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Hi I'm Colette

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated with my Masters in Social Work and am currently looking for a job as a therapist. While this wasn't what I planned on doing originally (I was going to be an English teacher), I've felt very led in this direction. I love being able to counsel with people and help them work through their various difficulties. It's a definite passion of mine. In my free time, when I'm not working, I enjoy reading and spending time with my friends. I also recently bought myself a piano, so I've been trying to brush up on my piano skills- mainly by practicing hymns of the church. I forgot how much I loved playing the piano. When I was younger, I kind of resented having to practice, but now I wish I had more time to practice!

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into into the church, I still made the personal decision and commitment to become a member of the church. My parents never forced me, but they led me by example. And as I did things like attending church meetings and reading scriptures, I gained my own testimony.

How I live my faith

In addition to going to church meetings regularly, I read my scriptures often and try to attend the temple weekly. I also enjoy doing indexing online, where I transcribe census records on the computer so that people can more easily find their ancestors. I also currently am a Sunday School teacher in my ward.  In this calling, I am able to teach a class of adults every other Sunday about a book of scripture.  This year, we are studying the Book of Mormon.  My own testimony has continually grown as I have studied and taught the lessons and testified of the truths that these lessons teach. I also am able to learn a lot through teaching, as people share their testimonies and insights. Another special way I live my faith is through music. I love singing the hymns of the church and I often find myself accompanying others at church meetings. I feel the Spirit so strongly though music and love sharing my testimony through those means.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Colette
Temples are different than church buildings. Anyone can come to a church building, but only worthy Church members are allowed in the temple. In the temple, members make covenants with the Lord and are able to be close to Him. Members who have already made their own covenants can return and do ordinances for those who have died. We believe that all those who have passed on have an opportunity to hear the gospel in the next life, but they still need these ordinances done for them. Since those who have died don't have physical bodies, members go to the temple to act in their stead and do the ordinances for them. Those who have died then have the option of accepting the work or not. One other thing to note is that after temples are built, but before they are dedicated, open houses occur. During this time, anyone member or not can go in and receive a tour and learn more abut what occurs inside the temple. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to go if they have the chance. It is a neat experience. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Colette
YES! The official name of our church-- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the name of Christ in it. We believe in Christ and His teachings and fully accept His Atonement in our lives. In the Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Jesus Christ) it says, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Christ is central to all that we know and believe in the church. My life would not be the same without my relationship with Him and I know that everybody can develop that same, personal relationship if they simply seek for Him. He loves you and is there for you. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Colette
Visitors are always welcome at Church meetings! Church is three hours long, which definitely sounds long to those who are considering visiting, but I love it. There's just that much more time to feel the Spirit and be uplifted. In a church block, there are 3 different parts. First is Sacrament Meeting, we hear from different members of the ward about gospel topics and principles. Most importantly, we take the sacrament. The sacrament is an ordinance where we are reminded of covenants we made at baptism and the blessings we receive in doing so. After Sacrament Meeting, we meet in classes where we continue to learn and discuss gospel principles. Show more Show less