Why do Mormons talk about their Church so much?

Many people may wonder “Why do my Mormon friends/co-workers/neighbors seem to always be talking about their church or asking if I have questions about faith and God?” You may have questions you’d like to ask us because you’re unsure of the motives. Or, you may not know any Mormons to ask.

This two-minute video explains why we Mormons so freely share messages of our faith. Just as Christ invited his disciples to “come and see,” so do we have a desire to invite those who mean the most to us to simply learn more or find answers to your questions.

Click here to chat live with a representative of the Church if you have questions: http://www.mormon.org/chat

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“Why do bad things happen?”

I live in Overland Park, Kansas, not far from where a madman, bent on harming people, opened fire and killed three people and wounding more outside of a care facility and a community center yesterday. It was a cowardly act of violence and hatred and a senseless loss of precious life. [CNN article here]

A Google search of the phrase “why do bad things happen” returns over 2,000,000 results. It’s natural when things like this happen to ask that and “if there is a God, why does He let these things happen to good people?” Trouble is that we don’t often have or know the easy answer.

It’s not a new question. Throughout the ages people have asked themselves the same when personal trials, human suffering, and the choices of others have impacted the innocent. Many of the things we must go through require faith, trust and courage.

I believe that there IS one complete, eternal, and true answer. That is that we are God’s children, He has a plan for us, and through his Son Jesus Christ all will be made well. Because of Him, we can find peace in times of suffering and sorrow, and because of Him, all will live again with the promise of eternal life together with our families.

As Christ was suffering in the garden for our sins and transgressions, he prayed to the Father “if thou be willing, remove this cup from me.” (Luke 22:42) His suffering was because of the actions and choices of others. But He understood that in God’s plan, there are times when we must bear the burden of pain and suffering.

For that to be of comfort and answer the question “why do bad things happen,” one must put their faith and trust in something higher than themselves. For those looking for answers, might I suggest this article: Five Scriptures That Will Help You Get through Almost Anything?

As Christians everywhere remember the gift Christ gave us on this Holy Week, we reflect on His sacrifice on Good Friday. However, the day we look forward to the most is Sunday. Easter Sunday. It was on Sunday that He taught us that there is hope, there is a time when suffering and sorrow will be behind us, and that despite what this life brings, there is an eternal plan for our happiness. “Sunday will come.”

The Parable of the Expired Coupon

I’m sure anyone with a loyalty card can relate. You spend, spend, spend so you can qualify for a discount or a coupon or a special offer thanking you for your loyal patronage. I do that at my local hardware store. This store doesn’t require me to buy much until I get a $5 or $10 off coupon in the mail. These are especially great when the seasons are changing because I can buy ice melt or landscaping materials. And I like to brag about getting a bargain.

Can you guess what happens? I get the coupon, put it away for safe keeping so I can use it when I’m ready, and then pull it out to use just in time to realize… it expired a week ago. Every. Single. Time. I hate that feeling. A deal was within reach. Plans were made. Ice was melted and flower beds were beautified. In my mind. In actuality, I still need those things, but now I have to shell out more of my OWN money instead of taking advantage of what had been offered me on behalf of the store.

The Lord Jesus Christ offered us a way to overcome our sins. His Atonement provides a way for us to repent of our wrongdoings, seek forgiveness from God and those we’ve hurt or offended, and be made spiritually whole again. Jesus Christ has already suffered, taking upon Him all our sins. He assumed the burden and paid the price of our sins. “For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; … yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement” (Alma 34:9). But for the atonement to have effect, we must exercise faith in Him. We must be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and obey His commandments. And we must be faithful disciples. And, the Lord has taught that we must not procrastinate the day of our repentance (Alma 34:33).

So back to the expired coupon. It’s not hard to imagine how I feel when I take full advantage of the deal that the hardware store has made available to me and the disappointment I experience when I realize I have missed my chance. Christ has made it possible to gain forgiveness and eternal life. Unlike the store coupon, available to only certain customers, His offer is available to every one of God’s children. And unlike the store’s policy of not accepting expired coupons, God is merciful. He knows we’re not perfect and will continue to sin. He wants us to repent and let the atonement take effect in our lives. I believe in His “policy.” I need His mercy always. 

Happiness! 100% off.

written by guest blogger April M.

sale-iconThere are many emotions I’ve been privileged to experience in my 44 years.  Among these are desperate sorrow, crushing fear, overpowering joy, and indescribable peace!  Through this I have learned one truth: sorrow and fear can be erased and replaced with joy and peace!  This miracle is accomplished through the Atonement of Jesus Christ!

A friend once taught me about the beauty of this miracle, using an analogy.  She compared our access to the blessings of the Atonement to something each of us does – grocery shopping!  The blessings, or “goods,” we desire are available for us at a figurative “store”, as follows:

Our Elder Brother has paid the FULL price for every item in the store we desire! Everything we want is 100% off!  He spent His money for our goods and they are now free for us to enjoy!  But – we must make an effort to get them. We must grab our keys and get in the car.  We must drive to the store. We must push the shopping cart. We must remove the items from the shelves. We must fearlessly tell the cashier the items have already been paid for. Then, we go home, supplied with all we need!

Let’s take a look at what this truly means:

Jesus Christ already atoned for our sins, paying the price for every sin that every one of us will make! He knew that we would never be able to fully pay the debt required to purchase salvation so He paid it for us! But we must do OUR PART to access His wonderful gift. It requires effort.

We must “grab our keys and get in the car.” – Get on our knees and offer a heartfelt prayer!

We must “drive to the store.” – Plead to our Father in Heaven that the Holy Atonement may be applied in our behalf!

We must “push the shopping cart” – Promise to change!  We must push through the temptation with our eyes focused on Christ and trust in Him to pull us through it!

We must “remove the items from the shelves” – Forgive ourselves! Have courage!  Commit!  

We must “fearlessly tell the cashier the items have already been purchased” – BELIEVE that the Savior has the power to cleanse us!  We must HAVE FAITH!

Then, we “go home, supplied with all we need.” – We let go of fear and sorrow, knowing that Jesus Christ has made us whole!

 “Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying:  Depart from me?  Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.” (2 Nephi 26: 25, 27)

I know that the healing blessings of Christ’s Holy Atonement are real. I have experienced them. I could not survive without them. I know that Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to not only live again, but to live – HAPPILY!

Faith in Christ

christus-lds-454706-mobileWhen I considered starting a blog to share my faith with others, I had a few ideas for a name. Ultimately, I decided on “We Preach of Christ” because sharing about our beliefs in Jesus Christ was the sole purpose. The phrase comes from a verse of scripture in The Book of Mormon, “we are made alive in Christ because of our faith. … And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins(2 Nephi 25:26). 

Faith in Jesus Christ blesses my life each day. It blesses our home and our family. But faith in Christ does more than bless our lives. It is an essential part of our path back to God. It  comes with the promise of immortality and eternal life. Immortality, or a state of endless life beyond the power of death, comes as a result of Christ’s resurrection and is a gift to all. Eternal life, or the blessing of living with God and our families forever, is also made possible through Christ’s Atonement. The promise of eternal life requires obedience to God’s laws.

If you’d like to read more about faith in Jesus Christ, feel free to visit this link to a special issue of our church magazine devoted entirely to the subject.