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Hi I'm Saundra

I am the oldest of 6, a student, a friend, an athlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 6 kids and we all grew up in Alaska. I am now a working college student and am studying Physical Education and Math Education. I love to play sports, particularly volleyball, and love to teach and play with kids. I also love to hang out with my good friends and roommates.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Both of my parents are active members and taught my siblings and I how to live as good and righteous people. In my teenage years, our church leaders encouraged the youth to gain a testimony of the Gospel for ourselves. They taught us that it was good that we were living off of our parents' testimonies, but there comes a time that we must find out for ourselves. There were many times during my youth where I would go to my Heavenly Father in prayer, after reading the Book of Mormon, and ask Him to help me to know for myself. I never saw angels, a flash of light, or even a "sign." Each and every time, I only felt the tender love of my Heavenly Father and heard His voice in my head telling me that I already knew. I already had a testimony of the truthfulness of this church. It may have been a small testimony, but I had it and it was mine. Once I knew, there was no turning back. I cannot deny that this is the true church, that we are lead by a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is a true testament of Christ, and that my Heavenly Father loves me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by consistently trying to become better, so that I can become like my older brother, Jesus Christ, and so that I can live with my Heavenly Father again. I constantly pray, because I know that I can't ever do it alone. I read the Book of Mormon to learn from the prophets of old. I attend my church meetings to learn from my church leaders and peers. I participate in my ward so that maybe, I can help someone else. I currently help with the Sunday School organization in my ward by organizing the classes and teachers. It has been a learning experience for me to lead these teachers and I have enjoyed it. I am a very inexperienced teacher, but I learn so much when I am teaching and helping those around me to become better people themselves. We are all striving for the same things, and we strive together. We all want to be better and to live with our Heavenly Father. We help each other to get there. We all teach and learn together.

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

Saundra
We believe that we are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and we lived with Him in the preexistence before coming to this earth. We needed to come to this earth so that we can be tried and tested, as well as gain a physical body of flesh and bones, just like our Father in Heaven. However, there was no way that we could be tested and remain perfect. If we are not perfect, we cannot return to live with our Father in Heaven. A plan was made, and our older brother, Jesus Christ, stepped up and offered to be the mediator between justice and mercy. He offered to descend below all things and suffer the sins of the world. He paid our debt so that we can become perfect through Him. When we repent and become perfect again, through Jesus Christ, we are again on our way to living with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Saundra
This subject is one of the most beautiful concepts and it is a great comfort to me. Yes, husband and wife can be together forever, and everyone has the opportunity to live with their family for time and all eternity in the presence of God after this life here on earth. As a church, this is what we believe, and I KNOW it is true. If I am obedient and follow the commandments, I can live with my family for eternity. I can also be sealed for time and all eternity to my future husband and we can be together forever with each other and our future children. It doesn't have to end. But it wont just be given to us either. We have to remain faithful, and we will be blessed more than we can imagine. Show more Show less