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Hi I'm Adrienne Warren

Married to my best friend, mother of 5 (2 in heaven, 3 on earth), teaching 5th grade...I'm so grateful I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I used to think 55 was old; now I think it's very young. Why is it that we don't seem to grow any older inside, only on the outside? I was born in Utah, grew up in Connecticut, then moved back to Utah in the middle of high school. Before graduating from university with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, I served as a missionary for 18 months in Argentina. I'm married to my very best friend, whom I love with all my soul, and we're just about to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. I'm the mother of 5 wonderful children: 2 girls and 3 boys. Two of our children were born with a very rare disorder and passed away at a young age. (See personal story below.) Our 3 young adult children bring us joy on a daily basis. Besides Utah, our family has lived in Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, New York, Denver, London, and Bonners Ferry, ID (way up by the Canadian border.) We love living in central Salt Lake City--the old homes are full of character, the tree-lined streets are very walkable, and the surprisingly-diverse population is refreshing. Having taught 4 years of middle school English, I'm now in my 6th year of teaching 5th graders. It's an absolutely delightful age! I find that the simpler my life is, the more I enjoy it. I love walking on leaf-strewn paths in crisp autumn air, gazing in wonderment at a star-filled night sky, curling up with a good book on a cold winter's night, and laughing with my family until tears stream down my face. Life truly is good.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised by parents who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there came a time when I realized I had to know for myself if what I'd been taught was true. I knew the only way was through study and prayer, so that's what I did. I read the Book of Mormon, reflected on the mission of our Savior as told in it and the Bible, and reviewed Joseph Smith's account of the heavenly visitations. Then I asked God. The light, calmness, and comfort that filled my soul confirmed the truth of it all, stronger than anything I'd ever experienced. And I continue to have this reassurance from the Spirit of the Lord as I seek and ask. Living this faith and striving to keep God's commandments brings me safety, peace, and joy, more than anything else in the world.

How I live my faith

Daily, heartfelt prayer is my lifeline. I also do my best to read and ponder scripture each day. As I interact with my family, I strive to love and serve them, to remember to check my words and tone of voice, and to lift and bless their lives. These things bring more fulfillment and confidence to me than any other accomplishment or accolade possibly could. Additionally, I meet with our local congregation each Sunday morning. Once a month, I teach a class in Relief Society, the church's women's organization (the largest women's organization in the world.) I visit women in our congregation to help them with anything they may need, or just to chat, and a couple of women come to visit me. Friendship and conversation from the heart really mean a lot to me. I find that kind words can actually alter the course of someone's day. So many people are trying to "find" themselves by looking in all the wrong places. I "find myself" each time I perform any unselfish act of service. It's the best remedy in the world for anything that may be troubling me.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Adrienne Warren
Mormons believe that it is only through the grace and mercy of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Father, that we can be rescued from our sins and have hope and eternal life. Jesus Christ has signaled the path and led the way. He has shown us that, in order to partake of His grace, we must take certain steps: have faith in Him, repent of our sins in His name, be baptized by His authority and in His manner, and receive His Gift, namely the gift of the Holy Ghost by His authority. What a beautiful, wonderful thing is His tender mercy! Without His love, His atonement, His resurrection, we would be utterly and completely lost and totally without hope! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Adrienne Warren
Life is not fair. People die before they have a chance to hear about the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. People have mental and emotional challenges that prevent them from recognizing and accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ. People live in conditions that preclude any other learning or personal growth beyond basic survival. People lived in a time of history when Christ's authority was not available. Because our Heavenly Father loves each of His children, and desires that each has a full opportunity to return to Him, He has provided a way. Jesus Christ taught that a person must be baptized, "born of the water", in order to "inherit the kingdom of God". Would a just and loving God deny this blessing to those who never had a chance during their earthly existence? No. That is why He has made it possible for those who have passed from this life to receive all the blessings, including baptism. In each of our temples is a beautiful baptismal font, set on the back of 12 oxen statues made of metal. A person steps into the font and is baptized, not in his or her own name, but in the name of one who has died. In the spirit world, that person whose name is used may choose for himself or herself to accept the baptism or not. God knows if the baptism is accepted, and that's what matters. No one will EVER be forced into the kingdom of God!  Show more Show less