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Hi I'm Artha

I am a first generation Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Alameda....part of the Bay Area of Northern California. I have a strong testimony of the gospel and a great story of how I was introduced into the Mormon church! My oldest sister was 17 when she was invited by her LDS friend to play her violin in the church meeting. She had such a good and warm feeling from those she met that day, that she brought my next oldest sister with her the next Sunday to attend. It wasn't long before the rest of us kids were attending. Within the year, my two oldest sisters were baptized and a few years later when I was 13, I was baptized along with my siblings. Because of that lone introduction to the Mormon church, there are now over 150 active Mormons in our extended family. Neither I or my siblings served missions, however, most of our children (mine and my siblings) have served missions around the world: Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Australia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and the U.S. states of Washington, California, Tennessee, and Alaska. Additionally, my husband, who is also a convert, served a mission in England and my brothers-in-law served in Germany, Denmark, and in areas of the United States.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was just 9 years old when I first started to attend the Mormon church, but when I was 13 I felt ready to be baptized. I had been attending regularly for a few years that when I was finally baptized, my friends thought I had already been baptized earlier as a child. I loved the people I associated with in my Ward and had wonderful friends and great examples from the church leadership. But I really didn't get my anchor in the gospel until I was part of the youth choir that sang at the Open House for the performances at the pre-dedication of the Oakland Temple. It was at this very event when I was singing with the choir that I heard more voices singing from an unseen choir. I remember I looked around at the audience, and my friends were also, and we couldn't see this choir. I had this tingling feeling from the top of my head down to my toes as I sang, and my heart felt this unspeakable joy.....the kind of joy never experienced before. And then I knew that a choir of angels were there singing along with us, filling my soul and the souls of my choir friends with this beautiful love from the Lord and Savior. This was the most incredible feeling that was so real and tender to me to even try to explain. But I knew at that moment God lives and His Son, Jesus Christ is my Savior. I'll never forget this feeling as it anchored my testimony that has kept me strong in the faith for my whole life since then. I would be happy to give my life for the gospel because it is true and there is absolutely nothing that can ever take that joy away from me.

How I live my faith

I was married for all eternity in the Oakland Temple on June 1, 1968. I have seven children and 15 grandchildren. I have served in all the auxilaries of the church from a nursery leader, a Cub Scout Den Leader, a Primary teacher, a Primary pianist, a Young Women teacher, a Sunday School teacher, a Relief Society teacher and pianist, and currently I am the Ward Organist. I am also a Visiting Teacher. I serve in the Mesa Temple and look forward to when the two new temples are finished in Arizona (in Gilbert and in Phoenix). I teach piano lessons, teach mosaic art classes, and work part-time in a networking business, always striving to represent my faith with the best of myself through my language, my dress standards, my work ethic, and my respect for the diversity around me. Because I am a convert, I feel comfortable with my associates, my neighbors, and my friends who have various ethnic and religious faiths. By being respectful of their views, I am comfortable when sharing my faith with them. I prominently display beautiful pictures of Jesus Christ by well-known LDS artists. I strive to keep a beautiful, clean, and organized home, listen to beautiful music in my home, and do my best to keep a good spirit in the home which is often recognized by the comments of first-time visitors (my non-Mormon students). Living the gospel as best that I can and showing kindness to others in my daily interaction is how I live my faith.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Mormons are most definitely Christians. Our church name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in its title. We worship in the name of Jesus Christ and He is the head of our church. Show more Show less