Sunday, May 16, 2010

If anyone is interested...

Hello wonderful people. Many of you are have read or are followers of Nie Nie's blog (short for StephaNIE NIElson). She is a woman who has written inspiring blog posts for over 5 years now. In August of 2008 she and her husband were in a plane crash. She has suffered severely from burns covering her body and her blog continues on about her struggles through life, yet her faith that she has each day.

As I started writing this post, I hesitated and then stopped writing. But, then I felt that I needed to sit right back down and continue on. So here I am, sharing with you something that I hold most precious and dear to me....and that is my religion. Stephanie Nielson and I share the same faith. We are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I have been so blessed to be a member of this church. One of the greatest blessings that I have had in my life was to have the gift of the Holy Ghost. In our church, "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." The Holy Ghost is a spirit that prompts us to know right from wrong. He is also able to warn us of danger, or give us peace. Claire's brain surgeon happened to be a member of our church too. When he was taking out the tumor from her brain, there was one other area that he was about to remove. But, he decided against it. At her follow-up visit he shared with me, "You know that 'little voice' [the Holy Ghost] that we listen to? Well, I listened to that voice." Had he gone and removed the questionable area, Claire would be paralyzed right now.

After my mother died, I felt immediate peace and comfort from the Holy Ghost. Probably more than I had ever had in my life. Surprisingly, that week is actually one of my fondest memories of my life. Obviously I was heartbroken...words cannot express the pain I felt of losing my mother. BUT, the Holy Ghost brought me comfort that I could never dream about. I had never felt as close to my Heavenly Father as I did at that time.

Part of what brought me peace was the knowledge that I KNOW that families can be together forever. You see, in our church we have temples where sacred ordinances are performed. One of those ordinances is to be sealed together for time and ALL ETERNITY. My parents were both sealed together. And so when my siblings and I were all born to our parents, we became sealed to them. I KNOW that I will see my mother again. After her death, my father and my siblings went to the temple together. I felt the presence of my mom and I know exactly where she was in the room. My siblings have had similar experiences. And I feel so blessed to know that. My husband and I were sealed together in the temple, and so our children will be sealed to us. Death will not separate us.

This earth life is just a test to see what kind of a life we choose to live. It is to see what our choices will be and if we want to be good people. We have the opportunity of living with our Heavenly Father again as well as Jesus Christ. We will go through trials....many of them. It saddens me when people say, "How could God let this happen to me?" Before we came to earth we lived with God and we knew that when we came down to earth, times would be tough. But we wanted to come here anyways. Trials are to help us learn. Trials are there to humble us so that we can become closer to our Father in Heaven. I am strengthened as I hear about people and their trials and how they REACT to those trials. Kari Stock (the one who's husband died...I wrote about it a couple of posts ago), she is a member of the same church as well. If you could just sit in the same room as her, you would feel of her faith and happiness right now. Is she going through a hard time raising 3 young children and having lost her husband? Of course. But, she is relying on the Lord and you can see it in her eyes, you can feel it when you are with her. My other friend Kari Cook who's baby had cancer, she is a member of the same church as well. Throughout everything she went through with her baby, you could just feel the faith she had to get through that trial. She did not blame God, but rather turned to Him to receive comfort.

I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He died for me and suffered every pain imaginable so that when we are having our struggles, we can realize that there is someone who knows EXACTLY what we are going through. You see, even though my siblings and I all lost the same mother, none of them can know exactly what I feel. But, Jesus Christ does know, and I have felt strength from Him knowing that He completely understands. He gets it. He knows everything that I go through and it is so great to feel that I am not alone.

I apologize for my ramblings. Now you can see why I was hesitant, because I didn't want anyone to feel uncomfortable in everything I was writing. But, truthfully, it is because I feel a love towards all of you. And that is why I can't hold back sharing with you about something most important to me.

I hope that you can take about 8 minutes of your time to watch this video about Stephanie Nielson. In the video, you will see her signing some navy blue books. Those books are the Book of Mormon. This book has helped me throughout my life. It has answered so many questions. I try my best to read from it every day and we read with our children from it every night. On days when I don't read from it, I recognize that I am cranky. On days when we don't read from it as a family, I recognize that the kids get easily annoyed with each other. BUT, on the other hand, when I do read from it, my mind is enlightened. I have more patience. I am just happier altogether. And when we read as a family, there is love in our home. The kids want to share with each other. They want to be in the same room with each other! We read the Book of Mormon along with the bible. They go hand in hand.

If anyone is curious about the Book of Mormon and would like me to have a copy sent to them for free, please send me an email with your address. I will get it to you right away!

Thanks so much for reading this post. I hope that it touches someone....I feel that it will because I felt so impressed to write it. Please take a moment to watch this inspiring video.

My New Life


53 comments:

Audrey {+} John said...

I have seen this before as well. She is amazing! You are too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on religion on here. I am LDS as well and am thankful for being a member! ; ) Hopefully it will inspire someone to want to join the church. Have a great day!

Tara said...

I am a member as well, but wanted to express my apreciation for your beautiful testimony and willingness to share something so personal. Well said...

Heidi said...

Wow...powerful video. Thank you for sharing it! I put her blog in my Google reader as well.

I have found it interesting that a number of blogs that I read are written by people who are members of the LDS church. And I am interested in receiving a book to see what it's all about. Thank you for the offer, I will email you.

Christina said...

I just barely walked in the door from an amazing regional conference where I was so touched to hear the prophet of the Lord speak to us on this very thing. I do not have your courage, Summer. You have trusted that spirit and you will be blessed. Beautiful testimony! It has strengthened mine even more today.

I have tremendous respect for what you do for others on this blog & the purposes of you generosity! You are such an instrument in the Lord's hands. Thanks for you example.

jules said...

Hi I just wanted to say thanks i just read your posts,it made a lot of sense to me as im going through a bad time grieving at the mo for my dear dad.Bless you!

Kerry_Kid Giddy said...

I Believe in Christ - He is my King!

I just gave a talk this morning in Sacrament meeting. I often wonder if I should be doing more on my blog to let people know that I too have a testimony. I don't often share anything personal on my blog - but that is really to keep my girls safe. I feel my blog and I are at the crossroads. I have a tab - but have never included my testimony. I also am trying to start another blog - called I Am Mormon Hear Me Sing! Which was going to be all about my talks and callings and offer others to join in! I'll let you know when that's up and running - if you'd like to share on there as well!.
Thanks for sharing this message. When the time is right - I will know to share mine too! -Kerry

Anonymous said...

I love that you have stepped out in sharing your faith...I know that takes great courage...

But I must say that I am a Christian. A believer of the ONE and ONLY true God.

I believe that Christ died for my sins...He raised VICTORIOUSLY on the third day and is coming back on that glorious day!! I asked Christ into my heart at a young age....and He has proved Himself as faithful over and over again! What a magnificent Father we have! There is nothing that can separate me from that love! I am His and only His forever.

You have a beautiful family! And I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog.

Blessing to you today!

Teresa said...

I think that is great that you have the courage to share your testimony on your blog. I am a member too and have lived in Utah Valley my whole life until about 3 yr ago when my Hubby and I moved to New Mexico. It was such a change to be around people who didn't know my religion and it has been interesting and hard to overcome my shyness to share it. I think it is wonderful that you have such a great resource that you can share your testimony and that, more importantly, you get do! Thanks for all you do!

Megan {ShabbyBlogs} said...

Awesome, Summer! Love you, girl!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing your testimony, Summer. You are such an example of charity and love.

I felt the same comfort when my sister passed away after many months of illness. I am so grateful for the comfort and guidance of the Holy Ghost.

Jason and Bri Walker said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony with all of us! I find it strange when I have followed someone's blog or someone's story and find out later that they are LDS and for some reason I feel a strong connection to them. Someone once told me that if you are a member of the church, no matter where you go you will find family. I am so blessed to be a member of the church and I admire your courage to share your testimony!

Heather Strong said...

HI Summer! I have been a huge fan of your designs and just had to comment on this post. I am a member as well and I live in SLC. Thanks for sharing your beautiful testimony and your awesome work!

Mikelle said...

Summer you are great! Thanks for sharing your faith with everyone. I think that takes great strength and I can tell it was out of love for everyone who reads this.

Thanks for setting such a great example. Not only for sharing what means most to you, but for having such a generous blog. What a christlike woman you are!

Cortnie said...

I think they were inspired when they put that movie together. I had a similar prompting to share after I watched it. Thanks for helping to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jessica said...

I watched the video sometime last week and found it very inspirational. It has inspired me in such a big way. It has opened up my heart more and also opened up my eyes and realize how blessed I truly am and that all the things I complain about are not even worth it. I have drifted away from going to church for such a long time. I do know the church is true and I'm glad that I listened to the message from the video that inspired me to attend again. Thank you for sharing this. It really is a beautiful message.

Allyson said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony with everyone. It is a GREAT way to spread the work of the LORD!

kelly said...

That was such a beautiful post. I have been a member now for almost 14 years because a friend of mine in high school had the courage to share the gospel with me. I sometimes get scared to share it because I'm afraid of being criticized of something that is so important and special to me. It saddens me that I have a hard time because I know personally what it can do in peoples lives. I was already a Christian and was already a church goer and it still changed my life dramatically and I wouldn't have it any other way. So, I just want to say thank you for sharing that and for putting it into words so well, and thank you for the beautiful kits!

Diane Marsh said...

I just wanted to say that I found your post today very interesting. I don't really have a religion in my life, and sometimes wonder about it. Although I don't go to church I have always tried my best to be a good person and help anyone out however I can. I am glad you decided to continue with your post, don't worry about upsetting anyone with it, if they don't like the way it is going they don't have to read it. I think it is wonderful that you have something so positive in your life. Best wishes.

Elegante Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing that awesome message. I am a member also, and I love the church so much! Thank you for reminding me of some important things in my life. That was a beautiful post!

♥The Murdoch's♥ said...

I too am a member and this post touched my heart! Thank you so much for your testimony! You are an amazing woman! Thank you for all of your inspiring posts!

Ducksoup said...

loved your post and enjoyed your testimony so much. i too share your same faith and am grateful for your beautiful testimony. i loved what you wrote and am continually inspired by your posts. in fact, about a month ago you posted about trusting in our heavenly father and your sweet claire's health issues. that night i woke up in the middle of the night. i was pregnant and had started bleeding. i thought, oh no, here comes miscarriage number two. then i read your beautiful post and thought how timely it was for me to remember to trust in my heavenly father. thankfully i am now 13 weeks pregnant. i know God hears and answers prayers and i am always touched by the sweet things you write. thank you!

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The Julanders said...

I believe the Internet is here for all the GOODNESS we share on it! THANKS for using it for GOOD.

Mandy said...

Miss Summer thank you for being brave enough to share your testimony. You are so beautiful inside and out.

blog_meg said...

Summer, our loving Father and Brother in Heaven must smile down on you and rejoice at your courage. I have loved your generosity AND your stories for a long time now. Thanks for the inspiration! You remind me that I need to do a better job of shouting our faith from the rooftop!

Shanna said...

Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. I've had something pretty devastating happen to me in the past week and it's true that the Savior does know what we are going through, which has been my biggest strength. You definitely were inspired because I needed your thoughtful words. Thank you so much. And thank you for sharing your creativity.

Douglas & Co. said...

Thank you so much for sharing that! This is the first time I have looked at your blog, and I am really glad that I did. My husband and I are coming up on our 2 year anniversary on the 31st of this month. We were not married in the temple, and have been inactive in the church for such a long time. (7 years for me, and he became inactive right after he was baptized) Although I have been away from the church for so long, through all those years, I still believed in everything and knew that what I was doing was probably not the right thing. My older brother served a mission and sort of became our missionary. After listening to him teach us things, and attending his daughter, my niece's baby blessing, I was overcome by this overpowering urge to continue going to church and get back on the right track again. My husband comes from a family that is totally anti-LDS, and it's really irritating to hear the comments they say about, how we haven't been the best people and do not belong in the church. But here we are trucking through everything that stands in our way. Our goal is to be sealed in the temple by August, and we could not be more excited about it. I really would like to thank you for sharing your testimony. That just made my day :)

Candice Rose Humes said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony. I love when I realize that I have all these sisters all over the world who share the same beliefs and values. I love our savior Jesus Christ and I also appreciate the loving comments from those that are not of our particular faith. The reason it can be scary to share our testimonies is that others seem to get so angry for being pushy or preachy. But in the end we are all just trying to do our best and be our best and love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love seeing people of all faiths sharing that love with each other. We are all spiritual brothers and sisters!

Jenn said...

I am LDS as well. I have been struggling with several trials in my life lately and appreciate your insight. I am truly impressed by your strength. Thank you for sharing your testimony.

Sally said...

Hi Summer! You know we were just talking about sharing the gospel in young womens on Sunday. I understand your hesitation. We want so much to do only that which pleases everyone sometimes. Truth is, sharing the gospel does sometimes offend but honestly the number of people that I am sure you have touched far surpasses those who might be put off. Thank you for your amazing example! We are the Lord's hands in ALL our endeavors!

Redtagdeals said...

Both you are amazing. thanks for sharing

Sky said...

What a powerful testimony- thanks for sharing so many personal examples! I pray that you are able to reach someone whose life will be blessed by the Gospel. Thanks for always sharing so much of yourself through your blog!

Sybil said...

I have been a fan of your blog for over a year now. I have been LDS for almost 3 months so i'm still a newbie:) This is the first time I've ever posted anything but I wanted to say I was truly touched by your words. I've felt the Holy Ghost and can say what a truly wonderful feeling that is! I've watched the video and was inspired by her. You do wonderful things to help the ones you care about and it shows. Helping others is a wonderful gift and I appreciate you giving us a chance to help as well either with your friend whose daughter I can't rememeber her name but you did the Brezy kit for and your friend who lost her husband. You truly have a generous heart. I look forward to following you for many years to come.
Sybil in Mississippi

Kari said...

Summer, you are such an inspriational person. I loved reading your testimony. Thank you for sharing it. As I read it the tears came down my face & it was tears of gratitude for our Savior. He is there and is with us everyday. I'm glad you shared your feelings about losing your Mom. I know it was something that was so painful yet I loved how you said that you were comforted by the Holy Ghost at the time that you needed it most.

I love this new video by Stephanie. I cry every time I see it.

I just wanted to also say thank you for making your digital scrapping kits. I just now have finally started learning to use Photoshop (took me forever) and I'm enjoying making pages & cute things for my kids. Thank you for spending time and sharing your talents with the world. You are one in a million Summ! Have a great day! Love you!!

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The Yates Family said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I have posted similar things, including her video, and am totally inspired by Stephanie. She is amazing and I am so grateful for her example. I hope that people can see the beauty in her and in her testimony. Thanks again, and I hope all is well with your family/your daughter.

The Myers' Family said...

Thank you for your courage in sharing your testimony of the gospel. I too, am a member of the LDS church. I have many though in my family who are not members of the church and it is hard for me at times to share with them my own testimony because I am not sure how it will be recieved. You have given me inspiration to have that same courage you have.

Wunderwoman said...

Summer, I want to Thank you for sharing your testimony. I am not a church-goer, but consider myself a child of GOD, and I do believe in the Holy Spirit, and Jesus. I would be HONORED to receive a book of Mormons (LDS) and will be emailing you straight away. This is part of the reason I read your blog and some others, I feel we all need to hear each others testimony. I would enjoy hearing more, and for the ones that don't want to read it, well that's what the red "X" box at the top is for. Once again, "thanks again from the bottom of my heart", I needed to hear this today!

The Coombs' said...

Wow, Summer! Look at what you sharing your testimony has done! You are a wonderful member with wonderful faith. It's amazing to hear the tesimony of other sisters around the world. Thank you so much for sharing. Can you feel already the impact your one post has had? You're amazing...in more ways than one!

Anonymous said...

It takes a lot of courage to do what you just did and that is to bear your testimony for all to see. I just recently bore my testimony in sacrament meeting and the only other time I had done it was at girls camp over 12 years ago! I admire you and your strength. Thank you for sharing and I know that you are touching lives by expressing your great love for our Savior.

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Jaime said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful testimony Summer! It takes a lot of courage and the words just flowed so beautifully! :) Where would we be without the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Thanks for all the scrapbooking kits, yours truly are my favorite

Dawn Farias said...

I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He died for me and suffered every pain imaginable so that when we are having our struggles, we can realize that there is someone who knows EXACTLY what we are going through.

Yes!! Thank you for sharing this part of you.

The Diggins Family said...

Thanks Summer - I needed that reminder of my heavenly role as a mother today that the video brought. Our work truly is a sacred one & sometimes it is hard to remember that at the end of another long day. I knew you were a sister in the gospel even before I linked to your personal blog & saw you were LDS. You truly inspire so many & are doing a great work in sharing the gospel with others - your blog radiates the light :).

Anonymous said...

Even though religion is such a difficult theme to discuss these days, a lot of people need to start talking about it, urgently.
You and I don´t share the same religion, but I am sure that It is your faith what makes you such a wonderful girl, I think you did the perfect thing, by writing such a beatiful post and sharing this inspirational video. God Bless you.

Aaron and Kristi said...

Thank you so much for such a wonderful testimony! I am a member as well, and I am always thankful to those people who are willing to share their testimonies with others! It's such a strength to us all! Thanks!!!

Idea Queen said...

thank you so much for sharing this. I have felt so isolated and alone. This has helped.

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this story - it was just what I needed to day

granny said...

I just stumbled on to your blog, Summer! I don't know if you remember me from way back when, but I'm so happy to run into news of you and yours. Beautiful post, too!

Kendra said...

Thanks for sharing this!!! I am a memeber of the church also and today I started to write about the church in a blog post. I did the same thing as you. I stopped and thought "should I really write that?" but I decided to be brave and just do it. You never know who is reading...
Thanks for sharing and being brave!

Bethany said...

I just wanted to tell you thank you. I really enjoyed your testimony, made me smile ear to ear and get chills even ;) I am a member as well and have also felt how powerful the Holy Ghost is, so comforting. Thank you for being willing to share it so openly on a very public blog, gives me courage! I love your blog and your creations, you are a wonderful woman... and beautiful :)

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A.Larson said...

I don't even know how I came across this post. But I am glad I did, thank you for writing it. Our family just found out my husband has cancer and it is a rough time. I am clinging to the Holy Ghost's comfort and guidance and am so very thankful for it. Have a great day. ♥