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Hi I'm Reija

I married to a man who looks like a leprechaun. We don't have much gold, but we do have lots of luck. And love.

About Me

I enjoy baking coconut cream pies for my redheaded man. When I'm not baking, I am wandering around the hospital looking for my team, trying to keep it real in medical school. In a few short years I'll be a family physician-- and hopefully-- a mother of a whole brood of short redheads. It's going to be a fun life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I live according to the teachings of Christ and the teachings of Mormon leaders, I feel my ability to love other people and to be happy increase. I have felt of the reality and the love of a Heavenly Father and have experienced feeling His love for others. The Comforter, which Christ promises, has testified to me that the doctrines are true as I have made covenants, such as baptism, that bind my life to Christ and to Mormonism. Mormonism teaches that families can be together after this life and that progression is eternal. It also teaches that because of God's love, all have the chance to choose to follow Him and live in a state of happiness forever. This doctrine gives me great hope and fills me with joy. I also believe that the priesthood, the authority of God, resides in this church and as I have made covenants through that priesthood, I have felt my abilities to love and to live according to Christ's teachings increase.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying every day to be kinder and to be more like Christ. I try to love others and be useful to them. I try to have a soft heart and to develop feelings of compassion. I teach the womens' group and try to help each woman understand that she is loved, that she is divine, and that she can enlarge her capacity to do good.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are like women all over the globe-- they have strong desires to love and to be loved. They are advocates of all things that are beautiful and good. They are deeply committed to living full lives and to helping others. Mormons believe that men and women were created by God to be complements of each other and that a man and a woman together are the central unit of the the family, the core of eternal happiness. As Paul states in the New Testament, "Neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord."  Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Our Father in Heaven loves us and wants us to know Him. We begin to know Him by studying His words, as found in the scriptures. By a study of His doctrine, we come to see Him as a loving Father who has provided a plan for His children to receive all that He has. Next, we exercise faith in Him. We pray to Him and we share with Him our thoughts and hopes, much as we would share them with a loving father on Earth. We ask Him to help us feel His love for us. We ask Him to show Himself to us. And then we try to live by His words, and the prayer for Him to show himself will be answered as we begin to see His love work in our lives.  Show more Show less