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Hi I'm Marin

I'm a tax accountant, working to become a black belt, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a master's degree several years ago and work as a tax accountant in a large city. I love the people I work with and enjoy the things I'm learning. I find that taxes can actually be fun. In my free time, I love running, swimming, biking, and just about anything else that involves being outside and being active. I'm also a purple belt in tae kwon do and I absolutely love it. I also really enjoy photography, though I'm just an amateur, but I got to take my sister's engagement photos and really enjoyed that. Mostly, I just love to learn new things.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to God to know if it was true. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me that it was. Since then, I have continued to study the scriptures, to listen to the prophets, and to try to do the things that Jesus Christ has commanded. I continue to feel the Holy Ghost all of the time teach me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. For me, the witness of the Holy Ghost feels like joy, peace, and absolute confidence in my heart and clarity to my mind. Especially by studying the Book of Mormon and praying to Heavenly Father, I feel so much peace and love. I know that Jesus Christ provides the way for us to repent and to be close to God again, both through the example of His life and through His death and resurrection. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of His children, and that is why He has provided a gospel for our happiness and salvation.

How I live my faith

I work with the women in my local ward. As a presidency, we try to watch over each of the women, to become friends with them, to find out if they are having struggles and what we can do to help. We plan activities that will allow women to come together to socialize, to learn about the gospel, to gain skills that are useful for a happy and productive life, and to help uplift each other. Each month, I visit two women in particular that I have been assigned to teach monthly. We share a lesson that relates to how women in the church can live the gospel, and we talk about what is going on in their lives and if there is anything that they need. Women in the church struggle with problems like anyone else, but we hope to provide a support group that will help everyone deal with those problems better and not feel alone. By sharing our faith together, we help each other to become stronger and trust more diligently in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Marin
Every Sunday, Mormons attend church in a local chapel or similar building. At church, we partake of the sacrament bread and water to help us remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We also listen to speakers that are regular members of our congregation speak on various gospel topics. We attend Sunday School, where we study the scriptures, and a third class in which you may attend with the men, women, or children of the congregation. Right now we are studying gospel principles in that class. The temple is a House of God set apart for performing sacred ordinances. Ordinances are actions that we take which are an outward symbol of an inward covenant we are making. For example, baptism is an ordinance. In baptism you are submersed under the water and lifted up as a symbol that you have left your old life behind and will live differently now and you make a covenant to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ. The temple is the place to perform other ordinances and to make similar covenants to follow God in all things. In the temple, families are also joined together, or "sealed" to be a family for time and all eternity. Temple work is actually performed during the week and temples are closed on Sundays.  Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Marin
Mormons believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in its fullness at this time through the prophet Joseph Smith. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the belief that through the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we may be saved if we obey the commandments that Jesus Christ has given to us. He has commanded us to 1 have faith in Jesus Christ, 2 repent of our sins, 3 be baptized for the remission of our sins, 4 receive the Holy Ghost, and 5 continue to live by those principles throughout our lives. We honor that covenant as we do our very best to follow the commandments and as we strive to remember Jesus Christ in all of our actions and trust in Him. Mormons believe that this gospel was taught to an ancient group of people who lived on the American continent and wrote about this gospel just as the Jews did living in Israel. The Book of Mormon is their witness of Jesus Christ and His gospel, just as the Bible is the witness of the ancient Israelites. Both witness of the same gospel of Jesus Christ. Mormons believe that God still speaks to His people, and that there is a prophet today who receives revelation for the church. Furthermore, through the Holy Ghost, every person can receive revelation for their personal lives.  Show more Show less

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

Marin
The Mormon church does not endorse political parties. Members of church belong to a variety of political parties and are encouraged to actively participate in the political process in their area. Members are encouraged to consider legislation and elections thoughtfully and prayerfully and make the best decisions they can. Show more Show less