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Hi I'm Ailene

I'm a wife, mother, hobby chef, canner, science enthusiast, and zealous genealogist! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom of 5 young children. I love to bake and cook. I enjoy volunteering my time and talents for the Church as a genealogy consultant and also helping my children with their schoolwork! In my free time, I am enjoying learning about quantum physics and the science of energy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but chose to remain a member after a powerful experience when I was 17-years old. I had read the Book of Mormon and I prayed to God to know if it was true. After praying, I felt an overwhelmingly happy and peaceful feeling. I know that the Book of Mormon is true because of that experience.

How I live my faith

In my congregation, I am a genealogy consultant! I help others learn how to trace and document their family history. I also have a short list of women that another woman and I are assigned to check up on regularly to provide friendship and support, and to serve them when needed. There are a couple women that visit me as well. It's comforting to us, as women, to know that we always have someone looking out for us!

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is an individual congregation. If the congregation is small, it is referred to as a "branch." Several congregations in the same area comprise what is called a "stake." The structure is similar to a school district. A ward or branch could be considered a school, and several of them would comprise a district, or stake. Show more Show less

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

One of the things that tells me that there is a God is my body. My bodies is amazing. I can do so many things, and when it are injured, it can heal itself. I also know that there is a God when I am struggling. When I pray for strength, I find that I can do hard things! I know that God helps me through difficult times. Show more Show less

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

As Mormons, we believe that everyone should be responsible for themselves and their families. If an emergency happens, we want our families to be comfortable and taken care of. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. The ancient prophets, such as Moses, Abraham, and Ezekiel, each had the priesthood. We believe that the priesthood may be conferred upon a man by God through someone who already possesses the priesthood. They lay their hands upon the head of the person receiving the priesthood, and, in the name of God, bestow the priesthood upon that man. Any worthy member of the Church may receive the priesthood. In Christ's day, Jesus Christ, his twelve Apostles, and John the Baptist held the priesthood. It was lost from this world when the apostles died. In 1829, the angels, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and restored priesthood authority to the Earth. The priesthood has been passed down by the "laying on of hands", and is still on the Earth today. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. The 4th President of the Church, Wilford Woodruff, received a revelation from God concerning plural marriage, and subsequently declared a discontinuation of this practice in 1890. Show more Show less

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of the Church. We have a few nicknames by which we are known, such as Latter-day Saints, LDS, and Mormons. The name Mormon comes from an prophet-historian by the same name that lived around 333 B.C. Mormon compiled the plates that Joseph Smith translated into the book that is now known as "The Book of Mormon." Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe The Book of Mormon to be the Word of God, as is the Bible. Belief in the Bible is common among Christians, but not belief in the Book of Mormon. It is our unique belief in The Book of Mormon that causes some to call us Mormons. Show more Show less