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Hi I'm Angela

I'm a wife. I'm a college graduate. I'm a graphic designer and homemaker. I'm a Mormon and life is great.

About Me

I enjoy design, crafts, keeping house, games, computers, photography, music (I play the flute and piano), and my friends, but my husband tops the list! I married him in the temple in August 2010 so we can be a family for eternity. We're hoping to get him into grad school next fall.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it's true. It makes me happy. I don't know how people can live through hard times without the safety a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. There would be no hope for me or anyone without knowing all we do about the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ - our older brother and friend.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example to my friends, coworkers, fellow students, and everyone around me. No one should be able to say that because of the way I acted, the LDS faith must not be a good religion, because it is. Religion isn't something I have - it's something I DO, the way I live my life. It IS my life. I share inspiring blog posts I find on my Facebook page so others can see the good in the world. I attend church weekly. My husband and I pray as a family day and night. We read scriptures at night. I have my own personal prayers and scripture study, though sometimes I forget. I'm human and I'm improving. We try to go to the temple at least twice a month, since we are blessed to live close to one (more like 3, with 2 on the way). My husband and I teach the 4-year-olds in our ward. They're a cute bunch of boys (we have two 4-year-old classes because there are so many). Like most other women in the Church, monthly I do "visiting teaching" - visiting with other women in my local church group to teach and visit with them and offer my assistance when they are in need. I used to teach Relief Society, the women's group, once a month. I did indexing, which is typing up names from census records for family history work.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Angela
He has a body of flesh and bone, not flesh and blood like we who are mortal. He is a resurrected being. He is the Father of our spirits. He is the Father of Jesus Christ's spirit and body. He loves us and desperately wants us to return to Him, and so he gives us commandments that if we obey, will keep our lives in harmony with the gospel and we will be able to return to his glorious presence. He wants to bless us and looks for every opportunity to do so. It is up to us to live so we can claim the blessings He has in store for us. He, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost make up the Godhead; they are three distinct and separate beings, unified in purpose. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Angela
We are taught that "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear" (D&C 38:30). Things we aren't expecting do happen, often at inconvenient times. Partly for this reason we are encouraged to stay out of debt, keep a year's supply of food storage, and get an education. That way, we will have more financial, physical, and educational resources to help us after an emergency. ProvidentLiving.org can provide help and ideas. Show more Show less

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

Angela
Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, as it says in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." Parents, then, are responsible to raise the children they bring into the world. A home where children can learn the gospel, gain other education, and be provided with the necessities of life is the ideal. Many homes like this strengthen the communities they belong to and are a force for good in the world. Husbands are responsible for providing those basic necessities and wives are responsible for most of the child-rearing While in extreme cases these roles may have to be altered out of necessity, that is the ideal. Parents are also responsible to show their children by example what a loving, healthy, marital relationship looks like, since this is the most important relationship we will ever have, not counting our relationship with God. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Angela
In the legal world, a testimony is something a witness to a crime says that helps to provide facts on which to judge the case. Similarly, in the Church, a testimony is a statement of what we know to be true. In our church, you often hear people say "I know" instead of just "I believe" because they really do know what they talk about. When you have a question, if you pray, read your scriptures, fast, attend the temple, talk with people you trust, research, and do all the things necessary to help you answer the question, God will let you know the answer - if what you've been able to find out is true or if the answer is different. This is done by the Holy Ghost. When you feel good inside and just KNOW something is right and good, that is most likely the Holy Ghost bearing witness to you that the thing is good and right. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Angela
We go to church every week to pray, sing, study the scriptures, and learn from each other. This helps develop our testimonies and help strengthen others' testimonies. The most important reason we go to church is to take the sacrament, an ordinance about the Atonement. When we take the bread and water, we recommit to our baptismal and temple covenants to live righteously and follow the Savior. We go to the temple as often as we can to perform saving ordinances, like baptism, the endowment, and temple marriage for people who are dead that did not have the opportunity to do it for themselves when they were alive. This is why we do family history - so we have names of people and can keep track of records of who has had what ordinances done. Everyone needs these ordinances to be exalted in the Kingdom of God. Everyone gets to live forever, but only those who join the Church and have these ordinances done can achieve the fullest degree of eternal life and live in the presence of God. Isn't that wonderful?! Show more Show less

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

Angela
Absolutely. We don't just read the Book of Mormon or our other books, the Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. There is a scripture that says in the mouths of 2 or 3 witnesses shall all my word be established (Deuteronomy 19:15, Matthew 18:16). The Book of Mormon and Bible together are 2 witnesses of Jesus Christ. We need both. The stick of Judah mentioned in Ezekiel 37:19 is the Bible. The stick of Ephraim is the Book of Mormon. We need both. The Doctrine and Covenants are scripture revealed in the latter days, meaning during and after Joseph Smith's time. The Pearl of Great Price contains the writings of Moses and Abraham. A lot of plain and precious truths were lost from the Bible through its many translations, and when you compare the book of Moses with the book of Genesis, you can see where those truths have been restored. It's such a great blessing. 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?

Angela
No. I don't think there was ever a restriction on who could join the Church. There used to be a restriction on the Priesthood, but remember the history. We learn things line upon line, precept upon precept. The Church was restored in the 1800s when there was a lot of racial prejudice in the world still. The Church wasn't prejudiced, but if you try to teach people too many new things before they are ready, it won't go over well. When God felt the Church was ready to progress, He revealed that all worthy men could hold the Priesthood. Many of our worldwide leaders are of different races. Local leaders are, well, local. In Africa, you have mostly Black leaders. In Asia, they're Asian. God doesn't care what color your skin is or where you come from. He just wants you to live the gospel as best as you can. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Angela
We don't do it unless we absolutely have to and God says it's OK. Those cases could be if the mother was raped and it is too emotionally or physically dangerous for her, or in other cases where the health of the mother is seriously jeopardized, especially if she has other children to care for. However, abortion itself is a huge deal and a really hard thing to go through, no matter how valid the reason, and should be considered very carefully with a lot of prayer, fasting, and counsel from your church leaders and competent medical and psychological people. Show more Show less