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Hi I'm Pam

I was raised in Butte, Montana. I was raised in another church, but joined the LDS church when I was 22.

About Me

After I joined the church I had five children. My marriage didn't work out, and I was a single mother struggling to make ends meet. I relied on my faith to get me through some tough years. In spite of health struggles, I was able to achieve all my goals. I went to school and received my Bachelor's and Master's degree in history. I moved to San Diego and worked in Human Resources for 10 years. During that time, I completed my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I now work as a counselor and am preparing to serve a mission for the church in Sacramento.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young person, I was searching for some answers that I could not find in my church at the time. I was disturbed by the doctrine of infant baptism. I was taught as a child that babies had to be baptized because if they died, they would go to hell. I wondered in my mind how a loving got could do such a thing. The same for all this children in the world who never knew Jesus Christ. I was taught they could not be saved without baptism. This sent me on a search for truth. The God I knew would not set his children up for failure. During this time, the missionaries came to my door and left me a Book of Mormon. They told me if I read it and prayed about it, I could know it was true. I did what they told me to do every night. I read and prayed sincerely to know if the book was true. One night I received a powerful witness that it was indeed true. I knew I had to act and be baptized. That was the beginning of a long journey of faith and growth for me. I knew from that experience that God exists. That Jesus Christ lives. That they both know me and all of his children intimately and with great concern. I consistently have this reconfirmed to me as I interact with church members and pray.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in the church, from teaching children to leading the women's organization. I have served in missionary callings in my ward as well. Most importantly, every church job has helped me grow as a person, taught me about human nature and behavior as well as my own weaknesses. It has brought me great personal growth. I don't know how I would have raised my five children without the help and support of the gospel and church members. They have all turned out to be fine contributing citizens.

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

Pam
Dress for Church - I have heard individuals remark, "God doesn't care what I wear to church. He loves me no matter what I wear." I agree with this fully. However, its not about how God feels about us. His love is a known constant. When we wear our best to church it is a sign of honor, love and respect for our Father in Heaven. If any of us had a job interview or an important meeting with a dignitary, we would most certainly put on our best clothing. The same thoughtfulness should be demonstrated when we present ourselves before the God of the universe, our creator. Mormon celebrate holidays as the rest of the country. I have found that on religious holidays, Mormons have a special focus on Christ on Christmas and Easter. Show more Show less