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Hi I'm Susie Robbins

I'm a kidney donor, a grandmother of 18, a recent college graduate, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 55-year-old grandma in small town middle America now, but I was raised in Southern California. I am married and have seven children. My youngest, twins, are currently serving missions for the LDS Church. I love games and puzzles, poetry, chick-flicks that have no embarrassing scenes, soft rock music, some pop, a few particular country songs, and my hubby is teaching me to enjoy a little classical music. I have 15 grandchildren, who give me a lot of happiness. I'm also a recent college graduate

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was two. However, when I was 14 I reached the point a lot of teens reach, when they're sure their parents are wrong about most matters. I decided I'd better find out for myself whether the church was based on truth. I decided to read the Book of Mormon (a crucial book of scripture in the LDS faith that goes hand in hand with the Bible). I figured if the Book of Mormon wasn't true, then the rest wasn't either. So I read. And I prayed. I received a very clear answer from Heavenly Father that the Book of Mormon is true. It was not an emotion, but rather knowledge that filled my mind and heart with certainty. It would have been nice if I'd always lived like I knew what I knew, but we humans are inconstant, and I'm no exception. As years have passed I've learned, through repentance, the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. I've also gone through difficult trials, both as a teenager and as an adult. Through those trials the most important thing I've learned is that Heavenly Father's ideas are always better than mine. I gain more happiness in life, regardless of the circumstances around me, when I live the way God wants me to live. We are taught that Heavenly Father wants our happiness, and I see the truth of that with every passing year.

How I live my faith

I pray and study the scriptures to stay close to my Heavenly Father. I seek the Lord's help as I try to become more what Heavenly Father wants me to be. I try to help others when they have a need. I love my family and try to show them in as many ways as I can. I love God, and trust that in all my endeavors, Heavenly Father's plan is always better than mine. I try to follow where He leads. When I fail in any of these goals, which is pretty much daily, I turn to my Savior and the power of his atonement.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Susie Robbins
Just like the Bible, the Book of Mormon was written by many authors. The Book of Mormon was handed from one record keeper to the next over the course of about a thousand years. The Book of Mormon tells of the destruction of a civilization as they turned away from God. The last record keeper, Moroni, edited the record, then buried it before he died. Centuries later, Moroni, as an angel, visited a young man, Joseph Smith, and gave him the record to be translated by the power of God so that God’s children in our time period could learn from that civilization, just as we can learn from the Israelites in the Bible. So, in short, the Book of Mormon was written by many authors, edited by Moroni, and translated by Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Susie Robbins
The Relief Society is the Mormon church's organization for women. I believe it's the largest organization in the world. The motto of the Relief Society is "Charity never faileth." The mission of the Relief Society is exactly what it sounds like: to provide relief. We women provide relief to our families through learning the many skills required to run a home and guide a family. We provide relief to our neighbors by helping one another during difficult times by helping with meals, daily tasks, child care, or whatever is needed. We provide relief throughout the world by working on various humanitarian projects, such as quilts, hygiene kits, toys, school kits, etc. for troubled areas in the world. We just look for people in need and do what we can to fill those needs. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Susie Robbins
Mormons do a lot of the same things other people do, but there are a few things that might be different. Lifestyles affected by our standards include chastity before marriage and complete fidelity to our spouse after marriage, taking care of our body by not drinking alcohol, coffee, or tea and not smoking or using illicit drugs, being honest, using clean language, dressing modestly, avoiding vulgar media, keeping the Sabbath day holy by attending church, and avoiding shopping, working or party-type activities on Sunday, staying close to God by reading scriptures daily and having daily personal and family prayers, and building families by marrying and having children, and nurturing those relationships. Lifestyles affected by our membership in the church include giving free service in the church as teachers, music people, librarians, etc., serving one another in times of need, making our families a priority by having family home evening, usually on Monday, and developing close friendships within our congregations. This is a very broad brush to paint the lifestyles of 13 million people, but, hopefully, it gives a taste of what your life might be like if you were a Mormon. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Susie Robbins
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God and Jesus Christ. We do, however regard Joseph Smith with great respect. He sacrificed a great deal to bring Jesus Christ's church back to the earth, and for that we are grateful. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Susie Robbins
You can learn more about the Mormon Church in so many different ways. 1. This and other web sites the Mormon Church has are a good place to start. 2. You can go to a Mormon Church and anyone there will be thrilled to answer your questions. You can find a church close to you and what time they meet by going to maps.lds.org and typing in your address. 3. You can go to http://mormon.org/chat/ and chat online, or ask them to send missionaries to your door. 4. You can call 1-888-537-6600 if you're in the U.S. or Canada and talk to the missionaries there, or ask them to send missionaries to your door. 5. You can go to http://mormon.org/ and click on the "missionary request" link at the top of the page. 6. You can e-mail me at rrobbins@ida.net and I'd love to e-mail you back, though it probably wouldn't be in person simply because of geography. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Susie Robbins
God’s physical nature is that He has a glorified body of flesh and bone. He is literally the Father of our spirits, and He loves us dearly. His goal is to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life. God’s personal nature includes that He is perfect. He knows all things, past, present and future and is all-powerful. He is both just and merciful. He is good, honest, virtuous, and generous. He wants us to talk to Him, through prayer, and He will communicate with us through scriptures, prophets, and personal revelation, if we listen. Our Heavenly Father wants our happiness, but He will not force us to do the things that make us happy. He will teach us as much as we want to learn. If we turn away, He will patiently wait, and send messages to encourage us to turn back to Him. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Susie Robbins
When Mormons go to Church they like to dress in “Sunday best,” meaning they’re clean, and they wear clothes other than what they wear on other week days. In the U.S., for example, women don’t wear pants or formals, but we do wear modest dresses. Men usually wear slacks, a button up shirt, and a tie. Please know that you won’t be kicked out for wearing something else. If you don’t have a dress or tie, for example, just come in what you do have. As a church, Mormons celebrate Christmas, Easter, and Pioneer Day. FYI, Pioneer Day is July 24th, the commemoration of the day the Mormons entered Utah valley on their trek west. Of course, individual members of the church celebrate other holidays, as well. In the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and other American holidays. My son-in-law, who is Scottish, celebrates Robert Burns Day, and I’m sure there are a ton of other holidays throughout the world that are celebrated by members of the Mormon Church. General Conference might be called a custom. Every April and October, Mormons gather to hear the general leaders of the Church speak. Depending on where you are in the world, you might gather to a church building, or to homes to watch a broadcast of General Conference. The broadcast is made on the first Sunday of those months, but many places in the world don’t receive it until a little later. Still, we Mormons love to hear from the prophet and the apostles. You may already know that we go to church every Sunday. We’re usually busy on Monday nights, as well. Our church leaders have set aside that night to have no church meetings, but to dedicate to our families. We call it Family Home Evening. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Susie Robbins
Nope. It's that simple. Every election year, in the United States, we usually get read a letter from the prophet reminding us to participate in the election process. That's all. We are also taught to be tolerant of people with different beliefs than ours, whether religious or political. Have you ever heard of the Desiderata of Happiness? It's not a Mormon document or anything, but there's a line from it that I think fairly represents what Mormons are taught. It says, "Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others." Having said all that, I should warn that there are places where the people living there are a pretty homogeneous group, just because of the culture. It would be easy to confuse the cultural leanings with religious beliefs. So this is a very good question. It's important to know that the leaders of the Church never endorse political parties or candidates, and anyone who says otherwise is probably mistaking what they think are church teachings with what are really cultural leanings. Show more Show less

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

Susie Robbins
Yes, I believe there's a prophet like Moses alive today. I know Heavenly Father loves me as much as He does the children of Israel. I don't need to be rescued from Egypt, but today's world is a vast maze of concerns that could be very confusing without a prophet to see ahead and warn us of impending danger. The scriptures plainly show that our Heavenly Father uses prophets to lead His children. He does the same for us now. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Susie Robbins
Yes, Mormons believe that the books in the Bible, in their original writing, are the word of God. We also believe that, having gone through many translations, those books have been made subject to many mistakes and misunderstandings of humans. However, we believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. The Mormon Church has used the King James version of the Bible to cross reference to three other books we also believe to be scripture. Those books are the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. Mormons believe the scriptures provide records of God’s dealings with the nations. While the Bible is the record of the Jews in Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon is a record of Lehi’s family, who called themselves the Nephites. The Pearl of Great Price includes short records from multiple nations, including Adam’s children. The Doctrine and Covenants includes some of God’s dealings with the United States. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord explains the need for records from many nations: “Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also. And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever. Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written. For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them... For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it. And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.” We study the Bible personally, and in Sunday School we study the scriptures in a four year cycle, two of which are focused primarily on the Old and New Testaments. Our youth who attend seminary follow the same four year cycle, and memorize 22 scriptures from the Old Testament and 25 scriptures from the New Testament during their seminary years. In addition, each year our youth program has a scriptural theme, and this year the theme happens to be from Joshua 1:9. So, yes, Mormons believe the Bible is holy scripture and the word of God. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Susie Robbins
In the book of Genesis, chapter 14, verse 20, we can read about Abraham paying a tithe to Melchizedek. Looking in the book of Hebrews, chapter 7, verse 5, we can see that tithing is a law of God’s. Mormons believe that law still exists. So we pay a tenth of our increase to the Church. The Church uses that money for building and maintaining meetinghouses, temples and other buildings, operating funds for congregations, helping the missionary program, education, printing and distributing lesson materials and helping in family history and temple work. In addition, once a month the members of the Church go without meals for 24 hours and give the amount of money they would have used for meals to the Church. The Church uses that money only for helping those who are in need. There are also other funds members can donate to, if they wish. For example, the missionary fund and the education fund. The missionary fund helps missionaries who are unable to afford, but still want to go on a mission, to do so. The education fund helps people who might not otherwise get an education, particularly those in poor countries, to go to a college or trade school. Lastly, much of what the Church does in the humanitarian way is done through service from its members. We’re always working on various projects so that when a need arises, the Church is prepared to help quickly. Materials for those projects are usually provided by individual members. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Susie Robbins
We believe families can be together forever. We believe that He created families here on earth and that we are part of His family. We are His children. Because families are so central to Heavenly Father's plan, we do many things to strengthen our families. We devote one night a week (usually Monday) just to being with our families. We read scriptures, play, pray, work, and set goals together. In addition, we marry in temples, where we believe our families are bound together for eternity, not just for the time we're here on earth. We believe the ideal family (the way God planned it) has a father to preside, protect and provide for his family. It also has a mother to nurture and teach her family. We believe children are a gift from God and that parents have a solemn responsibility to raise their children in righteousness. Of course, in today's world, the ideal family as I described it is becoming harder to find. Nevertheless, we strive for our families to be strong, loving and united in love of our Heavenly Father. We believe that when we seek God's help he will aid us in overcoming the many struggles life throws at families. As I said before, we are not just little family units, but we are all also God's children, and He loves us far more than we can imagine. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Susie Robbins
I believe the Church is growing for two reasons. First, people recognize truth and want and need the solid foundation truth gives in this world full of mixed messages. When once you know something is true, you can measure other beliefs next to it to ascertain their truthfulness. The catch is that the knowledge you have must not be shakeable. That’s why Mormons really push gaining a testimony of your own. We want each person to know the truth straight from God. Secondly, people want happiness, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about happiness. We believe that God’s commandments are designed to show us how to find happiness. Consequently, there are a lot of happy people in the Church, and that’s always attractive. I don’t mean to say that Mormons never have problems or aren’t ever sad or grumpy, but we have the gospel to show us how to find happiness regardless of life’s circumstances. I guess it goes back to knowing the truth, and seeing the temporary concerns of life pale in comparison to the light of the gospel. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Susie Robbins
"Mormon" is the name of one of the prophets in the "Book of Mormon", which is a book of scripture unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because we believe in this book of scripture, people who were not members of the Church began calling us "Mormons" for short. We don't have any problems with that, except that sometimes it leads people to forget that we worship God in the name of Jesus Christ. We believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ and that it is through him we are saved. We do not worship Mormon, though we are grateful to him, as we would be to anyone who taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Susie Robbins
Young Mormon missionaries and their families pay a flat sum (I think it's $450 right now) to the Church each month while they are on their missions. The Church distributes that throughout the world to pay for rent, food, clothing, etc. Older couples pay for their own expenses. Curriculum materials, such as books and videos, are paid for by the Church out of tithing funds. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Susie Robbins
Throughout the Old Testament we see the Gospel being given to men. Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses were all taught the gospel, but over time people left the truth, until it was almost completely lost. Then God would call another prophet to restore the truth to His children. Even before the apostles of Jesus Christ died, the gospel of Jesus Christ began to be mixed up in the culture of the time.The apostles continued battling this corruption of the gospel, until, one by one, they died. After that it just went downhill. During the reformation many good people tried to bring the fullness of the truth back to the gospel, but without the authority given by Jesus Christ it was impossible to organize the Church the way Jesus had it organized. Finally, Heavenly Father called Joseph Smith as a prophet, taught him the truth, and gave him the authority to organize Jesus Christ's church again on the earth. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and Mormons hold him in high regard because we are grateful for his role in helping us understand important truths of the gospel, such as the fact that all men will live again after this life, that we are children of our Heavenly Father, that He loves us and wants us to return to Him, that we are free to choose, and that families can be united forever. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Susie Robbins
To understand why we need a Savior, you really need to understand Heavenly Father's plan for us. We believe that God's goal is to bring about our immortality in a life like His. He created the earth so we could gain bodies and have experiences in this mortality that would help us learn and also give us a chance to choose whether we want what God is offering. At the beginning of the world's existence, Adam and Eve were innocent and lived in God's presence, but when they partook of the forbidden fruit, they fell out of His presence. They were then able to sin and to die. When we were born in this mortal world, we also became subject to sin and death. The Savior overcame both of those. Because Jesus was resurrected, we will all be resurrected. And because Jesus took the punishment for all our sins, allowing us to be cleansed from our sins, we have the choice to accept Jesus's gift and return to God's presence. Like I said earlier, everyone will have immortality. But living with God again, is a different matter. Jesus's gift of forgiveness is available to everyone, but it's not just free for the taking. We have to agree to Jesus's terms, which include things like "Love thy neighbor as thyself." I'll leave you to learn those from the scriptures or from future questions. I only want to mention one more bit of info, and that is that the fall was not a surprise to God. He knew that the fall would have to take place for His plan to proceed. So God prepared before it ever happened, by providing a Savior. The creation, the fall, the atonement, and who would perform that atonement were all laid out before the creation of the world even began. And we all agreed that the plan was a good one. So here we are, muddling through mortality the best we can, and I, for one, am so glad we have a Savior to make it possible for me to return and live with my loving Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Susie Robbins
Of course not! Our thirteenth article of faith states, “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.” This belief is evidenced in the Church’s worldwide humanitarian efforts, as well as in the individual lives of its members. However, I can think of a few reasons why someone might think Mormons only help Mormons. First, in the Church we do have some systems whereby we watch out for one another’s needs. These are called “home teaching” and “visiting teaching.” We are responsible to visit specific people, become their friends, and help them with needs that may arise. For example, when my son was in the hospital for three months in a distant city, my visiting teachers helped with meals, found a safe place for my younger kids to go after school, and tended to other needs while I was gone. We do not want to be exclusive with this kind of help, but the system makes it easier for us to actually know what needs there are, so we are better able to meet those needs. If you know a Mormon, and you need some neighborly help, try asking your Mormon friend. My bet is you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Another reason, and more likely than the first, I think, is the fast offering. Every month, usually on the first Sunday of the month, members of the LDS Church, go without food for 24 hours, and give the money they would have spent on food to the church. That money is used within their ward (a congregation of 300-600 people), to help those in need. Sometimes there is extra, and that goes to the stake (a group of about 6-10 wards), again to help those in need. Sometimes, however, the need outstrips the available funds. Meanwhile, there are those who, rather than being in sincere need, would take advantage of the kindness of those around them, who will abandon the church unless they want money, or even join the church for the express purpose of getting money. Bishops are responsible to disperse these funds where there is real, not contrived, need. Some, who find they don’t get the money they thought would be so easy to come by, may go away with the false impression that Mormons only help Mormons. Again, this is false. There are myriad places in the Bible and the other LDS scriptures that tell Mormons to be charitable. Among them is this one from King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon, who said, “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” We don’t believe it’s just nice to serve others. We believe it’s a commandment. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Susie Robbins
We believe human life is a sacred gift from God. With that foundation, the Church’s position on abortion is that elective abortion is against God’s will. Even pregnancies caused by incest or rape, or when the fetus is known to have severe defects, or the mother’s life being in jeopardy are not automatic grounds for abortion. Those situations call for earnest prayer to know God’s will, and for Mormon Church members to seek counsel from their leaders. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Susie Robbins
Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Susie Robbins
Here's a step-by-step process by which you can know Mormonism is true: 1. Learn what Mormonism teaches. You can't learn it all immediately, so just learn one thing, or a few things. 2. Experiment with it. Try living what Mormonism teaches. 3. Ask yourself how it feels. If it was a seed, would it be growing, or just sitting there stagnant? Does it seem right so far? 4. Now ask God. He's the One who really knows. Tell Him what you think, and ask Him to help you know the truth. 5. Listen and be patient. He loves you and will answer your questions. 6. Pay attention to the thoughts and feelings that come to you. Maybe even write them down. Heavenly Father sends his Holy Spirit to teach us truth, but the Spirit doesn't yell. He whispers, so be sure to have your mind and surroundings quiet if you really want to hear him. 7. Often Heavenly Father will give you some sort of instruction along with telling you the truth. If you do it, you'll be ready to receive more revelation. I'll tell you right now, I know that Mormonism is true. I basically went about finding out the same way. If God will reveal it to me, He'll certainly reveal it to you, too. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Susie Robbins
In the Church, everyone is encouraged to go to the temple. When we go to the temple we make covenants with God. It is necessary, therefore, that we are are keeping the covenants we have already made when we were baptized. When we are baptized we covenant to keep God's commandments. Among those commandments are being totally honest with our fellow men, being morally clean, living according to God's law of health (such as not smoking, or drinking alcohol or coffee), paying a full tithe, having a testimony of Jesus Christ's church, and that the prophet is called of God. Without these covenants already in place, we would be setting ourselves up to fail in any new covenants we would make in the temple. So we talk with our bishops and together we assess whether we're ready to make the covenants available in the temple. In the temple we perform baptisms for those who have died without being able to be baptized. We also perform marriages that can last beyond this life. We learn about the creation of the earth, and why it was created. We learn how to return to God's presence. Some things we learn in the temple are sacred and we do not share them outside the temple, even with others who have been to the temple. You might call them secret, because we do not discuss them. The temple is a beautiful and peaceful place to be. It's like a little piece of heaven on earth. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Susie Robbins
Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We get called Mormons because, along with the Bible, we have another book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. The headquarters of the Church is in Salt Lake City, Utah, but most Mormons live outside the United States. There are about 13 million Mormons in the world, in about 175 countries. Mormons come from all walks of life. You may have seen Mormon missionaries around. They go about in pairs, usually well-groomed, and they have badges on that say, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." My guess is that you know a Mormon even if you don't know it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Susie Robbins
We believe that baptism is a requirement to return to live with God. Jesus mentions this requirement when he's talking to Nicodemus, as recorded in John chapter 3, verse 5. We realize that by far the majority of the people in the world never even had the option to be baptized, due to their life circumstance. We believe God is just and would never judge someone for something over which they had no control. We believe, in His mercy, He set up baptisms for those who didn't have the opportunity to be baptized in this life. First Peter, chapter 4, verse 6 tells us that Jesus Christ taught the gospel to the dead. But the problem is that they can't very well be baptized after they're dead. So, someone needs to do the ordinance for them. Then, if they want to accept the ordinance, they can. If not, that's their choice, too. We believe it's not only a nice thing to do for those who never got the chance, but something God expects us to do to help bring His children back to Him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Susie Robbins
No, all Mormons are not required to serve a mission. We believe it is a commandment for every young man to serve a mission (around age 19), if he is physically able. Also, all members are taught the importance of sharing the gospel with others. The reason is that we believe we are all God's children, and God wants His children to know who we are, that we came from Him, and that He wants us to return to Him. We believe He has a plan for that and just as His son, Jesus Christ, has shown us the path, we should show others once we have set foot on the path. So we regard sharing the gospel as a serious responsibility. That's why we serve full-time missions, and that's why we're glad to teach anyone who wants to know more, whether we're on a mission or not. Show more Show less

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

Susie Robbins
Visitors are more than welcome at Mormon Church services. You can attend any Mormon congregation you'd like, but to find the one nearest you, go to http://mormon.org/worship/ or http://maps.lds.org/ and type in your address. The services have three parts, each about an hour long. You are welcome, and even invited to go to any or all of the meetings. Usually the first hour and ten minutes is spent in the chapel. The meeting starts with announcements and an opening hymn and prayer. FYI, the hymn number is usually posted at the front of the chapel, so you can read or sing along if you'd like. The prayer is offered by a member of the congregation and the rest of us listen. Often people will say amen at the end of the prayer. Next there may be Church business for a few minutes. Then we take the sacrament. The sacrament is the main reason we have this particular meeting, which is why we call it sacrament meeting. We begin by singing another hymn. Then the sacrament is blessed and passed to the congregation. If you don’t want to take the sacrament, just pass it to the next person. After that, we listen to a few speakers. Sometimes there is a rest song or special number between the speakers. At the end of the meeting, we close with another hymn and a closing prayer. If you take your family with you to Church, you’ll want to ask someone right after Sacrament Meeting, where all your family members should go next, because parents and kids go to different classes. The second hour is spent in Sunday School. There we learn about the scriptures and how they apply to our lives. In 2010 we’re learning about the Old Testament. I think next year we’ll learn about the New Testament. You’ll want to have the scriptures with you, if you can. If you don’t have any, you can ask to share with someone, or you could even find the building library and they’ll let you borrow some for class. How you spend the third hour depends on who you are. If you’re a child 3 - 11 years old, you stay in Primary, which serves as kids’ Sunday School during the second hour. If you’re a girl between 12 and 18, you go to Young Women’s Meeting. If you’re a boy between 12 and 18, you go to Aaronic Priesthood Meeting. If you’re an adult woman, you go to Relief Society. If you’re an adult male you go to Melchizedek Priesthood Meeting. Again, just ask anyone and they should be able to help you figure out which room to go to. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Susie Robbins
God chooses the Mormon prophet. Before he becomes a prophet, the current prophet extends him a call to be an apostle. There are twelve apostles plus a prophet/president and his two counselors. God chooses future prophets from those men. It's always been the senior apostle, meaning the man still living who has been an apostle for the longest time. That doesn't necessarily mean the choice is automatic. The apostles all pray about it and come up with a unanimous decision. Also, the man's name is then put before the members of the church to be sustained. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Susie Robbins
The law of chastity is that you will have no sexual relations except with your spouse to whom you are legally married. It's a law that blesses families and marriages with the trust a spouse naturally desires, despite the cavalier treatment that trust gets in modern society. I recall going to a class reunion. When I told an old school mate I had five kids, her stunned query was, "All with the same man?" Now I was shocked! The thought of having one devoted spouse throughout your life is not just a wonderful dream. I know many couples who have that fortune, and it's not just luck. It takes work, patience, love, loyalty and commitment. Now that I'm in my fifties and have been married thirty years to the same person, perhaps I have the kudos to say it's worth it, and that the intense love I share with my husband is so much better than the fluffy fairy-tale version, or the lust-driven version of love the world wants to sell us. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Susie Robbins
Whether Mormons are Christians depends on how you define "Christian." If you mean, do we believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ, that he is our Savior and Redeemer, yes, we are Christians. Jesus Christ is the very center of our faith. We believe it is only through him that we can return to the Father's presence. If, on the other hand, you mean, do we believe in the doctrine of the trinity, the Godhead in one entity, then, no, we are not what you call christians. You choose. Just know that Mormons believe that it is through Jesus Christ we are saved. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Susie Robbins
Mormons believe in truth wherever it comes from. The Bible is the best record we have of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. Much of it was written by apostles and prophets. Testimony of our Redeemer is found throughout its pages from Genesis to Revelation. The Book of Mormon is a record of the Savior’s dealings with people in the Americas. It also teaches of His mission to save God’s children from sin and death. The two books go hand in hand, bearing the testimonies of two nations that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. We also believe that God continues to reveal His truths through his prophets today. We believe that through the Holy Ghost each child of God, every person, can learn the truth for themselves, by studying the words of the prophets, both ancient and modern, and asking God if they are true. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Susie Robbins
We believe God has chosen men to administer in the priesthood. However, every member of the Church of Jesus Christ who holds any calling, performs it by the power of the priesthood. I am currently the Relief Society President in our ward. Along with two sisters who are my counselors, and a sister who serves as my secretary, I oversee the organization, ministry, and activities of the women’s organization in our ward. Similarly, there are women presidencies over the young women’s, and the children’s organizations in the ward. Twice a month, all the presidents of the auxiliaries meet with the bishop and his counselors to discuss various needs of the ward. Together we explore solutions to problems, and decide how best to serve the ward members. As needed, I meet alone with the bishop to discuss any private needs of sisters in our ward. I also suggest names of women I would like to have serve in the Relief Society as teachers, compassionate service leaders, activities committee members, etc. The bishop offers suggestions, his own wisdom, and the added inspiration that attends his calling. I also receive inspiration in my calling. The goal of all those who are presidents of organizations in the church should be to help other people become true followers of Jesus Christ by example, and by helping their testimonies to grow. Show more Show less