I’ve seen the Post Secret books at Urban Outfitters and Anthropolige before. They are incredibly interesting to me. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Post Secret, it’s a huge art-type project where people decorate one side of a post card with a deep secret they have and send it in to the Post Secret mailing address. These secrets are then made into books, posted on the web, and were even used in the music video “Dirty Little Secret” by the All American Rejects. Recently, I found the Post Secret Blog, where they update a new group of secrets every Sunday. This week, there were two separate secrets posted that related to the LDS religion. This really sparked my interest. Having been LDS my entire life, I have a hard time imagining how people of other faiths view my religion. I have no doubt the Gospel is true. None of my church’s teachings seem odd, out of place, or different to me. It’s what I’ve always known, and I have worked to know it is true for myself.
This is the first post card. I have never thought what it might be like to “sneak off to an LDS Church.” It’s more likely my thoughts be to “sneak out of church.” This may be due, in part, to naivety. Maybe to growing up in Davis County, Utah. I just seem’s completely backwards to me for someone to feel like they needed to “sneak” to something that I find to be so completely good and true.
And here is the second post card. This one I can relate to a little more. I think everyone at times (whether LDS or not) wonders if what they are doing is enough, or right. If I had grown up Catholic, for example, would I believe I was a part of the true church? Would I be open to exploring other religions? Or would I feel a void, that something isn’t quite right. If I was introduced to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, would I be accepting to it? Would I have an open heart? Okay, I’m getting a little off-track. My thoughts when I saw this post card centered around knowing I am part of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. I think it is normal and healthy for a person to question what they believe in, that’s where trusting in the Lord, faith, and studying the Gospel come into play. That being said, I have found it is also important to understand that fear comes from the adversary, and peace comes from God. One of my favorite scriptures is in John 4:18 and says “Perfect love casteth out fear.” To me, this goes hand in hand with not being afraid of what is to come. God loves us. He has a plan for us. He wants us to return to His presence. He doesn’t want us to live in fear. If we feel fear, we should study the scriptures and Gospel Principles, and pray that our fears may subside and we will be filled with the peace that the Savior can offer us.
In closing, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saintsis the one and only true church on the earth. I am deeply grateful everydayI am a member of this church.