Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mormon Bloggers


(Painting The Lord is My Shepherd by Simon Dewey--one of my favorites!)

Over the past four years I have really enjoyed blogging and getting to know many of you as, what I consider, close friends. I have shared many aspects of my life; cooking, recipes, family traditions, memories, favorite foods, cooking tips, food storage information and much more! There is one thing I have not talked much about and that is my religion and beliefs. I don't keep it a secret that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I just feel that people's faith and beliefs are something special, and something I hold dear. It wasn't until a fellow friend and blogger, Mariel, approached me and asked me to share my thoughts about my religion that I decided it was time I share a few of my feelings and the blessings that have come to my life because of what I believe.

As many of you know, Mormon Bloggers are everywhere! I don't only follow Mormon Bloggers on purpose, but it is funny how several of my favorite blogs to follow are from Mormon women, much like myself. I am in awe at all women (and men) who choose to share their talents with others, and I am thankful for everything I have learned from so many talented people. I feel blogging has been a blessing to many people and inspired us to think outside the box, stretch ourselves, work towards goals and try and be better people & mothers. On my blog I hope I have shared some ways that I have done to help make my home and family a better place..whether it's through the food we love to cook, or through family traditions, there are many aspects to my life that I love sharing with each of you.

So, don't worry, I am not going to try and convert you to my religion, I would like to just share a few of my thoughts and feelings with you, along with almost 40 other well known Mormon bloggers and friends of mine. One of the aspects of my religion that is important to me is the Book of Mormon. From the time I was little my family woke up early and studied the scriptures, the Bible, as well as the Book of Mormon. I have always had a deep love and appreciation for them. My life would not be the same without the principles and guidance I get from the scriptures. They truly are my life-line to a loving Heavenly Father. The Book of Mormon is an additional scripture and a companion to the Bible. To me, they were both received through direct revelation from God. The Bible speaks of Jesus Christ's life before he came to earth and while He was on earth. The Book of Mormon is a record of the people who lived on the American continent during Christ's ministry and prior to his death. These scriptures have taught me about Christ's life, and have helped me feel a closeness to Him, as well as to God, that I feel I couldn't get from any other book.
Now, for the fun part! I am excited to be able to share this special book with anyone interested in receiving it. It is my gift to you and I will ship a copy of The Book of Mormon to you along with a packet of the thoughts and feelings from 40 other Mormon bloggers, including my own. You will receive your copy free of charge and I will ship them out to you at the end of the month. If you are interested, please email me at Shandra@dealstomeals.com with your address and any thoughts, questions or comments you may have. If you would like to read a list of all of the Mormon Bloggers who have added their thoughts to this packet, please visit Mariel's blog here.

Thank you so much for allowing me to share a little more about my personal beliefs and a part of my life that I hold sacred and dear. I am so thankful for each of you and for your support of me and this blog! I consider each of you a great, and loyal friend.

I can't wait to hear from you--email me anytime!

Shandra

P.S. Due to the nature of this post, please keep your comments upbeat and kind. We are lucky to live in a free country where we are able to share our feelings and thoughts, whether or not we all agree, so let's please encourage one another and help each other along this journey of life ;)

10 comments:

Mariel said...

I love it, Shandra! You're such a talented lady and I admire you lots for opening up on your blog, like this. Thanks for everything!

Unknown said...

I loved your post. It is definitely important that we respect one another's beliefs, but we should for sure be sharing good messages. LOvely

Shandra said...

Thank you for your comments and thank you Mariel for encouraging me to step our of my comfort zone :) Thanks for stopping by!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

Love your post! I've watched some of your videos before and was happy to see you joining this too! That pic of Christ is one of my favorites btw! :)

Rosi Howell said...

You know I'm your fan and I am more than thankful to you for helping our family build our food storage, I love your posts and I love your recipes but, by far this is my favorite post. I hope you get a lot of free The Book of Mormonrequests. We Mormons, believe in God and this Book testify of it. Blessings to all!

Anonymous said...

Dear Shandra,
I'm so glad that you chose to share your thoughts with us. As an inactive member, you and a few other bloggers I read have encouraged me to reactivate. So a big thank you to you and all! Don't ever be shy about sharing your believes. If someone doesn't agree, than they don't agree.Thanks again and I hope you're feeling better and have a blessed day!
Joyce Adams

TLeaves said...

Thank you for sharing. As a current agnostic (formerly Jewish), I became disenchanted by the restrictive, outdated nature of organized religion (especially towards women) and didn't see my girls really wanting to be part of that idea. What draws my curiosity to Mormonism is people like you and your family and now Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck and others who just seem like such wonderful, generous, real people. It's clearly a tribute to your faith, and I greatly respect that and the blessings it has brought to you. I love your blog and look forward to going through the sites Mariel has listed on hers.

Shandra said...

Joyce,

Thank you for your sweet words and sharing your thoughts and feelings with me and everyone else. Thank you too for your well wishes. I am feeling MUCH better, so thank you for thinking of me and taking the time to comment and share your thoughts ;)

TLeaves,

Thank you too for your kind comment and for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. It is wonderful that all of us are living our lives trying to do the best we can. Whether we are running for President, or a simple stay at home Mom-blogger, we are all trying to be more Christ like and better people. I think that is what is important. How we choose to focus our love of our Savior is personal to each of us. The more important fact is that we are all striving to be good to those around us and treat people the way Christ would if he were here. Not always easy, but something to work on. Thank you for showing YOUR kindness and encouraging me in my journey ;) That means a lot.

Justine said...

Love your testimony :) Love your food, love your blog. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Tarsila Moraes said...

I am a new follower. I just wanted to say that I loved it, love everything you said and your whole dedication to the blog and really being so dedicated in doing all of that. You are so beautiful and have such a beautiful smile. It must be because of the confidence of knowing you are a daughter of God and knows your purpose here on earth. Thanks for sharing that.

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