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Hi I'm Sophie

I'm a fitness nut. I love reality TV. My love for Jesus Christ shapes my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm approaching forty at a pretty unbelieveable rate. I'm a wife (15 wonderful years ) and mother of one rambunctious 8 year old boy (and hoping for one more to join our family soon.) I was a middle school history teacher until my precious boy came along, and now I am so so happy to be able to stay home and be a mom. It's not fashionable these days,but I find a lot of joy in being a home-maker. Home is a wonderful precious thing, and it's pretty awesome to be able to work each day to make ours a refuge for our family. I've just started college (again) to become a Physical Therapist. And I teach step, boxing, and muscle training classes at our local Y. I love the outdoors, animals, reading, and reality TV!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents did not raise me as a member of any religion, but when I was about 7, my best friend took me to church with her. It's the first time I remember hearing about Jesus Christ. I knew from the first moment that he was real and that I wanted him to be part of my life. Through my growing up years, I prayed and learned more about different denominations. I developed my own feeling of what was true about life, God, and our Saviour. When I turned 20, I began to feel a desire to find a church home, and for intrinsically new that there would be one church that felt true. I visited several different denominations, and while I found things to love about each one, yet each felt not quite true or not quite whole. Then I met my first Mormon friends. I didn't know much about Mormons, but I knew people thought they were strange and I couldn't believe they had much to offer me. Still, as I got to know them better and listened to what they believed, I found that everything they told me, I already believed. Everything I learned felt right. And I was impressed that unlike so many people I had met, they truly lived their lives according to what they believed, and tried every day to be true followers of Christ. This led me to meet with the missionaries. They told me that I could know for sure that the Church was the true church of Christ. I took their challenge to heart, and that night I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know and feel if it were true. In my prayer, I told Heavenly Father that I needed a strong and unmistakeable answer in order to have the courage to change my life. He answered me. Unmistakeably. I do not think or believe that the Church is the true church - I know it. From that moment and continuing on now for more than 15 years, I know through the sweet and unchanging witness of the Holy Ghost that Christ leads this church, that my life is immeasurably blessed by my fellowship in the Church, and that I am in the right place.

How I live my faith

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I want to want to feel His presence and influence in my life every moment of every day. So I try to live my life in a way that allows me to feel close to him. I pray every day for the ability to make good choices and for strength and wisdom to be a good wife, mother, sister and friend. I study the scriptures -- the Bible and the Book of Mormon -- to learn more about how He lived His life, so that I can follow His example better, and also to read about how other people through the ages have face struggles and lived good lives. As a family we also read scriptures and pray together to invite the Spirit to be part of our home, to lead and guide us. Of course we live normal lives -- go to school, clean the house, do chores, watch TV, play games, have arguments -- but our love of Christ is the basis of everyday, and we try to keep it the basis of everything we do.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. Our relationship to Joseph Smith is a lot like other Christians' relationship to Moses or Abraham. We revere him as a prophet, a righteous man, and as someone whose life we would do well to model. We worship God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. We view Jesus Christ as our Saviour and example of everything we should do and be. Through him we have the opportunity to receive eternal life and salvation. We believe that through our baptism, we take his name upon us and should do everything we can to follow him, and to live in the way he taught. Our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and he is central to everything that we are. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

It is one of the most precious truths in my life that we can have a close and abiding relationship with our Father in Heaven. I can't imagine trying to live my life without feeling my Heavenly Father near and being able to turn to him in times of fear or trouble or adversity. How can we know Him? So many ways! He loves us and wants us to turn to Him, so He's made lots of pathways for us. We can read the Scriptures and learn how He has worked in the lives of other people. We can read stories and articles in Church magazines, page through these websites, look a gospel pictures and listen to gospel music. I almost always feel close to Him when I am quiet in nature, because His signature is throughout creation. The way I personally have come to know Him and know that He knows and loves me is through prayer. I get on my knees in a quiet and private place, and talk to Him about what is happening in my life, what I am thinking and feeling. Always -- always! -- I feel His presence and influence with me, I feel inspiration come, I feel calmed and reassured, and I know that He is near. Show more Show less

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

Mormon women are awesome! We are as diverse as the populations from which we come. Some of us are quiet and demure, some of us are loud and bossy, some of us are street smart, some of us are naive. We homeschool, public school, and unschool; we craft, have not a creative bone in our bodies, run marathons, run businesses, build homes, work outside the home; we are Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, and women who hate politics. In other words, the only thing you can be sure about a Mormon woman is that she loves her Heavenly Father. Oh -- and she's busy! We believe absolutely in the equality of men and women. We are all children of Heavenly Father, and he is no respecter of persons. (But secretly, I think women are just a teensier bit more capable and tougher than men.) Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward or branch is an individual congregation, a little like a parish in Catholic terms. Ward and branches are arranged geographically, and we try to keep them to a "manageable" size, so that ward members can really know each other and look out for one anotehr. A stake is a geographical collection of wards, similar to a diocese in Catholic terms. Show more Show less