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Patriotism Doesn't Mean Godliness and Mormonism Doesn't Mean Christianity

Mormonism is not Christian, no matter how much they want it to be. They became apostate to Biblical Christianity when they said that Jesus was the brother of Lucifer, that god was from an alien planet where he and his many wives had spirit babies to populate earth, that we can become gods ourselves and live on our own planet with many wives and have our own spirit babies. This is what the serpent said in the garden to Adam and Eve, too, "ye shall be as gods" (Genesis 3:5). The worst is that they teach a false gospel of works, saying that we must do our best and all that we can do and Jesus makes up for the rest. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9). They will often quote from James that "faith without works is dead", but they can't explain how the thief on the cross next to Christ was saved only moments before he died without any time for good works or time to make amends (which is their definition of repentance), when Jesus said, "Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). These are just a few of the false heresies that pervade the Morman church of latter day saints. This is a rehash of the ancient heresy of Gnosticism, claiming secret knowledge is the only way to God, and that only by some secret and special revelation (i.e. the Book of Mormon translated and seen only by their founder Joseph Smith) can anyone be reconciled to God. This was declared heresy in the 2nd century. The Mormon bases all their hope for salvation not in Christ, but in the man Joseph Smith, because if his revelations where all Mormon doctrine comes from is false then everything they are hoping in is false. Because Mormonism says that the Bible can't be trusted (especially over the book of Mormon), then when there is something that contradicts Scripture in their beliefs, they go with the teachings of the book of Mormon over it every time. "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."- church of latter day saints articles of faith. Glenn Beck is a Mormon. He is not Christian, so remember when he says "god" or "Jesus" that he is talking about a false Jesus and a god created by man, not the true God who revealed Himself in the Holy Bible. I love this country and am grateful to God for His mercy and bounty upon us, but I will not align myself with false teaching or heresy in an effort to preserve it. Patriotism doesn't equal godliness. Let us not compromise truth and Scripture in an effort to "save" our country. God is sovereign over the fate of the United States and what He chooses for us will happen to the good of those who are His (Romans 8:28) and for His glory. May God expose this falseness for what it is and may those lost in this cult of Joseph Smith, including Glenn Beck, be brought to the true and saving faith that rests only in Jesus Christ as He has revealed Himself in Scripture. For if God isn't sovereign enough to preserve His Word and accomplish His will, then He is not God, but a fabrication of the vain imaginings of mankind. (Romans 1:18-23) For an unbiased and honest account of what the Church of Latter Day Saints/Mormonism truly teaches and believes through the words of those who were in the church, go to:
Scripture is our only source of truth or to know what God requires of man, and that is ONLY found in the Bible which wasn't written by men, but through them by the Holy Spirit of God Himself. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."-2 Timothy 3:16.


Cloth Diapering?

Okay, so my mom used cloth diapers with all four of us, and they survived. But when I had my daughter, I never even thought of using cloth diapers, nor did I think they were even a viable option. You see what I had envisioned was the old fashioned ones that were folded and pinned on. I had visions of constant leaking, accidently stabbing my baby's belly with a safety pin while changing her, and pretty much endless laundry.
What I learned with her as a newborn was that the laundry was always going to be endless from birth through potty training and beyond. So what's another load or two. After about a year and a half in pampers followed by another year of on and off use of pull-ups training pants, I can't stand the thought of wasting that much money again. And am firmly convinced that many of our potty training hardships were a result of disposable diapers and training pants, because why would she use the potty when she was perfectly dry in a diaper or pull-up and knew she would be cleaned and changed immediately? The only way we ever got her to use the potty in any kind of consistency was to let her go without underwear or anything on her bottom (fortunately she likes wearing dresses, so we wore a lot of them through this period :).

I know, I'm not due with this baby until March 2011, but I feel like I need to get this decided early for a couple of reasons.
#1. Cloth diapers are initially expensive (especially the cute covers), though they should pay for themselves within the first 3-4 months.
#2. If we are going to use cloth diapers, which I know very little about, much research as to the best kinds and how to's will have to be done.
#3. I will have to completely sell my husband on the idea of no disposable diapers at all (even though I will be the primary diaper changer).
#4. I will have to make a serious commitment to cloth diapering. I don't want to spend the money and then wimp out and buy a pack of pampers.

I am admittedly quite ignorant of the whole thing, and am in need of guidance from someone who's been there. There's so much info out there and no way to look at it all, so if you are even a remote expert in this area, any input or advice will be greatly appreciated. :)


"Wonders of wonders! Miracle of miracles!"

You may have known from a previous post that we have lost two babies in pregnancy since November 2009, and if you have read on, you may have read my post written immediately after our doctor told us we were losing yet another pregnancy in June.
Well, I don't want anyone to think we were trying to mislead anyone, so here's what happened next after that new was given to us.
If you've ever had a miscarriage, you know that you have to keep going to the doctor and having blood drawn so they can monitor the hormone levels and make sure that they return to normal. We were told after bloodwork on June 29 that we were losing this pregnancy and to come back in a week for follow-up blood tests. My dear husband went with me, and after they drew blood we went out for lunch with our little girl. During that lunch, I got a call from the doctor's office (which they never do, I've always had to call them for the results and they never have them that quickly when I call). The HCG levels had risen really high, and because I had an ectopic pregnancy in March the doctor was afraid that I was having another one, so he wanted to do an ultrasound immediately. We went back to the office and they did an ultrasound. I'll never forget the looks on both the nurse and doctor's faces. There was an egg with a yolk sac! The doctor said in all his years he had never seen anything like this and he's a fertility specialist.
We were just praising God for His sovereignty and mercy and goodness to us! But we decided that we shouldn't publicize the news until the pregnancy was better established.
And so, we went back every two weeks since then, first seeing a hearbeat, then a growing baby, and finally today...

This is our baby!!!
I don't know what happened at the beginning of this pregnancy that made our doctor think our baby was dead or dying, but I do know that only God is in charge of life and death and He has made that abundantly clear in the granting of life and sustaining of life to our child! Our prayer is that God will be glorified in not only this pregnancy, but in the life of this child!
There are so many things I have learned in this pregnancy already. Since losing babies, I am extremely skittish and nervous about everything, and I mean everything, but I am learning every day that I have only One Hope and that is Christ. I have learned that I am helpless and hopeless without Him. That God owes me nothing, including a baby. That I either trust Him or I don't. That because He owes me nothing that there can only be one reason why God would be merciful and that's because when He sees me, He doesn't see my wicked filthiness, but the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ!!! ("but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."-Romans 5:8) I learned that for those who are in Christ, that we are all viewed the same by God, and that the most famous saints are regarded by God as equal because we all stand before God in Christ's righteousness and not our own. ("To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:"-2 Peter 1:1) I also learned that that means our prayers are just as effective and just as likely to be answered. This led me to the knowledge revealed in James that when we ask God something in prayer we must believe He can and will do it. ("But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."-James 1:6-8) And it led me to understand what Peter says in 2nd Peter. ("then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,"-2 Peter 2:9a) That God knows how to deliver us and will do it for the righteous, if I possess Christ's righteousness, then I am righteous and He will deliver me from trials! 
I know this may sound weird, but I think it's been for good that God had us lose our babies. For one thing, it makes us appreciate this miracle all the more. And what I have come to know, I mean really know, not just believe about God, I don't think I could've before. 
The fertility specialist whom we have been seeing has released us today to see our regular obstetrician. My first appointment with her is next Tuesday, and I can't wait to share the story of God's sovereignty in the life of this baby and give God all the glory for it! I pray that this will impact both the staff at the fertility center as well as at our regular doctors! May God be glorified in this life! May all who read this and hear this story know that there is only One True God and that He is Sovereign over all of life and death! May you all be blessed to see that God does miracles and He is faithful!!! Love in Christ!