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Hi I'm Lacey

I'm a teacher of the blind and visually impaired, a dog trainer, a fantasy book lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the LDS Church at the age of 19 and I learn to love Jesus Christ more every day. I graduated from a church school (one of the BYU campuses) and I am currently working as a teacher for students with visual impairments and I am a grad student in a special education. I love to read- and I read everything. I also spend a great deal of time training for and participating in competitive events with my dogs- conformation (think Westminser!), hunt tests, obedience, etc. I am the only Mormon in my family, and it's hard at times but Heavenly Father has blessed me for living the gospel. I have never, ever been sorry that I was invited to and listened to the missionaries.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to a non-denominational church and gradually quit attending as a teenager, several years after my family did. For the next several years I continued to consider myself a christian but I didn't live a very Christ-like lifestyle. In my freshman year of college I was given an assignment on stereotypes for my psych class. I was to select a stereotyped group of people and explore the stereotypes. I chose members of the LDS faith. For my "research" I attended church and institute-a scholarly class on beliefs and doctrines of the LDS church for college age young adults. Gradually, over time, I slowly came to realize that I had developed a testimony of the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon and the reality of the calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith. So many things I felt God had spoken to my heart throughout my life, were confirmed in the teachings that the missionaries shared with me. The gospel makes sense. I have a solid and profound testimony of the gospel that I've received through prayer and the Holy Ghost, but even without that, I know that the doctrines of the Church simply make sense.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my ward- the name for a congregation of LDS believers. My favorite thing to do is teach- I love to teach about the gospel! I find opportunities to serve my community with others- it is one of the most incredible ways to come to know and love both those you serve and those with whom you offer service. I try to keep the commandments. I know I"m not perfect but when I make a mistake I ask forgiveness and the Lord's blessing to help me do even better. I try to always, always put people- not things or tasks- first.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Lacey
Because we believe we have something incredible and it's our responsibility to give all others a chance to learn about it. It's up to the individual if they want to learn, and the missionaries should respect that, but how ungrateful would we be if we did not try to share the wonderful blessings we receive from the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Lacey
We attend Church every Sunday, in a Mormon Church, sometimes called a "chapel" or "Stake Center." Everyone- really everyone- is welcome at a Mormon Church service. It lasts three hours and is divided into three parts. Everyone of all ages meet together for Sacrament meeting, where we take the Sacrament-commonly called communion by other churches- and hear from two to three speakers from the congregation. They may speak on everything from what the Scriptures teach us about caring for the earth to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to the history of the hymns that we sing. Next, everyone 12 and older attends Sunday School, broken up in to age groups. In Sunday School we learn about one of the four different books that Mormons consider scripture. It changes every year and rotates in a four year cycle. Children 12 and under attend special classes for their age group that last the entire remaining two hours. After Sunday School, men 12-18 gather together with other young men of hte same age the same thing for women 12-18. Men and women over the age of 18 also break up into their own gender-specific class where we learn about anything and everything relating to the gospel- serving others, parenting, Prayer, etc. We welcome everyone at Church, no matter their life stage, their understanding of God, or their outward appearance. Only active Mormons that are doing their best to live the commandments of the Gospel visit the Temple. We consider the Temple akin to the House of God here on earth. God doesn't allow unclean things in his presence so only those that are living the gospel- again, as best as they can. No one is perfect. Young Mormons usually attend the Temple for the first time around the ages of 19-25. Some may go earlier, some later. In the Temple we make certain promises with God and He promises us blessings in return. We learn more about God and the plan he has for us. Mormons believe that there are certain ordinances, such as baptism, that all people must have done for them in order to live with God after this life. There are billions of people throughout history that weren't able to be baptized. In the Temple we act as proxys for these people and are baptized on their behalf. Like Jesus Christ acted as a proxy for us and took our sins upon Himself on our behalf, he has given us the authority to act as proxies for others and baptize them in His name. Many Mormons try to attend the Temple every month but in places where the Temple is very nearby they may be able to attend more frequently. In some places of the world there is not a Temple at all. Unlike Church services that may be performed in buildings not built by or owned by the LDS Church, or even outdoors if neccessary, the Temple is the only place we can make the promises we do. Members that don't live nearby the Temple often sacrifce and save for many years because they believe so strongly that the work done there is the Lord's work. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Lacey
Nope. Young men are absolutely encouraged to, and they are taught their whole lives that they should prepare to serve one, but men that don't aren't treated like less of a child of God because they don't. We know it's not up to us to make that decision for others. Serving a mission is hard and demanding work and no one that is not fully committed to serving a mission should do so. Young women are also welcome to serve a mission. They too, do not have to. You might hear that young women are discouraged from serving missions. There is a small amount of truth to this. We do believe that serving a mission is a Priesthood responsibility. That's why young men prepare to serve missions. Women don't hold the Priesthood- they have other responsibilites they have been given from the Lord. However, if a young women has the desire to serve the Lord, and has received an answer through prayer that now is not the time for her to fulfill her other responsibilites, than she is encouraged to serve. Women are needed in the mission field and they do great work. Show more Show less