21 July 2014

What I like most about the LDS church

Q: What is it you like most about being a Mormon?

Well, there are countless reasons I enjoy being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Not only do I know that the church is true, it guides me every day. Now, I'm not only going to make a list of the things I love about my religion, I'm going to make a list of why you consider becoming a member of the church, too.

The Mormon Church

1. It is family-oriented. 
One of my blog friends, Heather, recently told me that one thing she really likes about our church is that it is family-oriented. The purpose of our temples, is to become sealed with your spouse & children. The best part? Marriage isn't til death do us part. It is forever. When you lose a loved one, you will see them again. Families can be forever. And there is no end.

2. You can be forgiven.
A few years ago, I was on a small journey to 'find the religion' that was best for me. This post explains a little bit about my journey. The gospel in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is all encompassing. It is beautiful. There are countless 'chances.' If you read The Book of Mormon, the whole thing is about the Atonement and second chances. Though we don't solely focus on the cross, Jesus Christ died for us. Because of Him, we have countless chances. We can always be forgiven, through proper repentance. The beautiful thing I love about this is if there were people I knew in high school that had trouble with the law or drugs, it is amazing to see them change and become more spiritual and religious people. The gospel really is a powerful place for forgiveness and second, third, infinite chances. Because nobody is perfect.

3. Callings are not paid.
Most religions have paid positions. If you're a pastor, you get paid...well, that is, if I'm right. The wonderful thing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that these callings are not paid. No calling is paid. There are MANY callings in the church - from relief society teachers to the bishop and his counselors. It is all service, just like Christ talk.

8. The church practices Christ-like love through service.
Speaking of service, the church has helped so many people. Countless people. To read more about this, you can view one of my former Mormon Monday posts to see a teensy glimpse of how much the church has helped.


5. When you are baptized and confirmed, you are given the gift of the Holy Ghost.
There is one thing that brings me so much comfort. And that is the gift of the Holy Ghost. I cannot begin to describe how utterly thankful I am for the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost guides me when I'm lost. It's that still small voice that whispers to give me a voice of warning, or to help me make a decision. I truly believe that if it weren't for the Holy Ghost, I wouldn't have known if Mr. Schroeder was the one I should marry right off the bat. The Holy Ghost was nearly yelling at me when he asked me out. "Say yes! Say yes! What do you have to lose?"

6. There is modern-day revelators.
Heavenly Father has given us modern day revelators. We have our modern-day prophet, President Thomas S. Monson who guides us and directs us. One thing a lot of people get confused over is that we do not worship our prophet. We look up to him, we listen to him, and we rely on him for guidance. However, unlike many other religions, our prophet is not someone we worship. 

7.  The priesthood.
I'm sure many of you have read the news about priesthood. Unfortunately, the news isn't always correct, nor is it always covering happy and optimistic information. Briefly explaining, according to lds.org, the priesthood is the eternal power and authority of our Heavenly Father. Through the priesthood, God created and governs the heavens and earth. He gives worthy priesthood holders authority to receive these ordinances and access the power and blessings of the priesthood. Just the other day, I was so blessed to ask myself for a priesthood blessing because I was feeling sick. When I need guidance, same thing, I can always rely on him, my dad, or even my bishop for some guidance.

8. Temple work
I briefly stated on #1 what temples are for. When an individual goes through the temple for the first time, they make covenants with God that they strive to keep throughout their lives. After the first time they go through for themselves, they can go back to the temple to do work for the dead. The first few times I heard this, it sounded creepy to me. But think about it. Not everybody gets the chance to get baptized during this earth time, due to dying early, or not even finding the gospel. Not everybody gets the opportunity to go through the temple and be sealed to be with their spouse for time and all eternity. BUT. The work can be done. Every time I am at the temple, I always imagine the person I am doing the work for reacting on the other side of the veil. How wonderful it must be to be waiting for hundreds of years to receive the Holy Ghost, or to become sealed, and finally, have a member do it for you. Not only this, but the temple allows you to receive guidance for yourself. It truly is a powerful place.

READ: There is room for you at our church. 

Do YOU have any questions about the LDS church? Email me at wenserendipity@gmail.com and your question could be featured on future Mormon Monday posts!

18 July 2014

It's ma birthday

There's something about birthdays that are so magical. Everybody in my family isn't a massive fan of them? But me? I like to go all out. I enjoy spoiling people. And though I'm not super stoked about RECEIVING gifts, the amount of time spent with a husband who is the sweetest thing in the universe just sounds really nice right about now. So you folks have a fabulous weekend. I'm takin the day off the weekend off to be at the lake....my most favorite place on the planet earth.


Oh and hey! Still reading? If your birthday is coming up, read my post from [exactly] two years ago. Find out where you can get free birthday stuff by clicking here!

17 July 2014

One of the best parts

I had to snap this picture right before Mr. Schroeder and I threw away our ice tray out at our last house. There are countless reasons I enjoy having my own house now. One of the best things I have already noticed and LOVE...is that we now have a fridge with an ice maker. And we don't have to freeze these stupid things. Am I a brat or what? It's the little things....


Bye Bye ice tray! I won't miss ya. I also won't miss the mess on the floor EVERY time I add water to you. Instead, I shall have a nice glass of ice...with no mess whatsoever.

16 July 2014

Insecurity

I always have a lot to say about insecurity. I tend to believe I have a pretty hefty past with insecurity. I'm also pretty happy to say that I've overcome the struggle with insecurity by tenfolds. At this place I volunteer at, I have noticed a couple of girls who are constantly talking about other people. I am only a few feet away, and they talk loud, so obviously, it is sort of hard to NOT hear them. The conversation's are always harsh and rude. A couple of times, I have wanted to say something. Most of the time, I solely want to say, "Stop judging." Last week was the last straw. I grabbed my notebook and began to write.

Girl 1: Who is he dating?
Girl 2: This girl who has no sense of style. I haven't met her or anything, but he is already way too good for her, personality AND looks.I don't know why he's so desperate.

I was completely blown away. And people. I am not even exaggerating here. This is how the conversation went.I know all girls gossip. It's human nature. I do feel uncomfortable when I gossip, but I still admit to doing it. Gossiping this way? Judging this poor girl when you haven't even met her? Nonsense! It continues....

Girl 1: There was a baby on the plane flying back from our honeymoon and she was crying like half of the time. My husband told me I should just feel sorry for the mom, but I'm like shut up. I wanted to kick that baby.

Okay, Okay. Girl 1. My vote is that you have a baby and see what its like to care for him/her on the airplane. I had to write about this this VERY instance because it really bothered me. I bottle these kinds of things up. Usually, I'm fabulous at confrontation. But in places where I'm constantly striving to be on my best behavior and refrain from any created tension, it's just uncomfortable.


In my personal opinion, and from my own personal experiences, I feel like all of this stems from insecurity. If an individual isn't happy with themselves, they gossip. They bash on people. They judge. Why? Because they need something to say in order to make themselves feel better. That is the only thing that makes sense. Truly, I don't believe it always stems from an evil heart. I just HATE that women can't love each other and accept everyone the way they are. Why jump to conclusions? Why expect the worst out of everybody? THIS is why girls get a bad rap. So. I don't know how many people read my blog. In fact, I have no idea. But if you are reading this, I want to challenge you to stop gossiping. Period. Strive to see the best in people, even if you know the bad.


It is time that women change. It's time that they get their insecurity levels to an all-time low. How? Serve others. Do things for other people. Quit worrying about yourself. And think the best of everyone, regardless of what they may have done. Please! Take my challenge with me. I'm doing it too. In fact, it's not just a monthly challenge. It's a lifetime one. 21 days makes a habit. So start today.