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Hi I'm Lydia

I'm a musician, a student, a volunteer, and I'm a Mormon! :D

About Me

I am 27, and I am a masters level music student at the University of Aberdeen. I also like gardening, volunteer work, watching movies, making stuff (like hats and cards lol), and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all my friends! I served a mission in Bulgaria.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this gospel because it helps to grow closer to my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Through their words taught in the scriptures, I know where I came from, where I am going, and my favorite: what my purpose on their earth is. When I read the Book of Mormon, follow its teaching, and pray regularly, I feel strength and protection every day of my life. I know that my Father has my best interests at mind and that he has a plan for my life. Because of this, I never have to stress or worry about anything because 1. I know that ultimately, my goal is to live with my Father after I die and 2. Father in Heaven will help me get through any trial that I face on this earth and Jesus Christ has already paid for my sins and if I repent, I will be forgiven. It is so comforting to know that I don't have to rely on just myself to get back to heaven. I have a loving Father and brother who are willing and eager to help me return to them!

How I live my faith

I have been a member of this church since I was born. I was baptized at the age of 8, went to primary and young women's, received my young womanhood recognition (a program for young women to increase their testimony of the gospel), and am now serving as a ward missionary in my student ward. I keep the covenants I made at baptism and in the temple. I don't drink alcohol or coffee, I don't smoke or do drugs, I don't swear or use the Lord's name in vain, I don't participate in unwholesome entertainment or watch R rated movies, I keep my self morally clean and chaste, and I don't shop or participate in recreational activities on Sundays. I serve my fellow man, I share my testimony with those I come in contact with, I laugh and have fun with my friends, I am a friend to people of all races, religions, and backgrounds, I love God and Jesus Christ, I go to church every sunday, I fast once a month, I read my scriptures and pray daily, and I attend the temple.

How does the Church finance its operations?

The church finances it's operations through the tithing of faithful members. Each member pays 10% of his or her income. Tithing is a commandment from God because it helps to build the kingdom of God on earth. It is also a way to show our obedience to and love for God. Out Father in Heaven has given us EVERYTHING we have! What is 10% in comparison? Plus, our Father promises that if we obey his commandments he will "open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Father in Heaven has also said "as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me." One of the ways that we can do that is through tithing. The LDS church is one of the biggest providers of humanitarian aid in the world. We were first responders in Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and many, many other disasters around the world. This would not be possible without tithing. In addition to humanitarian aid, the church has it's own welfare program, and what we call the Bishop's Store House where low income families can go to receive food. Tithing helps to build temples, church houses, and funds many other church organizations. I have paid tithing all my life and I know that it is a true principle that helps me grow closer to Christ and blesses my life in more ways than I can count. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries come to teach you about the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Plan of Happiness which God has prepared for the salvation of His children (and allows us to be with our families forever!), The Gospel of Jesus Christ, and commandments that God has given us to help us be happy and return to Him. They study these doctrines and teaching skills every day so that they can teach you in the simplest, most direct way possible. they want to help you know the truth of their message for yourself, so they will ask you to read the Book of Mormon, Pray, and other things that will helps you to experience the truth for yourself. You don't have to rely on them, you can ask God and He will answer your question "is the Book of Mormon true?" Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

When Christ was on the earth, He established His church and gave His apostles the authority to baptize and perform saving ordinances. Well, after Christ and His apostles were killed, the Church that Christ established was taken from the earth. Because the people killed the apostles, the authority to baptize and perform saving ordinances was no longer on the earth and there was no one authorized to lead the church of God. There was also no prophet on the earth and because of that, the people could not receive revelation from God (Amos 3:7 surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto His servants the prophets). That happened. People who believed in Christ, started trying to live His gospel, but because they weren't led by an inspired prophet and revelations from God, they didn't know how to interpret the bible and other teachings of Christ. So they started to change things. Because of this, the church needed to be restored. God doesn't want His children to be confused so He always calls a prophet when His children are ready to listen. In our time (or dispensation), He called Joseph Smith to restore the gospel. This is also prophesied of in the bible in Isaiah 29:13-14. His Marvelous Work and Wonder is the Restoration of the Gospel in these last days. This is the last time it will be restored and it will never be taken off the earth. How lucky are we to have a living prophet on the earth who receives revelation directly from God! Show more Show less