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Hi I'm Lydia

I'm a college graduate. I'm a runner, a swimmer, and a cyclist. I'm a missionary and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To put it simply, there are a vast array of things that make me who I am. I love road bikes, participating in triathlons, learning, strenthening others (physically and spiritually), surrounding myself with those I love, and simply smiling, whistling, and laughing. I am someone who loves to look at life on the positive side. When life is hard, I find the good within it because it is always there. I strive to be who my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I live my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ by being one of His missionaries in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission. Because of Christ and by being a member of His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I know I can always have happiness in life.

Why I am a Mormon

Why do we do the things we do in this life? We do them because they make us happy. That is what we live and breath for, to be happy. That's why I'm a Mormon, because it makes me happy. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has brought me the greatest joy that I have had and it has helped me throughout all aspects of my life. Without the knowledge I have received from this Gospel, it makes me shiver just thinking of where I would be without it. Because of this knowledge, I have been able to see the light in the darkest moments of life. Christ was always there at my side, urging me on. This church allows me to act for myself and choose what I believe will best benefit my life, which ultimately are the things the church has appointed us to do. This is a church for ALL people, not just for certain individuals. The only way you can find out for yourself if it is the true church is to pray. God will not withhold information from you and He will not and cannot lie. You can ask Him any question your heart desires and if done so with faith and through the name of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father will answer your questions. I know this to be true because I do it constantly, so give it a shot! :)

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we are given the opportunity to serve others, both within and outside of the church. Currently, I am serving an 18-month mission for the church in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission, where I go about my day, with a companion, teaching people more about what we believe and how they can come closer to Christ. This is all I do during these 18-months (18 months for females and 24 for males); no work, no pay, no schooling, no dating, and so forth. It has been the most rewarding experience thus far in my life and I love everything about it!! Faith is a principle of action, so to have faith, you must do something. Living by faith is a day-by-day event. Every choice we make, (well, not so much the minor choices like what we eat and what-not) directly affects our eternal salvation. So long as we make our decisions upon what our Father in Heaven would like us to do, then we won't have to worry what happens to us, whether it be good or bad. This is how I live my faith; relying upon the Father and trying to align my will with His.

What is faith?

Lydia
Faith for me is something that I have grown to love and appreciate more and more as I go throughout my life. Faith is like "taking a step into the darkness." To practice faith, you must believe what you are doing is correct and wait for that reassurance to come after you have taken that step into the unknown. Our Heavenly Father trusts and loves us enough to allow us to make our own decisions. After we have taken that step into the unknown, then because of our faith, Christ will not allow us to go in the wrong direction. You cannot practice faith while doubting, "for where doubt is, there faith has no power." If you are fearful of something, then you are not having faith in it. Until you learn to trust/have faith in God, then you will not be able to accomplish everything you wish to do. Once you have enough faith, then you will be able to do anything you put your mind to. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lydia
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints revere the Bible and believe that it is the word of God, so long as it is translated correctly. The standard version of the Bible that the "Mormon" church uses is the King James Version. We believe the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be a support to one another because they testify of each other. The Bible strengthen what is written in the Book of Mormon and it is vice versa; they are a testiment of one another and they cannot be separated. As stated in Ezekiel 37:15-17, it talks about the sticks of Judah and Ephraim. We believe the stick of Judah to be the Bible and the stick of Ephraim to be the Book of Mormon. It is a testiment to me that when it says, "they shall become one in thine hand," that they are to be read together and not separate. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Lydia
Going to church and attending the temple are different and the same for differing reasons. Attending church is something that member of the church, as well as those that may not be of our faith, do on a weekly bases. Church attendance is where all ages gather to learn more about what we believe, which is centered upon Jesus Christ and his doctrine, or teachings, and to renew our faith in Christ. There we partake of the sacrament (partaking of bread and water in rememberance of Jesus Christ) and learn from other members of our church through talks and class lessons that have been prepared. There are different classes for all ranges of ages and also for both males and females. Attending the temple is limited to those whom are members of the church. Only those whom are worthy by keeping all the commandments and covenants, or promises, are able to enter into the sacred walls of the temple. There, we learn more about the purpose of life and what our Heavenly Father would have us do. The temple is simply a house of learning. There is nothing secretive about the temple, but rather, because the ordinances made within are so sacred, it is not talked openly about. We would like all men, women, and children to enter the wall of the temple. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Lydia
The official name of the church is: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("Mormon is only a nickname due to the Book or Mormon.) We bare Christ's name, thus, we are Chirstians. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that states: "And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses' name, then it be Moses' church; or if it be called in the name if a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel." - 3 Nephi 27:8 That being said, because our church is Christ's church once again restored in this day, the church would naturally be named after Him. If our church is named after Christ, then obviously we are Chirstians. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Lydia
Temples are simply a place of learning. There, worthy members of the church learn more about the purpose of life and how we can come closer to our Heavenly Father. Within the temple, you are not asked to do anything that is uncomfortable, but rather, you do things that bring you more comfort than you had before you entered the walls of the temple. In the temple, there is a way provided for others who have previously passed from this life to receive the ordinances baptism. Also, a man and a women are sealed, or married, for time and all eternity, rather than just "until death do you part." Not only can a husband and wife be sealed together, but children can be sealed to their parents, meaning that the family can and will be together forever. For me, the temple is simply a place where I can become more happy, leave the world behind me, and gain a knowledge of what my Heavenly Father would have me do. It is the House of the Lord. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Lydia
As a missionary, many people I come in contact with believe Mormons do not believe in the same Christ that they believe in, which, most commonly, is false. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of the Father, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. That said, the need for a Savior is absolutely critical in this life. Without the Savior, there really is no point to life. Through the Savior Jesus Christ, we are able to repent of our sin to ultimately return to live with Him and Heavenly Father for time and all eternity (Alma 34:8-9.) It is also because of Christ that we are able to receive, whether we are good or evil, to receive a perfected, resurrected body after we die (Alma 40:11.) Christ has taken upon Himself all the pains, afflictions, sicknesses, and sorrows of men so that He might be able to support us in our trials (Alma 7:11-12.) Overall, the need for the Savior is so that we might have rest, joy, and peace in the life to come (Alma 40:12.) Show more Show less