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Hi I'm Sister Johanna Welling

I'm a runner. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the New Hampshire, Manchester Mission. I love running, hiking, ultimate frisbee, basketball, rock climbing, cliff jumping... pretty much anything that involves the great outdoors or being active. Running has been a huge part of my life. I have an awesome twin brother who is currently serving a mission as well in the Boise, Idaho Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I started gaining my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel in my early teenage years. I think the first time I knew without a doubt that the gospel was true was when I attended Especially for Youth (EFY) the summer before my sophomore year. The spirit was extremely strong the entire week and just being surrounded by so many Christ-like people my age made me realize that I am a daughter of God. I've noticed that when I follow the commandments and try to be like the Savior, the spirit is stronger in my life and as a result, there is true joy in my life. I know from personal experience that there are many things in this world that can make your temporarily happy, but having a strong relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ brings a pure joy that you can't find in any other way.

How I live my faith

I live the gospel by attending church for three hours every Sunday. On Sundays I avoid participating in athletic events, hanging out with friends, or doing homework so I can focus on attending my church meetings and strengthening my relationship with Jesus Christ. I also live my faith by trying to be an example of Christ at all times and in all things and in all places. This can be pretty hard, espeically in high school, but it's also very important because people are always watching you and judging you. I want to behave in such a way that people will think about me in a positive light and know that I am strong in my convictions. I dress modestly and don't drink alcohol or use other substances because my body is a sacred gift from God and I don't want to do anything to misuse it or hurt it. I am also making a daily conscious effort to strengthen my relationship with Christ. I try to pray every morning and night, as well as read my scriptures. I also attend early morning seminary on weekdays during the school year, which is a 50 minute scripture study class taught by a member of my ward whose calling is to do so. Starting each day with a spiritual message has blessed my life.

Are Mormons Christians?

Sister Johanna Welling
Mormons are Christian. Our church is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, showing that Jesus Christ is at the center of our beliefs. We believe that He died for us and try to follow His example of forgiveness, love, and humility. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Sister Johanna Welling
Mormons have not practiced polygamy for over 100 years. It was once a temporary commandment from God that some members were asked to participate in, but it was later discontinued in the church and anyone who continued to pratice polygamy was ex-communicated. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Sister Johanna Welling
You can find out if Mormonism is true by reading the Book of Mormon and sincerely praying to God to know if it true. You should take what we call "The Discussions" from Mormon missionaries, who will invite you to be baptized after you've searched the scriptures and felt the spirit telling you that the gospel is truly the word of God. You can also attend a Mormon church meeting in your local area or talk to someone you know that is Mormon. Show more Show less