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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Be Fearless...

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As we go throughout this life, we will have times when we will have to defend our faith.  People will not always like us for the things that we believe and share. Although adversity may happen, we need to be brave and stand up.

I read a story about some sister missionaries who were out in a park and saw a man sitting alone. They walked towards him and what happened next breaks my heart. He began spitting and cursing at them. He hated them because of who they were...because of the LDS missionary name tags they wore.

Instead of showing anger, they turned the other cheek. They walked away, while food was thrown at them. These women were showing a Christ like love that goes beyond our basic instincts. My reaction would have been to tell that man "oh no you didn't!", but these sweet sisters turned and left.

In that moment, they were given a glimpse of what our Savior endured. He was spit upon, mocked, and was nailed to a cross because of the message he shared. He was doing God's work. He was saving the world and yet he was ridiculed. He endured all of this for you and for me.

I do not hide the fact I am LDS. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am proud of that fact. I love sharing my testimony here on this blog. For so long I was scared.  I was scared of what people may say if I wrote about my faith. Then one day the word fearless came to mind. The Lord was telling me to be fearless. For so long I had let fear keep me from doing his work. What a shame that was. He had greater work for me to do and I am so thankful I listened to the promptings of the spirit.

I believe that everyone matters, I believe that God knows us by name and knows our hearts. I believe that our names are imprinted in the palms of the Savior. The marks on His hands, from the nails, bare our name because He endured the ultimate sacrifice. I believe that through temples, families can be together forever. I believe that when we die, we are given more opportunities to learn of God. I know my sweet brother, who died far too young, will get a chance to learn about His Savior. What joy this brings me!

I believe that we live in a world, full of justifications and empty promises. The world promises us riches, fame, and quick fixes to our problems. These are only temporary. It is through our loving Father in Heaven we can gain eternal happiness.
I believe in being kind. I am a Christian and I believe in showing His love wherever I go. I am not perfect....in fact I'm far from it, but through Christ I can be made whole.

I believe in standing up for right through our benevolent actions and words. Angry words and menacing actions are not a way to share God's glorious message.

For me standing up and being fearless is telling people they have value and that God loves them. If there is one single thing you learn today, please let that be it. I'd sing it from the roof tops if I could.

Today I pray we can be fearless. When we are fearless, great things can be accomplished. Be brave and know that you are amazing and very talented! I pray for you all today!

XO Danielle

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Danielle - amen and amen! Great post! I try to share the gospel on my blog too, just by showing my readers that as a member of the church I am a real, normal person with blessings and problems, good times and bad, but with a faith that I rely on to get me through the rough stuff. I have one blogger friend who sought out the missionaries and joined the church after read the blogs two LDS women. The interesting thing is that I shared her blog and conversion story with my son when he was struggling and deciding if he should go on a missions. Her blog and conversion story really impacted my son, and now he has his mission call so in a very real sense those bloggers and their impact will now go with my son to share the gospel with those in Mexico. Isn't it cool how these things work? I love your blog, Danielle. You really inspire me and so many others. I would love to meet you some day and have lunch. :-) Have a great day!

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    1. That is such a neat story! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!

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  2. Danielle, I appreciate your blog and your insights very much. I am not LDS, and the funny thing is, the 2 blogs I read on a daily (or weekly depending on life situations) basis are both Mormon women (hope that's an okay term to use). I am wise enough to know that you have great things to offer. I have visited the LDS website to read and learn about all kinds of things...from food storage, to living debt free. It's a philosophy that I think more of us should get behind. Not that I'm there, but I do strive. I have never personally met a LDS / Mormon that was anything other than nice, caring, and thoughtful. (not to be stereotypical or anything, because I know everyone is different regardless of their beliefs) I think as a religion, there are lots of good things / beliefs to be learned. Even though you are several years younger than me, and your children are younger than my youngest, I have pondered seeking your advice many times. I haven't sent that message yet, but I certainly plan to, and it will probably be soon! Basically, I feel that while I don't believe everything that you guys do, I do believe that your church teaches good things to its members AND the community. Now, I am not the most eloquent speaker, but I hope like crazy that my message came through loud and clear. I appreciate you, Danielle and EVERYTHING you bring to the table!!!

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    1. Message received and I thank you. That is what I want to come across. I want my testimony of God's word to come across. I want people to know they matter and that they are important. Thank you for always coming and reading. I so appreciate you. You are amazing!

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  3. This story of how these women were treated broke my heart! I am not LDS either, but I am a fellow Christian, and the idea that people would treat any missionaries of any faith in that way is so sad and disgusting. In my community, I see young LDS men and women on a daily basis and while I may not share all of their beliefs, I respect their courage and compassion for our world. I also enjoy reading your blog because I admire your faith, your dedication to following God's calling for you and your family, and because there is so much else that I can relate to! As mothers and wives, don't we all have so many of the same struggles, challenges, and blessings that come with juggling home, finances, hard decisions, and relationships? Thank you for posting everything that you do (because I love reading it!), and I pray that you are encouraged on a daily basis.

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  4. Danielle:
    I have been following your blog for a long time, I don't know, years? I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in March of this year. I love your posts about cooking, and shopping and decorating, but I really, truly appreciate these more. I've been blessed with some wonderful Elders and Sisters since I joined, who have become like family to me. I remember our Sisters telling me about a time when they were headed home, and in the apartment complex where they live, some kids decided to throw rocks at them while they were on their bikes. One Sister jumped off her bike and took off after the kids, determined to tell them that throwing rocks at people was a really bad idea, so the other Sister followed... I'm sure those kids didn't expect that! We have some tough Sisters out here in California!!! Anyway, keep doing what you're doing, Danielle. It's wonderful and inspiring. Love from your Sister in Christ -- Dawn

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words! I wonder if those kids will throw rocks again:)

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  5. I, too, am not LDS. But my best friend is. We have been friends since 1975(We were in 3rd grade!) and I come from a Baptist background. She did not convert until 1984 - and I will tell you it was hard at first - because of all of the misconceptions. We talked about it, and we both decided that we needed to understand each others beliefs and doctrines. We went to each others churches, we listened to what our beliefs were, we both enjoyed our visits. I have been to Stake Meetings, Bishop's Wives meetings., and a "mormon dance". I have been to Laurels, I have been to prayers meeting...and she went to my churches meetings, holiday productions...and we both decided that we respect each others beliefs. We are now in our late 40's, her oldest went on a mission, came home and got married. When her husband got the calling to be a bishop, I was crying for joy for him...he is a very worthy man for this position. My BFF lives 2 states away, we still talk . We still respect. I still help the poor, lost missionaries - on the road and in the grocery stores. She is still my BFF - and no religion could ever change that.

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    1. This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing:)

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  6. I read your blog regularly. In light of recent events that are happening with the Ordain Women's movement I applaud you for standing up. I'm not Mormon, but I do attend another Christ centered church. Your gentle message of hope and love is something I look forward to. Keep writing! Be fearless, my friend!

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  7. Thank you for sharing! I am not LDS, but I am a Christian, and I admire the work you are doing. May the Lord richly bless you and your family.

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