Christmas is coming

Some people wonder if Mormons celebrate Christmas. Of course we do! We celebrate the birth of Christ as being the single most important event in the history of this earth, and we celebrate Christmas with the rest of the Christian world on December 25th.

As a kid, Christmas to me was presents, Santa Claus, trees and treats. It is still all of those things to me now as an adult, but it has added meaning now that I understand the true meaning of Christmas- that Christ was born, lived and died on this earth so that I might have everlasting life.

With children of my own, Christmas is doubly important. I want my children to enjoy the excitement and joy that comes from the celebration, the treats, toys, Santa, and everything else. At the same time, I want them to start realizing as early as possible that Christmas is more than all that.

At the end of the day, I don’t worry about it too much. If we live as we should when Christ is in our lives, our children will see that every day of the year, and not just once a year.

Merry Christmas to everyone, please feel free to post any questions you may have!

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Why is marriage so important to Mormons?

With the recent election, California has voted to ban same-sex marriage. Mormon’s were encouraged to contribute to the effort to pass that law, as were many other faiths in that state. I have had people ask me why I care who gets married, as long as it doesn’t affect me. The problem is, redefining marriage does affect everyone.

The LDS (mormon) church website has put together a list of resources to help people fully understand why the Mormons were so involved in working to ban same-sex marriage. The website is here:

http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/same-sex-marriage-and-proposition-8

One of the links is to the Proclamation on the Family, which states that:

“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

Two things stand out to me: “eternal destiny” and “eternal identity and purpose”. So many people are so focused on everyone being “equal”, that we sometimes forget that we are all unique individuals, with unique purposes here on this earth. We are not all “the same”, nor are all ideas of the same value in the eternal perspective.

I invite you to examine the link above for a lot more information on the Mormon church and our position on marriage between a man and a woman. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have as well.

Moving to a new state, things I have learned

I just recently completed a move to a new state. Sorry I have not been able to get to any questions or create any new posts, but I promise I will catch up!

Moving to a new place has been harder than I thought, especially with my young family. But, at the same time, it has been fun and interesting.

First of all, there was the drive. There are so many parts of this world that are amazingly beautiful. A recently released Disney movie wistfully speaks of how tiny fairies are responsible for the intricate beauty of the world, but I know that it is all Gods creation.

Another amazing thing to me is the importance of family. My own family has been together, and we have all given strength to each other, through the move and in our new home. Even our smallest child gives me strength.

With times being rather hard right now, I am thankful that we were able to do what we have done, and I know that God will have a lot more to teach us as we continue to try to do what He wants us to do.