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Faith is not free.

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Some time ago a Facebook friend contacted me. Hen had been a member for a few months, perhaps up to a year and was at the time of baptism very enthusiastic about taking the step and finally get baptized.

This message on Facebook, however, was anything but enthusiastic. Hen told me that the hen is no longer believed in the church. There was so much information on the Internet indicating that the Church was not true. Hen also felt uncomfortable as a member when the hen throughout its membership, both violated the law of chastity and the Word of Wisdom. When we become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as graduates, we also promise not to have extramarital sex or make use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee or black / green tea.

Sure, it was sad that the hen had no more faith and had decided to leave the church. At the same time, I felt that hen never given any real chance throne. To be baptized into the Church is to take a step, just as it is a step to marriage. Anyone of us know that it does not automatically mean that a marriage will be happy just because you're married, you have to work on their relationship, too.

It is the same with being a member of the church. We can not delude ourselves that it is enough to join the Church and so everything flows on as well. No, it's not. A marriage is a relationship that must be built on. The same goes for the relationship we are with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father when we go down into the waters of baptism. We need to work on our relationship. Faith is not free. We must not confuse the concept of faith with the concept of grace. Grace comes from God and is free. If we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior in our lives we have been reconciled to God when Christ takes upon himself all our sins. In baptism, so we washed clean and can turn the page. We are starting a brand new life.

In this new life, it means our repentance that we keep our eyes on Christ and follow Him. IN John 14: 23 it says:

Jesus answered, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. And my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.

How to choose to believe in Jesus Christ also means that we follow his commandments. Then we can get the Holy Spirit's confirmation of our lives. Faith is nothing permanent. It is an act and an attitude. We can almost compare the faith with a plant that needs nourishment to survive. Faith needs to scripture study and prayer. Faith needs that we follow the commandments. Faith needs an affirmation of listening to the still small voice within us. Faith needs a heart that is willing to repent, humble themselves, have a positive attitude and a desire to serve. We must open our hearts and actively live out our faith.

Of course I was sad about the message I received on Facebook, but at the same time, I was not surprised. I myself have been the same; believed that faith was free and lived high on the förälskelses intoxication that I found myself in the new member. But finally, I came down to earth. The love was over and it was time to end that I realized I had to start working on the relationship that I entered with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Then, when I live right and follow the commandments which I know I have to follow that faith comes as a confirmation. I met with the miracle to feel the Holy Spirit's presence in my life that confirms to me that the path I chose when I chose to follow Jesus Christ is the way that leads to the light, joy, peace and a sense of purpose.

Swedish Society of Genetic Genealogy

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Here about a week I got an email from Maren belonging to my congregation. She told me about a recent website for those interested in genealogy DNA. Swedish Society of Genetic Genealogy (SSGG) has gathered the top names in Sweden for genealogy. Hit you as an individual turn if you want to know more about how to interpret your DNA results. In addition to this website, there is also, of course facebook group DNA ancestry.

"Sophie was caught by a sect"

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Just when I was beginning to think that the media in Sweden might have started to become less restricted and more international in its mindset as it happens suddenly to an article appears in Aftonbladet that are clean return to the Middle Ages.

In an article in Aftonbladet with the title "Sofi was caught by a sect" (2015-03-06) describes how distraught parents who lost her daughter to a Mormon sect. Another interview with a renegade Mormon included. Unlike the story of "Sofi" so is this woman's name is not fingrerat.

The story of "Sofi" is a story that many members know. Indeed, there is not so many members in Sweden that you do not know who it is written on, especially not in this case. On Mormon Lady, we wrote about "Sofi" for a couple of years ago. The story is tragic. It is not really about a girl who chooses to become a Mormon. It is about parents who can not accept her daughter's life choices. Self I recognize all too well. My parents forbade me to have the church do when they understood my interest in it. I was forced to choose between the church and my parents. I was in fear of those who would represent my security and trust. How difficult it must be for parents to accept their children's choices and how difficult it must be for Aftonbladet not to be so black and white - all to create sensation? The sad for Aftonbladet is that there are lots of people in this country who actually know Mormons and who know that what they write is not true. "Sofi" himself wrote a blog post here on Mormon Lady for a couple of years ago where she gave her version of what had really happened. To avoid further conflicts with his parents as we were asked, however, to remove the blog post.

It is surprising that Aftonbladet may still be in this kind of duck pond and not realize that they have made fools of themselves. Other Swedish newspapers wrote today respectful of our faith. If you read a popular magazine, Huffington Post, you find many articles about the "Mormons." Some are not so flattering, but many are quite positive. They give words a nuanced picture of our church and our faith. How can Aftonbladet be as medieval? It is a mystery indeed.

Church Public Affairs felt that this article was going on and will respond to the criticism. Mormon Lady has been in contact with FINYAR researching new religions and alternative spirituality. They are surprised Aftonbladet's actions, but says Aftonbladet is difficult to communicate with. Aftonbladet had not contacted them that the article was about. Mormon Lady was the one who had to tell "Sofi" man if they stood them in Aftonbladet. The question is what kind of journalism it represents; not to allow all parties to be heard and not even informed that they intend to write about them?

On a couple of facebook groups for Swedish Church members who I'm in so discussed Aftonbladet article. How do you react when members of the Church of the article? Yes, some taking up the fact that only 16% of the Swedish population have confidence in Aftonbladet, according to a recent survey. Others feel a sense of security that people in general and, for example, employers think it is ok that they are "Mormons." Some get upset and think that Aftonbladet represents a limited socialist vision. We can all think differently. For my part, gives the closest to a post-traumatic stress disorder. I myself have gone through like Sofi has had to go through. But even though it is our parents who torment us so no one asks about our emotions and how we have been treated.

My oldest daughter is no longer active in the Church. Certainly, I hope that she ever come back to church because it is such a huge joy and comfort to have Jesus Christ in his life. But whatever she chooses for life so I respect that it is her life. She has free will and the right to choose their own life. As members of the Church, we must respect our children to choose their own lives and their own outlook on life. For me it is also obvious that all parents, regardless of creed, respecting their children's choice.

To read the article in its entirety so is this: http://web.comhem.se/dannereuter/aftonbladet_sondag_1mar_s32-38.pdf

 

 

SeminarieTV 25: & Doctrine connected 124-124

Lulea seminary class films, presenting and editing this week's episode.

 

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Starring: Elisabeth Dahlqvist, Moa Wirtala, Joseph Wirtala, Isaac Naslund; using Stockholmare: Saga Stahlberg, Frida Stahlberg, Beatrice Halldén. Message by David Newell, Branch president in Lulea.

NOTE: This section 25, 24 not as the beginning shows.

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https://vimeo.com/121551385

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