Friday, September 4, 2009

Unanswered Questions

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!

14 comments:

Valinda said...

What a good missionary you are! I'm always inspired to be better at all sorts of things when I read your blog (no joking).

Kristin Collins Rasmussen said...

Nicely said. Your blog is a fun read!

Kim said...

I am looking forward to the brazilian wax blog.

I have always thought it was cool that LDS people use the word ward instead of meeting or church. Ward can simply mean a division of a whole, like hospital ward. But I think the etymology of it as verb is the cool part "to guard, look out for, and protect".

Not being LDS or anything but isn't that what you want your church group to do. To look out for eachother, guard and protect. Not that it always works that way in a religous setting, but its a fun thought. (sorry... long NERDY comment)

The Lowe Family said...

oooh. lovely commentary kim, i'm impressed. if i didn't know better, i'd say ur an educated woman. something i am FAR from but i sure admire those who are :)

thank you for sharing ur insight.

The Lowe Family said...

ps kim....join the church already.

Queen Mama said...

Okay, I totally forgot about the question mentioning parenting. I think I was more turn to the Duggards, and I know that they are LDS (Correct me if I am wrong)! Yes, I know it says be fruitful and multiply, I was just a little curious ;) I want more :( Looong story!

Thanks for sharing that. I didn't know that there was a difference. So, it seems that LDS follow the Word more so than others, possibly. I am still reading the Book Of Mormon and the Bible for that matter ;)

And I would love to come to church at an LDS, just don't know where any are located....

Queen Mama said...

I GUESS I should have researched myself. But, I can be a little "lazy" lol! I found this...

Some of your friends may have a misunderstanding about the phrase “being sealed.” Sometimes the word “sealed” is visualized as attaching or bonding a man and a woman together. While that is one of the results of being sealed, it is much too restrictive to be accurate. It has always seemed to me that the word “sealed” refers much more to the act of conferring the blessings of God upon the husband and wife individually and jointly (and upon their children) than it does to just “uniting” a man and a woman.

The word “sealed” also indicates that God is putting His seal or stamp of approval upon the ordinance in which you will participate. The term “celestial marriage” is also appropriate to describe what occurs in the sealing ordinance. That is because the two words together constitute a title which describes not only the joining of a man and a woman together in marriage but also all of the other elements of the sealing ordinance.

The Lowe Family said...

Look at you being all resourceful crystal! way to go! you can also always go to www.lds.org and do a search on ANYTHING you have a question about. Not that I don't love answering your questions...i DO :)

The Duggars on TV are definitely not LDS. I'm not for sure exactly what they are, I THOUGHT Pentacostal but then I went to their website and it says they are "conservative christian".

Mary said...

I personally look forward to a post about brazilian waxes.

Lindsay said...

i already knew all of this!!! boring.

Anonymous said...

OOoh thanks for answering the question about the blessings. Can your Lover give Me a blessing? Just jokin'. :) Oh and I can't WAIT to read the entry about living on a military base. :) I imagine tons of saluting, marching, and "yes sirs" but I know that's totally off. Lindsay A.

Queen Mama said...

I have something for you over @ my blog :)

David and Teresa said...

Baby,
I just read all of your quick answers. I love you and the person you have grown into. You are my very favorite 30 year old in this family. *wink*

Yo Mutha

Riece said...

Great post! My only questions are ones you won't answer... like what you did when you ran away...