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Hi I'm Hilary

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

Among other things, I am a hiker, a lover of literature and a knitter. I like to be involved with helping people, so I Iike to find volunteer opportunities that give me a chance to serve and learn new things. My last adventure in volunteerism was working at a bike "kitchen," learning to build and repair bicycles, and then teaching others to do the same. Currently I'm recovering from a bike accident (cars, please share the road!) but I look forward to finding a new project and way to serve. I'd like to travel and do humanitarian work in another country; I think that would be an awesome way to see the world!

Why I am a Mormon

In high school I was friends with a few Mormons, and I was always impressed with them. When one of them sent missionaries to me, I was open to listening because I knew that they were good people, and I knew they knew their religion. As I listened to the missionaries, I gained a testimony that the things they told me were true. This came by feeling and by understanding. The gospel they taught felt familiar and it made sense to be in ways that other religious doctrines had not. I had heard a lot of negative things about Mormons, too, but as I learned more, those misconceptions were done away, and I could see this gospel for what it is, which is truth. As I live it I discover more and more of who I am as an individual and daughter of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving my family, even though they don't hold the same beliefs. I life my faith my loving others, by serving in my community, by taking care of my body (which is a gift from God), by learning, by teaching, by sharing my beliefs, by trying to do good wherever I see an opportunity, by choosing happiness, and by enjoying the beautiful world my father in Heaven has given us!

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is "the Lord's Law of Heath." There are a few things you need to know about us to understand it. One, we believe in continuing revelation that a prophet today can receive revelation for the Church and the world. Two, that we believe that our bodies are a part of our eternal identity they are a gift from God and sacred. The first prophet of the Restored church, Joseph Smith, received revelation that we should treat our bodies with respect, and gave us some specific guidelines. Eat healthfully, sleep well not too little or too much, and abstain from substances that can be addictive or harmful, such as alcohol and coffee. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

In Jesus Christ, the Savior in God, our Heavenly Father, who loves us, knows us, will listen to us, and help us to understand the plan for our lives and in the Holy Ghost who comforts us, gives us direction and helps us communicated with God. Together, they form the Godhead, as it is called in LDS theology. I think we also need to have faith in ourselves we are children of God, and it is important to know that and have confidence that we can accomplish our goals, be happy and do much good in this world. Show more Show less

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

A lot like other people. Family is very important to us, so we try to make time for family. We have jobs, families, and a huge variety of interests and talents. We try to serve in our communities. We go to Church on Sundays, and often have other meetings during the week, especially for youth programs like Scouts. I think we aren't that different from other people, really. We try to do things that are good, that keep us uplifted, that strengthen us, our families and our communities. We are sometimes described as "peculiar" because we do tend to stand out. There are somethings that most practicing, active Latter-day Saints choose not to do, like drink alcohol or shop on Sundays or live with a romantic partner before marriage. Our values are very strong, and they motivate us to make sacrifices that may seem unnecessary or old fashioned to others, but we believe in honoring the sabbath, keeping our minds and bodies pure, and reserving intimacy for our husbands and wives. Sometimes, these things can be hard to do with so many voices in the media and amongst our peers telling everyone to do whatever they want, whenever they want, but in my experience, true happiness comes from doing what you know to be right, even if it requires a little sacrifice. I have more peace, confidence and happiness as I know that I'm following in the Savior's footsteps. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yep. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

We believe baptism is a necessary ordinance, as Christ taught and exemplified with his own baptism. We believe that it must be performed with authority, meaning by a person that God accepts as a representative, who has been given the responsibility and authority to perform baptisms and other sacred ordinances. When Christ was baptized, he sought out his cousin John the baptist to perform the ordinance. He did this because John was an authorized servant of the Lord. Similarly, we believe that we need to find an authorized servant of the Lord to perform baptisms today. Fortunately, in our time, there are lots priesthood holders who can perform a baptism. We believe that the same priesthood which existed in the Bible was restored in the early 1800's, and is still available to us today. Show more Show less