I wanted to write you a letter to tell you how thankful I am for you. There have been times in my life when I really struggled with feeling lonely, and then you came into my life and blessed me with your friendship. You have been patient with me on the days I crawl into my shell and ignore the world. You have also helped me come out of my shell and have fun.
Thank you for listening and conversing with me, filling my life with laughter and light. I hope you don't mind when I share my beliefs with you. Or when my children invite you to church activities. This is my main reason for writing to you. I want you to understand that part of our life a little better.
Being a Mormon has been a part of my life since before I was born, and yet I don't know why I get so nervous to share that side of my life. I guess I am afraid to offend someone or perhaps make them turn away and not be a friend, but not sharing that side of me is kind of like lying about who I am.
Every decision I make, way I speak, way I dress, the food I eat (or don't eat), or what I choose to participate in is based on me being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Sometimes when I think of you I see things I would love to share with you. When your spouse passed away, my heart ached for you. I wanted to share with you my beliefs in eternal families through ordinances performed in our sacred temples.
"Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).
Or when I saw you suffering through other trials that came into your life, I wanted to share with you the comforting power of prayer and also priesthood blessings. I know that even if the trials don't go away, gaining strength from God can help us conquer any challenge.
|Two priesthood holders blessing a sick child.|
|Bible is a testimony of Savior, and the Book of Mormon is another testimony of Savior from a people who lived in the Americas.|
Thank you again for being my friend. You are a great blessing in my life!