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Hi I'm Ciera

I'm a professional photographer. I'm an event planner. I love to dance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Dallas, TX with my three siblings and a dog. I absolutely love to dance, especially in the kitchen or around our apartment! Growing up though, I did Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, and a little bit of tap. I got married to my cute hubby in December 2009 and we are having a great time living in D.C. now. I currently attend the Washington DC School of Photography. I also work for a political fundraising group. My hubby and I love to read books, go running, play tennis, and most importantly, play old school games like Trouble, Othello, and Sorry. 

Why I am a Mormon

I guess you could say that I'm a 'second generation' Mormon. My dad's family joined the church when he was growing up and my mom was adopted into an LDS family. I think knowing that my life could have been a lot different if those fairly recent events didn't happen is a major factor in why I appreciate my faith so much. For me, its not just a family tradition...something I am apart of because its what everyone else is doing. For me, being Mormon has sustained me through the thick and the thin--always drawing me closer to Jesus Christ. I know that the teachings, values, and standards are true and are what the Lord needs his children to know during this turbulent time in the world. It changes us from the inside out. I am a Mormon because I feel a sense of belonging and purpose here. I know that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me even more so, I know that He has a plan for me. I know that the plan He has for me is better than anything I could plan for myself it is only possible through what the fullness of the gospel, found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has to offer. I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ, lives. I know that He is God's son. I know that they want me to be happy. I know that they have given us prophets today to lead and guide us. I know that the prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, is the Lords mouthpiece, and that I can draw closer to Christ by following what he and the apostles say. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ. I know that it is a true book--meaning that it was written by prophets and teaches me what to do to come unto Christ. I know that it compliments the Bible. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet of God who restored Christ's church--the same church organized by Christ in His day. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the Spirit of God. I know that families can be together forever and that death is not the end. I know that I can be happy in this life through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, even through hard times. For these reasons, and many more, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to internalize my beliefs and live them. I take what I know and try to serve those in my community with it. Whether this be visiting a neighbor, calling someone in need, giving service, or encouraging others, it makes me happy. At church I help with the missionary efforts in our congregation by answering questions people might have, welcoming them, and just being a friend. I also help in the 'primary' the children's Sunday School with the 3 and 4 year olds. More recently, I have been helping the young women 12-18 prepare for girls camp. Each day, I try to be more like Christ though prayer, scripture study, and acting on faith. I know I am far from perfect, but I try to live what I love which is God and my faith.

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

Ciera
Contact the Mormon missionaries through mormon.org. There are links that take you there and there are missionaries you can chat with online as well. Also, ask a friend! If you know your friend is a Mormon, do not be shy or embarrassed. We love to share our faith and would be more than willing to talk to you or help you get in contact with some Mormon missionaries white shirt, tie, helmet and all.  Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Ciera
President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. He is pure and full of love. He is an example to me of how Christ lived His life. He is always serving other people, especially those who go unnoticed, such as widows. I know he is a true prophet of God because of his "fruits."  Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ciera
Mormons do not practice polygamy. We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. Was there a time that Mormons did practice polygamy? Yes. Was it about having a lot of wives? No. Was it to populate? No. So why? see Official Church Stance on FAQ Mormon.org Do Mormons practice polygamy anymore? No. Why? Because God commanded it.  Show more Show less

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

Ciera
Mormons live fun, active lives. We are your everyday teenagers. We are your everyday moms and dads trying to raise good virtuous children. We value education and hard work. We play sports and have lots of fun activities together. We serve others. We laugh and play and go to the movies. We read books. We have good clean wholesome fun. Mormons live just like any good citizen should live. Wholesome. Pure. Patriotic. Loyal. Friendly. Selflessly. Service Centered.   Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Ciera
Baptism is a beautiful ordinance outward physical act showing an inner commitment/covenant with God. Baptism is essential and absolutely necessary for the eternal salvation of each soul As Jesus taught. It must have a couple components. 1 AUTHORITY-each person must be baptized by an individual who has true authority priesthood from God that has a direct line all the way back to Christ. It is a physical authorization. 2 IMMERSION-baptism must be by immersion for that is how Christ was baptized. 3 ACCOUNTABILITY-the person being baptized must be making the decision themselves. It is a covenant between the individual and God. Nobody else. For that reason, along with others, we do not practice INFANT baptism. For if infants die, Christ's grace, love, and atonement cover them. That is why Mormons baptize their new members. So they can become clean from their sins, make a covenant with God, and receive the ordinance by an authorized servant. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Ciera
Baptism is a beautiful ordinance outward physical act showing an inner commitment and covenant with God. Baptism is essential and absolutely necessary for the eternal salvation of each soul As Jesus taught. It must have a couple components. 1 AUTHORITY-each person must be baptized by an individual who has true authority, or the priesthood, from God. This priesthood has a direct line all the way back to Christ. It was lost after Christs apostles died but was restored in these days to Joseph Smith. It is a physical authorization. 2 IMMERSION-baptism must be by immersion for that is how Christ was baptized. 3 ACCOUNTABILITY-the person being baptized must be making the decision themselves. It is a covenant between the individual and God. Nobody else. For that reason, along with others, we do not practice infant baptism. We believe children are accountable once they are 8 years old. If infants die, Christ's grace, love, and atonement covers them.   Show more Show less