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Hi I'm Britty

I am a convert to the Church. I am passionate about the environment. I am a homeschooler and a food allergy mom. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 26 years old and joined the church when I was 17. I've been married for over 8 years and we have a wonderful 6 year old daughter. I'm a stay-at-home homeschooling mom and I love spending time with my family and teaching my daughter new things. I like cooking, learning to be more self-sufficient, singing, and serving others. I love learning about how I can be more eco-friendly and live a more sustainable lifestyle. I am a food allergy mom! My daughter has an egg allergy, along with very difficult seasonal allergies. It is a specific challenge God has given our family. I feel like it has opened us up to a world we wouldn't otherwise know about. Helping spread information about food allergies is something I've tried to do more of lately. Our family is currently helping to raise money to support research and education for food allergies. I am also a bisexual Mormon. I'm becoming more open about this part of my life so that others who are struggling with their faith or want to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints know that there are members of the LGBT community who are faithful LDS members. Being a member of the Church with Same-Sex Attraction has made me more compassionate and understanding of others. It's brought me closer to my Heavenly Father while I've prayed about my specific needs and challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I visited a Mormon church, I had no idea what it was about. I didn't know it was really called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I literally knew nothing about the religion. All I knew was that the nicest people at my school always turned out to be Mormon. I invited myself to my now husband's church meeting because I felt drawn to it. I've never been really interested in religion before, I wasn't the kind of teen you would expect to see at church. My parents are Christian, but we never went to church regularly, prayed other than at dinner sometimes, or read the Bible. I just really wanted to know what was different about this church that made my teenage friends so happy and kind. What I learned is so true to what I already knew in my heart, but hadn't found yet. I love knowing that we are all part of God's plan and that we can live with him once again. This church is the true restored church of Jesus Christ. My life has been truly blessed as I have been trying to live God's Commandments.

How I live my faith

My faith is an active part of my life and my family. I pray and read scriptures personally and with my family. I love serving in my church, community, and family. I like to use social media to share gospel messages online. I also love to talk about Christ with anyone wanting more information. I love visiting Temples! Whenever my family has to travel, I always plan our trips around local Temples. I feel like making them a focal point on our trips brings our attention to the gospel more and the saving ordinances done in the Temple. We like to get a picture of our daughter touching the Temple and making sure she understands how special we believe they are. As my husband and I strive to live the gospel principles, we hope we can encourage our daughter to seek her faith as she grows and gain her own strong testimony of Christ.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Britty
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That he sacrificed his life for our sins so that we could repent and so that we could live with God again. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Britty
Yes and I know this because I have been revealed to it by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to know for yourself, pray about it and read the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Britty
It is amazing. At first, it was a little strange because everyone learns your name, you're called "Sister Whoever and Brother LastName", everyone tries to get to know one another and seems genuinly happy to see you every Sunday. It was wierd because everyone cares so much for one another. The rest of the world isn't normally like that. Now that I've been a member for a little while, I've learned that all Mormons really do care for one another. If you need a ride to church, someone will volunteer to take you, if you need to talk to someone, somebody will listen and find someway of helping. Being a member of this church has made me feel like I am in Zion every Sunday and I try to make my home feel like that as well. When you go to church for the first time, don't be overwhelmed by the people shaking your hand and asking how you are doing. We're not just doing it for looks, we really do care, whether you are a member or not. I love being a member of this church and I plan on being a member for the rest of my life. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Britty
To go on a mission, you are asked to pay money that will come back to you while on your mission (to pay bills, monthly money for food, etc) Right now, I believe it is $10,000 for two years. Parents can save up and pay, or sometimes the missionaries work before going on their mission. If someone wants to go on a mission and can't afford it, others might help them. Also, we can donate to the missionary fund on our tithing slips, if we want to. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Britty
No. there have been restrictions in the past, and I believe that was because our society would not have been ready for it yet. Now, there are no restricitions at all. Show more Show less

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

Britty
Anyone is invited to attend church meetings, including you. Our services include 1 sacrament meeting, which is about 70 minutes long. We sing hymns, pray, partake of the sacrament, and a couple speakers. Our Bishop is not the one that speaks the whole time. Members of the church are asked to give talks on specific subjects so we can learn from each other. I encourage you to also attend the next two meetings, which are like Sunday school. They are just as important and for someone who is trying to learn about the church, they are excellent sources of information. Right after sacrament meeting, there is a sunday school class, and after that the men and women split into different classes Relief Society and Priesthood meetings. Also, one of the things I love most about our church is that children are kept and included in sacrament meetings. Unless your child is being very disruptive, everyone has their children stay in the chapel. This is because church is for everyone, not just the adults. After sacrament meeting though, and everyone splits into classses, there are classes more suited for children's ages. However, if your children are scared being in a new environment while you are learning about the church, no one would mind if you brought your children to the adult classes. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Britty
They normally confuse us with others who supposedly follow the teachings of the Book of Mormon, however they are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Also, some are scared to admit they could be wrong. Religion is a hard thing to talk about and to change your beliefs are scary. 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?

Britty
Only worthy Mormons are allowed into temples because temples mimic what it is like in Heaven. Just like only worthy people will be able to live with God, only worthy people can go into the temple. If an unworthy person goes into the temple, it would be harder to hear the Spirit. There is nothing secret going on in Mormon temples, only sacred. These things are sacred, so they are not spoken of outside of the temple. Inside the temple, baptisms, family sealings and marriages are going on. Also, it is a place for prayer and some people will read scriptures and meditate. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Britty
No Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Britty
The husband's role is to lead and guide the family (not boss around, but every family needs a leader). The wife's role is to help the husband, to remind him, to teach the children, etc. Every family is different and every family has specific needs. The husband and wife together are suppose to lead the family and make decisions together. Show more Show less

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

Britty
No. We are reminded to vote, but that is all, never recommended to vote for a certain thing. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Britty
The Relief Society is the society for women 18 and older in our church. We have activities often where we talk and share ideas. We meet every Sunday while the men are in Priesthood. We learn about the Gospel and have a lot of fun. We help the church and help the community. It is like a whole bunch of friends having a good time, while learning and helping others! Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

Britty
It is important to not take in anything that could harm our bodies. Our bodies are a gift and they house the Holy Spirit. We must take care of them the best we can. It is well known that caffenne is adictive, and that alcohol is really bad for you, and Mormons do not take in anything that can harm your body. We also try to eat meat sparingly, and eat lots of fruits and veggies. We are suppose to excercise and generally just take care of our bodies. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Britty
We need to teach about the Gospel Principles and teach others about our Heavenly Father. We need to pray for others and ourselves to have strength. We should read our scriptures daily. There is a website, now, dedicated to stopping the spread of pornography. I suggest making it your homepage if you have a problem with pornography in your household. Meetings with your Bishop will help, and he can help you get assistance you need. We have a wonderful Addiction program with meetings in person and over the phone. They are very spiritual and I've enjoyed attending them for support when I needed extra spiritual encouragement with being bisexual. It was wonderful to attend and be able to share my thoughts and feelings in a group filled with the Spirit. I highly recommend the group for anyone struggling with pornography, other addictions, or in need of extra guidance and help. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Britty
If you are interested in becoming a member of this church (Yay!) then I recommend meeting with missionaries, reading the Book of Mormon, and finding a church near you that you can attend. The missionaries will come to your house, or meet you at someone else's house, and they will teach you and get you ready to be baptized. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Britty
The tithing goes towards humanitarian aid all over the world, to people of all religions. It also goes towards building churches, missionary services, building temples, etc. My family pays our tithing and have recieved extremely wonderful blessings from it. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Britty
Modesty and chastity are related just how you would expect. If you were to dress inappropriately, you would send the message that chastity is not important to you. How you look is the first thing people notice about you. If you act and dress inappropriately, it is more likely you will not remain chaste, something that Our Heavenly Father wants for us and has commanded us to remain chaste. Parents can teach their children to be modest by leading a good example. If parents act and dress modestly, their children should follow. Parents should go to church often and teach their children what Heavenly Father wants for us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Britty
I am a Mormon women and I am like other women in the world. I have goals and dreams and I can achieve them with help from my Heavenly Father. We do believe in equality of men and women. It is okay for women to work, it is okay for men to stay home. All families are different and all people are different. Mormon women help men preform their duties within the church and women have their own callings as well. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Britty
Yes and Yes. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Britty
Your ward is the group of people who you see in church every Sunday, that is your ward. Some churches have different wards, seperated by where you live, so that there aren't too many people and so that the Bishop and other leaders can get to know you and be able to help you when you need it. A branch is a smaller ward, when a branch grows, it can become a ward. Your stake is a group of wards and/or branches. Having the church set up this way makes it easier to help those in need and keep away chaos. Show more Show less

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

Britty
You can find a church near you by going to lds.org and searching for meetinghouses. Also, you can request missionaries come visit you and they can help you with any questions you have. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Britty
No. We help everyone. We are all sons and daughters of Our Heavenly Father, which means we are all Brothers and Sisters. We love and help everyone. Show more Show less

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

Britty
Yes, I know there is a prophet today. Show more Show less

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

Britty
We believe it is true, it is the word of God. However, some parts have been mistranslated or changed, so while we read the Bible, we look for those little numbers that refer us to sections that Joseph Smith was inspired to re-translate. If you read them, the are not very far off, and always make a lot more sense. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Britty
Pray, to our Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. Read the Book of Mormon, go to an LDS church, and follow the commandments. Show more Show less

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

Britty
For church, I dress in nice clothes. I dress how I would dress if I were going to meet Our Heavenly Father. Most women wear a skirt or dress (knee length or more) and a nice blouse that covers her shoulders. Most men wear dress pants and a dress shirt, many wear ties and most wear sports jackets (if they own one). If you do not have nice clothes to wear, you are invited to come anyway. If you need help getting nice clothes to wear, talk to someone at church and people will help you. We celebrate normaly Christian holidays (Easter and Christmas). We celebrate other holidays too, like Halloween, Memorial Day, July 4th, etc. Most Mormons have Family Home Evening once a week. They plan a short lesson about Gospel Principles (whatever you feel you need to learn in your house) and then have some sort of family activity (games, crafts, movie, etc). If you are single, or just a couple, there are Single Home Evenings and you can find others at church to share a Home Evening with. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Britty
100% from members and other Church operations. Other religions rely on government funding, but our Church uses tithing money, fasting money, and other donations from members to finance all of its operations. We are not forced to donate, but we do because God blesses us when we pay our tithing and donate our fast money. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Britty
Joseph Smith, Jr. was a Prophet of God. He restored the Church of Jesus Christ and formed our church today. He was a young boy when he asked of God, which church to join. He was told that no church was true, it had died with Jesus Christ, but it was restored through Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Britty
No! Any person who practicies polygamy is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There are some who practice polygamy who are sometimes referred to as Mormons, but they are not a member of this church! Show more Show less

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

Britty
We recognize the Book of Mormon as another testiment of Jesus Christ. The nickname comes from the title of the Book. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Britty
Our Heavenly Father chooses the prophet. It is let known through the Holy Spirit, to all of us that he is the true Prophet and we sustain him as such. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Britty
Not really. All Mormons are recommended to go on a mission, to learn, gain a stronger testimony, and to spread the Gospel to others. Our Heavenly Father does, however, want us all to spread the Gospel to others. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Britty
President Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Britty
Yes, we believe in Christ Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Britty
The clergy have jobs of their own and volunteer their time to do their church callings. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Britty
They will normally start with God's plan of salvation. They will teach you the basics of our religion and give you their testimonies. If you have any question about the church, they will answer them. If you want them to teach you something in particular, just ask. They normally have a set plan when they come to your house, and they'll want to make more visits to teach more. They want to share God's plan for you and let you decide for yourself whether this is the true church. You can't know until you've learned. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Britty
Actually, all Christians are asked to donate 10% of their income, is is commanded in the Bible, however most do not follow this principle. We teach this principle and are asked (not forced) to donate 10% of our income as tithing. I have recieved many many blessings since I've started to pay my tithing. Even though my family has very little money, we donate our tithing willingly and somehow are still able to pay our bills and do fun things as well. We are very blessed because of our tithing contributions. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Britty
Mormon is a nickname for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints. We believe in the Holy Bible, we use King James Version. We believe in the Book of Mormon, as another testiment of Jesus Christ. It contains the knowledge that after Jesus was ressurrected, he came to the Americas to visit the people here. (why wouldn't he?) We believe that Jesus is our savior, that we have a prophet today and that God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Britty
It is important to take care of our bodies because they are a gift from our Heavenly Father and our parents here on earth. Our bodies are called temples of God because they house the Holy Spirit. The Spirit can dwell within our bodies, but only if we are worthy and take care of our bodies. We want the Holy Spirit with us because it helps us choose the right decisions and helps us to understand the principles of the gospel more. Show more Show less

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

Britty
You attend church every Sunday, for sacrament and to learn. You attend the Temple for special, sacred ordinances and to be closer to the Holy Spirit. 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?

Britty
I am a woman, and I believe that my calling for being a wife of a priesthood holder, and a mother to my child are far better and a harder calling than holding the priesthood itself. We do not hold the priesthood because it is held by men, as it always has. God is a man and the priesthood is passed down to his sons. Women lead the church by helping the priesthood holders in our life. We help our husbands, remind them of their duties, we have callings that are just as important. We teach our children and raise them to become worthy members of the church. It is our duty to raise righteous priesthood holders. It is one of the toughest callings you can have. Show more Show less

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

Britty
Active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints strive to be like Christ and follow the commandments. We go to church on Sunday, read scriptures morning, night, and throughout the day. We say prayers morning, night, before meals, and throughout the day. We try to stay away from innapropriate material and focus on things that would please God. We stay away from alchohol, smoking, and any other addictive or harmful substances, like coffee or tea not herbal though. Everyone has struggles, including Mormons. However, members of our church who are actively trying to improve have a huge amount of resources to improve and overcome any problems, like addictions. Also, the family is the most important thing to us and we are constantly trying to improve our family relationships and enjoy each other's company in wholesome ways. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Britty
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Worthy men in the Church can have the priesthood, they are able to perform ordinances, perform blessings, lead congregations, and other things. A missionary I went with to a lesson gave a very good example of the importance of the priesthood. She said to imagine that you are driving a little to fast and you see an ice cream truck come behind you with lights on. The driver ushers for you to pull over and when you do, he wants to write you a ticket for going to fast. Wouldn't that seem crazy. He has no authority to give you a ticket. Now imagine the same things with a police officer. The police officer has the authority, the ticket is binding. It is the same with the priesthood. When a priesthood holder performs an ordinance, such as baptism, it is authorized by God, and so it is binding. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Britty
We know from the scriptures that we must be baptized to return to live with Heavenly Father. However, it is easy to understand that there are so many people who have died without being baptized by the proper authority, many never even having the chance to learn of Jesus Christ. God loves us all and would never punish these people for something they didn't know, and so He has provided us with the ability to be baptized on behalf of the dead. Our ancestors are given the opportunity in the next life to accept what has been done on behalf for them, or to not. It is still their choice, but are able to give them the option. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Britty
We know from the scriptures that we must be baptized by immersion, by someone who has the proper authority from God, to return to our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ was even baptized, even though He was perfect and sinless, He knew that we all must be baptized to return to live with Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Britty
Looking around me, there are so many things that declare that God exists, I can't imagine thinking differently. Looking at the world around us, at the beauty of that natural world, it can't all be by coincidence. Giving birth to my daughter, I know that she is truly a blessing from God. My daughter is fascinated by the moon. She says that it follows her. I asked her one day, who made the moon? And she said God did. I told her that He did make the moon and He made it especially for her. He made this world all for each of us individually to find joy and peace in. Show more Show less

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

Britty
Yes Show more Show less