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Hi I'm Randi

I'm from South Carolina. I'm in nursing school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! My name is Randi and I'm 22 years old. I'm scheduled to graduate nursing school May 3rd and I'm super excited to start my career as a RN (real nurse, of course)! I've been looking forward to this day for quite some time now. I will be getting married after graduation in the Columbia, SC temple and then going out to BYU for some time with the husband. I've never spent more than 5 days away from the good old southeast, so this is going to be an experience for me! All the more reason to be excited!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a different faith and have been a Mormon since Halloween of 2009. I decided to learn about the Mormon church because I just had SO many questions that my faith at the time could not answer. They were big questions to ask, and no one could give me a straight forward answer until I met a Mormon. I remember talking on the phone for hours about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and becoming completely frustrated with him. He patiently sat with me and did not become flustered at any moment, but simply sat and listened to me vent. I'll never forgot the peaceful feeling that would overcome me the next time I would bring the question up. I knew that what he was trying to teach me was true and I began asking more and more questions. Once I had exhausted the poor guy with questions, he determined I should talk to the missionaries. WHOA, was that an experience! I couldn't wait for our next meeting and I loved every moment with them! I knew what they were saying were true because of the feelings the lessons brought along with it. Once I had decided, after many prayers and tears, that this was the Lord's true church, my next obstacle was my family. I prayed for the strength and courage every night to tell my family about my decision to be baptized. I also prayed for the wisdom to know the best time to tell them, and I was blessed with that knowledge. I told my mom first, while fighting back tears, and my mom was excited to know I was even attending a church! This was amazing to me, due to the fact my mother had argued with me weeks before about Mormons. I KNOW that God hears prayers and answers them in his own time. My mother and father both attended my baptism, they still support me in my membership with the Church, and even correct people when they incorrectly inform my parents about the Lord's church.

How I live my faith

Living faithfully is not as easy as one would hope. Being a college student, there are plenty of opportunities to become involved in activities that aren't so appropriate for one who follows Christ's teaching, but I know that the activities that are provided by the Church are there to strengthen members. I go to a class called institute on every Tuesday that I have available. The class is a scripture based class where I can meet up with fellow college students who are Mormon, or who are learning about the church. We learn so much about the scriptures and it provides knowledge and encouragement to make it through the rest of the week. On Wednesdays, I work with the Cub Scouts at church. Watching the young boys grow up to be wise young men just amazes me and inspires me to be a good example for them by living my faith. Sundays, I attend church and I invite as many people as I can. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ so much that I'm excited to share it with anyone who listens! Church brings such an amazing, peaceful and strengthening aspect to my life that I'm excited to go every Sunday. The members of my local church, known as a ward, gives me strength to live my faith every Sunday we meet again by genuinely caring, with their words of encouragement, and by living in their own faith as an example to me.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Randi
Mormons love Joseph Smith, just as they love all prophets because of the guidance they have provided for Christ's people. We do not worship him though. Our love for the Prophet Joseph Smith comes from our knowledge of the blessings that were opened to us when Joseph Smith played his role in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of Joseph Smith, God's church was reestablished on Earth and the authority of Christ was restored. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Randi
The Holy Ghost is a spirit who witnesses to the truthfulness of the gospel and is a gift from God to us. Before baptism, someone can feel and witness to the blessings of the Holy Ghost. After baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost is given to the person as a constant companion for guidance, peace and comfort. Show more Show less