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While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors. Watch these stories of faith in the everyday lives of Mormons. You can also meet Mormons here.
Our faith influences nearly every aspect of our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities. Here are a few of the cultural priorities embraced by members of the Church around the world.
We are all spiritual children of a loving
Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons,
we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives
to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
Many people say that because Mormon women don't hold the priesthood, that Mormons don't believe women are equal to men. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a husband, I value my wife as my truest supporter and friend. I feel that she is in almost every way my superior; someone with whom I am constantly trying to keep up. She is kinder than I am, more patient, more loving, more spiritual, more disciplined. The list goes on and on. Mormons espouse a more traditional or conservative set of values; values that include differing roles for men and women in the family and in society. For some reason people today have lost the ability to understand the concept of two things being different but equal. Imagine that you have a certain quantity of gold and a certain quantity of diamonds, both amounts equaling $100,000. Each material has different qualities, different characteristics that make them valuable. They operate in different markets and have different roles. They both reflect light, but differently. In the end, however, both are worth $100,000 dollars. Men and women are just like this. They each have different qualities that make them important; different roles to play in family life and in the world at large. These differences are given by God and are part of His design and plan for the happiness and salvation of his children. We are different but equal. There is wisdom and beauty in that design, and I will forever be grateful for it.
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Women have a divine role, as designed by Heavenly Father before we came to earth. We were given the sacred opportunity to be mothers and to work alongside the brethren of the church to serve, uplift, and strengthen others. Women are powerful and strong forces for good in the world. We must be careful, however. The world today often tries to demean the divine role of womanhood by over-sexualizing women or saying that they should be the same as men. Women and men are different for divine purposes. I don't want to be a man. I know that Heavenly Father sent me here to be who I am because I can contribute to this great work in a way that no one else can. I'm grateful to be a woman today.
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What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?
The Word of Wisdom is a commandment given by our loving Heavenly Father through Joseph Smith. It is a law of health. Because our body is a precious gift from God, we need to take good care of them. By keeping our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, we can enjoy great physical and spiritual blessings.
The Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21), God commands us to stay away and not partake of Tabacco, Alcohol, Coffee and tea, and Illegal drugs. He wants us to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
I know that we can experience a happier and healthier life as we follow the Word of Wisdom. We can also feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost as we strive to keep the commandments of God - as we follow the Word of Wisdom.
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