How can the gospel be the plan of happiness if I feel so miserable trying to live it? In Confessions of a Molly Mormon, Elona debunks many of the faulty beliefs that led her down a path of deepening despair as she struggled to make herself and her family good enough to someday enter the celestial kingdom. During her darkest hour, God sent comfort in an unexpected way and set her feet on a glorious new path of freedom and joy. Learning how to stay on that path-and helping others discover it-has become Elona's quest.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Falling Off the Molly Mormon Pedestal
The truth and nothing but the truth 1
My Seven Confessions
1 God and His Tattletale Angels
Learning to understand and love Heavenly Father 9
I confess that I felt no love for God.
Today I rejoice in my deep love for God, and for His amazing love for each of His children.
2 The Iron Rod as a Weapon of Self-Destruction
Using the scriptures to help me keep my change of heart 23
I confess that I resented the scriptures.
Today I rejoice and rejoice in the gift of the scriptures!
3 Cold Floors and Aching Knees
Making prayer a pleasure 39
I confess that my prayers were mostly a matter of routine. Today I rejoice in the strength and peace prayer brings to my life.
4 You Can Watch Johnny Lingo Only So Many Times
Allowing the Sabbath to fulfill its divine purpose 53
I confess that I dreaded Sundays.
Today I rejoice in the gift of the Sabbath day.
5 Let the Hunger Pains Begin
Finding joy in observing the fast God has chosen 69
I confess that fasting mostly meant just going hungry.
Today I rejoice in fasting as a pathway to freedom and oneness with God.
6 Even My Hosanna Shout Wasn't Good Enough
Discovering the treasures of temple worship 83
I confess that I found the temple confusing and boring.
Today I rejoice in the sweet influence the temple brings to my life.
7 Neighbors-Who Needs Them?
Joyfully sharing God's love 97
I confess that the commandment to love your neighbor seemed impossible.
Today I gratefully rejoice in the love that constantly pours into my life.
Conclusion: I Glory in My Jesus!
From wretched to rejoicing 115