I have many beliefs, just as we all do, and I thought the other day, I haven’t really shared what I believe with my readers.  So today I thought I would share a few of those with you so you can get to know me.  I would love to hear your beliefs as well.  I think sharing those ideas with others helps us get to know each other, to see where we are coming from, and it’s easier to respect others and their perspectives, even when we don’t agree with them, when we know where they are coming from.

I believe in God.  I believe He is my Heavenly Father, and that I am His literal daughter.  I believe that we have Heavenly Parents who love us deeply.  More than we can comprehend in this life.  Through my lifetime here on earth I have also learned that my Heavenly Father is in the details of my life.  Not just the details, but the details of the details of my life.  I know that I was placed here to learn and grow, and He orchestrates things so that I have the optimum chance of doing just that, even though life is hard, we weren’t placed here for an easy ride.  Growth doesn’t come in ease.  I know that He is concerned about me, and that He loves me unconditionally, although I know that my behavior can disappoint Him at times, but I’m grateful He has never given up on me, but continues to give me opportunity to change and do better. 

I believe in Jesus Christ.  I know He is my Savior and that He loves me dearly as well.  I know that He is not a vindictive person.  I know that He wants the best for me, and that no matter what, He never leaves my side.  I can go the wrong way, and make mistakes, but as soon as I turn around, He is there waiting to help me back.  I am so very grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and for the opportunity that allows all of us to repent and change.  I am grateful for the opportunity to repent, to learn, and to grow on a daily basis, and I hope that I give others that same opportunity to become better, rather than judging and holding people back.  I am grateful that eternity, and the opportunity to live with my Heavenly Father and my Savior is possible, because of Him. 

I believe in the Holy Ghost, and I know that through His influence I have been guided so many times in my life.  I am grateful that He is a constant companion, and can help me feel, know, and understand the will of my Heavenly Father and my Savior, as well as to feel deep inside me their love for me.  I believe that they are 3 separate beings, working united in purpose to help us return to them at the end of our mortal lives, and that everything they do is to draw us closer to them, in love, long-suffering, help, chastening even, so that we can become better, become who we were meant to be, and ultimately get back home. 

I believe in families.  They are central to God’s plan, not only in the opportunity to bring other children to earth, but in the raising of families.  As parents we have the opportunity to work side by side with our Heavenly Father in teaching and nurturing our children.  This also blesses us with the unique opportunity to understand a small part of how He feels for us as our parent, realize how much He loves us, and also realize how patient He really is with us.  I believe that the ideal family starts with a Dad and Mom, and that gender is essential to God’s plan.  I believe that families can be together beyond the grave, and that family life began long before we arrived on earth and will continue long after our time here on earth has ended. 

These beliefs govern my life.  They are intertwined and inseparable from who I am, they make up the fabric of who I am.  I am not perfect by any means, and I slip up daily.  But every day I strive to be better, and I strive to be true to who I am and the beliefs I have.  I do not think that anyone can separate their beliefs from who they are, and that if they can, they really don’t believe what they say they do.  I believe that our actions and words tell others what we truly believe and what we truly are.  But I also believe that anyone can change.  Good or bad, we are changing every day, and we have the opportunity to become better if we so choose.  I also believe that it’s best to give others the benefit of the doubt, because we don’t know what has led them to where they are, and we don’t usually know how far they may have come.  I believe kindness is the best policy.  You will rarely be wrong when you are kind.

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