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Hi I'm Dawn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and stay-at-home mother of six children the oldest of which has special needs. I love math, science, art, and being an educator. My parents were both born into large families, though they chose to have only two children. They were raised Catholic and attended Catholic school. When we were very little we occasionally attended mass, but by the time I was 7 my parents had drifted away from religion. We were taught to be honest and work hard, but didn't have a bible at home or talk about God. As I grew older I started to have experiences that didn't seem to fit into the way the world was being explained at home or school. Sometimes my mother's parents would come to visit during the summer. My grandmother would quietly read the bible each morning and evening. One time I asked her with all of her reading why she hadn't finished the bible yet. Her answer was that she had read it many times but learned new things every time she did. Between her words and the fact the bible has greatly affected many peoples and nations, I decided to read it. As I read, I realized that the experiences that I had been having were spiritual in nature and that I wasn't alone, throughout history God has offered guidance to those who will listen.

Why I am a Mormon

As I became an adult I continued to try to understand the nature of truth. Prayerful study of the Bible helped me to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and I attended many churches trying to find more truths to guide my life. I constantly felt guided to move on and started to think I might spend my life wandering from church to church picking up a truth here and a truth there. When I was referred to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I immediately felt spiritually at home, though I had difficulty grasping the idea that there could be one truth for everyone-- since we're all different don't we all understand and grow in truth differently? I had difficulty praying to know if it was true, the word seemed to mean so many different things. After about a year and half of attending church, I decided to ask a different question. I prayed, "Is this where you want me to be? Is this want you want me to do?" And immediately I had an answer. Yes! I'm so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm grateful to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where I continue to grow and to become more like my Savior daily. I am amazed as I look back over my life how I've come to more greatly reflect His image in my own. I know that Jesus Christ is not only my personal Savior but the Savior of the world. I feel his love in my life. I know that he loves all of his children personally. I believe that the Holy Ghost is one of the most amazing gifts that we can receive in mortality. I am grateful for the words of the ancient prophets that helped me in my youth, and I'm grateful to have added to them the words of modern prophets which together guide, uplift, and encourage me.

How I live my faith

I attend church regularly. Once a month I teach a lesson to the women in my congregation on a gospel topic such as faith or repentance. At home I pray and read the scriptures regularly. I try to teach my children that they are God's children both in word and deed. I try to uplift those around me whether a neighbor or stranger and I do volunteer work for our local Special Olympics team.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Dawn
Yes you can attend church! You don't need to be invited by a member to go. I waited until I was invited because there wasn't a sign out front with times on it. If you'd like to know when church starts, click on the link at the mormon.org homepage. It'll tell you when the congregations near you meet. We're used to having visitors, so you can come as you are but if you're nervous and want to blend in, we wear traditional Sunday dress which in the U.S. is typically slacks, dress shirts, and ties for the men and modest skirts or dresses for the women, some wear Sunday dress appropriate to their culture. We bring our children to church and you're welcome to bring yours too. Hearing babies babble and children whispering to each other is typical in sacrament meeting, so don't worry that your children won't be able to behave well enough bring them along. You'll see parents taking noisy little ones out to the foyer for a break and you're welcome to do the same. In many buildings sacrament is "piped" into the mothers lounge so you won't miss a thing if you need to nurse or change a baby. You will not be thronged at the end of the meeting. Since we have a lay clergy, the members teach Sunday school classes etc... So most of the time when the meeting ends everyone is taking children to classes, preparing to teach a class, etc... If you'd like to stay but don't know where to go or where to take your children, just ask any adult or the missionaries. Show more Show less