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.
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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”
travelling about without any clear destination; “she followed him in his wanderings and looked after him”
erratic: having no fixed course; “an erratic comet”; “his life followed a wandering course”; “a planetary vagabond”
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.