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Hi I'm Colleen

My close friends and family call me Goo- it was my first word and Colleen is a hard name to remember.

About Me

I was born a free spirit to perfect parents. I have an amazing older sister who makes me look boring, and a little brother that used to rank on me in the 90's for doing yoga and now is a yogi master in Chino Hills, CA. I was married at the ripe old age of 29. Had a daughter at 35 and was divorced at 35 1/2. I learned that even when you do everything perfectly right, it can still go perfectly wrong. Being a single mom wasn't planned but life has a way of shaping our understanding through experiences. Every day is a gift, & the breath may start from a sigh, but it can end in a smile. My pride bubbles & reflects in my daughters eyes. My life's purpose has been beautifully carved through painful experiences that shaped insight & understanding that books can't teach. I am grateful for any suffering & agree with Eckhart's statement, "Suffering drives you deeper~ without suffering we are condemned to a shallow existence." Every day breathes hope into every thought and our faith steers the only course to our individual happy place. I've learned we can never find beauty & peace on earth~ without first accepting & embracing our own beauty & seeking our own inner peace. The only peace we will ever find~ is only in our peace of mind.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I never questioned anything my mom taught me. She would read scriptures to us and use our stuffed animals to act out the stories. She would always end every story on a cliffhanger to leave us dying for more. We went to church every Sunday, even on vacation. When I got older, I enjoyed visiting other churches and they were wonderful- but they failed to fill in the blanks. I don't believe God wants to be a mystery. I believe Jesus- when He promised 'ask, & it will be given-knock, & it will be answered unto you.' I love my church because I have found an answer to every single question I ever asked! Now with the Internet & resources from LDS.org- all mysteries are available to those who ask in faith. The truth is never contrary & despite human failings- the gospel is absolutely true!

How I live my faith

I am a Sunday School Gospel Doctrine Teacher. I fell in love with the New Testament on my IPod while doing some extreme gardening! I am ecstatic to learn so deeply about the Savior's life- with the added bonus of getting to share the treasures inside with the people I love the most. The church is organized so beautifully-Every movie and story seems to paint Jesus as a casual traveller. Wandering around in sandals saying "Peace" a lot. The reality of the detailed organization he strictly laid out has been perfectly reorganized in the structure of the LDS church. The reality of the Savior's love was perfectly reflected in his life & casts a shadow on every leader in our Gospel. I am amazed with every new insight & discovery- how they compliment each other in truths perfect light.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Colleen
The Savior. It's not a democracy. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Colleen
How do we come to know anyone? Spend time with them (in prayer). Read about them (study the scriptures). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Colleen
Because that's what Jesus taught. We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience not earthly beings having a spiritual experience. . Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Colleen
Yes Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Colleen
1. Heavenly Father 2. Jesus Christ and His atonement 3. Church Leaders & confirmation through the Holy Ghost 4. Ourselves and abilities Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Colleen
Jesus said we have to be baptized to get into heaven... The concept isn't new. Paul even mentions it in 1 Corinthians as he teaches about the resurrection. We provide tickets for those who never got a chance to buy one What do Mormons believe about the nature of God? God is perfect, all wise, and all-powerful; the ruler of the universe. He is also merciful, kind, and just. He is our Father in Heaven. We are created in His image He has a body that looks like ours, but God’s body is immortal, perfected, and has a glory that words can’t describe. Because we are His children, He knows and loves each of us individually. He has a plan to help His children find joy in this life and return to live with Him when this life is over. He is like most parents...Happy when we listen and play nice, upset when we don't. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Colleen
The inhabitants that came by boat from Jerusalem around 600 B.C. Passed down for generations written in reformed egyptian on gold plates. Mormon is the guy who condensed all the years of plates. Mormon is Moroni's dad. Moroni is the guy on the temple. 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?

Colleen
Moroni the actual person that buried them showed Joseph where HE put them. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Colleen
Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Colleen
The same thing that Moses' and Jesus' temples were used for. More covenants- more knowledge- bond families through "death do us part" Show more Show less

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

Colleen
The Book of Mormon was the record of the people in ancient America. Mormon was the man who condensed the records of the people who came from Jerusalem 600BC. He was AWESOME and so was his son Moroni. (the gold statue on the temples) Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Colleen
Of course, it's been proven by Historians and experts of all shapes and sizes. No faith is necessary where knowledge is present- but if you don't have a historian handy you will need to read about it yourself and pray to get your own answer. Truth is universal and can not be denied. Show more Show less

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

Colleen
Since the fall of Adam and Eve the bridge back to Heaven was destroyed. Jesus built us a bridge to get back home. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Colleen
A 14 year old boy who just wanted to know what church to join. He didn't ask to be persecuted for years, he didn't ask to watch his family suffer. To watch his wife miscarry and his children die. He was forced to move and fight for freedom of speech and religion. He didn't ask for glory, he didn't ask for the pain as the tar pealed off layers of his skin. If he wasn't translating or teaching, he would be found playing with the children. He was a man given the great undertaking of restoring our Saviors gospel. He was just a man who feared God more than man. He was chosen by our Savior and lead by the spirit. He was a man of conviction, with the strongest of character. He was scorned by followers as being "too lighthearted for a Prophet of God". He was tortured and persecuted for religion and beliefs in a land with the constitution stating 'freedom of religion... He was...he is my personal hero. Show more Show less

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

Colleen
As far as it is translated corectly... Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Colleen
Not only Mormons are asked. Its in Malachi in the Bible. We are all told to pay tithing. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Colleen
Church is open to everyone every Sunday. The Temple is only for worthy members. Show more Show less

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

Colleen
That's a crazy question...We can't be categorized. Of course we believe in equality- if we didn't it would be an organization full of men. Like the Masons. Are men jealous of women having babies? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Colleen
He is like most parents...Happy when we listen and play nice, upset when we don't. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Colleen
We go back home. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Colleen
Just ask me... I will tell you! But as I tell my daughter... "Opinions are exactly like armpits... Everyone has one & most of them stink." That's why we are encouraged to pray and get our own answer. I already know what your answer will be... but you have to get your own! Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

Colleen
There are only 2 possible churches that have the Priesthood. The authority to act in the name of God. (*baptisms, power to heal, judge, forgive, bless and pass the sacrament, preach the gospel.) All other religions are break offs of these. Catholics believe that the 'Priesthood Power' was continued by Peter. That he was able to pass it along before he died. We believe Peter was unable to do so. Priesthood authority and keys to the Kingdom of God were lost & there had to be a restoration. Priesthood authority can only be given by the laying on of hands by one who has it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Colleen
We are just following the Savior. Remember that's what He did. We just wear suits and black name tags-or bake cookies & take them to our neighbors. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Colleen
Stop feeding the beast... The mind is insatiable and will never be full. The only road any addiction leads to is empty, alone, & unhappy. Show more Show less