Clear back here I told about a little deal some other bloggers and I are doing to send out information about the Mormon church to those who are interested. Because people ask a lot about what I believe and why. I must admit I was a little bit paralyzed with the response. So it took me a while to get the first shipment out. But man alive, people were sure patient with me (thank you!) and I must admit it was kind of fun along with the overwhelm-ment. I mean, I get to share what I love the very most with people who want to know, and that is a very good problem to have! 🙂 I enlisted some great helpers to help me address and stuff.Yes, that is a totally fake smile Claire is sporting, but I think she was actually my most excited helper. I tried to write a little part of what I believe in each book. I tried to mark each one with the verse that helped me come to my own belief that that book is true: (If yours wasn’t marked like this, find this scripture and take that promise to heart when you read the book.) When I was a teenager, I did just what it said. I read that book from cover to cover (It took a long time…) and when I was done I knelt down by my bed and poured my heart out to God to know if it was really true. I’m so grateful for that experience because as with any religion, there are lots of things that require faith to believe. (I was talking to the guy at the post office about this a couple weeks ago when I dropped off my latest batch…he had some good questions.) There are all kinds of things that can shake your faith. So I’m just thankful for that peace that came to me in my little bedroom lined with peach and lime-green heart wallpaper when I worked to understand things all on my own. And I’m grateful for oh so many experiences that have validated that feeling over and over again throughout my life. Lucy joined in on the “helping” in her own way: Claire helped me take that first mailing to the post office. That’s our receipt she’s holding. Yeah, it was a lot of packages. It gave me some good practice for sending packages overseas which I may have to be doing some day when all these kids of mine hit mission age. Quite a few of them were sent off to different countries all over the world, a few in different languages. Since then, all the kids have taken turns to write their own testimonies in different books I have sent out. With three different mailings under my belt I think that I may now have a good system in place where I can get these out more quickly (I bought a big box of Book of Mormons and got a big stack of testimony packets copied off, and by now I have made friends with the tatoo-laden nicest guy ever at the post office.) So if others are interested, I think I can handle sending more now :) (Let’s be honest, people will still have to be patient with me though…) My email address to send requests is sepphotography at gmail dot com. If you are already a member of the LDS church and are interested in receiving the Mormon blogger testimony packet, just let me know and I can email it to you. Others who are just curious as to what in the world we believe (with no strings attached), just send me your address and I’ll send a package right out complete with my favorite book. Because I like to share that thing :). A lady called to interview me about this project a while back and published it here. A couple quotes got mixed up a bit, I think, but it tells a little more about how this whole thing started. So thankful for Mariel and her vision to help us bloggers get the word out about what we believe. Like I said in that article, I think it’s important to note that this blogger project isn’t an effort to convert people to our religion (although, we’d sure welcome anyone who wants to take their interest further!:). It’s just a great way for us Mormon bloggers to be able to share what we believe and why our lives are the way they are on a more personal level. If people are interested, we want them to have the information from us, people who know and live it and love it, rather than from some weird site on the Internet or someone who may have left the church and is bitter about it. I’m just so incredibly grateful for the gospel and the impact it has had in my life and I’m so glad to have an avenue to share it if people are interested.