With is being Christmas time, it is no wonder I wanted to write about the Savior.
It is no secret that Jesus Christ is the most influential person on the planet. Whether you believe He came to atone for our sins and provide a perfect example of how to live our lives is irrelevant because there is no doubt that Jesus Christ has had a profound impact on our lives.
Now, you all know I was not religious in the least bit until I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The same can be said of my husband, if not more so.
I think that very statement shows the power of Christ. To take nonbelievers and turn them into very active members of a Church.
What I love about the gospel is the ability to change people. People I grew up with, went to school with my entire life who had no religion in their lives, much like myself are posting about how Christ works in their life and what a profound impact He has had on them.
As promised I would tell you about Al Fox Carraway’s book “More Than the Tattooed Mormon.”
I started the book December 1 and I was done by December 4, it was that amazing. Even with the craziness of finals (note* I should be writing my final papers as we speak, I have two due tomorrow), my internship and “working” I was able to finish the book in three days. I honestly could not put it down.
Let me say my love for this book does not come solely because of my Faith but because of the actual content and the message this book has.
Without giving away all of her secrets, the book is divided into two parts, “my story” and “your story.”
Today, I had a very unusual experience in Church. Due to my current foot situation, I’m walking a whole lot slower and therefore I’ve been stopped by more people in Church than normal. Usually Alex and I are ready for our post Church nap so we’re out quickly.
Well today is Fast Sunday so we really wanted to be on our way home quickly, we were absolutely starving. Due to my slow nature that did not happen. We were stopped by a lot of people, most of whom were so sweet and offered a helping hand if need be. I felt so much love and support.
However, this was not everyone’s disposition. An older member stopped to see how I was doing since breaking my foot. After talking about my foot they were talking about how Alex and I are the odd couple. That struck me for a minute. I didn’t know we were odd and I was curious to know in what sense she thought we were odd.
This member proceeded to tell me it was strange that we were a young couple with no kids and that made us stand out. They told me it was probably difficult for other young couples in the Ward because it would be hard to relate to us because of our lack of children and the focus we have on our education.
This has been a topic weighing heavily on me lately: the issue of gender equality. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this piece I will not be name called as per usual. I am not trying to set back women’s rights by any means. However, I am going to say it, the sexes are not equal, at least in regard to roles they can fulfill. I do not mean that they should not be treated equally, I mean biologically, physically, spiritually, emotionally, etc. they are not equal and therefor cannot be completely treated as such.
Hear me out on this one. Let’s start with the most basic of comparisons, biology. Students at Northwestern University found that “male and female brains operate differently at a molecular level.” The study was conducted to determine how each sex responds to brain disorders and the medications used to treat such disorders. This is one of many, many studies done on the physical evidence that separates the sexes. When doing research I found 3.2 million results via an academic search tool in .5 seconds that discussed the biological differences in men and women. It is out there for all to read. (more…)
This has been an interesting week. After my unintentional spiritual theme on Sunday, I fell down an investigator’s stairs. Until I have a an MRI the current diagnosis is a slight fracture in my foot with the possibility of a torn tendon.
I had a very hard time accepting that my walking abilities are not up to par. I tried all day Monday to still do things around the house. I didn’t need Alex to help me get dinner and I could straighten up by myself. To say I was wrong would be a massive understatement. Last night I accepted that this holiday season I would not be running around like the nutcase I typically am.