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Hi I'm Holly

I grew up in Northern California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful sweet kids. My husband is still in school, and we're just trying to keep it together as we move towards accomplishing family goals.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that we are children of God, and as such, have the potential to become just like Him, similar to the relationships we create in families on this earth. I know I have an eternal purpose and divine worth. I can accomplish great things because I am a daughter of God, and I'm striving to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. The LDS church teaches these principles and helps me and my family to follow Christ in faith.

How I live my faith

It's simple--we try to live as Christ would want us to and follow the principles of His gospel--we hold family prayer morning and night, we read the scriptures together as a family, and we try to be Christian in all that we do and say. We also attend meetings with our ward each Sunday. I currently serve in a volunteer capacity as the choir director for our ward.

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

Holly
The husband and wife are equal partners in the family and are both equally responsible for the raising and teaching of their posterity. A mother's primary role is to nurture her offspring, and the father's primary role is to lead and guide his family as the head of the home, but both are expected to support and sustain each other in these endeavors as equal partners. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Holly
Tithing does a lot of things for a lot of people. Primarily, it helps to build temples and other houses of worship. We also pay a fast offering with our tithes, which is again entirely voluntary but is suggested to equal the amount we would spend on two meals that we skip on the first Sunday of every month. The fast offering money goes directly to assist those in need--Church members that are having a hard time making ends meet as well as others around the world who are struggling. Show more Show less

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

Holly
A Mormon chapel or church is a meetinghouse where all are welcome and encouraged to come worship with us. We hold Sunday services there, as well as weekly meetings for different organizations in the church, such as those for youth, a women's service organization known as the Relief Society, Scout activities, activities for the children's organization known as Primary, and other events. In a Mormon temple, there is a standard requirement for entrance, which includes being a baptized member of the LDS church and living in accordance with Gospel principles, such as paying an honest tithe, being honest in all your dealings, having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and a few others. The ordinances performed in the temple are not secret--they are sacred and require a standard of holiness to provide a reverent place where patrons can feel the Spirit of God while performing ordinance work. The work done in the temple includes baptisms for those previously deceased, endowments and sealing ordinances for both the living and those previously deceased. The temple sealing serves as a legally binding marriage "for time and all eternity". Show more Show less