Advice for New Members: Dear FLby -
Here’s some advice I have for you as a new convert. It’s free, so it’s worth exactly what you’re paying for it! 🙂 I see some members of the church, both old and new, making these mistakes. I figure if you can recognize them, you’ll be better able to avoid them!
Be a fully consecrated member of the church
Being a member of the church is like a lot of things in life. The benefit is proportional to the amount you invest in it. If you don’t continue to cultivate your testimony up to and long after baptism, it won’t do much for you.
If you go to church but still take a passive approach to the religion, it will benefit you some. It’s a great way to make friends, for example, and the inspirational messages make people feel good.
On the other hand, if you really dedicate yourself by not only going to church, but also sincerely studying the gospel and really trying to live Christ’s true principles, this religion can absolutely transform your life for the better. It can change your way of seeing the world and other people. It can provide strength and profound spiritual peace.
Develop an autotelic testimony
Moderation in all things
Not all Mormons have to be alike
Understand the difference between eternal principles, doctrine, and Mormon culture
The gospel isn’t about sin. It’s about redemption.
Dear FL. I’m happy to hear you’ve made the decision to be baptized! It’s such a blessing to be a member of this church. I hope you find the same peace that I and so many others have found here.