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Hi I'm Jeanette.

I'm a transplant Angeleno, an aspiring commercial producer, a feminist... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an aspiring commercial producer just climbing the ladder in Los Angeles. I currently work at an advertising agency where I'm constantly challenged to better myself as a producer, and to stick with my beliefs in a very worldly atmosphere.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe the teachings of the church, it's as simple as that. Yes, I have been raised in the church. I feel like I was very lucky to be born into one of the strongest LDS families I know. To me, the gospel of Jesus Christ is harmonious with the way I view life. Sure, there are things that I don't understand, but I have such a firm testimony that families are meant to be forever and that we are here for a reason that I don't need to understand everything to know the church is true. I took a Book of Mormon class and the teacher basically said, if one thing Joseph Smith taught is true, then the church is true. If one thing he said is a lie, then the chruch is a lie. Well, I know that God lives and loves me, and my time spent in the temple has revealed to me that I really am in the Lord's house, doing his work. And that is all I need to remember when I, or anyone else, want to remember why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to be Christlike in every possible way. To me, although commandments are important, the most key thing in living my faith is striving to be Christlike and doing what I believe to be right. Sometimes what I believe is right is different from other people in the church, and that's fine. As long as it's what I truly believe is right, regardless of influence of the outside world, and I have the right perspective and goal in mind, of becoming a better, more Christlike person and returning to Him, everything else will fall into place.

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

Jeanette.
Have you ever made a mistake? That's a coincidence, so have I! And that is exactly why we need a Savior. To make it to the Celestial Kingdom, or Heaven, or the presence of God, we need to be perfect. Without Christ, we would all be out of luck. He came to Earth not only to spread the Gospel, but more importantly, to BE the Savior that we so desperately need, and to atone for our sins. He essentially felt the pain of every sin and sorrow in the Garden of Gethsemane, and because he was willing to do that, we have the ability to repent of our sins, have our slates wiped clean, and return to live with our Father where we belong. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jeanette.
The Book of Mormon wasn't written by one person. Rather, it was a collaborative effort passed down through the American prophets beginning with Nephi. It contains revelation, political histories, and spiritual teachings from the same time period as the Bible, simply on a different continent. It is called the Book of Mormon after one of the prophets who contributed, Mormon. He actually put the whole thing together and made abridgments of some of the longer parts. Contrary to popular belief, Joseph Smith did NOT write the book, he merely translated it. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jeanette.
I'll be honest- LDS worship services are very long. Every Sunday, each congregation meets for three hours. The first hour is the most important- that is where we partake of the sacrament and are reminded of the covnenant we made to take the name of Christ upon us and live for him. This sacrament also gives us a chance to use Christ's atonement to begin the repentance process for any sins we have committed throughout the week. After the service, the congregation listens to talks from other members of the ward and sing hymns, all as a part of the worship service. This entire meeting lasts just over a meeting. The congregation then splits for two other meetings, Sunday School, which is about 45 minutes, and then Priesthood and Relief Society (meetings for the church's organizations for men and women, respectively) which is about an hour. There are also meetings for the youth in the congregation during those two hours. Visitors are always welcome to attend our church! You don't have to attend all three hours if you don't want to, and anyone will be happy to help you understand the church. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jeanette.
The church has the stance that marriage is to be between a man and a woman, and that the woman's divine role is to be a mother and a teacher to her children. However, the church leaves it up to each individual family how that role will play out, and how the husband and wives choose to organize their families. Many church members choose to have very traditional families, with the father working outside the home while the mother stays home with the children and keeps the house. That being said, some families choose to have the mother work while the father stays home, both parents work, or in some case, a couple may choose to not have children all together. In my opinion, he beauty of personal revelation is that we are able to make these choices with our spouses, and with God. Although there are some unfortunate stigmas in the culture of the church that may make some choices harder to live without judgement than others, as long as a couple is doing what they truly feel is right after much prayer and consideration, they can know it's ordained of God... just like the family. Show more Show less