Wednesday, November 10, 2010

...and I'm a Mormon.

I don't want to let too much time pass away before I add an addendum to this post. It may sound like lip-service to some of you but I genuinely appreciate all the comments I received in regards to my feelings about my current employment situation and motherhood. I appreciate the different perspective brought from each comment and the simple words of advice or encouragement. Thank you.

Later the evening that I posted my feelings on the subject, some friends of ours encouraged us to check-out the new Mormon.org. Seeing that I had all the time in the world to surf the world-wide-web, I took-up their recommendation the very next day while I was at work.

I was blown away. Tears filled my eyes (remember I was watching these at work!) as I watched each profile, highlighting the unique life experiences each individual experiences each day. It is amazing how easily the Spirit can touch our lives through each other (even with people we've never met). It amazed me even more how each person spotlighted never said the words, "I bear my testimony" but simply through the act of living and recognizing God's hand in their lives they were able to testify of Him.

There were two profiles in particular that struck a chord with me (Rochelle and Robert). With all my uncertainty of what to do with my life, they helped put things back into perspective. They reminded me that God has a plan for me and that I need to continue to put my trust in Him, that he will guide my life so that I receive the greatest fulfillment. That it's not ultimately about me but rather about those I serve and the sacrifices I make. I'm certain that there really is no greater calling than parenthood - the role that requires continuous sacrifice and continuous acts of selflessness. It's funny how easily our thoughts can get off track and then we need to be reminded of the things we already know...

I find myself constantly singing to myself the words of the hymn "How Gentle God's Commands". It's been a nice reminder that both Heavenly Father and Jesus have my best interest in mind and I just need to "cast my burdens" and "trust in their constant care". Something that is very difficult for me to do when I think that I know what is best for me. Though, I am amazed each time as I look back and see that Heavenly Father's plan was much better than my own.

I often wonder if I am acting as a true disciple of Christ. Do I love and serve my fellow men? Do I carry the Spirit of Christ with me so that there is no question in one's mind Whom I ultimately love and serve? I'm afraid that sometimes I'm not on my best behavior and perhaps others can't even decipher that I am Christian, let alone a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I always chalk my missionary work up to living by example... but am I? Perhaps I should be a little more proactive in testifying my beliefs...

So let me start here...

My name is Brittany Wilson. I am a runner, I am a pseudo-bakestress, a travel enthusiast, a happy wife, a world-class eater, a lucky daughter and sister, a child of God... and a Mormon!

4 comments:

Lizzy Lambson said...

I love this post so much. And I love those Mormon.org videos--I need to watch more of them! Brittany, you are a strong and exemplary woman; I hope you feel proud of all that you are, which is even more important than all you've accomplished in your life thus far. I love being friends and am very, very excited about your future!

Anonymous said...

I know you will never see this comment, but I want to say how proud I am of you that you recognized you already had what you were looking for. It doesn't matter how that knowledge came to you, but the Church's websites are a great place to see how we are measuring up as disciples of Christ. They give us an opportunity to grow and learn from others' experiences.

You are a jewel of a daughter and again what I tell everyone, "Brittany is a wonderful person to have in a family."

Love, Momma

Jen said...

Brit, you are awesome. Thanks for sharing! I have been meaning to go on and look at these since you told me about them on our last run. They totally brought tears to my eyes too. You are great. This life is tough. You are just brave enough to put it out there.

Josette said...

i'm a mormon too!!! love ya.