“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” – Articles of Faith #13
What is a Mormon Affirmation? Let me break it down for you:
Mormon: The word Mormon is derived from a book of scripture called The Book of Mormon which, just like The Bible, is a compilation of books written by ancient prophets who lived in the Americas before, during and after the time of Jesus Christ. The book gets its name from the prophet who compiled and abridged these writings together into a single book, which was later translated by the prophet Joseph Smith Jr.
In generic terms the nickname “Mormon” has been claimed by members of dozens of churches, all who profess to follow the teachings found in the Book of Mormon, and the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. However, this nickname is really only appropriate when describing the members (not the church) who belong to the largest and most prominent of these groups, who’s official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This church is often abbreviated as the LDS Church. Also, the term “Mormon Church” is misleading and basically incorrect as there is no church with that name.
Affirmation: Depending on the context this word can have many meanings, but in our case we are focusing on the definition of: “The act of affirming or asserting as true“. Of course we are also focused on positive, uplifting, and helpful affirmations that help improve one’s life and way of thinking. We aim to help build up everyone’s reservoir of faith, much like the five virgins who filled their lamps with oil – one drop (or affirmation) at a time – so they were prepared to patiently wait (“enduring to the end“) for the coming of the bride-groom.
It’s also important to understand that affirmations are most effective when they are done in a specific way, and drive you towards accomplishing specific goal(s). The most effective affirmations are those that are not only very specific, but also tie your goals or desires to positive emotions. This helps program your subconscious mind to recognize and focus on things that will help you achieve those goals and desires, but most importantly, drive you to take action. Certainly the most important goal to have is that of Eternal Salvation.
“By applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ, [I] can begin increasing [my] spiritual confidence today if [I am] willing to listen and act.” – Jörg Klebingat