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Hi I'm Mandy

I'm from UT and AZ. I'm BLESSED to be a wife and mother. I just graduated to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. I'm a LDS/Mormon.

About Me

The most important thing in my life is family. I feel proud of where I come from and of my heritage, and I also enjoy being married and having a family of my own. Of course life comes with its challenges, but I feel so blessed and privileged to be a wife and a mother, and I know that is the most significant role I will ever have. I have been in school for the past three years and have done that while pregnant and being a mom, and while my husband is in school. I am now at the very end of my school program to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. The past 18 months of school have been some of the most difficult for me, but the Lord has given me strength when I had none to keep going. When I don't have to worry about school I love spending time with my family and we go to church every Sunday. We enjoy going swimming in the summer and good movies, and anything to stay cool! When the weather is nice we like to be outside as much as we can. Things that I personally enjoy are make up artistry, anterior decorating and refurbishing, baking, and any new projects or crafts that I can learn. I wish I had more time to get better at all of those things!

Why I am a Mormon

I had the opportunity to be raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints. My family goes back generations in the church. I have always been so proud of my heritage in the church, and to have been blessed with wonderful parents and growing up knowing all of my grandparents and great grandparents in the same town. Family has always been the most important thing in my life as a child, growing up, and continues to be. That is what our church is all about. Families can be together for eternity in this life and the next. Just like my parents and theirs before, my husband and I had the great privilege of entering the Lord's holy temple, and were married. We were not only married, but sealed to each other for time and ALL ETERNITY. Our families are sealed together and linked for generations so that we we can be together for eternity. That gives me hope in knowing that this life is not the end, but only a short time in Heavenly Father's plan for his children. In the temples, which are sacred unto the Lord, what is bound on earth is bound in heaven, and we are promised that if we live faithful to the covenants we have made with our Heavenly Father, then we can be with our loved ones for eternity. I know that to be true. I know that we lived with Heavenly Father before we were born, and he had a plan for us to come to earth and be tested to prove ourselves worthy to be able to return to live with Him again. I know that Jesus Christ was sent by our Heavenly Father to Atone and sacrifice for us so that we can have the opportunity to repent and be with Him again. I know that Jesus is our Savior, that He was resurrected, that He lives today, and that He will return again. I know that I can rely upon my Savior and that He can take away my pain. I know that Heavenly Father is aware of me and all of us, and that we can converse with Him through prayer. I know that we are all children of Heavenly Father and that he loves us, and I know He guides us.

How I live my faith

My life feels empty if I have to miss going to church on Sundays. If for some reason I miss church, which has been a lot this past year because of school, I can really feel how it has impacted my life and I have felt how much I miss going to church. At church I can feel the spirit of the Lord so strongly through the teachings and music. It is so peaceful and everyone at church is a big family. It makes me want to be better and it "recharges my batteries" so to speak. Going to church every week motivates and reminds me of who I am and what I should be doing. It is a wonderful reminder of what my real purpose here on earth is and it gives me the chance to relate with other wives and mothers. We help uplift one another as a whole church and as brothers and sisters. I have women from church that visit me every month to check on me and to just visit with one another, and I am able to do the same for other women at church. We want to make sure that everyone is looked after and taken care of. We try to be angels here on earth for one another because we can and the Lord expects us to do that, not only for those at church, but for everyone. I am not perfect by any means, but I try to live my faith by being a good example to those around me. I read my scriptures and say prayers, but sometimes I am not consistent and I feel the affects of that. I know I am a better person when I am staying in tune with the spirit by doing those things that would invite Him into my life. I know He is there waiting for me and all of us with open arms, but we have to choose to let Him in as well. I know that in order to let Him in I need to be living His gospel. He loves all of us no matter what, but I want to make him proud of me and how I live each day. Some days are better than others, but that is what His Atonement is for. That lets us repent and grants us forgiveness if we are truly sincere. The Lord is my faith. My family is my faith. Going to church is part of that.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Mandy
Joseph Smith Jr. was born in 1805 in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. He had 10 brothers and sisters. His parents taught him to pray, read the Bible, and to have faith in God. At age 14, as an answer to fervent prayer, Joseph saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in his First Vision. At age 17, Joseph began to receive heavenly messengers who prepared him for his role in the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. He was a prophet, just like Moses, Isaiah and others in biblical times. He was strengthened by God to fulfill His mission much as was Jeremiah who said, “Ah Lord God! Behold I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak” (Jeremiah 1:6-7). Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Mandy
God is the source of all truth. He loves you and wants to answer your questions. He will help you recognize the truth as you sincerely seek it and ask Him for guidance. You can know that what you’ve been learning is true (see James 1:5-6; Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4-5). Sincerely pray to your Heavenly Father. Ask Him if what you are learning is true. Continue to study and give thoughtful consideration to what you are learning. Listen with your heart for the sweet feelings of inspiration from the Holy Ghost, who will to whisper the truth to your spirit and mind. Follow God’s commandments so you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. You may have experienced feelings of peace, hope, comfort, or happiness as you’ve read. If so, you have already felt the Holy Ghost telling you that these things are true. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Mandy
When we pay tithing we are giving ten percent of our income to the Lord's church. Really though, everything we have and all that I have been given belongs to the Lord anyway. All that we possess HE has blessed us with, so not paying tithing is actually robbing the Lord. It is a very small thing He asks of us, and I know that money gives us the opportunity to have church buildings and temples to meet in, as well as fund other items and activities by the direction of the church. I know that when we pay our tithing that we are blessed. We have been in situations where we haven't known or had the money to get by, and when it would be so easy to not pay our tithing. But that is NEVER an option. We know, and I testify that when my husband and I have paid our tithing, that all of those things work out and the Lord blesses us, takes care of us, and provides the way. Official answer from the church: The law of tithing is how the Lord funds His Church. Today all faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contribute one tenth of their income as tithing. Tithing funds are used for: Constructing temples, chapels, and other buildings. Providing operating funds for the Church. Funding the missionary program Preparing materials used in Church classes and organizations. Temple work, family history, and many other important Church functions. Education. The Lord promises to bless those who were willing to pay an honest tithe (Malachi 3:10). Show more Show less