Saturday, November 3, 2012

By The Way.

Hello, my name is Mandi.  I am Mormon.
Raise your hand if you already knew that or suspected such.
Kay.  Now, raise your hand if you had no idea because I occasionally have questionable-ish language.
No, don't raise your hand.  I'll feel like total crap.  I'm going to work on that.
So, I don't know why I haven't mentioned that I'm Mormon before-- I guess subconsciously, I thought I was keeping things on here noncontroversial. 
I mean, heck, sometimes I talk about hating to paint-- I 'spose that could be a little controversial to us DIY types.  Maybe it gets a little "Lowes vs. Home Depot" all up in here from time to time--
but I don't think expressing what religion I practice need be a super touchy subject, does it?
Why am I sharing this now?  Couple reasons.  Mormonism is in the news a lot these days.  And I've read and watched a couple a things lately about it that were very misinformed.  Heck, I'd dare say just not informed at all.  And that 's when I wrote a couple not-so-happy emails to the editors politely asking for corrections.
And, you know, the lovely ladies at How Does She? stepped forward and expressed their personal views, too.  And I was way impressed.  I knew I needed to man up and share, too.
So!  Just know, if you've got questions, even just simple little clarification, you ask a Mormon.  We spend a lot of time studying our own theology.  A lot.  Ask me.  Or any of those other Mormon bloggers who've put themselves out there, too.
Lemme tell you what I believe, and then I'll shut it.  I sure hope you know, that I really, really give a crap about my homies.  My family is big to me.  Huge.  Like, mostest importantest.
(gratuitous picture of my youngest butt munch)
Mormons are indeed Christian.  We believe in Jesus Christ.  And on a personal note, as I'm currently reading the gospels in the New Testament yet again-- well, there are no words for how much I love those books. 
And finally, at the top of my list, my relationship with my Heavenly Father is of massive importance.  I know that Heavenly Father knows and cares about me personally.  I know it, and I know He knows I know it, too. 
I hope we can still be friends. No matter where you live or what you believe, let's stay buds.
I'll tell you what: one of my favorite, fave.or.ite. things about reading in bloggy world, is that it gets me in touch with truly awesome people. People who care and are just doggone good people.  And that's what this world needs.  Fo sho. 


Renee said...
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Renee said...

I know it.
I live it.
I love it.

Love your blog, Mandi!

(yes, I deleted the one above because I put a y & I knew it was an i & now I feel like lamesauce.)

Michelle Johnnie said...

YOu said it like no other blogger! You said it in Mandi language! Love it!

Make Me Over said...

I had guessed but in the context of this blog, your religion isn't my business :) Your joy of life, your family and constructing stuff is what brings me to your blog! But I'll be sure to ask you if I have any questions about your religion.
(Greetings from the UK)

frances said...

Well I am an non practicing Catholic who goes to the Church of the Nazarene...neither one of these things will stop me reading your blog. We all have the right to believe what we want. Doing and being good is what matters..Cheers Frances

COTTAG3 said...

A blogger's religion doesn't matter to me. I like to read helpful and inspiring blogs from people who have a sense of humor and appear to be genuinely good people with the same everyday challenges we all have. Besides, I grew up in the era of the Osmonds; a true fan club member who saw them in concerts. They are good people with good morals, sense of family and sense of humor and they happen to be mormon. Never gave it another thought.

Nancy said...

Love your blog! Will not stop reading it and I love your bubbly personality!! Your religion doesn't make one difference to me!

Cherish said...

I know little about mormonism, though had guessed you were christian. This post simply made me love you more than I already had. :)

Evelyn said...

Fo sho!

saraspunza said...

I love this post. No matter what one's religion or belief system is, we are all connected in this beautiful life. I think it is our responsibility to be welcoming of all people and you, my dear, set the stage for that with your post. The more that we can step out there and expose (not in a naughty way!) parts about ourselves, even the "bad" parts allows others to do the same and this has to be in our best interest. To know each other. To honor each other.
Thank you!

Ann Marie Heasley said...

I think I was tipped off when I saw diet pop (not soda. pop.) in one of the pictures. Yay for shouting it out! I am Catholic and don't talk about it for the same reasons you don't. It's weird, because in real life I AM very devoted to my faith.

Now that we got this out, you can run for President and I can be your VP. Mmmkay?

Janice said...

I've never posted here before, but I've been lurking around for about two months now (sounds creepy, I know - sorry) because I love reading your blogs. They make me laugh and leave me feeling INSPIRED. We just bought our first place and it's a real fixer-upper (please don't's a nightmare). I strongly suspected that you were a Mormon for a while now - the lack of coffee and alcohol was a dead giveaway LOL! Me? I was born into a Protestant family (although my parents were raised as Catholics) and then in my tweens my family became Mormons for a few years. Now as an adult (I'm a grandmother of two here), I no longer believe in Christianity and I consider myself an Atheist with strong Zen Buddhist leanings (yet another two widely misunderstood philosophies). Annnnnyway, my point is that I'm a decent humnan being and I respect other people's beliefs and hope that they respect mine in return - I'm all for the freedom of religion and I support human rights. So I don't care if you worship Justin Beiber as long as you're a good person (okay, maybe I would care about THAT), But your religion is not an issue as far as I'm concerned and I love your blog and you sense of humor. So keep up the great work, girlie! :)

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

We hung out with some Mormon missionaries earlier this year. We visited so long that my husband went and bought us all Chick Fil A. They were super nice and stopped by the house off and on for awhile. I haven't seen them in months though. I liked them and I like you. I decided not to join their Mormon church and they still liked me. I bet you still like me too. :)

gochisholmsgo said...

Thanks for putting yourself out there as an advocate for your faith. While I am not a member of the LDS church, I have many close friends who are and it makes me so mad that there is so much misinformation out there. It's great when folks (in this case, you!) not only speak up but also are available as resources for learning.

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I never care about what a person's religious beliefs are, as long as they aren't harmful to anyone else. My religious path is difficult for a lot of people to understand, therefore I have a tendency to keep it personal. But if you're really curious, just ask and I'll e-mail you the answer. In the mean time, your posts always give me a reason to laugh, which I definitely need a lot of these days, so we can definitely be buds.

SueAnn Lommler said...

I didn't know that..but it is of no nevermind to me!! I enjoy you and your blog...!!

Amie said...

Mandi - your faith is part of you. I admire your ability to share your faith with others. I know I am called to share mine as well, but feel uncomfortable doing so. God is Lord. He is THE Way, THE Life,THE Truth. May I strive each day to live a life worthy of His love.

Kudos to you.

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Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

You're awesome. I adore your love of your family, that your faith is the center of your life, and that you share cool things you build on this blog. The end!

Jen said...

I'm a Mormon.
I Know It.
I Live It.
I Love It.

Be proud of who you are no matter what religion, political view, size, shape, color. (Yada, Yada you get the point, Right?) NEVER BE AFRAID TO ADMIT IT!

I swear we should be besties. The more I learn about you the more I love ya. (Don't cha know) Like the kind of besties that text each other every 15 mins with stupid movie quotes and poo stories. Because face it, who doesn't love a good poo story. Especially one with a happy ending :) Was that a pun? I think so.

One day we will meet and it will be... Legend...wait for it.... wait for it...dary!!!

Oh and back to the Mormon thing I created this printable to share with all you Mormons out there. If you want it, I'll send the file your way.

The McKSneds said...

I thought so!! I came across your blog a couple weeks ago and stayed up for most of the night reading your hilarious posts. I am a Mormon too and love the gospel. I love your blog too. You make me laugh. I love moulding and trim too. Can we be friends?! ;) I have a McKenna too. She's my oldest though. You have inspired fact, I am making your pallet swing right now! I look forward to reading your blog--keep up the great work!

Shelley Rexburg, ID

Suesan Kennard said...

Just one of the many, many things I admire about you! Thanks for sharing. You let that light shine, Girl!

Miranda said...

I knew that already. And guess what? I'm one too, AND I also have questionable-ish language sometimes. Ok, maybe crude is better. I live with an ex-Navy man and have 3 sons(and one daughter-just like you! And the girl is the youngest, too! Ok, off that topic.). Anyway, I love your blog and would read it even if we didn't have religion in common. You rock!

Carolyn Dennis said...

I guessed... Not because I spied a picture of a temple somewhere in your house, but due to the number of Princess Bride quotes. Isn't that Utah's state movie or something?
Love your blog, love your humor, love it all.

Jyllybean said...

I've been a "lurker" too - being inspired by all your ideas!

Thanks for putting yourself out there. While I'm not Mormon, I know that the (non)information that's been all over is so wrong.

You couldn't have said it better.

Janelle said...

I just read all your comments from your readers and I love them. What great people you have reading your blog. I have to say that I did guess that you were a Mormon because I sit by you at church sometimes. Even with questionable language I see your Christian-ness all the time. You are constantly servicing others and you are a great example to me.

Mrs BC said...

Hey Mandi! I love your blog, because you are funny, real and have awesome woodworking skills that I fin inspiring. I'm happy your spirituality is fulfilling!

Troubled toad said...

Hi Mandi! Love your courage and faith, don't change, you are the best! I love reading your blog and will not stop. I don't know if you remember me. My hubby and I were going to move to Iowa and buy an old, old house and fix it up, but have decided to postpone our trip till the spring. Way to much snow there now! We still have the plans to undertake this project, but will have to wait. Until then, we have moved to a double wide Mobil home on two acres. The "children " aka our doggies are very happy. Will take pics of the view, which is awesome, and send some. Till then happy blogging and " may the force be with you " LOL.

Cynthia 😉

Emily said...

You are one of the best people I know! I love that you are never afraid to say it how it is!

I know others have said it, but I do love the "I know it" quote,so true in your case,it always has been!

You do know it
You do live it
and you do love it!

Michelle Lunt said...

What an awesome post. Thanks for sharing your testimony Mandi. Wish we could hang out in real life because I think you're hilarious.

I ALSO love it, live it, know it.

Warmly, Michelle
Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust