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Hi I'm Libby

I'm an all around Nerd and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married stepmother and a strong thirty-something woman. I currently work as a library assistant and I love my job. It was my second choice for a career, but it probably should have been my first. I love helping people find the information that will help them to accomplish their dreams or the books that expand their imagination and their paradigm. I also like being in a place where knowledge and fun books are constantly available to me. I received a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. I initially wanted to work in Southwest and Mayan Archaeology, and although I have been able to do some volunteer work in the field, I have found that I don't like being away from my husband. We have way too much fun together. We get to spend the summer with our teenage daughter. (His from a previous marriage.) Together we are a family of geeks. We love to read SciFi/Fantasy books together, watch and review animated shows, perform vocally and theatrically, create art, think up stories, and make costumes for Renaissance Faire's and other activities. I enjoy being active in the local community and politics and generally, being an all around nerd.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mother and Father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during their engagement. They divorced five years later when I was four years old. Observing their faith, their example, their successes, and their mistakes gave me the tools to find the truth for myself. These are the basic assumptions I have as a result: 1. There is a God. 2. God is Good. 3. People are imperfect, but that doesn't make them bad. 4. Ask questions. That is how you will find answers. 5. The answers are usually not exactly the same for everyone. 6. God will help you find the answers you need and lead you to the truth. Because the Mormon Church has been a constant influence in my life I can't say there was ever a specific moment that I can remember where I knew it was all true. It started with Bible stories. I remember knowing they were true, but still having many questions. I kept asking. Only, I didn't ask my parents, because they had already taught me they didn't know everything, but they taught me that God does know everything so He should be the one I ask. I have received the answers to those questions over time little by little. I can remember the moment I knew the Bible was the word of God. I remember when I knew Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior. I can remember when I knew there was an afterlife. I can remember when I first knew that Joseph Smith really saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. I remember when I first read the Book of Mormon and knew it was true. I remember when I discovered that God still speaks to prophets today and knew that was true. And I keep asking questions and I keep learning and I keep reading and I keep building my knowledge of the Gospel and my relationship with God. And nothing helps me more than the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

One of the things I enjoy the most about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that I get to participate in the Church. Currently, I teach the fourth Sunday Lessons in the women's auxiliary known as the Relief Society. I enjoying sharing with people the things that I have learned and that I learn just going through the lesson information. It gives me an opportunity to keep growing. I also have a group of women that I get to visit. I try to make sure that their needs are being met and that if they need help or just someone to talk to I am there. Many of the things I have been able to do in the past have also helped me to grow closer to the Lord. I have taught both children and adults in Sunday School and I have gained quite a repertoire of sacred music in my work as a choir director, choir member, chorister, and pianist. I am not very good at some of those things, but it is always great to have the chance to improve while helping fill needs in the ward. I love applying the things that I learn to my daily life by solving problems, serving others, and improving myself. It's often two steps forward and one step back, but I still make progress.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Libby
Grace is central to the Plan of God. Grace is granted through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Everyone who was ever born, EXCEPT Jesus Christ, has sinned or fallen short of the glory and perfection of God. Sin and imperfection cause us to be separated from God who is holy and perfect. No matter what we do we can never bridge the distance between us and our Heavenly Father. Because our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to returned to Him, He sent Jesus Christ. He knew Jesus would live a perfect life, and He knew Jesus would teach us how we can grow as close as possible to God in our imperfection, but even when we try our best to follow Jesus we will still be separated from God by the imperfection of our bodies and our spirits. Because Jesus was perfect He was able to make up the difference for our short comings though His suffering and Resurrection. He paid the price for our sins and He was resurrected with a perfect body so that we could be resurrected as well. Without the Grace of Jesus Christ none of this would be possible. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Libby
Mormon Temples are used for several things, but their purpose is to bring the world closer to God. Ordinances are performed in the temple that symbolize covenants, or promises, between God and individuals. Patrons seek God's promises of Eternal Life with Him and in return make promises of self-discipline, obedience, chastity, and charity. These promises help us to grow closer to God and become more like Him and because not everyone has the opportunity to make these promises while they are living, we also perform these ordinances by proxy on behalf of those who have died. Show more Show less