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Hi I'm Silipa

My daughter was a miracle. I know that the Plan of Salvation is true, and families CAN be together forever. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Aloha! My name is Silipa. My husband and I currently reside in Missouri with our two oldest daughters. Recently we buried my youngest, who was only 6 weeks old. This past season of life has been the absolute hardest, but most miraculous time of my life. I have been able to SEE the Lord's hands in everything that's happened and FEEL how much the Lord loves us. Throughout my pregnancy when problems would arise, my husband and I felt calm, peaceful, and reassured through the Holy Ghost that all would be well. We knew our daughter would be 'special' and that a genetic disorder was affecting her tiny body. Our daughter's birth was only the beginning of many miracles. She was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Triploidy, meaning she had 3 of every chromosome. In all cases, it is fatal. She lived, and every moment was a miracle. I weep thinking of all the tiny things that just fell into place, against all odds. She came home from the hospital after only 3 intense weeks. It was my goal to read the entire Book of Mormon to with each of my children in their first year of life. I read it out loud to her. It took 17 days; the day after I finished, she went home to Heavenly Father. The Lord has been my strength through all of this. I have felt so peaceful, calm, and filled with love. It is not a tragedy; it is my honor and privilege to be her mother. I anxiously look forward to the resurrection, when her body will be as pure as her spirit is!

Why I am a Mormon

When my father joined the 'Mormon' church, he was disowned by all of his immediate family and thrown out of the house because he would not deny what he knew to be true. Years later, as my father told me of his experiences, he encouraged me to pray so that I could know the truth for myself. When I was a young teenager I prayed to know for myself to know if what I had been taught at church and at home were really true or if what the world promoted as popular and good were really okay. Young as I was, I did recieve my answer. Over and over again, the spirit spoke to my heart and testified that true happiness doesn't come from what the world will tell you- but from the gospel of Jesus Christ, and from doing what is right. Though at that point I was already a baptized member, I decided to truly test out and learn for myself principle by principle what was true or not.  

How I live my faith

I am involved with our youth program. I work with the teenage girls (who we refer to as 'Young Women') ages 14 and 15. I absolutely love what I do! On Sundays I teach a lesson about a gospel doctrine or principle. I do my best to help the Young Women discover answers to their questions by searching through our scriptures and also learning what latter-day prophets have taught. During the week we do a fun activity to help them experience new things, learn new skills, and grow in confidence. For example, this past year I taught all the Young Women a hula. We have also learned outdoor survival skills, how to make different foods from other countries, and we'll soon learn basic car care and maintenance. It is wonderful to help direct their attention and energy towards positive avenues that will help them become good mothers and responsible members of society. Other than working with the youth, I enjoy answering any questions that my friends and neighbors may have. Because I've moved around so much I've come across many misunderstandings and concerns others have had about my religion. I love helping others to learn the truth about who we are and what we believe. A few years before I met my husband I devoted my own time and money to become a proselyting missionary. I lived in Micronesia for 18 months and taught the gospel to anyone who wanted to learn. It makes me so happy to see others blessed when they discover the truth for themselves.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Silipa
Most missionaries save up the money to pay for their own missions. However, some worthy members who wish to serve missions do not have the monetary means to do so. For example, we have many members in third world countries who wouldn't be able to raise the money on their own. Those who wish are able to donate money to a missionary fund so that those who do not have the money may serve missions as well. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Silipa
A Temple is also built so that the Lord will have a place to manifest Himself to His people. On the outside of the temples you will find the words, "Holiness to the Lord" and "The House of the Lord". Temples are holy sanctuaries in which sacred rites and ceremonies are performed. There are certain ordinances that are only to be administered into the temple, such as baptisms by proxy in behalf of deceased ancestors, or the sealing of families by the priesthood power for time and all eternity. Church members must be clean and faithful to recieve and benefit from the blessings of the temple. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Silipa
A temple is a holy sanctuary in which we perform sacred ordinances such as vicarious work in behalf of deceased ancestors and the sealing of families for time and all eternity. A church building is where we have our weekly meetings and activities. In the church building partake of the sacrament to renew our baptismal covenants, have sunday school in which we study the scriptures, and participate in wholesome, fun activities. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Silipa
Death is a necessary part of God's plan for us. At death, our bodies die while our spirits continue to live on. In the post-mortal world also called the spirit world, the spirits of the righteous enter a condition of peace and rest, called paradise. Those who who have died without the opportunity to hear and recieve the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be taught by the spirits of the righteous and have the opportunity to accept or reject what the Gospel. Show more Show less