Meet the Mormons…Meet Me!

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Meet These Mormons |

Today you’re going to learn a little more about me–the girl behind the blog :) One thing you may not know is that I’m a Mormon–I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.   I’m excited to team up with over 65+ blogger friends that are also Mormons, to extend an invitation to see a film entitled “Meet The Mormons”.  You may have wondered who the Mormons are, and what we’re all about, and this film is an honest look addressing that very thing.  If you’ve been curious, and just want to know what makes us tick, this is a movie for you!

This film is not meant to be an “in your face” /you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!

Meet the Mormons |

 Here’s a peek into the film…

We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm A Mormon #1

Adrienne | Free Time Frolics , Camille | Chicken Scratch n’ Sniff , Natalie & Rebekah | House of Sprinkles , Kathleen| Fearlessly Creative Moms

Emily | The Benson Street , Staci | The Potter’s Place, Alyssa | Alyssa.Marie , Kristen | Capturing Joy , Aly | Entirely Eventful Day

Katie | Clarks Condensed, Larissa | Just Another Day In Paradise , Camille | My Mommy Style , Candice | She’s Crafty

Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane

McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona

I'm a Mormon #2

Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop

Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain

Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom

Amberly | Life With Amberly & Joe , Taralyn | Keep Moving Forward With Me , Jessica | What Does The Cox Say? , Lisa | Mabey She Made It , Kiki | Kiki & Company

Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today’s The Best Day

I'm a Mormon #3

Amber | Dessert Now Dinner Later, Natalie | The Creative Mom, Bobbie | A Vision To Remember , Becky | Babes In Hairland

Lisa | Pebbles & Pigtails , Mandy | Sugar Bee Crafts , Krista | Reclaim, Renew, Remodel , Wendy | Musings, Miracles, and Mayhem

Nat & Holly | My Sister’s Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops

Alexis | We Like to Learn As We Go, Amy | The English Geek , Mariel | Or So She Says Carriann | Oh Sweet Basil

Kirtley | The Gist of It | Aubrey | Dreaming of Someday, Natalie| The Messanos, Angela | Handmade In The Heartland


The last part of September, my baby girl, Caroline, was hospitalized for two weeks, and just got home last week. The majority of that time she was in the ICU,  intubated and sedated because she couldn’t breathe on her own.  She was diagnosed with Severe Respiratory Failure due to Bronchiolitis and Pneumonia, and it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever gone through as a mother.  I watched her struggle to breathe, suffer from withdrawal symptoms due to the drugs she received to sedate her (she didn’t sleep for 72 hours at one point), then be diagnosed with a blood clot in her right leg. I didn’t leave the hospital for the entire two weeks, and watched her go through some really traumatic things that fortunately led to her recovery and release. Many, many prayers were said on her behalf by family and friends who rallied behind us.  I also said many prayers, not only that she would get better, but that I would be able to be okay and accept whatever was to be the outcome. Several doctors and nurses commented on how calm I was throughout the whole process, and part of that is just my personality–calm in a crisis. But it was more than that—I felt a peace and calm I just cannot describe, but it carried me throughout an extremely difficult two weeks, and I know it came from my Father in Heaven. I was never alone.

Caroline |

My testimony is very simple, but it comes from the deepest part of me.  My beliefs are the driving force in all that I do, and they guide my decisions as a wife, mother, friend, daughter, aunt, neighbor, and human being.  My example is Jesus Christ, and I strive to emulate Him in all that I do. I have a strong testimony that families are not just for here on this earth, but forever. I’m so grateful for the power of prayer,  for the opportunity we have to have a way to speak to our Father in Heaven and for the peace that it brings me. Our Heavenly Father knows YOU, and knows your struggles.  He will be with us every step of the way–through the good, the bad, and the terrible.  He LOVES each of his children, I know that without a doubt.

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You may wonder, “why are all my favorite bloggers Mormon?” I got together with some of those bloggers and we wrote our beliefs into a compiled document. If you would like a free copy, please e-mail Mariel, at [email protected], no strings attached. If not, that’s okay too.  I just wanted you to know more about me, who I am, and what I believe. I share a lot of myself on this blog, and my beliefs are such a big part of that.

I’m going to leave you with a song called “Glorious”, sung by David Archuleta in the movie. Music has always spoken to me more than anything else, and I think it’s the perfect way to share how I feel.

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About Simply Kierste

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

24 thoughts on “Meet the Mormons…Meet Me!

  1. That is so scary! I am glad she is ok but I know that must have been beyond hard to watch your little girl suffer that way. Thank God for modern medicine too! I have always wondered why there are so many more Mormon bloggers out there compared to other religions. I will request a copy of that document because I would be interested to figure that mystery out. LOL

    1. It was so hard, but thank goodness she is home safe and sound! Yes–get a copy! And don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you have–I’m always happy to help. :) xoxo

  2. Thank you for having the courage and bravery to stand up and share. Through Him we can all become better people.

  3. Thanks for the beautiful binder printables. The color matches my kitchen perfectly. Now my personal cookbooks will look more professional thanks to you. The picture of your little one brought tears. I am SO HAPPY she is doing fine again. Also, thanks for sharing your feelings and faith.

  4. Kierste, Thank you so much for sharing what makes you you! I was so touched and uplifted by this post. I am forever grateful that you are my friend. I love you!

  5. I am so glad your daughter is better. It is tough when they are sick and even harder when it is more extreme. Thankfully the gospel is there to help us get through things. Love the post and blog as always!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing from your heart, Kierste! God bless you & your sweet family. So happy that little Caroline is safe & well & home again. She is precious! You all are precious. I always enjoy your blog posts, pictures, ideas, & designs! You are a blessing!

  7. So glad your baby girl is okay… she is such a cutie! You have a beautiful family and I appreciate you all sharing your beliefs with us. I am not a Mormon, but many of our values are the same. <3

  8. Kierste,
    I am LDS, but my heart swells with pride and gratitude for all of you beautiful ladies willing to stand up and share what is so precious to us. Thank you for your courage.

  9. Kierste,
    Happened to find your blog on pintrest today. Wow what a Creative woman you are. Love your DIY ideas and blog etc….
    Best of luck to you on your future endevors ! I need to update my blog and be a little more consistant and in “DUE ” time things
    will take off for me. IN the meantime I am being that Mom and Wife I need to be to my great husband and to my 14 year old and 7 year old.
    Have a wonderful Holiday Season and Merry Christmas !

    Tamara Harris

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