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Hi I'm Grace

I'm a missionary in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission. I have a passion for service & am going to change the world! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student and I love learning! I am studying elementary education because I enjoy teaching and working with kids. I dream of changing the lives of thousands of children by being an example to them and making them want to rise up and be better people. I think I would love to be an motivational speaker though. I enjoy doing just about anything in the kitchen and love to experiment by making food without recipes. I have had numerous disasters!! I also enjoy reading and I am told that I write pretty well too. I love spending time outdoors and especially dancing in the rain. I have a passion for service and love smiling. Up at college I have found many opportunities to get involved and serve through the Student Representative Council, the special needs program, and with the new students. I just love it! I am serving a full time mission in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission and love this amazing opportunity to share my knowledge and testimony of something that I love so much. Life is a glorious adventure and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on both sides of my family. Throughout my childhood years I loved attending church & learning more about Jesus Christ and how I could become like Him. This pattern of loving the Spirit I felt at Church and learning more about God's plan for me continued to grow & grow. When I was about 12 years old I wanted to learn more! I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was God's church restored on the earth in these days because I had gone to Church & had learned & grown but I wanted to learn all that I could! I read the Book of Mormon & prayed about it and asked God whether the Book of Mormon was true and, consequently, whether Joseph Smith was a prophet of God & if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His true Church. There was no doubt in my mind that I would not get an answer. I knew that if I asked, I would receive an answer & I did! The Spirit testified to me that what I had read in the Book of Mormon was true & what I was doing with my life by following in my parents footsteps was right. Throughout my adolescent years I lived the principles taught in Church, by the prophet, and found in the Book of Mormon & it made me happy because I was drawing closer to God and becoming like Him. The great joy that I felt & the love of God that was so prevalent in my life inspired me to serve a mission so I could share this with others & I am so grateful that I did!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by who I am. I live my faith by being an example of Jesus Christ. I live my faith as I devote my life and service to the Lord. I live my faith by serving a mission and inviting others to come unto Christ. I want to live an exemplary life where anyone who sees me or meets me can see the light and love of Jesus Christ through me. I want to be a role model to those that I come in contact with. I want to continually look for people that I can lift and serve. By following my Savior and being who He would be and doing what He would do if He were in my place or situation I am living my faith. As I serve those around me and love as He loves I am able to live my faith and become like God. A favorite scripture reads: "Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them." I live my faith by living this scripture and continually striving to be anxiously engaged in a good cause. For a year and a half I am living my faith by serving a mission in Oklahoma. I am spending this time meeting with people and learning from them and sharing how I have come to know that God is our loving Heavenly Father, that Jesus is the Christ, that we have a prophet on the earth again, and that through study of the Book of Mormon we can prepare to live with God again. I live my faith by who I am. How great is my purpose!

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

Grace
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps people around the world in so many ways! Some of the things that the Church helps to do is to distribute food and provide assistance when there are disasters volunteer cleanup, use of chapels for shelter, and also providing food, water, and medical supplies free of charge. Another thing that is done by the Church is that it funds and encourages projects that help out stricken communities. It is really neat though, because these things mentioned above all give immediate relief but the Church also teaches self reliance and helps people begin small businesses in their own homes so that they are continually helped. Throughout the world, 147 countries have been helped with humanitarian assistance and it is valued at tens of millions of dollars annually. It is truly a remarkable program. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Grace
The Book of Mormon is another witness and testimony that Jesus Christ really lived and loved all of mankind. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of ancient prophets. The first prophet we learn about is Lehi who lead a small group of people to the American continent. God continued to call prophets to lead His children, the descendants of Lehi, in the American continent and the Book of Mormon is a collection of their writings and the writings of other record keepers. The Book of Mormon talks about Jesus Christ and it was recorded that He appeared after His Resurrection to the people in America and He taught them His gospel, formed His church, and ministered to them. The Book of Mormon supports and verifies the Bible in its teachings and purposed. The Book of Mormon ends with a glorious promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it have the ability for the Holy Ghost to testify of its truthfulness. In short, the Book of Mormon is another testament of the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ that supports and verifies the teachings of the Bible. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Grace
In both the Bible and the Book of Mormon we learn that faith is hoping and believing in something that one does not see that is true. (Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." and Alma 32:21 "... faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.") As human beings we daily act upon things that we hope for before we see the end result which is similar to the principle of faith. To have faith in God we go beyond this principle as we trust Him, have confidence in Him, and act on our belief in Him. Faith is a principle of both action and power. In the Book of Mormon a prophet named Alma compared faith to a seed. If a person plants a good seed and nourishes it, it will grow and eventually bear fruit. Faith is similar to this. As we obey God's commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ our faith will grow and we will receive blessings from it. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Grace
The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name. Just like when Jesus Christ was on the earth, the same priesthood is used today in the Church as it was back then. All worthy male members of the Church have the opportunity to receive the priesthood and the Church is lead by priesthood holders. Men who hold the priesthood have the power to act in God's name by leading congregations in the Church, performing ordinances such as baptism, and blessing people who are sick. These priesthood holders follow the example of Jesus Christ as they serve as he would serve. Show more Show less

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

Grace
If you know a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ask them! There are members of the Church throughout the world and I am pretty positive most would be willing to talk to you and answer your questions. You can also come to our church meeting and worship with us. Here you will learn more about what we believe as you come together to worship God. A third way is to ask the missionaries! Missionaries whole purpose for a year and a half or two years of their life is to share the gospel and answer your questions. Missionaries are throughout the world and you can request that they come visit you by calling 888-537-6600. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Grace
As a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I spend all day every day helping others come to know their Father in Heaven. Because God is our loving Father in Heaven He has provided many ways for us to know for ourselves that He lives. One way is to just talk to God through prayer. As we talk with Him we come to know Him better. Another way is through studying the scriptures. As we read from His word we can learn more about Him and His plan for us. A third way to know for ourself that God lives is to obey His commandments. As we do what He asks we will draw closer to Him and come to know He lives. It is so remarkable that through these three things we can come to know our Father in Heaven and I am grateful for it! 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?

Grace
There is nothing secret going on in temples. Temples are the house of God on the Earth today and, as such, they are very sacred. Because they are sacred only baptized members of the Church that are qualified and prepared can enter the temple. Something neat about the temple is that after each temple is constructed there is an open house before it is dedicated to the Lord and anyone can enter the temple to have a tour. In the temple we learn eternal truths about God and our purpose. We also receibe sacred ordinances and provide ordinances for those that have died. The temple is the House of the Lord where the Spirit can dwell and is such a remarkable blessing! Show more Show less

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

Grace
Self-reliance is so important to us as members of the Church because if prepares us for potential emergencies. It helps us become independent because we can know that if something were to happen like a job loss or a natural disaster that we could provide for ourselves. When we are self reliant we can also prepare ourselves to help others. I like comparing this to being in an airplane... The flight attendant tells those on the plane that if there was an emergency and they had to put the air mask on, to put it on themselves first and then they could help others. Why do you think this is? If you aren't prepared yourself--you don't have the mask on--then you will be unable to help others out--you will run out of air yourself. We as members of the church talk about emergency preparedness because life takes some unexpected turns. I am serving my mission in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City mission and there were recently tornados in my mission that turned the lives of thousands of people upside down. By being prepared for emergencies such as these we can have faith that everything will be okay in the end and that since we have done all that we can, God will do the rest. By being self reliant and prepared for whatever life throws at us we can have a happier life. Show more Show less