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Hi I'm Emily

About Me

My name is Emily, and I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 27 September 2009. I am Deaf, but received bilateral cochlear implants in 2010. I found the church through my ballroom dance teacher and his wife (who became my best friend). Because I grew up in a divorced home with many difficult issues, their example to me of what a family could really be was critical in my process of learning about the church. My conversion took nine months of intense study, as well as behavior changes that included giving up alcohol, coffee, and piercings. Oh, and things like chastity and tithing. And learning that I do love my family, after all, and all the repentance work that comes with discovering what that means. I heart the Temple with all the heart I've got. I have gone almost every week since I got baptized. It has brought much healing to me and to my family. In my professional life that is an attempt to be self-sufficient, I am a licensed therapist with my PhD. For fun, I love ballroom dancing, and wandering through nature to write and paint. I enjoy taking pictures for my blog. I am single still, and that has been important for me to take time on my own to learn who I truly am as defined by Heavenly Father rather than defining myself by other people. I am a daughter of God! I know that marriage is an important part of the plan, and I look forward to getting married in the Temple when it is time. I have a little dog that I love very much. Even though he is ugly.

Why I am a Mormon

I found out about the church through my ballroom dance teacher and his wife, who became my best friend. I asked him what church he goes to, and he told me "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." I had to google it to find out what that long name meant, and that's how I found "mormon.org". My friends gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon, and I devoured it. I read it all night and into the next morning. Then I started over, underlining and making notes and writing down questions I had. Inside the cover was also their testimony, and guidance to Moroni 10 for how to ask if the Book of Mormon was true. When I read the Moroni 104 verse, about asking God the Father if it is true, my heart was beating out of my chest. But I prayed, and I knew. I began having dinner with my friends at their house, with the missionaries there, so I could ask my list of questions. I thought I would panic at this point, but I didn't. No one pushed me, no one smothered me, no one shamed me. I felt safe and comfortable, and any discussion was mutual sharing. They invited me back the next week, and I was excited to be learning more. Once I knew it was true, it was like I was hungry to understand! I had so much fun laughing and learning with the missionaries, that I almost didn't notice my life was already beginning to change. Some things I did notice, because I had some big changes to make. The best thing about this was every time I tried to improve something, no matter how hard it was, I always immediately felt better! This feeling better helped give me the strength to keep making those important changes. All this led to my baptism in September 2009. My life is so much better since! I am a mormon because I know it is true, and because that truth has changed my life! I have peace in my life like never before, and the strength to be happy. I love my life now!

How I live my faith

The most important part of my faith, I think, is what I have learned about service. I get to DO lots of things that help me put my faith into action, so that my faith becomes a heart thing and not just a head thing. I teach a sign language class twice a month, so that others in the church can communicate better and better with me - and others they meet out in the community. This has led to great events we have been able to help with to make our community a better place. I help a blind woman go to the gym three times a week. We are HILARIOUS, for because I am Deaf and she is blind. But we get along well, and I love her. Also, I got "called" (given a job to do!) by the Stake to serve on the Institute Council. Institute is a program the church has that provides religious classes and social activities for college age kids. It is so fun! I have met so many friends there, and always enjoy the experience. Attending Institute has helped me, as a new member, "catch up" on so much that I never knew before, and given me a safe place to really ask questions and explore the gospel more in depth. It also the place I really learn in-depth teachings, but in a way that helps me to apply them to my everyday life. I go to the Temple every week! I have missed only a few weeks when I have been sick or out of town. Before the Temple, I knew very little about my family. Know I know - in a very personal way - my family back many, many generations. Not only has that been an amazing experience, but it has also brought healing to my immediate family: my father and mother and brother. Recently, my brother and I spent mother's day with our mother for the first time in 20 years. It was amazing.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emily
Mormons are not required to serve a mission. However, most want to! Even me, a convert at the age of 33, I do hope that someday I am married in the Temple, and then when we are old and retired, we can serve a Temple mission or something somewhere someday. When your testimony becomes strong, and your faith goes deep, a natural response is to share such happiness with others. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Emily
Mormon missionaries raise the money themselves for their missions. Also, their families and friends can help support them in the fundraising. Also, people can donate to general mission funds as well. 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?

Emily
Temples are not about secrets, they are about sacred ordinances such as marriage. It is a place of learning, and so these things are so precious, so sacred, we do not talk about them much except at the Temple itself. However, none of it is "secret". In fact, before new Temples are dedicated, they are open to the public and anyone can go tour them to see what it is like. Also, most anything you could want to know about the Temples is in the Old Testament, which gives us the pattern of Temples, or in the Book of Mormon which shows us more. Outside the Temple are the words "The House of the Lord". We know that God lives in Heaven, and so the Temple reminds us of God's home. But we also know that to go to God's home, a person must be worthy. This does not mean some people cannot go. God wants EVERYONE to go! But it does mean everyone has to do their own work to get there. And when someone really wants to go, they do that work, and then they can go. So any Mormon who is "worthy" - and that just means following the plan God has taught us, and living up to the standards which He has said is good and right for us - any worthy member of the Church can go. When they go to the Temple, members do work for those who have already died but did not themselves get to go to Temples. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Emily
Authority to perform a baptism is important because it is an instruction from Jesus that when we choose to believe in Him, we should get baptized. But he did also teach us who had the authority to do that baptism. The "authority" of the priesthood is what makes baptism real, is what makes it count, is what makes it different than any other dunking. Without the authority, it is only going through the motions, but is not effective for fulfilling Christ's teaching. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Emily
Being a member of the Mormon Church is amazing! It is amazing because the people are good and kind and nurturing. For the first time, I am in a group of people that WANT me to succeed. They WANT me to be happy. They WANT my life to be awesome. When I was very sick after a surgery, they visited me and brought me food and cleaned my house. When I moved, they showed up to help pack, to clean the old place, to move me, and to help unpack. When I have questions, they help me find the answers but let me do the work so that those answers become MY answers. Also, one thing I love about the Mormon Church is that it is SO MUCH FUN! For the first time in my life, I am with people who are safe and good and kind, so that we have a blast and my church friends are so hilarious, and we laugh so much - but always in a good time that makes me feel better. But all of that also means that is my responsibility, too. So I am learning how to be kind, how to focus on positive things, how to help bring out the best in others, and how to do good things for other people to help make their lives better, easier, and happier. It's so good for me! Show more Show less

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

Emily
Yes. Mormons believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Mormons believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and also the Holy Ghost, are separate and distinct beings. We believe Jesus came to Earth, lived without sin (made good choices always!), and then died on the cross for all of us. He rose from the dead, and thus conquered even death itself. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Emily
Joseph Smith was a normal boy like any other kid. He was known for getting into mischief sometimes, which is part of why I loved him at first, for because some of the funny stories about his younger years are the same kinds of trouble I got into when I was little. So that helped me realize how "normal" he was, and what a real person he was. He lived at the time in American History when ALL the churches every where used to have giant revivals, and try to help convert everyone. Sometimes it was so crazy, almost like a competition of which church could bring the most people in. But also, in the culture of early America, going to revivals was something to do. So people went, and people debated, and people picked sides and tried to see which church was the best. Joseph Smith very much wanted to know which church he should join. So he prayed about it, because there is a verse in the New Testament James 15 about asking God what is true. So he did. That makes him very brave and wise, I think. So he asked, praying very seriously about the question of which church is true. God answered his prayers in a vision, in which Joseph Smith learned that none of the churches were completely true. It was like many churches had pieces of the truth, but all of them had changed so much since the time when Jesus lived that none of them had the full story anymore. This began the process of Joseph Smith's work to bring back the full story of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Emily
Many people wrote the Book of Mormon! It is a history, a record of a people, just like the Old Testament. In fact, the people who wrote the Book of Mormon had the Old Testament with them! They had it when they left Jerusalem and settled in what is now the Americas. So the Book of Mormon is a record of their journey, and what happened after they settled. Mormon was a place, actually, a place where there was water and people got baptized. A man was named after that place. So his name was Mormon. He consolidated all the records of these people into one book. So that is why it is called "the Book of Mormon". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Emily
I think Mormons believe the purpose of life is to remember who God is, and the more we remember and learn, the more we can put into practice. The more we put into practice, the more we are changed. The more we are changed, the happier we become. The purpose of this life is happiness! Life is sometimes hard or sad. Sometimes terrible things happen. I know this from my own life. But these experiences can be our healing as well, for the more trauma we have experienced then the more we know His healing. The more difficult times we have experienced, the more we appreciate that happiness when it comes. Hard times give us experience and bring us wisdom. No matter what happens to us, no matter our actual circumstances, God is good and wants us to be happy. If we do the work to follow His plan, it bring us back to Him... and that, ultimately, is what will make us most happy. Show more Show less

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

Emily
Husband and Wife can be together forever if they do the work to prepare for and make covenants in the Temple, and then live lives worthy of those covenants. Families can be together in heaven if they are sealed together. Sealing is done in the Temple. Show more Show less

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

Emily
Yes. Mormons believe the Bible, just like other churches. The only difference is that we understand the Bible was determined to include certain books and writings by organizations BEFORE it was in the hands of the people. I mean to say that before the Bible was in the language of the common people - before the printing press, before everyone had a copy all over the world, only certain leaders had access to it. And so some changes were made, and some things were taken out, and people had votes about which books to include. Also, we believe that just like Moses or Isaiah or any of the other prophets in the Old Testament, that God still uses prophets today. So we call words by those prophets as "scripture" also. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Emily
The "priesthood" is the power and authority of God. All people, male and female, have a kind of priesthood when we work to become like Christ. Men work to be worthy and obtain specific kinds of Priesthood, which does give them the "power" and "authority" to perform specific tasks. Show more Show less

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

Emily
When the Mormon missionaries come to your home, they will talk about whatever you want to talk about. They will answer questions that you have, and teach you basic truths about the church. Often they provide little pamphlets that help you study in between visits. You can also get a free Book of Mormon! If you want to do the work to join the church, Missionaries will discuss with you important issues such as the Plan of Salvation (we came to earth to learn to make good choices, we are not perfect so we need Jesus, we hope to return home to our Heavenly Father), the restoration of the full Gospel (through Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon), the Word of Wisdom (no smoking, no coffee, no tea, no alcohol; eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of your body), the Law of Chastity (sexual purity if you are single, fidelity if you are married); tithing (giving 1/10 of your income to God); and other things to help you explore your choice to prepare for baptism. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Emily
Faith is believing what you cannot see. Faith is belief in that which you know beyond what your physical senses detect. Faith is a kind of knowing. Faith is a belief in something, and expressing it in the way that you live. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Emily
Since I lived in other places in the world, and did not just only grow up in America, this was not as weird to me when I learned about it. Some people who only know American culture may really think this is a weird piece of history. But there are many cultures who practice polygamy, including the Jews of the Old Testament. This church did practice polygamy for a short time when it was new. They did it because they felt the Lord instructed them to do so. I do not know the exact reasons or details because I was not alive then, but they were being obedient at that time. I am sure it served a wise purpose, which we can understand if we study more. However, they did not do it for a long time, and when it had served its purpose, the Lord did instruct again that it was to be done no more. It is no longer practiced in the church, and has not been since 1890. Anyone who practices that is not a part of this church. I love this example because at the same time, others who were not in the church were confused and scared about this. So I love how the Lord teaches us to be tolerant and respectful of others who are not even in the church, other cultures, all people, so that we can all live together in peace. Show more Show less

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

Emily
Mormon women are like any other women, except they are chaste and pure and modest. Mormon women wear longer skirts and shorts - at least to the knee - and always wear sleeves. They do not wear things that are too tight or too short. Mormon women work to develop nurturing skills, for they are life and breath of the families and the men and the children and the work of the church. Women are as important as men, though they have different roles and functions. Men and women are to work together as equal partners. Show more Show less

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

Emily
We need a Savior because we cannot get back to Heaven on our own. No matter how good we try to be, we are not perfect. So there is still a gap between what we are as humans, and who God is. Jesus fills that gap. Show more Show less

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

Emily
Mormon lifestyle is very good and very happy. Mormon lifestyle is centered around two things families and service to others. Mormons live like anyone else lives, except with specific moral standards. We do not drink coffee, tea, or alcohol because we believe the Lord has told us we are healthier without them. Also, we dress modestly, which means knee-length and sleeves, with nothing too tight, too short, or too low cut. We go to church on Sundays, and one Sunday a month we fast. On that fasting Sunday, we donate the money we would spend on food to the church, and those fast offerings are specifically spent only on providing for those who need it. We do not watch rated R movies, and ought to be careful about which television shows we watch. One night a week is "Family Home Evening", when the family gathers to do an extra study or service project together. We believe that individual and family prayer time and scripture study should be daily. We love to gather for fun activities, dances, and community celebrations. We celebrate other cultures and enjoy learning from each other. Education is very important, and all are encouraged to learn everything they can about everything! Every six months we have a big conference via satellite, where all Mormons all over the world watch the same satellite broadcast from Salt Lake City, in which leaders of the church teach us as a group what God is doing and what we need to be doing. We go to the Temple as often as we can. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Emily
Mormons are a group of people who belong to "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". They are often called "Mormons" for short, after the Book of Mormon, which is part of the scriptures. The "Mormons" began when a young man, Joseph Smith, prayed to ask which church was true, so that he knew which church to join. This led to visions that led him to the "Book of Mormon", which was a history of people who had left Jerusalem at the time of the end of the New Testament and traveled to the Americas. The Book of Mormon is their story of those travels, what happened after they settled here, how they looked forward to the birth of Christ, and how Christ did appear to them also after his resurrection. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Emily
The Book of Mormon is a record of a family, with the record being kept each generation and passed down to the next. During a time of war, when there was much destruction, this "book" was hidden for safe keeping. Many years later, the timing became perfect for the "book" to be found. It was perfect timing because the culture in America was a time of revival, with everyone looking for the truth and wanting to know. So as a people, we were in a place to pay attention and we were asking for the answers. Also, we now had the printing press, and so it was easy to copy the Book of Mormon once it was found. So, there was a young man named Joseph Smith who actually found the "plates", which was the "book" but in old times, they didn't have paper and pens like we do now, so the "book" was recorded on "plates". He found the Book of Mormon by praying about which church to join, because so many were saying they were the true church. So he was confused and wanted to make the right choice. He found a verse in the new testament James 15 about praying to know what is true. So that's what he did! He prayed and just asked directly what to do - which church to join. As an answer to his prayers, Joseph Smith was led to where the Book of Mormon had been buried and hidden. He was able to retrieve it, and then to do the work of translating it by the power of God. God chose Joseph Smith to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the whole earth. Show more Show less

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

Emily
You can learn more about the Mormon Church in lots of ways, and the best way is to pick which one is best for you. Also, a good thing to know is that no one will be pushy or weird or mean. In Mormon culture, it is very important for everyone to develop their own understanding at their own pace, and to make any knowledge their own. So no one is going to push you more than you are ready for, even though lots will be willing to help along the way. Understanding this was a comfort to me as I was searching and wanting to know, but scared someone would shove stuff down my throat before I was ready. No one ever did. It unfolds very gently, at the pace you set yourself by exploring, wanting to know, and asking. Some ways to learn more: Read the Book of Mormon! Mormon.org has a "live chat" option, which you can use to talk with missionaries. Look up where your local Mormon church is, and call them to find out what time church starts! Then go visit! Or also, you could ask to send someone to chat with you. You can get tons of free information - booklets and videos that were so helpful to me - from the Mormon.org website. When you are really, really ready, the best thing is to get in touch with missionaries in your area. They are not creepy or weird or pushy. They are really great and very sweet and super helpful, and trained to answer questions like you might have. So use them! Make them work! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Emily
Mormons believe that we are made in God's image. We can talk to God through prayer. We can do the work to study and learn (and remember!) who God is. Before we were born on earth, we were spirit children of God, and knew and worshiped Him as our Father. We accepted His plan to come to Earth to practice making good choices, and Christ came so that we might return home again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Emily
Temples are used as places to do the special work of going to "the Lord's house" to make covenants with God just as they did in the Old Testament. We also serve in Temples, doing the work (of ordinances, like baptism) for those who cannot do it themselves because they have already died. These people who have already died then have the option to accept or reject the work done on their behalf. 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?

Emily
Women do not hold the Priesthood because those are specific jobs. However, we all hold a priesthood in a way that means becoming more like Christ and serving others the way Christ did. Women have lots of leadership roles in the church, including teaching classes, helping with children, speaking at church on Sunday, leading the music, anything, really, as far as jobs go. Men have the specific roles of Priesthood and the work that comes with those offices. Their responsibility is to lead us in love and righteousness. Women have the responsibility to nurture and to enhance the priesthood through revelation and support of their work. Both men and women teach the children. Both men and women participate in music. Both men and women teach the whole church at Sunday meetings. Both men and women work to identify needs of individuals in the church, and work together to meet those needs. The church teaches us that husbands and wives are to work together as "equal partners". Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Emily
The Law of Chastity has to do with remaining pure sexually, as part of our efforts to take care of our bodies, to be obedient in all things, and to focus more on spiritual things than worldly things. Chastity means refraining from sexual behavior, alone or with others, when you are single. Chastity for married couples means engaging in sexual behavior only with your spouse, and not abusing spouse or offspring. We focus on having pure thoughts and an eternal perspective. This means no pornography, no masturbation, no adultery, and very specific guidance for young adult dating. Teens are not to date until they are 16. But the Law of Chastity is not just about what NOT to do. It is to help us be pure in "thoughts, words, and actions". Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Emily
The church affirms the sanctity of life, or that all life is sacred and should be respected as such. If abortion is something from your past, that will be an important piece of healing that come with your discussions with the missionaries prior to baptism. The baptism does cleanse us from all things of the past. After baptism, a member would not want to choose abortion because they would want to bring life into the world. However, in most cases, they would not be in a position of needing abortion if they are living the Law of Chastity and remaining pure until they are married. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Emily
Mormons don't have paid clergy because we are all supposed to serve as Christ served. Christ was not paid for his ministry. We should all be serving - helping others - all the time, whether it is through a formal job at the church or not. Also, all the jobs there are to do, we all take turns, over time, so that we all learn what it is to serve and to be served. It's hard work to help others as well as Jesus did! Spiritual "compensation" is way better than financial compensation, anyway! Show more Show less

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

Emily
We get called "Mormons" because it is "for short" from the Book of Mormon. Mormon was a man who consolidated the writings of the records that were a history of the people who traveled from Jerusalem to the Americas, and their stories of what happened along the way and after they settled here. Since he consolidated all that history into one "book", that is why it is called "The Book of Mormon". Mormon was actually named after a place, where there was a river and people got baptized. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Emily
Holy Ghost is a gift after baptism to help lead us home to God. This means that sometimes the Holy Ghost gives "promptings" - whispers to us what to do or not do, tell us when to pay attention, teaches us what we need to do. The Holy Ghost confirms to us what is true - like when we ask in prayer if the Book of Mormon is true. The Holy Ghost warns us of danger, and helps us make good choice. The Holy Ghost teaches us, revealing to us deeper lessons when we study and try to learn. The Holy Ghost helps us to know what to pray about, and helps us be in tune with God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Emily
Yes! We believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and came from our Heavenly Father to live on Earth and die for our sins. We believe he rose from the dead, and this is what conquered death in a way we could not. It is what makes it possible for us to return to our heavenly Father once again. Show more Show less

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

Emily
Yes. I believe that God is the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Part of being the same God is that He works in the same ways. God has always used prophets, and so it makes sense to me that He would still be using prophets. The head of the Mormon Church is called a Prophet. No one picks him or votes for him, but God does call him and then we support him. He does lead our church today, just as Moses led the Israelites. This does NOT mean that God doesn't talk to me. The Holy Ghost still gives personal revelation to everyone who remains worthy since their baptism and who does the work to pay attention. But in addition to that, we have a prophet who does give us specific leadership, warnings, direction, and teaching as a whole church. These lessons we do try to apply in our individual lives. Show more Show less

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

Emily
We celebrate all the Christian holidays! Christmas, Easter, Birthdays! And we have fun, too! We also celebrate life, from new babies to those who have died (knowing they are in Heaven!). We try to dress modestly, always. Modest dress means showing respect for our bodies by keeping our skin covered up! We wear things that are knee length and have sleeves, and try to avoid things that are too short or too tight. For church, boys wear slacks and button-up shirts with sleeves. Girls wear skirts or dresses, knee length and with sleeves. Layers are fun! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Emily
This was weird for me at first, because no other church does work for the dead! So it seemed different to me, but I was surprised to read about it even in the New Testament! But it makes sense when you think about it from a mormon culture perspective, from the way we understand the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. When you get up in the morning, and go to work, and come home again - all that was, for you, one day. You are still you. We believe that we all were spirit beings already in Heaven, born to earth in our bodies (our lifetime of "work" now), and then go back to the spirit world - if we have accepted the plan of Christ, then to live in God's home again. But we are still the same spirits as before we were born here on Earth, and the same spirits as we are now while living on Earth this very lifetime. So there are some people that never got to hear about Jesus, or maybe lived before Temples were built again, people that have already gone from this life but still exist in the spirit world who want to do their work in the Temple. So we do it for them, to help them out. We do it "in proxy", meaning on behalf of someone who has died (so they cannot do it themselves). However, that does not FORCE anything on anyone - that person, that spirit, they still get to choose to accept or reject the work done for them. They still get to choose to believe or not. It only does the action on Earth for them; it does not make the choice for them. 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?

Emily
The Bible calls our bodies temples of God because our spirits live inside them, so they are a "house" for us, just like a Temple is "the house of the Lord". It is important to take care of our bodies for many reasons. First, because we are indebted to God for creating us. Also, because we are here for a purpose and cannot accomplish that purpose without our bodies. We also want to be functioning well so that we can do the things we are meant to do - work and play - in good and healthy ways so that we can continue functioning well. Also, because the Lord said so. And that should be good enough. Also, because we believe we will be resurrected when Christ comes again, and at that time our bodies and spirits will be reunited together. So that is something to look forward to with much respect and appreciation! 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?

Emily
Nope! The only restriction about who can join the Mormon Church is that you do the work to prepare! This is just so you know what choice you are making, and that you are aware of its importance and impact upon your life. The only restriction about who can have the priesthood is that they be worthy of it, for it means to do the work of God. Males get the formal kinds of Priesthood, because they have specific roles to fulfill. But women also are called to be like Christ and serve others. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Emily
A "testimony" is when you know something is true because the Holy Ghost has helped teach it to you, revealed it to you, or confirmed it to you. For example, if you believe in Jesus Christ, then you have a "testimony" of Christ. A testimony is a witness, just like in courts today. You can be a witness to that truth because you know it for yourself, and have experienced learning that lesson and seen what happened in your life. When you share the story of a specific truth and how it has applied in your life so that you know it to be true, then you are sharing your "testimony" of that truth. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Emily
The Book of Mormon is different than the Bible because it is another testament like there is the Old Testament and the New Testament, but it is the same because it is the same God inspiring what is written! At the end of the Old Testament times, there was a family in Jerusalem that left to travel to what is now called the Americas. They had part of the Old Testament, and brought it with them. This Jewish tradition - of keeping records of the families and the events of the Lord working in their lives - continued when the family traveled to the Americas. So just like the Old Testament is a record of the history of the people in that area, the Book of Mormon is a history of the family traveling to the Americas, and then what happened once they settled there. Like the Old Testament, these records were passed down through the families over time. So with the Book of Mormon, there was a man named Mormon who was named after a place, actually, where there was a river and people got baptized, and he consolidated these records into a "book". That is why it is called "the Book of Mormon". Show more Show less