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Hi I'm Hillary

I am a student, I love the arts and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington State before heading out to Utah to go to school, where I met my fiancée. I have a wide range of hobbies including dancing, creating and editing short videos and animations, playing with a variety of art forms, learning about languages and exercising.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but as I grew older and was better able to understand what I had, my faith grew stronger. While I have always been grateful that I am sealed to my family and will be with them forever, I am now happier than ever that I will be able to go to the temple with the man that I love and be sealed to him. The Church has been a blessing in my life in many ways and I would not trade it for anything.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making sure that I live up to the standards the both the Church and I have set for myself. I take care to dress modestly and appropriately, make sure that my language is clean and kind and try to be my best self. Additionally, I participate in Church activities and develop personal habits like frequent prayer and scripture reading to keep me spiritually fit.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Hillary
The Word of Wisdom is a basic dietary and health law given to members of Christ’s modern Church to help them avoid illness and addiction. This includes the abstention from tobacco products, alcohol, “hot drinks” which are defined as coffee and tea, and all other foods in excess as well as a recommendation to eat fresh fruits and vegetables along with plenty of bread products. Mormons do not have to be vegetarians, though some are, but are instructed to take care in how much meat that they consume. More recently, we have been commanded to abstain from all other addictive, drug substances, including the abuse of prescription or over the counter medications and the use of illicit drugs. I do not feel that the Word of Wisdom is intended to keep people from having fun or that it should be looked at as a burden. It is intended to keep us healthy, free from other temptations and legal consequences, and to strengthen our faith. Show more Show less

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

Hillary
The Church does not endorse political parties. While Mormons are encouraged to be politically active and to consider their faith when they are voting or engaging in political discussions, the decisions are ultimately left up to them. I have met Mormons who associate with a variety of political parties and who stand behind many different candidates. From time to time, the Church will ask members to participate in a particular side of an issue take Proposition 8 in California, for example. These issues do not relate directly with a political party, rather important and specific moral issues that can have an effect on certain church activities in the long run. 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?

Hillary
Unlike the church building where all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their surrounding communities are welcomed, the temple is considered to be more special and holy. While Mormons are not expected to be “perfect” in order to enter, they must be able to receive a temple recommend to enter the temple. A Mormon may receive a temple recommend is they have been baptized, if they are active in their Church community and duties and if they are striving to live a good life, which includes sexual purity and adherence to certain aspects of the Word of Wisdom, amongst other things. Inside of the temple, Mormons can participate in various necessary ordinances. An ordinance is a physical action that both reminds us of our commitment to the Lord and allows us to move forward in our spiritual progression. Outside of the temple, this includes baptism, confirmation and taking the sacrament. Inside the temple, more ordinances are practiced, including the sealing of married couples and families. These ordinances are considered vital for salvation. Proxy ordinances for individuals who have passed away are also done. The often misunderstood concept of baptisms for the dead falls into this category, where members of the LDS church are baptized for someone who has passed on. While we do not talk about the specifics of the goings on in the temple, it is not because anything frightening or illegal is happening. It is a beautiful place for Mormons to worship in a very particular way. The reason behind the “secrecy” is that we do not want anything that special to become profane or abused.  Show more Show less

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

Hillary
Anyone may attend a Mormon church service. To figure out when a meeting near you begins, ask a Mormon friend, your local missionaries or locate a phone number or meeting times in a phone book or internet directory. The meeting as a whole is generally three hours long during which time, people go to a variety of classes depending on their age, responsibilities and what they need to learn. Sacrament meeting is considered the most important meeting of the day. In this meeting, hymns are sung by the congregation, talks and testimonies are provided by the members of the ward and most importantly, the sacrament is blessed and provided. Visitors to a Mormon service may choose if they want to take the sacrament. If they do not want to, they should just hand the tray to the next person without taking any. The other two hours of church are used primarily to educate the members of the church. For someone who is visiting, these classes can be a good opportunity to learn more about the beliefs of Mormons and their doctrine. These classes are taught by unpaid members of the congregation. Choosing a class, much less finding the right room may be overwhelming if you are visiting for the first time, however feel free to ask the people around you to help you find the right place to go. They will be glad that you were interested in visiting and will happily help you. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Hillary
The Relief Society is an organization within the church of which all of the women age 18 and older are members. On Sundays, many women aside from women with other responsibilities of teaching elsewhere, attend a Relief Society class in which lessons are taught which are geared towards the women, their experiences and their concerns. The Relief Society is also the primary service organization in any ward. Women are asked to organize care and meals for members of their ward that need help, and to organize service for other members of their communities. Relief Society activities also provide a place for women to come together, make friends and enjoy one another’s company. Visitors are always welcome to come to a relief society class on Sunday or other activities during the week. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Hillary
The first Article of Faith states that, “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” While we believe that these three beings work together to bring about creation and salvation, we do not believe that they are all the same being. We believe that God has a perfected and glorified, physical body. He did, after all, have us created in His likeness. Christ, Heavenly Father’s only physically begotten Son, was only a spirit before He was born on the earth. However now, since His resurrection, He has a glorified and perfected body, just like our Heavenly Father. Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Heavenly Father has had little direct interaction with us on earth, but delegates the responsibility of communicating with us to Christ and the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is often overlooked but of great importance. Because the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit does not have a body, Its presence can be felt in many places and by many people and even stay with us. It is the comforter promised by Christ, and It can provide direction, comfort and the knowledge needed to build a testimony. These three work together to help us find our way in life, and our way back to God’s presence in the next life. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Hillary
Missionary service is not required for Mormons and there are many who have not served missions. Young men between the ages of 19 and 25 are strongly encouraged to serve two year missions and many do, making up the bulk of the missionary program. Women are welcome to serve missions, which are usually 18 months long, if they are 21 or older. Married couples may also serve missions in which they travel together. Because of the wide variety of missions available not everyone goes door to door to proselyte, people with different abilities and specialties can have an opportunity to help others. All missionaries provide service to the Church, Mormons and those in the communities in which they are serving.  Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Hillary
In order to know if anything is true, the Lord has instructed us to study the issue out, think about it and then pray about it. When it comes to learning for yourself if the Church is true, you should do the same. Firstly, study the doctrine. Reading the Book of Mormon is a great place to start. It contains many of the key doctrines of our Church and the very foundation of Mormonism depends on the fact that it is Holy Scripture from God and that the translator, Joseph Smith, was a prophet. Next think about what you have read and learned. How did it make you feel? Do things make sense and fit together? Do you have any questions that need to be answered? And finally pray and keep praying. Some answers come faster than others, but if you are serious and dedicated to finding an answer, you will get one eventually. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Hillary
The priesthood is the power by which the Lord creates and works. Righteous men, who have been ordained by someone holding the proper authority to do so, may use this power to serve their fellow beings as the Lord would. In the Church, the priesthood is divided into two categories called the Aaronic Priesthood named from Moses’ brother Aaron and Melchizedek Priesthood named for the king of Salem, who gave the priesthood to Abraham. Boys and men who uphold a high standard may be ordained into the Aaronic Priesthood which allows them to bless and pass the sacrament and perform baptisms, as well as other duties. The Melchizedek Priesthood is the next step and adds to the responsibilities of the holder. They may now confirm newly baptized individuals an ordinance that provides the receiver with a blessing and the Holy Spirit as long as they are righteous, give other blessings of healing and comfort, serve as missionaries and much more. Only men can hold the priesthood, but these men are always required to help the women and girls in their lives and treat them with respect and honor. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Hillary
Mormons are indeed Christians. The official name of the Church, the one found on all of our buildings, temples and publications, is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that Christ aided in the creation of our world and that he came to earth as a baby and grew into adulthood as the only perfect human to ever live. He provided an example of how we ought to treat others and live and at the end of His life, suffered for everyone’s sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, before being tortured and dying on the cross. We also believe that after three days of His spirit being separated from His body, that the two were again reunited and that He is the first to be resurrected. We believe that he still has His body, and will always, in a perfected form, and that he is still busily going about the work of His Father. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Hillary
These are all part of the organization of the Church. In order to better serve the members and the people of their communities, the Church is divided into stakes. While they vary greatly in size, in many parts of the United States, a stake will contain several thousand members and the boundaries will contain a stake center. A stake center is much like a regular Mormon church building, but usually larger, to accommodate more people. Each stake has a stake president as well as a first and second counselor. There are also stake heads for the Sunday school, Relief Society, Primary and all other programs. There will from time to time be activities that will bring all of the members of the stake together for the purposes of teaching, celebrating and relaxing. A ward is a smaller geographical area. Many wards make up a stake. Mormons will have the most church interaction with members of their own ward as they will meet with them ever week for church and often during the week for other activities. A ward is headed by a bishop, as well as a first and second counselor, and also has similar leadership structures in other programs or auxiliaries as they are called in the Church. The size of a ward is usually several hundred members. Branches are much smaller than wards, but are not a part of a ward. They are created in areas where there are not very many members of the church. They can also be created to accommodate people who do not speak the same language as the wards around them. Show more Show less

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

Hillary
Mormon missionaries are located in almost every country and can be found in nearly every city in the United States. If you would like to have them visit you or set up a place to meet, visit http//mormon.org/missionaries. You may also have friends or acquaintances who are Mormon. I can speak from experience, that we are happy to answer questions you may have and have discussions with you. You may have to bring up the conversation, but don’t be afraid to do it.   Show more Show less

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

Hillary
Yes! The Bible is an indispensible record of the Lord’s interactions with His people and is regarded as scripture by the Church. We use the King James Version of the Bible for our personal reading and church services. While it may be harder to read than modern versions, the literal translation that was used to put it together retains both the literal and figurative meanings found in the text. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Hillary
Currently, Mormons do not practice polygamy. The practice was banned by the Church in 1890, from which time no more polygamous marriages were to be conducted either in the temples or legal institutions. Recently, anyone who has access to a television has been able to watch as polygamous compounds were raided and as other families have put their lives in the spotlight. These groups are not associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are not Mormons. While they may be members of splinter groups no longer in alliance with Mormons, it is important to remember that they are not following the doctrine that the Lord has given to the Church at this time. Mormons who are found practicing polygamy are excommunicated and the Church in no way condones the practice, or other related practices leading to the abuse of children, teens and women. Show more Show less