Archive for the ‘Marti’ Category

  • Is it the end? What do Mormons believe about the end of the world?

    Monday, January 26th, 2015

    My book, Not of This World, is about the end of the world. In the past I thought that before Christ’s Second Coming there would be instant global destruction and all the wicked would be killed and all the righteous would live to see Christ. Or that the righteous would be changed in the twinkling […]

  • What do Mormons believe about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

    A friend asked me if Mormons or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in the Rapture. The short answer is that Mormons do not believe in the Rapture as defined by many Protestant faiths, but we do believe that there will be a succession of events before Christ’s Second Coming. […]

  • The Mormon Culture: Is my book true-to-life?

    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

    Currently Marti, the main character from my book, Not of This World, is a Mormon or member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her routines and culture are similar to our family’s. My daughter read the first twenty pages of the book and told me that she felt like she was reading […]

  • Why do Mormons stockpile food?

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

    In church we had a lesson on what kind of preparations we’d make now if we knew there would be an economic downturn in 6-18 months. The discussion of self reliance in the areas of spirituality, education, finances, gardening, emergency preparedness, and employment soon escalated into sharing “what if” scenarios and I started to feel […]

  • What do Mormons do on Sunday? Or the Sabbath Day, a day of rest.

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

    Here’s what a typical Sunday is like for our family. I sleep in until 7:30 am (which is really sleeping in because during the week I get up around 5 or 5:30 am). My husband is up before 6:30 am to attend bishopric meetings. He’s a leader in our ward (the people who live in […]

  • Do Mormons kiss?

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

    Yes. My children think it’s gross when my husband and I kiss. But let’s talk about kissing before marriage or teenage kissing. The goal for a young man and young woman is to remain sexually pure. The For Strength of Youth pamphlet says, “Do not have any sexual relations before marriage,” and “Never do anything […]

  • Why do Mormons have lots of children? Or what do I do now that my children are in school?

    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

    The idealist answer to that would be that children are a great blessing. The more children, the more blessings. Another answer would be that we are commanded to have children. From The Family: A Proclamation to the World: “We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.” This […]

  • What does it cost to be a Mormon?

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

    The simple answer is “Everything.” The longer answer is that when you join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you promise to devote your time, talents, and resources. In dollars and cents, we pay 10% of our increase in tithing. That’s about 10% of our paycheck. We pay a fast offering once a […]

  • What is fasting?

    Thursday, August 8th, 2013

    For Mormons, fasting has three active components. Go without food, pray, contribute money. Typically the first Sunday of each month is a Fast Sunday. We abstain from food and drink for two consecutive meals. No food: You could eat lunch on Saturday and not eat dinner on Saturday and not eat breakfast on Sunday, and […]

  • What is the day like for a typical Mormon teenager?

    Thursday, July 25th, 2013

    I’ll share with you what a school day was like for me as a teenager. I woke up at 5:30 am to shower, get dressed, and get my stuff together for school. I had scripture study with my family at 6:30 am. Sometimes we had to wait for my dad to get back from playing […]