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What if I told you about a fruit I found that was the most delicious, most sweet, juicy, delectable fruit that I’ve ever tasted, and I had some to share with you, too.  Would you try it? Do you like fruit? Think about that fruit for a minute…

First, I’m going to tell you about a new movie coming out this weekend. It’s kinda religious. I know I got all religious on you just last Sunday, but I really wanted to share about a movie that comes out this weekend, Meet the Mormons. I’m quite excited about it, myself. Most of you guys around here know that I’m a Mormon. I’ve talked about my parents serving in Ghana as missionaries, I’ve shared it outright, and I mingle in my faith in my personal posts, as it’s a very big part of my life. I appreciate all of your kindness and interest, I’ve never experienced any negativity about my sharing, and that means a lot to me. That hasn’t been the case for all of my blogging friends. {Read through the post, and you’ll get a fun little story at the end, prizes of e-hugs for all those who finish this marathon post.}

There seems to be a big movement in our faith over the past few years in trying to educate the world about what we are all about, because there are so many misconceptions. My cute friend Brooke at All Things Thrifty wrote her first “I’m a Mormon” post just a few days ago, because someone got confused thinking Mormons were like unto Amish. While we think that is hilarious (electricity rocks!) I get that there is confusion because we do have what the world see’s as quite a bit of restrictions, though we see them as safeguards to guide our lives to a happier place. (As I presume the Amish do with their guidelines, as well).

So this movie coming out is to help educate the world a bit more of what we are about–NORMAL PEOPLE! So all these beautiful faces below are my Mormon Blogger friends. I haven’t met all of them, in fact, I counted the faces I for sure have met, and I know about 25 of them “in real life”, those I’ve met in the past few years at blogging conferences, others via email correspondence, some of them I didn’t even know were Mormon until this post. Being in this blogging world, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many fabulous people, both inside my faith, and those not of my faith. It’s been a true blessing to interact with some amazing ladies. So, read on, and take a peek into our lives.

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We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as “The Mormons”. We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong… to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled “Meet The Mormons”. This film is not meant to be an “in your face” – you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!

We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Click on the links below the picture collages to read about how our faith has affected our lives.

I'm A Mormon #1

Adrienne | Free Time Frolics , Camille | Chicken Scratch n’ Sniff , Natalie & Rebekah | House of Sprinkles , Kathleen| Fearlessly Creative Moms

Emily | The Benson Street , Staci | The Potter’s Place, Alyssa | Alyssa.Marie , Kristen | Capturing Joy , Aly | Entirely Eventful Day

Katie | Clarks Condensed, Larissa | Just Another Day In Paradise , Camille | My Mommy Style , Candice | She’s Crafty

Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane

McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona

I'm a Mormon #2

Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop

Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain

Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom

Amberly | Life With Amberly & Joe , Taralyn | Keep Moving Forward With Me , Jessica | What Does The Cox Say? , Lisa | Mabey She Made It , Kiki | Kiki & Company

Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today’s The Best Day

I'm a Mormon #3

Amber | Dessert Now Dinner Later, Natalie | The Creative Mom, Bobbie | A Vision To Remember , Becky | Babes In Hairland

Lisa | Pebbles & Pigtails , Mandy | Sugar Bee Crafts , Krista | Reclaim, Renew, Remodel , Wendy | Musings, Miracles, and Mayhem

Nat & Holly | My Sister’s Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops

Alexis | We Like to Learn As We Go, Amy | The English Geek , Mariel | Or So She Says Carriann | Oh Sweet Basil

Kirtley | The Gist of It | Aubrey | Dreaming of Someday, Natalie| The Messanos, Angela | Handmade In The Heartland


*****I’m sure if you clicked on all of these links above, you will be inspired beyond measure. Everyone has been asked to share a piece of their faith that means something to them, so if you are in a dark place, need some guidance, or just love to read uplifting stories, then I encourage you to click on all of these links in the next few days.  Just an FYI, Andie from Maybe I Will came up with this idea, and sent the email out just a few days ago, and we all jumped right on it. We all feel this burning desire to share the Joy that we’ve experienced in our lives through our faith. We all have different stories to tell. I’m anxious to read the others.

I’m definitely going to check out as many as I can, but look at their faces, see if any of them “speak” to you from the picture, and if so, click on the link to check them out. Maybe you’ll find a new online bestie. (Just don’t forget about our friendship, m’kay?)  Each of us were asked to share our personal thoughts on our faith, and though I’ve done that quite a bit in my first share: What I Believe and another in how I aim to Let my Light so Shine  and then again talking about my husband and brothers missionary service, and now my parents serving.

Back to that delicious fruit…I’m going to liken that fruit unto my faith. It’s the most delicious, and sweetest fruit, and I want to share it with everyone around me. Shout it from the rooftops, “Come try this goodness!”

I’ve always been very passionate in sharing my faith, but I get that people don’t want to be bombarded with religion, and oft times there are differences in understanding of how things are interpreted from faith to faith.  But I do love to share,  It’s like I’ve tasted of the most AMAZING fruit this world has to offer, and I want to share it with everyone around me. But thats not socially acceptable, so as the topic comes up, I share as needed. Generally when friends see me biting into the fruit, and ask what it’s called, or what it tastes like, or where I found it. I hope that my friends feel comfortable enough with me that they will ask if they have a question, I LOVE questions, because if there is a misunderstanding, I want to clear it up!

Last December, I had the joy of sitting in on multiple discussions with our local missionaries  (19 year old boys who dedicated 2 years of their life to full time service). It was with some dear friends of mine that are not of my faith. As we discussed in 3 different hour long sessions all about our faith, I felt grateful for the opportunity to share in full detail what I really believe. It was more than just a 5 minute question and answer session, but a thorough discussion reading scripture passages around a table, feeling the love of our Father in Heaven pouring down on us.

It was very uplifting, inspiring, a blessing in my life to be a part of. My friends are very knowledgeable about the Bible, well versed, had some very thoughtful questions, and though the missionaries led the discussion, I got to offer my thoughts and perspective as well. I know the missionaries felt hopeful that my friends would grasp onto the new teachings they shared, and jump on the Mormon train, but ultimately, they felt content with their beliefs, and our discussions ceased. Though the details of our faiths differ in some ways, our common core belief is that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that He wants us to do good unto others, and make good choices in life that will lead us back to Him and our Father in Heaven. I didn’t need to convince them or coax them into anything, but simply wanted to share a taste of the sweet fruit I’ve tasted in my life. We are still great friends, and joke from time to time about the crazy Mormons not drinking alcohol or going out to dinner on Sundays. They more fully understand me, and I more fully understand them, and that is a true, deep friendship.  Immeasurable. I don’t know that they realize what a blessing it was for me to be a part of, taking that exploration leap, and how grateful I am for their friendship.

We are all affected by different fruits in different ways. I LOOOOVE fresh pineapple, and my grandpa hates it! Who hates pineapple? Blueberries are my favorite, and when my sister in law told me she doesn’t care for them, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Some don’t even like fruit at all. A friend in college wouldn’t eat any fruit whatsoever. But I’m sure if he tried my most delicious, juicy, plump blend of goodness, he’d love it, too, right? Or maybe now that he’s lived life a bit differently, maybe he likes fruit. And my sister in law, she’s warmed to blueberries. Sometimes it’s time, circumstances, willingness to try new things that opens our eyes to the other fruit out there. Maybe something that tasted bitter earlier in our lives, will taste sweeter as we experience life. Maybe my fruit isn’t for everyone, right now.  Maybe they will never like it.  I’ll still keep trying to share my fruit with everyone I know, though, because eating it is so life changing, I can’t not.

{Does my fruit analogy make sense?}

Would you like to know the 13 Basic Points of what Mormons believe? We call them the 13 Articles of Faith, and encourage our children to memorize them, so they can more fully understand what we believe. I have these very printables hanging prominantly in our home. These statements summarize our fundamental beliefs, “in a nutshell.” (This is likely too small to read, click over on one of those links to see them in their entirety).

articles-of-faith*******I’m grateful for the knowledge that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He Atoned for not only our sins and shortcomings, but also our sorrows, our pain, our confusion, our heartache, our sadness. We can be healed, forgiven, uplifted, feel peace from His great Sacrifice, because of His love. I am grateful to know that there is a living Prophet on the earth today, that we have another testament of Jesus Christ to study as a companion to the Bible. It doesn’t take away, it adds MORE. Who doesn’t want more of something so GOOD? I encourage you to read some of these stories, see if they speak to you, and don’t be afraid to look into something different.*******

I’ve been a part of a daily scripture study group this year on Instagram, and it’s been so great to read a passage daily and discuss it via comments. Check it out!

If you’re still here, I thank you, GIANT e-hug from me! Tell me you read it all, so I can smile at your name every time you drop by! I have a tendency to be long winded. Please never hesitate to email me with questions, I’m an open book!!

Lastly, I’ll share this video that I already shared on Facebook, but I LOOOOOOOOOOVE it. It’s David Archuleta (token famous Mormon) singing the most beautiful song, Glorious, the theme song of the movie, Meet the Mormons. Each one of us is Glorious. I just heard it last week for the first time, and can’t get enough of it. I could just pinch his cute cheeks…I dare you not to get emotional at this one. PUSH PLAY BELOW.

I also just discovered this other video with David Archuleta as a documentary on his mission in Chile, such a cool look into the life of a missionary. Watch it! You’ll want to pinch his cheeks!  You can also read my I’m a Mormon Profile here, because I’m sure after the novel above, you have lots more time to read about me;)

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  1. Hi Kristen – I read it! I find other religions fascinating. You and I don’t share the same faith, but I love reading about the various traditions and teachings, not only of the Mormon religion, but of Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, etc. I like the insights you share. And I didn’t know that David Archuleta was Mormon 🙂

  2. you are so awesome. i love that you share so openly and happily the things that matter most to you. you are amazing, girl ! xoxo
    kiki+comin recently posted..Meet this Mormon…why I follow Jesus ChristMy Profile

  3. Kristen, I have always admired how freely and beautifully you share our faith. I can relate to you a lot – except I’m not a blogger! – but similar families and desires and beliefs. Thanks for what you wrote here…that is really neat that your friends were willing to have a few discussions with the missionaries. I live in VA and have lots of friends that are religious and happy with their own churches, but I would love to share more with them. It is always a good experience to teach and bear testimony. Thanks for all you and the other bloggers do to share such a wonderful examples of Mormons.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Jenny, that really means a lot! It is a really great experience to be able to bear testimony, it builds and builds from it.

  4. I love this! Those Article of Faith posters are awesome too! Thanks for sharing your testimony!
    McKenzie+@+Girl+Loves+Glam recently posted..Meet this MormonMy Profile

  5. My friend! I am honored to be a part of this with you! You are amazing!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for writing these out. I am enjoying reading them! I was surprised how many blogs I was already following by LDS authors. Now I have found several more to keep an eye on!

  7. I read it all….thanks for sharing! Many Blessings to you!

  8. Love how open you are about your faith. I’m a Mormon as well. I loved the movie. I got to watch it with my dad. I thought they chose such cool people to be in the video. 🙂 How are your parent’s doing by the way in West Africa?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I agree, I loved the stories from the people they highlighted. My parents are doing really great. The church closed the missions and sent home Mission Presidents in Sierra Lione (sp?) and Liberia, but they are still going strong in Ghana. They got a lot of their missionaries.They don’t seem too concerned about the sickness though, which is great to hear. You are so sweet to remember and ask!


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