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What I believe, part II

I consider myself a very religious person, and I love living in a diverse world and hearing about other faiths and what they believe, so today I share with you a little more of what I believe, because darn dittly my faith seems to get a lot of misunderstandings, and it can be frustrating. A year ago, I wrote a post called What I believe (part I), and it’s on my sidebar to easily access if you haven’t read it before. I talked about how I was raised, and how I chose my faith as an adult. It’s a nice, long read.

{My brothers and me, I love them.}

I mentioned in that post that I have a service calling to teach the youth girls. I’ve been blessed to do that for a year and a half, and I hope to stay longer. I revel in sharing weekly lessons that vary in topic about our Savior, dressing modestly, and having daily scripture study. We all know that just because we TEACH it doesn’t mean we are perfect. It is my weekly reminder to be better as well. I also love being a part of the “village” that with other parents, we work together to raise strong children.

When I was in high school, each day before school I attended a religious study class known as seminary. It started at 6:10 a.m. and ended at 7 a.m. I went dressed for high school which started at 7:30. Each year we studied a different book of scripture. My freshman year it was the New Testament. We were given the challenge to memorize 25 key scriptures, and the only one I fully memorized and still remember from that year is still one of my very favorite scriptures. A few verses that I consider to be my life motto, how I aim to live:

Matthew 5:14-16

Ye are are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do man light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.



This past July, my husband was thanked for serving among the boys scouting group, and asked to serve as an early morning seminary teacher. Without hesitation, he said yes. He knew it would be hard–and it is. But he also knew it would bless him beyond measure–and it has. I kiss him goodnight at 9:30 p.m. each night so he can wake at 4:45 a.m. to get ready and head to the church to arm those amazing teenagers with the Armor of God.


{They got all dressed up for a scripture competition with the other grade, and they won!}

My religion effects every aspect of my life:  my attitude, my lifestyle, my choices, my mothering, my marriage etc. I feel so much light and happiness from my faith, and it is with that light that I aim to live my life as the scripture above states–to shine as an example to the world. We have nightly prayer and scriptures study with the kids before bed, and this scripture came up a few days ago, and we explained to them what it means to hide your candle under a bushel (basket) and the difference it makes when the candle is out for all to see. We hope they will strive to be the light amongst their peers.


{image taken by Heather Walker}

I’ve joined forces with a good handful of other creative bloggers who are also Mormon, to share our faith. To dispel untruths, and shed light onto what we really believe–from us.

If you’ve ever wondered more about Mormons—or why anyone is Mormon—you will find this project involves thoughts and stories dear to our hearts, we are making it available only to those who truly wish to read them (offline).

Here’s how it works:

If you are genuinely interested in learning more about why some of my creative blogger friends and I are Mormon, send an email with your name and address to me at kristenduke @ with the subject “I’m interested in learning more about Mormons”.  You can also just ask me a question that I will be happy to answer in an email or you can receive the packet we have put together. 

Along with the blogger packet, you will find our favorite scriptures and a free copy of The Book of Mormon. It would be difficult to truly understand us without a copy of this great book. It is, as we like to say, the keystone of our religion:

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is the ancient records of prophets who lived in the Americas before, during and after Christ’s time on earth.

Here are the bloggers included in the packet filled with the personal thoughts:

Mariel ~ Or So She Says
Leigh Anne ~ Your Homebased Mom
Megan ~ Brassy Apple
Reachel ~ Cardigan Empire
Carrian ~ Sweet Basil
Melissa ~ 320 Sycamore
Shandra ~ Deals to Meals
Kristyn ~ Lil’ Luna
Kelli ~ Lolly Jane
Stephanie ~ Somewhat Simple
Becky ~ UCreate
Arianne ~ Still Parenting
Shawni ~ 71 Toes
Lindsey ~ The R House
Melanie ~ Sugardoodle
Shelley ~ How Does She? 
Caroline ~  Armelle Blog
and ME!!

If you do request a packet, I will not use your address for any purpose other than sending your packet.  If Mormon missionaries show up on your doorstep, blame it on or thank someone else. Due to the sensitive nature of this post, please keep your comments upbeat and kind. We are lucky to live in a free country where we are able to share our feelings and thoughts, whether or not we all agree, so let’s please encourage one another and help each other along this journey of life ;)

Kristen Duke

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  1. Beautiful post friend. You truly let your light shine!

  2. Awesome post! Not only are your pictures fabulous … you can paint wonderful pictures with your words. Your light shines through much more than in your photography that’s for sure! :) So happy to be part of this with you & all the other amazing ladies!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Becky, I do love story telling with words AND pictures;) I feel blessed to be a part of this.

  3. That’s the scripture I remember from seminary, too! Kudos to your husband for being an early morning seminary teacher. My husband did that the first year we were married. I have a hard time getting up the two days a week that I have to drive our kids. :-(

    Great post!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It’s a really great scripture–excellent visuals! I still have a secret desire to teach seminary, but the timing would be SOOO hard!

  4. You certainly let your light shine!!!! :)

  5. Nicely said!

  6. I feel so fortunate for knowing you. I really admire the coherence you live your life in, you are bright Kristen. I previously let you know I am Catholic, but we share more than we do not.
    I want to thank you for inspiring me in so many ways every day. I do not think I will manage to do the many beautiful things you do, but I hope I am probably doing others :)
    I am a researcher, an engineer, working full time and struggling with the life quality I see in families where one parent decided to work a little bit less for the sake of the family.
    I pray that I am shown what is best for us :)
    I will not ask for a packet because I do not have the time to study it the way it should, but I really appreciate your periodic insights to Mormons.
    Best for 2013

    • I wanted to clarify that parents that stay home do more than full time work in my opinion, just wanted to express they work less outside the house.
      I do not wish to hurt anyone or be disrespectful. Least of my intentions.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      You are so sweet to clarify, I got what you meant. I think it is a very difficult and personal decision to work full time outside of the home or stay home. I love hearing from you, Leire, and I think it is great that you consider it a matter of prayer. If you are meant to work, I believe you can feel that peace. If you are meant to work less, you will feel the same peace and find a way to make it work. I agree that our religious beliefs share SO much more than we do not. Living our lives with that greater light is what brings us all together;)

  7. I see your light shining in your posts and that is one reason why I read your blog. What is more important to me than “denomination” or “religion”, is my RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ. I strive to be a “Christ follower” and not a follower of man or a particular church organization. I do belong to a local Christian church because I want to be able to worship together with other believers and be encouraged in my walk with Christ. This church affiliation does not define me though – I am saved through Christ alone and my goal is to glorify Him with my life.
    I admire your boldness in sharing your beliefs with your readers.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Carol! It is such a wonderful freedom that we can worship how we may. Your relationship with Christ IS the utmost importance. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  8. I am really proud of what you are doing. I can truly say that our Heavenly Father is proud of you all for sharing your testimonies. You will be blessed. Someday I would love to be a part of this great mission. I grew up in the church, left for a very short time, but recently came back. With a stronger testimony than I ever thought I could have.

    I just happened on to your blog from Brassy Apple!
    Jenny @ jennylynndesignz.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Jennylynn, it’s so wonderful to hear from you, thank you for sharing your experience. It’s amazing to hear that you are stronger than you ever thought you could be. The power of the Atonement blesses us all. Thank you for stopping by!

  9. Love it, Kristen! It’s fun to see those family pics too!


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