Hey guys! Lisa and I are swapping blogs for the day!
One of the fun parts of blogging is meeting new people. It’s even more fun when you find out the things you have in common. We’re talking about our experiences growing up in a Mormon family today.
(Give her blog some love and see what I wrote about!)
(Me with my niece and nephew)
Now you may have heard some things about what ‘Mormons’ are like. Let me tell you, most of it isn’t true…and what parts may be true are probably twisted some how. Either way, this is my story.
My father has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints his whole life, while my mother is a convert. I’ve got 4 siblings. I was raised in the Gospel, but there were very few members where I lived for the first 9 years of my life. We would travel 2 hours to the nearest ward (congregation) occasionally so that we could be around more people with the same beliefs and be able to participate in all of the aspects of church (each Sunday is 3 hours).
(Siblings 6 years ago)
Because we were moving the year I turned 8 (when you are able to get baptized) I waited until I would be in a ward and could get baptized in a baptismal font, rather than a pool (like my brother was). Now 8, or in my case 9, might seem very young to be making this decision, but I knew what I was doing and my parents didn’t force me to do anything.
Once we had moved I was able to participate in the church’s programs such as Young Women’s (a youth program for 12-18 year old girls throughout the year) and eventually Relief Society (All women 18+). Despite moving to a place with more members it was still pretty small, there were probably only 100 or so members a week. I was the only member in my school, besides my brothers.
(Family pic 6 years ago)
I grew up in a normal family. Sure there were 5 of us kids so things had to be spread out more but we were happy. I fought with my siblings and had the best of times with them too. I’ve been to church pretty much every Sunday of my life, but I have chosen to be there. I have never had a drop of alcohol and never smoked a cigarette. I don’t drink tea or coffee and I try to keep the commandments. I’m not perfect, far from it, but I try to do my best and growing up in a ‘Mormon’ family has a lot to do with who I am today. I believe in Jesus Christ and try to follow his teachings.
My name is Lisa. I’m a crazy Aussie girl living her life. And I’m a Mormon.