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Hi I'm Olie

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California. My mother had six children.

About Me

I celebrated 50 years as a member of the Church in March 2011. I'm a teenage convert. My mother, sister and I joined after my older brother and his wife had been members a while. I have seen my three children baptized. I'm currently a civil servant and work full-time where my children were raised. Because of a mother who loved to travel I've been back and forth to Washington numerous times and driven with her twice to Ontario, Canada, the second time going to the 48 states. Because of this trip and my journal I'm a published author. I've traveled and worked in Europe 13 months and have since been to my last two states, Alaska and Hawaii. I'm a visiting teacher and ward missionary in my ward.

Why I am a Mormon

Having joined the Church as a 14-year-old I learned about it from the elders and by attending seminary. By reading, studying and praying to know if the Church is true I gained a testimony that has never left me. The joy of the gospel and true Church is wonderful. I've read the entire standard works of the Church: the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. I also love reading the official Church magazine, The Ensign. By reading 20 pages every Sunday I complete it cover to cover. The temple is a holy place, about as close to heaven as I can get, and I give service there on Saturdays.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday and my social life tends to revolve around activities and socials as well. I've made temple attendance a priority in my life. Being a visiting teacher I keep in touch with several other sisters in the ward and give them a spiritual message each month, make sure they know about events, offer them rides, and in general be of help or get help for them if needed.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Olie
God and family are really the only important things and we believe we can be together forever. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Olie
This always puzzles me because the name of our church includes the Lord's name! Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Olie
President Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Olie
No. Being worthy is the determining factor upon turning eight years of age. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Olie
The short answer is yes. Men are allowed to be sealed to more than one woman in the temple. Women can be sealed to only one man. Say the wife dies the man can marry again in the temple. The woman cannot. There's a nice Primary song, Families Can Be Together Forever. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Olie
Temples are houses of the Lord wherein sacred ordinances are performed for both the living and the dead, by proxy. Baptisms for those who have passed on are performed, endowments and sealings of families are performed by proper priesthood authority. I would love to be in each and every temple in the world. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Olie
For me it's knowing that I know I have the truth and I know where to find answers. I don't feel smug, I feel blessed to have this knowledge. So in times of trial, death, and difficulties I know that this life is the test and there's an afterlife. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Olie
One of the big differences I think is our religion affects us 24/7, not just on Sundays. Here's what a typical week can look like. Monday: Family Home Evening. This consists mainly of setting aside Mondays to share together as a family, taking turns with a short lesson and hymn, and refreshments. It could be a walk or bike ride together or a game enjoyed by all at home or a field. Tuesday: Relief Society dinner or lesson at church. Wednesday: Scouts and Mutual for Young Men and Young Women. Thursday: Home teaching or visiting teaching. Friday: Date night including married couples. Saturday: Ward party or dinner, temple worship. Sunday: Sacrament meeting, Sunday School and Relief Society or Priesthood, Primary, for one hour each preceded and/or followed by possible meetings for various callings. Sundays are also family days to have dinner together at home, share and be together. It's a day consecrated to the Lord for worship, gospel study, scripture study, writing family, friends, missionaries, journaling, resting, doing family history research. This is only an outline of possibilities. In addition to this scenario I personally enjoy ushering events, ballets and plays to see the show for free and meet other people. I like to meet my friend for dinner after my temple service. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Olie
This is the plan of Heavenly Father. Think of it like joining a club. To join the Church baptism is required followed by the laying on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Olie
There is no election, no campaign. When the president dies all of the First Presidency and the Twelve revert back to the seniority of their Apostalic callings. The most senior member becomes the president and he chooses two counselors from the Brethren. It's seamless, smooth and reassuring. Show more Show less

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

Olie
Caring for our bodies means we're caring for our spirit. So it makes sense to clothe, feed, protect and nuture our physical bodies. Inking and piercing is not caring for the temples of our spirits. Our prophet has asked that we have one earring piercing. Some members didn't like that. Maybe it's telling of whether we're willing to follow the prophet if we can follow him in small things. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Olie
I don't feel we have our own customs apart from the world. We do send our children on missions and have a family farewell and homecoming celebration. Men wear a suit, white shirt and tie to church, especially as leaders or to bless or pass the sacrament. Women wear dresses or skirts and tops with dress shoes. We celebrate all the normal holidays at home or at a church party like Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Pioneer Day, Halloween Fall Festival, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Marriages are celebrated with a reception often at church in the cultural hall with food and dancing. There is usually a line of the wedding party to congratulate after signing the guest book. Birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated as a family inviting who they wish and however they want to celebrate. The ward or different auxiliaries sponsor potlucks or parties all year long. For instance, we moved into a newly remodeled chapel and both wards had a fantastic luau with tons of food, a roasted pig, and Polynesian entertainment to celebrate and get acquainted with one another. Our next event will be the annual Christmas dinner in December. Show more Show less

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

Olie
Usually chapels have a sign Visitors Welcome. In any case they are welcome and you can attend church. You can leave your money at home. There is no plate passed. The sacrament is passed to the congregation usually by deacons 12 years of age and older. Because we see each other in many other capacities we are well acquainted and therefore there's quite a lot of meet and greet because we're happy to see each other. Reverence can suffer in our joy but the services once started are as reverent as possible with the entire family there including crying babies which are usually taken out of the chapel. There are no paid layman so in addition to the bishopric and high council giving talks the members are called weeks in advance to also give talks, usually from the Ensign magazine from general conference talks by the Prophet and Brethren. There are hymns sung, prayers and of course the sacrament. For special occasions the choir sings and at other times there could be a soloist and pianist perform a sacred song between speakers. Show more Show less