m pretty familiar with Catholicism, so I tend to make comparisons.)
  • Stakes are grouped together into regions (self-explanatory).
  • This page of the MormonWiki explains the structure within the Priesthood, and it explains the part that the young men and leaders play in the structure of the Church.
On the members of the Church: We have programs for every age group within the church, which are as follows:
  • Children ages 0-3: Sunbeams
  • Children ages 4-11: Primary
  • Girls ages 12-18: Young Women’s
  • Boys ages 12-18: Young Men’s
  • Women ages 19+: Relief Society
  • Men ages 19+: Elder’s Quorum
There are activities each week for the Young Men and Young Women, as well as for the Primary children.

Relief Society and the Elder’s Quorum are the staples of a Young Single Adult ward, like the one in which I live.  We have activities on a monthly basis.

Family wards have all six groups, but YSA wards (which consist of single adults ages 18-32) do not generally have children, so the other programs are unnecessary.  We stick with RS and EQ (there are a lot of abbreviations in LDS culture so we tend to shorten everything).

Additionally, and this is most important, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or more commonly called Mormons, are not perfect.  Church is a hospital for the infirm, not a trophy hall for the perfect.  If we were all perfect, we would be translated like the City of Enoch.  But since we’re not perfect, this would mean that we all sin.  Which we do.

That leads to my next point:
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is integral to our salvation.  In The Pearl of Great Price, in the book of Moses, chapter 1 verse 39 says, “Behold, this is my work and my glory; to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”  The fact that both are listed means that there is a fundamental difference between “immortality” and “eternal life”:

  • Immortality is living forever.
  • Eternal life is living forever in the presence of God.
Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, because He suffered for our pains, our sufferings, our trials, and our sins, we have the opportunity to become whole through the process of repentance.  It is a long and a hard route, but it is far better than the alternative.  Especially since once we have truly been forgiven for our sins, it feels absolutely amazing.

And one thing I would like to mention since it is my specialty:
We, as a Church, believe in the principle of eternal families.

If you’ve ever been to Utah and wondered what those huge white buildings are in the distance, or if you’ve ever encountered a huge white-ish building with a golden guy on the top and wondered what it was used for, here you go: That building is a temple.  The temples that are on the Earth are the Lord’s houses.  It even says so right on the building: “Holiness to the Lord, the House of the Lord.”

Temples are places of worship and they are the place where the family that has been torn apart by the world may be pieced back together by our Heavenly Father.

From the first ordinances of baptism and confirmation to the sealing of a husband and wife for time and all eternity, we have been blessed with the authority from God to seal the entire human family together.  The Atonement can heal all wounds, even those caused by family members.  It is very important to remember this.

Taking that into account, families can be together forever, thanks to the sealing power of the Priesthood and the ordinances performed in the temple.

This is something that I am very glad to know, because I know that life does not end with death - it will end with my family in the rest of my Heavenly Father and my Older Brother, Jesus Christ.

If you or anyone you know has questions, you can either direct them to me or to the missionaries at Mormon.org.  Or, if you’re just curious and want more information, check out the MormonWiki.  I’d suggest checking out the MormonWiki and then bringing your personalized questions to the missionaries so they can help.

Also, here are two videos that might help you if you are in need of comfort or peace.  They are a testimony that Jesus Christ, the Savoir of the world, lives and is there to support is:

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Oh, sweet, what joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!" 

anonymous asked:

Why are you a Mormon? Honestly curious.

I am a Mormon because it makes sense.

Would God create an entire world for no reason except to watch us fail?
Never.  Think about it: He created us, and is therefore, our Father.  God, being a perfect being, would be a perfect father, too.  Now, what kind of perfect father doesn’t love his children?  God is our Father and He loves us.  He loves us unconditionally.  This is what Mormons believe.

Would God, who created this world, only talk to one group of people up until only a certain point?
Absolutely not.  God would want to talk to His children and guide them through all points in history.  The Book of Mormon is a translated record of God’s dealings with the people in the Americas.  There are prophets today as in days of old.  They receive revelation on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ, and on behalf of the world.  God wants to guide us, so He has given us the resources to do whatever it is He sent us here to do.  This is what Mormons believe.

God is an eternal being, so why wouldn’t we be?
We are.  Before we came to Earth, we all existed.  We were created by God as His children.  Our spirits are eternal, as is our spirit family of everyone who has ever lived, who is living now, and who will yet live.  Since our spirit family is eternal, it only makes sense that our earthly families are eternal.  Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father’s plan.  This is what Mormons believe.

We are flawed, aren’t we?  So why would God bother with us?
God “bothers” with us because He loves us.  In fact, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to suffer and die for us - not just for our sins, but for our pains, our sicknesses, our sadnesses, our weaknesses, for everything that makes us imperfect.  The Savior did this so He could know how “to succor his people,” his people being us.  This is what Mormons believe.

It’s logical to me and it gives me hope.  It feels right.  What else can I ask for?

dont-let-them-drown-you-blog  asked:

Hello! I was wondering if you could tell me a simplified definition of Mormon? I look on the web and I'm just not understanding it fully! Thankyou!

Hi!  I suppose what would be the simplest definition of a Mormon is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  What that means, though, is different to many people.  To make that part simple, our church has Thirteen Articles of Faith, which are as follow:

  1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
  2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
  3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
  9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
  10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
  11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
  12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
  13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

So you see, we’re not all weird.  We do things because we have been given a higher law to follow, and we do so willingly.  We’re actually pretty cool!

If you have any more questions, please, never hesitate to ask!  We don’t bite! :)

scripture thought

so I just finished reading 2 Nephi for the like eighth time. maybe fifth, but still. as I was reading in the last few chapters, I realized how much Nephi loved the people he was with. he didn’t just love them - he cried every day and night into the Lord for their welfare. for OUR welfare. that’s the love of Christ, if I’ve ever seen it.

and it kind of reminds me of what I realized today. as much as I try to dislike someone, whenever I’m around them, I can’t. I can’t hate them or despise them. all I feel is love. there is no end to the love that I feel for the people who are around me. my patience or attention span may be short at times, but that has no bearing on how much love there is within me for them. for people who are on opposite sides of an ongoing feud, for people with whom I have nothing in common, for the children and young women I have been called to serve in various capacities. I am filled with the love of Christ. there is nothing I can do to change it. and as much as I may not seem to care when they’re out of sight, I care for their spiritual and temporal wellbeing, no matter who they are.

this kind of gift gives me the chance to see others as Christ and Heavenly Father and the prophets of old and the prophets today see people, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m so grateful I have this gift that I can share it with so many people.

friedsock  asked:

What does a mormon do? What kind of religion is it? I really dont know NOTHING about it, but I'm pretty interested

Well, Mormons are pretty interesting people.  We believe in God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost.  They make up the Godhead.  We are Christians.  We believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God, along with the Bible, as far as it is translated correctly.  We believe in eternal families.  We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.  We believe that God has called a prophet to receive revelation for us in these latter days and we follow his words.

We try to be non-judgmental towards our brothers and sisters, but the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not perfect.  We are generally good people.  We are kind, charitable, and give the most service out of any religious organization in the world.  We have been given a moral law by God and we follow it as best we can.  We do what we can to make the world a better place and make the lives of those around us better.  We glory in our God and give praise and thanks to Him who has blessed us with such mercy to live on this earth.

There’s a lot to our religion, but every person’s experience is different.  If you want to find out more about our religion, you can go to Mormon.org, which is the Church’s website; you can check through my tag of posts related to Mormonism; or you can simply give a call to your local ward or branch’s missionaries and have a chat.  Plus I’m always around.  We’re rather friendly people, so never be afraid to ask if you have questions! :)

anonymous asked:

You're Mormon and you ship Destiel. Do you have any cognitive dissonance on that, what with the church bring super anti-gay?

Well, the Church isn’t “super anti-gay.” They’re not anti-anything, really. It’s just that the church doesn’t condone homosexual activity.

And I don’t have any cognitive dissonance because I can appreciate their relationship and still be supportive of the Church and others.

anonymous asked:

I'm not trying to be offensive, just curious. I heard that Mormons shouldn't/ can't watch stuff like SPN- however, Mormon is in your URL so you must take your religion seriously. Thoughts on this? (Honest hour)

there are no official “rules” about watching shows like supernatural or not.  personal and familial preference versus doctrine is something that is widely disputed within the church, whether the members realize it or not.  i watch supernatural because i love the show.  someone else’s family may not be allowed to watch it because the parents have decided it is “too violent” or “too vulgar” or “too satanic” or whatever their excuse is for not having their children watch it.

i do take my religion seriously, and i love it.  i know the truth, and so i can easily see what is false when it is presented to me.  which is another reason why i love supernatural, because i know what is real and what isn’t, and it’s always interesting to see what is actually truth within the show and what’s downright ludicrous.

hanibananabal  asked:

hi, I have a question which you may choose to ignore. ok so many christians are assumed to be against same sex relationships (which I know is a generalisation and not everyone is like this, I just meant that a lot of people assume so), is this the same with mormons? I'm just curious.

I am not a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor do I claim to be.  Additionally, the gospel is perfect, but the saints are not.  I am not perfect, and my opinion does not express the views of the Church in any way.  The teachings of the gospel have influenced me in a way that I was allowed to form my own opinions.

The Church’s stand on gay marriage is that is should not be legal, as it allows people to sin.  The Church holds its stance on marriage, stating that the family is ordained of God and the marriage it is founded on should be between a man and a woman.  As such, many members have a grand distaste for same-sex relationships of any nature.

I, however, am more liberal than my brothers and sisters in that I say this: I agree that marriage that is ordained of God is between a man and a woman.  However, I will not force my beliefs on my other brothers and sisters.  As a follower of Christ, I am to love my brothers and sisters.  I am to love the sinner and hate the sin.

I am of the opinion that it is none of my business if people choose to be in same-sex relationships.  It is none of my business if they choose to marry.  Those who do marry should be allowed to have the same legal rights as those who marry the opposite gender.  The law should not limit rights based on sexuality.  Just because I am straight does not mean that I should impose my ideals, beliefs, and opinions on them.  What right do I have to do so?

None.

anonymous asked:

At the moment I'm really interested in Mormonism could you tell me if you can be gay and a Mormon? thanks

absolutely!  the church’s stance on gays and mormons is that those who are gay or lesbian can indeed be members, so long as they are not active in homosexual activities.  i think that’s the wording.  if you go here, it’s the church’s published webpage about it.

whatwhatzaynthebutt  asked:

Do you support prop 8?

from a legal standpoint, no.  i think that it is unconstitutional to limit the ability of anyone to marry, whoever they are, as it is unfair to anyone who lies in the minority.  the point of the law is to be fair and just; in my good conscience, if i find that a law defies equality in any way, i must reject it.

from a moral standpoint, however, i must say maybe.  i am far more liberal than my other mormon counterparts.  i do believe, though, that marriage is ordained of God that is between a man and a woman.  that is what i will do.  i will be married to a man.  however, i will not force my beliefs on anyone.  it should be their decision to marry, not the decision of the law to say whether or not they can.  and besides, isn’t it a little counter-intuitive to say that only most of the population can marry when God wants all of His children to be happy?

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I’m sick to my stomach and I just want discussion over this policy announcement to go away because I hate to see so much contention everywhere I go. no one is being excluded from church meetings, and it gives children time to decide if they truly believe in the teachings of the church, or if they will not accept the teachings because they are different from what may or may not be taught at home. whether or not I think this is fair is irrelevant; what matters is the willingness we each as individuals have to keep loving the people we do. ultimately the gospel of Christ is love, is it not? so let us love the brethren; let us love our neighbors, especially those who are newly excluded at this time; but most importantly let us love God with all our hearts and He will grant us understanding.

anonymous asked:

I have a question: I was told the Mormons don't support gays. So since you're Mormon, I was wonder you're opinion on gay marriage and gays in general

i think gays are hella rad and those mormons who hate on them are ignorant and need to check themselves because Jesus taught us to love everyone and hating is not loving, last time i checked.

i think it’s not my place to say whether or not gay marriage is a thing.  i personally won’t get married to a woman because i’m not attracted to women, but that doesn’t mean i’m allowed to tell people they shouldn’t get married just because our sexual orientations are different.

and on the topic of mormons not supporting gays, that’s pretty much true.  in the church, the stance is that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God (i agree with that so i will do that for myself), and that homosexual relationships is against the word of God (check the bible, i’m pretty sure it’s in there somewhere).  thus, mormons don’t support homosexual behavior and about 99.8% of the time they can’t separate “behavior” from the people themselves, so a lot of mormons are just plain homophobic.

it’s sorry and sad, that so many people don’t understand that it’s not a choice and that so many people think that others are willingly going against the commandments of God, but that’s due to a poor education and such conservatism that they can’t see past their toes when it comes to other people.  it’s so sad that so many people aren’t really following Jesus despite what they claim.

CEASE BLOGGING FOR THIS MEMO

I have a group of friends who are putting a project together - get this - that’s a Disney-esque telling of the Book of Mormon.  They’re doing a comic series, and it’s awesome!  Unfortunately, they need quite a bit of money to get it off the ground and published, and they need as much help as they can get.

I was personally asked to help them with their fundraising, and I would really appreciate it if you could take a moment and check out their Kickstarter page.  If you could donate, too, that would be amazing!

This is really awesome, so if you could even just check it out, I would appreciate that.

Thank you, you may now proceed with your regularly scheduled blogging.

anonymous asked:

Hello! Sorry if I'm being rude (I really don't want to!), but I'm really curious. I've seen a lot of people being very excited that you're a mormon who likes SPN. Is that such a rare thing? I don't know shit about religions other than Catholic, so if you cared to explain that and inform your fellow tumblr person, I would appreciate it :)

Hi! I’m sorry this response is so late, but better late than never, I guess, right?

I’m not entirely sure why more Mormons don’t watch Supernatural, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with the facts that (a) it’s about demons, (b) there’s supposed gay thing but that’s not official, © there’s swearing, (d) there’s sexual innuendoes and just plain sex a bunch, (e) there’s violence all over, (f) there’s blood and gore and cursing, (g) sex, (h) violence, (i) blood and violence, and/or (j) all of the above. Mormons don’t usually go for and/or appreciate any of those things in tv shows or movies. So that’s probably why. And it’s unfortunate. But there are some of us who do and we’re good eggs :)

dziobao  asked:

hello! I've recently read something about Mormons and stumbled across some info about temples and the fact that not everyone is allowed to enter them. Do many people get permission? is it hard to get for you guys? I know you get many questions about your religion but I found it interesting and I don't know any other Mormons :P

Hi!  Thanks for coming along!  Sorry this has taken so long to answer.

So Mormon temples are used to perform ordinances for salvation.  We perform them for ourselves, and once we have them completed for ourselves, we can be a proxy for those ordinances for those who have passed through the veil.

Because the temple is the House of the Lord (it says so, right on the building), we must be clean to enter in to partake of these ordinances.  There is a process to obtain a Temple Recommend, which is a series of questions and/or interviews with the local bishopric (ward’s bishop and two counselors) and the stake presidency (stake president and two counselors), depending on if you’re going for a limited-use (used for non-endowed members) or a full-use (used for endowed members).

So yes, we do require permission.  Temple recommends expire on a regular basis, with limited-use expiring after a year and full-use after two.  And no, it isn’t difficult to get, as long as you are a baptized member of the Church who is currently in good standing (meaning you’re following the commandments and doing the things you should be).

I hope that answered your questions!  If you have any others, please don’t hesitate to ask! :)