Friday, September 21, 2012

mormon mom bloggers

This is not an official Friday Q & A, more like an attempt to umbrella a bunch of varying questions I get about being a Mormon. 

A few months ago a blogger contacted me to see if I wanted to take part in a project she had come up with. 

The idea was to band together with a group of fellow bloggers to share what we believe as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I told her I was in.  "Why??" you may ask.  

I know that talking about religion is scary or taboo for some.  But for me it is a way of life.  Something that makes me and my family happy. Why keep it all to myself?  There are so many misconceptions out there which are heightened with so much going on in the media with a Mormon presidential candidate and the Book of Mormon broadway play...people are trying to figure out what in the world this crazy religion is.  I'm all for clarifying that.   

There was an article written a while back that caught my eye about the phenomenon of how many Mormon Mom Bloggers there are out there (here).  And then there's this one too I thought was interesting,  I think maybe because we are taught from when we are young to write in journals and like that second article says "we seek after good things."  I think blogs can be a great way to share "good things." 

Now, I hope people don't get confused...this little project I am a part of is not a mission to convert people to believe the same things we do. It is to help clarify what Mormons believe after being asked so many times.  Why we think the way we do, why we make the choices we make, etc.  And every Mormon has different answers to these questions.  Sure, we believe in the same core values: we have a loving Father in Heaven who wants us to return to Him some day.  He sent His son to be our Savior so that we could repent of the many mistakes we make in life.  We strive to love our neighbors as Christ loved (more on this back here).  

But all of us bloggers in the project came to believe in these things from different routes.  Some may be converts to this religion, some (like me) were raised Mormon their whole lives. Others have gone through horrific events to find their faith, while others are just happy-go-lucky believers who just don't doubt what they have grown up being taught.  But the bottom line is that we all love our religion and feel we are that much happier because it is in our lives.

do not know most of the other bloggers on this list, but I know they get people commenting like I do, people who are incredulous as to why we do some of the things we do.  

So this is what we are doing for the project:  We are offering a packet with a little write-up from each of us about why we believe what we do.  How we came about our faith. 

Here is a list and links to the bloggers who are part of the project (you may know a few of them:):


Mariel - or so she says...
(she's the one who started this thing and you can find her explanation if you click here.)
Camille ~ Six Sisters Stuff
Leigh Anne ~ Your Homebased Mom
Megan ~ Brassy Apple
Reachel ~ Cardigan Empire
Caroline ~ Armelle Blog
Carrian ~ Sweet Basil
Melissa ~ 320 Sycamore
Shandra ~ Deals to Meals
Kristyn ~ Lil' Luna
Kelli ~ Lolly Jane
Stephanie ~ Somewhat Simple
Becky ~ UCreate
Arianne ~ Still Parenting
Shawni ~ 71 Toes
Lindsey ~ The R House
Kirsten ~ The Crafting Chicks 
Melanie ~ Sugardoodle
Kierste ~ Brown Paper Packages
Shelley ~ How Does She? 
Brooke ~ The Crafting Chicks

With that packet will come a Book of Mormon.  Why the Book of Mormon?  Because it is a key part of explaining what we believe.  I am right in the midst of reading it right now trying to finish by Christmas and man alive, I love that book.  We believe that The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and partners with the Bible as scripture.  

There's an article about the project here.

If you are interested in receiving a packet I will personally send you one with no strings attached.  Just email me at sepphotography at gmail dot com. 

If you are already a member of our church and would still like to see the packet please mention that in your email because I will email it to you instead of mailing it (because you already have a Book of Mormon, of course :).  

Also, I mentioned before back here, there is a new site with all kinds of information from members of our church (to pair along with other sites including Mormon.org where my spotlight is here which I explained back here).  The new one my parents are helping with is called mormonbriefing.com and it's pretty cool too.

And if you are uncomfortable with all this religious mumbo-jumbo, just click over here to get your mind off of it and feel happy that your daughter probably isn't throwing a tantrum like this in the middle of a parking lot :)

Happy weekend!
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