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Hi I'm Dina

Born in France. Originally from Madagascar. Lives in Sweden. I'm a wife, a mother, a daughter of God... And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I usually describe myself as a cross-cultural woman, finding herself often in-between South and North, East and West... Married and mother of two wonderful children, I work in an international organization to help young researchers in the developing countries strengthen their scientific capacity. I am interested in issues of development in Sub-saharan Africa and Madagascar especially women's empowerment, leadership in families and children's effective education. I'm an agronomist with advanced specialization in commercial horticulture and development studies. I have worked within retail customer service and greenhouse production management in England and Sweden. At home I love making home videos, taking photos, blogging, online social networking and learning about the Gospel through different media - documentaries, Christian/inspiration books, films etc. I love singing and dancing and talking about life, relations... I speak English, French, Swedish and Malagasy. 

Why I am a Mormon

This faith is just great!!! It demands a lot, I mean a lot from you, but it's great!!! By the way I don't really like the term "Mormon". I think it is a label that tries to put you in an identity mold you need to conform to. But it is not "being Mormon" that is great but belonging to the Church which Christ himself is leading that is great. The resources and activities therein are super. The Church organization is perfect I would say OK still got some issues about why women cannot perform certain tasks in church l, the Gospel is like living and incessant fresh water... I love it. And receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism by the authorized priesthood of God is truly a blessing. And of course, the basic and obvious... the Truth is there. 

How I live my faith

"I'm trying to be like Jesus, I'm following in his way, I'm trying to love as he did in all that I do and say..." This is really my guiding words on how I live my faith. Most of it happens at home where I'm trying to be an example for my children and a gracious wife to my husband. At work and in society, I'm always trying to have the attitude of "what can I do to help" and share the light I have. In church, I prepared and taught the Gospel and songs to the children and helped in leading the children's meeting. Coming to church is a big part of me living my faith. The talks and the testimony of others renew and inspire me all the time to be a better person and remind me that we are to have joy. I believe in the goodness in people even if they do (including myself) less than righteous things... I believe that is how Jesus is... The song continues... At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice, but I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,“Love one another as Jesus loves you, try to show kindness in all that you do, be gentle and loving in deed and in thought, for these are the things Jesus taught"...

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

I understand Mormonism as the doctrine taught in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has to do with the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness in this latter days. As "Mormons" we treasure and try to apply the teachings of Christ and like many Christians we try to live the Gospel by living Christ-like and centered lives. Like our fellow Christians, the central part of our faith is the life, teaching and mission of Jesus Christ. That he lived and died for us, he took on himself our hardships and sins, to redeem us and save us by his infinite grace. He resurrected from the death so that we all can live again. The gospel Restoration adds to this after-life reality. It teaches us additional things about our eternal progression and exhalation. The Restoration came through Joseph Smith. We believe he was a Prophet of God and thus received many revelations on how to lead the people of the Church and how to be a Saint in this latter days. Mormons believe that Christ actually is the one leading the Church through his modern Prophets - the President of the Church-, the apostolic ministry and local bishoprics. That all worthy men receive the holy Priesthood for blessing others is one of those things that have been restored and such a blessing. We all make up and participate in the Church's preaching, service and activities - men, women, youth and children. We believe that eternity is not about the here and after life but about our earthly life, our pre-mortal existence and our life here after. Some modern revelations such as our pre-mortal condition, the nature of the Godhead, the understanding of immortality vs eternal life etc. give us a better perspective of Heavenly Father's plan... it is quite different from the concept of heaven-and-hell in mainstream Christianity which caught my interest. Show more Show less

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

I have seen Mormon families on four continents and I can say that like many Christians, Mormons tries to live clean and Christ-centered lives doing good in the community, valuing family highly, praying individually or with the family, reading and studying the Scriptures... There is a Utahn Mormon way of life which is very different from a Swedish, French or Malagasy Mormon way of life... Local culture still defines very much how Mormon lives. But one day in the week, Mormons families try to hold a family time with activities and short gospel teaching. Mormons go to Church for three hours three different meetings on Sunday and probably has a responsibility in the meetings. I'm not sure if it's specific to the Mormons but we can have a lot of fun without drinking...   Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

A cult or a sect ...for the matter... and I guess it is somehow associated with something "strange" or even "dangerous" maybe? I guess... 1 it's because it is not among the mainstream yet... but we keep on shining the light and this misconception will change sooner than later 2 We do sacrifice much as Mormons - not only one-tenth of our income, but all the time we consecrate for Church life and activity. Yes we are very "churchy" and thus "odd" people fervent about our faith... And of course, adds to the peculiarity that "as Mormons.. we can't" do and participate in many things. what some don't know maybe is that we don't feel it as sacrifice at all, and we actually have a lot of fun! 3 I think some people think we worship the Prophet Joseph Smith, which we don't. We worship God the Father. We just need to continue to put the records straight gently I guess... 4 The stories of Mormons polygamists communities are still making the headlines in the medias... Aah this is a tough one since we are not totally dissociated to them by history, though they have nothing to do with the LDS Church... And yes, many think we are still at least the Americans polygamists... Again we need to set the records straight again and again... 5 Because of the Book of Mormon. Some won't accept that this is the word of God, literally another testament of Jesus Christ.   Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

I really hope not!!! It is official doctrine that whoever practices it will be excommunicated from the Church... but if it happens still or that people believe in it in the US... I cannot say. I must admit I don't really understand how and why the practice was allowed by God some hundred years ago... Show more Show less