Forgiving my Sister, Forgiving Myself

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog, Personal Stories | 2 comments

I got married in the temple twelve years ago.  Almost all of my immediate family members and those of my wife were active members.  Some younger siblings and extended family were excluded from the wedding.  I didn’t think twice about it.  A temple wedding was the right way to do things, and people who were upset about not being able to attend just didn’t understand how important temple weddings were.  They could always attend the...

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In the Right Place, at the Right Time, to the Right Person – but still NOT Right.

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Blog, Personal Stories | 13 comments

I converted at age 18. My parents allowed me to stamp this scarlet letter of Mormonism on my forehead, knowing it would bring exclusion and judgment from the general public. But they accepted me still. They have always supported me, even if they don’t agree with me. They watched me attend BYU and date only young men in the church. They must have known it was coming. After serving a mission in Chile I came home to “start my...

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Temple Marriage For a Convert

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Blog, Personal Stories | 9 comments

I’m sure my story is an echo of many stories you have already received. I am a convert to this church since my eighteenth birthday. I attended BYU and served a mission in Chile.  My husband is a wonderful man who comes from a entirely Mormon family.  I am still the only member in my family. What this means is, not one of the people that I love, who cared for me and brought me up, and I daresay, prepared me to receive the gospel, not one...

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My Wedding Story: Questions, Some Regrets

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

It was a beautiful day in Newport Beach, the small temple was glistening in the sun, the wind was blowing hard. After the ceremony I came outside the Temple doors with my husband. We waved, we were genuinely happy, the family and friends that could be there was there, and I was grateful about that. I kept a promise to myself to marry in the Temple, but at what cost I wondered. I have questions and regrets about this decision. I would have done...

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I Missed My Son’s Wedding

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 3 comments

I am the mother of 5 children. My oldest son was married in August. I cannot describe the sadness I felt when I could not join him in the temple. I am not an unworthy person. I honestly believe I strive to be just as Christlike as all my other relatives and my husband who were able to be inside, who had no problem acting condescending to me over this issue. The reason I could not go in is because I have been in a faith crisis for over a year...

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