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Hi I'm Beth

I am a Mormon. Married to my best friend and eternal companion.

About Me

I am sealed for all eternity to my best friend and pal. We live in the SW Desert. We have a minning claim we work as recreation. My spouse and I are both retired. I have one child, and Heavenly Father Blessed me with one grand child.

Why I am a Mormon

For 20+ years I did a lot of church hopping, trying to find answers to many question I had about religion. By profession I was a genealogist. I never fully understood what drove me to become involved in genealogy, until one day the missionaries who had been visiting me discussed the work for the dead. As I read sscripture, prayed and pondered it, I undertood more and more of why geneaolgy was in my blood. I knew I had found the right church, all the answers were coming together so well. This is where I belonged, this is where I needed to be.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my community, sitting on several community boards, involved with several non-profit organizations, and volunteering at our local community center, as well as volunteering in the county and state I live in. One day a friend of mine found out I was LDS and said to me, "I knew there was something different about you." Well I sincerely hope that "something different" is a good thing. I try my best to be a good example no matter where I go, or who I meet. Since joining the church I have had callings in the Primary, Family History Center, Sunday School and Relief Society. I am currently the Relief Society President in my Branch having this calling for less than a year now.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Beth
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and is a second witness for the message found in the Bible. This message, consistent with the Bible, clarifies some things that are unclear. For example, whether or not infants need baptism, or what happens to us between our death and resurrection. The Book of Mormon was not written by Joseph Smith. It was written by ancient prophets of God, and Joseph only served to translate the text and bring it into publication. Yes, it is revered by the mormons, yes it is very sacred to me. HOWEVER it is NOT a replacement for the bible. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Beth
I am not sure I would use the word "required". Every member of the church is a missionary with the responsibility of teaching the gospel by both word and deed. It's a missionary church. I personally made a covenant to God the day I was baptized to be a witness of God in all things and at all times. How can I do that, if I am not a good missionary? Being called to a full time mission is one of the greatest joys a man, woman, young man or young woman could ever do with their lives on this earth. It is not a requirement, it is an honor to serve a full time mission. It is one way or obeying the commandment of God, to warn or teach our neighbors. A full time missionary is called to represent Jesus Christ in helping people over come sin, and come unto Christ. The message of the restored gospel we mormons Latter-day Saints share is absolutely vital. It is from God our Eternal Father for every one of His children on earth and is centered in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. When that message is understood and lived, it will replace turmoil with peace, sorrow with happiness and provide solutions to life’s persistent challenges. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Beth
Faith in Jesus Christ. In order for our faith to lead to salvation, it must be centered in the Lord Jesus Christ. Read Acts 4:10–12 KJV in the Bible. Increasing our faith is of course a gift from God, but we have to nurture our faith to keep it strong. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Beth
God Heavenly Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct personages, with the Father and the Son having bodies of “flesh and bones as tangible as man’s,” and with the Holy Ghost being a Spirit. More information can be found in the Doctrine & Covenants Section 130. I know that I can can converse with God just as any man or woman converses with another man or woman. We are all created in His image. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Beth
Thomas S. Monson our current prophet, is the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mormons. He was sustained in 2008. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Beth
God's greatest gift to me is Eternal Life. I know for certain that from before the Creation of the earth, the Savior Jesus Christ, has been our only hope for peace in this world, and eternal life I believe that I once lived as a spirit in the spirit world. In order to return to that spirit world, I must do all that God comments of me. Eternal life is to live forever as families in the presence of God. Families united her on earth can be sealed together for all eternity. I'd like to paraphrase one of our General Authorities on this subject. According to Elder Bruce R. McConkie: “Eternal life is not a name that has reference only to the unending duration of a future life immortality is to live forever in the resurrected state, and by the grace of God all men will gain this unending continuance of life." I couldn't possibly have said it beeter myself. In Jesus' Name, AMEN! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Beth
Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a prophet. Just like the prophets of old, with his guidance, teaching, and revalations, he restored the gospel on the earth in this dispensation. For this he is revered in the church. However, we do not "worship" him. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. It is only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we are saved. It is only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we will someday return to our Father in Heaven. And in doing so, I guess you could say we worship God, our Heavenly Father as well. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Beth
Tithing is used to fund the growth and development of the Church throughout the world. Examples of the use of tithing: Construction of temples Worldwide missionary effort Building of and maintenance of church buildings and chapels and other worthy purposes. We also have what's call "fast offering", which is similar to tithing. The funds from our "fast offering" go to welfare needs of the poor and hungry. 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?

Beth
It's not secret, it's sacred. In the temple, we make sacred covenants with God, families are sealed for eternity as well. Only a worthy mormon can enter a temple. And by worthy I mean, one who is in good standing with the church, has fully prepared themselves and been members of the Church for at least a year. One who obeys the commandment of God can enter God's Holy Temples. Ancient temples as mentioned in the Old testament of the Bible, also required that only worthy people could enter them. The LDS mormon temples are fashioned after the O.T. temples....again requiring that only "worthy" people be allowed to enter. In the temple, I feel closer to God. To me, it is uplifting, reverent, tranquil, and very sacred. NOT secret. In the temple, eternal covenants are made between me and God, I treasure that!. Show more Show less