It is HARD work to be a Mormon!!! I can say say this because I am a convert. I have lived my life without my LDS Church, and I have lived the last 5 years as an active member of ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.’ I remember the minute that my husband, Richard, and I decided to join this Church. I was holding, ‘The Book of Mormon,’ in my hand. So we went into the nearest LDS Church Service (which happened to be in Little Rock, Arkansas), and announced we wanted to be baptized. We had no concept of what this meant, only that we wanted to be ‘Saved’ and join this Church. We went through the lessons taught by the Missionaries and got baptized and confirmed. There, we did it. Now we were going back to our old lives. Say what? We have more to do????? OK. What else do I need to do? When I found out that our new Church was not just a Faith, but a life-style as well, I honestly didn’t know if I could do everything that these ‘Mormons’ did EVERY day. I could make a list, but if you are LDS, you know what I mean. And if you are not LDS, I cannot begin to tell you all the blessings I receive every day!!! Because I work the Church, I don’t let it work me. I read my Scriptures, I pray, I ask for forgiveness, I try my very best to be kind, respectful, not gossip, and to be Christ-like all day. Let me tell you, if all this is new to you, it takes effort every minute of every day. But my Faith is so worth all the work. I know that this time on earth is just a part of my eternity. Can you image? What we do now affects us FOREVER!!!! I wish you happiness, joy, and peace forever. I love you my dear brothers and sisters!!
This past Easter weekend was AMAZING!!!. Not only was it Easter, but it was also General Conference. This LDS event is something I have experienced before. But this General Conference was so spiritual, so full of love, so full of faith, and so full of Jesus Christ, that it was different. This is the first General Conference since my conversion that we set-apart a new Prophet. I watched President Nelson as our Church sustained this amazing man. To me, his face said it all. I felt my very soul sing. President Nelson’s eyes filled with tears and his face transformed before me. I knew this great man had been called from God to lead my church at this time. Words cannot express how my life is changed every day because of my faith in our beloved Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, The Holy Ghost, and the eternity of the Plan of Salvation. Believe in eternal families!!!! Your future is calling you.
No one is perfect. We all fumble. I make dumb mistakes. However, that’s where Christ’s Atonement comes in. He is the only way we could possibly live with Him and Heavenly Father again. Through His Atonement and Resurrection, we’ll not only live again but we can be made clean so that we can dwell eternally in heaven. However, for us to get there we must repent. We show our desire to repent and be made clean by agreeing to be baptized. And then after that, we need to repent whenever we make a mistake. For me, that means repenting not just monthly or weekly but every day. Maybe I was impatient with someone or didn’t follow a prompting from the Holy Ghost to serve someone. Sure, those aren’t big things, but even they need to be repented of if we want to be completely clean. Don’t delay repentance. Not only will repenting bring you peace but it will also mean that you’re prepared to meet God whenever He decides it’s your time.
Do you ask yourself this question? I have. However I have found the answers within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I KNOW Heavenly Father loves me. I have read His Scriptures, and The Holy Ghost has confirmed His Gospel. What do I mean by Holy Ghost? Jesus has taught us that there is a third member to our beloved Godhead: Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost (also known as the Holy Spirit). Jesus promised that He would not leave us “comfortless.” And He has kept that promise. We have the ability to hear or feel a “small, still voice” that arises in our bodies when we are feeling the truthfulness of His Word. For example: when I first read The Book of Mormon and I pondered its truthfulness a feeling of peace, wonderment, goosebumps, and a warmth in my chest, came over me. At that time, I was not an LDS member. I had no idea what I was feeling. I asked the LDS missionaries that were giving lessons to me and my husband. They explained that this ‘feeling’ was Heavenly Father’s way of testifying that this is His Word. That I can trust and believe in what I was reading and feeling. Since then, I have also prayed to Heavenly Father asking Him questions. When I get this ‘spiritual’ feeling that makes me warm with goosebumps, this is His truthfulness. When I attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I feel His presence and warmth. I know that Heavenly Father is real, that He answers my prayers, and that He loves me.
My LDS faith and my near-death experience taught me that we will see our dearly departed again.
We all know we must die some day. When we die, the loved ones we leave behind are sad, full of pain, and miss the dearly departed. These poor relatives and friends feel lost and lonely with their loss. Often times I hear these mourners say, “If only I could speak or talk to that person just one more time.” You can, You loved ones are still nearby, they are living in a spirit world. They can hear you and see you, You just cannot see or hear them until YOU die.
Feel free to talk to those who have gone before you. Isn’t that exciting to know? Your loved ones are in a spirit world. They can see you and hear you. So please talk to your loved ones you have lost. There is only a thin veil you which Heavenly Father created for reasons we will learn some day. If you accept this truth, it will help you during your mourning. Learn to talk out loud when you are alone with your loved ones. Tell them what you wished you had told them before they died. Make it a habit every day to tell them you know they are there. Tell them about your day and share your feelings, fears, hopes, and anything else you normally would if they were alive. Now don’t you feel excited. Soon you will have a “feeling” that they heard you. They have. I know this, and I use it every day. Have you ever had “a feeling” you should or shouldn’t do something. The Holy Ghost can share these answers with you.
Your departed members are still concerned about you. In my new book, coming out in May, 1, 2018, “VISIONS OF HEAVEN, What My Near-Death Experience Taught Me About Eternity,” I share many examples of how our loved ones who have passed have helped myself and my husband and I know you will come to understand and accept what I know is true.
As new LDS converts, we were required to wait for 1 year before we could be sealed for eternity in an LDS temple. If you want to be married til death do us part in a marriage vow you are done once you get your civil marriage. However, if you want what my husband, Richard, and I wanted, which is to be sealed past death and into eternity there are more steps to take, of course. This requires your mate and yourself to take certain Temple prep. classes, and had a current “Temple Recommend.” This is very important because I want to be an eternal family. We are very proud of this achievement. I had learned about the ability to be with our loved ones the first vision I had of heaven. (See first blog) I didn’t know what this was but I have since learned. Richard’s dad had told me in my first NDE (near-death experience) (when I saw heaven during a surgical procedure) that I would know why he wanted me to tell his son, Richard, (my boyfriend and husband to be) to know his dad had never let go. I knew it would be my own mission to either learn and become a forever family or let this message end with me. I want everything I can learn about heaven and God’s plan so I opted to learn as much as I can about after-life choices. It takes work: a devotion to Heavenly Father’s commandments, belief in Jesus Christ, scripture study, enduring to the end, and lots of other LDS lessons which I will share in future blogs.