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Hi I'm Sally

I'm a college graduate and full-time missionary from Albany, NY, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was fortunate to grow up in the church. When my parents got engaged, they decided they wanted religion to be a part of their future family. Thankfully, this church caught their attention, and it was the first and last place they looked. They were married in July of 1988, baptized in October, sealed in December of 1990, and I was born in August of the next year, with my brother following two years later. We aren't a perfect Mormon family, but my parents tried their hardest to teach my brother and I the gospel (especially when they were still learning most of it themselves), and I will be forever grateful to them for doing so. I recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Early Childhood/Special Education. I spent a year in Mesa, Arizona student teaching and then teaching first grade for both. After deciding to serve a mission, I went back home and worked at a daycare until I received my call to serve in the Arizona Tucson Mission! I now serve as a full-time missionary sharing the gospel with Heavenly Father's children until June of 2016.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger, I went to church because my parents did. They taught me to love the gospel, and I have for as long as I can remember. As a child, they also taught me to ask for myself whether it was true; so as I became older and was no longer content with surviving off of others' testimonies, I had those lessons to lead me in the right direction. I spent a lot of time in my adolescence worrying whether or not I actually had my own testimony, or whether I had just been spoon-fed the gospel my entire life and went along with it because I didn't know anything else. There is a story that I heard once that has stuck with me that addressed this issue. It compares receiving a confirmation that the gospel is true to a flood of light in our minds. Children that grow up in the gospel have minds that are constantly exposed to the light of the Spirit. So unlike adult converts that have been in some form of darkness their whole life and then received that flood of light with the confirmation that the church is true, those people that grew up in the church that pray for their own witness of the truthfulness of the gospel receive the same flooding of light, only it does not have the same effect after they have been exposed to this light all their lives. I realized that I did not need to have an extravagant experience while praying; I realized I had been building my testimony my whole life. I have had the Spirit witness to me many times that this Church is true, and I cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

The way I live my faith at this time in my life is by serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months. I left my home, my work, my family, and my friends (and the not so important things like my phone, my computer, facebook, pinterest, and instagram) to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Tucson, AZ. The decision to serve a mission required faith, and the ability to leave required even more faith. Waking up every day and going out to share the gospel with people who could reject me before I even can say my name takes faith. Studying and learning and trusting God to help me use those things to teach effectively takes faith. There has been no time in my life when strong faith has been required more than serving a mission, but there has also never been a time when my faith has been strengthened as much as it has been as I've been a missionary. Every time I study my scriptures, every time I teach someone about the gospel and bear my testimony, every time someone tries to tell me I'm wrong, every time I go to church and partake of the sacrament, every time I say a prayer, my faith is strengthened and my testimony grows deeper. I have never before been able to say with more surety and conviction that I know that Jesus Christ live and loves us, as that he suffered pain of death and lived again so that we could be forgiven and brought back to live with Heavenly Father; that I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God; and that I know that President Monson is a living prophet of God and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's kingdom here on the earth.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Sally
The church has very special places called temples, where we are given the opportunity to perform works that allow us to be with our families forever. Husband and wife can be sealed together in the temple, which means nothing, not even death, can separate them, so long as they continue to keep the commandments and stay true to the gospel. Children that are born after their parents have been sealed are automatically sealed to them. Families that have joined the Church later in life also have the opportunity to be sealed together. As for members that have family that have died before having the opportunity to accept the gospel, we also perform baptisms for the dead that allow those that have passed on the join the Church in the post-mortal life, should they choose to do so. After this happens, members have to opportunity to be sealed to their family that has gone on before them. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Sally
Women do not hold the priesthood because that is how God has made it. Even so, women still have an equally important part in His plan. We are blessed with the gift of motherhood, and the ability to bring human life into existence. We also have our own chances to serve within and outside of the church. We have our Relief Society, consisting of women ages 18 and up, which is a program within the Church founded by Joseph Smith to meet the needs of those around us. There is one in every congregation of the entire church, and every woman has the potential to lead or to participate. We also serve in the Primary, which is the organization of children ages 3-11. We take part in the teaching and rearing of these young souls presenting the opportunity to lead and to serve as well. There is also the Young Women organization, that consists of girls ages 12-18. Women are needed to preside in this organization as well as to teach and lead these girls. There is no other church or organization on the earth that is more set up for the equality of men and women. Show more Show less

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

Sally
Mormons do view the Bible as the word of God, as long as it has been translated correctly. We have the King James Version, which we use to study and follow. This Bible is one of the most important aspects of our religion, as it contains the teachings of Jesus Christ. We also use the Book of Mormon, which does not replace the Bible, but it serves as another testimony of Jesus Christ. These two books compliment each other and go hand-in-hand to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, and to give us the words of Christ and of God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Sally
This gospel teaches that Heavenly Father loves His children, and wants us to return to Heaven to live with him after we die. But in order for this to happen, we need prophets on the earth to convey his teachings and to lead us in the way that Heavenly Father would have us go. The scriptures are full of stories of prophets that He sent to His children throughout history, and today is no different. He doesn't love His people any less now that He did then. The world is much different today then it was then, and Heavenly Father has sent us a prophet to send revelation relating to what we need to hear as member today, relating to what we have to deal with. God's chosen prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Sally
One of the purposes of paying a 10 tithe is to thank Heavenly Father for everything he has given us. It is a small token of gratitude to give, because he continues to bless us for as we obey the commandment to pay tithing. It is also a way to allow the work of the Church to move forward. The gospel brings so much happiness to my life, and paying my tithing allows that money to go toward funds that make it possible for the Church to finance the spread of the gospel throughout the entire world. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Sally
Mormons are Christians in the sense that we believe in Jesus Christ. When I am asked if Mormons are Christian, I invite the person asking to listen to the name of our church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our entire religion is based on His teachings, and He is the head off the church. Our main teaching instrument, The Book of Mormon, is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ," and contains his teachings and the record of his ministry on this continent. Show more Show less