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Hi I'm Lindy

I live in Canada with my husband and three adorable boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Gospel has been my guide, my standard, and my strength. I am proud and trilled to say that I am a full time homemaker. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Art and have been a Photographer and illustrator, but being a mom is where I find my greatest fulfillment. I still enjoy photography, digi-scrapbooking, painting, etc. but doing a craft with my boys seems more important at this season of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have the most wonderful parents who taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ before I could even talk. My father was a Salt Lake City boy with strong roots in the church. My mother, however, was raised in England during WWII and new nothing of the LDS faith. Her journey to the LDS church was always a deep part of who I was, but all of us at some point need to discover what we believe for ourselves independent of anyone else. There was never a huge event that made me know that what I had been taught my whole life was true, but rather it was a gradual realization and spiritual building process, that occurred throughout my teenage years and early adulthood. My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was 16, and for a time it was believed that she only had a few years to live. Thankfully that diagnoses was inaccurate, and she is now in remission, but I had to come to grips with what "forever" meant and what comes next for us on earth. I knew that my mother would always be my mother even after death, and this gave me a foundation to stand on. Latter, it was the mistakes of others that did not hold to the standards that the Gospel provides that let me see what a blessing I had in the LDS church. I saw people I love wreck their lives because they did not have the wisdom and strength of standards. Also, as I served a full time mission for the Church, I had the opportunity to truly find out what others believed, and recognize the points of doctrine that are completely unique to the LDS Church. Doctrine that answers questions like "Where did I come from?" and "Why am I here?" are answered in this church in a way that I always took for granted. When I realized the my whole perspective on my purpose in life was unique to the LDS faith, I gained gratitude for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, as a wife and mother, it is the Gospel that is holding us together. It unites us, it drives us to want to do the hard right things instead of the destructive easy things. I feel this everyday, and now not only to I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I NEED the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I realize how blessed I am, and I am eternally grateful.

How I live my faith

My faith is not just an inner idea, rather it is an all encompassing force that drives everything I do. The LDS church is set up in such a way that facilitates lifting one another in faith. There never lacks opportunities of service. As women there is a program of "visiting teachers" set up that allows us to organize home visits between a few women at least once a month. We share inspirational messages, find out if any service is needed, and strengthen friendships. But the LDS Church's main goal is to strengthen families. The are resources and magazines for every age that teach all of us how to have a close and eternally-lasting family. We come together as a family every Monday night to have "Family Home Evening" which the LDS Church created which is a night of faith promoting, schedule coordinating, and fun activities that bring us closer.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

It's so amazing to me how the church is able to help people so effectively. Because of it's inspired organization, quick real help goes where it's needed when it's needed. Congregations are constantly putting together service kits such as hygiene kits, new born kits, and school kits, that distributed when they are needed. This is why when the Haiti earthquake hit, the church was able to send hundreds of thousands of desperately needed hygiene kits during the first week. But local help matters as well, and that's why we have organizations such as Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching. Members are put into a team of two women or two men and are given the assignment of a few homes of other members that they visit at least monthly. A spiritual message is shared, service is given, and needs are assessed. If someone needs help in our congregation, it isn't long until that need is discovered, and the structure to help them is already in place. Show more Show less

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

The Mormon Church does not endorse a certain political party as a group. No one preaches from the pulpit on which candidate they should vote for. That would be completely against church policy. We are, however, taught to be as politically active as we can. We are taught correct principles of the gospel, and we are expected to find out for ourselves who would campaign those principles the best or what laws would reflect those principles the best. We cannot sit and shrink from our duty of citizenship. If we find officials to be corrupt or unprincipled, then we need to be the change. We need to take a personal part. Why should we refuse to touch the duty of citizenship except to wine and complain? We as Mormons believe in obeying, honouring, and sustaining the law, and if there is a legal way to make our place of living more in accordance with what Jesus would do, then we need to make that way happen, and if there is not a legal way, we need to fast and pray and appeal until there is a legal way. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I believe that if people actually went to a Mormon church for awhile, or really got to know some of its members, no one would be thinking we were a cult. I guess some people do because of lack of knowledge. Perhaps the main accusations are in the fact that the LDS church is led by a prophet who we believe is led by God, holds the keys of authority in the church and is God's mouthpiece on earth. Is this any different then prophets of old? What about Moses, Samuel, and Peter? Having a leader does not make us strange or weak. It makes us unified and of one doctrine. We believe that God would remove our prophet before he would lead us astray. We are also always counselled to find out for ourselves if what the prophet says is true. Local leaders are entitled to revelation for those that they are entrusted with, Sunday school teachers have their own revelation for what they should teach, and parents have personal revelation for their families. We are not blind sheep being led into dangerous paths. We have our eyes wide open to Gods perspective because, with a prophet, we have a watchman on a tower who sees beyond our scope, and he is leading us in the fold of Jesus. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Testimony means "witness." A testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a personal witness of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Witnesses can be found through experiences, feelings of the spirit, and miracles that confirm what you've been taught is true. Testimonies are not just a once in a life time event. Testimonies can grow and become strong. We need to remember the workings of the Lord in our life and draw strength from that. In Luke chapter 8, there is a parable about a seed that represents the word of God. Jesus talks about how there's many ways to react to the word of God, and in verse 15 He says "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." The fruit of the word of God is a testimony. It takes nurturing and care. You can't expect to get a testimony with out any faith and diligence. In the next verse, Jesus talks about how you should not hide your candle light, but hold it out for everyone to see. This is how it is with testimonies. If you share it with others, not only does it help other's testimonies, but it strengthens yours as well. This is why every first Sunday of the month the main church meeting is dedicated to the voluntary sharing of testimonies. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving missions in the Mormon church is completely voluntary. The youngest a young man can serve a mission is 19, and we raise our boys with that goal in mind. Yes we expect them to go on missions, but serving a mission is not required to be a completely active and worthy church member. Serving a mission right after high school is a perfect beginning to adulthood. You find out who you are and what you believe independent to anyone else. There is no other education like it, and I am training my boys to be ready to go when they are 19. Girls can serve missions when they are 21. There are less girl missionaries, mainly because it is not in the Mormon culture to expect them to go. Especially since girls are older when they go, girls often have started their lives journeys of university or careers and even marriage by the time they are 21. When I was 20, I realized that if I wanted to go on a mission that I needed to be preparing now. My mom had gone on a mission as a young girl, and so had my older sister. I felt that a year and a half was a short time to dedicated to the adventure of sharing the most important thing in my life. I put a university scholarship on hold, and headed out of my comfort zone for a year and a half. It was the best thing I ever did, and I'm very grateful I went. Senior missionaries can go when ever they feel they are capable of leaving all their obligations at home for a year, year and a half, or two years. My parents went on their first senior mission a few years ago, and loved it. They are now serving their second mission. Seniors are not required to go on missions, but are encouraged, that if they have financial stability and good health, they should share their blessings with others and this will also bless them and their families. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

 I think the main reason that some people don't consider Mormons to be Christians is because we don't agree with the definition of the Godhead made in the Nicene Creed. Almost all other churches who believe in the Bible believe in the Nicene Creed. It says that God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are the same substance. This distinction was made three hundred years after the bible was written. The LDS Church, however, believes that The Godhead are three distinct individuals who are one in purpose, cause, love, mission etc. Yes, we believe that Jesus Christ is separate from Heavenly Father, but that does not diminish Him in our eyes. We believe that Jesus did everything under the direction of the Father, but JESUS still did everything. Jesus created the earth, JESUS is the Lord and Jehovah of the Old Testament, and Jesus is of course the messiah of the New Testament. Jesus will be our judge. And above all, Jesus is our Saviour. Jesus overcame death and sin, and even more then that, he suffered every anguish we will ever know, not just anguish of sin, but of sickness, sorrow, and grief. He understands everything we are going through because he has felt it himself. Are Mormons Christian? Yes, it offends us to have people think that we are not. Jesus Christ is the centre of every aspect of our lives. Our church bares his name, we pray in His name, and we live our lives in His name. We are Christians. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is amazing. It is put together in such a way that everyone is taken care of and the entire world (literally) is on the same page. A "ward" is a congregation of LDS people. They are designated by geographic location. They are led buy a Bishop, who is called to the position and is not paid. No matter where you live on earth, you are in the boundaries of a ward. We use the word "ward" because is means an area that is guarded where you look out for danger. Our wards spiritually guard us from the destructiveness of the world. If you live on a certain street in a certain city, then you are assigned to a certain ward. Because of this, often more then one ward (some times three) will meet in the same building at different times, and there is no wondering which service you will attend. No matter where you go or where you move, you know exactly what congregation you belong to. If there is not enough people in your area to make a full ward, then it is called a branch instead. We use the word brach because this little congregation is just a little branch of the whole tree of the church. A Branch president is called and not paid to lead the congregation instead of a bishop. Again this is by geographical location. A Stake is the embodiment of a few wards and branches. For instance, if I live in "Big City" I might be in the Big City 5th ward in the Big City East Stake. A stake is led by a stake president who is also called and not paid. We use the word "stake" because, like in Isaiah chapter 54 verse 2 says, stakes hold down a tent, and during the time of moses, they held down the tabernacle, which was a tent. If they are strong, then the tent/tabernacle will not fall. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

 Yes we've always had the Bible, but that doesn't mean that the doctrine of Christ has always been clear. Throughout the ages, people have disputed so strongly about what the Bible means, that it has resulted in full out war many times. Even today, there are many interpretations of the Bible. It is important to know what the true doctrine of Christ is. What is the truth concerning baptism? Do you need to go all the way into the water, or is a sprinkle sufficient? Do you need to be baptized as a baby, or after you are accountable for your decisions? Who should baptize you? Should it be someone who has authority from God, or can anyone who feels like they can be able to? Is baptism a necessary commandment, or is it just a nice thing that you can do? What does being baptized even mean? It's not like God doesn't know the answers to these questions and doesn't care how you answer them. Ephesians 4:5 states that there is "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." There is ONE true answer to each of these questions. Jesus does not contradict himself. The wisdom of man is not enough to interpret the Bible. You can debate and have logical, rational points to "prove" just about any point a debater wants to prove, and still not find absolute truth. Absolute truth comes directly from God. It always has and always will. This is why we needed the Restoration of the Gospel. Direct direction from God had been lost, and it needed to be restored. Yes we have the Bible, but with the Restoration of the Gospel, we also have the interpretation of the Bible. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

My best friend growing up was a homosexual, so I have thought about this question quite a bit. The LDS church believes that our gender is an eternal part of who we are, and that it's vital to keep sexual intimacy within the bounds the Lord has set, which is between a man and woman legally married. Perhaps same-sex-attraction is not something you choose but have nonetheless. You could be prone to that behaviour your entire life. You feel that you cannot be happy living without giving into your cravings, and that to live without succumbing would be a lie. But that doesn't mean that God gave you those cravings or temptations. That doesn't mean that you have to succumb to them even if you have those cravings your entire life. To be tempted is not a sin. To have same-sex-attraction is not a sin, but to act on those feelings or to be involved with pornography or anything akin to pornography will never bring true lasting happiness. To me, I view homosexuality much like alcoholism. Everyone has trials. Everyone has temptations. We are sent here to shed the natural man and grow strength enough to overcome our weaknesses. Some are always temped by other men's wives, some are tempted to have no faith, some are tempted to give into substance addictions, some are tempted by internet addictions, and some are tempted by same-sex-attraction. Just because the world embraces gay rights and condones those who don't agree with that life style does not mean that God will change his stance on this issue that has been since ancient days. I'm not saying you have to live a lie and marry where you do not love and have a facade that is only on the surface. I have seen that end in tragedy. No, what I am saying is that you don't have to give into it either. Marriage is the most sacred ordinance we can preform in this life. It is meant for the procreation of life itself. It is meant for the nurturing of families unto Christ. Obviously in our society this is not always how marriage is treated. Some marriages between man and wife are nothing short of blasphemy, but does pointing out the faults of some excuse the actions of others? Of course not. This is faulty logic. Marriage and families are being attacked in our day and age by any way the advisory can find. We must keeps definitions of what marriage SHOULD be clean and pure if we can have any hope of a virtuous future for our families. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

The LDS Church teaches that abortion is not of God, but if the mother's life and health is in danger or if there has been rape or incest, then it is a decision that requires a lot of prayer, fasting, and sometimes counseling. When I was in my early twenties, I was close to a sixteen year old that got pregnant with her boyfriend. Her mom encouraged her to have an abortion, and she did. I am fully convinced that she did not understand the seriousness of what she was doing. Now, almost ten years later she is suffering depression from what happened. No one seems to consider what a girl might go through psychologically when they get an abortion, but they should. A "quick fix" that makes it so someone is not accountable for the consequences of their actions can end in serious repercussions. Thankfully, Jesus Christ has already suffered for our mistakes if will ask Him for forgiveness. There are thousands of couples out there just waiting to adopt. An unwanted pregnancy could be the answer to another's prayer. www.ldsfamilyservices.org can help in the adoption process. I have another friend who has always tried to be a valiant disciple of Jesus Christ in everything she does. When she got pregnant, she got abnormally sick. She could not keep any food or beverage down at all. She couldn't even swallow her own saliva. No pills or treatment would work. She had an operation where the food went directly into her stomach through a tube. This was not a success. She was told by her doctors that if she did not have an abortion she (and the baby) would die. The heart-wrenching decision was made, and the pregnancy was terminated. I don't believe this was a sin, and what's more, I believe that the Atonement of Christ was there for her to overcome her grief. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Apostle means "one sent forth." They are to be a special witness of Jesus Christ and particularly of his divinity and of his resurrection from the dead. In Acts chapter one, the 11 apostles of the church come together and called a new apostle, Matthias. In Acts chapter 1 verse 25, it says that the reason Matthias needed to be called was because Judas Iscariot had fallen and his place needed to be filled. This was after Jesus had ascended into heaven. From this we can see that apostles were called after the time of Christ and new apostles were called to replace old apostles. Perhaps the confusion comes in the interpretation of Acts chapter 1 verse 22. From this verse, it could be said that a man needs to have actually seen Jesus' resurrection to be eligible to be an apostle. If this was true, then of course we would not be able to have apostles today because no one living today has seen Jesus be resurrected. However, the Greek translation indicates that someone who can be an apostle "will become a witness" of the resurrection. Furthermore, later in the Bible other apostles come forth. Apostles who did not actually see the resurrected Jesus before he ascended to heaven. One of these apostles was Paul. Paul was from Cilicia, and was a persecutor of the Christians after the ascension of Jesus. On the road to Damascus, Paul (who was called Saul at the time) heard the voice of the Lord telling him to change his ways. From then on Paul was a devout follower and teacher of Christ. Paul actually wrote 14 books of the New Testament. That is over half of the books in the New testament. In Galatians chapter 1 verse 1 it says "Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)" This clearly states that not only was Paul definitely an apostle, but that he was called of God, and not by a man without authority. To be a witness of Jesus, namely that he is resurrected, one does not need to have lived with Jesus and seen the events first hand. Paul did not, but was one of the most powerful witnesses of Christ the world has ever seen. We need apostles now just like the early Christians needed apostles. Those early Christians needed help. Sometimes they were confused about doctrine. Sometimes they needed reminding of what they should be doing. And sometimes they needed leadership and guidance on their organization. This is why Paul wrote the books that he did. He was leading and teaching the Christians, and he was getting divine inspiration on how to lead them. Today we need help. Christians today don't agree on doctrine. We need reminding about what we should be doing, especially since we are dealing with issues in our society that didn't exists in the days of the Bible. We need leadership and guidance in our organization. This is why God has given us Apostles in our day who are getting divine inspiration on how to lead us. And just as Paul, they are called of God, and not by men without authority. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

 Pornography is Satan's greatest tool in our society today. It is the number one cause of families being ripped apart. The statistics, which just get worse everyday, are horrendous and it is easy to feel like there is no hope. But Christ will come out conquerer in the end. Jesus can and will be our stronghold. Of course, Jesus expects us to be wise. We cannot just pray pornography away from influencing our homes. We must put up defensive walls all around us to fight off this enemy. First is filtering our internet. There are free ones and ones you can buy that are more thorough. Make sure that those who might be tempted have no access to passwords or email that password reminders might be sent to. But keep in mind that those who are most likely to be temped by pornography are the ones who know the most about the internet and the computer. PORNOGRAPHY IS AN ADDICTION. More addictive then tobacco and cocaine. Someone can loath porn and hate themselves for looking, and yet still look. If you take away all an alcoholic's alcohol, the alcoholic will find a way to drink some more. It has been proven again and again that confession, God, and ACCOUNTABILITY is the best deterrent for alcoholics. It is the same with porn. This is why there is accountability software for your computer. The software emails the least temped person in the home regularly all of the internet activity that could have the slightest implication of being inappropriate. There is free accountability software you can download or sometimes it's included in you filtering package, and these emails are more effective then all filtering. There is more that needs to be done then just making the internet safe. Don't even come close to accepting anything inappropriate. Movies, TV, games: turn them off or better yet don't turn them on. In the store at the check out, I've gotten into the habit of covering the inappropriate magazine covers by putting a modest magazine in front of it. Create modesty in the way you dress and act. In some ways the more attractive you are, the more concerned with modesty you should be. Open conversation about pornography and avoiding it should take place in your home. Christ is there for us if we have messed up, and He is there to help us. Eternal goals, eternal perspective, constant prayer and having your eyes open to what will bring real happiness are all blessings of the gospel that can ground us to where we want to be. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

I guess to really answer this question, you have to understand that Mormons believe that we lived as spirit sons and daughters of God even before we were born. In Romans 8:16 it says "The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" We chose to come to earth. We knew it was the only way we could progress. We realized that this earth is a school. A place to learn and experience life, so that we could become more like our Heavenly Father. It is also a test. A time to see how valiant our faith will be. To see if we can progress further. Romans 8:17 continues "And if children, then heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Of course, we will die, of course we will sin, but Jesus is our Saviour. He is the only way back, and He wants us to have all that he has, and he doesn't want us to come alone, but linked to our families. Show more Show less

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

Today was the last Sunday before Canada Day. The whole congregation stood up to sing "O Canada." We sang four verses and since I am only familiar with the first verse, the lyrics of the later verses struck me "Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer; Hold our Dominion in thy loving care;" How grateful I am that the LDS church celebrates our heritage and freedom of our country. We celebrate every holiday of the Christian world. At Christmas there's usually a special program put on by the choir. At Easter time there's special talks about Christ's resurrection, on Remembrance day everyone has a red poppy on their lapel, and on Halloween there is usually a trunk-or-treat for the children. It has been proven time and time again how important good traditions are in a culture and in family life, and the LDS faith recognizes that. We are always reminded not to get too commercialized within the holidays, but we celebrated them with gusto. Dressing for church should be a reflection of our reverence and respect for God. We don't dress casually. Denim jeans and flip-flops should be avoided. Men and boys should wear slacks and button-up shirts with ties. Women should be modestly dressed in dresses and skirts that are clean and neat. If this type of dress is not available to you, you are welcome to come anyway. Men who hold the priesthood (the authority to pass out the Sacrament/Lord's Supper) should wear White dress shirts to represent the purity of Christ. We do not wear fancy formal dresses, but we do tend to wear the modest version of whatever the fashion of the day is trending to. As for unique LDS customs, we don't have any church activities on Monday night so that we can have Family Home Evening, which, as it's name suggests, is an evening devoted to family activities and spiritual bonding. Our children ages 8-12 have bi-weekly activities, and our youth 12-18 have weekly activities. We have girl's camp and young men's campouts. We are highly involved in the scouting programs. We have ward (congregation) bar-b-ques and parties. We have dances and youth conferences. We have seminary (about 45 minutes a day of sunday school) for youth ages 14-18 and Institute of Religion for those 18 and up. We have congregations for Single adults ages 18-30 who have their own set of activities. And perhaps a more distinguishing aspect about our culture is that none of us are paid including our leaders. We are all asked to do some sort of particular service within our congregation, such as teaching the seven-year-olds or making sure funeral luncheons are arranged. These services are called "callings." The most important part of our culture, however, are the little things we do each day to remember who we are, and to get closer to Christ. These include reading the scriptures daily as a family and individually, praying as a family and individually in the morning and at night, praying over our food, and going to church each week. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a health code that LDS people follow. It is found in the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, which Mormons to believe to be scripture. Basically, it tells us that there must be moderation in all things that we eat. Our body is a temple, and we need to treat it that way. Things that are addictive or harmful cannot be taken in moderation. Drugs, tobacco, and alcohol are among these harmful things. Tea and coffee, which can be addictive because of caffeine and also has the harmful substance of tannic acid, are avoided as well. Herbal teas that do not contain tea leaves are fine. Most Mormons avoid any caffeinated drinks such as colas and energy drinks, but it is not talked about specifically in any Mormon doctrine. We need to eat mainly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Meat should be eaten sparingly. We are given a promise, that if we do these things we shall "find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;" In the early 1800s when this commandment was given, there was not a full understanding of the horrible effects of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. The Word of Wisdom is one of the ways I can see how the Lord directs the prophet in matters that are not even understood by science at the time. Show more Show less