I am not the Mormon I thought I was….

My realization. I grew up in Utah, as a Mormon, and lived there all of my life, except for my recent move to Florida. That was the hardest decision of my life. To leave Utah and the life that I knew there. To take my daughter away from Grandma, Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins.  But I felt strongly that we needed to be here in Florida.  The real reason we moved to Florida was for my Mother-in-Law’s health. Now I know, I needed to be here to learn and grow. Now let’s get back to the realization. Growing up in Utah, everyone around us was LDS, either active member, or inactive members that had fallen away.  EVERYONE knew about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I knew the basic principles of the church and believed that it was true, but I didn’t truly know the church was true.  […]

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Gratitude

Today was one of those days at church where you just don’t want to leave because the spirit was so strong there and you want to hold on to that feeling forever.  Every testimony, lesson, and song, was what I needed to hear and spoke right to my heart.  Our ward is so amazing and they have some of the strongest testimonies I have heard or felt. I have really grown to love these woman more than they will know. Today in Relief Society the teacher gave the lesson from a talk given by Thomas S. Monson titled, “The Divine Gift of Gratitude.”  He mentions in his talk: “Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings. This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world […]

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Overcoming Discouragement

Ever since I hit post on my last post Hello World! I have been feeling extremely discouraged and second guessing starting this blog.  I am not sure why, but I started feeling like I wasn’t going to be good enough to write this blog, or that I didn’t know how to write to inspire people, or that anything I were to write was not going to be good enough or inspire anyone. This my friends, was Satan trying to get into my head. Today I left Katee with my mom so that I could get some homework done.  After I was done working on some of my homework I went and grabbed lunch and sat in my car at the park eating my lunch and listening to an audio program called Mormon Channel Daily, that has inspiring daily messages. Anyways, today I listened to one that gave some recap messages […]

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Hello world!

And welcome to my little neck of the virtual neighborhood, my name is Kristin Schouten and it is so nice to virtually meet you! I am so glad that you found me and my blog in this huge virtual world. The reason why I wanted to start this blog is something that is hard for me to admit to.  I have wanted to start a blog for this specific cause that I will get to later, but it is such a hard topic to talk about now a days that I was feeling extremely vulnerable and very uncomfortable sharing.  But I know that will vulnerability comes growth and without vulnerability we wouldn’t be able to experience growth. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons.  Last weekend we had our annual General Conference weekend were all of the members of the […]

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