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I Love To See The Memphis Temple

I Love To See The Memphis Temple

Going to the temple is a big deal for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the culmination of years spent hearing about the temple, studying it, and preparing ourselves to enter it.

Having been a member since 2008, my only experience in the Memphis Temple was to perform baptisms.

Life as a Convert and son in front of Memphis Temple sign

Life as a Convert and son, Losh, in front of Memphis Temple sign on a recent trip to do baptisms.

While the experience was good, it left me wanting more, not to mention I felt out of place being one of the only un-endowed adults present (endowed members are those who have previously been through the temple).

The particular temple assigned to our church is the Memphis Temple, located in Memphis, Tennessee, about 2.5 hours away. The Memphis Temple just so happens to be closing for remodeling at the end of the month. With that in mind, I have felt an increasing desire to get there before it closed.

There wasn’t one specific reason I wanted to go, but a few stuck out in my mind more than others. Since I joined the church, I have wanted to go. To me, it felt like I wasn’t a complete member until I went through the temple. So here are a few reasons why I made going to the temple a priority.

Curiosity

Having been in the church for many years, and being taught so many things about what goes on in the temple, but not having experienced it for myself left me curious. I wanted to be in the know. I wanted to experience the temple for myself. And I wanted to know just what happened in that Holy place anyway?

The ordinances and ceremonies of the temple are simple. They are beautiful. They are sacred. They are kept confidential lest they be given to those who are unprepared. Curiosity is not a preparation.” LDS.org

Memphis Temple

Memphis Temple

Garments

Garments are to Mormons what the Hijab is to a Muslim. It is an outer expression of an inner commitment. At one time, I showed my commitment with head covering. Then I became somewhat of the world and wanted to express myself with my hair styles. I quit covering (for that and many other reasons) and though I occasionally wore covers, the experience just wasn’t the same. There is something magical about putting on a piece of fabric every single day knowing that it symbolizes your commitment to your Heavenly Father and I wanted to experience that with the garments.

Wearing the temple garment has deep symbolic significance. It represents a continuing commitment. Just as the Savior exemplified the need to endure to the end, we wear the garment faithfully as part of the enduring armor of God. Thus we demonstrate our faith in Him and in His eternal covenants with us.” – LDS.org

Blessings

We are promised blessings when we follow Heavenly Father’s commandments. Some of these blessings are contingent upon covenants we make and our obedience to those covenants. A few blessings that come to mind are those from tithing, church attendance, serving others, and fulfilling our callings. When we do each of these things, we are blessed.  Going through the temple awards us extra blessings. Who am I to say no to extra blessings?!

Those who understand the eternal blessings which come from the temple know that no sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult in order to receive those blessings.” – President Thomas S. Monson

To Feel The Spirit

I’ve always had a unique relationship with and a strong testimony of the Holy Spirit. I’ve felt it strongly, and often and never questioned if it existed or where it came from. To know that I could feel that, but much stronger at the temple was very appealing to me… so I did it.. I became worthy and got my temple recommend which was my ticket into the Memphis Temple.

My First Impressions

I recently fulfilled my desire to participate in the sacred ordinances within the Memphis Temple. To say it was an experience I will never forget is an understatement. It was wonderful. I am so grateful that I was able to get over myself and a few of my selfish habits in order to enter the temple as a worthy member and receive my endowments.

Life as a Convert at the Memphis Temple

Life as a Convert at the Memphis Temple

If you are preparing to enter the temple for the first time I encourage you to participate in the Temple Prep class provided by the church as well as read the following articles:

Temples Reflect the Savior’s Love for Us
Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings
Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple
Turn toward the Temple

May God bless you as you progress in your journey to the temple and all that it has to offer.

BLUE HAIR REVEAL!!! I dyed my hair blue

BLUE HAIR REVEAL!!! I dyed my hair blue

You must have read the title to be reading this.. In case you didn’t, let me re-state it for you. I have blue hair now.. Yes..

I – DYED – MY – HAIR – BLUE!!

BLUE! I know some of you have already seen it on my Facebook page, but this occasion deserves an entire blog post. Plus, I wanted to tell you guys how I did it by myself.

How to remove boxed hair dye and dye your hair blue - Blue Hair Reveal by LifeAsAConvert

My hair is naturally dark (black!) but as I am getting older, I am getting gray hairs. Gross! I normally just get a box of black hair dye and cover my whole head. It works out nicely because I like the extra shine that the boxed dyes give my otherwise dull hair.

The only downfall to using dark boxed dyes is removing them in order to dye my hair lighter colors. It took about a week from start to finish for me to lighten and then dye my hair. I apologize in advance for the amount of selfies and pictures this post contains, but it was the only way to show my blue hair transformation.

Here’s my before. It had been a few months since I last covered my gray hairs and my new growth was about 2 inches.

Before dying my hair BLUE

I picked up a bucket of bleach powder and some 30 developer from Sally’s. I assumed that because it had been a while since I dyed my hair that a lot of the boxed dye was no longer there.. I was wrong! When they say “permanent”, they mean it.

Bleaching:

After getting all my supplies ready, I applied the first bleach. I wiped away some of the excess bleach around my hairline and ended up wiping it off of some of my hair. Ooops! Since it took me a while to apply the bleach, I didn’t let it sit on too long. Looking back, I probably could have applied it faster, let it sit longer, and only had to bleach once.

Applying bleach to naturally dark hair

And this is what it looked like after blow drying it. It was still quite dark. My intention was to dye it a dark blue, which probably would have covered it at this stage, but I wanted to go a little lighter first.

Dry after the first bleach

So, I waited a few days, wore head covers to hide my “white trash blonde” hair, then bleached it again.

[Tweet “Hair tip: If you have previously used boxed dye, then you should begin with a color remover instead of jumping right into the bleach!” via @LifeAsAConvert]

After the second bleach

Toning:

To take away some of the “yellow” I toned it by using some purple shampoo…Turns out that toning it made it slightly darker. I probably would have been fine to skip the toning step.

After toning hair

Dying:

The blue hair dye I chose was a semi-permanent shade of blue by Ion called “Sky Blue”. I liked the shade on the hair swatches in the store, but after doing a google search, I didn’t like how bright it was on actual users. I decided to darken it up by adding Purple. I let it sit on my hair for about 4 hours before washing the excess dye away and this is how my blue hair turned out.

Blue hair reveal: 

BLUE HAIR - Natural color black hair

I gotta say, I am pleased with how it turned out. Since this picture, the extra dye has washed out of my scalp and away from my skin. My roots are definitely “brighter” than the rest of my hair, but I think it meshes well with the bottom which is a mixed shade of blue/green/purple. I was scared that a super bright would make my skin tone look funny.

The experience of doing it myself was a mix of emotions from fun to terrifying. I was fearful that I was going to fry my whole hair, but, it’s just hair! I figured if I didn’t like the color that I could just slap some more dark dye over it to cover it.

I hear that this dye fades in about 6 weeks or so and starts fading to a green color! Yikes! I convinced myself that I didn’t want green hair… but the more I think about it, the more I may go with a (mermaid) green once the blue starts fading. I probably will not be re-bleaching… I haven’t decided if I will use (or need to use) a color remover first. I guess it depends on how fast and how much it fades.

And… if having blue hair isn’t interesting enough, here are some ABC’s of me. I was tagged to do it on Facebook, but would rather post it here:

A- Age: 30
B- Biggest fear: Being a bad mother
C- Current time:  9:09pm
D- Drink you last had: Iced Coffee
E- Every day starts with: Coffee
F- Favorite song: Christmas tunes
G- Ghosts, are they real?: Yes
H- Hometown: Palmdale, California
I- In love with: Jesus
J- Jealous of:
K- Killed someone?: No
L- Last time you cried? A few days ago
M- Middle name: (secret)
N- Number of siblings: 6
O- One wish: To have infinite wishes
P- Person you last called: Mom
Q- Question you’re always asked: “How do you do it??”
R- Reason to smile: Children’s laughter
S- Song last sang: Three Little Speckled Frogs
T- Time you woke up: Late!
U- Underwear color: Pink/White
Vacation destination: Somewhere tropical
W- Worst habit: Tetris Trash
Y- Your favorite food: Anything sweet or Pasta
X- X-Rays you’ve had: Hand, Chest, Who knows what else?
Z- Zodiac sign: Cancer

Have you ever dyed your hair a non-natural color?
Except for covering grays, I have only dyed my hair once and that was in the 8th grade.

If you haven’t, what color would you dye it if you could dye it any color?
 I kind of want green next… and then pink and then a really bright purple.. but I may be going too far. A part of me feels too old for even blue hair. But YOLO, right? 

Headcover Styles… for a Mormon

I just wanted to share briefly some headcover styles that are suitable for a Mormon. Despite what some people may believe, it is not required that Mormon women cover their heads. A certain set of modesty standards, is however, required. Because my hair is so short right now I have been wearing styles similar to these below (think turban), but I also like to wear a style similar to the tichels when my hair is longer.

Headscarf Styles for a Mormon by LifeAsAConvert 2

Headscarf Styles for a Mormon by LifeAsAConvert

All of these came from pinterest, to see more follow my “Headcovers” board.

Which style above is your favorite?

What I Wore – Fashion by the Non-Fashionable

Alternative title: Low quality selfies using a dimly lit mirror

I have been intentionally taking pictures of my outfits so I could do this post. I am NOT a fashionista. I am not a style guru, but I (sometimes) like to dress up. Normally I dress very casual in a t-shirt and jeans (see below). I accessorize with earrings, bracelets and necklaces. I realized one day that it was just as easy to put on my “cute clothes” as it was my casual clothes, so I documented a few outfits to remind me that I need to dress up more often!

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