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Hi I'm Aurora

I'm a reader, writer, history nerd, Boy Scout, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was home-schooled from kindergarten to the end of high school. I have an AA in History. I sometimes call myself the Roman Goddess of the Dawn, since that is where my name comes from. I am currently serving a mission in Orlando, Florida. I am a children's writer. I collect bookmarks; I believe I have over five hundred (it has been a while since I counted). I love to read fiction books. I mostly read fantasy, but I also like other genres as well. I am a Venturer, which is part of the Boy Scouts of America. The venturing program is for ages 14-21 and is co-ed. I have both the Silver and Ranger awards. I play the violin and am learning to play the guitar. I love spending time with my family, which consists of my mother, father, older brother, older sister and her husband, and my younger sister.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon, so I joined the church when I was 8. But why I'm a Mormon is much deeper than that. It involves many times when I felt the spirit tell me the truth. When I was five my family read the Book of Mormon, and when we were done, I decide to pray and find out if it was true. I prayed and knew then that I was happy, and happy was good. As my five-year-old self I knew that The Book of Mormon made me happy, and that I always wanted to be happy. Another time when I felt the spirit, was just after I heard the Prophet speak. I felt like screaming out with happiness and letting everyone know about my faith. There are many, many more times when I have felt the spirit testify of the truth of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going on a mission. I live my faith by smiling and showing how happy I am. I live my faith by living the commandments. I live my faith by sharing the gospel with those I meet. I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Aurora
The answer to this question is best described by the Prophet Joseph Smith when he wrote short statement of what our church believes. It is article number 8, which says, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." Yes, we believe the Bible is God's word. For me the Bible has helped me to feel closer to God. It has also helped me through some hard times. Some of my favorite scriptures in the Bible are Joshua 1:9 and Proverbs 3:5. When any book is translated some of the meaning is lost. One of my favorite authors is German. She writes her books in German. Sadly, I do not know German, so I can't read it as she wrote it. The translator does her best, but I know that some of the German words get translated to a much simpler word in English. There isn't an English word that perfectly matches the German word, and as well as the other way around. When people translated the Bible they tried their best, but as humans they were imperfect, so some of meaning was lost. There cannot be a perfect translation without the power of God. I believe most of the Bible is still accurate and I can become closer to God through it. However, I still know that some of it has been mistranslated. That is the reason I also turn to the Book of Mormon, because I know it was translated by the power of God, so it says exactly what He wants it to say. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Aurora
The Book of Mormon is written by prophets called of God in the ancient Americas to record the revelations he gave to them. They also recorded a brief history of the people and how when they followed God they were blessed, but when they rebelled against him they were left to their own and were miserable. Hundreds of years later, Joseph Smith was called to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ and translate the Book of Mormon through the power of God. Most important, the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. How he is the redeemer of mankind, that he is the only way our sins can be washed white. The purpose of the Book of Mormon is summed up in a single verse found at 2 Nephi 25:26. "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Show more Show less