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Hi I'm Shilo

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a grad student in Creative Writing. I hope to one day write young adult novels. I also like to play sports particularly soccer. Growing up, I lived several different places, because my dad was in the Air Force.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into the LDS faith. Growing up, I always believed that everything I had been taught was true. Eventually, though, I had realize for myself that it was true. I can't name an exact moment when I went from just believing that it was true to knowing without any doubt that it was true. There is no greater feeling than the Spirit I get when I am doing anything related to the church. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet. I know that the other modern-day prophets are prophets, and I know that President Thomas S. Monson is now the prophet of our church. If I were to deny that, I would be lying to myself.

How I live my faith

I am currently a Young Single Adult 18-30 years old Sunday School teacher. This is an unpaid position where I get the opportunity to lead scripture discussions with people around my own age. Although it is normally a greatly spiritual experience, we also have a great time together.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Shilo
No, we are taught the importance of helping everyone no matter their faith. We are often the first people on the scene to help after natural disasters. Humanitarian Aid is an important part of our church. This includes the donation of time as well as money to people who are suffering from a natural disaster or to people in less developed countries who who need the help. We are also encouraged to participate in other service opportunities in our community. Ultimately, our goal is to show love and services towards those around without regard to the religious beliefs of those we are helping.  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?

Shilo
It is important for people to understand the difference between secret and sacred. Because we consider the temple sacred, people are given a worthiness interview by a church leader before being given admittance to the temple. Only those who are living the standards they have been taught can enter the temple. This includes living an honest, morally clean life. In the temple, people make covenants promises with God for themselves as well as acting as proxy to do baptisms as well as making covenants for those who are dead. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Shilo
There are few things that we can take with us when we die. The knowledge we have gained in this life and our family are really the only things we take with us. We believe that families can be together forever. This means that your spouse can be your spouse forever yes, even after you die. You can be with your parents, children, siblings, and other family members even after you die. We realize that families are important part of this life as well as the life to come. Show more Show less

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

Shilo
Church services last three hours, with three meetings of about an hour each. There are a variety of different types of meetings. The main focus of Sunday worship is Sacrament Meeting. At this time, people take part in singing hymns, partaking of the sacrament bread and water, and listen to speakers, generally people from the congregation assigned to talk on a specific topic that week. There are also classes such as Sunday School and other meetings. Groups are split by age for Sunday School classes, and young children get the opportunity to go to Primary meetings specifically targeted at their age group. Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend our meetings. Feel free to visit an LDS church on any given Sunday. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Shilo
In many ways, we are normal people. We go to school, hang out with friends, go to work, and live our lives in much the same way as our non-Mormon peers. As a college student, I feel that the biggest difference between me and most of my peers is that I don't go out drinking alcohol. We can hang out with friends, have a great time, and maybe even make a complete fool of ourselves, but we don't get drunk doing it. You might hear the phrase, "good, clean fun" and think that there's no such thing as it, but I have had so many great times without alcohol. Show more Show less