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Meeting the Missionaries


So today I went to a baptism and then I had my first meeting with the missionaries. I gave them my testimony and they were so excited. They said that I might be able to get baptized by next Sunday. That is so soon, I am so excited.

I remember five months ago when I was going to meet with the sister missionaries and they were talking about getting baptized in a month and I was astounded. It just seemed way too fast! But today, I just couldn’t wait to get baptized. No date they could give me would be soon enough. They asked if I had any questions at the end (before we talked about baptism) and I was like “yeah, one, when can I get baptized.” I mean, seriously, that is my one desire at this moment. Get baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and follow Him.

However, tonight I have to tell my grandfather. They said they would pray for me tonight and that I could call if I needed anything. They even mentioned the frightening chance about how the church would be there for me if I were to be kicked out of the house. I am praying most fervently that it does not come to that. I think that my grandfather is too loving and caring to kick me out.  In an hour we are going to Hometown Buffet, and I am resolved to tell him there.

And about my nose piercing… I have taken it out. I just now have to put it somewhere, but it is out and I am not going to put it back in, no matter how much I want to. I know that Heavenly Father will bless me for my sacrifices and my desire to follow him, even when I do not like it.

I will update more after I have talked to my grandfather. Thank you for reading this and for supporting me through prayer and thoughts!

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Well, I have finally made contact with the missionaries.

It started out with the mission president in North Carolina calling me and asking if I had heard from the missionaries yet. I told him that I had not heard from them, but I was waiting. He then told me that he would again call the mission office here in California and try to get the number of the missionaries and call them and talk to them about me. Well, apparently he had been able to get in contact with them because an hour or two afterwards, I got a phone call from the missionaries at the family ward. They had talked directly to the mission president in North Carolina. He asked if I was in my twenties and then suggested that I attend the YSA ward. So I said I would and asked for the missionary information for the missionaries at the ward there.

So I called them. It was about a five minute phone conversation. I found out that I am to have Elders, which, when I am being totally honest, is kind of disappointing to me. I really loved the Sister Missionaries. In part, I felt like I was able to identify with them easier. I also felt like it was easier to talk to them because they were girls, just like me.

Now I know if is unreasonable to expect Sisters again. Afterall, more men are sent out then women… but I held on to the hope. Oh well. I will make the most out of it. They seemed nice on the phone and I can’t wait to meet them. I can’t wait to get baptized.

Tomorrow I am to go to a baptism at the church at 11 am. It will be nice to see what happens at a LDS baptism before I get baptized. After all, I have seen baptisms in a font, baptisms in the ocean, and baptisms in a river, but all of them have been protestant.

Anyway, I hope that you all are doing well. I wake up in six hours (to watch a soccer game). I must sleep now!

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Daily Devotions

Okay, so just a quick update on the whole missionary thing… 25 hours and still waiting for a call. I even slept with the volume turned on on my phone so that if I got a call from them while still sleeping, I could answer it. I sent in a missionary request (on mormon.org) but I did not give out the house number, only the street name because I cannot have the missionaries at my house. I wish I could, but out of respect for my grandfather’s beliefs, I cannot. I am still anxiously waiting their call.

I want to quickly thank everyone who stopped by my blog yesterday. I appreciate all of your support and it strengthens me, and my resolve, to know that there are people out there who support me and are praying for me, even if I do not know them personally. We are all children of God and so we should all be there for each other. So if you ever need prayer for anything, just let me know and I would be honored to lift you up to Heavenly Father in prayer.

Anyway, today in my daily devotions, I read Jacob 1-4 when I came across Jacob 4:5. It talks about how Abraham being willing to give up Isaac is symbolic of God giving up His only begotten soon as atonement for our sins.  Now I have been a Christan my whole life and I have heard the story of Abraham and Isaac so many times I cannot count, but for some reason I never made that connection. It seems so obvious now, but it just never connected before. It is funny that it took the Book of Mormon spelling it out to me to make me see it.

To me, this is just evidence of the truth of the Book of Mormon. People can call it lies and say that Joseph Smith made it up, but I cannot believe that so much goodness and positive thoughts could come out of it if it was all lies. There is that verse in Matthew that talks about good fruit coming from good trees and bad fruit coming from bad trees and that good fruit cannot come from a bad tree and bad fruit cannot come from good tree. This is how I view the Book of Mormon and the LDS Church.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Today I was reading a bit from that book my parents gave me and it had this passage in it, referring to the first vision Joseph Smith received:

If Joseph Smith had truly believed  in the authority of the Bible and had really studied it, he could have determined for himself that the various Christian denominations were not “all corrupt” with abominable creeds, but held to similar biblical teachings on key doctrines – and that his initial vision was, therefore, a false one.

What are your thoughts on this? Anything you can think of to refute this? I think that despite what this author says, there are many key doctrines that they disagreed on. Some believed baptism was necessary for salvation, some believed that it was not. Some believed that once saved always saved, others believed you could leave your salvation. Then there is the Catholic church which believed in a great many things that the protestant church did not believe in. I mean, if you think that you have received a vision and in the vision you have been told that the other churches are corrupt and that they disagree on many doctrines, why should you push away God’s voice and think that it is false. I mean, what if Isaiah had thought that when God spoke to him, it was all made up in his head and a false doctrine? What if none of the prophets had believed the prophecies they had received about the coming of a Savior and a Redeemer?

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this? Do you have anything to add?

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Back on the Right Track

So I am finally in California. That is a good thing!

So on Tuesday, I was at the library and I saw two sister missionaries. I didn’t go up t talk to them because I knew it was their day off (they were using the computers and checking their email). But as I saw them, I was reminded that the sister missionary I keep in contact with in North Carolina had told me that I needed to contact the mission president in North Carolina when I got to California and that he would contact the mission president here in California. So I called the mission president in North Carolina right away. I was disappointed to get his voice mail, but I left a message for him to call me back. I waited two days but I still did not hear back from him.

Then today I was looking at the blog updates on my google reader and I saw an update from one of the “Mormon Mommy” blogs I follow (C. Jane). Anyway, her post was about her nephew who was going to the MTC today. It talked a lot about how even though it was a hard thing to send your child off and not hear from them except for four phone calls and a weekly email for two years, that it was only two years and it was two years of great growth and learning as a family. I was reminded that I needed to call the mission president so that I could meet with the missionaries and get baptized. So I called the mission president and he picked up this time. We had a ten minute conversation about what I was doing with my life and was I ready to be baptized and such. Anyway, I gave him my phone number and address and everything and he said he would contact the mission president and that I should be in contact with some missionaries shortly.

Now I have to admit that that was an hour and a half ago and I have been waiting anxiously for the phone to ring ever since. I mean, I know that is ridiculous because when I was meeting with the sister missionaries, We would be meeting for like an hour to two hours and the would never answer their phone. I know that I have to be patient, but man, I just want to get this ball rolling. Since the phone call with the mission president, I have done my devotions (2 Nephi 28-33) and written this post and written an email to a Morman Women yahoogroup that I subscribe to. I am going crazy. I mean, I might not even hear from the missionaries today. But I want to know if it is going to be sisters or elders. How long till I get baptized. Should I go to the YSA ward or the assigned family ward. I want to be back on the right track. I want to be progressing onward toward baptism and membership and a year after that, being able to go to the temple. I feel like I want it all (patience is not my virtue).

Okay, I am going to pray and try to calm myself down and maybe apply to a couple of jobs. I will try to be patient. Maybe I will go back to the library and pick up the books they have on hold for me there.

Oh, and as soon as I get there phone call I have made the decision that the nose piercing has to come out. This is a big step for me that I don’t want to take. It has been a part of me since my best friend and I did it as a bonding experience when I was twenty. I love the way it looks and it makes me feel like my nose isn’t so big (vain much?) But I know that it is a requirement and that I am stretching it a bit to not have it taken out now. But *insert whinny kid* I don’t want to!

Okay, enough of that. Obviously I did not pay enough attention to my devos today!

Will update when I hear from the missionaries.

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Wow, I can’t believe I let three weeks go by without updating the blog. A lot has changed since my last update. First of all, I told my parents about joining the church. They were less than thrilled. They are worried about my soul, and honestly, I can’t fault them for that. They think that they know the truth and they just want what is best for me. If I had a child, I am sure I would feel the same way. It would break my heart to think that I had raised a child who strayed from what I view the truth to be. I am having enough trouble coming to grips with the fact that my sister is a democrat, and that isn’t even something that is that important in the grand scheme of things.

Anyway, my parents said that they would treat me like an adult and respect my decision, so I am grateful for that fact. They said that things would change between us because there would now be parts of my life that they could not be a part of and they could never support a marriage to a Mormon because of the reprecusions this would have on their grandchildren. I guess I can see where they are coming from. I mean honestly, it kind of scares me. If I marry a Mormon (which, by joining the Church and believing in this, I don’t see why I wouldn’t) then I would be getting married in the Temple. By getting married in the temple, I would be getting married in a ceremony that no one I am related to could attend. And even though I am not dating anyone and there is no marriage in the foreseeable future, it is still something said to contemplate. Honestly, I don’t think my family would stand outside the temple waiting, or attend the reception.

Anyway, since telling them, things haven’t really changed between us. We just don’t talk about it at all. My friend suggested a book that I should give my parents to read, and after reading it myself, I will see if it is something that would help. My next real obsticle is telling my grandfather. He wrote in a letter to my mother, which she showed me, that he is really looking forward to attending church with me. I do not relish telling him that I will not be attending his baptist church because I am going to the LDS church.

My next question is should I attend the YSA ward (I am 22 and single and unmarried) or should I attend the regular assigned ward? They both meet at the same building, just at two different times.

I am excited to get baptized. My guess is that it will happen in about three weeks, but I haven’t talked to the missionaries yet so I don’t know. I get back to California on Friday (my Dad and I leave the east to drive there tomorrow at 4 am). Then my dad leaves on Monday. So on Monday or Tuesday, I will call in mission president in North Carolina (as per his request) and have a conversation with him. The sister missionaries told me that I most likely wouldn’t have to repeat the lessons because the mission president said he would call the one in California and talk to him about me so they know my story and everything. I hope this means I can get baptized soon!

Well, I need to go to bed because I have to get up in a few hours 😦

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