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Hi I'm Hilarie

I'm a spiritual person raised in the Mormon capital Utah that had to find out for herself the truth.

About Me

I am a mother of 3 beautiful children for whom I thank my Heavenly Father daily. I have a good and loving husband as well. We live on a farm and I enjoy cooking with the produce my husband grows. I am an avid reader of almost anything, especially historical and cultural fiction, parenting books, and gospel-related books. I love to travel. I lived in France and backpacked through Europe during college. Then after I graduated I served an eighteen month mission for the LDS church in Armenia. That is where I met my husband. After we married, had our first baby, I finished graduate school in Linguistics, had another baby, and he started his masters degree, we moved to England for my husband to complete his masters. We lived there for 6 months with two kids and then we moved back to Armenia for 2 months for him to conduct his research. I love languages and am fluent in Spanish, Armenian, and French (I have studied some Italian, Portuguese, and German as well).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I am far from perfect and attending church and partaking in saving ordinances help me to keep my life better balanced and better focused on following our Savior.

How I live my faith

I love going to church every week where I meet with my ward family and study the gospel together. I serve as a teacher in the women's group and teach once a month. I am also a visiting teacher, we all are in our church, and its similar to missionary work that we do for those that live within our own ward. I have a companion and we are assigned to 2-3 ladies at a time and we go and visit, share the gospel, and help out in any way we can. For example, when a lady I visit teach has a baby or is sick or hospitalized I would help to organize meals to be brought into her home. Its a wonderful way to become better friends and for all of us to take care of each other.

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

Hilarie
Mormon women are just like all other women. I love the morals and code of values I had instilled in my from being raised in a Gospel-based home, so that makes us a little different from some women of the world. Many women in our church work. I worked until I had children, and completed my masters degree after my first child was born. I then continued teaching at the university on a part time basis. I have taught a few classes here and there, but to me it is important that I am home for my children during these formative years. We definitely believe that men and women should have equality of opportunity, but not that we are created equal. We have different attributes specific to gender, that make us different, not one less than the other, just different. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Hilarie
Relief Society is the organization of women in our church. Like its name its purpose is to offer relief to those that struggle in anyway, and all women can and are invited to attend. Each Sunday we have classes that strengthen our testimony of Christ. Every month or so activities are held to strengthen the sisterhood, teach new skills, give spiritual nourishment, and more. The visiting teaching program that I described in the "How I Live my Faith" section is also administered through the Relief Society. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Hilarie
Because all people born in this world are spiritual sons and daughters of God. We instinctually crave knowing more about Him and how we can return to live with Him. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints presents the truths of how to live a good life and return to live with our Heavenly Father. We ALL desire that and that is why so many people want to join with us when they hear of the plain and precious truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Hilarie
We have three different periods that comprise our Sunday worship services. The order varies from meetinghouse to meetinghouse. The most important meeting is the Sacrament Meeting where we renew our covenant we made at baptism through taking the Sacrament. We are also taught by speakers, and sign together as a congregation Hymns of the Gospel during that meeting. There is also a Sunday School where the scriptures including the Old and New Testaments, The Book of Mormon, and The Doctrine and Covenants; and other Gospel topics are studied. Then the women and men break up into separate groups and are instructed from the same manuals, but separately so that we can talk about how it applies in our separate roles. There are also classes for children of all ages from 18 months to 18 years of age, and babies under 18 months old are invited to sit on their parents laps in their meetings. OF COURSE visitors are always invited and warmly welcomed. If you are interested and would like to attend just come on in. There is never any pressure to join or receive missionaries in your home unless you are interested. Show more Show less