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Hi I'm Tommi

I'm a wife, I'm a mother, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints just before I turned 17. I am still the only member in my family but we support each other despite our different beliefs. I married a wonderful Mormon man and we were sealed together in the temple. We have four children. Being a mother is challenging but worth every struggle. I am grateful to be so blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't raised with any religion but felt drawn to it in my youth. Despite having a happy childhood, I felt like something was missing in my life. I attended Presbyterian church camp, Catholic masses, and non-denominational Christian worship services with friends. I found joy in doing so and felt some truth to what they taught but I had many questions and wasn't satisfied with their answers. When I learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the answers it gave made sense to me and the spirit testified to me that they were true. It brought me great joy and I desired to know more and to become a member. Even then, I was unsure of myself because of my youth and because of my family's discouragement. Ultimately, I gained the courage to be baptized. When I came up out of the waters of baptisim I felt strongly that I did have a Heavenly Father who was watching over me and who was happy with me. I knew I had made the right choice and I have never questioned it since.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day as I strive to grow closer to the Lord and become more like Him. I read from the scriptures each day and pray to my Father in Heaven that I may be guided by Him in all that I do. I also read from the scriptures with my family and pray with them so that my children can learn for themselves the truths of the gospel. I worship each Sunday in church services and strive to serve there in whatever capacity I can. I am currently the secretary in our women's organization. I recognize that I have many imperfections but I know that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can repent and be cleansed. I know that my Savior will help me to overcome my weaknesses that I might someday become like Him. I am so grateful for the peace and comfort which the gospel brings to my life.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Tommi
Through the resurrection all people will become immortal—they will live forever. Immortality is a free gift to all people, whether they are righteous or wicked. Eternal life is not, however, the same as immortality. Eternal life is a gift of God made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ and given only to those who obey His gospel. It is the highest state that we can achieve. It comes to those who are freed from sin and suffering through the Atonement of Christ. It is exaltation, which means living with God forever in eternal families. It is to know God and Jesus Christ and to experience the life they enjoy. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Tommi
We believe that a loving and just Father in Heaven gives each of His children an equal opportunity to accept the gospel and return to live with Him. For those who do not have that opportunity in this life, they have the opportunity in the next. This is why we do temple work. In the temple we are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost as a proxy for those who have died without that opportunity. If they choose to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior they can also accept the ordinances preformed for them. "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?" (1 Corinthians 15:29). Some might say that this is complicated but I find it very simple. Each person must go through the same process. They must accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, make a covenant with the Lord through baptism, and receive the Holy Ghost before becoming worthy to return to God (John 3:5). Each of us have the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in this process. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Tommi
Baptism is essential in order to gain eternal life. "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). That is pretty straight forward. Why else would Jesus Christ himself, he who is perfect, be baptized "to fulfill all righteousness?" (Matthew 3:15). And why would he command his disciples to baptize all nations? (Matthew 28:19). "And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water! And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water? Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments" (2 Nephi 3:15-17). Jesus Christ is our example. In order to have our sins washed away, we must be baptized by one who has the authority from God to preform such an ordinance. Show more Show less

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

Tommi
We believe that at death our spirits go to the spirit world where they await the ressurection. In the spirit world those who chose to obey God in this life live in a state of happiness, peace, and rest from troubles and care. They also are able to preach the gospel to those spirits who did not have the opportunity of recieving it during their time on earth. The Apostle Peter referred to the spirit world as a prison, which it is for some (1 Peter 31:8–20). Those who rejected the gospel after it was preached to them, either on earth or in the spirit world, suffer in a condition known as hell. They have removed themselves from the mercy of Jesus Christ, who said, “Behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent but if they would not repent they must suffer even as I which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (D&C 19:16–18). Then, when our bodies and spirits are reunited through the resurrection, we will be brought into God’s presence to be judged. We will remember perfectly our righteousness and our guilt. If we have repented, we will receive mercy. We will be rewarded according to our works and our desires. Show more Show less