Being Mormon As Told By New Girl
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

Being Mormon As Told By New Girl

These are just a few of the things I believe pretty much any member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can relate to, at some point in their lives.

50
Being Mormon As Told By New Girl
Pixabay

Being LDS means living a life that can be very different from those not of our faith. These are just a few of the things I believe pretty much any member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can relate to, at some point in their lives.

First of all, there are the weddings. So. Many. Weddings. Which means...a lot of shopping from registries. Pretty much every other month growing up, it seemed like my mom was running to the store to pick up a gift for so-and-so's reception.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187285110303317-1033005652_ngrobots.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=567&h=7852fa614a96167ceab8198964ad5c84bf6cb619461ab9bcc2542ccaaa015f4f&size=980x&c=4254313346 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187285110303317-1033005652_ngrobots.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D567%26h%3D7852fa614a96167ceab8198964ad5c84bf6cb619461ab9bcc2542ccaaa015f4f%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4254313346%22%7D" expand=1]

Then, there's the fact that we are ALWAYS SURROUNDED BY CHILDREN. At all times. In church, at church activities/parties, at home. Unless you're a newlywed with no children of your own, there are constantly sticky little midgets invading your personal space.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187286126778130-661575824_ngkids.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=87&h=b8d7f5dfe03c5a73d73bc02dc3280c6bb44ff37b68e0108c09a75aad3df34513&size=980x&c=2174583329 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187286126778130-661575824_ngkids.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D87%26h%3Db8d7f5dfe03c5a73d73bc02dc3280c6bb44ff37b68e0108c09a75aad3df34513%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2174583329%22%7D" expand=1]

Many moms seem to struggle with finding "alone time" because they are up to their ankles in diapers. I've seen many a woman completely lose it in sacrament meeting because their child just will not cooperate and it is the last straw.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187291996524452-1951181782_ngswift.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=809&h=46b0edc122fdd3ae7dda6118b08e03f65854dd0acf7092e1631579cb5946b072&size=980x&c=4053177224 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187291996524452-1951181782_ngswift.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D809%26h%3D46b0edc122fdd3ae7dda6118b08e03f65854dd0acf7092e1631579cb5946b072%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4053177224%22%7D" expand=1]

Service is a big topic of discussion in the LDS faith. From the time we're in Primary, we're taught the importance of doing things for others without expecting anything in return. It seems to be one of those things that is on our minds 24/7, for good or for bad.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187287292466810445133338_ngserve1.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=46&h=404e1e542c1369e57d1a52454d6b616bc52dd86707f492d23af4d8ad963bc6cb&size=980x&c=1407672803 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187287292466810445133338_ngserve1.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D46%26h%3D404e1e542c1369e57d1a52454d6b616bc52dd86707f492d23af4d8ad963bc6cb%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1407672803%22%7D" expand=1]

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187287559068774106341307_ngserve2.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=971&h=3331e55c2ea6751c4e2700f589f02c55229b7ddb29b2807ccc6552068c3fd84c&size=980x&c=3645736287 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187287559068774106341307_ngserve2.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D971%26h%3D3331e55c2ea6751c4e2700f589f02c55229b7ddb29b2807ccc6552068c3fd84c%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3645736287%22%7D" expand=1]

There are some pretty strong political opinions within the church, on both sides of the spectrum. People seem to believe that sharing those political opinions are like sharing doctrine and spout them continuously. In places that are really not appropriate...such as over the pulpit in testimony meeting. A lot of Republican members of the church spent quite a bit of their time shouting this during the 2016 election:

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187290390841245989155932_ngbernie.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=294&h=7fc5b5a641eb4d74eafda1e4de913bb09407be4f28833fea93327bb19f71e4e3&size=980x&c=3925616872 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187290390841245989155932_ngbernie.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D294%26h%3D7fc5b5a641eb4d74eafda1e4de913bb09407be4f28833fea93327bb19f71e4e3%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3925616872%22%7D" expand=1]

There are those girls...who just can't seem to shut up about marriage. They're obsessed and anyone who knows them can sense it. A guy so much as looks at them and they're talking to their friends about what their wedding is going to look like, how many kids they'll have and who they'll spend the holidays with.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187293106152240496850686_ngccrazy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=730&h=d473cf8f5a644a357b8d29f9b934ba2870220d5a753be28a9db515fd01e8490b&size=980x&c=1573967976 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187293106152240496850686_ngccrazy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D730%26h%3Dd473cf8f5a644a357b8d29f9b934ba2870220d5a753be28a9db515fd01e8490b%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1573967976%22%7D" expand=1]

And then there are the women who are the complete opposite, at least on the outside. They act like they hate men and love and want nothing to do with dating, but you know that on the inside they're dying. You know they have a secret board on Pinterest for their wedding.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187294003215898103020667_ngcouples.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=199&h=05be9f4a68471e3637a548aa888f46db41d861bcdf5838d2abfa7b6f465c1a27&size=980x&c=3058086368 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187294003215898103020667_ngcouples.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D199%26h%3D05be9f4a68471e3637a548aa888f46db41d861bcdf5838d2abfa7b6f465c1a27%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3058086368%22%7D" expand=1]

There are the long road trips, usually to Utah or Nauvoo, filled with hours of screaming children and your mom/sisters singing along passionately to the soundtrack to the musical Wicked. And then the songs get stuck in your head and you. can't. escape.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187295150278910-1263776516_ngwicked.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=272&h=474e82dc4fdbfee16ad121042ba146389090757d69f4dc07011682a6a4217996&size=980x&c=1486395858 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187295150278910-1263776516_ngwicked.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D272%26h%3D474e82dc4fdbfee16ad121042ba146389090757d69f4dc07011682a6a4217996%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1486395858%22%7D" expand=1]

Speaking of music, you don't like the song Cotton Eye Joe? Well, guess you'll never be able to go to a youth dance. They play that song...religiously. *badum-tss*

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187295783497826-1411038792_ngcotton.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=695&h=518b56dc8b5084bae3998c6b82921b6a8eade58ccb1b2903b992287b1ff6d3f7&size=980x&c=273187790 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187295783497826-1411038792_ngcotton.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D695%26h%3D518b56dc8b5084bae3998c6b82921b6a8eade58ccb1b2903b992287b1ff6d3f7%26size%3D980x%26c%3D273187790%22%7D" expand=1]

Finally, there's the best part of being Mormon: the way we talk so casually about our relationship with God. Because of our belief that everyone can have a personal, individual relationship with God through prayer and revelation, we have the opportunity to improve ourselves as often as we want and to grow closer to our Father in Heaven. We know that God is always there, whether we think we need Him or not.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F30%2F636187297144204242807502571_nggod.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=774&h=ea4a03dd61ac3f584fb87fd8e05494205f5639bd704c5f4362eb7ae55f3f955a&size=980x&c=344174313 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F30%252F636187297144204242807502571_nggod.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D774%26h%3Dea4a03dd61ac3f584fb87fd8e05494205f5639bd704c5f4362eb7ae55f3f955a%26size%3D980x%26c%3D344174313%22%7D" expand=1]

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
relationships

I Didn't Know That I Would Lose My Best Friend To Her Boyfriend

I didn't know that you would stop doing the things that make you happy. The things everyone used to judge you for. You are the type of person who does things on YOUR terms and now they're on his.

3508
I Didn't Know That I Would Lose My Best Friend To Her Boyfriend
unsplash.com

As your best friend, all I ever want is for you to be happy. Because as best friends, we know exactly what makes the other happy. I know all your weird and quirky lingo. I know how much you hate certain foods and most of all, I know the things that are important to you in life.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How to Celebrate Valentine's Day Without a Valentine

You know YOU are not determined by your romantic status

8121
How to Celebrate Valentine's Day Without a Valentine
https://www.southbostontoday.com/celebrating-valentines-day-in-southie-next-thursday-of-course/

Although the most romantic and love-filled holiday is right around the corner, it's important to know that Feb.14, the middle day of the shortest month of the year, doesn't need to be determined by your current romantic status. With that being said, you can either choose to sulk over the fact that you're single or you can make the best out of Valentine's Day without even having one.

Here are a few ideas to celebrate the day:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

7 Fun Facts About The Eiffel Tower

The iconic landmark is reinventing itself with a splashy new color.

9703
Eiffel Tower

Soon, the 2024 Summer Olympics are coming to Paris, and the Eiffel Tower will be in the spotlight.

Embedded so much into Paris's identity, the iconic landmark is no stranger to historic events and world-class gatherings over the years. It is sure to shine again.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

You don't just start as the person you are meant to be; there is a journey full of ups and downs that mold a person, so this is my journey.

7706
Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

Overall I'd love to say I grew up a happy overly enthusiastic child that was taught to love herself and be loved by everyone else, but I can't say that and I never will. My smile wasn't always as bright as it is today, but this is the story behind my smile, the story about how I got here to the happiest place I'll ever be. I'll begin at freshman year of high school.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants

Just remember sometimes it is gonna hurt, whether we want it to or not!

9211
The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants
Where to start...... Let me start with the cliche that life throws us curveballs and what we do with it is what counts.

One day he walked into my life. UNEXPECTED! And one day he walked out!

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments