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Hi I'm Therese, glad to meet you!

I grew up in an Irish American household. I wanted a closer spiritual relationship with God & Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up working in my dad's restaurants and resorts he managed. I did everything from cleaning tables, washing dishes to learning accounting from an "old school-by the books" bookkeeper. If you couldn't balance a ledger on paper, don't even think about going near a computer. In my early teens, my parents divorced, leaving my mother working long hours supporting my sister and I; and my father and brothers living far away for great lengths of time. Life wasn't always easy. Sometimes you have to taste life's bitter, to appreciate the sweet. I married and divorced young, with two young children to support. I worked two waitress jobs and spent years slowly earning my Bachelors Degree in Accounting. It was years before our household income was stabilized enough to work just one job. Patience, perseverance and faith in Heavenly Father’s Plan, are hard lessons to learn. Everything comes in God's time, not men. I'm older now, my children are grown; college graduates and with families of their own. Are they all Mormon's?.. No... But, my missionary work isn't done. Life’s trials don’t end upon conversion; it is our answer in those difficult moments that defines our faith. My inner strength comes from a Heavenly Father that knows and loves me; and, a Savior that is always there for me. Trusting in Heavenly Father and following the examples of our Savior, is the truest testament of Jesus Christ...

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home with the gospel and parents of different faiths. Although, I knew of God and Jesus Christ, I never had a personal testimony of them or believed they knew or cared about me, in all my insignificance. It was a very empty feeling, looking for something missing and not knowing what it was. I would describe my lack of personal faith as alone in a boat floating in the middle of a dark ocean; very quiet and very empty. I met my eternal husband shortly after my early divorce, and fear refused any relationship with him or the Lord. My husband's families were Mormon and I had only known of negative stories regarding this faith and its members. How could such a faith be of God? My future mother-in-law challenged me to read her personal "Book of Mormon" from cover to cover. I accepted this challenge. In response my spirit came alive like a flame. Day and night, I read, refusing to stop to food or rest. The more I read, the more my spirit burnt for knowledge. It was a spiritual hunger and thirst, I didn't even realize was missing. I repeatedly asked myself, "How can this be true?" Upon quiet reflection, I was reminded of the bible verse Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." I believed my question would be answered, if I prayed for truth. This was my first heartfelt prayer and I was frightened and shocked by the immediate response. My body felt aflame with an echoed resounding "Yes". I finally understood the Power of the Holy Spirit's testimony to the truth of the Father and of the Son. Why am I a Mormon...? That’s easy... I wanted a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I wanted a relationship that held each side accountable for their promises. In other words, true conversion to the Word of God. I have an eternal marriage and family, and want to spread these promises to all who will listen. Being Mormon is changing your spirit to accept Heaven's blessings.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon has taught me to step outside my comfort zone. My faith has taught me the true meaning of discipleship. Whether it’s working on my family history or helping others in the church library, true faith is service. Service to others and service to God, is the committed example of faith. I live my faith, being an example to my children and grandchildren. Sharing the gospel, leading others in prayer, or helping others understand God is not just a powerful being; but, also a personal father who listens, talks and comforts us, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Discipleship is a testament of putting faith into action. Without action and commitment, my testimony of the Gospel, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would dry up and blow away as a summer breeze. I live my faith with daily prayer to my Heavenly Father and scripture study. I live my faith by not judging others; and just being a friend or person of solace to those in needs. I live my faith by trusting my Savior's atoning sacrifice will allow me to stand before my Heavenly Father one day, and be counted among the worthy. I live my faith by accepting others regardless of race, color or background; as Children of God and worthy of His Word. I live my faith by living the commandments, honoring my marriage covenants and covenants made to Heavenly Father. I live my faith by declaring to all when asked, that I am a Servant of Jesus Christ and a daughter of Heavenly Father. I live my faith by asking all who will listen; to follow that small voice in their heart and allow the Holy Spirit to testify of the truth of God the Father and Jesus Christ. I live my faith by fellowshipping together each week and renewing myself with the Holy Spirit. I live my faith my volunteering in my community through work sponsored events, helping those less fortunate. True faith allows eyes to be opened and ears to hear; with this renewal each of us has opportunities to be true Servants of the Lord.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Therese, glad to meet you!
Prior to my conversion, my heart could not accept "till death we do part". Jesus taught us baptism was essential to eternal salvation for everyone who has lived on this earth, John 3:5 exemplify this. In the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. What God binds on Earth is bound in Heaven, as well. Therefore, Adam and Eve had an eternal marriage and were to be blessed with an eternal family consecrated by God. Original Sin hindered these blessings; and the Waters of Baptism are the first step in the restoration of our eternal lives and families. Many people have died, without the opportunity to hear God's word or be baptized. Some people were baptized by those without proper priesthood authority. God is merciful, but he is also just. In 1Corinthians 15:29: "Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?" Paul spoke of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, his glorious return; and the final judgment of the living and the dead. How can the dead be fairly judged, without the equal opportunity of salvation through the waters of baptism? By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of deceased ancestors, Church Members offer the choice of eternal salvation and blessings of Jesus Christ. Like the living, our deceased ancestors have the free agency to accept or decline what has been done on their behalf. Now Jesus Christ may judge each equally based on these choices and actions. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Therese, glad to meet you!
This is a point of confusion for many non-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We as "Mormons" do not worship Joseph Smith, the Prophet. Do we believe Joseph Smith was a Prophet? Yes, just as Abraham, Moses, Solomon, Daniel, Elijah and others of old were called of God, to lead and teach their people; God Almighty loves and respects all his children, from days past to present day. It has been foretold that the word of God would be heard in all nations, kindred and people. However, much truth was lost from the earth during the dark ages and time of man. We believe God called Joseph Smith to be used as a servant and instrument of the Almighty; to restore ancient truths and divine gospel lost to the earth. An example is the proper priesthood authority of God; held by Jesus Christ and the Apostles; and previously lost to the earth. As a servant of God, our Eternal Father, we respect the sacrafices Joseph Smith made. However, there is One Eternal Father, God Almighty; and our Savior Jesus Christ; that we revere and worship. We are grateful to Joseph Smith for his leadership in organizing the church and restoring ancient truths of divine gospel; however, our prayers and worship are directed to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.... Show more Show less