Tag Archives: convert

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? 

Top 5 LDS Convert Struggles

Top 5 LDS Convert Struggles:

When somebody joins The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they are putting themselves into a whole new world and can face a lot of struggles. Depending on their lifestyle before, it can be quite difficult to convert fully. I was blessed to have some really caring people during my conversion. Some struggles were easier than others. Let me tell you the Top 5 LDS Convert Struggles:
Top 5 LDS Convert Struggles according to a convert

1 – Word of Wisdom: What?! You don’t want me to drink coffee? Then how I am going to stay caffeinated?
2 – Tithing: 10%? You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s like giving you a new pair of shoes every month!
3 – Fasting: Ever heard of hangry? No? Let me tell you: when somebody is so hungry they get angry. If you don’t feed me you will see hangry.
4 – New Callings: Primary Teacher? You can’t be serious. How am I supposed to teach these children, when they know more than me?!
5a – Keeping Friends: Did you hear about Courtney? She’s a Mormon now. I heard they don’t do anything fun. Maybe we shouldn’t hang out with her anymore.
5b – And Meeting Friends: You don’t drink. You don’t party. You spend a lot of time at church activities. Revealing you are a Mormon can be tricky business.

This Top 5 LDS Convert Struggles post was done in fun. Not everybody is going to have the same struggles. The biggest struggle for me, was having unsupportive family and friends. If you want to help an LDS convert with these struggles, just be supportive and encourage them, even if you disagree with their beliefs.

Are you Mormon? Do you know any Mormons? 

How to make a convert feel welcome

When I converted to the church in 2008, I felt so welcome. Everybody went above and beyond to be friendly to me. I felt overwhelmed with how nice the members were. I was reading the Ensign a few nights ago and came across a part mentioning converts and to be nice to them. I started reflecting on my experience joining the church and how nice everybody was to me. I’ve seen some other people mention that it happened the same for them; the members were all very pleasant. I am glad that is the case for some, but I’ve also noticed

Continue reading

Kaia is getting Baptized AKA Reflections on my Baptism..

When I posted my Rants from a Convert post, I certainly never expected to get the feedback that I got. Before I get to the point of this post I want to first say that I appreciate everybody who took the time to read my post and comment on it. I appreciate the advice, the sharing of personal experiences, and the feeling of not being alone. I appreciate the slaps in the face, and the gentle comforts that you all provided, both online and offline. It really meant a lot to me. The best part of it all, is that it got the ball rolling to get Kaia baptized!

lds-baptism2 

(My Baptism in 2008)

Continue reading