Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I am a Mormon

I have been working on my Mormon.org profile. We had a talk in church a couple of weeks ago that urged us to be a missionary online and to set up our profile. Mine is complete, but is pending review (guess they want to make sure I'm not some crazy sharing false doctrine or something). I said truthful things, the right things...but there are some that I was thinking and didn't write in my profile...such as:

I am a Mormon BUT I don't sew, scrapbook, stamp or make my own bread. I blog, but I am not a photographer and my pictures are often blurry and have bad lighting. My home does not look like Pottery Barn. It is not organized and tidy. I have more junk drawers/cupboard/closets than organized ones.

I am a Mormon but my food storage isn't complete. My house is often messy and I yell at my children sometimes. Often I want to have a LONG "time out" and hide from my children. Some days I am depressed.

I am a Mormon and I often forget to read my scriptures until right before bed (or at all) and rush through or fall asleep during my prayers. My visiting teaching sometimes doesn't get done. Sometimes I gossip. Sometimes (taught by my husband) I swear.

I am a Mormon and am very imperfect. I am a Mormon and know that the Atonement of Christ is the only way I am going to get through this life with any semblance of sanity and the only way I am going to make it to live with my Heavenly Parents in the next life.

I am a Mormon. I am still trying to figure out my God given gifts. Sometimes I don't like the phrase, "Where much is given, much is required." Because that means A LOT is required of me because I have been SO blessed. Sometimes I want to coast through life.

I am a Mormon. I am human and very imperfect. I am a Mother. I am a Wife. I am a daughter, sister and friend. I am in love with my husband and children. I am a daughter of God.

9 comments:

Wendi said...

Great post. And yay for your new blog. :)

Mindi Blake said...

Being Mormon is about being CHRIST-like, being crafty or having organizational skills doesn't mean anything. Compared to what it means to have a Christ like behavoir. To be honest WE ALL struggle with this. But to work on it daily will be our saving grace. Love this idea. Not sure I could keep it up. Plus it's harder for me to expose my spiritual side...

Kerri said...

Thanks for sharing Cheryl. :) I think we sometimes put so much on ourselves, thinking things have to be perfect to be 'mormon'. I don't know that you have given yourself enough credit for all that you do and are good at, but it's always nice to hear that someone else doesn't have the pottery-barn house. I do know that you put God and family first and that is such a wonderful example to me.

I'm excited to read your thoughts. Thanks for being willing to share. A perspective of gratitude on this crazy life we all live is such a blessing to all of us. I know you have that perspective - just another one of your gifts.

Cheryl said...

Kerri...I do occasionally think about my strengths..haha. But I think we as women need to share our struggles more often so we seem more "human" and approachable to one another. We can all put on the happy face at church but we all have our struggles and weaknesses and I think we need to share those as well as the other.

Venessa said...

Thanks for the reminder. I need to finish my profile too. You are more amazing than you give yourself credit for. If you could see what I see....you'd stand in awe of yourself. I'm so glad I call you my friend. :)

Kim and Jhon said...

I don't have a choice, but I work and feed my babies bottles. I feel like a "bad" Mormon mom. I feel like a leper in the mother's lounge. I feel terrible at church. Thanks for your post.

Cheryl said...

Oh Kim don't feel terrible at church..you are amazing and doing what is necessary for your family! I feed my babies bottles too and it is OKAY and they develop and turn out wonderfully well!

Rachael said...

I love the honesty! I think you should have said these things in your profile...so people can see that we are REAL!

Cami said...

I don't breastfeed. I only did #2 for 6 weeks and #3 for 4 weeks and I had enough of it. There is nothing wrong with the way us women do things. It is entirely our business and what others think, does not or should not matter. I love your positive attitude and outlook on things. Thanks for sharing! I need a better attitude about things. :)