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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a 20-something single working profession. I'm a health enthusiast. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of 6 and only single member of my family. I know how hard it is to be "alone". I also know how great it feels to accept yourself and embrace your identity! I firmly believe that all work and no play is no fun at all. I love to learn. I love to read. When I grow up I want to be happy :)

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors on both of my paternal and maternal side joined the church in England and Scandanavia and moved to the United States to join the early saints in Nauvoo. They were pioneers with tremendous faith. My parents raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and taught me to be a good and honest person and member of the community. I was baptized at age 8 and have been a Mormon ever since. Throughout my life I have had opportunities to test my beliefs for myself. I choose to be a Mormon because I firmly believe that God is my Father in Heaven and that Jesus Christ is His son. I believe they know and love me and provide direction through the Holy Ghost to know things for ourselves. I know that priesthood-holding prophets are necessary for church organization and administration. I have found peace and comfort in choosing to live my life according to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint that I have not found anywhere else. There are many reasons why I am a Mormon, but the most poignant reason is that I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true, right, and correct.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by practicing my beliefs in Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and their teachings. When I am true to myself and to my spirit, I feel peaceful.

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

Jill
Latter-Day Saint Church services are traditionally three hours long (except for semi-annual Conferences which are two hours long). The first 70 mins is the Sacrament Meeting and is similar to communion where we take the sacrament, sing hymns, and are instructed through talks given by members of the congregation. The next block of time is for Sunday School classes for each age group. Each year we focus our study on a specific section of scripture (the Old or New Testament, the Book of Mormon, etc.). Members of the ward are the teachers of these classes and participation is encouraged. The last block of time is for Relief Society, Priesthood, and Young Men's or Young Women's classes. These are age and gender-specific classes where we learn more on designated topics such as Faith, Service, Preparedness, etc. These are also taught by assigned members of the ward. While LDS Church services may seem long, they are absolutely worth it! Anyone is welcome to attend our church meetings! You can find a meetinghouse near you with the church services times on www.lds.org or ask one of your Mormon friends! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jill
We believe that families are the basic unit of society; there is no association more important to us! For this reason many members of our church marry young and have large families. We believe that through the priesthood power of God our families can be together after death. This is why we perform marriages, or sealings, in the temple. I am so grateful for my family! I want to be with them in life and beyond because they are my dearest friends, most loyal supporters, and wonderful exemplars. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jill
We are often referred to as Mormons because of our belief and use of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is named for Mormon, a prophet who abridged, or compiled the records and writings of other prophets who lived in ancient America. The official name of the church, as received by revelation to Joseph Smith is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In short, Mormons and Mormonism is a nickname for our church Show more Show less

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

Jill
Absolutely! Our Father in Heaven cares for and directs his children through a man set apart with his authority and priesthood today just as he did in the days of the Bible. I believe that God appeared to Joseph Smith and later called him to be a prophet. Following Joseph Smith's martyrdom another prophet was chosen and the succession has continued until now with Thomas Monson as the prophet for the world. I think its easier for people to believe in prophets who lived hundreds of years ago because their works have been read and taught for generations! However, perhaps if we were living in the days of Moses or Noah, we wouldn't find it so easy to believe in a man calling us to repentance! Much like the prophets of old, Thomas Monson has important teachings to share with us and it is up to US to heed his counsel and obey. I'm grateful to know that God continues to reveal his will and word through a living prophet! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jill
They will share our basic beliefs in God, our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. They will talk about Jesus Christ's teachings, prophets, and the restored gospel. They will ask questions and try to answer any questions that you have. It may seem intimidating to meet with missionaries, but don't be afraid, they are very friendly, kind, and respectful. Show more Show less