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Hi I'm Cori

I'm a Musician, I love Psychology, I'm engaged, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent convert to the church. I love being with a group of people who are genuine in their love for each other and the world. I feel that it is part of knowing the gospel and the effect it has on us as human beings. Currently I am studying Music Education and Psychology at a Baptist college in the United States. I enjoy attending a religious college and it has spurred a love inside me to research not just my new found religion as a Mormon but others as well. I wish to be a Psychologist some day working in the field of Marriage and Family Counseling, and it would be even more awesome if I could work for LDS Family Services. If MFT is not in the cards for me then I most definitely want to be a special education teacher to teach my students that they are brilliant and should not let their needs stop them from pursuing education or having a job/life that makes them happy. I have done music all my life and I will keep it as a big part in my life. It is one way to make all things better. I love how relaxing it is to just let my heart sing and play for the Lord... it makes all the practice worth it when it's for my God, my Jesus. I am part of a concert band and women's choir that tours every May, it's a blessing to be around so many believers in Christ and a few non-believers who are so close. I am currently planning to marry my now fiance, he has been such a great man of God in my life! In the process, I am discovering how overwhelming it can be to think about planning something so big and yet so little at the same time. I love to write creative stories and poems when it comes to me, and I love to draw random pictures that come into my head. I guess it makes me different from many people in that way. I am a very quirky person as well... but I love being different in that way! I am going to have to write more as I can think about what to write about myself.... 

Why I am a Mormon

I have always grown up around Mormons seeing how happy they were, and how blessed their families were. I had been close friends with several families that influenced me in such a positive way that I looked to find out what makes them tick, and what makes them happy. I searched many churches for a happiness like theirs and everytime I went to visit theirs I felt at home. Mind you, I didn't understand what they were saying during my first couple visits, but I began to get what they were saying with each passing visit and through prayer at which church the lord would want to guide me to. As someone who came from a non-religious or "worldly" background, I am so happy I found the church, but sometimes it hurts to think of how I didn't find it sooner. One positive thing about that- I have strong testimony that the church is true, because a convert I had the "lightbulb moment" where I was like "IT'S TRUE!" I continue to follow the gospel because I know it's true. The scriptures are true... I know because I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible multiple times only to find that they DO agree, and my prayer has proved that it is true. I feel so blessed to know that! 

How I live my faith

I try and participate in as many activities as I can with my home ward. We have weekly volleyball lessons and family home evenings where we can come together and spend time with each other. It is really easy to make friends in the church, because it feels as if you are already accepted, as many people do know what you have gone through. Currently I play piano whenever I am able to and as soon as I get organ shoes there is a woman who is kind enough to teach me how to play!  I live my faith when I am alone as well. I chose to take care of myself and follow the word of wisdom constantly. I find that when I do I feel so much healthier. I read my scriptures daily and feel empty if I do not which is kind of a blessing I would think. Currently, I am also going through the young women's personal progress program. It is a program designed for 12-18 year olds in the church to learn more about gospel principles such as faith, virtue, and other similar fruits of the spirit. I know I am a little older then 18 but I still find it beneficial and have grown so much in doing it.

Are Mormons Christians?

Cori
According to Dictionary.reference.com Chris·tian    kris-chuhn Show IPA –adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings a Christian faith. 2. of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ Spain is a Christian country. 3. of or pertaining to Christians many Christian deaths in the Crusades. 4. exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ Christlike She displayed true Christian charity. 5. decent respectable They gave him a good Christian burial. 6. human not brutal humane Such behavior isn't Christian. –noun 7. a person who believes in Jesus Christ adherent of Christianity. 8. a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ He died like a true Christian. 9. a member of any of certain Protestant churches, as the Disciples of Christ and the Plymouth Brethren. 10. the hero of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. 11. a male given name. Yes. We are Christian. Mormons have a strong faith in Jesus Christ. Without his atonement there would be no hope in this world. There would be no way to ever get out of our sins, we sin so many times a day! ALL of us do! I constantly get attacked by people at my school by people telling me that we do not believe in Jesus Christ. But I am glad, because I am stronger in my beliefs because of it. Jesus Christ came to die for our sins. He was the son of God and God at the same time. He did acquire a human body to become just like US. He was the ONLY person to ever live a perfect life. He died for the world that we might have a chance to see him and God again, that we might have a chance to live with them again in heaven. What great mercy Jesus has given to US! Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Cori
Jesus Christ! There just is no other way then through him. He died for us that we could be joined in heaven again with him and heavenly father =). Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Cori
Relief Society is a group of women who get together to uplift the men in the church. We do community service projects and other things to benefit the church and community it's in wherever it is. They are strong woman and are very accepting and loving. They truly care about everyone, feelings and health wise... about your whole life. Just an amazing way to meet amazing women. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Cori
The best answer is really only one word Pray. I had many thoughts that went through my head and were brought up by many people I knew that caused me to have doubts. Yet every time I would read the scriptures or pray- it felt as God would send a ray of light down on me and answer my questions. I am not saying that I saw an actual ray of light come down on my head, but the warmth I felt certainly made me know "HEY! THIS IS TRUE! yes, in all caps" especially as I was praying during my confirmation. The warmth filled my heart and I almost started to cry. I was so happy that I knew I was making the right decision.  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?

Cori
Mormon's do not drink coffee, tea, and alcohol because they are unhealthy habits to go into. Plus any type of addiction that can potentially draw your eyes from God is not really recommended for anybody. This is actually just part of the "word of wisdom", which I think is good advice towards taking care of your body. Most of the laws in the word of wisdom are found in the bible and where commonly used to keep people healthy. Being previously baptized into the seventh day adventist church the mormon word of wisdom is not at all scary or different. The church just wants members to be happy and healthy. =D Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cori
I had this same question as a investigator too. I was extremely worried for my friends because I had heard this. You will come to find out that we don't and you will be relieved and glad. We do consider him to be a prophet that established the church today, whom God spoke through to reveal the words in the book of mormon, pearl of great price, and Doctrine and Covenants. He is a blessed individual to have seen God and Jesus directly in his lifetime, to have them reveal their plans to him. Amazing.  Many people find it troubling that Joseph Smith had visions and saw God. I personally believe that people do still get revelations from God. Also, in the book of revelations it states that "men will dream dreams". Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Cori
It is like being part of a bigger family that you will get to spend all eternity with. Show more Show less