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Hi I'm Molly

I'm a teacher. I'm a thinker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an educator-on-hiatus, about to finish a Master's degree in education. Two small children keep my days busy, as I teach myself to be a homemaker - not an easy task for me. I love to read and write, avidly follow politics, and have lots of adventures (which are really just in the eye of the adventurer).

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger, I decided that the faith I had been exposed to was missing something. After a few years, in high school, I went searching for a good fit for myself and my beliefs. After a lot of searching, and getting a Book of Mormon from some missionaries, I went to the local Mormon Church. It wasn't instantaneous, but I felt welcomed and like I belonged. I eventually started taking the missionary lessons and was baptized six months later. Growing up, when I didn't understand something about religion, I was told to "not worry about it" or given one of a plethora of different explanations, but overall encouraged to blindly go with the flow. God was God, not Heavenly Father, and the idea of personal revelation (answer through prayer) wasn't ever discussed. I remember reading Moroni's Promise in the Book of Mormon: "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." While Moroni wrote it about the truth of the scriptures, it struck a chord in me. Encouragement to ponder - to think - and decide for oneself, and then pray about it? That was a new one. It started a pattern I apply to religion and life now. I think about things and research them, make a decision, and pray about them, and the Lord answers in His time. I am valued in the eyes of my Father in Heaven, and He loves me so much that he answers my prayers - not through someone else, not to blindly follow. He *wants* me to have a testimony that is all my own, and a personal relationship with Him and his Son, Jesus Christ. I know that the Church is true, and that the Gospel is true, and that Jesus is my friend and Savior. How do I know these things? I did the research, made a decision, and asked the Lord. It's a simple and also a mind-boggling equation.

How I live my faith

I work with women in my ward in a program called visiting teaching. We go out and visit the adult women of the congregation, share a short lesson (and sometimes treats!), and - most importantly - talk and get to know each other. I've only recently started to really enjoy visiting teaching; I always felt it was strange to go into the homes of women I might not know and spend time with them. But as I have continually done it, and prayed for guidance, I have made friends that I love and respect. I find that there are far more similarities among the women of the church than there are divisive differences, and if we follow the old adage not to "judge a book by its cover," we will find those common traits to be strengths that form long-lasting relationships across generations, personal beliefs, race, and life experience.

What is being a Mormon like?

It's knowing that you're part of a family, wherever you go. I moved across the country, single and alone, and I had an instant family that genuinely cared about me. My husband and I have moved several times and have always been welcomed with open arms. It's a place where you are valued as a Child of God, and your personal worth is important to Him and, therefore, those that serve him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The Bible is absolutely the word of God, and it is Holy Scripture. However, in order to have a uniform text to teach and learn from, we use the King James Translation, in which a few passages were also edited by Joseph Smith under the direction of the Lord. The really great thing, and a true testimony of the Book of Mormon, is how the two books basically defend one another, and both testify of the Savior. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I don't just believe it, I know it. When I first started researching and attending the Mormon church, I watched General Conference, where the church leaders speak to church members around the world. An older gentleman with a kind face appeared on the screen and began to talk, and my heart was filled with a feeling that something was special about him. That man was President Gordon B. Hinckley, and he was the leader and Prophet of the church at the time. My testimony of him, and therefore of living prophets, runs strong, and I know that they speak the words that the Lord wants us to hear. Show more Show less