This post will be dedicated to quick questions I can answer for those who asked. I still have a few full on blog posts to do that have been requested as well so don't think I forgot about you if you don't see your request here.
1. Dena - uhmm...how bout you stop TEASING me with "bags of candy" that you're gonna send to me and JUST FREAKIN SEND ME SOME!! Every time I read about you eating MY candy my mouth gets all watery and then I crave something. CUT IT OUT WOMAN!
2. Queen Mama - You asked about LDS and our belief on birth control. Children are one of the greatest blessings in life, and their birth into loving and nurturing families is central to God’s purposes for humanity. When husband and wife are physically able, they have the privilege and responsibility to bring children into the world and to nurture them. As taught in Genesis 1:28, we are asked to "be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth". A large part of our reason for being here on earth is to bring more spirits who are ready to gain a physical body to earth as well. Although, the decision of how many children to have and when to have them is a private matter for the husband and wife. The church does not dictate when or how many children to have.
You also asked about being sealed together as a family and why Jeremiah needed to be sealed to us after being adopted. When LDS couples are married in the temple by someone who holds the priesthood, they are sealed for time and all eternity which is one of God's sacred covenants. We know that as the scriptures teach us, what is bound on earth shall be bound in heaven as well. For children born into that covenant they are automatically sealed to their parents. In Jeremiah's case, he was NOT born into that covenant. Thankfully we are given the opportunity to go to the temple and perform that covenant so that he IS sealed to our family as if he were born into it.
3. Dana - You asked about going to different "wards" when you move. YES. Our churches are set up in a way where they are divided by boundaries so one ward isn't more full than another. So when we moved we ended up crossing over the boundaries and having to switch wards. Several wards or branches (which are smaller than wards) together make a "stake". It's kind of a pyramid type system as most things in the LDS church are. As far as why we call each meeting time a different "ward", I'm not really sure. You've made me curious though so I'm gonna go do some research myself for that answer. It's just what we call it I guess!! Hehe.
4. Lindsay A. - You asked, "What is a blessing from your Lover?" which made me laugh. How funny that you remember all the times I mention getting a blessing! In the LDS church, worthy men are given the power of the priesthood which is the power to act in God's name. With this priesthood, one of the things they are able to do is perform blessing of healing or comfort. When I say that I got a blessing from my Lover, it means that he gave me a blessing of comfort to help me with whatever I am going through at that time to need to receive a blessing. He also gives a father's blessing to the kids every year before school starts, if they are upset about something, if they need help with anything, if they are about to undergo something major in their life, etc. Priesthood blessings are not used for personal gain, they are only to serve others.
And Blog Posts to Come...
Bonnie - Brazilian Waxes
Gia - Who's Who on the Lowe Family Blog
Amy - A Day in the Life of Living on a Military Base
If you have any other questions feel free to ask away! If I find that I receive a lot of questions per week, I may dedicate a day of the week to answering them all!