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Trouble finding the confidence to live my faith. - January 24th 2016, 03:42 AM

Okay, so just as the post suggests, I'm having trouble finding my confidence. I'm Mormon, and while I'm very open about it, and all my friends and family know what I believe in, I find it very hard to up hold my beliefs in a way that I think I should.

I'm always afraid that someone is going to say something out of the way to me, and I'm not going to know how to handle it. Normally, I try to just ignore it, but it doesn't help that they keep coming back and doing it over again. I always freeze up and never know what to say or what to do, then lose my confidence, and I always end up feeling like a failure.

I love being Mormon. I'm a strong believer in my faith, and I couldn't ever imagine my life without the Gospel in it. I just feel that there are some people who don't want to 'live and let live.' They always have to put their opinion in. I have no idea how to handle these people, other than saying 'This is simply my faith. I'm not pushing it on you, so please stop pushing your belief on me. It's okay if you don't believe.' I just don't know.

I always feel almost ashamed that I believe what I do. It's almost the exact same with my political beliefs. I believe what I do, and you can believe what you do, and leave it at that. Is that so hard?

I just have no idea how to get over this feeling, or what to do.


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Re: Trouble finding the confidence to live my faith. - January 24th 2016, 04:05 PM

I think largely this issue is that as a whole religion seems to be slowly but surely dissipating. At least in the West. This means that since you're not a majority, you're going to be seen as 'odd.' But, I would take it as a compliment. It's good to be different. It also shows that you're a freethinker and not just following the crowd because you're ashamed of your beliefs.

I'm not super familiar with Mormonism, but I know that Jesus said that if you don't deny him, or if you are ridiculed, etc. for his name sake that you are blessed (Matt. 5:11). I think you're handling it fine, it just seems you have some inner issues with it to resolve. Why are you ashamed of your religious and political beliefs? I think resolving that question inwardly will resolve the rest.

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Re: Trouble finding the confidence to live my faith. - January 24th 2016, 05:05 PM

Thank you very much.


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Re: Trouble finding the confidence to live my faith. - January 25th 2016, 12:12 PM

What you're already saying (about it being your faith and they don't have to believe) is good enough. There will always be people who will try to provoke you to get a reaction, or who want to fight with you. Unfortunately, a lot of people take someone else's religion as a personal affront to them, even when you're not doing anything and just going about your own business. These people will always exist.

Do you have anyone in your faith who you can talk to? I don't know what the equivalent is for Mormons but for me it would be my minister. If you have someone like that you can talk to, you could discuss how to react to people, get some reassurance, and also perhaps pray together about it.


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Re: Trouble finding the confidence to live my faith. - January 25th 2016, 02:16 PM

I agree. There are always going to be people like that, and yes, I have tons of people I can talk to about it, and I believe you're right. Thank you.


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