My religious life in bullets:

Melanie 1 kicked off our blog last January with some of her “dailies.”  This week I wanted to add to her idea and give a little snapshot into what my life looks like as a Mormon…

My “dailies”:

  • Pray in the morning right when I get up
  • Study the scriptures (currently reading the Book of Mormon but some years I study the Bible, etc.)
  • Read a chapter with my husband (this year we’re reading the New Testament because that’s we’re studying in Sunday School)
  • Pray with my husband before we go to sleep

My “weeklies”:

  • Church on Sunday–3 hour block which consists of:
    • Sacrament Meeting (where we partake the Sacrament & then several members of the congregation give short talks on Christ and following Him)
    • Sunday School (the Church worldwide is on a 4-year rotation where each year we teach one of the books in our canon—The Old Testament, The New Testament, The Book of Mormon, and The Doctrine & Covenants) and we have class discussion on the principles taught in the lesson
    • Relief Society (the largest women’s organization in the world—at church, we have a lesson on Gospel principles and have a class discussion (this is usually my favorite part of church!)  My husband during this time is at Priesthood with the other men, the youth have a separate class, and the young children have singing time & little lessons)
  • Write one blog entry
  • Usually have some kind of responsibility I am asked to help out with for our congregation—right now it’s to prepare a little lesson for our nursery kids we teach during Sunday School

My “monthlies”:

  • Fast Sunday—the first Sunday of every month we go without food or water for at least 2 consecutive meals.  We begin and end this fast with a prayer, and usually “fast with a purpose”—pray for help or for someone else.  This day we also pay fast offerings—basic concept is that we give what money we would have spent on food that day to help the poor—but many people give generous fast offerings.  I also pay my tithing for the month on this same day–We are asked to pay 10% of our income.
  • Visit 2 women in the ward—called the Visiting Teaching program.  I am paired with another woman (my “companion”) and we are assigned to at least 2 other women to kind of watch over them and make sure they are doing okay temporally, socially, & spiritually.  We make at least one visit a month where we share a short message and chat for a bit.  We also try to make contact with them several times during the month
  • Go to the temple:  this is different from church.  Our temples are much bigger and nicer than our churches, and most are on some kind of hill—very beautiful.  My husband and I have a goal to visit once a month, and sometimes go more if we really feel like we need it.  It’s probably the most serene place I know of.  We go there to perform ordinances for our deceased ancestors and to have a more sacred, quiet, personal communion with God.  I always feel refreshed and recommitted to being just a little bit better in my life.  Just got home from going this month!

This week I wanted to give a little snapshot into what my life (and most others) looks like because I am a member of the LDS church…

My “dailies”:

  • Pray in the morning right when I get up
  • Study the scriptures (currently reading the Book of Mormon but some years I study the Bible, etc.)
  • Read a chapter with my husband (this year we’re reading the New Testament because that’s we’re studying in Sunday School)
  • Pray with my husband before we go to sleep
  • Pray by myself

My “weeklies”:

  • Church on Sunday–3 hour block which consists of:
    • Sacrament Meeting (where we partake the Sacrament & then several members of the congregation give short talks on Christ and following Him)
    • Sunday School (the Church worldwide is on a 4-year rotation where each year we teach one of the books in our canon—The Old Testament, The New Testament, The Book of Mormon, and The Doctrine & Covenants) and we have class discussion on the principles taught in the lesson
    • Relief Society (the largest women’s organization in the world—at church, we have a lesson on Gospel principles and have a class discussion (this is usually my favorite part of church!)  My husband during this time is at Priesthood with the other men, the youth have a separate class, and the young children have singing time & little lessons)
  • Write one blog entry
  • Usually have some kind of responsibility I am asked to help out with for our congregation—right now it’s to prepare a little lesson for our nursery kids we teach during Sunday School
  • Call/Skype our families on Sun night

My “monthlies”:

  • Fast Sunday—the first Sunday of every month we go without food or water for at least 2 consecutive meals.  We begin and end this fast with a prayer, and usually “fast with a purpose”—pray for help or for someone else.  This day we also pay fast offerings—basic concept is that we give what money we would have spent on food that day to help the poor—but many people give generous fast offerings.  I also pay my tithing for the month on this same day–We are asked to pay 10% of our income.
  • Visit 2 women in the ward—called the Visiting Teaching program.  I am paired with another woman (my “companion”) and we are assigned to at least 2 other women to kind of watch over them and make sure they are doing okay temporally, socially, & spiritually.  We make at least one visit a month where we share a short message and chat for a bit.  We also try to make contact with them several times during the month
  • Go to the temple:  this is different from church.  Our temples are much bigger and nicer, and most are on some kind of hill—very beautiful.  My husband and I have a goal to visit once a month, and sometimes go more if we really feel like we need it.  It’s probably the most serene place I know of.  We go there to perform ordinances for our deceased ancestors and to have a more sacred, quiet, personal communion with God.  I always feel refreshed and recommitted to being just a little bit better in my life

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