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Hi I'm Claire

I'm a nurse practitioner with children with heart disease. I'm a potter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single female who is continually trying to improve my life. I currently work as a nurse practitioner in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. I really enjoy working with children and their families. I am always finding new things to learn and have recently started to work on my doctorate in nursing practice. I spend my spare time traveling both in and out of the United States, taking landscape photography, and making wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised in a Latter-Day Saint family. I was taught the teachings of the gospel from the time I was very little. Although my parents instilled in me the knowledge of the church, it was not until I had my own life experiences that I fully believed the things that I had been taught. I practiced the principles I was taught. Through prayer, reading the scriptures, and an gaining research into gospel principles taught me I grew a relationship with my Heavenly Father and grew a testimony of the truth of the gospel. As the gospel and the people within the church have helped me through many of my personal struggles I have had my beliefs reinforced and my life enriched.

How I live my faith

 As all individuals I am imperfect, but strive to live a faithful life daily. The gospel discusses the importance families. Since I do not have my own family I support other individuals and families. I long for a family of my own, but I currently have a great opportunity to care for the small children in the ward. Every Sunday I spend time with the children 18 months to 3 years old. We have a great time. In addition, I try to help families as they are in the hospital to feel cared about and that they understand what is occurring. I also try to spend time providing service to others. Some of these acts of charity are small and personal. I also try to find at least one project a year which is larger and gives me the opportunity to get to know others. This past year I went on a trip to Nepal with a group of Latter-Day Saint single members who did different projects to help the people gain a sustainable income. I am always more grateful for the things that I am taught when I help others.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Claire
Faith in Jesus Christ can be obtained through practicing the principles taught in the gospel, as well as, daily scripture study and prayer. As we live according to the teachings of the Savior we are blessed in our lives. When we live the principles of the gospel we will realize their importance and gain a testimony of the truth. Jesus Christ gave a principles such as chastity, morality, honesty, and so forth to protect us. I have found that although sometimes it is difficult to be honest in all of my dealings with others, especially when there are high consequences at stake, and the truth has the potential to harm others or show us in a negative light. Although, being honest leaves us with a clear conscience and prevent further lies. Practicing these principles that Christ placed in our lives helps us to grow closer to him. The reading the scriptures teaches and reinforces gospel principles. Scriptures can also be a guide to help us make choices in our lives. I have found that it is always easier to make good choices when I read my scriptures. Frequent prayer also helps me to draw closer to Christ and Heavenly Father. There have been many incidents in my my life that have created struggles in my faith of Jesus Christ. An example of one of such struggle came after a sexual assault. It became difficult to understand how I could be trying to be a faithful member who was doing the tasks asked of me by my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I also struggled with many other principles such as forgiveness. Through listening to talks given by church members and reading about these principles, and hours of prayer I have been able to understand that bad things do happen to good people. I have also learned that I am in control of my own actions, but I cannot control the agency of others. I have also been able to come to terms with forgiveness. This struggle has been very difficult, but has increased my faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Claire
 Our church services are three hours long and are split up into three different sections including Sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and Relief Society/Priesthood/Young Men/Young Women/Primary. The most important part of our Sunday services is the Sacrament Meeting. In this meeting we participate in the Sacrament. During the Sacrament we renew our covenants we made with out Heavenly Father when we were baptized. On the first Sunday of the month we have a Fast and Testimony meeting during the Sacrament Meeting. This means that members of the church fast and give the cost of the two meals they fasted to the church to help those in need. Then in our Sacrament Meeting members of the congregation are given the opportunity to bear testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and different principles in the gospel. On the other Sundays during Sacrament Meeting member of the congregation speak to the congregation about different gospel principles. The Sunday School portion of our services are spent studying the scriptures. Every year we study a different book of scripture including The Book of Mormon, New Testament, Old Testament, and Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price. The children learn these lessons with other children their same age and the adults meet in a group together. Giving members the opportunity to learn from others. The third portion of our services include the children meeting as a group called Primary. In this period the children sing songs and learn gospel principles. The teenagers meet together, the girls meet in Young Women and the boys in Young Men learning age appropriate lessons on gospel principles. The adult men meet in Priesthood and the women meet in Relief Society to learn gospel principles appropriate to their duties as priesthood holders, family responsibilities, and charity for others. We always love to have people who are interested to attend our meetings. You can contact the missionaries or look on the www.LDS.org website map to determine the time and building closest to your location. Show more Show less