Question for you.
If you wanted to learn about a certain college, what would you do? Would you maybe go to the college or its website? Would you talk to people who have been enrolled in that college?
Of course you would.
I don't think that you would choose which college to attend, or to send your children to based on something you saw on a reality show, would you?
Now I have another question for you.
If you wanted to learn about a certain religion, what would you do? Would you try attending a church service or look at websites owned by that church? Would you talk to people who are members of that church?
I would hope so.
It is what I would do if I wanted to find more information about a religion that I didn't understand. I am the first to admit that I have not taken the time to learn a lot about religions other than my own, so therefore, I do not write or say things about them, good or bad. If I wanted to write about another religion, I would ask someone who was a practicing member of that religion, attend a few church services, and do some research. That way I could form an educated opinion.
Here is what I don't get.
If you see something on a reality show, read something on a website or in a book, or hear a news report on something that you don't understand about this religion, why not follow up and see if what you learned is actually true?
If you are reading this post, chances are, you know me. You have some way to communicate with me. So why not ask me if the things that you have heard are true? I promise that I will not drag you to a church service, kicking and screaming. I will not force you to listen to the missionaries. I will not even ask you to believe as I do.
All I am asking for, is that you not form an opinion based on garbage. I ask that you not say negative things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints unless you have truly done the leg work and researched the area of belief that you might disagree with. Then, if you still disagree with it- fire away. That is your prerogative and your right.
In the spirit of clearing up some misconceptions, here are a few of my little dirty secrets that might interest you....
1- I like to drink Coke and Dr. Pepper on occasion....with caffeine. (gasp!) Contrary to popular belief, there is no church doctrine that prohibits drinking these drinks.
2- I have shared on numerous occasions on my previous blog, some of the things that I do when I attend the temple. There are things that I won't share. Not because I am trying to be deceitful or secretive, but because they are sacred. Many religions have religious ceremonies that are not made public because of their sacred nature.
3- I wrote about my garments (AKA my "magic underwear") on my previous blog, so I won't go into a lot of detail here other than to say, I wear the garments because of covenants that I made with God, in the temple. They are not magic. They do not give me super powers. They are just my underwear. (You can read that blog post here.)
4- I believe in the Bible and I read it frequently. I use it in my gospel study, along with my Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ.
5- Sometimes I swear.
6- We do not practice polygamy. I am Mark's only wife and for that, he is very thankful.
7- I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it offers me the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. It makes me happy. It has given me the knowledge that I am a daughter of God and that He knows me and loves me. I lived with Him before I came to this earth, with my family and friends, and I will return to live with Him when my time on this earth is through.
A big thank you to my cousin, Leslie. It is because of a little conversation that I had with her on Facebook that got my wheels turning for this post. I hope that my ramblings have made sense and I hope that you will remember my little challenge when you run across those so called "reality" shows that don't offer much reality.