This week I am teaching on “Blessings of Baptism”
I was left frustrated from this lesson. I think that kids need to understand how LUCKY they are to be in this church. Their mothers and fathers are constantly being taught how to be better parents and they take that role VERY seriously.
Beyond having the Holy Ghost, Being Forgiven and Being Able to be a Member of the Church, the third of those things offers a lot to people.
I know when I lived in California, I was nervous to share a gospel that required SO much of me, with someone else. Who would want to spend hours and hours with youth, or prepare a lesson for rowdy four year olds, or create church parties, or do genealogy. I only seemed to notice that our church was HARD to be a member of. And it’s true, membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not easy. We are constantly asked to give more, and figure out our own boundaries in where that has to end.
But there are countless good things that I don’t remember all the time. Here’s some of my favorites.
1. It’s nice to have the same thing everywhere you go. When I go in Utah it will be pretty well the same, when I went in California it was pretty well the same. Consistency is a big thing in our church, and it’s nice to be able to count on that when you move.
2. Genealogy — although not currently my “thing” — it is a huge blessing for people to research their family history. I know this appeals to a lot of people.
3. Ward Parties — we have lived in wards that really have church parties to bring families together and have a good time. It’s fun for the kids and the parents.
4. Primary — We are so lucky to have people willing to teach our kids. I have recently learned how much effort goes into this. I think I didn’t really know how much my kids primary teachers loved them. The more people that love them, the better.
5. Young Mens/Young Women — speaking of people loving them. I am SO grateful for people who spend time with Conner. When he hears important things from other people it seems to stick more, then my constant rants. I don’t know of another youth program where the leaders work so hard (at no gain for themselves) to help the kids. It is a HUGE blessing.
6. Relief Society/Priesthood — we split into men and women the third hour, and I am grateful that we do it. It’s nice to be with those of your own gender as that brings challenges of its own.
7. Church-house. We have lovely meeting halls which are meant for a variety of purposes, we are lucky.
8. Friends — the women of the church meet with other women in their homes monthly. They check on you to make sure you’re alright. I have to say if more people in this world had visiting teachers the world would just be a happier place. I am assigned to 4 sisters, and there are 2 sisters assigned to me (we call the women in our church sisters)
9. It’s a lovely culture. I find fast and easier friendships with women who are LDS because we both usually come from the same place of a strong emphasis on family and community, and doing right. It’s nice to have that.
10. The Spirit of it. We’ve had many people walk into our home and just notice it’s different. When you spend your time doing things with the church and doing the things our leaders ask, the home just tends to be a more peaceful place. Maybe not while I’m writing this, but in general.
Anyway, have you thought of all the blessings you have because of your religion? They aren’t always the “not going to hell” variety, there are plenty of them if you look for them. I am lucky to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I hope you have many blessings because of religion in your life.