I don’t often talk about religion on my blog. It’s kind of funny, really, because religion is actually a large part of my life, of who I am. I tend to steer away from it because it can be a sensitive subject, sort of like politics or parenting practices. In fact, it’s taken me a few weeks just to get this post written.
So why am I writing about it today? Because it IS a large part of my life. It’s something I believe in and it brings me happiness and purpose.
And also because of this awesome new website: www.mormon.org. I put up a profile of me and there are dozens of profiles of other LDS people too. It’s actually a pretty cool site. Take a look when you get a minute.
I appreciate that the church has put this site together because it shows who Mormons are. I’d like to think that it also shows that we’re normal people trying to live our lives the best we can, just like everyone else. I say that because I remember what it was like to grow up in the South (the Bible Belt) and to often feel like the odd person out. People thought it was strange that I didn’t drink or smoke and that I attended church every Sunday for three. whole. hours. (gasp!) I didn’t get invited to parties with my friends because of that which, in hindsight, was probably a good thing, but still made me feel like I was different.
But you know what? I’m glad that I’m different if that’s what different is. I’m glad that I have a strong belief in God and in a Savior who died for me. I’m glad that I have an understanding of our purpose here and of what happens after we die. I’m especially glad that I believe that families are forever because I can’t imagine not being with my family after this life ends. And most importantly, I am glad for the knowledge that I’m not alone, that I can pray and can receive answers to prayers because of a God who knows and loves me.
Why am I glad for all of these things? Because they give me peace and they make me happy, plain and simple.
So when people ask what religion I am, I tell them: I am a Mormon. And boy am I glad.
Has your religion ever made you feel different?