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Hi I'm Vanessa

I live in California, I'm a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up with six brothers helped me learn to love camping and being outdoors, which was the initial connection between myself and my husband. I finished college and grad school before we met, and am now supporting him as he works on his Master's degree. Whenever we can we take a break and escape to nature - hiking, camping, surfing, or rock climbing.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it's true! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches the Savior's true gospel, and living it - though not easy - brings me peace and joy. I know who I am, I know my purpose in life, and I know that EVERYTHING that I have, am, or will experience is due to my Heavenly Father's great love for me. I know He is there. I know He loves each of us, and I know He has given us this gospel to lead us home to Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith throughout my daily life - not just on Sundays! Throughout the week I try to follow the Savior's example of loving and serving others. I visit women in my congregation, attend activities, and participate in a book club with other sisters from church. On Sundays I lead the hymns in our general worship meeting, as well as being involved in the leadership of my congregation's women's group. In our women's class I help our teachers if they need it, sometimes I help with the music, and every once in a while I get the chance to teach.

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?

Women don't hold the priesthood because the Lord has directed that it be given only to worthy men. Nevertheless, women in the Church most definitely DO act in leadership roles. In a church of unpaid clergy, many important things would go undone without the help of the sisters. Each local congregation has a women's group. The president of this group works closely with the bishop (like a pastor or priest) to meet members' spiritual, physical, emotional, and/or financial needs. The bishop trusts the women's president and, by extension, all the sisters directed by her, to support and watch out for the church family. This pattern of a female leader working closely with a male leaders is continued throughout all levels of the church, from local congregations to the worldwide church leadership. Furthermore, aside from leading in the women's group, a woman in the church also leads in her personal and family life. Those who are married help their husbands lead their families, and all sisters - married or single - lead by example as we try to be like Christ and show the way back to Him. Show more Show less