Sunday, November 23, 2014

Those Crazy Mormons: Are Mormons Christian? And Other Questions You Have About Mormons.

"Those Crazy Mormons" is a blog series dedicated to answering common questions about Mormon beliefs, culture, and history. If you have further comments or questions, please feel free to 
email me at 

More than likely, you've heard of Mormons. The official title is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Here are a few simple answers to some questions you may have about Those Crazy Mormons!

Are Mormons Christian? 

YES! The full name of our church says it itself. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." We read & study The Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible. The full title is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We love Jesus, believe in His saving divinity, desire to follow His teachings, and rely on His saving grace.

Is Mormonism a Cult?
If Mormonism is a "cult" then so is any other group that has "a system of religious beliefs and ritual"--which is how the dictionary defines the word. Some people think Mormonism is a cult because our worship is a little different than mainstream Christianity. 

Do Mormons live in secluded compounds and don't use electricity?

Nope! I'm a Mormon and I'm writing this blog post!

Is the Mormon church a wWhite, American church? 

Not anymore! Some people think that Mormonism is a white, American church. But more than half of Latter-day Saints are NOT Caucasian and more than half of members worship in congregations outside the USA. The LDS Church has congregations in 177 countries worldwide.

Is all of Utah Mormon? 
Whenever we go places and people hear we are from Utah they always ask, "Are you Mormon then?" Well yes, I am, but not everyone from Utah is! Utah is the place where the early Mormon pioneers settled and Salt Lake City, Utah is currently the location of the worldwide headquarters of the church. About 60% of Utah's population is LDS.

More of the Those Crazy Mormons Series:

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter Date Ideas!

I'm over at Sierra's View today sharing some great Winter Date ideas! 

See the post HERE.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

We Bought a House!

Yesterday we drove to a Title Company and signed our lives away on our first ever home! We are so excited!! 

Our first stop after signing off was IKEA. We are going from about 500 square feet to almost 2000 so we are gonna need a lot of furniture to fill this baby! We get the keys later today and then we are officially homeowners. We are so excited about this new adventure and feel so blessed. 

I'll share more pictures once we get all moved in. Cheers to our first home together!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Survive a Fashion Challenge

Doing fashion challenges can be fun, but they can also be stressful. Guess what? They don't need to be! So I'm over at Dreaming of Someday to give you some tips on how to survive a fashion challenge!

Go HERE to read the post!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Survive a Fashion Challenge

hi i'm aubrey from dreaming about someday. i blog about everything from fashion to recipes to running to the bachelor and everything in between. i have done several fashion challenges including several rounds of 30x30. since brooklyn is right in the middle of 30x30, i'm here to give her you a few tips for surviving a fashion challenge.
1. pick items you like to wear
it is difficult enough to limit your closet. be careful about picking clothes you never want to wear. you'll be stuck trying to come up with combos you like, and it will make it hard to stick to the challenge.
2. collaborate with others
i saw people all over blogland doing 30x30 challenges, but i was too nervous to do it myself. i finally joined a group of about 10 other bloggers for my first round. it was so great doing it that way. i met a lot of really great people, and it was much easier to stick to the challenge knowing many of us were doing the same thing.

3. get organized
i'm not really an excel spreadsheet girl, but it can be helpful to list out your possible outfit combinations. i started with tops and listed all bottoms that could go with each top. i worked my way through all items and realized i had over 60 combinations to wear-double what i needed for the challenge. i also use pictures to help me remember what i already wore.

 4. be committed 
set your goal and stick with it. plan for upcoming events by picking pieces that fit. for example, if you know you have a wedding or fancy party, make sure to include a formal dress in your planning. stay firm even when it gets a little tricky towards the end,

 5. bend the rules
it's ok to change things to make it more doabable for you. i spent 1/3 of a 30x30 challenge in the virgin islands. i picked a swimuit/cover up as one of my pieces. it made the challenge must less stressful and much more sucessful.

a lot of people think fashion challenges are practically impossible, but they really are much easier than you think. have you ever done a fashion challenge? 

make sure to come over to my blog tomorrow to hear brooklyn's tips.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A 2 Minute Pep Talk: When You Doubt Your Testimony (A VLOG)

Our testimonies are ever-changing. If we are not growing them by bringing constant light into our lives, they will slowly diminish. Sometimes despite our best efforts to grow our testimonies we still come across materials, feelings, or others who will make us question our testimonies.

In the words of Elder Anderson,

"Why does the Lord allow the evil speaking to chase after the good? One reason is that opposition against the things of God sends seekers of truth to their knees for answers."

There has been recent talk about Joseph Smith in the news, if you haven't heard about it yet, you will. Because the opposition will only continue to get worse as we get closer to Christ's 2nd Coming. As it has many times in the past, the information published has caused many members to doubt. 
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has said,
"Some struggle with unanswered questions about things that have been done or said in the past. We openly acknowledge that in nearly 200 years of Church history—along with an uninterrupted line of inspired, honorable, and divine events—there have been some things said and done that could cause people to question.
Sometimes questions arise because we simply don’t have all the information and we just need a bit more patience. When the entire truth is eventually known, things that didn’t make sense to us before will be resolved to our satisfaction." 
I once heard that telestial minds cannot comprehend celestial things. We all have telestial minds on earth, and things that don't make sense right this second will be taught to us line upon line, precept upon precept. 
In the most recent general conference President Uchtdorf gave a talk entitled "Receiving a Testimony of Light & Truth." He gave an experiment, with a guarantee from God that each of us can use.
1. He invited us to search the scriptures. You won't find light in darkness. True study of the scriptures will bring the Spirit into your life. And even if you don't get a word for word answer to your questions, you will feel The Holy Ghost bear witness to you of the truths of the gospel.
2. Consider, ponder, fearlessly strive to believe. Take the time to ponder over the things you have studied and the way you have felt. The Lord is so merciful, he has provided so much light for us to search out.
3. Ask Heavenly Father. The promise is there in Moroni. If you ask with real intent, HE WILL ANSWER.
4. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine." We are give this promise from John 7:17 in the Bible. We have to ACT on our beliefs to turn those beliefs into KNOWLEDGE.
Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.
Doubt is a normal part of life, a normal part of the gospel, and something you will inevitably encounter as your strive to be a disciple of Christ. Don't let one question keep you from the truths you already know. Strive to learn, understand and pray about it. The best place to find gospel answers is in the gospel. 
Your Heavenly Father loves you. He is aware of you. And He is aware of your doubts. He wants you to turn to Him so he can reach out his arms, pull you into a big hug and teach you all you need to know!

Joseph Smith- by Elder Anderson
Come, Join with Us- by President Dieter F Uchtdorf
Receiving a Testimony of Truth & Light- by President Dieter F Uchtdorf

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Why I'm Not Christmas Shopping on Thanksgiving

The other day I came across Target's Black Friday ad. And my heart sunk. "Doors open at 6 PM on Thanksgiving." And then just an hour later I saw Walmart was opening at the same time. 

When I was younger it was different. We'd have a delicious meal, spend precious time with family, and laugh at all the crazy things we've done. Then the party would be over. My mom would clean and then go to bed. Just 3-4 hours later in the middle of the night she would wake up, don a sweater that matched all my aunts & grandma and brave the cold chill to wait outside their store of choice. They always had a game plan. Who would get the princess dolls, who would get the rollerblades, etc. And they'd have a fun girls day Christmas shopping for their family whom they loved so dearly. 

It's not like that anymore. If you want to take advantage of Black Friday deals you have to interrupt your Thanksgiving meal. At 6 PM! And heaven forbid you want to wait outside the store for a few hours, you might as well not attend Thanksgiving dinner at all because you'll have to leave before it even starts.

Why am I not shopping on Thanksgiving? I'm not shopping on Thanksgiving because I'd rather have more time with family on Thanksgiving than more presents under the tree on Christmas morning. There's not a good deal out there that would be worth missing that precious time. Not even if they were giving out free ipads just for standing in line, which I've yet to see advertised.

Besides missing that time with family because of "good deals", what about all the employees? The ones who have to provide for their families and don't get Thanksgiving off because there are too many people shopping! The people like Amberly's Husband, you can read about Black Friday at their house HERE.

I've read a quote somewhere that said, "People are meant to be loved, and things are meant to be used. The reason this world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used." Things are being LOVED. Is it bad to want to give your children a really great Christmas morning? To wait in the freezing cold for 5 hours for a half off Elsa doll? No! Not one single bit! 

But Thanksgiving is meant for family. It's meant for eating, and gratitude, football, and resting. Not for shopping for good deals.

If you're looking for me on Thanksgiving I'll be rubbing my satisfied tummy, cuddling my husband and getting excited for the holidays. And then you'll also find me doing some Small Business shopping on Etsy, and some Amazon Prime shopping on Cyber Monday.

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