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Hi I'm Tricia

I teach young children to read. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a reading specialist in an elementary school, where I get to work with kids who are learning to read every day. I love being able to do that! I also enjoy studying languages, gardening a new-found interest, reading, hiking, and talking to friends and family members. I am an aunt to 3 nephews, soon to be 4, and a sister to 6 brothers! When people ask me where I'm from, it often takes me a second to respond. My family moved frequently while I was growing up due to my Dad's job. As an adult, I've continued to love the adventure of meeting new people and experiencing new places. I've both traveled and moved quite a bit!

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I'm a Mormon goes back several generations, but the important part is why I've chosen for myself to be a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My ancestors in various generations were converted to Mormonism, so I was raised in a family that attended Church every week and emphasized keeping the commandments of God. I was never rebellious, but I did want to know whether the Mormon Church was true for myself. As a teenager especially, I prayed frequently for spiritual experiences that would confirm my belief. Over time, I did gain a sure knowledge that the LDS Church is led by true prophets of God. I also know that the Book of Mormon is from God, and that it contains teachings, along with those in the Bible, that explain the purpose of life and how to live it successfully. I especially gained an understanding of the character of our Heavenly Father, and a great love for Him. Of course this has made me deeply grateful for Jesus Christ and His role in my personal salvation. I KNOW that because of Jesus, I can conquer personal temptations and trials and be forgiven of all my sins so that I can return to God happy and clean.

How I live my faith

I am the secretary in the local primary organization for children. So, I do a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make sure things run smoothly. I am also a visiting teacher, so I visit, help, and look out for 3 specific sisters in my congregation. My favorite way to live my faith is to try to be kind and friendly and to treat people the way Jesus would.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think this misunderstanding probably goes back to the history of the Church. After the Church was restored, missionaries converted thousands of people, primarily in the US and Europe. Many of those converts moved to several areas in the US in order to be near other members. Eventually, facing fear and hatred from those whose counties and states were rapidly filling with Mormons, the Mormon converts became pioneers who traveled many miles across the country to settle in Utah. I would imagine that any group of people who gathered and then secluded themselves in a far away place for religious reasons might be viewed as a cult. Interestingly, after that initial period of time when gathering together was encouraged, members around the world are now encouraged to stay in their homes and communities and to "gather" with other members in their areas for strength, so in thousands of cities, towns, and villages worldwide, congregations of Mormons can be found. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

 Joseph Smith was the prophet God called to organize the Church of Jesus Christ during this period of time. Because he was called as a prophet by God, he organized things in the way that God revealed to him, just as prophets like Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others have done throughout the history of the world. Show more Show less