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Hi I'm Deb

I'm a wife and a mother of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived most of my life in several of the western states of the United States. I have a husband and adult children, and I love family life. I enjoy singing, cooking, sewing and crochet, reading (in a book group), and I am in a women's political group. I exercise regularly. I am learning to do family history research, and my sister and I are gathering accounts of our ancestors to share with our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church in a family where the Gospel was central. As an adult I have chosen to continue to have the Gospel in the heart of my life, and it has helped me through many challenges, and helps me to be focused on the goals and purposes that are most important in life.

How I live my faith

I pray and read the scriptures most days. I visit two women in my neighborhood monthly. We have Family Home Evening every week, and have family scripture study and family prayer most days. I go to the temple about once per week. I am educated and licensed in one of the helping professions. My favorite employment has been at an in-patient drug treatment facility. My most challenging work has been in adoptions--heart wrenching on all sides of the issue, wonderful when a baby is placed with a couple who love and serve the birth mother as well.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Deb
We believe that after we die we will be judged concerning our works that we have performed in this life, this mortal probation. We believe that every person is born with the Light of Christ, and knows much of right and wrong because of this Light. We believe that our thoughts and behaviors, our ability to repent and change, to love and lift each other with the pure love of Christ, will determine how we will live and with whom we will live after we die. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Deb
We can come to know our Father in Heaven through praying to Him, studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We know Him best when we try to be more like Him. The way to be more like Him is to follow the example of the Savior, His Son, who said to 'Do the things that I do.' He loved and served God's children, teaching, healing, calling to repentance. He calls on us to be one--united, supportive, loving toward one another--"That they all may be one; as thou, Father art in me, and I in thee, that they may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:21) He said that knowing God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, which means to be like Them, is "life eternal." (John 17:3) Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Deb
Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration. When he was a boy his family moved a lot to be able to find ways of supporting their family. At the age of 14 they had moved to upstate New York, and, being a devout Christian family, they were looking for a church to join. Joseph wanted to join the true church, and at that time and in that place there was a lot of contention between the Christian churches as to which one was true. Joseph talked to various pastors, and others, trying to discern which one to join. He appealed to the scriptures as well, but the various sects interpreted the scriptures very differently. He was reading in the New Testament one day, in James 1:5 that says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, which giveth to all men liberally..." He said that this scripture went into his heart with such power that he knew that this is what he must do. He went out into a grove of trees, which we now call the Sacred Grove, and knelt and prayed, and this time he prayed vocally for the first time in his life. The answer to that prayer was that he saw God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. This began the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. (Ephesians 1:10) If you are a student of the Bible, you will remember that Samuel was also called as a prophet as a child, and grew into that role. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Deb
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of historic records that were commanded by God to be written. The people who wrote these records were first led here by the hand of God about 600 B.C., just a few years before Jerusalem was destroyed. It is an account of their history from then until 400 years after Christ. It tells of Christ's visit to the New World, possibly Central America, after his crucifixion and resurrection, at which time he established His Gospel and and His priesthood. During his mortal ministry in Israel he said, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." John 1016 When he appeared to these people he said, "And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said Other sheep I have which are not of this fold..." Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 1521 A prophet named Mormon was commanded of God to abridge this thousand years of records, which he did on gold plates so that they would be preserved. He is the one whom the Book of Mormon is named after. He then turned them over to his son, Moroni, who was the last of their people to survive because their people had turned away from the truth and were ultimately destroyed. Moroni buried those gold plates in a stone box that he made in the ground, and later returned as the Angel Moroni, to show Joseph Smith where the plates were hidden. This was the beginning of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days, or the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. Ephesians 110 Moroni is the gold figure represented at the tops of our temples, heralding the commencement of the restoration and the gathering.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Deb
We proselyte because Jesus commanded us to, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 2819-20 We proselyte because this is the most important information or news that there is anywhere or any time. It explains why we are here, where we came from, and where we are going, and how to live our lives successfully. It explains the consequences of our actions and the eternal impact that this has for each of us, and the impact that we have on others, including those who are yet to be born, and those who have lived before us.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Deb
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God the Father in the flesh. We believe that he carried out the Plan of Salvation, the Plan of Happiness on behalf of all mankind so that we can progress and return to our Father again. We believe that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit who testifies of Jesus Christ, and other truths, so that we may each know of His divinity and our relationship to Him and what we must do. We believe that He gave Himself as an example and as a sacrifice for our sins if we will repent and change. It is the most wonderful and hopeful knowledge that there is. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Deb
When the President of the Church dies, his counselors in the First Presidency return to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. The President of the Quorum, which is the person who has been called and served in the apostleship the longest, becomes the new President, chooses two apostles to serve as his counselors, and then they are sustained by the Quorum. Then a new apostle is called by the new President of the Church, so that there is always a full Quorum and a full First Presidency. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Deb
We believe that abortion is wrong, and our First Presidency (the President of the Church and his counselors, who are all prophets) has made this stance very clear because of its tremendous impact on individuals, families, and nations. It is "heinous", but it can be repented of. The best answer to abortion is adoption, so that the child may grow and be loved in a family who wants children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Deb
We believe in the Godhead, which is God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They are three distinct personages, but are one is their perfection, their love, and their truth. The Father and the Son have physical, resurrected and perfected bodies, and the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit so that he can communicate with our spirits, and witness to us of eternal truths. We believe that they are loving, perfect, all powerful, and all knowing. We believe that their sole purpose is to make it possible for us to be like Them so that we may return to live with Them after this mortal probation. In our scriptures called The Pearl of Great Price, in the book of Moses 1:39, God says, "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Deb
Our temples are used for sealing families together for eternity through priesthood authority. We baptize our ancestors who were not able to know about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and do other ordinance work that makes us families forever. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Deb
We pay tithing and other offerings to build up the Kingdom of God on the earth. Our tithing goes to construction of buildings, such as meeting houses, temples, schools--universities, and elementary schools in third world countries. We do not dedicate and use our buildings until they are completely paid for. Our fast offerings are used to help the poor, both in our church and also for national and international humanitarian purposes, such as natural disasters. We are frequently the first people to respond and have supplies ready and waiting to be sent to aid people of all nationalities, whether they are members of the Church or not. We also contribute to mission funds, Book of Mormon funds, etc. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Deb
We believe that the Bible is the word of God. We believe also in the Book of Mormon, and have other books of scripture as well. We believe that the Bible is incomplete because it has passed through many hands and many translations, and some parts have been lost, changed, mistranslated or miscopied. We officially regard the King James Version of the Bible, and it has been cross-referenced with our books of scripture. When you read the Bible and the Book of Mormon you will find that they both testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Bible bears witness of the Divinity of Jesus Christ from the Old World, and the Book of Mormon bears witness of His divinity from the New World. Jesus taught that, "in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." (Matthew 18:16) You will find that as you read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, you will understand the Bible even better. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Deb
No. We are all encouraged to serve missions, and to prepare ourselves spiritually and financially to be able to do so. However, the young men who are of age (at least 19 years old) and are physically and emotionally able to do so, are under a stronger commitment to serve missions because of their priesthood responsibilities. But there are no negative consequences if they do not. I know several who tried to serve missions or who did not think that they could do it, who are still loved and welcomed in our neighborhood. Young women (at least age 21) are also encouraged to serve, as well as older couples whose children are grown. There are also many opportunities to serve Part-time Service Missions in which we can serve from our homes a few hours per week, without having to live away. They include things like humanitarian services, helping others with family history research, helping people in the Inner City Project, giving tours in downtown Salt Lake City, etc. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Deb
We perform baptisms for the dead because there are many who lived when the Gospel was not on the earth who were not able to receive the work and ordinances necessary to receive all of God's blessings. It was also done in Jesus' day as indicated in I Corinthians 15:29: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" They, as spirits, do not have to accept this work. They still have their agency to choose if they want to accept it or not. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Deb
People might believe we are a cult because we have many rituals in our Church, including baptisms; serving in temples; serving as missionaries; because our Church is served almost completely by volunteers as teachers, leaders, missionaries, temple patrons, etc. It might also be because we did not break off from another Christian Church, either Protestant or Catholic, and we are therefore unorthodox. It could be because we have the same organization that was in the primitive Church when Christ was upon the earth, with His priesthood, apostles, prophets, etc., which is unique among the Christian Churches. 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.

Deb
We believe in the same organization and priesthood of Jesus Christ that He established during His mortal ministry. After His crucifixion, Peter became the head of the Church, and James and John served as His Counselors or Assistants. Others were called by Peter to fill the vacancies in the apostleship left by each of them and Judas Iscariot. After all of the apostles were killed except for John the Revelator/the Beloved, who could not be killed there were no longer apostles and prophets to lead the Church. It fell into apostasy until the restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Today we have a First Presidency consisting of the President of the Church and his two counselors, and a Quorum of Twelve Apostles. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Deb
We believe that baptism follows faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, and repentance, and is for the remission of sins through the atonement of Jesus Christ, followed by the laying on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe that in so doing we are following the example of the Savior, who was baptized by John the Baptist, even though he had no sin to repent of, because, as He said, it was to "fulfill all righteousness." (Matthew 3:15) We believe in being baptized by immersion because of modern day revelation, which supports the Bible that says: "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water..." (Matthew 3:16); and that they baptized in the River Jordan "because there was much water there." Also, the word 'baptism' comes from a Greek word meaning to dip or immerse. (Bible Dictionary) We believe that baptism gives us membership in the Lord's Church, and that in so doing we covenant to love and serve each other, including those who are not members of the Church. We call each other Brother and Sister. We refer to ourselves as Saints, and have a different definition of that word than other Christian churches. Saints are simply members of the church who have entered into covenants with God through baptism, and are therefore trying to live the commandments, and the counsel of the living prophets, and the scriptures. Show more Show less