Believing Christ – Having and Living Faith

This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking on them and making a purchase you are helping support my blog and family.

Believing Christ – Having and Living Faith.

Today in Church the Sunday School lesson was about the first principles and ordinances of the gospel. It reminded me of a book called A taste of Believing God by Beth Moore. It appears to be a small part of a greater whole of book and video lessons. This small part focuses on faith. Its broken down into 5 Chapters with each one focusing on another point. These points are:

1. God is who He says He is
2. God can do what He says He can do
3. I am who God says I am
4. I can do all things through Christ
5. God’s Word is alive and active in me
Believing Christ

1. God is who He says He is

“Know that the Lord is God… Surrounded by a society that spouts many gods but at best nobly agrees to equate them, you and I can know that the Lord is God”

This is something that I struggled with before converting. I often thought, if God is who He says He is, then why can nobody agree and see that? Well, we are human. We often let other people influence our thoughts and choices. We chose to believe what we want, but others can often times easily sway our thoughts. This book discusses how intellectuals and scholars are very good at convincing us of untrue things.

We then turn to those scholars for answers and upon receiving an answer we deem worthy we tend to disregard what we have been taught. We cease to believe in things.

2. God can do what He says He can do

This section focuses more on miracles and that claims that the world has far fewer miracles now than it did in the Kingdom time. It says the West has the fewest of them all possibly because we have less faith than others and points out that places with more faith seem to have more miracles.

“Sensationalism seeks an experience, and cessationism believes only what it personally sees and experiences.”

I think we each fall into these categories at one time or another. Something happens to us that is completely unexpected and it leaves us with the sensationalism viewpoint but when we desire something to happen we have that of cessationism.

We don’t have faith that miracles happen. We feel like God must prove Himself to us. It is not because there are few wonders of God, it is because we dismiss them. We chose to believe they are from something else. We ignore the tiny miracles and seek bigger ones. We desire that note from God telling us our miracle has arrived. Only when something happens to us personally do we chose to call it a miracle. Open your eyes. Miracles are all around.

Believing Christ - Having and Living Faith

3. I am who God says I am

Talking about how Joshua received his new name…

“In essense, the name Hoshea means “deliverer” while Joshua (Jehoshua) means “Jehovah delivers.”… If I were chosen by God to lead a grasshopper people into a land of giant opposition, I’d want to know He, not me, was the true Deliverer.”

Often we forget that Heavenly Father, not us is what has helped us to overcome a certain obstacle in our life. We often think that we are what led things to happen. We dont give credit where it is due. We need to think about Moses and how he changed Joshuas names and remember to change our way of thinking.

“We are blessed, chosen, adopted, favored, redeemed, and forgiven.”

We are!

“Understand that while it isn’t always easy to believe we are who God says we are, blessing comes to those who do!”

If we deny these things which He tells us, then we are denying Him. We are saying that we do not believe Him and we doubt Him. Believing somethings can be hard at times but if we become like a child and have that pure faith then this will become easier. We will KNOW that we are who God says we are.

4. I can do all things through Christ

This section reminded me of another book called Believing Christ. Its a fabulous read. Here is a short speech that coincides with the book. Pay special attention to the section titled Becoming One
Believing Christ

5. God’s Word is alive and active in me

“An ongoing relationship with God through His Word is essential to the Christians’ consistent victory! Making the study of God’s Word a priority is undoubtedly the best place to start.”

I seem to think that this is pretty common sense here. In order to be with God in the end then we need to continue on the right path. If we fall off we can always step back on but wouldnt it be much easier to just maintain that relationship? Having that ongoing relationship can make us better. Studying God’s Word (not just reading it) can also make us better and it truly is a great place to start.

“When we receive it by reading it, meditating on it, believing it, and applying it, the life of the Word becomes lively in us… Try Jeremiah’s approach while your’e at it. Don’t just read God’s Words. Receive them like a famished man at a feast.”

Notice this did not just say reading it. We have to read, study, meditate and apply in order for it to become effective. We cannot simply read an instruction booklet on how to put a bookcase together and expect the bookcase to magically be put together. We have to read the booklet, think about what it says, believe that the instructions are true and then do them. If we do those things then we end up with a bookcase. If we fail to do those things then we end up with a lot of wood, but no bookcase.

How do you apply the gospel to your life? 

Tips to Avoid Sacrament Struggles

This post may contain affiliate links.

Sacrament Struggles

Struggling to keep kids still? Struggling to keep kids quiet? Struggling to keep your sanity? These are my sacrament struggles. If you have kids, then I bet you have struggled with these too. These are some ways I keep the sacrament holy and my little ones reverent.

Tips to Avoid Sacrament Struggles by LifeAsAConvert

Discuss the Importance of the Sacrament

It’s important to regularly discuss the sacrament. Don’t just make it a Sunday thing. Have family home evening lessons geared towards learning more about the sacrament. The more kids know, the more they will understand just how sacred it is.

Bring Distractions

I don’t know a mom who doesn’t carry a bag to church. Inside mine I have small toys, books, and mess-free snacks like grapes. Once the sacrament is passed, the kids can choose what they want. I also bribe them with gum that they can only have after the sacrament has been passed. This gives them something to look forward to. Reverently Quietly is a great one to have in your bag.
Avoid Sacrament struggles with Reverently Quietly - A book to keep children quiet during Sacrament Meeting

Prepare Ahead of Time

Put gas in the car. Have your church clothes laid out. Plan things for an easy lunch/dinner that day. The less you have to worry about the day of, the more relaxed you will be. Handling rowdy children when stressing about other things, means additional stress.

Arrive Early

There’s been a time or two where we arrived so late we missed sacrament entirely. I’m in a much better mood when I am there on time and can enjoy the sacrament without rushing to church and hoping I haven’t missed it. It really is true that your entire week is better when you have taken the sacrament.

Make it a Competition

My kids are all about competing with each other to see who can win. One way they do this is by “finding” the scriptures that the speaker has mentioned. Scripture Power is a great journal for young children who aren’t quite readers yet. They can “find” the scripture and draw or doodle a little about it.

Scripture Power - Book of Mormon Journal for Sacrament struggles

No matter how you may feel, you aren’t alone in the sacrament struggles. All parents struggle with sacrament at one point or another. The thing to remember is that children grow up quickly and outgrow the rowdy phase. In no time at all, they will be the ones passing sacrament and dealing with their own children.

What are some ways you make the sacrament holy? 

What are some ways you keep your kids quiet during a quiet ceremony?

Receiving My Patriarchal Blessing

Receiving My Patriarchal Blessing

If somebody offered to give you a roadmap for your entire life, would you take it? Can you believe I had the chance to get one before and turned it down? What was I thinking? Recently, I had the opportunity again (it’s actually always there, I just never acted on it) and took it.

Prior to getting it, I had some misconceptions about how it would all go down. I didn’t realize that kids could be in the room, so that was one thing that held me back (The Patriarch also lived quite a bit away in a town I am unfamiliar with and leaving the kids with a sitter and driving that far alone just didn’t seem appealing). But, we have a new Patriarch now that lives closer and traveled to our church last Sunday to give some blessings.

Receiving my Patriarchal Blessing by Life as a Convert #lds #mormon

I was sitting in Relief Society and overheard the lady in front of me saying she was getting hers that day. “How awesome” I thought. Then I got to thinking, I would love to have mine. A few minutes later the Relief Society President sat down next to me and asked me if I had mine. When I told her no, she said the Patriarch was going to be there that day and if I wanted mine, I should do it. Talk about last minute!

There was a little hesitation on my part, mostly because I hadn’t prepared for it, and I am one of those people that like routine. I want to know what is coming next and get a little antsy when things change. Having a blessing that day was going to change all of my plans, but I agreed to it.

I took the kids to their Pa’s house after church and headed back to wait for my turn. In no time at all, I was in the room with the Patriarch and Relief Society President hearing some amazing things. Looking back, it was one of those things that seems stressful even though you know things are going to be ok. Now, I just wish I hadn’t waited as long, but I really believe this was the perfect time to do it.

I’m currently waiting on mine to be mailed to me and it’s exciting. Some parts really stood out to me and I can’t wait to have it in my hand.

Do you have a Patriarchal blessing? If so, do you read it often?

 

Living With Thanksgiving Daily

I’m not sure how I’ve been a member of my church for 8 years and only asked to speak once, but a few weeks ago I had the chance to speak again. My talk was on living with thanksgiving daily and since the Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner, I decided to share my talk with you…

LIVING WITH THANKSGIVING DAILY

 Living With Thanksgiving Daily

I like to think that I am a thankful person and that I live with gratitude, but I know that I don’t always say it or show it in a way that others would understand. If I were to make a list of things I am grateful for, I know it would vary from your lists. I realize my list has changed through the seasons of our lives. At one time I prayed often for the nurses and doctors keeping my children alive. Now, I find my prayers focusing on their therapists and those who are helping them grow. It doesn’t mean that I am no longer thankful for those that helped in the past, my point is, our lists change with time.

We often take things for granted, especially here in the States where it seems we have all these opportunities without having to do much ourselves. It’s easy to say “Thank God school is starting soon” when we have little ones at home during the Summer driving us up a wall, but how grateful are we truly for that blessing that is education?

Thomas S. Monson in a conference talk in 2010 said “A grateful heart comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.” Have we prayed and thanked Heavenly Father for the everyday things in our life often taken for granted? Have we shown appreciation for those around us who give so much to serve us?

Pathway of Gratitude

We can begin showing gratitude today. God gave us just a few basic needs, but in today’s world we are overcome with so many wants and desires. Are we even showing thanksgiving daily for all of those things we already have?

Imagine your life now as a path through the woods. You know right where this path is, right where it leads, and you always take it. It’s well worn, familiar, and easily traveled. Now, imagine that this is a path of living with very little gratitude.

How can we change that? It’s simple. We start by taking a new path – one that we must create. At first, you may try to go down that old pathway. Somedays you may make it through to the very end of it without realizing you traveled the old path, but then you begin making that new path your main course of travel. As you travel down it, it starts to resemble the old pathway; It becomes well worn and easy to navigate, but this time you are traveling with gratitude in your heart. Overtime it becomes natural to use this path.

Humbling Ourselves

Just recently I sat in on Aloshua’s physical therapy session. He works multiple times a week with a physical therapist who helps him with gross motor functions like transferring from his wheelchair, working on upper body strength and even walking. I was able to capture a picture of him standing without supporting himself with his hands. I teared up thinking of the progress he has made. Because Aloshua lives with me, I am sometimes blind to the progress he is making. When I got home that day, I realized that I have been slacking on thanking his therapists for those everyday blessings.

In that moment, I was able to humble myself. I am not to credit for Aloshua’s progress. There is an entire team of people who deserve that credit, but at the top is Heavenly Father. I know that without Him, Aloshua wouldn’t be where he is now.

Being Sincere

In Mosiah 26:39 It says “… being commanded of God to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things.” – God commanded them to give thanks in all things.

What happens when we follow God’s commandments? Simple. We are blessed. Also in a 2010 conference talk President Monson says “My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.”

Alma 34:18-26 says “Yea, cry unto him for mercy for he is mighty to save. Yea, humble yourselves and continue in prayer unto him. Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks. Cry unto him in your houses yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening. Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies. Yea, cry unto him against the devil who is an enemy to all righteousness. Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them. Cry over the flocks of your fields that they may increase. But this is not all, ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.”

If we replace “cry” with “give thanks” we can see that Heavenly Father wants us to humble ourselves and thank him for those blessings sincerely.

Words And Deeds

It’s important that we recognize those we are thankful for by telling them “Thank you”. It’s equally important that we recognize that thanksgiving isn’t always spoken words. We can show appreciation by our actions – small actions even. Give a hug to show appreciation. Send flowers. After a meal, clean off the table.

How you act will lead people to being thankful for you.

I know that as you live with thanksgiving daily that you will be blessed. You will see an uplifting in your mood and blessings from Heavenly Father will appear that you didn’t see before. It is my hope that all of you can live with thanksgiving daily.