More and more as I learn about this new faith that I have embraced I see so many things that I have not left behind as I leave the Mormon faith ( The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Really there are many similarities.
Here are some:
- I still believe in prophets, just no longer in a current one, or in Joesph Smith. I follow the teaching of one who lived long ago, and brought us the Quran. His name is Mohammed(PBUH).
- I believe still in revealed scripture, but my Book of Mormon has been replaced with my Quran.
- I still follow dietary rules. But instead of the Word of Wisdom (no tea, coffee, alcohol, drugs, smoking) I eat halal(slaughtered properly), stay away from pork, and don’t drink alcohol or smoke.
- I still believe family is very important as believe that women and men have defined roles in life.
- I still believe all people have the right to choose religion. We are not about compulsion.
- I still follow time entrenched rituals. But my temple attendance and garment have been replaced with my prayer mat and praying 5 times a day.
- I still dress modestly. In fact now I cover more. Before I was covering the signs of my faith ( the garment). Now I cover me. I wear my hijab and long clothes knowing that I am doing what is right.
- I still believe that when it comes to the bible that not all of it is correct.
- I still give. My tithe has been replaced with Zakat.
- I still pray. Now I pray more and enjoy the direct connection to the Creator and Father of All. \
I have been learning much as I embrace this new faith of mine, doing so in iolation of being a country girl has its challenges but Allah has been aiding me each step of the way. I am learning that in Mormonism I was given a foundation that would later help me embrace this faith of mine. Was Mormonism wrong? For me, yes, for others it is there faith and just like the one I live today they live and act on thier faith hour by hour, day by day.
This past week sometimes I feel as my head is spinning! As I strive to learn more about God and religion and what is right and what is wrong with differing thought it leads one to compare and really look at the doctrines and history of the religions.
Okay first since it was the Christian faith that I embraced as a child and youth. This has also been the faith that I now question most. First I find the “trinity” a doctrine that really does not stand especially when you put it into the context of the times of the early Christian. I do believe Christ lived, that he performed miracles and taught people to follow him. The Gospels I still love till this day.
Then there is the Mormon faith that I embraced as a young adult. Because of the death of the apostles I really do believe that much of what Christ taught was lost. I think many of toady’s “Christians” don’thave a leg to stand out doctrinally and if they do why do we see the denominational ism that there is, with everyone fighting to best the other? Were is the unity and love Christ taught? Was there a need for someone to follow Christ that becomes the question of the day. Now Mormon thought is that there was a “dark ages”, a falling away, where religion was hid up and kept from the masses and in the “Christian world” this was the truth where in Arabia at the same time the masses were embracing Islam as fast as they heard it. Okay so either there was this falling away and the need for a restoration or there wasn’t. With Mormonism came new scriptures, a new way of life and many “different” doctrines: rules for living. Where have we heard this before? In Islam.
First in Mormonism there is the Book of Mormon which tells of the life and times on the American side of the World before and after Christ. Many Mormons want you to take this book on faith. Besides the 3 witnesses no one saw this book. It was taken back after its translation. After its translation it has gone through many edits along the way. This is fact. Then come the doctrines that change “lives”. The Word of Wisdom are health laws that every practicing Mormon follow. There is the doctrine of enduring to the end if you want to achieve the celestial kingdom. Oh and women you have to have your husband call you there…or you don’t get in. Much of the LDS faith one has to take on faith. Now historically as well Islam and Mormonism have something important in common.
What could these two religions have in common? How much each is hated in America! Often when either are written about in the media, or online it is a hate piece. It is a piece that demonizes the faith of those that follow it. In the US when the Mormon faith was beginning Mormons were persecuted in a land that was based on religious freedom. The prophet Joseph Smith was murdered for what he taught. Today even there are huge misunderstanding of what each of these faiths teach.
Now I will admit that I have just begun to look at the Muslim faith. From what I understand so far the Quran comes from the prophet Mohammed being told of God ( Allah) these words. These words were then shared with many who basically memorized it at a time when many were illiterate. From what I understand so far there are lots of rules in the faith as well, but so far most make sense at least.
Where is all this comparing leading m right now i am unsure. I really do feel as if I have been in a desert, and there was a sand storm and my eyes are just beginning to see again. Where will this journey take me Im unsure right now but I do know that I believe in God and I know he will guide me on the way.
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meandering(a): of a path e.g.; “meandering streams”; “rambling forest paths”; “the river followed its wandering course”; “a winding country road”
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What does it mean to wander through life?
I can say that through my life I have been wandering, especially when it comes to the things that matter. I can say my course has not been “fixed”. It has had me examine the serious questions of life over and over with my pairs of glasses on.
I grew up in a home where there was a basic belief in God but without real intent to pass on any real knowledge. Yes I went to Sunday School and learned about Jesus but what was practiced at home: nothing.
When I was 13 I began attending a Southern Baptist Church. I loved the youth group and the simplicity of the message of the gospel of Christ as it was presented…It was as simple as pray Jesus in. Well after really looking at the bible I was left with many questions. I had to wander and look some more.
By the time I was in University I was part of a church planting team and even went away for a year and worked with the homeless in LosAngeles. That year taught me to read and study! My life has been about that since.
When I was 22 I converted to Mormonism. I had in Christianity had trouble with several thoughts including pray Jesus in and all was well. In Mormonism there was ritual and rules. There was comfort in how they had great families. I became an active Mormon even marrying in the temple. My marriage dissolved a year later with me having more questions then answers.
Then a friend introduced me to the Church of Christ and there doctrines and I was a member there for awhile…they had some rules like the Mormons but not the additional scriptures. But a few years ago I again became disillusioned.
I have been wandering since childhood looking for a faith that is true. That answers the important questions…so far many of my questions go unanswered.
Recently my wandering has taken me to examining Islam. This is a recent thing and the reason for this blog. I want to record what I find as I examine faith and look forward to maybe the day that this faithful wander can stop wandering and embrace a faith that is what it says it is. Is that too much to ask?
From a young age I have been a seeker of knowledge and I think that is a good thing and just maybe that is why I have wandered so much.