"Why are Mormons so cool?"

Wednesday, September 14


This was the subject line of an email I received the other day from a theology student researching the relationship between theology and aspects of popular culture. Specifically the relationship between our faith as members of the LDS church and the way we engage in culture, the world, style, etc. I typically don't publicly respond to my emails, but this one really piqued my interest. So if you'll indulge me, I'd like to share my two cents on the subject real quick.

For starters, the LDS Church has 13 Articles of Faith {short descriptions that explain our foundational beliefs}. The last of which states: "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." A diligent effort to be put toward seeking after the beautiful things in life is an applicable and encouraging thought, whether you're religious or not. I've always had a soft spot for aesthetics in my own life. Back when I was a little girl I had a ridiculous penchant for dramatic ringlets and red nails. In high school I tried my hand at interiors and went on a chalkboard-paint frenzy in my bedroom and then gave Thanksgiving place-settings a go-round. In college I explored my personal style further, chose to study Graphic Design and gained a greater appreciation of the arts. Until recently, I had never questioned whether this had anything to do with being raised in the Mormon faith. But then came this question from the email: 
So, what are your thoughts on the nature of the relationship between your faith and your church upbringing and the way you engage culture, the world, style, fashion, design, etc?
So much of modern day media, world views and culture can be used to tear down and distract from the lovely things in life like family and relationships, or in my case, creating {or trying!} something beautiful through design, style, etc. But the encouragement from LDS church leaders to engage ourselves in ways that enlarge our capacity for happiness {and seek out those things that are "virtuous and lovely"}, has I'm sure, inherently influenced my decisions when it comes to becoming involved in the world of design and style.

The LDS Church widely supports and encourages creative minds; something that I got to experience on a daily basis during my time at BYU-Idaho {a private LDS university}. Whether through seminars, galleries, out-of-class demonstrations, or just daily assignments, I was always grateful {and encouraged!} for the opportunity to learn from the work of both professional artists and students, as we each strove to perfect our craft. The design program there was challenging and rewarding and will certainly influence my endeavors as a designer down the road.

Additionally, LDS values have always encouraged a developing and sharing of personal talents. In my case, I don't necessarily consider getting dressed or blogging to be a personal talent {we all do one or the other!}, but for me it IS a fun form of personal expression and creativity. How wonderful is it for an individual to have something that allows them to create and learn from everyday, whether their talents lie in aesthetics or car mechanics? Blogging has certainly opened up opportunities and new paths for me to pursue other talents that I had wished to develop further, like photography, graphic design, styling and interior design. All of which, I consider to fall under the category of "virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy."

Because of our beliefs, we choose to abstain from participating in a few things {drinking, smoking, immodest forms of dress, swearing, etc} which does limit our participation in certain aspects of popular culture, but certainly doesn't hinder us from seeking out the very best that culture has to offer. It just makes it a little easier for all those lovely things we seek out in life to bubble right to the top.

And because I'll never be able to say anything nearly as eloquently as our inspired leaders, I leave you with this lovely:


Thanks for reading this BOOK of a post. Thoughts?


184 Response to "Why are Mormons so cool?"

September 14, 2011 3:09 AM

Awesome post! I love that the blogging world has become such a great platform to spread a great message.
believe it or not world, mormons are normal people!


lauren from
awkwardgirls.blogspot.com

FAB
September 14, 2011 3:55 AM

What a lovely post! Thoughtful, faithful and sincere...thank you so much for sharing!

September 14, 2011 4:12 AM

Very interesting... I have been wondering why there are so many cute Mormon bloggers! Being raised protestant you can sometimes get the feeling that fashion, beauty, etc are frivolous and ungodly (depending on what church you were brought up in). I like the idea to create beauty around you.

September 14, 2011 4:20 AM

ditto to all that. lovely.

September 14, 2011 4:21 AM

Oh wow, I loved reading this post! I am not Mormon but I LOVE "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." I really do. Thanks Sydney :)

September 14, 2011 5:11 AM

love this, and i love that our church encourages creativity. pres. uchtdorf is my favorite!

queenswood.tumblr.com

September 14, 2011 5:15 AM

Amazing blog post!
I agree mormons are awesome! And I am proud to be one of them!!!!!

September 14, 2011 5:17 AM

What an interesting, enlightening and well-written post. Very cool to learn more about this faith, and happy to hear of the very positive influence it's had in your life.

September 14, 2011 6:03 AM

Lovely Sydney!

September 14, 2011 6:03 AM

Yes and yes. I'm so grateful I am Mormon and share these wonderful beliefs. It really makes life more amazing knowing all that we know, doesn't it?

September 14, 2011 6:04 AM

Beautifully written Sydney!
You all have a very similar perspective to the way I was raised in our Catholic faith.
Thank you for being a blogger who doesn't shy away from faith topics and who isn't afraid to share.
<3

September 14, 2011 6:24 AM

love this! that "create" video is one of my favorites. as a fellow mormon i am grateful for your words and insight on something i've never really thought about. and if i weren't mormon, i'd want to know more about this church now! :)

September 14, 2011 6:26 AM

I, too, wondered why so many cute bloggers are Mormon. I am Catholic and raised in Chicago and had no idea Mormon's were fashionable! Totally different viewpoint. Glad you broke that stereotype for me!
Love your blog!

September 14, 2011 6:26 AM

Not a Mormon myself but I respect your faith and the way you see life through it.

September 14, 2011 6:27 AM

Amen! I loved my time at byu-I and I love that our church encourages us to be creative and explore and share our talents because we all have them:)

September 14, 2011 6:30 AM

Interesting! I just started following your blog and I've always wondered whay so many blogs I love/follow are written by someone of the Mormon faith. I always assumed it was because Mormons know that blogging is a great way to spread their faith (which I'm sure it is!) but it's interesting how you said your religion has always encouraged you to be creative (and blogging is such a great way to cultivate that creativity). Anyways, love the blog and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

September 14, 2011 6:30 AM

Although I am no longer religious, I find this post to be very interesting. I was raised Catholic and Christain, but had attended a few Sundays with my friends who were mormon. Each of these religions have pieces of what I felt a church should be, but none of them seemed to "fit me" so to speak. I love to hear WHY people feel their religion suites them since I haven't experienced that for myself.

Thanks for this post. I think I will be doing more research about your religion since it sparks an interest.

September 14, 2011 6:39 AM

That was beautifully said. The 13th article of faith has long been my favorite because it is just so natural that those things that are virtuous, lovely, or good report and praiseworthy lift and inspire the soul. It further strengthen my testimony of a loving Heavenly Father who created this beautiful world for us. "...men are that they might have joy." 2 Nephi 2:25.

September 14, 2011 6:53 AM

Thank you for sharing this. I was actually just noticing how many bloggers I adore that just happen to be Mormon. I think it is the way that they radiate a sense of happiness and desire to share what they find beautiful that I find so uplifting.

September 14, 2011 7:09 AM

you know, i have wondered this myself. being an avid reader of both yours and Naomi's blog i have always found it quite beautiful that you proudly (but not in an in-your-face kind of a way) display your religion for your readers (and the world, for that matter) to see. while i am not mormon myself, the aspects of the religion you both have showcased have got me reading into your belief system more. it wouldn't be a stretch for me to say i am considering attending services once i am able (currently living in a place with no LDS church that i know of). i applaud you both and think you are wonderful examples of what Mormonism is today.

September 14, 2011 7:09 AM

I am so glad you chose to share this on your blog. I am not a member of the LDS but I think this post can relate to everyone - religious or not.

I think that if everyone sought after things that were virtuous and lovely, the world would be a much better place.

Again, thanks for sharing. Reading this just made my day a little better. :)

Pam
sunday-dreamings.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 7:13 AM

Lovely thoughts. Sometimes I come across different blogs and I think "wow-this person is sooo creative, I wonder if they are Mormon?" And they usually are :)

September 14, 2011 7:24 AM

Well said!!!

I loved going to a church school (byu-idaho) and I grew so much there. The church pushes us not only to be better people, but to be our BEST selves. Who wouldn't want that? I love aiming for new things and higher ground whether it's for church or not.

Thanks for this!!!

September 14, 2011 7:28 AM

Well put. This was awesome Sydney, and I loved reading it. You are one awesome lady, and such a good example to many.

Rik
September 14, 2011 7:41 AM

Thanks for posting this. Too often I see Mormon bloggers giving in to immodesty, to putting themselves up on a pedestal, to showing off. I love your blog because it's humble. Sure, it's pretty, and cute, and fun, and funny, but it's humble and that's where it's easy to relate. I like real people, not magazine models. Good job on the post and putting yourself out there more for people who may not understand why us Mormons are the way we are.

September 14, 2011 7:50 AM

Wonderfully written. I've always been fascinated with the Morman faith. I have a good Morman friend and I absolutely love her family mostly because of their faith. XO, Rae

http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

September 14, 2011 8:04 AM

Awesome post. I am not Mormon but I have always been interested in the Mormon faith. I love watching the videos of the leaders. Very telling of why ya'll are so nice!! Yes, I know, I just claimed that every single Mormon person is nice. It's just been my experience so far :)

September 14, 2011 8:06 AM

I love how you used the thirteenth article of faith to accurately define why we seek to create and seek out beautiful things. Your post reminded me of Pres. Uchdorf's talk on creating and nurturing from a few general conferences back:

http://lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng&query=create%28+name%3a%22Dieter+F.+Uchtdorf%22%29

Although anything in life can be taken too far (such as a worldly obsession with material things or one's own beauty), I think you hit the point right on the head with this post. Thank you!

autodidacticambitions.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 8:08 AM

Well said, my friend. Well said. I love that video too :D

September 14, 2011 8:23 AM

I am so curious how many people you have brought into the Mormon faith with your blog. I know it's something I have looked into myself through reading it.

September 14, 2011 8:27 AM

what a great explanation!! and i pull so much creativity from all the blogs i read and have noticed that lots are mormons!!!

Bri
September 14, 2011 8:27 AM

Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful, inspiring, thought-provoking post! I am not a Mormon, but I am a Christian and my faith is such a crucial part of who I am. Sometimes it's difficult to reconcile being religious and conservative with being a fashion blogger, when many view fashion as superficial. I just love your connection between "whatever is admirable, praiseworthy, etc... think about such things" with the creative arts. When I was studying art in college, I always thought, what more wonderful way is there to mimic your Creator than to be passionate about creating beautiful things?

www.bricolageblog.com

September 14, 2011 8:35 AM

I'm glad you decided to publish this post because it was very interesting to read it! Nice to know more about your religion...

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

September 14, 2011 8:36 AM

Thank you Sydney! I am new to your blog and have so far loved your creativity. Regarding this post specifically, it is wonderful. I recently moved away from the West and am now in a part of the country where the LDS culture is by far a minority. It has been great to enlighten people with a "live example" of what an LDS person is (at least what myself and what my husband are like) versus many preconceived notions that have no real foundation. Your post is an exceptional example of sharing your light and testimony of one of the many principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanks so much, you have brightened my day!

September 14, 2011 8:46 AM

"you done us proud. Real good"!

Eli
September 14, 2011 8:48 AM

Lovely thoughts. Thank you for them.

September 14, 2011 8:56 AM

Awesome, awesome.

September 14, 2011 9:01 AM

I love your take on this! President Uchtdorf does such a wonderful job in teaching and inspiring in this wonderful talk! Thank you so much for sharing!

September 14, 2011 9:02 AM

Really good job, Sydney. I think you need to do one of those mormon.org videos for the church. How do you get involved in that? cause I think people would really connect with you.

September 14, 2011 9:03 AM

A wonderfully thoughtful post about our faith. Keep up the virtuous, loveley, and praiseworthy work.

September 14, 2011 9:07 AM

Thank you so much Sydney! I'm so sick of 'lds style bloggers' who link mormon.org to their blogs but don't really set a great example on a day to day basis. Thanks for standing up for our beliefs and being such a great example to the world! I love that our church encourages creativity in whatever form we choose to pursue. Thanks for the 'book of a post'. It really made my day!

September 14, 2011 9:08 AM

AMEN.

September 14, 2011 9:10 AM

I'm about 3 days into reading your blog. I figured out pretty quickly that you are LDS. All I have to say is, man, I could have used your blog while I was going through my conversion last year. I appreciate your comments on this topic, it reinforced the legitimacy of my desire to be creative. The 11th Article of Faith was the first thing that really drew me to the Gospel. Your blog is great, congrats on the baby, I look forward to continuing to read!

September 14, 2011 9:14 AM

So glad you decided to write this post. I come from a family of devout Catholics so when one of my cousins converted and married a gorgeous Mormon girl it sent shock waves through my family. I will always remember the experience I had at the little ceremony they help for our side of the family in Salt Lake. My interest was peeked after meeting so many seemingly happy and genuinely kind people. :)

September 14, 2011 9:19 AM

Dearest Sydney, you are just so dang great! Thank you for representing Mormons so beautifully and accurately. I really admire you.

September 14, 2011 9:31 AM

What an absolutely perfect post! Thank you Sydney for sharing this with everyone instead of just privately emailing that person. I am going to share this on my blog. :)

September 14, 2011 9:42 AM

Well said. :)

September 14, 2011 9:45 AM

Great post and great representaion of the lds church.

September 14, 2011 9:46 AM

You said it all so well! Even though I've grown up knowing the 13 Articles of Faith and being an active member, I never thought of the verse that way! Thank you for opening my eyes! haha :)
Love your blog!

September 14, 2011 9:46 AM

I am not a Mormon but I truly respect you AND enjoy reading your blog every single day. The Daybook encourages and inspires me and I'm very thankful for that. You are a little bit of sunshine with my morning coffee.

September 14, 2011 9:49 AM

Sydney loved the post! You are a great example to me. Your baby boy is going to be one lucky kid! Hope all is well with you and Tyson! I want to see pics of your place!

September 14, 2011 9:53 AM

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this. I'm not a religious person, but I believe that the pursuit of lovely things is something that should be a focus for everyone. I think keeping that idea in mind will open your mind & heart to so many good things in the world. This was beautifully written. Thanks Sydney!

xx, Katrina

Sparkle is a Color

September 14, 2011 10:01 AM

Thanks for sharing this. I have often tried to figure out how to word how I feel encouraged to be creative because of our religious aspect of life, thanks for helping me read it :)

September 14, 2011 10:01 AM

Lovely post on your faith. I am a Christian and have become intrigued by Mormonism. I have nothing but respect for the people of your Church for the way you live and act out the Gospel and share your faith. Love your blog :)

September 14, 2011 10:03 AM

You are an amazing missionary, Sydney! Even without trying to be. I love this post! I'm coming up on my two year baptismalversary :), and I couldn't agree more with every word you have written!

September 14, 2011 10:17 AM

Simply Beautiful Syd!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

September 14, 2011 10:21 AM

I love this post! Proud to be a mormon :) And we are pretty great cool. Not gonna lie. Your amazing Sydney.

September 14, 2011 10:21 AM

Thank you so much for this post! You shared exactly what I needed to hear. I love art and design as well and am grateful to know that someone feels exactly the way I do. I loved the video too; Pres. Uchtdorf is one of my favorite apostles. :)

September 14, 2011 10:24 AM

Thanks for this post! Extremely interesting! My husband and I, who are Roman Catholic, were actually having a conversation about something very similar last night. Not regarding LDS specifically, but in regards to the way different religions encourage expression of personal art and culture. I appreciate this entry and I'll certainly be coming back! Thanks!

September 14, 2011 10:24 AM

Awesome post! I love the clip, it is so motivating! I just might link it on my blog! Erikainez.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 10:30 AM

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. As a Christian it so often can feel like you should not indulge in the fashion world, but I love the idea of appreciating beauty and creating it around you - as it really does reflect the image of God seeing as how He is the original creator of beauty.
Much love,
B

September 14, 2011 10:31 AM

Agreed,100%. Thanks for sharing these thoughts publicly!!

xo
rachelsayumi.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 10:34 AM

Great post! I'm a new follower of your blog am already hooked! I appreciate you sharing messages from your faith and not being afraid to leave it open to us for our thoughts. I am a Christian, but any faith can take appreciation of the principle you shared with us: virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. I will attempt to do this regularly! Thanks!

GeEmBe

September 14, 2011 10:48 AM

Magnificently beautiful, Syd!

September 14, 2011 10:51 AM

I am not mormon, I am a non denominational Christian, but I have to say that I am often inspired by a lot of adorable Mormons and the way the approach life. In the bible Philippians 4:8 is says: "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable-if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise-dwell on these things". I think sometimes those who are religious feel that participating in things such as being creative, wearing cute clothes or blogging about something other than Jesus is ungodly. But I have to say that the ones who have been the most influential, that draw the most people towards faith are the ones who just choose to love and by being themselves in whatever outlet God has allowed them.

Great Post Sydney. You are adorable as always...and I think very cool! Blessings!

Tiff~

September 14, 2011 10:53 AM

LOVED this!!! Couldn't have said it better myself! I actually just moved to DC about two months ago for my husband to start law school at GW, what ward are you guys in?

http://brodylindsey.blogspot.com/

September 14, 2011 10:57 AM

ohhhh I love it when he speaks! You put everything so well! I hope one day I can write and share the gospel as eloquently as you!

September 14, 2011 11:05 AM

What a great post! I too had a great experience at BYU-I and what I took away from my experience there was to be me, and not anyone else. Thanks for sharing, you are a great example and "sharer" of our Mormon Faith.

cwdavenport.blogspot.com

kLr
September 14, 2011 11:08 AM

I have some thoughts. After momentarily examining the passage in question, I find that there is more to it than only striving after that which is pleasing and brings us happiness. Philippians 4:8 not only says to think on that which is lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy, but to think on whatever is true, noble, and pure. This is more than a matter of the self. It also has to do with our worldview and how we live our lives.

Thank you for reminding me of this verse because it is a reminder to me of what I am supposed to be focusing on.

September 14, 2011 11:16 AM

I'm so impressed with your answer and I LOVE that video of President Uchtdorf (I haven't seen it before). I think you are a positive impact in many people's lives and a great example to me! Thanks for the great post!

September 14, 2011 11:19 AM

what a lovely and inspirational most! and i must agree with katie, you are serving as such a great missionary through your words. thanks for sharing your thoughts! and that video was just a perfect touch!
Xo

http://mrtaylorandhislady.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 11:30 AM

Wow! I'm very inspired to go create something. I'm not sure what, but something beautiful will hopefully come of it.

September 14, 2011 11:34 AM

Thanks for sharing, Sydney. I love that talk by President Uchtcorf. I'm LDS too, and I love how you explained that abstaining from those things makes it easier for "those lovely things we seek . . . to bubble right to the top." Perfectly said. I'm sure I'll quote you when trying to explain that to others sometime down the road. :)

September 14, 2011 11:52 AM

Amen!

September 14, 2011 11:52 AM

Hi there,
I just started following your blog and absolutely LOVE it!! I have a little boy of my own so it's great to see the beautiful journey of your pregnancy (and your amazing style!)

Love this post, it was so enlightening!


BeautyAndABaby.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 11:57 AM

Thank you for sharing your faith so openly. I know that is one of the things I strive to do on my blog. That is one of the reasons I appreciate you and your blog. Happiness!

xo L.

September 14, 2011 12:23 PM

Very nicely said!

September 14, 2011 12:25 PM

I love that video. Whenever I feel like I am in a design rut I watch that video. Totally inspiring. The 13th article of faith is actually the Young Womens theme this year and I have been loving teaching it to my cute little beehives. Don't you feel like we did so many crafts in YW and RS? Anyways...thanks for sharing our faith to your many many readers, it looks like you have already piqued some's interest.

paradeoftheday.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 12:27 PM

Syd, I don't know how you do it, but you know exactly how to form the thoughts I have concerning certain subjects into the most eloquent of words. You also bring to light the most important and beautiful concepts that I would never have thought of. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this post. In a small way, it has helped enrich my testimony of our beloved Gospel!

September 14, 2011 12:30 PM

Sydney! As I was reading this I kept thinking this so reminds me of President Uchtdorf's talk on Creating. Then I scrolled down and saw that you shared the talk! So fun! I am glad you shared this short video on the beauty of our ability to create and I hope you also shared it with the person e-mailing you! :)

September 14, 2011 12:36 PM

Very interesting post. I too have noticed there are quite a few Mormon fashion bloggers. Some of my favorite bloggers! All very creative and confident in their personal style. This makes sense and gives me a greater understanding of your faith! I am non-denominational Christian but I love learning and understanding other faiths. Thanks for this post!

Dana Michelle

Amy
September 14, 2011 12:47 PM

I am a Christian and was going to say something similar to what the Tiffany Harper girl said. I love the verse in Philippians 4:8. I think that God wants us to enjoy Him and His creation and He is a very creative God so it makes sense that He would make us creative as well. I believe the chief end of man is to to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (one of the Westminster catechisms) and I think part of that includes being creative and taking pleasure in the good things in culture.

I have really enjoyed your blog and I am glad that you blog about things you enjoy. :) Even though we do not agree about what we believe I think you have set a good example at least by being a witness to what you believe....something that we can all do better at.

Keep on being cute! Congrats on the pregnancy. I read your post about it taking y'all a while. It's been 2.5 years for me, so I know how hard that is.

September 14, 2011 12:54 PM

The blog world has really opened me up to different types of people, especially LDS. I am not religious, but have also noticed that several of my favorite blogs are from Mormon bloggers. I love what you wrote and the other blogs too! I grew up in an area that was heavily populated with LDS members and many of them were very judgemental. Whenever they went to college, they would come back with a husband and babies and no degree so we all had thoughts about what goes on in your faith and didn't have a great view of it. I love that you shared your experience and life like this, because it has definitely showed me a wonderful side of your religion. Beautiful post!

September 14, 2011 12:54 PM

Hi, I read your blog a lot and I think you are adorable and I am very excited for you and your husband to experience being parents very soon. I think this post was written in a very tasteful way. Thank you. I do, however, feel that you should include various comments that come in that are not 100% positive. I think this makes for a lively and interesting comment section. Just a suggestion.

September 14, 2011 12:58 PM

I really loved reading this post! Thanks for the happy boost for the day! :)

September 14, 2011 1:16 PM

I love the idea the Heavenly Father is the Master Creator and that we get to follow in His footsteps with our every day creations and some day become creators of worlds just like him. It gives a whole new sense of meaning to finding the beauty in life and seeking for things that are lovely and praiseworthy. It also gives me reassurance that my "silly excitement" over creating something, really is just a taste of divinity.

September 14, 2011 1:26 PM

Thanks so much for sharing this! I've always loved Elder Uchtdorf's message on creativity. I hadn't thought of relating the 13th Article of Faith to the reason for so many talented, creative Mormons and Mormon bloggers. Thank you for living your religion openly and sharing the sweetness of its message with others.

September 14, 2011 1:49 PM

Thank you so much for all your comments everyone!! I've loved getting to hear your thoughts throughout the day!!

Katherine- I just wanted to point out that I don't moderate my comments, positive or negative :) I agree with you that it keeps things interesting. This particular post has just merited a more positive consensus.

September 14, 2011 1:59 PM

i have always loved that video from Elder Uchtdorf:)... I'm a junior in high school and I'm looking into doing Graphic Design! I'm so glad to hear positive feedback about it.

September 14, 2011 2:09 PM

Hi! I started reading your blog only a month ago, but it's quickly jumped to the top of my reading list. I really loved reading your thoughts on faith and creativity in the Mormon church. I have several friends who are Mormon and they just have this "glow" about them that I can never quite put my finger on. They just examine life from such a positive standpoint.

Since I don't know much about the Mormon church I've always been too timid to ask them, so reading this put things into perspective. I think your quote "It just makes it a little easier for all those lovely things we seek out in life to bubble right to the top." sums it up perfectly.

a
September 14, 2011 2:11 PM

Hi Sydney!

I love reading your blog. I've been following you for a few months now. I'm excited for your upcoming addition to the family! This must be such a beautiful experience and new chapter in your life! I'm a newly wed as well- but a bit more fresh out than you and your husband. But it's so encouraging to see a wonderful married couple who love each other.
You seem like the sweetest thing!

When I read that you are a Mormon on your blog, I thought that it was awesome because I have been reading a bunch into Mormonism and the Book of Mormon for myself. I'm actually really thankful that you posted about your faith and small bits of your testimony! After being visited by some missionaries, I have been studying a lot and I hope you don't mind if I share what I've been learning.
I was just curious what you think about Moroni 10:32 on page 531 of the BOM of that says:
"Yea, come unto Christ and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can nowise deny the power of God."
So I was just wondering what this passage means to you and what the requirements of grace are?
If you denied yourself of all ungodliness, and you no longer had any sin in your life, where would you be in your life?

a
September 14, 2011 2:11 PM

Another verse that stuck out to me was 2 Nephi 25:23. It says:
"For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also to our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved, after all we can do."
Here it says that we are saved by grace after all we can do. On a practical level, what does this look like to you? You might say Heavenly Father loves you and has a plan for you...If you are faithful to your callings, train your new baby boy to be a faithful member of the church, pay full tithe, are active in the relief society, continue in your creativity- leading a good life, pursue happiness, are pure in thought, keep up regular prayers or whatever "all you can do" looks like in your utmost effort- is when the grace kicks in.

But does the verse say "For we know that it is by grace we are saved while we do what we can do?"

I read Alma 11:37, which says:
"And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore you cannot be saved in your sins."

I have found that most people, even those non-religious, would agree to say that God is perfect and He can't have any sin in His presence. It sounds good to say that we have to be striving to get rid of sin and to perfect our lives- because it would be insane to think that you could be in the presence of Heavenly Father without being done with your sins. This sounds really simple to understand which is why I've read that an 8-year old can be baptized in the church.

But being done with our sins... Are you personally done with your sins? Is it a process? Am I taking it too far? But.. if it is a process, that means you're still going through the process, right? Which means you're still in your sins? Even if you're working out of them in this life, wouldn't that mean that you are unclean?

And yet another piece of Mormon literature I read was in the book, "The Miracle of Forgiveness," by Spencer W. Kimball:
"Yes," I said, "But we are commanded to be supermen. Said the Lord, 'Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.' (Matthew 5:48) We are gods in embryo, and The Lord demands perfection of us."

a
September 14, 2011 2:11 PM

Would you say that right now, you Sydney, are as complete, finished and fully developed as Heavenly Father? Or are you still a god in embryo? I just think that what is important is that the Bible says in Matthew 5:48 to "be," not "become" perfect. God demands perfection now.

So just quiz yourself. Are you keeping your genealogy records, doing temple work or observing the sabbath correctly? Here's a list of things that should be regularly practiced coming from the priesthood manual, "To make thee a Minister and a Witness."
As a faithful Mormon, you should remember...
Regular family prayer
Regular home evening
Home storage
Regular scripture study
Strict personal worthiness
Support of quorum, ward, stake and general Church leaders
Tender concern for your Husband
Family history
Patience and love
Regular attendance at and gaining strength from Church meetings and activities
Observance of the Word of Wisdom
Purity of thought

That's quite the list. I know you're probably thinking that all of this should be a process, but if you're not attaining perfection in these areas, are you not being saved by grace after all you can do? If you're in your sins and you're not going to be forgiven while you're in your sins... and this is the process that you're working through to get out of your sins... Seriously, if you can't be saved IN your sins, then what condition do you need to be in before you can be saved?

The point that keeps coming up is this word, "Process." If ridding our sins is a process, we have to remind ourselves about God's standards that we have to live up to. Here's a scripture mastery verse that comes in mind.
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." 1 Nephi 3:7.

According to this verse, is Heavenly Father going to give you a commandment that you can't keep? If you have to keep the commandments to be forgiven, how many exactly to do you have to keep? How often do you have to keep them? Cut and dry, what I pull away is that unless you keep all the commandments, all the time- and you can do this- you don't have the grace that's sufficient, you're not doing all you can do, so you're not saved by grace...and you're still in your sins.

a
September 14, 2011 2:12 PM

According to these verses, this is how we know if someone is truly repentant: They have to forsaken their sin. They've gotten rid of it. The prophet Spencer Kimball actually comments about section 58. In his booklet "Repentance Springs Forgiveness," Kimball explains the five steps to repentance, which you might know. They are sorrow for sin, abandonment of sin, confession, restitution of sin and doing the will of the Father.
I guess what I would say is that the abandonment of sin is the the step to repentance that I really have a concern about. Kimball says that "It is best when one stops sinning because he becomes aware of the seriousness of his sin. He then should want to comply with all the laws of God. The thief may abandon his evil in prison, but true repentance would have him forsake it before his arrest and return what he had stolen voluntarily." He goes on to say that "The forsaking of sin must be a permanent one. True repentance does not permit making the same mistake again."

So when I read D&C 58 and then Spencer Kimball's interpretation of that particular verse, I get the impression that the way that I can know someone is truly forgiven is if they have one of five steps- abandoned their sin. So if you have abandoned your sin, how would that look in your life? If you sin again, what does that imply? Remember, trying is weak. Is there such a phrase as "repent again?" If a smoker says that quitting smoking is easy, and they've done it a hundred times, is that repentance? Is that true repentance? Would you agree with me that there's no such phrase as "Repent again?" You either are repeating the sin, or you repent of the sin- which means you will forsake it. You will never do it again. How are you doing with that?

You have to completely forsake your sin before you're forgiven. But you know the sins that you struggle with, and God knows. And God sees your heart. If D&C is true, and true repentance looks like forsaking sin and you're not going to be forgiven until you forsake your sin, then you're not forgiven.

On a personal note, let's say you struggled with a sin that you were able to repent from and move on from without the desire to ever do that particular sin again. What about your other sins? Like pride or jealousy? How would you get to the point where you were never proud or jealous again or never had the desire to associate with any of those sins? You might say that we have the next life to work on these areas... But do you know anyone in your church who has successfully abandoned their sin?

a
September 14, 2011 2:12 PM

You may have heard others say that as long as God knows you're trying and you do your best, He makes up the rest.
But if you try and fail, what does that mean for you? You could say it means that you're improving. But if you're trying to keep the commandments and these are commandments God has given you- that you can keep, when you fail, who's fault is that? Did Jesus die for our sins or our mistakes?

Spencer W. Kimball also says in the miracle of forgiveness (p,164) that "to try" is weak.
So a big question. What then, does successful repentance look like?
If we look at a section the D&C it paints the picture of what repentance looks like for us.
Section 58:42, 43 says, "Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more. By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins--behold, he will confess them and forsake them."
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Let's think about this passage: Alma 34:32-35
"For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world. For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked."

a
September 14, 2011 2:13 PM

Who are the wicked? Those who improve their time in this life? It also says that this life is the time for us to prepare to meet God. If you are in your sins are you prepared to meet God? Today? "Behold...this life." We are not guaranteed a tomorrow. Until you have completed your repentance you are procrastinating it. The wicked according to the context here are those who are procrastinating their repentance. Trying... is not doing. What kind of repentance does God command of us? Incomplete or complete repentance? When does it need to be completed? The passage says this life.

I'm telling you this because I want to show you what Mormonism requires of you. If I should join the LDS church and this system works, then I should be able to work the system...But do we know anyone who has or can conqure sin? In is a task that is set before you that no one has ever done. So what is the difference between you and a non-Mormon? Why should one join your church and be accountable to this?

Phew. That was a lot. I know. This may have been a bit overwhelming for you, Sydney, but I've been chewing on all of this and studying a lot for myself. If you can tell, I have read up a bunch. To be honest, I am quite concerned for you and your family.
I just wanted to leave you with something to think about... I've been thinking about all of this as I've been delving into Mormon literature and really looking into it for myself. I've been curious what Mormonism has to offer. What I've discovered is that it really seems quite impossible to get to Heavenly Father... And truly, out of love I don't want you or your family to go to outer darkness. That is a very real thing. Can you imagine being in outer darkness for eternity? You would have no other chances after death. I encourage you to think about all of this and let it sink in your heart. I personally believe the Bible in it's entirety and not as far as it has been translated correctly. I believe that the bible is whole and pure and piercing in itself, without help from other books. The Jesus of the LDS church is not the same Jesus in the bible. I want you to know that if you ever need to talk to someone more about these things, I'm always here. I say this all in love.

September 14, 2011 2:15 PM

great post sydney :)

September 14, 2011 2:27 PM

Loved this post so much. Thank you, Sydney!

September 14, 2011 2:30 PM

Sydney,

I love your blog so much. I read it everyday. I'm a junior at BYU and I love fashion, design, my husband, and the gospel. I just want to say thank you for your shining example! I read earlier comments and can see that you have influenced SO many people. Your daily outfits and hilarious commentary always lift me up! Thank you!

September 14, 2011 2:31 PM

A- I'm not Sydney, but I will tell you this:

Jesus Saves.

No one can decide what defines, "all you can do," except you and your Savior. No one.

Jesus Saves.

I am as LDS as it gets. I work hard, I make good choices, I do all the things you outlined above. And it will never ever ever be enough.

I will be with my Father in Heaven again because Jesus saves. You're missing the INTENT behind our actions. Our intent, in all our good works is not to save ourselves. That is impossible. Our intent is to be like God.

It is ONLY through grace that we are saved. Yes, some LDS people lose sight of that and think, "if I could only work a little harder." But that's the doctrine of the Gospel. The doctrine is that it is through Grace that we are saved.

Grace.

We are never perfect. But I know that when I stand before God and he says, "Well what do you think?" I'll say, "I did my best. I made mistakes, I repented. I love You and I love Jesus. He died for me. I want to be with you." And then I'll be with God.

LDS people believe in Jesus as our Savior. Works will never save us. Works are for OUR good. Our Savior's sacrifice is for OUR good. He doesn't need us to do anything. We do it because we're commanded to. In the end, Jesus is our intermediary. He saves us from ourselves. Anyone who wants to be saved will be.

So, there ya go. In all your study (and you've done a lot!) you missed that key point. We do it because we love God and because we believe in keeping His commandments, not because that's what gets us into Heaven.

Sydney, awesome post. :)

September 14, 2011 2:34 PM

Thank you Syndey! I am very proud to be mormon and to have you as my Mormon Sista!

September 14, 2011 2:38 PM

Right on Sydney.

September 14, 2011 2:48 PM

i am so impressed with you and with the way you represent not only yourself, but the LDS church. thank you for helping me to grow my testimony in things i've never thought of. you seem like quite an amazing person.

September 14, 2011 3:00 PM

Woah lovely! I am not a mormon but i love life and i love God, despite i feel it in somehow a different way i love when people live their spirituality this way and shares all this inspiring thoughts. That is what i most love about blogging: being able to share and read all kind of experiences and inspiring ideas, thoughts, images and creations. And although i am not a mormon and i don't think of jesus crhist as my saviour the way you do, i share many thoughts and i love so so much jesus christ anyways! I think through the internets we are able to know and understand other ways of living in God, others' faith, others' love. To understand and accept other people who do feel the same but develop it in different ways. I love that and i absolutely share what the video says! Creation is a powerful source in us, and as we develop it in order to beautify this existence, we get better and better and live closer to God's will.

:D

September 14, 2011 3:01 PM

I love this post. Thanks for putting this into words for all of us who wouldn't have such a beautiful, eloquent response to that question. And I love the Mormon Message from Elder Uchtdorf. It is perfect. :)

September 14, 2011 3:04 PM

I loved this that Tiffany left here and i'll copy it and pass it through:

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable-if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise-dwell on these things"

Philippians 4:8

September 14, 2011 3:27 PM

I LOVE the pictures hanging from clothespins. Adorbs.

www.adventuresofafreespirit.blogspot.com

September 14, 2011 3:36 PM

While I'm not Mormon (I'm orthodox Catholic), I enjoy reading about your faith. This post reminded me of something I read elsewhere which reminds us that "beauty is one of the attributes of God, along with truth and goodness. For this reason [we] are naturally attracted to it...."

September 14, 2011 3:39 PM

Great post. Love it.

September 14, 2011 3:40 PM

LOVE this Sydney! You put yourself out here on this one as I can tell from some crazy comments but I applaud you. I am also LDS and feel the same way about everything lovely and praiseworthy. You truly are living up to your calling in life and I love ya for it. I hope you feel good about this post and dont let anyone get to you. You wrote though the spirit and I can feel that in your words.

xoxo
Lauren

www.meandmineblog.com

September 14, 2011 3:52 PM

You are wonderful! I really appreciate that you share such wonderful and inspiring messages. I think a lot of popular LDS bloggers seem afraid to mix "too much" of their beliefs into their blog and I really admire that you aren't afraid.

September 14, 2011 3:54 PM

Very well said Sydney! Thank you for sharing your thoughts so eloquently and I couldn't agree more. There is so much beauty in this life around us and so much potential for what we can add to it.

-Kate

September 14, 2011 3:59 PM

This is such a beautiful post Sydney! I'm a fellow lover of aesthetics and a Humanities major at BYU-I and we just talked about this topic in my Spirituality in the Arts class. I truly believe a love for aesthetics can be a way to become closer to our Heavenly Father if we choose to follow that which is 'virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.'

Amy
September 14, 2011 4:07 PM

I don't comment often, but I just wanted to say that this is a beautiful post, Sydney. It radiates truth and goodness.

And to A, as Mormons we believe that we aren't, and never will be, perfect on our merit. We believe in the same forgiving, merciful Christ as the rest of Christianity and we understand that without his grace we would have no chance of living with God again. We don't "work" to earn our salvation, we "work" because we understand that those works bring us closer to Christ. Of course, no amount of work on our own would ever justify our salvation. The point is to grow closer to our Savior.

If you are truly interested in investigating our church, I recommend "Believing Christ" by Stephen Robinson. He addresses a lot of the concerns about the definition of "all that we can do."

September 14, 2011 4:10 PM

Sydney! Thank you for spreading the good news in such a delightful and educated! You are so inspiring.

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September 14, 2011 4:40 PM

Great post, Sydney. Thanks for courageously putting yourself out there, even when others might try to tear you down.

September 14, 2011 4:46 PM

absolutely loved this. very inspiring!! for me as an LDS member, and I'm sure for those not of our faith as well :) I loved when you said "our beliefs [that seem like limits to some]...make it a little easier for all those lovely things we seek out in life to bubble up right to the top." :) And thank you for sharing that video! I went as a leader to that Young Women's Conference and Elder Uchtdorf's talk with deeply touching! I'd never seen this video, and can't wait to share it with all the girls in my ward...and my sisters and nieces :)

September 14, 2011 4:48 PM

although I am not a Mormon I absolutely agree that it is important to seek all the beautiful things in life :)

September 14, 2011 5:00 PM

Great post.
You're awesome!
Keep spreading the gospel!

September 14, 2011 5:07 PM

this was a beautiful post! thank you sydney!

September 14, 2011 5:20 PM

Wonderful post, so nice to see people of our faith putting themselves out there explaining what we believe in. It defiantly is wonderful!

September 14, 2011 5:37 PM

great post sydney... we ARE pretty cool :)

and as for "a"? umm, whoa. there are a lot of interesting people out there, no?

a good life.

Kim
September 14, 2011 6:20 PM

Between your blog and the Mormon commercials I'm ready to convert! What a great post. I think...well I KNOW that so many people are scared of what they don't understand, I am guilty myself. That fear generally manifests itself into something ugly these days. If you don't understand something just say something negative to make yourself seem smarter, prettier, better than (fill in the blank). I have throughout my life heard a lot of negative talk towards Mormons but I realize now it's mostly jealousy. The world seems to be full of woe is me types and to see a group so loving and happy has got to something almost unfathomable to some. Although I am not Mormon I hope that I can one day raise my kids to look at the beautiful and positive in everyday and everything. I really love this post :) Bravo Sydney!

Rin
September 14, 2011 6:37 PM

Thanks for sharing a bit of the Mormon faith. I've been a little bit curious, to be honest.

September 14, 2011 6:42 PM

OhMyGosh. You are seriously one of the best people ever. No joke. So pretty much thanks for being so awesome.
(PS. I am also LDS and I an currently a student at BYU-I. It's cool to see that there is a life beyond BYU!!!!)

September 14, 2011 7:02 PM

Thank you so much for representing our faith in such a beautiful and elegant way. Your testimony is beautiful and the way you live your life is one to admire and respect. This was lovely.

September 14, 2011 7:35 PM

BEAUTIFUL!!! I absolutely LOVE this post!!

September 14, 2011 7:38 PM

I have always been intrigued by Mormonism ever since moving to Oregon from Texas, but I have never wanted to convert. While there are some things about the faith I think are inspiring and admirable, such as the importance of family (and apparently creativity, which I never knew) there are just some things that rub me the wrong way. Such as the abhorance of gay people and the baptisims of Jews who died in the Shoah. But being a pro-gay and on the Jew-by-Choice path it's obvious why I would have an issue with those issues.

But that being said the kids who were the nicest to me in high school, where I was teased a lot, were the LDS kids. They were always so kind to me.

September 14, 2011 8:28 PM

I LOVE this post. You could not have answered that question in a more eloquent manner.

September 14, 2011 8:30 PM

i'm lds and no one i know thinks it's cool.

i'm constantly derided for it and am always on the defensive.

i do all sorts of "cool" things. i surf, rock climb, brazilian jiu jitsu, motorcycle, mnt bike, car race and such.

but all this is suddenly forgotten and i'm no longer 'cool' once guys learn i am LDS. then it is just constant "what's wrong with you? why would you....

September 14, 2011 9:12 PM
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September 14, 2011 9:24 PM

I am also LDS and this post is 100% true!

Thanks for representing the Gospel in such a positive way! You really are setting such a great example to your many many followers through your words, top-notch modesty, and your testimony!

Thanks Sydney!

September 14, 2011 9:50 PM

growing up LDS and living in Utah, I didn't realize how other people view our faith until I moved to Utah and had to educate people that we are NOT a cult, I don't have multiple mothers, not all Mormons have tons of siblings. It was crazy. Thanks for posting such a great post and expressing everything so well.

September 14, 2011 9:59 PM

Beautiful post Sydney. One of my favorites.

September 14, 2011 10:32 PM

Wow, thank you for an eloquent answer about something I've been wondering about too. As a devout Catholic, I'm often impressed by how you and other Mormon bloggers hold fast to your traditional values and yet are so comfortable engaging with pop culture in general. There's no fear of being corrupted by "the world," just an earnest expression of all your interests.

Once a priest at my parish mentioned how he wished someone would design a stylish modern clothing line (to be sold at JCPenney, haha.) I told him "Oh Father, the Mormons have got that market down for sure."

September 14, 2011 10:55 PM

What an AWESOME post, Sydni!

:)

Thank you!

For all those readers out there who want to know more about us MORMONS, then please feel free to ask me anything. I am a CONVERT to the Mormon faith and I love to share my story about how much I love Jesus Christ and the happiness I feel in my life because of Him.

You can read more about WHY I AM A MORMON here: http://mormon.org/me/1WM3-eng/

September 14, 2011 11:04 PM

You just gained 100 awesome-points. So glad you shared this.

September 14, 2011 11:20 PM

Great post Sydney!! Your words were very beautifully put.

September 14, 2011 11:53 PM

This was such an inspirational post! Although I am not Mormon, I am a Christian, and I believe the idea of seeking the beautiful things in life is something that anyone can benefit from. Reading your blog is not only entertaining (I LOVE your posts), but has also opened my eyes to the Mormon faith. Thanks so much for being so open with your readers! And of course, keep on rocking this blog thing!

Katelyn

September 15, 2011 12:19 AM

you make mormons cool, syd :)

September 15, 2011 12:24 AM

Awesome! I have been a follower of How Does She for quite awhile now, but just found you over the summer. I am totally blog-stalking you and think you're the cutest thing ever...especially with the cute belly! Thank you for your beautiful post, love it!

September 15, 2011 9:01 AM

I completely agree with what you said regarding talents bubbling to the top, when restrictions are applied. I'm not prohibited from smoking, drinking,etc but I avoid it and find more time is freed to do things I love!

September 15, 2011 9:20 AM

This was awesome. Thank you so much for the reminder. And thank you thank you thank you for the video. I loved it!

September 15, 2011 9:35 AM

Well put Sydney. You and Tyson are a great example of our faith and are definately inspirational to many. Thanks for posting and not just sending it back to the person who emailed you.

September 15, 2011 10:11 AM

Love this post :) I feel the same way! Thank you for being unashamed of speaking so boldly of our faith. I'm glad your beautiful style is also modest. It helps me look for cute things to wear. I'm at BYU-I now and you inspire me! Both in fashion and in faith. Thanks!

shelbyalyseframpton.blogspot.com

September 15, 2011 10:27 AM

well said beauty!

~selina

September 15, 2011 10:33 AM

Love the thought that we strive for that which is virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy. It is so true that that is exactly what we are doing in the crafting/blogging/fashionable world! Never thought about it that way...Thank you Sydney!

Megan @ megscraftcreations.blogspot.com

September 15, 2011 10:48 AM

I love this post. It is very well-written and being a mormon I would be so nervous that I wasn't saying something right and you nailed it girl! Love your blog and I love that you know my cousin sarah and forthelove.com. Isn't she just great?

bridget
bridgeywidgey.blogspot.com

September 15, 2011 11:26 AM

Oh, Syd, thank you so much for putting into words what I've struggled to express. I have already shared this post with many people. I studied Humanities at BYU and am not involved in libraries and community arts. When I first began hunting for graduate schools, a mentor advised me to not mention my faith anywhere in my applications because the art world sees Christian as cut-off from culture and closed minded. So false and so sad. We just seek the lovely things!

September 15, 2011 11:28 AM

How funny you posted this, as I have recently been thinking, "Why are Mormons so awesome??" Seriously, in my personal life and in Blogland, I have been introduced to the happiest and healthiest people, who happen to be Mormon, and I've wondered what is in the kool-aid ya'll are drinking. hahhahaa...My life-time family dentist and all his beautiful assistants are Mormon, and he's always getting on to me about drinking coffee and red wine--not only because they are discoloring my teeth, but also because of his faith. It got me thinking, and I figured Mormons are happier because they don't imbibe (alcohol IS a depressant). Moral: I haven't come across a Mormon I didn't like; ya'll seem to be on a kick-ass path, and you are inspiring. Thanks for sharing! :)

September 15, 2011 12:49 PM

Awesome post!!! I loved the video and its so inspiring. As a Christian, its so cool to hear different perspectives and incite into different religions, especially through the blog world. At the end of the day it doesn't matter weather your Jewish, catholic, protestant, or Methodist, it just matters that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and you are doing everything to fulfill what he has planned for you. Weather your a business man on wallstreet, a stay at home mom or just a college student, God is still working tremendously through your life no matter what and I love that he gave you the ability to be creative through your blog and design. There are SO many different possibilities, and I am just so glad this post is so uplifting to anyone who may come across it.

September 15, 2011 1:58 PM

I just started following your blog! I love it! Beautiful testimony! Way to represent! Thanks so much for sharing and being courageous in sharing our faith. You are a great example and inspiration to many. I hope to be able to share more of my testimony in my blog too. That's one of the main reasons I started a blog. I'm so happy to be LDS. It's the best decision I've ever made. I love our belief in always trying to improve and be better and always focus on what is pure, beautiful, true, and positive. It gives me the motivation to believe in my dreams and act on them. Each of us have great potential because we are daughters or children of God. And we all have gifts and talents to share! and I have to say you have amazing style! I will def share this post!

here is my mormon profile

xo Sherri from SHERRI AMOUR

September 15, 2011 2:20 PM

The only way to describe your post is "lovely" :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for helping me to feel the spirit today!

September 15, 2011 8:00 PM

I loved this!

September 15, 2011 11:25 PM

Brand new to your blog. I linked here from A Room Somewhere, and I just wanted to say thank you for this post. I've struggled to find the words to explain the pull I feel towards beautiful things, lovely music, and all things praiseworthy. You found those words and penned them so beautifully.

September 16, 2011 9:29 AM

Thank you for this post. You are a star! I love following for moments like this.

September 16, 2011 10:36 AM

Thanks for this post. I'm not a Mormon (I'm Catholic), but I'm fascinated by the religion and culture. I have a deep respect for how true and faithful Mormons are in their beliefs and I really appreciate reading how those beliefs influence your blogging and personal life. This was one of the most interesting posts I've read in a while, so thanks! :)

September 16, 2011 11:59 AM

This is such a beautiful post! I love how everything was phrased. Just gave me kind of a warm-fuzzy!

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September 16, 2011 3:28 PM

Sydney,

Thank you for posting this, it's something I really needed to hear. I feel so blessed and inspired to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I can't wait for conference weekend!

Amy Rex

P.S. I really love reading your blog, my husband and I have been married just about as long as you have so it's fun to read about all the fun stuff you guys do together. I bet if we lived closer we would be friends! :)

September 17, 2011 9:45 AM

I loved reading this post, fascinating to hear your perspective on the topic. I'm British so I didn't used to be that familiar with the more detailed aspects of LDS (I got the basics of Mormon practise), but since living in the US I've had a couple of Mormon friends explain their views to me. It's been so interesting learning about it and you outlining how your faith shapes your lifestyle like this is super interesting to me! Thanks for sharing :)

September 17, 2011 9:10 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your amazing thoughts! You are such a talented blogger. Thanks for your example. You're a doll!

-Sydney

September 18, 2011 2:32 AM

Wow. My hand literally got tired from scrolling through all of your comments to get to this box--but the more the merrier. It looks like you struck a chord with a lot of your readers and that you are influencing more than their clothing choices. I graduated from byui last year in interior design and couldn't agree more. I enjoy your blog but miss being impressed at how you transformed dismal Rexie into a photo worthy back drop. :) Keep it up.

September 18, 2011 3:31 PM

I definitely agree!
I think that we need some restrictions (in a good way) because you can't just go around doing WHATEVER you want. It helps you find what you can and can't do. I'm not mormon, but I can say I love you guys =)

September 20, 2011 1:49 PM

i'm totally blown away by all of these comments! just think of all of the people that have read this and didn't comment, but feel the same way! that's so amazing. great job, sydney! i'm so glad that you listened to the prompting to do this post. you have clearly affected many. :) i'm lds as well and reading this uplifted me as well {and now i can totally quote the 13th article of faith to my husband whenever i make something pretty for the house...haha}.

and dude, you are like the cutest little pregnant girl ever. i had twin girls 9 months ago and was SO not that cute! aren't clothes the worst forms of torture?! good luck, darlin', you'll be a great mother! :)

-kirby

September 21, 2011 2:12 PM

I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog today! I've been brainstorming for a YW in Excellence activity and that video is PERFECT. Thank you, and keep up the great blog!

September 27, 2011 11:05 AM

So, so well said.

October 03, 2011 6:08 AM

What a beautiful post! Thanks so much for sharing, as an LDS woman in today's world its hard to put into words sometimes what is really needed to be said.
BEAUTIFUL!

October 22, 2011 2:42 AM

Sydney♡
You should make a button with a link to this post! I think I'm not the only one who'd like to put it on their blog!
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November 25, 2011 1:01 AM

The more I find out about the Mormon faith, the more it speaks to me. To pursue things that are virtuous and lovely. I think this is such an important thing. Many people would benefit from doing such as, religious or not.

December 05, 2011 5:20 PM

Interest is "piqued," not "peaked."

January 19, 2012 10:43 AM

What about God, though? It seems Mormons often forget about Him when He really is the most important. I admire that you are strong in your faith and not afraid to share; however, this religion has never made sense to me.

January 21, 2012 9:30 AM

Vanessa Rae the First Article of Faith states "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in th Holy Ghost." We as members of the LDS faith believe we have a loving Father in Heaven. God is an essential part of our faith. And without him we would have nothing. I hope that helps.

January 22, 2012 10:05 AM

Beautiful an true! We are meant to create and make are world a more lovely place.

January 23, 2012 8:39 AM

Okay yes, that does help! But I usually find that Mormons often don't talk about Him... More about making themselves the best they can be. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but isn't it all about Him and not about us?

January 24, 2012 2:49 PM

Vanessa I think I know the answer to your question. On Sunday we have Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and Relief Society meetings, where we talk about Jesus Christ. On Sunday evenings we often have another church meeting and talk about Him. On Monday nights we get together as families and talk about Him. During the week we visit other people from our congregation and talk about Him. Each day we gather as a family and read the scriptures and talk about him. We pray twice a day as families and twice to several times a day personally. We also try to talk about Him with people not of our faith, but sometimes they're not interested, or some people have prejudices, so we try not to be too overt about it, and then just try to show a good example. But I REALLY do love to talk about Jesus Christ and His Gospel! http://mormon.org/me/28CR/

January 25, 2012 4:18 PM

I must have been sleepy when I posted my comment. Beautiful "and" true! We are meant to create and make "our" world a more lovely place. :)

January 31, 2012 7:09 PM

Okay, Shinobu, that is a good answer! Thank you! I myself am just interested in Mormons because of all the Mormon bloggers. I am not interested in becoming Mormon. I'm a Christian and a follower of Christ. I guess I was confused on what is different about Mormons. What I saw was that a lot of people don't mention Him. But I'm very glad to see that you all know Him! :) One thing that really surprised me was a Mormon telling me that Mormons believe that only Mormon's go to heaven. Is this really what Mormons believe?

February 02, 2012 6:07 AM

Vanessa, thanks for understanding! I'm surprised that that person said that only Mormon's go to heaven, because that's not correct.
We believe that all good people will go to Heaven. Because of our Savior Jesus Christ and His resurrection, all people will receive the gift of immortality. (1 Cor 15:22) There are varying degrees of glory in the Heavens, and God will judge each one of us taking everything into consideration for each person. Unfortunately not all Mormons will receive the highest reward as it depends on how well we truly follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
http://mormon.org/plan-of-happiness/#immortality-one-of-gods-greatest-gifts
(This is my brief-as-possible answer to your question so if you have further questions please email me shinobu@littlejapanmama.com)
but I hope this helps! ^_^

February 12, 2012 5:29 PM

I have been eyeing this post every time I visit your blog, and is there a better day than today to read it? I think not.

You put a different twist on your description of being LDS than what is the norm. I like it. It's... refreshing.

After our RS lesson today, which was all about missionary work, it brought me to thinking about all of the insanely popular blogs out there that are authored by fabulous LDS ladies. You, Taza, Nat the Fat Rat, the list goes on. Your blogs are a beautiful representation of the LDS faith, and I am sure they have led many people to investigate the church. Did you ever think your blog would someday do something as life-altering as that? It's pretty awesome, and not at all awkward ;)

♥Abbey
Along Abbey Road

February 28, 2012 8:55 PM

um hello.. you are AWESOME. this post made my day! i absolutely love your blog and the things you are doing to spread the good news of the gospel. the gospel life is a wonderful life! thanks for trying to show others that it is! you are my idol :)

xoxo!

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March 06, 2012 12:42 AM

Oh my goodness, I love this! I never associated these things with each other before - but it totally makes sense. It really is interesting to notice how what we believe affects how we see the world around us and how we interact with it :) Thank you SO MUCH for posting about this perspective! It gives me a lot to think about :)
Your blog is awesome. Thank you so so so much for writing. I am a fan. :)

August 15, 2012 11:40 AM

The reason why Mormons are so cool, is pretty much because they read and practice what they learn in The Book of Mormon.

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