I can see how many people read my blog, but I can't see who you are or what you are like.
I assume if you like reading about my life, then I would like you in person.
(Plus, how many people have you honestly not liked? I can't think of many.)
Anyway-- here is my dilemma.
I'm speaking on Saturday morning about using social media as a missionary tool.
Only, I'm not sure I really do that well.
Are you Mormon?
Are you Christian?
Do you think my blog is a missionary tool?
How has this space increased your faith?
How has this space shaped your views of Mormonism?
I'm honestly not trying to request fan mail or love letters (or hate mail for that matter).
My husband is overly verbal and fulfills all my needs for praise.
Ha! Even when I'm riding a Walmart scooter.
(I'm usually uncomfortable with praise, I prefer evaluation and contemplation.)
So, be honest.
Philosophically and honestly-- how is this mommy blog a missionary tool?
Do you wish I spoke more about my religion? Less?
Are you interested in learning more about The Church of Jesus Christ because you know me?
How has your impression of Mormonism changed since you started reading my blog?
I know these questions sound presumptuous and even pushy.
Please take them as genuine questions.
I think I speak of my faith naturally without trying to convert.
I honestly believe truth is eternal and that it rings true no matter what religion you practice.
Have I told you lately that I'm a Mormon and that I love it?
I do believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. I believe in ordinances like baptism. I feel that priesthood authority from God is required to perform sacred ordinances. I have never felt undervalued as a woman in this religion.
I find renewal and strength and purification and perspective as I learn, worship, and covenant in holy temples. I love Mormon temples! I believe in modern-day revelation and I believe in prophets and apostles.
I love the Book of Mormon. It is scripture. It is the word of God, it testifies of Christ, it teaches eternal principles hand in hand with the Bible. Because I know God's voice, I hear Him as I study the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of holy leaders.
I know God has spoken to man and that He speaks to us still. He used to call prophets and He calls prophets still. He commanded His covenant people to build temples and perform holy ordinances long ago, and He abides in holy temples and seals holy ordinances still. The Church of Jesus Christ is the same organization that existed in the primitive church. I see this, I feel it, and I believe it.
As a young girl, I looked around at Mormon families. They were happy, they were strong, and they were good. I knew then, and I know now, that there was goodness in this Church that would provide an essential foundation for my own family.
Having seen and experienced the awful effects of addiction- drugs and alcohol, I whole-heartedly embrace a religion with strong health guidelines. I love that Mormons don't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, and avoid caffeine. I love that.
I want my children to be modest, chaste, and clean. There is safety and peace in a religion that teaches and lives the law of chastity before marriage and fidelity after marriage. Raising my children around thousands of other youth with similar values is helpful and inspiring.
I 100% believe that you can teach truth and still love imperfect people. Good churches must teach a holy life that requires us to strive, just like a good gymnastics coach must teach skills that improves ability. There is happiness in obedience, forgiveness and forgiving.
Are Mormons Christians? Oh yes we are. I believe in Christ! He is my Savior, my Redeemer, my Grace, and my salvation. I know His touch, I am awed by the gentle truths of His life, and I love Him. I have been born again, and again. I need Him every hour. He is near me and He is near you. I know it.
The more I learn, the more I love this gospel. It is good. I love God's plan. I know who I am. I believe we are all brothers and sisters.
Mormons are bright, educated, kind, charitable, good people. I love them.
I often think about YOU, who read my blog. I imagine you as friends and fellow travelers. I imagine most of you believe similar to me, whether or not you attend my same church. I think you read my blog to see that you are normal. It is nice knowing that there are other people in the world with messy haired, silly, sometimes happy, sometimes cranky kids.
I try to share with you good things that I've learned. I'm certain I could learn much from you.
But honestly, if I had to pick one thing to share with you. One thing that has shaped my soul, blessed my marriage, pulled me through every hard time... It would be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Where would I be without this church in my life?
So, I'm not sure that I have ever really used social media as an effective missionary tool (meaning I don't know of anyone that has converted to Christianity or Mormonism because of my influence).
But, I know you all know that I believe.
You know that I love.
And, you know that my God is your God, because truth is eternal whether you are Mormon or Baptist or Catholic or Buddhist or Muslim or Not Presently Participating.
So, tell me what you think!
Who are you?
How is this social media space a missionary tool?
Answer fast because I'm speaking early Saturday Eastern time and I'm really curious what you have to say.
My topic- social media as a missionary tool.
I'm talking to leaders. I'm nervous.
I know you can help.
And, thanks for reading my blog.
Life is good.