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I have been a member of the church since May 2014 and many have wondered how I have come in contact with the Church, what my parents think about the church and why I joined. It was little more than half a year ago I was baptized, that I was going to celebrate it by writing a blog post about why I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The fact is that I have always had an interest in religion since I was very small, I have always believed in God, or at least believed in a higher power. When I was younger, I read sometimes the stories of the Children's Bible about Jesus, Jonah and David and several characters and thought of it as standing. I have been a member of the Swedish church since I was very small as most Swedes have, and I did not go to church so much until autumn 2012 when I became more serious in my faith and I read all the Gospels in the New Testament.
I was on a kind of alternative confirmation camp that is not my home, but had it was a bit more like a language trip. I was in England a few weeks, very nice people and so, but I knew well that the Swedish Church was not sufficiently Christian without adapted too much to what people wanted to hear and not what they ought to hear. I still like the Swedish church and many there are very nice people, but I decided to test on another church that was a Free Church. Even though I liked it more, I felt in the end not comfortable with everything that unbelievers will go to hell.
I later read about other religions and churches, and finally found The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon Church as it is often called. I was a little familiar with it, knew that they had the Book of Mormon that Mitt Romney, who was a presidential candidate in the election 2012 in the US was Mormon, and I had also read about the church a few years ago when it was more up to date but did not think much more on that.
I read in any case on genealogy, temple, Joseph Smith, the church's history and some of the church's publications online, and after that I ordered home Book of Mormon, and two American missionaries came and handed over the book. I asked the missionaries and listened to their message. They came several times and I liked everything what they told me. I visited the chapel located in a municipality near where I live and thought it was nice, since they continued to visit me and we decided a date for baptism, the 3 May 2014 pm. 13.00 in Täby parish.
Baptism began with some speeches and hymns that I am a child of God and Come follow me, and then I was baptized and became submerged in the water. After the baptismal service continued with several speeches and hymns and then were treated to refreshments and I got as a gift all the Church's writings (Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price) that the missionaries had written a page with a message to me.
Baptism was the best moment of my life when I became born again and all my sins were forgiven. I had believed in Jesus before but now I followed him through to join his church. I knew and still know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God who established the true religion and that he was especially selected by God. Joseph is one of my greatest heroes when he sacrificed his life for us living today could take part of the gospel that we read about in The Doctrine and Covenants 135: 7
"They were innocent of any crime, as they have often proven to be, and put in prison only by traitors and wicked men scheming. And their innocent blood on the Carthage Jail floor is a large seal, sat on Mormonism, which no court on earth can reject, and their innocent blood on the State of Illinois coat of arms, with the state's broken promise, given by the governor, is a witness to the everlasting gospel is true and that the world can not question, and their innocent blood on the banner of liberty, and the United States Magna Carta, is an ambassador for Jesus Christ religion that must touch the honest hearts of people of all the nations, and their innocent blood, together with all the martyrs of innocent blood, which John saw underaaltaret, cry out to the Lord of Hosts till he avenged the blood of the earth. Amen."
The church is true, and even though I have heard some criticism of the church, both from critics and people who have left the Church, it has not affected me when I was able to get an answer to critical questions by reading on church websites where there is very good information or websites or blogs that Mormon Lady & Friends or FAIR Mormon and of course also by praying to God by asking.
Now it has been 6 months and over 7 days ago, I was baptized as a member of the church, and I have never regretted it, I'm still as active and thrive even better than I did when I became a member because I've got more friends and know more about the church now. It has not been as tough as those in my family who know I am a member for supporting me and many of my friends think it's cool for me to take such a decision to become a member of the Mormon Church.
Now the amazing radio interview with Håkan Palm on KSL about his biography Surviving Hitler available on youtube. Listen and enjoy!
Gustav Palm kept his secret for more than forty years. He'd been a young man When Hitler invaded his native Norway. After being forced to guard a Nazi prison camp, however, Gustav took his only option for escape: he volunteered for the Waffen-SS to fight at the front.
Agnes Erdös grew up in privilege and prosperity as a child in Hungary. She and her parents were practicing Roman Catholics, but They were ethnic Jews, and after the Nazis invaded her country, Agnes and her parents were late to the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Miraculously, both Agnes and Gustav survived. And after the war, They found eachother.
Told in Their own words, Surviving Hitler is the story of two Indomitable spirits who built on Their life-altering experiences to Overcome the Past, help each other heal, and embrace a common faith in God.
Is it possible to be an active member of the Church and living in a homosexual relationship? Apparently it is possible in some places. Bethany Roth lives since 15 years with his partner and both are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My thought when I read Bethany posts in Mormon building bridges is that the couple may live in a avhållsamt cohabitation? I really do not know, but the congregation and the bishop, parish Manager in the church know that women have a relationship.
Here is my response to Those Who Think There is no place for queer people in the church:
Please note exhibit 1: There's a place for me. There's a place for me and my partner. I serve as the secretary in my ward YW programs. I've held the stake calling of Camp Nurse at our 2 stake YW Camp for three years. Everybody knows I have a partner. We've been together nearly 15 years. She joined the church 11 months ago with full Disclosure. I am at total peace about how the issue Affects me. I trust That whatever challenges, delays, or frustrations my partner and I face will result in Useful experiences and broadened perspective. If I have to wait a minute for a temple marriage then that's fine. If I have to wave my little irritating "Hug a Mormon Homo" flag for a while, then fine. If I get asked about my worthiness, then I'll happily answer Their questions. If a church leader treats me badly, then I'll pray about it and RESPOND as inspired. If the Sunday school is all about how marriage is between a man and woman, then I can sacrifice my story and testimony to liven up the discussion. My eternal progression is not limited by These challenges. I'm done being afraid. I do not have to be afraid anymore Because I now trust That God is holding me gently. Jackie and I are happy. We are active, gay, Mormon.
Life is love school, LGBT issues are just another Means to challenge us to figure out how to love a bit more ... from both sides of the coin. Injustice is marvelously Effective at teaching compassion, humility, patience, endurance, and faith. I am grateful for the 14 years of pain my partner and I have endured. It has made us very, very soft. It hurts a lot less to hit a wall if you are soft. I now understand how even in the most poignant moments of confusion, oppression, and grief, one can say ... "All is well!" Source: MBB.141018.
It is with excitement that I look forward to this autumn's General Conference. In this spring's general conference, Elder Oaks the famous speech about Women and the Priesthood, Clearly as a consequence of Kate Kelly and other progressive feminists.
Since Kate Kelly's exclusion as feminist issues have not been as prominent in social media, however, has LGBTQ issues received a larger space. I chatted with LGBTQ profile Mitch Mayne, Who hoped that the General Conference would at least tell you about the Church's official website mormonsandgays.org Of the church seventy so we can at least deduce some of their position.
Last summer was Per ore in our congregation numbers in sacrament meeting. He termed that in his speech homosexuality "Kink". In Sweden, the church is very conservative in contrast to what we increasingly see in the United States.
We have previously reported on elders Todd Christoffersson whose brother Tom is openly gay and living with a partner for many years. Tom has written about how the loving relationship he has to his entire family.
One of the narrators of the documentary Meet the Mormons at Affirmation: LGBT Family & Friends is Samy Galvez. He is the son of one of the Seventy of the Church, Sam M. Galvez and talks in the documentary about how loving his father responded to the news that his son was gay. Shauna Malia Ikahihifo, one of the participants in building bridges Mormon tells of an encounter with another seventy, Ruben Acosta, And how he responded to the issue of LGBTQ yesterday at Sunday's meeting:
The most amazing thing happened in the church today. We had a member of the Seventy, Elder Ruben Acosta, who came to our church and he delivered a special lecture on Family Declaration in a joint Relief Society and priesthood meeting, in accordance with President Packer's directives.
To be completely honest, I felt very nervous about attending this combined meeting. In almost every lesson on family declaration that I have attended so it has left behind a bad feeling in my stomach, but this time I was really surprised. When we read through section by section of the declaration, so, Elder Acosta asked by a parishioner how he would respond to people who think they are gay just because God created them this way. Elder Acosta stood up and testified that every brother and sister who experience that they feel attraction faced their own sex were born this way. They chose it and there is nothing that we will judge them. They deserve all our love and acceptance. As long as they follow the commandments, just like everyone else, they are worthy to have the office, go to the temple and so on. He shared a story that Elder Bednar shared with him when he first became a seventy. Elder Bednar had interviewed a man they wanted to call to the stake president. Elder Bednar asked the man if there was anything that he felt perhaps kept him away from that in a dignified manner serve as stake president. The man answered and said to him ever since he was young, even though he had served on a mission and was married in the temple, he had always been attracted to men. He said that even if he tried as best he could to keep the commandments and do what was right, so he did not feel that he would be worthy to hold office as a stake president. Elder Bednar told him that he was more than worthy and suitable to be a stake president and separated him the very next day and he has served as a stake president ever since. Elder Acosta shared another experience he had after visiting a young gay man who struggled to stay active in the Church despite the treatment he received from the bishops and other members. He asked each of us to be careful about what we said and to have compassion. Elder Acosta took then and invited members of the congregation to be more loving and accepting for each brother and sister. He said that each of us has a place here in the church and that we should focus on policy can change, because there is much about the meaning and purpose of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters that God has not yet revealed.
I have never before heard a General Authority to be as expressive and to the point with regard to this topic. There was so much love in the room! It was absolutely amazing! I know that we, as members of the church, still has a long way to go, but I never thought even once that I would be attending a meeting where a General Authority with such a glow would encourage and defend LGBT Community. When he spoke, I could not hold back the tears. It was a wonderful meeting. Source: MBB.140929