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Hi I'm Lacey

I'm a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, sometimes-blogger, and MSW-student. I'm gay and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a people person. While I was growing up, my family moved around a bit before landing in Utah. We also became a host family to many foreign delegates for a program called One World. Through these experiences, I have met people from all over the world in a variety of different circumstances. People, with all our differences and similarities, are amazing and it is so fun to broaden horizons with differing opinions. It took me seven years to graduate from college (I couldn't make up my mind with so many great choices). However, after being fortunate enough to teach 9th graders about religion for a semester, I realized that I wanted to be a middle school teacher. I finally received a B.S. degree in School Health Education in 2012. I am now trying to get into grad school for a Master of Social Work Degree. No matter what I do, I want to work with teenagers. I love and have empathy for teenagers at such a difficult time of life. I want to help others and bring comfort and joy to people who have trials in their lives. I have seen the hand of the Lord lift me through heartache and struggles and I want to give back by paying it forward. Whatever happens and wherever I go, I know Heavenly Father is guiding me to where I'm supposed to be.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is hard. I have been knocked down over and over again by life's blows. Some difficult things revolved around family, the place that was supposed to be safe and loving. Occasionally I pushed God away, angry that He would allow such awful things to happen. However, again and again I was reminded that life is so much smoother with God in my life than without Him. I am blessed with a sure knowledge that God is truly there. Having struggled through much, I cannot deny seeing His hand in my life. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of mankind, and I know without a doubt that the atonement is INDIVIDUAL. God knows and loves each one of His children and has provided a way to repent from our many mistakes. When I remember this vital truth, nothing else matters. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only place that has every piece of the true gospel. It is this gospel, God's one true church, that the most light and truth can be gained. I gain incredible strength from the scriptures and the words of the prophets. Though we can not see the entire 'puzzle' that God sees, we see so many more of the pieces than any other church. I feel blessed to know such truths. I have taken them for granted but I do know how blessed I am to have the restored gospel in my life. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me of the truthfulness of this gospel. I can't deny pure light and goodness.

How I live my faith

I love to be as involved as possible in church, wherever I am. As interesting as it seems, the more time and effort I devote to church assignments, the more efficiently I seem to handle my other obligations. I love that every adult in the church has the opportunity to love and "take care" of each other through home and visiting teaching. Visiting teaching is what the women do for each other. I love to learn more about the other women in my ward and how I can help them in their lives. This often leads to beautiful friendships with people I otherwise would never have taken the time to get to know. People have amazing hearts. My other favorite way to serve in the church is to teach. We have different kinds of teachers, but Gospel Doctrine Instructor for Sunday School is my favorite. I learned so much from my time and experiences as a teacher for the old and new testament in the bible, digging deep into the scriptures and helping others learn. No matter where or how I serve, I enjoy learning the lessons the Lord wants to teach me through service to others. I also live my faith by doing the two most important daily faith-building tasks: reading scriptures and praying. I earnestly strive to improve my consistency in daily scripture study; it makes all the difference. Prayer is vital in living my faith. I always try to have a prayer in my heart. Talking to my Heavenly Father strengthens my relationship with Him. I live my faith by staying close to God in prayer.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Lacey
Growing up in the church, I often wondered how people could possibly call our church a cult. I moved to various normal towns, lived around normal people, and did normal things. We are normal people, just like everyone else. We simply take our faith and try to implement it into our daily lives. I have come to the conclusion that people must call Mormonism a cult because they either lack basic understanding of our fundamental principles or they have a fear of the unknown... maybe it's a combination of both? When I first heard the word "cult" I was still too young to understand what it meant. When I was a teenager I read a novel about some teens who got wrapped-up in a cult. When I realized what a cult was and that people thought of our church in that way, I was thoroughly confused. This is the church that I have been raised in, gained a testimony of, and that I believe in and know is true with all of my heart. In this church, there is only one leader: God, our Heavenly Father. How is this true? Because He speaks to living prophets, just as He did in biblical times. We don't worship these prophets, yet we do love and revere them for we know they're men of God. We worship God, our Eternal Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Members of the church are here because they want to be here. They feel of the joy of the Holy Ghost and they desire to be a part of this church. This church is a choice, not a cult. If you have questions, ask the missionaries! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Lacey
Drinking coffee, black tea, and alcohol are against our law of health, called the Word of Wisdom. This law was given to one of our prophets almost two centuries ago, way before research started proving some of these substances had negative affects. I'm grateful for the Word of Wisdom because it was ahead of its time and has been guiding the members of the church how to be healthy for a long time. Basically, we need to abstain from anything that can be addictive or habit-forming. Obviously illegal drugs can be addictive and wreak havoc on the body. Alcohol can not only be addictive, but no one can deny the huge decrease in suffering there would be if it was never consumed. Coffee and black tea are stimulants that can also be very habit-forming and research has not proven them to have health benefits outweighing their negative side-effects. The Word of Wisdom isn't just a list of "can and can'ts" that members of the church follow blindly. These are guidelines that, if followed, make us happier and allow us access to more blessings we seek. I personally follow the Word of Wisdom because I know being addicted to a substance will not make me happy and nothing good can come of it. No good comes from tobacco. Coffee and tea aren't necessary for a happy life. Though I do adore herbal tea! I can also say I've never had a sip of alcohol and have no desire. Seeing people binge-drink or have problems with alcoholism reaffirm my belief that I don't need alcohol to be happy. Show more Show less