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Hi I'm a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.

Like so many Utah Mormons, I grew up in the Church. But like every committed Mormon, I had to pray to gain a testimony.

About Me

I'm a mom of three young men and wife of a computer scientist. We live in Utah, have a very large garden and a beautiful view of our grand Rocky Mountains. Our sons have completed honorable missions and are working on their educations. My husband and I both graduated from Brigham Young University where we met. We both also served missions for the Church. I love cooking, studying, music, being with my family, working out, attending the temple and gathering with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite growing up in the Church, I reached an age where I questioned our beliefs and wanted to find out for myself if it was the true Church. I was about age 18 when I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for my first time. Most active youth these days read it much sooner than that! I recall the thrill and the warmth of feeling the Holy Ghost confirm to my soul that it was true. I also felt the confirmation of the Holy Ghost in answer to other prayers such as "Was Joseph Smith a true prophet of God?" And, "Am I a Child of God?" I can testify that these concepts are true.

How I live my faith

I believe in placing God first in my life, my family second and other interests third. I've served in many capacities such as presiding over the women's organization, teaching almost every age level at some point, presiding over the children's organization, working with the youth, writing and directing plays, and as a den mother to cub scouts. I am also usually called on for most musical events to sing or play the piano. I enjoy studying the scriptures every day which gives me insight, inspiration and the help of the Spirit in my daily life. I believe in prayer and in a Heavenly Father who knows us well and answers our prayers. I believe in service and trying to live as Christ would have me live.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
We believe the husband is to provide, protect and preside over his family. Our leaders counsel husbands to follow Christ in their actions and be happily involved in good ways with their families. The wife is primarily to bear and nurture the children, to support the husband, to teach and guide. Obviously there are personal needs and situations that could require the wife to work outside the home, but wives are counseled to stay home with their children whenever it is possible. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
As members, we attend Church services every Sunday. Church services include partaking of the sacrament, instruction, discussion of Gospel principles, singing hymns, prayer, and are intended for the entire family. Those who are not members of our Church are welcome to attend these services. On the other hand, temple attendance is for those who have committed to living the gospel and who qualify themselves to have what we call a recommend which is signed by our ecclesiastical leaders. Qualifying for this recommend is based on obedience to the gospel. To enter the temple we must show our recommends to be allowed to enter. Once inside, we go into locker rooms to change into white clothing before proceeding. We believe that what we do in our temples is sacred, and helps us prepare to live God's life, which is eternal life. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet and the President of our Church today. Through the Spirit of the Holy Ghost I know he has been chosen by Heavenly Father to fulfill this role. Show more Show less

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?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
Women have a major role in our Church. They bear and raise children. They preside over organizations that involve women, youth and children. They tend to be the ones that look to their neighbors and create community ties. Latter-Day Saint women are grateful to not have the added responsibility and burden of the Priesthood. That is the man's role, and it inspires our men to walk a higher walk and access Heavenly Father through prayer in the fulfillment of their duties. Most good men acknowledge the need they have for wives, parents and families to support and sustain them in this role. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
We believe that gender transcends this earthly life. The Lord has revealed that marriage is to be between a man and a woman and that one of the great purposes for this union is the propagation and continuation of the human family. Propagation cannot occur within the realms of a same-sex marriage. Often people who desire this say that they were "born that way" and cannot control their feelings. We believe in agency, and in the ability each human being has to overcome difficult things in their lives, including how they may feel towards another. I can testify that through the power of Jesus Christ's atonement, inappropriate desires can be mastered and overcome. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
Mormons are Christians in every sense of the word. We worship Jesus Christ and believe Him to be our personal Savior as well as the true Head of our Church. Everything we do in our Church revolves around this knowledge. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
Getting to know our Father in Heaven is a lot like getting to know a new friend. We first need to believe He's there for us, that He loves us and can respond. We should spend time with him through meditation, study and prayer. We must get to know about Him and the best way I know is through studying the scriptures which tell us about His attributes and the way He works with his children here on earth. We are taught to sincerely pray to Him and share our hearts with Him, then listen at the end of our prayers. He doesn't always speak out loud to us, but often communicates through impressions, feelings and other subtle means. It takes work to attune oneself to these quiet communications, but it's worth the wonderful feelings of love, peace, hope and guidance that come. I'm very grateful to know He lives and loves His children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
We believe we have a dual nature. We all have a mortal body which is subject to sickness and death, and a spirit which is immortal, or which can never die. When our body dies, our spirit separates from the body and returns to God, to await eventual judgement and resurrection. Because of the atonement and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected which is the reuniting of our perfected and restored bodies and our spirits. We believe that the way we lived our mortal lives will determine the kind of glory and joy we will experience in the after-life. This earth is a place where we have come to be tested and proven by the choices we make. Obedience to God's principles will bring the greatest blessings and enjoyment. Those who live worthy and are faithful to the end will live eternal life, or God's life, in His presence with faithful spouses and family members. Show more Show less

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

a music teacher, I grew up in Utah and I'm a Mormon.
I can't help but believe that a Mormon woman who is really living her religion is happier than most women in the world. We know who we are and what our role is. We understand that we are loved and entitled to Heavenly Father's help in our lives. We believe in the sanctity of marriage between a husband and a wife. A good marriage means the husband and wife work together, shoulder to shoulder, as equals. Our roles are different, our purpose and worth the same. We are encourage to become educated, skilled, to let our voices be heard (in peaceful ways) in promoting good causes. Men are taught to respect and revere women as are women taught the same about men. Show more Show less