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While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors. Watch these stories of faith in the everyday lives of Mormons. You can also meet Mormons here.
Our faith influences nearly every aspect of our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities. Here are a few of the cultural priorities embraced by members of the Church around the world.
We are all spiritual children of a loving
Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons,
we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives
to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
The principle of tithing, or voluntarily giving one tenth of one’s income to God’s work, has been known since Old Testament times. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20).
The law of tithing is how the Lord funds His Church. Today all faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contribute one tenth of their income as tithing. Tithing funds are used for:
■Constructing temples, chapels, and other buildings.
■Providing operating funds for the Church.
■Funding the missionary program (This does not include individual missionary expenses.)
■Preparing materials used in Church classes and organizations.
■Temple work, family history, and many other important Church functions.
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The tithing is used to build temples, chapels, and other church buildings around the world. It is used to fund the missionaries that teach the Gospel all around the world. It is used to help with education for those who are attaining an education. It is used for temple work, family history work, and many other important church functions. I have a testimony of paying your tithing each time you get a paycheck. While in college, I was very low in money one semester and was not sure how I was going to make it. I had quit my job because I felt I needed to focus on the calling in my ward at had at the time in church. I continued to pay my tithing with the little money I received from my last pay check. Not long after this, I was issued a parking ticket for parking in an area that I didn't realize was not permitted. It was $10.00, and I didn't have the money to pay it. I was not sure what I was going to do. The next day, I was sent a card in the mail from my aunt. Inside the card was exactly $10.00. I was able to pay the ticket and the rest of the semester, things continued to work out for me financially. I know it was the hand of the Lord watching over me and blessing me as I was faithful in paying my tithing.
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What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?
Mormon women are a lot like women everywhere! I'm a young, single Mormon woman, who pays her rent and works at a job and wears pants and basically acts like all the other women she knows. If you asked around at my job, probably the biggest thing people would say is that I never swear.
When Mormon women are married, they have to work with their husbands to sort out who's in charge of what, what their expectations are of each other, etc., just like anyone else. A lot of Mormon women with kids, especially young kids, don't work full-time outside of the home - but a lot do. Most Mormon men that I know do a lot of the work at home, though the vast majority do hold outside jobs. It's a lot more important that a husband and wife get along and respect each other than that they conform to some specific social construction. There are lots of Mormon single parents, too. The community tries to help them, but in the end, they're obviously responsible for their entire household, whether they're male or female.
As far as equality is concerned - that word is often misused. We're all children of our Heavenly Father, with tremendous opportunities and responsibilities. That we're all loved equally well doesn't mean that we're all the same. Husbands don't get to tell their wives what to do or vice-versa, but in the great scheme of things, they are held responsible for different things.
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