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Hi I'm Callista

I'm a writer, an artist, and a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have obtained my bachelor's degree in International Studies: a fascinating subject. Because of that I have had the opportunity to travel to many different countries, including Ireland, the UK, Finland, Germany, and Spain. I love learning about different cultures and traveling to meet new people and see new places. My hobby is creating things! That means I love drawing, painting, writing, sculpting and other ways of artistic expression. I also love reading and playing the flute. I'm currently working on my first novel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, and my testimony of the gospel has grown ever since I was young. Through my parent's example, I've learned to live values such as integrity and faith, which give me strength and confidence to be the best person I can be. I love Jesus Christ my Savior and my Heavenly Father, and through prayer and studying the Book of Mormon I become closer to them and can feel the Spirit guiding me in my life. Without the gospel, I wouldn't be the same person I am today, and that's the simple truth of why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to live by following the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ. He taught us to love one another and serve others, and I have tried to do that by giving to homeless shelters in my area, as well as running a blog dedicated to raising awareness on helping people who are homeless. You can visit it at youhavetwohands.blogspot.com. It's also my dream to start my own bookstore someday, the funds from which I plan to donate to homeless shelters and organizations. I also live my faith by doing family history research. I have a strong testimony of family history work. It is a powerful way to not only grow closer to our ancestors who have gone before us but to bring our living family members closer together as well as we learn about our ancestors together. As I find records about my ancestors and their families my love and appreciation for them grows, and I know I will see them someday.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Callista
The family is the most important part of Heavenly Father's plan to make sure that we stay strong in the gospel and make it back to Him in heaven. In the family, truths and values are taught and characters strengthened. Families serve and love one another, and they are a constant source of strength to each other. It is the means for bringing children into the world, a sacred responsibility. The family is central to God's plan for his children, which is why it has come under attack - when families fail, so do communities and ultimately, nations. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Callista
No, there's nothing secret about them! Temple ordinances aren't secret, but sacred. That is why only those who are found to be living the teachings of the gospel to the fullest and to their best effort are permitted to enter them. Temple ordinances include families being sealed to one another through priesthood authority. This is what we mean when we say families are forever - family units are meant to stay together, even in heaven. We also perform temple ordinances for our ancestors who have passed on to the next life. We believe that these ordinances which they may not have been able to perform themselves on earth will allow them to have the chance to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ in the next life, in heaven. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Callista
The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ, that He lived and atoned for our sins, and that He is God's Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets in the Americas and Christ's ministry among them after His resurrection, and is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. The original record was written on a set of gold plates and the prophet Joseph Smith was led to them by divine guidance. God gave him the ability to translate this sacred record. The book concludes with a promise that whoever reads it and sincerely prays to know whether it is true will receive an answer from the Holy Ghost of its truthfulness and that it was inspired by God, our Heavenly Father. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and prayed to know of its truthfulness, and have received an answer for myself that it is true. I cannot describe the feeling of peace and love that came over me, but I know without a doubt that it could only have come from God. The more I read and treasure its teachings, the more the Book of Mormon continues to give me great peace and certainty in life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Callista
Of course! We believe in God our Heavenly Father, in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that Jesus Christ died to atone for our sins and that because of Him, we can live with God again. He is our Lord and Savior and we worship in His name. We believe that the Holy Ghost inspires people to follow God's commandments. Everything we do is centered around our faith in Christ and desire to become more like Him by following His teachings and divine example. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Callista
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Having come from a family with strong faith in God and Jesus Christ, he had a simple, honest desire to learn which of all the churches was true. He asked God this honest question in prayer, and received a direct answer in a vision from God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. He was told that the fullness of the gospel that had been lost from the earth after Christ's crucifixion, which included prophets, apostles, priesthood power and revelation, was to be restored to the earth once again. We do not worship Joseph Smith, but revere him as the man called of God to restore the fullness of the gospel to mankind. He was a prophet, just as Moses, Isaiah, and others in biblical times. Through divine guidance he translated the Book of Mormon from the original gold plates, an ancient set of scriptures that concerns Christ's ministry among the people of the Americas. The Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ was accomplished because Joseph Smith answered the call from God, and that is why we honor him and the sacrifices he made in doing such a great work. Show more Show less