If I may (prayer request)


#1

I’m posting the prayer request here because it is for an LDS. If it must be in another forum, please accept my humblest apologies and move it.

In case you didn’t know, I’ve been dating an LDS girl for quite a while. She’ll be going to RCIA starting the 15th, but she has no intention yet of becoming Catholic. She’s going to be pondering an important decision in the next few days, one that could significantly impact the important decision later on. Please pray for guidance for her now and during the next eight months. If she doesn’t enter the Church in that time, then I’m afraid it may be a very long time before she does, if ever. So please, pray for both of us. God bless you.


#2

Hi Brad Haas

I read your request. I wondered what is the best reply that I, as a Mormon, could give to that. Well, I can’t exactly pray for you girlfriend to become a Catholic. I would be hypocritical if I did that. So I will pray that the Lord will open your eyes so that you will see the light, become a Mormon! Is that a good prayer, do you think?

After all, you do get a better deal you know, if you marry your girlfriend in the LDS Church. The LDS Church is the only Church that can marry you to your wife not just for time, but for all eternity as well. Now don’t you think that is a better deal? If you really love your wife, you will want to be with her forever, not just for time. You wouldn’t want to wake up in the resurrection to the disappointing realization that she is no longer your wife, would you?

amgid


#3

**I will pray for you and her Brad. As to the last post / poster I would reflect on this scripture: **


**usccb.org/nab/bible/matthew/matthew4.htm **


I would also ponder when Jesus said to Peter, get behind me Satan.


As to marriage:


** It was not what was offered by the devil in the dessert was bad, it’s just that it was not offered by God. If we have dreams of being with God forever and we place all of our heart and soul in Him we will find our families in Him, our wives, husbands, children, etc… will be found in Him and no where else. Because in the end what we loved about them was from God. Our desire must be to spend an eternity together with our sole God, sharing in the love that the Father and Son have always shared. This is the great gift given to creation. What Christ has always had. There is no greater gift to receive. **


**But if we have dreams and desires of being with our families forever we may learn what it means to worship anything else but him. If we loose site of God because we place to much focus on others we can loose it all, by falling into ourselves rather than God. By placing God first in our lives we will all be sealed together for eternity. We can’t forget that love is not measured in heaven as it is here. Here we learn to love one by one. In heaven we will all be as one and love will be so much more than we could ever imagine. If a women or a man says, “don’t you want to be married to me throughout all eternity” Remind him or her that you would rather choose God first and take your chances. We have a man at our RCIA class who once told his wife that he loved her more than anything in the whole world. She told him in a nice way that she loved Jesus more than Him. He was not yet Catholic and did not understand this. He was hurt by it. Now he understands, and he knows why his wife has stood by him in some very hard times. He knows that the reason she is still with him is because of her love for Christ. This love rubbed off onto him. Now they both love Christ more than each other. I have not often seen to people love each other the way they do. But then I have my wife of 25 years. It is awesome. Death do we part? Never, when you place God above all things. **

God Bless


#4

[quote=amgid]I read your request. I wondered what is the best reply that I, as a Mormon, could give to that. Well, I can’t exactly pray for you girlfriend to become a Catholic. I would be hypocritical if I did that. So I will pray that the Lord will open your eyes so that you will see the light, become a Mormon! Is that a good prayer, do you think?
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It would probably be better just to pray for guidance for us, but any prayers are appreciated (Rom. 8:26).

[quote=amgid]After all, you do get a better deal you know, if you marry your girlfriend in the LDS Church. The LDS Church is the only Church that can marry you to your wife not just for time, but for all eternity as well. Now don’t you think that is a better deal? If you really love your wife, you will want to be with her forever, not just for time. You wouldn’t want to wake up in the resurrection to the disappointing realization that she is no longer your wife, would you?
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I don’t have to worry about it, because if we go to Heaven, I will be united with her more perfectly than the most perfect marriage in this world, as well as to everyone else who loves God.


#5

[quote=catholic-rcia]I will pray for you and her Brad.
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Thank you.


#6

How about this:

I pray that throughout the RCIA you both will study the words of the Lord, that you both will study what is presented and learn what it means, after this I pray that you both will be guided by the Holy Spirit in discerning what is truly of God. I pray that you will learn what the both of you need to truly grow closer to God for the purpose of serving him. Finally I pray that above all HIS will be done. In th ename of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.


#7

Prayers for wisdom and guidance on the way!


#8

Brad,
I pray that God will shed his grace and mercy on you both.

Rom 8:26 …for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

God love you,
Paul


#9

Brad,

My prayers are with you both and I hope your love will survive any and all trials that you may encounter through your studies and questioning of your different religions. As a young couple it is much more important to be in tune spiritually and on the same path to guide your children, than it is as an older couple with grown children, such as my husband and I. Good luck and my prayer is added to those of the others.

BJColbert


#10

[quote=BJ Colbert] As a young couple it is much more important to be in tune spiritually and on the same path to guide your children…
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Absolutely! Isn’t it tragic that so many couples have to learn this the hard way, and at the expense of their children?


#11

Brad;

I will pray for you and your girlfriend, that the light of Christ will illuminate her search for the truth.

Peace,


#12

[quote=BJ Colbert]Brad,

My prayers are with you both and I hope your love will survive any and all trials that you may encounter through your studies and questioning of your different religions. As a young couple it is much more important to be in tune spiritually and on the same path to guide your children, than it is as an older couple with grown children, such as my husband and I. Good luck and my prayer is added to those of the others.

BJColbert
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I’ll second BJ’s prayers that you may have guidance especially on how you will be raising children. With our split household when I remarried, (4 kids Catholic, 4 kids LDS), I’m thankful we have been respectful of each other’s faiths. If we were to adopt another one, I’m not convinced we could agree how we would raise the child. Good luck and you have my prayers as well.


#13

Thank you, everyone. I knew you would help. I got pretty choked up when I told her how supportive people have been. It’s a wonderful display of God’s love working in you. Thank you.

(And to the posts that mention “mixed” marriage: we will not marry if we’re still mixed.)


#14

[quote=Brad Haas](And to the posts that mention “mixed” marriage: we will not marry if we’re still mixed.)
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You’re my hero, Brad!


#15

I too can not pray that one will see each others respect “light” making it a confrontation. However, I will pray that Heavenly Father’s will my be revealed to you both in this matter. My best wishes to you both.


#16

[quote=PaulDupre]You’re my hero, Brad!
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It’s a joint decision, so she’s your hero too. :slight_smile: It maybe wouldn’t be wrong, but we both agree it wouldn’t be a good idea.

To Paul G, I appreciate any and all prayers for us. Thank you.


#17

Update:

Thank you to all who prayed. The crisis is averted for now, but please keep praying; we will need it as the week goes on (especially with RCIA starting this week).

This is getting kind of scary and kind of encouraging. I think the devil is getting desperate.


#18

I too will pray for you two believe me I know how scary it can be I to am scared I will be starting RCIA classes soon and am frightened to pieces.


#19

We are going through RCIA with a friend this year, Our sincere prayer is with you. God shows the clarity that we need if we only hear Him. Implore the Holy Spirit to filll her heart with His Wisdom now.


#20

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