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Hi I'm Candace

Recently returned to Arizona after our fun dental school years! Raising 4 energetic little ones. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am so grateful to be married to a man who treats me like a queen! He worked SO hard to get through dental school and he is finally finished! I feel blessed to be home, full time, to raise my four young children. I love being silly with my fun kids and I just might sing silly songs to them more than I actually talk to them. :) I am passionate about beautiful music; it feeds my soul! I love reading stuff that makes me think, want to become a better person and will improve the fun, happiness and health of my family. I am fascinated by the human body and mind. I especially love everything to do with pregnancy, child birth and parenting. I am a postpartum depression survivor and am passionate about raising awareness about it. I CRAVE fun conversation with good girl friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very blessed to have been born to parents who were faithful members of the Mormon church and who raised me to also be faithful through their testimony. I am also grateful, however, that I was able to choose to gain my OWN testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through my own personal study of the scriptures, prayer and pondering of the truths I have learned. I have asked my Father in Heaven if what I learned as a child from my parents and church leaders was true. He has answered my prayers by giving me the most peaceful feelings in my heart and mind. He has also blessed my life ABUNDANTLY as I have "experimented" upon what He has asked me to do. As I have obeyed his commandments, He has blessed my life. This reaffirms to me that He is real, He knows me and has a plan for my life. Some of the truths I have come to personally know are true are that Joseph Smith was, in fact, a prophet chosen by God to restore Christ's church to the earth again; the Book of Mormon is the word of God; we have a prophet on the earth TODAY; that family relationships can last FOREVER and not just 'til death; that Christ lived and died for me and for everyone that has ever lived on this earth; that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I can repent and keep trying to come closer to him.

How I live my faith

I love being involved in anything musically related and being a member of the Mormon church gives me LOTS of opportunities! I am always happy to help with anything musical in the church. Currently I volunteer my time as the secretary of our women's organization, called the "Relief Society." Our president is one busy lady! I do my best to make her BIG job a little easier...I hope anyway. :) There are three ladies within our congregation that myself and another gal are assigned to keep focused, monthly contact with, just to make sure they are doing well and to help where ever I can. I have loved becoming their friends! I also live my faith by praying daily and studying the scriptures, both on my own and with my family. We also hold a weekly "Family Home Evening" where we give a short gospel-related lesson (four little ones don't go for anything but short at this point :), sing songs, play games and have a treat together. This weekly practice does wonders in strengthening our family and gives us opportunities to have important discussions with our children. Attending the temple is one of my favorite ways to live my faith. I don't get to go as often as I would like but when I do it is heavenly.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Candace
A prophet of Ancient America, named Mormon, was called by God to compile or abridge all the writings of previous Ancient American prophets, engraving them upon a set of golden plates. Through revelation from God Mormon included what was most important for us, in modern days, to learn from those prophets. Mormon added his own remarks throughout his compilation. Mormon's son, Moroni, finished abridging the writings after his father died and was commanded by God to bury the gold plates in a specific place. Joseph Smith was directed by God in finding these plates and was given divine help in translating them into English. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Candace
Mormons do not currently practice polygamy. God did ask the early members of the church to practice it. He also asked Old Testament prophets, such as Jacob (Israel) and Abraham to practice it. It is an eternal principal. God's principals do not change but God can decide when and how he will utilize them. I can think of one example that illustrates this idea: The United States Draft or Selective Service, is used in the military in times of need. The laws or "principals" of the draft are always there but aren't utilized at this time. Should our country need it, however, those laws are already in place and could be put to use. This is how I view polygamy. God needed the early members of the church to practice polygamy at that time to help build the membership of the church. Show more Show less

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

Candace
Mormon women are not cut with a "cookie cutter"! We are different in our backgrounds, education, work status, personalities, interests, political views, etc. We are, however, united in our desire to follow Christ to the best of our abilities, strengthen our homes and families and look to the needs of those around us. As far as our "equality" with men we absolutely believe that we are equal in our value and worth in the sight of God and in this world. We also believe that God has given men and women unique but complimentary attributes and roles. Show more Show less

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

Candace
We are human and WILL and DO make mistakes. There is NO way for us to be perfect on our own. If we want to live with our Father in Heaven again someday, though, we have to be totally clean and pure. This is where Christ steps in as our Savior: He paid the price for our sins. He took upon him our "debt" of sin. He just asks us to do our very best to follow Him and in return he grants us Eternal Life. Pretty good "deal", if you ask me. :) Show more Show less