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Hi I'm Vickie! Pleased to meet you!

Cherished wife of 30 years, happy mother of three, favored cook in our home, family historian...yes, that's me! And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm blessed with good parents and three siblings. When I was about to turn eight years old, my father invited the Mormon missionaries to our home to share their beliefs. As they spoke, I remember feeling something very familiar about the teachings of a pre-mortal existence, a plan for our lives here, and what becomes of us after death. Mother was the first to be baptized, and when I was eight I, too, decided I wanted to be a member of this Church. Eventually, all of us joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). At age 13, I became rebellious and disregarded my previous belief, my parents' teachings and the love of my family--in search of my self. At 17 I was disillusioned with life and had to know once and for all if the LDS Church really was the Lord's restored Church on the earth today. Because of the promise (Moroni 10:3-5), I decided I would read the entire Book of Mormon, and as I read I was going to ask myself, "Could a young man with less than a high school education have written this book?" "Is this book really the word of God, like the Bible, or is it just an interesting historical novel?" As I read, I prayed to Heavenly Father to make known to me if this book and this Church were His work. One night, I knelt beside my bed, alone, and found myself thanking Heavenly Father for the wisdom in these pages. My mind cleared, great peace and joy filled my heart. I had a witness from God and I knew without doubt the book and the Church were His.

Why I am a Mormon

Everything I have experienced since that personal witness has only deepened my love for Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. As I have fully participated in Church activities and worship, the richest blessings of this world have been mine. Blessed with three remarkable children, my dear husband and I taught them the truths we embrace from the time they were born. Today they are responsible, compassionate members of society, also endeavoring to serve God and their fellowmen. Jesus taught that 'ye shall know them [his true disciples] by their fruit [their works].' Good works are a product of true faith in Jesus Christ. That faith and devotion to Him motivates disciples to good works. God has given His power to righteous men on earth to act in His name, and with that power, we have seen many good works in the Church--even present-day miracles. I know that the Lord Jesus Christ was born of a mortal mother and was the only Begotten Son of God in the flesh. He lived his entire life without sin or blemish and was the perfect sacrifice for the payment of all the sins of mankind. Having lived his life without sin, he knew no guilt--until all of our sin and all of our guilt was pressed upon Him in the Garden of Gesthemane before he was crucified. Because of his dual parentage (mortal mother/God the Father), He had the power to will his physical body to die, and He had the power to raise His glorified, immortal body up from the tomb on the third day. He ascended to His Father, and He directs His church through a living prophet and 12 apostles, just as He did with His ancient Church. I believe He will return to this earth in His glory--the signs are here. He is real, He is reachable. He loves you, too. When you see Mormon missionaries with the black name tags, ask them to visit your home and teach you something of our beliefs. Their visit to my father's home changed my life for good, and their visit to your home can also bless your life.

How I live my faith

That night many years ago my life made a 180-degree turn, and in that remarkable change of heart I have experienced tremendous joy. Music and other media that did not bring light to my life were thrown away without regret. My thoughts and goals changed and so did my behaviors. As I read the scriptures, I note how Jesus responded to the needs of people, and the relationships he built. I try to remember Him throughout my day and emulate His acts of kindness. I have taught every age group, born my witness of His restored gospel to thousands, and have fulfilled many leadership responsibilites. Sometimes I've felt stretched beyond my natural ability, but as I rely on the Lord to help me with His work, I've found my capacity and talents have been enlarged as well as my love and empathy for His children. I've never met an uninteresting human being. When I look at the human race I remember that God loves each of us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that they all might rise from their graves to immortality. Through repentance every living soul may become clean and spotless as He is. There is no sin that is not forgiveable. Isaiah wrote that even though sins be as scarlet, they can become as white as snow. I've been taught and believe that I am His beloved spirit daughter and that this life is a test. Will I trust in Him and keep his commandments? He gave me a light to live by and I make choices in my day that build that light. I have struggles, but nothing overpowers my trust that Jesus Christ really did overcome the world and that through Him all will be made well in the end. It is life eternal to know Him.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Vickie! Pleased to meet you!
Someone once explained it to me like this: If you were going to purchase a life insurance policy from an agent of XYZ Insurance Company, you first want to be certain that the agent was a duly-authorized, credentialed representative of XYZ Insurance Company. For if he was not authorized by the company to represent their promises and guarantees, the policy would not be binding. Likewise, the authority to act in God's name as His duly-authorized representative in the performance of a saving ordinance (such as baptism) is a very important criteria. Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins is how we pass through the gate into the Lord's Kingdom. For the ordinance to be performed by any other person would be an offense to God, a mockery of Him-- and would also mean that the promises made to the individual by the unauthorized person are not recognized by God. Show more Show less

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

Vickie! Pleased to meet you!
For the most part, Mormons live just like everyone else. We have jobs, we shop, we donate to disaster relief, sometimes take a vacation. It is true, our lives focus a lot on our families, and we endeavor to live in obedience to Gods commandments so that we can experience a greater measure of joy and peace in our lives. Here are the ways I think our lifestyle differs from that of most people: Faithful Latter-day Saints keep the Sabbath differently than most other faiths. We attend our Sunday services and then we come home. We might write in our journals, visit a friend in the hospital, rehearse in a choir, read scripture, go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air, deliver cookies with a thank you note, phone distant relatives, etc., but we don't shop or go to restaurants or movies on the Sabbath. It is a DAY of worship and is set aside to do His work. Faithful Latter-day Saints lead chaste lives. We don't live together to see if we get along before we marry. That union between a man and woman is sacred and reserved for marriage--both are faithful to their spouse. With that solid foundation, children are born into a home where they are cherished, taught responsibility, and nurtured in love for God and all His creations. We enjoy mealtime together. We volunteer to help teachers in classrooms, serve on school boards, and donate to community food and blood drives. We try to discern between wants and needs, and have been taught to 'use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.' Show more Show less