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Hi I'm Dorothy

I love to teach. I'm crazy about music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! My name is Dorothy, but you can call me Little Miss Sunshine! I am a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. A huge music lover, I've taught myself the piano at 8, French horn at 11, guitar at 18 and violin at 23. I also love to sing/song write on the side and my favorite music is folk/acoustic. I love reading the classics, like Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen's works. I have three beautiful big dogs named Amos, Leny, and Micah. As a huge Star Trek fan, you'll discover quite quickly that I'm a big nerd. I love my family, big dinners, lots of fun and crazy adventures!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Baptist, went to a Baptist church, went to a Baptist high school, and attended a Baptist university majoring in Missions, minoring in Biblical Doctrines. I did everything I could to be Biblical Scholar, but I never felt as though it was enough. I began to investigate other churches and religions, and I found myself finding it hard to believe in God at all. The tide changed when I met my friend, Pat - who was my first LDS friend. I never considered the LDS church, and I became so interested in knowing what he believed, that he couldn't keep up with all the questions! He brought me literature and went to his church. I just felt this unshakable thirst to know about the LDS church. The church wasn't the typical church. There was no priest, no pastor, no sermons, no crazy apparel, no kneeling, no clapping, and no dancing/hooting/shouting. This was a calm, peaceful church that sang hymns, told testimonies, took communion, or as we call it "Sacrament", and fellowshipped. I found the church to be smaller, with warm people genuinely wanting to get to know me. I felt a strange feeling come over me...I felt at home. This was a foreign feeling to me, seeing as how my Baptist church didn't feel near as wonderful as the Mormon church did. It was there I met the missionaries, and despite me brushing them off, they still really wanted to meet me in Pat's home. I was ready for them with questions I thought for sure they couldn't answer, but, as it turned out, it was I that couldn't answer them! I decided to go ahead and pray over the Book of Mormon and read its contents. Lesson after lesson with the missionaries came, and I finally received a witness from the Holy Spirit that the LDS church is true, and the Book of Mormon is true. I was baptized February 26, 2011, and I'm still going strong.

How I live my faith

Before my baptism, I knew I wanted to serve in missions, but the opportunities never came. Since receiving my witness, my desire to serve missions grew like wildfire. Now, after my baptism, my desire to serve a mission has been totally inflamed, and the Lord has seen the desire of my heart. One week after my baptism, I was called to be a ward missionary! I love my calling, and I know that God will help me be the missionary He intended me to be.

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

Dorothy
We absolutely believe the Bible is the Word of God. The reason we have other Scriptures is we believe that revelation, the knowledge that only God can give, has not stopped when the original 12 apostles died, but has continued on, so that we can learn more and grow as children of God.    Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Dorothy
Yes! The simple definition of "Christian" is "Christ-follower". We believe that Christ died on the cross, rose again on the third day, and is coming again according to Holy Scriptures, just like any Christian would. We are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and we worship the "living Son of the living God", as President Gordon B. Hinckley wrote. Christ is our foundation, our cornerstone, the Great Shepherd, our Savior and our Redeemer. All of the Church's teachings center on Jesus Christ, and the Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His atonement". Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dorothy
It's not required of our members, but it is encouraged. No one in the church can make someone go on a mission, and no one will make them. To go on a mission is solely voluntary and led of the Spirit. Those who do serve a mission, however, are blessed beyond their comprehension for setting aside 18-24 months of their lives in doing the work of the Lord, sharing the Gospel in its fullness to any and all who are willing to hear what they have to teach. Show more Show less