|Me and the Elders who taught me, on the day of my baptism.|
Elder Uchtdorf said during the October 2017 Women's session of General Conference, when speaking of the 3 sisters, "why should you surrender your happiness to someone who doesn't care about your happiness," so why should I not shout my love of Christ and His restored church just because I'm scared of what might happen, I'm not happy and keeping this a secret is not making me happy. I haven't been to church in almost 3 months and I'm not motivated to go because I'm scared of what my roommates might think.
So here I am, telling the world, I am a Mormon. I know it, I live it, I love. And I'm hoping sharing this will help me to become closer to Christ. And if people really do love me, they won't care that I'm a Mormon, and I hope they won't feel uncomfortable around me because I used to feel uncomfortable whenever someone said Christ's name.
But here's another secret, I'm also Jewish (which is why I used to feel uncomfortable about Christ). And a lot of people I know, especially my family, say I'm not allowed to be both. But who cares. I was born and raised Jewish, I had a Bat Mitzvah, I eat Kosher (for the most part) and I follow the high Holy Days (Chag Pesach Sameach). Judaism, which a lot of people choose to deny or ignore, is a race as well as a religion. My blood is 96% Jewish so it is within my right to call myself Jewish. Not only that, but Judaism is a culture, a culture which was nearly destroyed in 1945 so why are people nit-picky about who gets to be Jewish? "Oh you like Jesus, you can't be Jewish." *eye rolls for eternity because Jesus was Jewish and taught in the Temple as a boy* Being Jewish is very important to me so it makes me mad when someone says I cant be both.
I know Heavenly Father is okay with me being both Jewish and Mormon and I shouldn't care what other people think. I know Heavenly Father loves me and I am His spirit daughter and that no matter how badly I mess up, or if I keep Him a secret, He will still love me. There is nothing big enough that I, or anyone else can do that will make Him stop loving us. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that if we read it we will receive answers that we are looking for. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church and that Russell M Nelson is the true President of the church. I pray that we can all find a way to find strength to share the gospel, however we can, and that I and we no longer need to hide our love of christ because we are afraid.