47.6 F
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Diane Kipp

Diane Kipp is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I’m drawn to different types of prayer

As a former English major, I’ve always been a little intrigued by the language individuals and groups use in prayer.

VIEWPOINTS RESPONSE: Children should be welcome

Yes, children should be welcome to sit in worship services with their parents; worship is for everyone, and it's better (and more successful) for children to get used to a church environment from babyhood rather than suddenly be expected to sit still and pay attention when they are deemed old enough, especially in today's culture of near constant entertainment.

God never plays favorites

Absolutely not. See Acts 10:28, 34-35.

We thank God for specific blessings

My favorite prayer is likely the one I've said most recently. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have very few standardized or written/memorized prayers. We pray to thank our Heavenly Father for the specific blessings he has given us, and ask for the specific blessings that we desire, "according to His will." We pray throughout the day

Excited for the Second Coming

Yes, and I look forward to it. Not that I am in any way prepared for it or worthy to be present, but in spite of my unworthiness I have hope, and I can't help but look forward to our Savior's presence and a time of peace and righteousness.

Eternal life is the greatest gift

Four years ago, my younger sister was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer; she had surgery and chemo and then was in remission. One year ago, we found out that my sister’s cancer had returned. Again she had surgery and chemo, is now in excellent health, and we have every reason to expect her to stay that way for a long time to come — at least until a cure or a much better treatment is found.

Motto of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society: “In Christ’s Love, Everyone is Someone”

Normally I share how my LDS faith impacts my life, but today I’d like to give a shout out to the Lutherans, whose faith moves them to action, as faith always should.

According to the Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota website, Lutherans believe that Christ’s love compels them to serve, and that all people are created by God with worth and dignity.

Must read