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Hi I'm Lacey Rae

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Lacey Rae and I've lived in Utah most of my life. I've been a Mormon since I was 8 years old. I am now a couple of decades older and have come to depend on my Savior's love more than ever. I have a severe mental illness which began with postpartum depression after my second child. As I have struggled to stay alive and find new meaning in my life I have lost almost everything dear to me. My husband and I choose to give our kids up for adoption because we were unable to give the nurturing, loving environment that our beautiful boys deserved, and that we wanted them to have. Most of my family and friends to not understand that mental illness is just that an illness much like cancer. The "snap out of it" or "buck up" concept is something that I hear frequently. The only thing that has kept me from doing something I could never take back, and would forever regret is my testimony in the atonement and the love that the Savior has for me.

Why I am a Mormon

Knowing that the church of Jesus Christ is true. That it has once again been restored to the earth is and has been an incredible blessing in my life. I do not have a miraculous conversion story like some do. My faith and knowledge of the gospel has come slowly. Step by step. By doing the things the Lord has commanded, by taking the challange of the prophets to read the Book of Mormon, to study it, to pray about it I have come to know for myself that it is true. That Heavenly Father is our Father much like our fathers here on earth. The difference being that He is perfect. That His love is perfect. I have felt His love. There are some who may think because I have a mental illness that I can not feel or understand the spirit. I can testify to you that, that is incorrect. I may have to look deeper or listen more carefully but still am able to feel that undeniable love and peace that only the Savior can bring into my troubled mind and soul. The love that I have felt, the compassion that He has, has given me the strength that I have needed to stay alive. He gives me hope that I can hold on. That my heartache, that my trails will not be in vain. That I can not only survive with my mental illness, but that I can thrive.

How I live my faith

Right now because of a recent move I do not hold a calling in the church. I am more quiet right now in my faith than i have been in the past. I try to participate where I can whether its making comments in class, or offering a pray. I enjoy very much going to the temple and doing work for those who are no longer able to do so for themselves.

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?

Lacey Rae
Men and woman have different responsibilites. The man has the responsibility of holding the priesthood and using those keys given to them in righteousness. Woman have another kind of responsibility that of bareing and rearing children. They are both incredible responsibilities and both are respected for the part that they play in the Plan of Salvation. Women have many callings that are the same as men who hold the priesthood, though there are some differences. Women can and do go on missions. Women can and do hold leadership positions in the church. Woman are a beautiful piece of the puzzle that is needed in this incredible plan of our Heavenly Parent's. Not having the responsibility of holding the priesthood does not make woman weaker or less worthy. Each of us, man and woman have a sacred roll like our Heavenly Parents that is not talked of much, but is essential just the same. 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?

Lacey Rae
All worthy members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can go into the temples. To become worthy there are steps that need to be taken. Much like in school you first learn the basics in math: add, subtract, etc before you can learn or are ready to learn algebra. Every person who takes those steps and are worthy get that oportunity if they chose. It does not matter ethnic, race, etc. We are all God's children, we all can recieve the blessings of the temple. There are things that are sacred in the temple not secret, once again all who take the steps necessary may recieve those blessings. The temple is where sealings/marriages are taken place. Where a man and a woman can be sealed/married for eternity not just until death do you part. The beautiful thing about that is any children that this man and worman bring into the world are also given the blessing of being sealed as a family to the parents and any other siblings for eternity. In the temple there is work done for those who have passed on. baptisms, endownments, and sealings. We do this work for those who have passed on but that does not mean that those people who we have done the work for will have to accept the work that was done for them. They are given the opportunity to choose whether or not that want they want to be baptized and so forth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lacey Rae
It gives hope to those still here on the earth and also for those who have passed on. Our Heavenly Father is loving and fair. He is not going to punish His children because of being ignorant of the truthfulness of the gospel. He wants us to succeed. He wants us to be happy. So our kind, lovely Heavenly Father has given those who have passed on another chance to choose whether or not they would like to accept the work that we are able to preform in the temple here on earth. We(as worthy Latter-Day Saints) are just given the opportunity to help Heavenly Father in His wonderful plan of happiness. Show more Show less