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Hi I'm Tracy M.

I'm a writer, grad student, and a single mom of three. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life can surprise you; one of those surprises came in finding myself divorced in my thirties and raising my three children alone. It's amazing what good can be mined from even the most difficult situations when you have faith and aren't afraid. I'm now a full-time student, supporting my family with freelance writing and painting, while I work towards my grad degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders. My kids are happy, normal kids that have learned to be flexible and support each other. It's my hope that seeing me work hard and achieve goals after challenges will have a positive effect on my children. Unstructured outdoor time makes all of us happy, and hiking or biking our local greenbelts, hills and trails are sources of joy. Often my daughter wears her Darth Vader outfit for our excursions, and her brothers roll their eyes.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an agnostic home, but knew from a very young age that there was something more. Nine years ago, after the birth of my first child, I walked into a Latter-day Saint church and found my answers. Mormon 9:27 says, in part, “…doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old and come unto the Lord with all your heart and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.” We are not commanded to rely on the word of another, or on borrowed oil- Indeed we are cautioned against doing so over and over. We are given intelligence, agency and pondering minds so that we might study the words of our scriptures and figure out what they mean to us personally, and apply them to our lives. Being a Mormon is being a part of something that is indescribably beautiful. It’s about a change in your heart; a change that may have taken you entirely by surprise, or that may have been years in the making. Becoming a Latter-day Saint begins in a million different ways with a million different trajectories, but it ends up with us looking at one another and seeing the reflection of the Lord. We are woven together- the utterly breathtaking goal of our faith is to seal the family of humanity, to progress and learn to be like God. For us, salvation is a collective communion. This is a miracle- this is why I am a Later-day Saint. I claim my faith, no matter what my family or my world looks like. I believe it and I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith permeates my life. This is not a faith to just get out and dust off on Sundays or holidays- my faith is a part of who I am and informs my choices. There are moments I waver, I falter, I struggle, but I have had powerful experiences that carry me through those times, and I remember. My children and I attend church, we read scriptures, and we have one night a week where we do something both fun and educational regarding to the teachings of Christ. Our lives are richer because of our faith, in all aspects.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tracy M.
I think this is almost always based on misunderstandings or misinformation. We are a Christian faith like so many others, and our doctrines are based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe in God the father, and that Jesus Christ was His son here on earth, that Jesus performed the atonement so that we could return to God, and that he then died for each of us. We practice caring for each other, for the poor and needy, and in exercising charity to others. As a convert, it continually confuses me that people would label us anything other than another Christian faith. I know what I believe. Show more Show less

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

Tracy M.
 Absolutely. We use the King James version of the Bible- the same one used in Christian denomination around the world. The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture with we use in addition to the King James Bible. Show more Show less

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

Tracy M.
Sure. We tend to dress rather conservatively for church- men in collared shirts and ties, women in skirts or dresses. But in the rest of our lives, you'd probably have a hard time distinguishing us from anyone else. We love to celebrate, and we observe all the religious and secular holidays that pepper the calendar. Mormons love any excuse to get together and have a pot luck or barbecue, and food is always abundant. Beware of the green jello. It's personal preference how each family celebrates, and to what degree, but it's not at all unusual for Mormon families to have parties or celebrations for not only birthdays and anniversaries, but Halloween, Independence Day, Memorial Day and so forth. The one thing we do a little differently is unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, we don't have services on Christmas. This can be surprising to some folks, but it's nice to have Christmas as home, too. Just ask my kids. Show more Show less