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Hi I'm Josie

I have always lived in Scotland, have three teenage kids and I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a divorced mother of three teenage children. My youngest child has Aspergers Syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder). I am a stay at home mother. I worked for many years in the UK National Health Service, only giving up work following my divorce and difficulties with childcare. I am a keen gardener and homemaker. I love genealogy and family activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to LDS in 2008. My daughter had been attending her best friend's Family Home Evening (an evening dedicated to family activities that revolve around the Gospel). She had also been to Church with them a few times and attended her friend's baptism. The missionaries brought a copy of the Book of Mormon and a little gift for my daughter's 14th birthday and I read the Book and followed the advice given in both Moroni and James 1:5 and prayed to know the truth of this Book. As a result of this I truly believe that this is another Testament of Jesus Christ, that we have a Prophet on the earth today, Thomas S Monson, and that these truths were restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

I love all the activities associated with my faith. The Sabbath is my favourite day of the week when the whole day is devoted to the Lord's work and we have the opportunity through partaking of the Sacrament to renew our Covenants with the Lord. I have held a few callings in the church, RS Secretary, Nursery Leader and at the moment serve as YW President. I love working with the children and youth in the Church, they are so spiritual and eager to learn of the Saviour. Together with a companion I also visit a few of the sisters of the ward once a month to offer any help or service and to bring a scriptural message. While the Sabbath is my favourite day of the week, living my faith is a full time 24/7 undertaking to follow the Saviour's teachings and to keep his commandments, to be an example to others so that they too can come unto Christ.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Josie
The very simple answer to this is that it was commanded by God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Josie
Church services are wonderful spiritual occasions. Dependent on the location, they vary slightly. In my Ward it starts with Relief Society for the sisters, Priesthood for the men; we also have a Primary section for children of Primary age, a nursery for the toddlers, Young Men and Young Women sessions - these are all held in separate areas. The second session is Sunday School (separated by age categories; adult, young men and women and primary. The final section is the Sacrament meeting which consists of opening prayer, hymns, sacrament followed by three speakers, closing hymn and closing prayer. All three of these sessions last approximately 1 hour. Some wards/branches spread these sessions throughout the day and might have a morning session and then an early evening one. Visitors are most welcome at Church meetings and therefore you would definately be able to attend one. You can find your local chapel at http://www.mormon.org by selecting the chapel locator option. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Josie
We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as "Mormons" because of the Book of Mormon. We are followers of our Saviour Jesus Christ and having faith in Christ will follow his example and continue his good works to our fellow man; its rather like when, as a child, you are taught by your parents right from wrong, good behaviour from bad and manners instead of ignorance and you develop your character based on their teachings. As children of God, we follow his example and that of the only begotten son of God, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Josie
The Relief Society is the sisterhood of the Church which was founded by Joseph Smith in 1842 to provide relief for the poor and needy and to save souls. Today the sisterhood of Church serve the members and the local communities by supporting the priesthood of the Church in their callings and missionary work, by doing service for their brothers and sisters and the wider community and tending to the needs of those who are going through difficult times. The motto of Relief Society is "Charity Never Faileth". Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Josie
The Prophet today is Thomas S Monson. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Josie
We believe that baptism is an essential ordinance. Christ was baptised by John the Baptist to set an example to us; basically it was one of the teachings of Christ. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Josie
The blessings of being guided in our lives by the counsel of Heavenly Father, the Saviour, the Holy Ghost, the Prophets and Apostles of the Lord. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Josie
I would have to say that all of the Saviour's teachings have an influence on my life; no matter what is going on in your life there is a message from the Saviour to help you through it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Josie
We do this for those that have passed before hearing the Gospel; but it is still up to the individual for whom the baptism is performed to accept or reject the baptismal covenant undertaken for them. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Josie
We believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman. The Lord's command to "go forth and multiply" cannot be achieved in a same sex relationship and is therefore unbiblical. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Josie
I think you just have to look around you at the beauty and marvelous things that surround us, the sky, the stars at night, the sun and moon, flowers and animals, the changing seasons and the miracle of life. The blessings you receive in your life when you pray to the Lord and follow the commandments and the teachings of the Saviour to the best of your ability, the little thoughts that pop into your head unexpectedly that guide you in the right direction. All of this and much more tell me that there is indeed a God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Josie
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We believe he was a Prophet of God who did a great work guided by the Lord in restoring the fulness of the Gospel to the earth in this dispensation. Show more Show less

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?

Josie
Through revelation in Doctrine and Covenants the Lord commanded that women would support the priesthood and provide the caring, nurturing services in the Church and while there are no female priesthood holders there are female missionaries who preach the gospel and bring souls to Christ. Women also teach in Sunday School and hold other teaching positions in the Church, they offer prayers at Sacrament meetings and give talks from the pulpit. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Josie
Very simply by setting a good example, by being diligent in the activities undertaken by their children and themselves and keeping communication channels open with their children and encouraging open and frank discussions on their activities and who they associate with. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Josie
The Church is organised according to the pattern revealed by the Lord in Ephesians 4:11-13 "And he gave some apostles' and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." We believe that God would not give to some of his children that which was given to others, God has given us a Prophet on the earth today and Apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers to guide and counsel us in these difficult times. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Josie
It is the view of the Church that abortion is contrary to the Commandment "Thou shalt not kill" and we are counselled not to take this route. There are of course, exceptional circumstances such as a pregnancy being the result of rape or incest or when the life or health of the mother is judged to be in serious jeoparty or the foetus has severe defects that would result in failure to survive beyond birth. This of course has to be judged by the relevant competent authority on the matter (medical). The Church does everything it can to support anyone either in the circumstances where abortion is defined as necessary or when they proceed with pregnancy and opt to either raise the child themselves or go down the route of adoption. The Church does have a Family Services unit that facilitates adoption. Show more Show less

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

Josie
You can look on the website http://www.lds.org or http://www.mormon.org where you can request a free copy of the Book of Mormon and also speak live online to missionaries. There is also a chapel locator which will give you the nearest Church to your location where you can attend on a Sunday and speak to the Bishop, missionaries or local members. Show more Show less