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Hi I'm Hayley!

I am a student, an aspiring college math professor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young single adult working on fulfilling her dream of becoming a college math professor. I go to American River College in Sacramento, California. I am studying Early Childhood Education! I love to cook, I love kids! And I love this gospel!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and have never known any other religion or any other lifestyle. I have lived this way for most of my life because my parents said that it was the best thing to do, and because I "legally" had to because they were my parents. This is not to say that I didn't like being a member of the Mormon church. Then we were visited by missionaries one night and part of their message was that I was not converted (even though I was born into the church) until I knew for myself whether the church was true. After that night I did some scripture reading and I prayed a lot about this and there was just a really good feeling about this gospel a feeling that I can only imagine I would deeply miss without the gospel in my life! I testify that I know this gospel is true and I know the Book of Mormon is the word of god as it has a lot of the same teachings as the Bible does and even features some of the Bible in that book. I love the church and the members in the church. It has blessed me more than anyone can ever know! Hayley

How I live my faith

I know that I am not perfect and I know that the only perfect person that ever lived is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He teaches us great examples and I know that he gave his own life for me and for everyone who lived, lives, and will live in this world! I figure that if one man, even a perfect man, could give his own life to save everyone else and help us to return to our loving Heavenly Father which is all that he wants then I can live by his gospel the best that I possibly can. I live my faith not by keeping the commandments but trying my best to keep them and honor them. And when I mess up on them I repent. I thank my Father in Heaven that I have everything that I have and that he keeps giving me chances on living my life here on Earth! I know that living by my faith I will never have regrets and I will return to live with my Heavenly Father.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Hayley!
The simple answer is no, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We only worship our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Here's what we do believe about Joseph Smith: He was the first prophet of the restored gospel; He translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God; Joseph Smith also saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and through their direction he restored this gospel on Earth and what started as a small congregation has, in less than 200 years, turned into a world-wide faith of almost 15 million members and is still growing exponentially. Most people would like to believe that he was a false prophet, but the answer to this common belief is found in Joseph Smith History 1:25 "... For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation." It is important to us that the world understand that Joseph Smith does not replace Jesus Christ or His Father in any way, shape, or form. Also that we don't know that he saw it to the extent of being there... but we know it through faith... and in Alma 32:21 it gives a wonderful definition of Faith: "And now as I said concerning faith-faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things-therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, yet are true." I testify that I know that Joseph Smith at fourteen years old saw God and Jesus Christ and I also can not deny this! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Hayley!
We are, absolutely, without a doubt, Christians! Those who believe otherwise have not ever studied or done research about the Mormon Church. It is important to understand whether we are Christians or not is to understand that "Mormons" is not the actual name of the people who attend this church. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Now can you say the same thing about Mormons not being Christians? If you are still unsure about this matter, maybe we need to dig a little deeper... We are called Mormons because people are under the assumption that the only book we study from is something called the Book of Mormon. Just about everyone realizes that we study from this book, however, the official title of this book is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. A brief summary of this book is about one family who was originally from Jerusalem that traveled to South America before the city of the Jerusalem was destroyed. We know that the Lord had this family leave this city to preserve His church even after the city of Jerusalem was taken captive and destroyed. The Lord works in mysterious ways and we won't know his reasons until after we leave this mortal life! One thing that I know is that this book didn't happen by accident and that this church didn't happen by accident! Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Hayley!
First of all... we do not teach baptizing infants... As it is said in our Articles of Faith verse 2, "We believe in being punished for our own sins, and not for Adam's transgression. We teach that infants that come into the world are sinless so do not need to be baptized until later in life. Along the same subject, we also teach that we are to be baptized at the age of accountability which even scientific studies have said is 8 years old. We also teach that of baptism by immersion, in our Articles of Faith verse 4 it says, "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." We believe in baptism by immersion for more than just the article of faith, but we also believe in it because baptism by immersion follows Christ example of how he was baptized during his ministry on earth. Baptism by immersion also symbolizes dying and rising again a new person. With baptism we teach that once baptized you are cleansed from all previous sins. Show more Show less