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Hi I'm Connie

I'm a reader, a writer, a traveler, a vegetarian, and an aspiring social worker raised in New England. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate and currently looking for a job! Sadly, I have a feeling I'm not the only one. I have been married for one year, no kids yet, but we're contemplating getting a puppy... I was an English major, and I love reading, writing, traveling, swimming, watching movies with my husband, finding new music, and lately, wandering antiques stores.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons, you know, the whole pioneer heritage thing, but becoming (and staying) a Mormon has been completely my own decision. The lifestyle that it promotes alone is enough evidence for me of its goodness -- the church teaches you specific ways to be healthy and happy. The church satisfies with answers to my most burning questions in life (who am I? Is there a God? What is the higher purpose? Why am I here?) and I feel inside of me that those answers are true. One of the greatest joys in my life is also made possible through my religion -- being sealed to my husband forever -- even beyond the grave.

How I live my faith

I recently moved cross-country with my husband, and we have not yet had specific service callings in our new ward, though we look forward to getting some! I live my faith daily in the small ways that I treat and serve other people. I get involved in community service and volunteer at local homeless shelters and women's and children's shelters. Above all, Christ's life demonstrates Christian love and service, and I try to develop and emulate that in my life so that it extends to everyone, not just other members of my church.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Connie
We believe that our bodies are sacred gifts from God, and that receiving a body was one of the reasons we were sent down to this earth -- so we can have these bodies eternally, even after this earth life. So they are incredibly sacred, and we frequently liken them unto "temples." As such, our bodies need to be treated with reverence and respect. Dressing modestly demonstrates to others and to yourself that you see your body in this sacred, eternal light, and not just in an earthly, lustful sort of way. Yes, sex is divinely sanctioned between married couples and is wonderful, but it is important to remember, and to show others, that we see our bodies as something sacred and not just something sexual. Dressing modestly helps to prevent that sort of sexual objectification. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Connie
Mormon temples are used primarily for service! We believe that to have eternal life (meaning living with God forever), there are certain ordinances that you need to have done. These ordinances include baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost to always dwell with you, a special temple ordinance, and an eternal sealing to a spouse. The last two ordinances are performed in the temples -- generally just once for a person. So, after we have had these ordinances done on ourselves, the other times that we go to the temple is to be a proxy for these ordinances to be performed on behalf of someone else -- someone who has already passed away and never had a chance in their lifetime to receive the Gospel. We don't believe that just because they never received the Gospel that they will be damned or will not be able to achieve the same level of happiness as someone who did. So, we perform those ordinances on behalf of those who have passed on, and they can choose whether or not to accept them and continue onwards in their eternal progression. Show more Show less