Welcome to Armour of Light!
Hi, I’m Wendy…the human behind Armour of Light and My Cut and Paste Creations!
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I love the gospel and all the joy it brings me. Saying that I have a lot of joy does not mean that life has always been easy, or even that it’s easy now. But I know It’s definitely better with it than it would be without it.
Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ should be fun.
Many years ago, I had a bishop who said “If you’re not having fun living the gospel then you’re doing it wrong.” It was an odd statement to me for sure, because I’d never thought about living the gospel as “fun”. I may or may not have even chuckled a little when he said it.
I remember those days well. I had four young kids including my oldest who has severe disabilities, and going to church was anything but fun. It was a challenging time, and although we went to church every week, I’d call my level of devotion maybe “lukewarm” at best. Sacrament Meeting was a struggle, Family Home Evening was nearly impossible, and family scripture study was hit and miss, with way more missing than hitting.
But I have always remembered those words from that bishop because something about them resonated with me. Maybe because I felt like it should be true, even if it didn’t feel true at the time.
Now I am grateful for that bishop and that piece of advice. As life has shifted and changed, and I have shifted and changed, I have discovered what he meant. We often talk about the joy that comes from living the gospel, but I have also found the fun now too.
If you’re looking for an expert, there are far more qualified people to turn to than me. I am no master at the scriptures, and I’m definitely no scholar of ancient history, and sometimes I struggle with self-doubt that I have anything worth sharing at all. I make a lot of mistakes, sometimes I stumble, and sometimes I downright suck, but I’m trying. I’ve learned to laugh at myself frequently, to jump up, dust myself off, and try again every single day, and to embrace my imperfections. I’m definitely a work in progress, and I hope you can relate to that a little bit.
How my story began…
Several years ago, I realized that reading the scriptures in bed while I dozed off, letting them fall and hit me on the nose, was probably not sufficient. So when my daughter came home from her mission, I asked her to teach me to study the scriptures the way a missionary does. It was the best thing I have ever done—I finally understood what it felt like to lose myself in the scriptures, to find what Heavenly Father has to tell me in them, and discover how so much of what happens there mirrors my own life. I have never looked back.
Scripture Study and Scripture Journaling have become a passion for me. When the Come Follow Me program started, it enhanced it all the more. My life has changed, and even though I’m still far from perfect, I know I’m at least hobbling down the right path most of the time. And I also knew I needed to share this new passion with others. And that is how my journey began.
Why Armour of Light?
If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know that I started out as My Cut and Paste Creations (and I still love that name and concept and will be moving forward with it again soon) but I also felt like it didn’t fit with what I was trying to do right now on this site.
I am not the hero of any story, and I knew I wanted and needed to focus on the Savior. After some earnest prayers, preparing to listen, and an actual miracle, the Lord directed me to Romans 13: 12.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light
I knew at once this was the answer and I loved it immediately. Everything I offer, I put forth with love. I hope that even in all my weakness and imperfection, and even if it’s just a sliver, you will find some light that helps you on your own path, back to our Savior, Jesus Christ.