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Hi I'm Santana

I grew up in rural Alberta. I'm excited to become a high school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in southeastern Alberta, close to Saskatchewan. My dad is a mixed farmer and my mom is a homemaker, although she does also substitute teach. I am the oldest of four children, with two younger sisters and the youngest brother. I like to read, play piano, and watch classic movies in my spare time. I've spent the last four years working toward my Education degree- I'm about to graduate from university! I love history and politics, so I'm hoping to find a job as a high school Social teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, meaning that I've been living the standards of the Church as long as I can remember. For a long period of time, I was a Mormon mainly out of habit, never really thinking about why I did the things I did. As I grew up, though, I realized the blessings the Church had given me: I had a loving family sealed to me for eternity; I enjoyed a healthy body free from addiction; I knew where people go when they die, which is a great source of peace; I was happy with who I was because I knew I was a daughter of God. Since I've been old enough to recognize it, that happiness has kept me coming to church and learning about it's doctrines. I'm a Mormon I love my Heavenly Father, and this is His gospel which will bring me happiness in this life and help me live with Him again someday.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to serve because of my faith. When i was a teenager I organized activities and service projects, such as dances and clothing drives, respectively, for my peers. During my first two years at college i was the president of the LDS student association, which involved interacting with the college student council, organizing events, and inviting all students to our religious classes. I've had the opportunity to play piano and sing in choirs in many community events. These are major events I can clearly recall right now, but living my faith has really been a pattern of daily events established from my youth which i try to work on everyday. I pray and read my scriptures everyday. I find little ways to be kind, like holding elevators or just being friendly. I try to find ways to share my testimony with those around me. I'm working toward having daily life perfectly aligned with my faith- hardworking, happy, and charitable.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are no restriction based on race or color. All people are Heavenly Father's children, and all people deserve the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of the gospel, including the ability to live with Him, their Father, again. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Heavenly Father loves His children today just as He loved His children at the time of Christ. When Jesus Christ established his Church he set apart 12 Apostles to share the gospel, preform miracles, and be special witnesses of Him and His mission. After He left them, they travelled far distances and faced imprisonment and execution in order to complete these tasks. The role they had to play was obviously of great importance to the primitive Church. Today, the world also has great need of special witnesses of Christ, those who can share the gospel and preform miracles using special keys of the preisthood which they hold. The order of the primitive Church has been restored completely, complete with 12 Apostles, because that is the organization Christ established, the organziation necessary for an effective Church. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism is a necessary step in Heavenly Father's plan for us. It is to be preformed by immersion (completely under the water) and by someone with the correct authority. After baptism, our sins have been washed away, which means we have a clean slate. It symbolizes our commitment to keep the commandments and become members of the Church. Because of these responsibilities, those who are baptized must be accountable. This means only people over the age of eight are baptized in the LDS Church. Show more Show less