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Hi I'm Candee

We raised 6 children in Colorado. Now we're empty nesters in Arizona. Photography keeps family ties alive and makes new friends.

About Me

Since my children and grandchildren live a state away, I like to stay in touch with them through family photos. My favorite thing to do is to make photo books about their lives, and vacations we share together. Also, I belong to a camera club. I enjoy trying to be creative to surprise others, and I enjoy admiring their artwork. Photography is a medium through which I build relationships, exercise, and enjoy the out of doors.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to be a Mormon. I have challenges in my life, but I have learned to live with them and rise above them. By following the counsel and guidance of our priesthood leaders from Home Teachers to the Prophet, we have avoided so much heartache and sorrow. I am bipolar. I was diagnosed at age 38, when my sixth child was 15 months old. Although I will have this illness for the rest of my life, I know that I will not be like this forever. Christ laid down his life and was resurrected so that we may become as he is. I have learned that through strict obedience I can lead a healthy, normal life. I take my medications faithfully. My husband goes to my doctor with me to be sure that we both understand what he wants me to do. Even with the illness I feel I have been a successful mother. I was able to nurture and teach my children, and be sensitive to their day to day experiences. In May 2010 we lost a little 15 month old grandchild. We love him dearly and miss him. The gospel helps us bear our sorrow. We know that through the resurrection of Christ and our sealing covenant that he is ours. We will be able to raise him from his infancy in the millennium - - - he is so-o-o Cute! He delighted us here, and he will delight us there. My main testimony is that the gospel of Jesus Christ works. It has answers for everything we experience here on earth. It can help us work through our sorrows, and intensify our joy. It's the only way to live.

How I live my faith

I have been a faithful, active member since my baptism 40 years ago. I was 17 years old at the time. I have taken the gospel very seriously. When I was a young mother, I took the Church's religion classes. I learned the doctrines. They are solid bedrock on which I can base my life. I took the scriptures seriously. When we were young, preparing for marriage, I was scared. I did not know how we would provide for ourselves or our family. The mother who shared the gospel with me showed me the passage of scripture in Matthew 6 25-34. It shows that if we put the Kingdom of God first in our lives, we will receive all of the things we need. I bear testimony this is true. We were taught by President Kimball that my husband should work to provide for the family, and I should stay home and serve. Another scripture that sustained me was 3NE 1320. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. And - - 2 Nephi 951 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness. I stayed home and raised my family. I worked in partnership with God, my husband, and their school teachers. To teach them. More important than ABCs, I taught them dependability, responsibility, consistency, punctuality diligence and perseverance. These qualities have sustained them through school, marriage and occupations. All of our six children are faithful in the gospel, and teaching their children to be faithful. To me, this is supreme success.

What is being a Mormon like?

Candee
 I love being a Mormon. It means I go to Church on Sunday to feel the spirit and learn the teachings of Jesus. It prepares me each week to try to make good choices in my life, my relationships, my work and my play. B the end of the week I have usually made mistakes and missed my goals. Going to Church again I feel that same sweet spirit that helps me to try again. Each week a do a little better, and when I backslide, I can repent and try again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Candee
 We believe that upon our death we are embraced by the Savior where we feel his overwhelming love for us. We will also meet our loved ones who have gone before. We will be lead to a world of spirits - our mortal bodies lie in the ground, and our eternal spirit looks just like our mortal body, but it is more refined. While we are in the spirit world, those who have lived faithful lives will experience a sense of rest and peace. They will have opportunities to teach those who are receptive, who did not have the opportunity, or who did not accept the gospel here on earth. Those who accept the gospel can accept baptism by proxy. We will all be preparing for the Great Judgement Day and the Resurrection when our spirit will be reunited with our body in its perfect state. Christ will reign for a thousand years during which Satan will be bound. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Candee
Of course not! We seek out those in need and try to succor them. Of course we must stay within our personal limitations and priorities - God, family, fellowman, community. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Candee
It began in upstate New York when Joseph Smith studied the Bible and prayed to know which Church to join. His First Vision where he saw God, the Father and Jesus Christ occurred in a grove of trees in Palmyra, New York. The Church was officially organized on Apr 6, 1830 at the Peter Whitmer farm in Fayette New York. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Candee
 Each member of the Church has had a special experience when he has felt that this Church is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. That conviction grows as we learn and obey. All of us are given callings to serve, some with more responsibility, some with less, but it is the same in our hearts - - service to God and our fellowmen. It is the deepest form of expression of love and commitment to God to serve without monetary reward. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Candee
We believe one of God's names is Eternal. Eternal life means God's life or life with God. To obtain Eternal life is to live with God forever. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Candee
Mormons believe that families are eternal that loved ones who die are still our family. As we live the laws God has given us, we will live with him and our families in the hereafter. Our family relationships are the most sacred relationships we have on earth. We need to be kind, patient, loving, and supportive one to another. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Candee
There has been given much attention to guardian angels. There are pictures, cards, pins suggesting a blessing from a guardian angel. The Holy Ghost is even better - - He is a member of the Godhead! With the promise that if we are baptized, confirmed and faithful, he will be our constant companion. He comforts, inspires, sustains, enhances, uplifts, encourages, reveals truth, increases worthy desires and affections, warns of danger, educates - - the list goes on and on of how wonderful it is to have the Gift of the Holy Ghost - - It is worth every sacrifice necessary to obtain it. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Candee
 Please Come! We have simple, reverent meetings. We open with a song and prayer, business and announcements. Then the sacrament is administered to the membership of the Church. Usually one or two youth are invited to speak on a subject such as faith or being strong in the hard moments. Then there are usually two adult speakers chosen by the bishop from the congregation a week or two in advance. Often there is a musical number by a vocal choir of members from the congregation. Sometimes there's a congregational hymn. Then there's a closing prayer. On the first Sunday of the month members are invited to fast and gtive the money they would have spent on two meals as a fast offering to the bishop who distributes the money to needy families in the area. The Fast meeting consists of an opening and closing hymn and prayer, and testimonies by those who would like to share their faith with those present. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Candee
The missionary works to provide the funds to go on a mission during his growing up years, especially the few years right before his mission when he can have a paying job. If more assistance is necessary, the family, along with siblings and relatives if necessary provide the necessary funds. If the family is unable to provide, then the missionary's priesthood quorum give additional money. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Candee
 The original writings of the Book of Mormon were engraved upon metal plates by prophets, inspired by God, just as the prophets who recorded the Bible. The last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon was Moroni. He buried the plates in a hill located in what is now upstate New York. In the Spring of 1820 Moroni, as a resurrected being, appeared to God's prophet, Joseph Smith to reveal the location of the plates, and to prepare him for the time when Joseph would obtain the plates and translate them by the gift and power of God. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Candee
 Thomas S Monson is the Lord's prophet to the world. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Candee
The priesthood is God's power and authority. He grants his priesthood unto worthy males in the Church. Then they have God's power, the priesthood, to preach the gospel, and administer the ordinances and the affairs of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Candee
We go to Church each Sunday to worship God. We renew our baptismal covenant to keep God's commandments when we partake of the Sacrament. We attend Sunday School and our individual meetings. We go to the temple the first time to receive additional blessings pertaining to our salvation. Then we return often to act as proxy to provide these blessings for our ancestors. These include baptisms. We know from the Savior's example that everyone must be baptized. We also know that not everyone has had the opportunity to be baptized by proper priesthood authority while they were here on earth. The Savior has provided a way for us to be baptized in their behalf so they may meet this requirement to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Candee
When Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in the sacred grove, he learned some important things about the nature of God - - He saw two resurrected beings, whose brightness and glory exceeded that of the noonday sun. One pointed to the other and said, "This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him." In the New Testament Christ showed himself to his apostles after his resurrection. He had the prints of the nails in his hands to bear testimony that we had been crucified. He ate fish. Also in the New Testament, Stephen saw the Son of God on the right hand of the Father. From these accounts we learn that God, the Father, and his son, Jesus Christ are glorified, resurrected men with bodies of flesh and bone. We are created in their image. Our mortal bodies were created in the similitude of their resurrected bodies. They love us, and care about what happens in our lives. they answer our prayers in a way that will best hep us to grow and draw closer to them. They are eternal. The past present and future are continually before them. They have eternal vision with which to guide us. They love us so much that they allowed Jesus Christ to suffer for our sins and weaknesses that through his own experience he would know how to best succor us. He suffered every human weakness, illness and emotion that we have suffered. Every experience, every heartache we experience we can carry to him because he has already borne our sorrow and our griefs. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Candee
Relief Society is the oldest ongoing women's organization in the world. The women of the Church are organized in Relief Societies within their wards and branches. The Relief Society motto is "Charity Never Faileth" Women in the Relief Society are called sisters. They are taught to exercise faith hope and charity to strengthen their relationship with God, their marriage, their family, and their community. The sisters render compassionate service, caring for those who are afflicted. The Relief Society walks hand in hand with the priesthood in watching over and caring for God's children everywhere. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Candee
Each time we live a principle of the gospel it increases our faith because he rewards us with his spirit. That happy feeling of accomplishment for having done something good is the way the Holy Ghost tells us we have lived a teaching of Jesus Christ. The more obedient we are to his teachings, the more it increases our faith in him. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Candee
Oh, Yes we believe families will be together forever. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, men and women can repent and become clean. A husband and wife can prepare themselves to be worthy to enter the Holy Temple, and there receive the covenants and ordinances that will bind them forever. Show more Show less

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

Candee
Upon our death we are embraced in the arms of our Savior. His overwhelming loves heals all of our sorrows. We are taken to a place where if we have been faithful, we will rest from our burdens and teach others the gospel. If we have not yet learned the gospel, then we will be taught so we may progress.  Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Candee
 Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we are saved by grace. Jesus Christ had to sacrifice his life because he is the only one who was pure enough to give his life for all mankind. We cannot cleanse ourselves from sin, and we cannot save ourselves from death. Only his Grace could save us. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Candee
Yes! We have had the Bible through the ages. We are so grateful for the Jews who wrote it, and the martyrs who translated and preserved it. In fact, it is through the Bible that the gospel was restored. When the young boy, Joseph Smith wanted to know what Church to join, he listened to the preachers, studied the Bible, and pondered. When he read James 15, it was an invitation that if anyone lacks knowledge, let him ask of God who giveth unto all men liberally and upbraideth not. The Holy Ghost carried that verse into young Joseph's heart with great power. He had tried to listen to the preachers, but they all interpreted the Bible so differently, he could not see a way to trust them or the passages of the Bible. Of course! The answer was to ask God himself! And from there came the First Vision that introduced the Restoration of the Gospel. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Candee
The purpose of the welfare services of the Church is to teach the members to provide for themselves in the following areas Employment, Home Storage, Gardening, Finaces, Education and Literacy, Health, Social and Emotional Strengh, and emergency planning. As families and individual meet their own needs, they develop a surplus, and are able to reach out to their neighbors and community. Everyone is blessed as we increase our skills in these areas. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Candee
God, the Eternal Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Candee
The scriptures say that the name Eternal is God's name. Eternal life is God's life, life with God, life like God. Show more Show less

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

Candee
A mainstream Mormon woman experiences trials and challenges, but she has an underlying power that sustains her. It comes from knowing that she is a Daughter of God, and her life experiences are part of his plan for her to prepare to be like him, and return to his presence. Men and Women in the Church are equal partners with God who have equal, but different roles. The man is the head of the home, the spiritual leader, the protector and provider. The woman is a counselor to her husband, she supports him in the spiritual leadership of the home, and she is primarily responsible for teaching, rearing, and nurturing their children. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Candee
God loves all of his children, everywhere in the world. He is no respecter of persons. With so many different cultures, occupattions, even lifestyles through the world, there is one common thread - - the gospel of Jesus Christ, his commandments. They are universal. We keep our individuality, our personality and our interests as we keep his commandments. For example, tithing - - it's one tenth of our increase. In the US we usually pay it with money, in China, they may pay it with rice. It doesn't matter what we give, it just matters that we give one tenth. So it is with the other commandments. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Candee
Joseph Smith Jr. was the 3rd of nine children born to Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. They lived in Manchester, Ontario, New York. When Joseph was about 13 years old there began to be an unusual excitement on the subject of religion. Joseph listened to the various preachers. He discovered that they disagreed with each other, and they interpreted the Bible differently. He felt young and unknowledgeable about such things. He took the questions of the day to heart, and labored to know which church he should join. One day amidst this confusion, he studied the Bible. The verse in James 15 entered his whole being with great spiritual power. "If any of you lack bwisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.." Young Joseph knew that if anyone lacked wisdom, it was he himself. And that if God upbraideth not, he might venture, for he had never before prayed aloud. He determined a time and a place to ask God. In a secluded place in a nearby grove of trees, Joseph knelt down and began to offer up a prayer. As he prayed a pillar of light descended directly over his head, brighter than the noonday sun. In the pillar of light he saw two personages. The one pointed the other, and calling Joseph by name said, This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Candee
The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Christ - - Just as the Old Testament and New Testament tell of His dealings with men in those times in the Old World, the Book of Mormon tells of His dealings with men in the New World. It is a testimony that He loves all of his children throughout the ages across the world. Someday we will have additional records of his dealings with other peoples in other lands. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Candee
 The Law of Chastity is that a man or woman will have no sexual intercourse except with a spouse to him they are legally and lawfully wedded. It means sexual purity before marriage and complete fidelity after marriage. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Candee
Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon is the most correct book on earth, and a man may draw closer to God by reading and abiding its precepts more than any other book. Show more Show less

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

Candee
We love the Bible! The Old Testament teaches us of Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament. It is a priceless treasure that helps us understand our relationship to God, the Plan of Salvation, and our part in it. The New Testament demonstrates directly how the Savior dealt with mortality. From it we learn how to be Christlike - like God. It bears testimony that Jehovah is the Christ. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Candee
The first place to stop the spread and influence of pornography is with ourselves. As we strive to keep clean and pure thoughts and feelings, pornography will have no place in us. If we are clean, we can help those around us to avoid and / or get rid of it. The tide of evil is all around us. As we take a stand against pornography in our homes and communities, it may seem that little is done, but God knows, our spouses and children know where we stand, and we are stronger for having made a statement. Show more Show less

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

Candee
Oh Yes we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Eternal Father who created the heavens and the earth. He is the Jehovah of the Old Testament, and the Messiah of the New Testament. We was born of a mortal mother, and God, the Father, thus he had power atone for the sins of all mankind, and lay down his life that he might raise it up again, and bring all men unto him. He will come in power and great glory, as the Resurrected Lord, bringing with him the angels of heaven to rule and reign in righteousness over the children of the earth. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Candee
 Temples are a testimony that this Church is true. Jesus Christ was baptized to show the way to return to our Father in Heaven. Everyone must repent and be baptized. But there are those who have lived and died without ever hearing of Jesus Christ, and without the opportunity to be baptized. Heavenly Father has a plan. Members of his Church are permitted to enter into the temple and be baptized by proxy for someone who died without this opportunity. The ordinance must be performed here on earth. The person who died, and is now living in the Spirit World, now has an opportunity to be taught the gospel and accept the baptism that was performed in his behalf. Marriages for time and all eternity are also performed in the temple for the living, and in behalf of the dead. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Candee
It is only through the Grace of God that men can be made perfect. He suffered, bled and died for us that if we will repent, we will not suffer for our own sins. The price we pay for such tender mercy is our obedience to his commandments, for he has "bought us with a price." Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Candee
That's an interesting question. I looked it up in Webster's Dictionary cult a system of religious beliefs and ritual also its body of adherents a great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work as a film or book especially such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad - - Well, we certainly adhere to a set a religious beliefs, the commandments. We have prescribed ceremonies, baptism and the sacrament. We are very devoted in our worship of Jesus Christ. We listen to the prophets and apostles very closely to learn how to deepen our relationship with the Savior. We read the Book of Mormon often and regularly to learn how to live the life of a disciple. However, this is not a passing fad. Nor do we want to be fanatics. This is a way of life. We seek to draw near unto the Savior all the days of our lives. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Candee
My understanding is that young men, age 19, who are able in body and mind, are commanded to serve a mission. Young women who are 21, who would like to serve a mission, may. However, their higher role is to marry and bear children. Couples who have retired my also serve missions. The rewards and blessings of serving a mission are so satisfying that many want to be worthy to serve. For those who do not have the opportunity to serve a full-time mission, there are local missions and callings they can receive where they may offer significant service. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Candee
 This is my favorite doctrine, and the reason I was baptized. When I was looking for a Church, my greatest concern was for the people who have never heard about Jesus Christ - - If Jesus Christ was baptized. It must be very important. What happens to someone who didn't have the opportunity or knowledge? I learned that every person who ever lived on the earth is one of God's children. He provided a way for all of his children to return to him. Just as he sent his Son to die for us so we can repent and live with him again, he allows us to be baptized for someone else so they may repent and accept the baptism if they so desire, so they can live with him again. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Candee
 When we are baptized, we are following Jesus. When he was baptized in the River Jordan, he came up straightway out of the water - - he was baptized by immersion. The word baptize means to immerse. Baptism is a symbol of death and resurrection. Just as Christ died and was resurrected, our old sinful state is buried, and we come forth out of the water as a new, clean individual. Other methods of baptism lose the symbolism of the ordinance. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Candee
Heavenly Father loves all of his children throughout the world through all generations of time. He sent his son Jesus Christ to show the way to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus Christ who was sinless was baptized to show that all of Father's children must be baptized. Some of Father's children live in lands where they have never heard of Jesus Christ. Many have not had the opportunity to be baptized by proper priesthood authority. God has merciful plan for those who were not baptized. Just as Jesus Christ suffered in our behalf so that we do not suffer if we repent, he has given us authority to be baptized in behalf of others who did not receive this saving ordinance while on the earth. Those whom we represent are taught the gospel in the spirit world, and they have an opportunity to choose for themselves whether or not they accept the baptism. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Candee
Our body is a sacred gift from God. As we show respect for our body through proper rest, diet, exercise, the things we say and do, the way we dress, and by remaining chaste, we will feel close to God and feel his promptings. His promptings bear witness of truth, teach us to make wise choices, inspire, teach, warn, protect and comfort us. It is worth every sacrifice necessary to be worthy of his promptings. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Candee
Everyone is invited to come to the temple. The blessings there are the most glorious on earth. The things that happen in the temple are not secret, but of the highest sacred nature. The Lord requires that we be worthy of them, and demonstrate that worthiness by passing an interview with the Bishop. There is such a spirit of peace and reverence, that it is worth it to be worthy just to enter in and experience what heaven may be like. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Candee
The whole focus of our religion is on Jesus Christ. The whole purpose of the Book of Mormon is for the convincing of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Candee
Mormons baptize their members to follow the example of Jesus. He sought out John the Baptist and was baptized by immersion in order to receive the ordinance by proper priesthood authority and in the proper way. He was sinless. He did not need baptize as we need to have our sins washed away, but he did need to be baptized to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and to set an example for us, thus we must be baptized also. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Candee
My husband and I are so grateful to pay our tithing, one tenth. It has blessed us temporally, but there is so much more. We pay a tenth of what the Father has given us, and he in turn pours out his blessings, the greatest of all are his churches and temples where we can learn about our Savior so we can develop a relationship with him, and a love for him. We are blessed with temple ordinances that bind us as an eternal family. It is worth whatever sacrifice necessary to pay our thing so we can receive these rich blessings. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Candee
There are three parts to the purpose of life. The first began before we were born. We lived in our Heavenly Father's family as spirit children. Our goal has always been to return to his presence, and be like him. He sent us to earth in a family with parents to love and nurture us where we would receive a body of flesh and blood. While we are here we suffer the things of mortality - health, sickness, pleasure, pain, happiness, sadness, temptation, etc. These things test us to see if we will reach out to our Father in Heaven. Will we keep his commandments, or will we pursue the things of the world? The way we live here on earth will determine what our life will be when after we die. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Candee
If you go to the homepage of Mormon.org, in the top right corner above the search box you can click on Missionary Request. A new screen will open. You can read about the missionaries, and fill out a form to have them visit you. They will teach you the gospel, and what it means to be a member of the Church. Then you can be baptized by immersion and confirmed by the laying on of hands to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Candee
Oh, Yes! And I am so grateful! Thomas S Monson is our current prophet today, May 21, 2011. If her were to die, God would raise up another in his place. President S Monson is the mouthpiece of the Lord. Jesus Christ directs the affairs of this Church through his prophet, President Monson, even as He directed Moses to lead the Children of Israel into the wilderness. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Candee
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we are taught that families are eternal. It means that if we accept Jesus Christ, and seek to obey his laws and ordinances we can be together forever. When our family relationships are founded in Jesus Christ, then we are kinder to each other, and more loving and supportive. Our richest, most precious experiences happen with our family. It's a wonderful blessing to know that we be with each other even after we die. 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.

Candee
 I am so grateful the Lord has seen fit to call 12 apostles in our day. As a child, when I went to play after my father read the Bible to me, I would think, "I wish I could live in that day when Jesus was on the earth, and other great men such as Peter, Paul, and even Moses. I felt left out. Then when I was a teenager, the Mormon missionaries taught me about Joseph Smith - how he had seen God, the Father and Jesus Christ, even as Moses had seen God in the burning bush, and Paul had seen Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, and Peter was with him on the Mount of Transfiguration. My heart and my mind were filled with joy to know that I, too, live in a day when Jesus Christ, through his prophet, Joseph Smith, has personally restored the same gospel and Church that existed during his mortal ministry on earth. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Candee
 The priesthood is the government God ordained to lead his Church. Joseph Smith said the Church was not completely organized until the women were organized. Women lead the Church in various capacities - the women's organization, Relief Society, the Young Women ages 12-18, and the Primary for children ages 18 mos.-11. There other opportunities for leadership in family history, humanitarian service, Sunday School, and elsewhere. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Candee
A modest young women is beautiful to look upon. Her hair and her eyes shine. Her dress does not draw attention to the shape of her body. She inspires others to behave in a way that is uplifting and respectful. She and those around her seek to be chaste. An immodest person draws attention to their body and excites sensual and carnal desires. Parents inspire modesty in dress, speech and behavior by being natural and comfortable with their own modest behavior. When children make a mistake, they correct them, and with dignity explain why we don't choose those words or behavior. I was impressed with my own children. They heard all kinds of profanity in the halls at school, but they didn't bring it home. In some way they managed to screen it. Also - - the Book of Mormon empowers our children to rise above the world. We would read it to them every day. As they encountered experiences that conflicted with the spirit of the Book of Mormon, they were able to quickly discern between good and evil. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Candee
They will be interested to hear about you and your family - what your interests are, pictures you have on your walls or momentos in your home things you like to share just in general. They will want to know if you know any members of the Church, or what you know about it. They will want to share a message about Jesus Christ with you. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Candee
Oh Yes! This is the Glorious Good News of the Gospel - - - through the atonement of Jesus Christ, men and women can repent and be forgiven of their sins. They become clean and worthy to enter the Kingdom of God. In the Holy Temple, the House of the Lord, they then are qualified to be sealed as husband and wife through all time and eternity. And the children who are born to them, are also sealed to them. If a man and woman learn the gospel message after they are married, they, too, can repent, become clean and receive this sealing ordinance, along with their children - - and if one of the family members dies - - they are still part of the family unit. This doctrine sustains me through the terrible sadness that has come into my life with the loss of my little 15 mo. grandson almost a year ago. I am grateful I can look forward to having him in the resurrection to raise from his infancy with his precious parents who were sealed in the Holy Temple. Show more Show less

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

Candee
 Oh Yes! We love the Bible! It testifies of Christ the Son of the Living God, our Creator and our Redeemer.. In the Old Testament we learn of Jehovah, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. We learn that he has a plan for us. We learn of our relationship with Him. In the New Testament we learn how Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament was God's Son, born of Mary. We learn of his mortal ministry among men. Since he was born of a mortal woman, we learn we can be like him. Since he was God's Son, sinless, we learn how he took upon himself the sins of all mankind, died, and was resurrected so we can be resurrected, and if we repent, we can enter into his presence. These truths are fundamental to our religion. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Candee
It's been said that if you want to talk to God, pray. If you want God to talk to you, read the scriptures. Personal revelation comes from reading the scriptures. I've read the Book of Mormon many times with different purposes. My favorite was to read to find the Savior. Currently I am reading each day to know what to do. Each time I read, I feel a specific impression about what I am to do that day. I read the New Testament to learn how Christ treated people during his mortal ministry - so I could improve my relationships. I've studied the Old Testament to learn my relationship with God. Each time we read with purpose, we feel the spirit stronger, and personal revelation flows. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Candee
Our prophet, President Hinckley, set forth The Family, A Proclamation to the World. It is a revelation given to our Prophets and Apostles that outlines God's direction for families. Therein we learn that marriage is ordained of God, and that a husband and wife are partners in rearing a family. The father's role is to lead the family in righteousness, to provide and protect, both spiritually and temporally for the family. The mother's role is to counsel with her husband and sustain him in his leadership roles both at home, at church, at work, and in the community. She is primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. Together they teach their children the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Candee
We learn about our Father in Heaven through studying the scriptures. We learn to become like our Father in Heaven by following the example of the Savior to love and serve God and our brothers and sisters on earth. We come to know God through prayer and revelation. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Candee
The Mormon Church does not endorse political parties. It does, however, encourage us to be active citizens in our community and nation. We are encouraged to study out the platforms and candidates, and make educated decisions regarding whom we will best lead our government according to the principles of the gospel. We are also encouraged to run for office. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Candee
 Faith is a hope that things we cannot see are true. We can't see the wind, but we can see what it does. Everything we have in the world was created by God, so even though we can't see him, we can see his handiwork, and we can feel his Spirit touch our hearts - - we know he is there. I once heard of a man who asked the missionaries to prove there is a God. One showed the man his watch, and asked, "Can you see the watchmaker?" Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Candee
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is nicknamed Mormon, or Mormonism because in order to restore the fulness of the gospel, God sent the Angel Moroni to Joseph Smith to reveal the sacred record from which the Book of Mormon was translated. The Book of Mormon contains the Plan of Salvation in its purity. It is the keystone of our religion. Since it is such a prominent part of our religion, others called us Mormons from the earliest days of the Church. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Candee
When we go to Church we call it our Sunday best. Men wear white shirts, ties and suits if they have them. Otherwise slacks and dress shoes - - tennis shoes are fine, too. We would rather have you come than buy expensive clothes. Girls and women wear dresses or skirts that come to the knee or down to the floor. If they wear a spaghetti top, they wear a blouse underneath with short or long sleeves, and a modest neckline. Jewelry should be inconspicuous, and both men and women's hairstyles should be neat and becoming. As a Church we celebrate the Relief Society Birthday, Easter, General Conference twice a year, the Priesthood Commemoration, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Pioneer Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. As inidividuals, wards and branches we also have parties with themes around other holidays that may include Valentines day, 4th of July - or national holiday, Halloween, and others. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Candee
When a family wants what is right and best in the sight of God, their goals are in harmony one with another. Conflicts are settled through family councils, prayer, scripture study and fasting. These principles elevate the family relationship above the trends of the world. It is a wonderful thing to be a member of a family whose values are based in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Candee
Look at your watch. Can you see the watchmaker? Now look at a tree - - - Can you see the Creator? Everything around us, both nature, and technology tells us there is a God. Man is too small to have created the universe, or to build a computer with his own resources. But best of all, I am His daughter. How do I know? By the sweet feelings I enjoy when I ask. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Candee
A testimony is a personal experience with the Spirit of God that helps you know something is true. It could be that Jesus Christ is real, and loves you, the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith is a true prophet, the Church is true or a particular principle of the gospel is true. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Candee
Have you seen one of our beautiful temples, or noticed one of our Churches? Have you heard of Brigham Young University? These are supported by our tithing. It is interesting that as we give our tithing - it goes to bless us to increase our education, and gospel learning, and ultimately to seal us as eternal families in one of these temples. We are always indebted unto the Lord for our blessings. He asks us to give one tenth, and then he uses it to bless us more. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Candee
We worship Jesus Christ as the head of our Church, and the Creator of the Universe. Jesus Christ established his Church when he was on the earth. With the death of the apostles the Church disintegrated. There was a great period of darkness called the Apostasy. In the Spring of 1820 Jesus Christ and God the Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in answer to his prayer. They called him to be their prophet, and gave him the power, the keys and the authority to once again establish their Church on the earth. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Candee
Baptism is required to enter the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christ stands at the head of this Church. Our baptism must be done with his authority, and in the manner prescribed by him in order for him to accept us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Candee
 We love the Bible! It was written by prophets of God and eye-witnesses of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. I love the prophecies of Jesus Christ that came true, and I love to learn from the Savior's example of how he dealt with people, and bore the greatest challenges possible. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Candee
God loves all of his children. He is no respecter of persons. His commandments apply to everyone. Marriage is ordained of God between a man and a woman. All are expected to live lives of chastity before marriage, and complete fidelity after marriage. Homosexuality and same sex marriages are not part of God's plan. He has compassion upon those who have tendencies in this area, as he does with all of us as we strive toward perfection. Through the Gift and power of the Holy Ghost and the Priesthood, we can receive comfort, guidance and strength. One of the promises of the Book of Mormon is that as we study it, we will find strength to overcome temptation. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Candee
I attribute the growth of the Church to the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost bears testimony and burns in our bones as members of the Church. Those who are seeking to be closer to God, feel the Holy Ghost. When they are taught the gospel by authorized ministers, the Holy Ghost creates in them a desire to be baptized. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Candee
The Church is divided into neighborhoods or wards. Each ward is assigned a time to attend Church. This is so we go to church with our neighbors, can serve them and become friends. A branch is a smaller unit where there are fewer members. It may not have all of the programs of the Church such as social activities, or weekday activities, due to small numbers and travel distance. A stake is made up of ward and branches. There are usually 7-10 wards or branches in a stake. Twice a year we meet as a stake to listen to our priesthood leaders for direction. Every Sunday we go to Church as a ward or a branch to receive the Sacrament, and listen to talks, Sunday School lessons, and Relief Society, Priesthood, and Primary lessons for the women, men and children respectively. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Candee
My favorite thing about "Mormonism" a nickname for the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we can put it to the test. If we want to know if something is true, we can do our part by living it, and trusting God to demonstrate to us in a way that we will recognize and understand. If we want to know if the Book of Mormon is true, we must read it, and do what it says. If we want to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet, we must read his words and follow them. If we want to know that tithing is true, we must pay it. To know the Word of Wisdom is true, we must live by it. Our obedience demonstrates an exercise of our faith. The reward of faith is knowledge - from God according to our understanding. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Candee
The Word of Wisdom is found in the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. It explains the purpose of substances that God created. It explains that alcohol is for the washing of the body, tobacco is an herb to be used in healing sick cattle. It teaches us that grains, fruits and vegetables have been provided for man. It cautions us to use meat sparingly. The best part of it is there are special promises with this commandment - health, wisdom, and knowledge. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Candee
In the Book of Malachi in the Old Testament, we learn the law of tithing. It is ten percent of our increase. The blessing for paying tithing is that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing such as there is not room enough to receive it. Some of these blessings are the strength to overcome temptation, and to live worthy to go to the temple where we can be sealed as eternal families. The tithing we pay, finances the Church so it can provide meetinghouse and materials, and build temples. Those who labor in the Church provide their service without being paid. Heavenly Father's blessings are so rich and abundant, they far exceed any possible monetary gain. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Candee
The "Mormon" prophet is chosen the same way as the prophets of the Old and New Testament. Just as God called Moses from a burning bush. Each prophet has their own special experience with God the Father and Jesus Christ. For Joseph Smith, he was prompted to enter a grove of trees to learn which Church to join. God, the Father, and Jesus Christ appeared to him, calling him by name and giving him commandments to restore their Church to the earth. He is the main prophet of this dispensation. As the organization of the Church progressed, a quorum of twelve apostles was organized. God has ordained that the apostles progress through this quorum. When the prophet dies, the senior apostle, along with the quorum of the twelve apostles become the governing body of the Church. They meet in an attitude of fasting and prayer. God reveals to them who the next prophet should be. It is a unanimous vote. So far the pattern has been that the senior apostle becomes the next prophet. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Candee
I am certain. Mainly because I have read the account, and have felt the Spirit. I also feel the sacred nature of the ruins that I have visited. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Candee
A young fourteen year-old boy, Joseph Smith, wanted to know which Church to join. He listened to the pastors of his day, and read the Bible. When he read James15 he learned that he could ask God himself. So after much pondering, he went to a grove of trees to be alone where he might ask God. The answer came from God, the Father and Jesus Christ, themselves - - They called him as their prophet, even as the prophets of old. They directed the way the Church should be restored. The nickname Mormon came from others who called it the Mormon Church because of the Book of Mormon. The name Christ gave the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Candee
 When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, they walked and talked with God. After they partook of the forbidden fruit, they were cast out from God's presence. They became subject to sin and death. This life was given to them at a mortal probation to prove that they would obey God's commandments in order to return to his presence. We are Adam and Eve's children here on earth. We, too ,are subject to sin and death. There is nothing we can do by ourselves to rise from the dead, and to become clean from sin. We must rely upon the grace of God through his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ to take upon himself the sins of the world, lay down his life that he might take it up again, and in turn redeem us from sin and death that we may return to Father's presence. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Candee
Self reliance is so important because it gives us independence and self esteem. It's empowering to know that we are capable of providing for ourselves and our families. Emergency preparedness gives us confidence that in case of a natural disaster, or something as simple as a child needing a band aid, we know what to do, how to help. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Candee
 The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He does not have a tangible body so he is free to fulfill his mission, which is to testify, witnesss, prompt, inspire, warn, comfort, and more. Individuals receive promptings of the Spirit, they intrinsically know right from wrong, but when a person is baptized they also receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It means that through their personal righteousness they are entitle to have the Holy Ghost as their constant companion, to lead them through life to bring them closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus. One who is baptized may feel very close to the spirit and receive many impressions each day. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Candee
The last commission Christ gave to his disciples was to take the gospel to all the world, every nation, kindred, tongue and people. Heavenly Father loves all of his children. He wants them to learn about the Plan of Salvation - the Great Plan of Happiness. He wants them to enter into covenants with him so they may inherit the blessings of an eternal family and all that the Father has. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Candee
The First Vision refers to the experience Joseph Smith had when he studied the Bible and prayed to learn which Church he should join. He went into a grove of trees where he could be alone to pray. God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to him, called him by name, and instructed him to restore their true Church to the earth. This was his First Vision. Throughout his ministry Joseph Smith received many visions and revelations from God and heavenly messengers. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Candee
We have an amazing welfare system that operates locally in families, wards, branches and stakes, and on a worldwide scale. In Salt Lake City supplies are gathered where volunteers sort and prepare clothing, food, hygiene kits, medical supplies. These are organized on pallets that are accessible by fork lift. When a call comes in that a disaster is anticipated, trucks are loaded and dispatched within hours of the notice. The goods are distributed from stake centers by members of the church wearing the helping hands pennies. Our missionaries serve across the world, teaching the gospel that improves the lives of the people. When serving in Manaus, Brazil, my daughter was involved in a helping hands project - - they educated the community about dengue fever which is carried by mosquitoes. They inspected for standing water to clean out the infestation. Locally, in my relief society we are making hygiene kits to send to Salt Lake, and donating clothes and goods to Deseret Industries. Each ward has a compassionate service director. She calls members of the ward to provide service, such as meals for illness, help with a leaky roof, a wheelchair ramp, whatever people need. We had a little preemie baby born in our ward. We sewed little clothing and blankets for her. In our stake, each of us contributed a dress. Almost 200 dresses were taken to a local women's organization where they were taught job skills, and how to interview. They chose a dress to wear to their job interview. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Candee
Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are nicknamed Mormons after the Book of Mormon which testifies of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is the keystone of their religion. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Candee
The Bible is a collection of writings from the prophets. They bear witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah. It was handed down through the generations, and eventually translated at great sacrifice, even the lives of those who brought it forth. The Book of Mormon is a collection of writing from the prophets. They bear witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah. The difference is that it was preserved on gold plates and buried in the Hill Cumorah by the last prophet, Moroni. After God, the Father and Jesus Christ called Joseph Smith to be their prophet, they sent the Angel Moroni - - the last prophet of the Book of Mormon, now resurrected, to reveal the place of the sacred record on gold plates. After four years of preparation, Joseph was directed to take the plates, and by the gift and power of God translate them. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Candee
On February 27, 1833 in Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph Smith received a revelation, a word of wisdom , showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days. God revealed that strong drinks are not good in the sight of God, but are to be used for the washing of the body hot drinks are not good for the body or the belly and that tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill. A healthy diet of grains, fruits and vegetables is set forth. Flesh of fowls of the air and beasts is ordained for the use of man, but are to be used sparingly. All of these things are given with a promise that even the weakest saint can abide by them, and by so doing shall find wisdom and hidden treasures of great knowledge, and can walk and not faint, and run and not be weary. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Candee
If you are reading, this you have already found an important resource. This website will put you in touch with someone to chat with, and you can ask the missionaries to come to your door. You can click on worship and find a meetinghouse in your area. Another interesting thing that happens is that when we are seeking to learn more, Heavenly Father sends people in our path - a neighbor, a co-worker, even the missionaries. If you look in the phone book, the name of the Church may be in a place you don't expect. There may be categories of Churches in the yellow pages. Be sure to look through all of them, or you can try the white pages. the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Candee
Only God is authorized to give and take life. The Church opposes abortion. The counsel given to members is not to submit to or perform an abortion, except in rare cases to be discussed with local presiding priesthood leaders, while seeking divine confirmation in prayer. Show more Show less

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?

Candee
There are no restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join the Mormon Church, and have the priesthood. In June of 1978 President Spencer W Kimball received a revelation from God that every worthy male may hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Candee
If a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, Mormon practice polygamy, they are excommunicated from the Church. There are individuals outside of the Church who call themselves Mormons who practice polygamy. They are not affiliated with the Church. Show more Show less