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Hi I'm Holly

I love my husband and I love my little ones. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from college in Elementary Education. Now I have two students, a toddling girl and a baby boy. I love them, I love my husband, and I love Jesus.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm happiest when I follow the teachings of the Mormon church. The closer I follow them, the happier I am. I find fulfillment here. I find enlightenment. I find joy.

How I live my faith

I try to reach out to others. Nobody doesn't want a friend!

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

Holly
In a word, clean. We try hard to keep our bodies and our homes clean to remind us that we also keep our souls clean. The secret to this cleanliness: Repentance + Atonement of Jesus Christ. Living clean like this lets the sunlight in... Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Holly
These blessings are the blessings of a lifetime: Strength and confidence. Sweet comfort. Soul-cleansing peace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Holly
I think of it this way: Pretend I am locked in a jail cell. It's my own fault, really. I broke the law. Anyway, Jesus Christ has come to let me out. Not because I deserve to be let out, but because He and I are friends. He has the key to the jail cell, and puts it in the lock and turns it. He tells me that the door is unlocked, all I need to do now is push it open. I choose to believe him, I push on the door, and I am free. The key is like grace, and me opening the door is following Jesus' commandments. No one can say which is most important, because both the turning of the key and the opening of the door are necessary for me to get out. Without the key, or without grace, I can push on the door 'til the cows come home, and I'm still locked in. If I do not listen to Jesus when he tells me to come to Him, there's still a wall between us. Show more Show less

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

Holly
There is no better place to be a woman than here. We feel valued and important. The men respect us. We are listened to. We are supported. We are loved. The men of this church expect us to be wholesome and good. They care about our hearts and our minds, not just our bodies. They are taught to be kind and helpful to their wives, and they are. We have so much fun when we get together. (Which we do often.) I feel loved and accepted. I have so much fun. My husband loves it when I go to these gatherings because I come home much happier than when I left. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Holly
You learn lots of wonderful truths about who you are and what you're supposed to be doing down here. Truths that will feel right to your heart. Then those who taught you those truths, who quickly become your friends, help you set up a time when you can officially become a member. The "official process" involves a beautiful ceremony called baptism. The person is brought below the water briefly, and then back up to symbolize a new life as a follower of Jesus Christ. Baptism is followed by Confirmation: leaders in the church put their hands on your head as you sit in a chair, and at that moment give you the most important gift of your life, or the companionship of the Holy Ghost. This means you have the right to feel and know the truth. And then you are a member, eligible for all the wonderful blessings of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Holly
The FIRST Vision is the first time God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. We call it the First one because it started many more visions to the prophets again in modern times. A vision isn't such a crazy thing... many prophets had visions in Biblical times. Why shouldn't prophets have visions today? People are still people, Earth is still Earth, and God is still God. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Holly
Satisfying. I have somewhere I belong. I have somewhere to learn truth. I have somewhere to worship. I have somewhere to meet loving people. As a young mom, I have a lot of support. There are lots of other moms here, and I felt instantly welcome. They didn't know me, but they loved me already. I get so much encouragement from the leaders of the church in raising my children. They give me understanding from the Lord about how He wants me to be, and I learn how to receive that understanding by myself, too. Being a Mormon, to me, means constant access to happiness. I feel close to God here, and it feels good. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Holly
Let me give you a picture of Sabbath Day in my family. Our church starts at 8:30, and my family barely makes it there on time. Even though I've set out the kids' clothes and my dress and I've packed my diaper bag the night before. Regardless, we come into the church with our two little people (I dress my little girl in a cute pink dress and my little boy in a white shirt and tie.) And we find a seat. The people around us give us smiles (and depending on how late we are) and say hello. Then we sit in our meeting and we hear talks from other people just like us. They share their feelings about Jesus and teach us about his gospel. Sometimes I feel the presence of the Holy Ghost, which feels warm and peaceful. Then I take my daughter to Nursery, where wonderful people will play with her, give her a snack, and teach her a simple lesson for her one-year-old mind. Then I get to go to my other meetings where I can talk about spiritual things with other people and learn and feel what I need to do in my life. I get to see my friends from church, who are always so kind and happy to see me. After church, we pick up our daughter and head home. We spend the rest of the day mostly together. I don't have errands to run; my husband doesn't go play sports with his buddies; we just relax and have fun with each other and our kids. It's delightful. I wish everyone could enjoy Sunday like this. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Holly
Yes! It makes me feel so sad when people say that Mormons are not Christians... I love Jesus with all my heart. I wish fervently I could be more like him. I know he loves me; I can feel it. I can't wait to be with him again someday. I know he wants to see me again too. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Holly
Yes! I am not just married to my husband, but I am sealed to him. This means that when one of us dies, we are still married. Civil authorities have authority on earth. They can pronounce a man and a woman to be husband and wife. But what happens when someone dies? Civil authorities don't have authority in the afterlife... but God does. And he has lent that authority to some in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My husband and I were married by someone who had authority from God. Which means that even if he dies, he is still mine. This brings intense comfort to me. As does my knowledge that my children are still mine, even if I lose one of them to death. No one can take them from me, even if death takes them from me. How do I know this? I snuck into my baby daughter's room one night, and just watched her sleep. I began to have strong feelings of fear, or dread, that something could happen to my little girl whom I loved so much. But as I knelt there in the dark, God whispered to my mind that, "No one can take her from me." I felt it strongly, and I know it was from Him and not my own mind. Imagine the comfort this gives to a worrier like me! Show more Show less