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Hi I'm Audrey

I am adopted, and a returned-missionary. The Church means everything to me!

About Me

I was adopted as a baby and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up all over the United States. I've lived in many states, including Utah, Virginia, and my home-state of Michigan. I served a full-time mission for the Church to the small Central American country of Costa Rica. There I learned Spanish, which is fitting since I am half Puerto Rican! I'm temporarily living with my parents and younger sister, and my dog, Dante. I'm taking classes online to become a Veterinary Technician.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to have had the Gospel in my life from the beginning. I realize how different my life would be without the Church. If my birth-mother had chosen to keep me, and would not have had the blessing of an eternal family or the knowledge of the Gospel. My testimony is that Jesus Christ died for us, but now lives. He has always worked through prophets, and does so now. I know and believe that His power, the priesthood, is on the earth. My father and brothers hold this priesthood I am so grateful for it. The priesthood is what brings about miracles, what comforts and blesses us. I also have a testimony of the holy scriptures. I am so grateful for each of the sacred works not just the Bible, but also the Book of Mormon, and other books of scripture received through prophets new and old. Most importantly to me, I know that we have a Father in Heaven who sent His son to be our Savior. THEY KNOW ME. Personally. They love me and each one of us. My testimony of these things did not come automatically. It has come gradually through the years, and continues to grow daily. There have been many difficulties in my life that have tested me. And there have been times I have wanted to throw it all away. During those times I have felt God's love overpowering me. He knows my problems. He knows what I need. And He has ALWAYS been there for me. I continue to trust in Him forever.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not an easy thing. But it definitely is a wonderful thing! It is hard to live the Gospel everyday, especially as things around us get worse. Many things help to ground me in the Gospel and strengthen my testimony. One of those things is music. As part of church services, we sing many sacred hymns. I love to sing these songs. When I sing I feel a spirit of strength, of truth, and of peace. I also love to play the hymns on the piano. It fills me with joy to play the piano. And it is a way that I can serve the Lord and His church. Another thing is Visiting Teaching. This is a program of sorts for women 18 and older. Two women, as companions, make monthly visits to other women. They visit, and they teach hence the name, visiting teaching. A message about the Gospel is shared, and the two visitors make sure needs are met. It is a way to make friends, to share interests, and to help when needed. I love this program. Sometimes I have been assigned to visit women much older than me a somewhat daunting task. But each time I have learned something from these sisters. And I love getting to know them.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Audrey
In the Bible, our bodies are referred to as temples. The first thing I think of when I hear that is, What is a temple? A temple is a place where the Lord lives. So if you think about that, think about the kind of place He would choose to live in. Would is be dirty? Trashy? Un-kept? Would it be destructible or unsteady? Of course not. God's temple would be the most beautiful building you could ever see. It would be clean, well-kept, sturdy and strong. That is how are bodies should be. Our bodies are gifts from God, as is the ability to create new life. These are not things we should take for granted. We need to keep our bodies clean on the outside and the inside. This doesn't just mean taking a shower everyday and brushing your teeth though those things ARE very important. It means we should refrain from having lots of piercings or tattos, eating healthy, and exercising. It means that we should avoid using our bodies for doing bad things. Using our body to attract others like wearing little or no clothing is not how God intended us to use them. Sexual relations should be saved for after marriage, and not used outside of marriage. We must always remember that these bodies are a gift from God, and use them as He would have us do. Show more Show less