Hey there. I know it's been awhile. I lost interest in blogging mostly because I was getting more grumpy and I didn't figure anyone needed to get too many doses of that. There is just soooo much negativity in the media, I didn't want to add to it. Yes, we all need to vent on occasion, and laugh at our problems but I just felt that the problems were all I was focusing on.
So where is this blog going, you ask?
If you've read many posts here, you'll notice my handle - mormonhermitmom. The Mormon part is for my faith, the hermit part is for my somewhat antisocial personality, and the mom part is fairly obvious. I think since I started this blog, I mostly focused on the mom part of my life and the hermit part of my life. I'm thinking, I need to focus more on the Mormon part of my life.
Now if you don't know what a Mormon is.... that's okay. It's just a nickname really. The official name of the church I belong to is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yeah, it's a mouthful. Our church leaders like us to use the full name because it more accurately describes whom we worship. You know how nicknames are though... they tend to stick whether you want them to or not.
Here's the thing: in our church, missionary work is a big deal. If you look at Jesus' life, he was either serving his fellow man, or preaching the word. Those were His big "to-do's" if you will. Once somebody asked him, What's the most important commandment? and He said to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves and basically all the commandments hang on those two things.
I'm sure a lot of people are familiar with the "look" of the missionaries our church sends out - young men or women going out in pairs with black nametags on. There are also older, retired married couple missionaries out there too, also with the black nametags. These folks are what we in our church call "full time missionaries". They spend anywhere from 18 months to 2 years doing nothing but missionary work: contacting folks who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ or who maybe joined our church years ago and for whatever reason have stopped coming.
Now that may sound like a big deal and it is. But that's not the half of it. In our church there is a little saying that keeps going around... "every member a missionary". In other words, every member is expected to help share the gospel. This part is the part that is hard for me to do. I'm not an outgoing person. It takes a long while for me to get comfortable getting to know someone. I don't like to come across as nosy, or judgmental or pushy. If somebody were to ask me, "Hey what church do you belong to?" or "Do you believe in God?" I could feel comfortable talking about my beliefs because it would be me answering that person's question. I have a real hard time bringing up the subject on my own among people I don't know very well.
For years, I figured God would understand my shyness and if He really wanted me to do missionary work, He'd send someone along that needed a direct question answered. Now I'm thinking I have to do a little more than that. What brought me to that? Well...
In my ward, that's what we call our local congregations, I teach the women's auxiliary class once a month. We call it Relief Society. It's the women's organization in our church. For one hour each Sunday, the sisters get together, every woman 18 years of age and up, and we teach each other gospel principles with the aim of serving our families and our neighbors. The next lesson I have to teach is on missionary work. Since I haven't really been doing any kind of missionary work at all, I felt that for me to give this lesson would be a "do as I say, not as I do" kind of lesson and that's just wrong.
Long story short, (I know, too late), this blog will now be my place to channel my missionary efforts. This will be me "opening my mouth" so to speak.
Here's your invitation: If you have a question, or a comment about anything religious, feel free to express yourself in a respectful way and I'll respond with further posts, also in a respectful way. Hopefully, I'll be able to share what I believe and slowly work myself up to actually sharing those beliefs in real life as well as in cyberspace.