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Hi I'm Freja

I'm a daughter. I'm a sister. I'm a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a busy girl. And life is certainly not dull! I grew up in Sydney, met the love of my live in Melbourne, married, and now living in Adelaide. I married into a big family, and simply love it. Coming from a small family, I love seeing the cousins all growing up together, all the family dinners, and get-togethers in Summer. We look forward to raising children with the love of family all around, who love to learn about the world around them, who learn to experience joy. I recently graduated with my masters degree in law. I love researching and writing about the law, but I've always kept up my other interests – music, history, and art history. I love writing journals and lists and blogs. I also love travelling. I enjoy watching episodes of TinTin and the Simpsons. I will never say no to M&Ms. Or Maltesers. Or most other chocolate. I love playing the piano .. in the dark. I read/watch murder mysteries for fun. I love the sensations of taking off and landing. I love my family. And I am very happy.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both met missionaries and joined the Church in their early adulthood. They then met, were married in a temple for eternity, and raised us kids in the Church. So, I have been a Mormon all my life. I grew up knowing that I was a daughter of God, reading from the scriptures, learning about a Saviour who loves me, listening to a prophet, and going to church every Sunday – even sitting in the same pew each week. We are, however, encouraged to know for ourselves. I may have been born to Mormon parents, and as a child I probably did go to church because my parent’s expected it of me while living at home – yet I have come to the knowledge for myself that being a Mormon is the right thing for me. I love the feeling of warmth, comfort, and security that I feel when I am listening to the words of the prophet. I thoroughly enjoy reading and studying the Book of Mormon, which helps me understand the Bible and Christ’s teachings so much more. I have prayed to know if Joseph Smith really did see God and Jesus Christ, and if he really did restore missing truths. I have had countless moments when I feel like I understand, feel loved, or feel that what I am doing is right. I have also seen the blessings that come from living good standards and principles – like paying tithing, as commanded, or dressing modestly, as advised. Living good standards and following important principles can be a big commitment. I believe ones beliefs should not be passive – our religion, set of values, or beliefs should be reflected in how we live our lives, how we speak, dress, and act, and most importantly, how we make decisions.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon every day of the week. Knowing that I am a child of God makes me feel of value, that I can contribute positively to society, and improve. I strive to live my faith every day - I do not swear or take the Lord's name in vain. I consider my body to be sacred, so I try to be modest and clean. As a member of the Mormon Church, I am given assignments or tasks now and then. As there is no paid clergy, we all pitch in, and grow in the process. I have mostly been involved in music. I was asked to be the organist for my congregation when I was 12 years old. Eek! Although I have played the piano since I was 3, I had never touched an organ. But I learnt, on the job. I still remember how slow I played. i ended up playing for the next 12 years, branching out to play for weddings and funerals, and becoming the pipe organist at school. Such fun! I really do enjoy living my faith. It's not just a Sunday thing. And I love it.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

When Jesus Christ was on the Earth, He taught the people His Gospel – including key principles for us to live our lives and return to God. He also established His Church, with a particular structure, and ordained certain people with the authority to lead, teach, and baptise. After the persecution and death of the Apostles, who were leading the Church after Christ’s death, that authority disappeared. There was no one with the correct authority to receive revelation from God for the Church -a prophet-, to lead the Church -the apostles-, or to even baptise in the name of Christ. Without such, the teachings of Christ slowly changed over time, and various people broke away from the Church to create their own. Their interpretations of the Bible varied. Now there are completely different versions of the Bible. This continued for many years -the Dark Ages-. A restoration was therefore necessary. Not another reformation by man, but a restoration of the lost teachings and correct authority. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

There have been plenty of people who have lived and died on the Earth having never heard of Jesus Christ or His Gospel, or with no opportunity to accept it through baptism. This is one of the reason we build temples. Inside these sacred places, we are baptised on behalf of those who never had that opportunity. We research the names and dates of our loved ones who have died, and stand in their place, as proxy, just as Jesus Christ stood in our place when He took upon Himself our sins and afflictions. It is a wonderful vicarious work, which enables all of Gods children to have that opportunity to be baptised – a practice that was taught by Christ himself, which, although lost, has now been restored. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Mormons do not practice polygamy. There have been times when the Lord has commanded this practice, for example in the time of Abraham, and although we may not understand the reasons behind such a commandment, it may simply be a test of our faith and obedience. The prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation from God in 1830 that a few worthy men needed to take care of more than one family. Many blessings resulted – widows and their children were cared and provided for, women were able to have children – but ultimately it was a command from God. In 1891, the fourth prophet of the Church, Wilford Woodruff, received the revelation that this commandment had been fulfilled, and was no longer necessary, and no member of the church has practiced or endorsed polygamy since. Show more Show less