Wednesday, June 6, 2012

confession

{because every post needs a picture; hvar, croatia}

a couple of months ago I stumbled on the show "what would you do" one less than riveting Friday evening.  It places people in these situations where they are asked uncomfortable questions or they overhear things that cannot be ignored.  And then records their reaction.  You can't help but think how would I respond?  I am a Christian and pray I would stick up for anyone being mistreated.  The only time I've ever watched it was when the show was filmed in Utah, in towns with a heavy Mormon population.  I was struck by how they defended the helpless.  And the way they did it too.  They didn't turn their heads and look away, they got involved and helped.  I was impressed by their conviction.

sooo i have a confession of sorts.  i'm intrigued by mormons.  they dress cute.  and they are modest.  and they just seem cool.  way cooler than me.  yet they don't drink wine or coffee.  i don't know how cool i could possibly be without caffeine.   i'm always drawn to wholesomeness.  They seem committed to it.  and i like that.  i've actually been asked if I am a mormon quite a few times on formspring... i would think my cappuccino's kinda gave me away.... no?  And though I try to dress modestly... sometimes I fail miserably.  You mormons make dressing modestly cool.  anyway, i'm solid in my faith, no question.  it's not swaying.  i  just wanted to say - hi mormons.  i'm sorta obsessed with you.  anyone else?


::  my day with the gorgeous Jenni ::


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  1. me too. they make really good photographers too.

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  2. I 100% agree! I just had this conversation with a client on Sunday as I was doing her portrait session. I became intrigued last year, then I met a bunch of amazing Morman photographers at WPPI and was really amazed. There ideals may be different than many, but I don't care who you are, you have to respect them.

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  3. Hmm risky issue, im catholic although i dont agree with everything the church stands for, because i believe in equality for everyone, but at the end of the day i believe in god and the goodness of people.

    I think mormons are high quality people, good intentions,willing to hel others, but im not sure in terms of equality how they stand and by equality i mean: gender, areg, sexual preference etc. can anyone fill me in?

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  4. Totally agree.. I have been very intrigued!!

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  5. Am I the very first Mormon to get to comment?! I feel so special. Sarah, I love this. 100%. So many people lately use the word 'weird' to describe Mormons (which we kinda are) but you just said all kinds of lovely things instead. I'm more than happy to answer any questions and I love that you're willing to ask them!

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  6. um....the whole story of the mormon church is just plain weird. soory..the holy underware thing is weurd to

    xoxo from Trinidad

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  7. Yep. I love mormons myself. My first boyfriend of 10 years was one! I learned so much about them. I fully respect the Mo's and totally think they dress cute and are some of the most sincerely nicest people I've met.

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  8. I'm telling you, the one thing I learned in the Republican primary when all the candidates got up n stage with their fams is that Mormons are REALLY PRETTY. Case in point: Jon Huntsman's daughters- http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201201/jon-huntsman-daughters-mary-anne-liddy-abby-gq-january-2012

    Um hi wanna be them.

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  9. Sarah, I feel the same way about Mormons! I'm Catholic and committed to my faith but there is something - I think you've got the right words with conviction and wholesomeness that is so intriguing. I also think their strong, strong family values are so fantastic.

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  10. Me too!! Intrigued is the right word... I guess it's their wholesomeness that draws me in, as well as their evident focus on their faith and their family. And don't even get me started on the "Mormon mommy blogs"!:-) So addictive.

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  11. Haha...this wasn't the post I was expecting when I first started reading it but I'm glad that we Mormon's have made a good impression on you. :)

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  12. I totally agree! Especially Mormon mommy blogs, they are the cutest things ever and I totally love reading them! :)

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  13. Ditto, Sadie! You're right. They really are an amazing community of people who have an unfair reputation. One of my best friends is Mormon and I have experienced first hand how their community rallies to help one another.

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  14. @Maite- just saw your comment. To be honest, they have the same Christian beliefs about those issues. They believe in the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon, so their values are the same foundationally. BUT- I think you would be surprised to find that overall they are a more accepting, loving and inclusive group than "mainstream" Christians. They tend not to let their beliefs be so politicized and hold to the belief that humans are images of God and all are to be loved and accepted. It's quite beautiful.

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  15. PS- this is a hot topic for me as my God kids are LDS (Mormon). I will be happy to try to explain their beliefs and consult my best friend for clarification if anyone is curious! (Sorry for the 3 comments, Sadie- this topic is a soapbox for me!! :))

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  16. I seriously need a mormon bff! one with a sense of humor so when i poke fun at her for believing the garden of eden is in missouri she'll roll her eyes and say, 'yea, and i'm sure Jonah was really swallowed by a fish too. love!

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  17. @ash ham- thanks for helping out. as i'm pretty ignorant on this topic! just an observer mainly.

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  18. I feel fairly uncomfortable with religion on the whole so I won't comment on that part of it but I do notice a lot of Mormon blogs... I'm often surprised when after following along for some time, I come across a hint or the 'we believe' somewhere on their blog. There certainly are some cool Mormon bloggers out there!

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  19. I know exactly what you mean. I have a lot of respect for Mormons because I often feel like they are more dedicated to their faith then everyone around me. I think the kingdom of God needs everyone loving and accepting everyone, because that kingdom is made to last!

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  20. You can just count me in on this one. I'm so obsessed with Mormons (re: Sydney from the Daybook and Naomi from The Rockstar Diaries)!

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  21. Funny I have been thinking the same thing latley. They are just such cool, neat, succesful, put together people. I often find myself reading more about their religion after so many amazing blogs.

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  22. Sarah, you are too funny! I am very intrigued by them as well! And have been actually meaning to do similar post because I feel so drawn to their lives and what they do. I don't understand their lifestyle since I am not that fammiliar with the religion, which draws me into wanting to learn more!
    Great post!

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  23. I've definitely become more interested since entering bloggyland where it seem like a huge majority of bloggers are mormon. It has 100% changed my perception. And while I can't imagine a life with out caffeine and margs, I have to respect them for really sticking to it.

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  24. They absolutely intrigue me especially as I never really knew about them until I read blogs. They just seem so cool and I love how they are so family orientated.

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  25. haha! People always ask me if I'm Mormon. It's kinda hilarious. I think it's because of the way I act mixed with the fact that all my friends at school are Mormon (I board at school) mixed with the fact that my family is from Utah. ha

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  26. I love your blog, and I have to say this wasn't the post I was expecting either. I'm a Mormon and reading such nice things rather than the usual "weird" etc. was so refreshing! Thanks :) I think you're pretty amazing and admire your dedication to your faith as well.

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  27. Thanks for writing this post and starting this dialogue about the LDS faith. A great place to learn more about what we believe and/or answers to specific questions non-member may have is mormon.org. :)

    -Kristen
    The Mrs. and The Momma

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  28. You know, dressing modestly is something that doesn't get very much credit anymore. I think it's a really respectable thing when a woman considers what she wears, what it says about her and how it will affect others around her. I'm also a Christian, but I can definitely respect anyone's choice to dress modestly and look cool while doing so! :)

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  29. of course you are just a doll! Thanks for the little Mormon shout out! For the record, I think you're pretty awesome too!

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  30. Yep, can totally relate. My husband and I know quite a few mormons and they are ALL such great people. Always positive, friendly, loving, etc. It has always intrigued me. One of our best "married couple" friends are mormon and although we have some differences in our faith, they remain the most trusting and loving friends.

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  31. Most of the bloggers I follow are Mormon, I grew up Catholic but stopped practicing and haven't been back to church. I love seeing people with faith and how they use it for the greater good.

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  32. Me too, that's so funny I've had the same thoughts! It's something I would like to learn more about.

    xo Kayla

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  33. I don't think mormons are cool. I think their fake, and put up a facade of their real life. I also think it's obnoxious so many mormons have fashion blogs claiming to be... oh so modest. Isn't that a bit vain? Yeah Jesus really wants you to blog about your frivolous purchases everyday. ::eye roll::

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  34. pleasantly surprised with this post and all the comments...i'm a mormon and am happy to hear that most people think mormons are good people!

    mormon.org is a great way to find out more about mormons and i'm also happy to answer any questions (though i'm no expert!) jenholtkamp@gmail.com

    sidenote: not all mormons have the same political values. i for one support marriage equality (regardless of sexual orientation).

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  35. I think mormons are pretty cool myself. (being one and all:))

    You are so sweet, and as you can see, there seem to be quite a few obsessed with you as well!

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  36. i always think this, too! i really admire how it so many of them seem to really prioritize the right things in life, God/family/modesty, and aren't afraid to show it.

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  37. haha, you are just too cute girl! thanks for the little mormon shout out. we are just a little obsessed with you too ;)
    xo TJ

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  38. Thanks so much for this post! I am mormon myself and it is good to see that not everyone thinks we are total weirdos.

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  39. I'm obsessed with mormons....is that creepy?? Even the show sister wives abed big love...although from what I understand plural marriage is frowned upon un mainstream mormonism...I think its so interesting

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  40. I agree wholeheartedly. It makes me, as a Christian, that I need to be working A LOT harder to represent my faith well - not to create a facade but genuinely showing the best reflection of God's impact on my life.

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  41. As a Mormon, it's such a nice change to hear people who have a positive opinion about us. A lot of people don't know anything about us other than what they hear on the news (Warren Jeffs and such) and they think all LDS people are like that. And why wouldn't they? That's all they know. It reminds me of the war over in the east and a lot of American’s opinions of the Muslim people. When there are only religious extremists on the news people don't realize that the majority of the Muslim people (and Mormons)are everyday normal and genuinely good people.

    Thank you so much, Sarah, for saying Mormons make dressing modestly cool! It is so difficult to find shorts, skirts, and dresses that are long enough! I’m with everyone else in wishing I was as cute and fashionable as some of those Mormon bloggers out there! They are an inspiration to me, for sure.

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  42. so why do you like me so much? I've definitely never been described as "wholesome"

    sad face.

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  43. sarah, it is not just about coffee and cute dresses. it is also about how many (not all but many) mormons are racist, misogynistic and very hateful towards homosexuals. I think we all like that your blog is light and fun, but come on, this is a little ridiculous.

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  44. hoo boy. there's some interesting anonymous comments up there:-) I'm a Christian too, but totally definitely completely believe that everyone can learn from everyone. Becoming a better person. The best "you" you can possibly be. Kudos to Mormons!:-) xoxo

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  45. i dont know about mormans. im so drawn to wholesomeness but i just dont think i can get my head around the morman religion! i don't know if it's because i have hardly ever been exposed to it, but when ive stumbled upon the link to the church from blogs i always sit there a little wide eyed!
    i have complete respect for them though and read a few morman blogs but i just can't understand it.
    and they cant drink coffee and wine haha WHAT?!?
    Im not a cristian and im not a morman but i like to think that i would stick up for someone being mistreated, and i like to think that i dress modestly and live quite wholesomely. i don't think it should be based your religion :) xx

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  46. dear anon - i'm not well versed in mormonism. and i don't think it's just about coffee and cute dresses - though i do believe that both of those things are observed for deeply held beliefs which i respect. i also believe in spotlighting what i see as good - and "ridiculous" or not, this is my space, and i do feel entitled to admire who i please.

    this is not to say that i tolerate any kind of hate ... toward anyone. in fact in the show i am discussing they have a son telling a father he is homosexual... in the scene, the father was slurring hurtful words at him and left his son alone in the restaurant. other men who were mormon overheard this and comforted the son. not just one guy! like 5 of them! this really struck a cord with me - they were incredibly compassionate.

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  47. There are crazy, judgmental, and 'racist' people everywhere. Though some Mormons may seem to be that way.. lots of other people do too. It's not a Mormon thing :)

    You're so sweet, Sarah!

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  48. As a Christian, it makes me want to be the kind of person that people call me & my friends out like, "wow--those Christians are pretty respectable, modest-dressing, and compassionate."
    In a way, it's a conviction. I want to represent those things as a Christian.
    :)
    Awesome post though--I have noticed many of the same things!
    xoxo,
    Leigh

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  49. i have a few good friends from high school that are mormon and i, too, am so intrigued. i always kid that if i could give up coffee and alcohol i could be down with mormon lifestyle. but...that would never happen. i have a deep relationship with beer.

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  50. ha! i love this! i cant watch that show.. it makes me sad that they basically trap people into awkward situations and make them feel bad about not doing anything. i honestly never really knew anything about mormons until blogs! v interesting indeed. it makes me wish i had a broader understanding of even more religions. xo

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  51. I love this post. I'm a christain as well and i've been intrigued by some of the Mormons i have met here in Australia. I am always open to visiting a church i am not familiar with because i feel like there is always something to learn.

    Religion or not, there will always be people who are racist/sexist etc (i have unfortunately experienced both of these).

    But i love the fact that you are highlighting and taking note of the good aspects you have witnessed and ignoring those that might not sit well with you :)

    I too need to start dressing more modest, although i think i do a pretty good job of it already :)

    xo Stephanie

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  52. my best friends in high school were mormon. i seriously considered converting and going to utah and byu with them for college... they are the nicest, most caring, giving, selfless people i know. I love that as you christian speak up for people of other religions especially mormons. i walked out of church one time because the pastor started talking badly about mormons. no one and no religion is perfect. i don't think it's our place to judge other people religions especially when they are such good people and do such good things for other people.

    so yeah that's my rant.

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  53. At first I didn't think I had much to say on this topic, but as I started reading through the comments my opinion sort of came out of the woodwork.

    Like you, I am a Christian and our faith also tends to be looked upon negatively at times. As is the case with Mormonism, this is usually due to the actions of a small group of individuals who do not reflect what the majority of us believe. I usually try and stay away from generalizing any group by this publicized minority and I'm so glad to see others that feel the same way.

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  54. I've lived in SLC and I think there is a large mormon representation in the blogging community because a lot of mormon women marry very young and have kids right away and stay home with their kids. A lot of them are on sites like etsy, for the same reason. I think that can generate a lot of interest, and they have great marketing, much better than Christians and definitely more aggressive, or actually, passive aggressive lol. But the bottom line is, if you believe the bible is the inherent word of God, not to be messed with, you are not going to agree with the teachings of mormonism. Of course this is not to deny their "coolness" or "sweetness" on the surface. A lot of my friends and colleagues in SLC were mormons or ex-mormons, and i love them dearly, and they love God sincerely. But to say Jesus is any less than the only Son of God, not to mention the "weird" (deceitful) teachings like we are all going to be gods, or lighter skinned people are "more pure," is just not biblical. Several of my mormon friends are under constant pressure to get pregnant, and have basically been ostracized because they couldn't. One ended up adopting and one ended up doing invitro. It really bothers me that they would feel it's their fault that they couldn't have kids. Anyway, just know that the grass sometimes looks greener over the septic tank, and what you see is not typically what you get.

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  55. btw, you are being asked if you are mormon because 1) you mention God in your posts and 2) they want to put a "i am mormon" ad on your site. Their marketing is really phenomenal. The sweetness is part of it. they make it their business to be the kindest people around, and have the biggest buildings, esp overseas. the most dangerous deceptions tho, are those that look very close to the truth.

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  56. ok, last rant. my biggest problem with not mormon people, but the mormon faith, is that it's so works based. Did you know they are required to tithe? I'm a Christian, and I do tithe, out of thankfulness and obedience to God, whose money it is anyway. But it should never be forced. They actually take your tax forms and make sure you are tithing. It's too controlling. The truth should set you free. There needs to be more focus on Jesus, as who he is. but then i guess it wouldn't be mormonism anymore.

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  57. By the way you are way cool enough without making any comparisons. So cool they wanted to use you for marketing purposes. Thank you for honoring God and bringing Him the renown he deserves by being who you are and representing Him as He truly is.

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  58. This is a different "anonymous" than the other one by the way lol.

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  59. I think this is a good topic for examining our hearts as Christians and determining where some of our weaknesses lie. I, too, am aware of the seemingly awesomeness that is Mormon blogs, and many mormons in general, but I think to myself, so many things that are appealing about Mormons are things that are of this world. I am all about family values and modesty, but beside the fact that she is, I am sure, a great mother, would people read and drool over 'Rockstar Diaries' if Naomi and company weren't thin, beautiful, incredibly successful, well-dressed, and didn't post about amazing brunches and food all around D.C.? I have known and know many mormons and know that the LDS church very aggressively tries to promote the mormon faith by utilizing the oldest trick in the book: make the lives of the members look so easy, attractive, and wonderful. I stopped reading Mormon blogs (and any lifestyle blog- someone sent me a link to your blog in an email yesterday) that isn't a genuine reflection of how we desperately need God's grace- NOT clothes, or brunches, or worldy beauty. Again, I know some lovely mormons and I genuinely appreciate their family values and modesty, but I also have never met a mormon who had a genuine and intimate relationship with God. My own dear neighbor grew up as a poor mormon in Utah with 10 brothers and sisters and left the mormon church because of how incredibly contemptuously her family was treated for being poor, even though they were happy and had enough. They did not want their family to come to church or to be associated with mormonism and were constantly chastised for their tithe not being large enough (they were farmers and had little money, but gave what they could). I ask myself: Do I want to put on airs that life is a cakewalk with beautiful children and clothes and a rich husband and that everything is always easy? Or do I want to come bowed before God each morning to receive my portion because without him I cannot live and am nothing? Should I use my time following those who espouse a religion that says I can become a god in my own right or should I guard my mind and proclaim Christian truth which says we must die to self? In conclusion, here is an apt verse: "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world —the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions —is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever."

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  60. I've already left a comment above, but after reading some of the subsequent anon ones, I'm really surprised...and slightly put out. There are some really false and offensive things about the Mormon faith above, that I hope people will check for themselves if they truly believe such things and are interested to know the truth. I mean, checking tax forms to verify tithing?....I can assure you, no such thing occurs. We pay tithing of our own free will. I think, unfortunately, some people really enjoy believing blasphemous things about the lds faith.

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  61. Wow, the comments on this post...

    Just thought I'd share this link to an article about Mormon bloggers I read a while ago. Your post reminded me of it and, if you're intrigued by Mormons, I think you can relate:

    http://www.salon.com/2011/01/15/feminist_obsessed_with_mormon_blogs/singleton/

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  62. It makes me smile that you choose to look at the positive things in this religion. Mormons are not perfect, nor should they pretend to be we are all human and all make mistakes no matter what religion (or not religion) we are. :) It makes me sick to think that that family was ostracized for being poor, yes there can be “Mormon culture” that does those kinds of things but it is wrong and not part of the teachings of the church. As for the homosexuality bit that one is hard. I believe and the church teaches that every one is a child of God and of infinite worth no matter what. But we do believe that homosexual behavour is wrong (not the person just acting on it). That it is a challenge to be overcome in this life that being gay is not bad it is just a part of your life that you can over come. That being said I would NEVER look at a gay couple and think that they were bad people because of that. That would be rude and judgmental. I apologize if it offends anyone it is not the intent. Even though I am a Mormon I am still totally obsessed with the mormon.org videos as a confession I have watched all of them. :) they are really sweet and remind me of the beautiful things in life. PS I love you for writing this I was having a hard week and it reminded me that not everyone judges the lds faith in a bad way.

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  63. Sorry that was so long I was just hoping to address some questions.

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  64. Just want to post my two cents as an ex-Mormon turned Christian. I was born into a Mormon family and was highly involved in the church until my teen years when I did some real soul searching and research. Mormons are some of the kindest people I have ever known, some of the most obedient, willing, and hopeful. And yes, some of the most beautiful on the outside, too.


    Mormon family ideals and values create the perfect situation for a stylish mommy to create a successful blogl- mormons teach the men to be providers for their family so that the wife can have children and stay home comfortably. They have a fabulous community of support and plenty of creative activities throughout the week... if you are looking for a community to welcome you, there isn't a better group to run to than the Mormons, from what I have found...


    however, all the good stuff- this is the culture, the people, the outside. However, the root of mormonism, the gospel, the things you learn AFTER baptism, the so called "meat" of the gospel, (not the "milk" which missionaries are happy to share, the "meat" is the stuff harder to swallow)... the "meat" is what you really want to to research before you get involved.

    If mormonism were a social club, like cub scouts or brownies for grown-ups, I'd be all for it. However, it is a religion, a belief system, and it doesn't teach us that we can be saved by God. Hear me out.


    Mormonism teaches us to use God to save ourselves. Ultimately, if we succeed, the glory is ours by becoming a God ourself. This is so against everything the bible teaches us. The second article of Mormon faith says that men will be punished for their OWN sins, not for Adams transgression- in short, they teach that we can claim our own sins, and we can claim our own good works. This is contrary to what Christ taught.


    Christ taught that because of Adam's original sin, we are all sinners. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. So Christ came and TOOK our sins, they aren't ours if we offer them up to Christ. Similarily, we can't claim our own "good works", anything good that comes from us belongs to God, because he created us, he is the spring from which all good in the whole universe comes from. We can't claim any goodness on our own, and we certainly cannot use good works (or even a good heart) to earn our way to heaven. The different between Mormon "grace" and Christian "grace" is hard to see on the front perhaps... but it is vastly different.


    A lot of the "weird" things you hear about mormonism are astonishingly true- and you Mormons out there, I know how hard it is to swallow that when you call yourself Mormon. But you know the stance the church had on Black members of the church before the 1980's, you know about polygamy during the founding years of the church, maybe you know about the links between Joseph Smith's seeing stone and the popular white magic of the time, or the similarities between temple works and Masonic temple rituals (Joseph was a mason) Just to name a very small few. If you are anything like me you buried these things. I know it is HIGHLY frowned on to read any "anti-mormon" litereature, but I recommend seeking it out, if only to prove it wrong. Yes, a lot of it is written by an author with a sour heart, and some of it is not true, but if you really do your research, you will be astonished by what has a lot of historical backing, and what doesn't give you "the burning in the bosom"


    Again, if you want a social club, Mormonism is fabulous. If you want a true and saving God, you will not find Him in Mormonism. I say this with all the love I have. Find the God who saves you unconditionally.

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    1. Yep. What she said. I tend not to be drawn to Mormon blogs for these reasons. I am sure the ladies are lovely, but the deeper parts of what their religion stands for is not lovely to me, so I just feel uncomfortable being part of that by reading. Maybe that's wrong of me. But it's how I feel:(

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  65. why are almost all the "anti-mormon" posts written by annonymous authors? :) i don't think sarah or any of the other commentators were trying to "convert" anyone.

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  66. it's an interesting phenomenon--us mormons in the blogger sphere. i appreciate your take on it.

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  67. Am I the only one who sees the "We Believe" buttons and thinks of Miracle on 34th Street? Maybe it was because I started reading blogs around Christmas but I started to wonder why so many people we proclaiming their belief in Santa. Ha!

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  68. We were actually talking just recently about how often "Christians" are the least to act when they should be the MOST concerned. Then of course, you have Muslims and Mormons etc. that are willing to die for whatever cause.
    It really challenges me to change how I treat my relationship with God and check if I'm REALLY doing what His word tells me to!

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  69. yup, sort of really intrigued by them too =)

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  70. to holtcamp, it's just easier sometimes to speak the ugly truth as anonymous :) esp when it's on such a sweet blog.

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  71. man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. these posts have been so eye opening. thank you for speaking the truth, esp the one who was mormon then became a christian, that was a really revealing post and the truth cut to my heart, in such a good and freeing way. i would say to our lovely mormon fellow readers out there, ask God to reveal to you his freeing truth. Because what really matters on the day we die, is not how cool we looked to the outside world, but the condition of our hearts. And his word is clear, that no man comes to the father by by Jesus. All our good works are as filthy rags.

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  72. SORRY i totally butchered the last sentence of the last post. no man comes to the Father BUT by Jesus. LOL. O man. So sorry guys. That was kind of an important word.

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  73. SORRY i totally butchered the last sentence of the last post. no man comes to the Father BUT by Jesus. LOL. O man. So sorry guys. That was kind of an important word.

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  74. Sarah! Hi, another Mormon follower here. I feel like out religion has been getting a lot of attention lately since Mitt Romney is afterall Mormon and in regards to some of our political stances. In regards to not drinking coffee or alcohol, we just believe that our bodies are sacred and that to be addicted to any substance gives our bodies power of us. At least that's the ideal behind our regard for nutrition. Thank goodness shopping isn't included in that! Love you blog, and how upbeat you are. Keep it up.
    -Melissa

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  75. @MelissaJoy thank goodness shopping isn't included in that... lol.... this cracks me up, because if the church regulated EVERYTHING people become addicted to, or put before God, essentially the whole world would be off limits. This is about idolatry. Everyone has different idols that tempt them....That is why it is silly to even begin regulating things. Some one may have a problem with caffeine addiction, and someone else may not. It should be between yourself and God to decide what needs to be cut from your life. As soon as the church presidency decides for everyone, where is God in the scenario? Then it becomes a matter of checking things off lists... "well, I don't drink coffee and I don't drink alcohol and my shorts are only an inch and a half above my knee.... so I am doing things right by God". yeah but how tight are those shorts? Are they really "modest"? Are you really keeping yourself free of addiction if you turn to shopping instead of a cup of coffee to fill the void that the Lord should be filling?!

    See what I mean?! One of my MANY issues with the LDS faith and the leaders that make things off limits claiming the Lord is behind it.

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  76. new Anonymous author here. What stood out to me about your post, was the quote "They seem committed to it" (wholesomeness that is). The point is to be committed to God, and the by product should be wholesomeness. That is where Mormons have it backwards like the last commenter seemed to be getting at, if you are committed to God, He will weed out your idols. And you will have His wholesomeness. Instead of following a list of guidelines to achieve wholesomeness on your own to get closer to God.

    One of my old high school mormon friends told me you had to follow the rules so that you could be holy enough to have Heavenly Fathers presence in your life. Seems backwards. The bible teaches that Heavenly Father can cut through any amount of sin and weakness if you accept Him, and then BECAUSE we are made new by Him, our lives change. It is a by-product of being close to Him. This difference is huge. like the other anonymous person said


    "The different between Mormon "grace" and Christian "grace" is hard to see on the front perhaps... but it is vastly different."

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  77. Oh my gosh... me too! Mormons are FASCINATING. I'm kind of obsessed. Like you, my own faith as a Christian is solid, but I find their culture to be so so intriguing. I also love all the modest yet cute dresses and I definitely shop at Shabby Apple!

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  78. I find them soooo interesting too!!
    I am a Christian, and I have no intention of converting, but I can't help thinking most of the Mormon bloggers out there are pretty awesome!
    I can't stand extremism, and I think that's where a lot of problems with religion lies (just a little something I feel is reflected in a few of the anon comments). Extremism in religion makes the individual ignorant, shut off and unkind towards others, and to me, that is the opposite of what religion is about! So while I believe my Christian faith, I am open to other faiths, and will always welcome their followers as friends so long as they reflect "good" values; love, kindness, compassion, generosity, non-judgement, honesty etc.

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  79. That was such a cute post :) haha I am a Mormon and love to hear things from other's perspective. I love to learn about other religions as well. One of my very very best friends is not Mormon! Thank you for the compliments sarah. Love your blog, your very talented and so beautiful! Obessed huh?? haha well do you know much about us??

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  80. Hi Sarah!

    Love your blog, and this is probably the only post I will ever comment on. I am a silent follower of yours and have been for a long time, but I cannot just sit here and read while you write about my beliefs! It made me so excited!!!

    I feel that we are very intriguing to people looking in because our beliefs are not the "norm" christian beliefs, but in all actuality there are a lot of similarities.

    Probably the greatest thing about the LDS (Latter-day Saint AKA Mormons) Faith (that is overlooked) is the idea of "free agency". Meaning you have the right and ability to really do whatever you want. A lot of people don't realize that we CHOOSE to not drink, smoke, tattoo our bodies, dress modestly, etc. We all have struggles and trials but that is what is so amazing about having the ability to choose you have the ability to overcome the choices you make through something we call as the atonement.

    Too preachy? Probably. I just wanted to add my little tidbit about what it is like to be a mormon. I actually love what I believe and feel very strongly that what I believe is true to the core, and that through my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ I have the ability to get back to his Kingdom. I love my family and friends and feel very close to them because of my faith. God is beautiful and life is beautiful. They are intertwined and to me I have found my faith has strengthened my outlook on life. I am a more happier, healthier person because of the the faith I have in my Lord, Jesus Christ.

    BTW Sarah--your beliefs on life, love, happiness, and everything else are very closely aligned with the Mormon faith and those probably are the reasons why so many people believe you could be LDS:)

    Love you and your personality! You are an amazing soul and have offered so much spiritual strength to my life through the words not his blog.

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  81. I grew up in California and was blessed to have a few Mormon friends and even a Mormon boyfriend in high school. The confidence they have in their values is admirable, they didn't cave to peer pressure as much as this Catholic girl did.

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  82. HA HA HA! I'm not mormon but I agree with you. My husband keeps asking me if I'm gonna convert or something because I most of the bloggers I follow are mormon and I talk a lot about their way of living.

    -Ashley
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  83. This is a very sweet post. Thank you for your interest!

    As a convert to the LDS (Mormon) religion, I do have to say that sometimes (always) it's the people OF the religion that gives it a bad name.

    There is not a Christ-based religion that I know of that preaches to their members to ostracize those that are poor, overweight, dark skinned, or have different sexual preferences. People just take it upon themselves to make it rain with judgement towards others.

    Unfortunately for those that feel they are being criticized, insecurities get the best of themselves and LET these people who are choosing to judge, isolate them from the religion.

    Be strong in your faith, whatever it may be. And don't let judgemental people tilt your views on relgion. Form an opinion off the teachings and not the way some (not ALL, so please don't generalize!) of the members act!

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  84. *Also might I add:

    Yes dark members of the Mormon religion were unable to hold higher callings in the church before the 80's, but the country also didn't allow "darks" to use the same bathrooms as the "whites" before 70's.
    Evolution is a wonderful thing and I'm grateful that both my faith and my country practice both.

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  85. ok, i thought i was the only one who was obsessed with mormons, i thought i was so weird! They are all so adorable!!!! love this post and love your blog!! i came over through running on happiness and i'm so glad i did because I'm kind of obsessed now :)

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  86. I too am a Christian who has a slight obsession with Mormons haha (thought I was the only one!)

    My husband used to be a very devout Mormon. We met in high school and often talked about religion which was refreshing cause there was no animosity or feeling of trying to sway the other. He became a Christian years later and we ended up dating in college and the rest was history :)

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  87. I am a former Mormon, and I just wanted to comment that Mormons ARE Christians, the same way Catholics are Christians and Southern Babtists are Christians and Evangelists are Christian...... Because they all believe in CHRIST!

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  88. Love your post. ;)

    Yours truly,
    Mormon since 1997... & never going back

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