Monday, April 18, 2011

The Same Church

We moved our family from Kansas to Texas a few months ago, and as I sat in Sacrament Meeting today I thought about the sameness of our church from one state to the other (from one country to the other for that matter!) In our new ward, the people may be different, but we still have Sacrament Meeting and Sunday School. We still listen to the same Sacrament prayers and sing the same hymns. We still have a bishop and his counselors. My husband still goes to Priesthood and I still go to Relief Society. And thank goodness, there is still a Primary where my son can sing the songs he loves and attend Sharing Time and CTR 4. And he can still feel that same Spirit WHEREVER he is attending church.

This sameness has made my son's transition easier. I mean, he is ALWAYS happy when he leaves Primary--there is a little hop in his step and a big smile on his face. (And I can't resist adding my son told me today in Primary he had tears in his eyes but not for very long because he wiped them away and nobody saw because they were focusing on their jobs.)

I also love that we can band together on the Internet as sisters in Zion and talk about the same Relief Society lessons and the same gospel principles and same General Conference and essentially...the same goals. I participated in the second annual LDS Writers Blogfest last week, and it was fantastic! 23 LDS writers blogged about their favorite conference talk. Here is my the link list if you are interested in checking them out:

Annette Lyon: “Desire”
Annie Cechini: “The Spirit of Revelation”
Ben Spendlove: “The Atonement Covers All Pain”
Chantele Sedgwick: “LDS Women Are Incredible!”
Charity Bradford: “LDS Women Are Incredible!”
Jackee Alston: “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage”
Jenilyn Tolley: “What Manner of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?”
Jennifer McFadden: “Establishing a Christ-Centered Home”
Jessie Oliveros: “Establishing a Christ-Centered Home”
Jolene Perry: “It’s Conference Once Again”
Jordan McCollum: “What Manner of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?”
Kasey Tross: “Guided by the Holy Spirit”
Kayeleen Hamblin: “Become as a Little Child”
Kelly Bryson: “The Atonement Covers All Pain”
Krista Van Dolzer: “Opportunities to Do Good”
Melanie Stanford: “What Manner of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?”
Michelle Merrill: “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage”
Myrna Foster: “Opportunities to Do Good”
Nisa Swineford: “Desire”
Sallee Mathews: “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage”
Sierra Gardner: “The Atonement Covers All Pain”
Tamara Hart Heiner: “Waiting on the Road to Damascus”
The Writing Lair: “Waiting on the Road to Damascus”

We are such a power out there! There were only 23 particapting in this blogfest but there are so many of us. And given that we are all one day going to be published (you know it is true) what a mark we can leave on the world!


  1. Several years ago after a move of ward, one of my children quietly asked in a Fast and Testimony meeting. "That man just said he knew this was the true church" so what about the one we used to go to !?


  2. Way cool! I completely forgot about the conference blogging!! I don't know if I could have picked just one to talk about. I really did love them all. I can't wait to check out all those links. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It's so true, I feel blessed to have the gospel with me wherever I go. My son who's three came home from church yesterday saying, "Jesus" "Family" "Temple" and I was overjoyed with the feeling of him hearing truth even at such a young age. How truly blessed we are!

  4. I love that about the Church. where did you live in Kansas? I served a mission in Independence, MO and spent a bit of time in Kansas.

  5. RJR-That's so cute! My son always asks, "Do they love Jesus?" About everyone-even people in movies.

    Nikki-I have a lot of favorites, too:)

    Jen-I love it when my son repeats something we've read about in the scriptures. I mean, it's actually sinking in!

    Kayeleen-Kansas City! We should talk.

  6. I love this about the church too! Every time I've moved it has been to a place where I didn't know a soul. It's so comforting to know that I could go to church and instantly find people I connected with.



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