I am Mormon. Did you know that? I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am starting this new series on my blog called "My Mormon Life." I want to more openly discuss my religion and how it makes me happy, influences my day-to-day life, and creates meaning in all that I do.
First, I want to talk about actually going to church. We live so close to our church building that we walk every week. It's wonderful and I think Reagan loves it. We attend with a bunch of people from our neighborhood, in what is called a ward. We go to church every Sunday for 3 hours.
The first hour is called Sacrament Meeting. This is where we partake of the sacrament, worship, provide (and receive) gospel instruction, perform ordinances, conduct ward business, and strengthen faith and testimony. It is a great time to reflect on the past week and recommit to living better, being kinder, and to doing more service.
The second hour is called Sunday School. Jordan and I have the privilege of teaching a class during this hour. It's for people in our ward who are getting ready to go to the temple for the first time, it's called Temple Prep.
During the third hour the men and women separate and each attend their own classes. I get to spend this time with the 12-18 (specifically 14-16) year old girls talking about applying gospel principles in their daily life. Jordan spends this time with a majority of the younger adult men in the ward learning about how to be better husbands and fathers, and talking about how they can better look after the welfare of all of the families in our neighborhood.
In December, when Reagan turns 18 months old, she will be able to go to her own class, called nursery with all of the other babies and little kids 18 months to 3 years old. For right now she just tags along to all of the classes with us.
I go to church because I learn how to have more patience with Reagan, be more supportive of Jordan, form and strengthen friendships with my neighbors, and most importantly it helps me remember that I have a Heavenly Father who loves and cares about me and my family. I go to church because it helps me be a better person.
P.S. If you have any questions about my Mormon life please comment or email me at sorensencorina (at) gmail (dot) com.