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Hi I'm Zinah

I love to sing, I love Lindy Hop, and I work with children. I'm married, I plan to be a mother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was married recently and we are enjoying starting our life together. I have been in choirs nearly my entire life. I absolutely love to sing, and I love to listen to music as well. I also play the flute and spent most of my high school years in the marching band.I love the arts and also dabbled in musical theater and drama. I love reading as well. I'm a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series and anything by Sarah Dessen or Barbara Kingsolver. I went to school at BYU-Idaho where I discovered a love for the Lindy Hop. It is great fun, and did you know that you can swing dance to Michael Jackson? It's awesome! Before I left school to get married I was studying Child Development. And that's me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but everyone has to decide at some point what they truly believe and whether they are going to stick with it. I remain a Mormon because it keeps me grounded in an ever-changing world. Because I am a Mormon, I know exactly what my purpose is in life, and where I am going. In this church, I fully feel that I am a child of God, that he loves me, and wants me to be happy. My husband and I are sealed together forever, which means we will be married and we will still have our family even after we die. We can more easily come together to make important decisions because we are both dedicated to the same purpose. Our knowledge of the gospel helps us to be more focused and work harder to have a successful, happy marriage. I am a Mormon because I don't think I could make it in life without the help I receive from Heavenly Father as I read the scriptures, pray, and visit the temple. I continue to follow the gospel because it lifts me and helps me become a much better person than I ever could on my own.

How I live my faith

In our church, we all volunteer and serve each other. In my time as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have served as an adult teacher, a choir director, and youth leader, and a music leader. I have also been a visiting teacher, which is when I and a companion go out and visit with other women in the ward and become friends, talk with them, and care for them. I don't look on any of this as a burden, because I love the Lord and want to serve him by doing these things. I also look for opportunities to serve. Anytime our church has any kind of service project, I try to be there. Serving makes me happy, and is an amazing way to feel the Spirit of the Lord in my life. Another way I live my faith is that I always try to dress modestly and refrain from using any foul language that might offend the Spirit. Dressing modestly is not just about myself and my own confidence, it is helping all the men around me control their thoughts and be able to focus on me as a person and not on my body.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Zinah
Everything tells me there is a God! Just the world, the universe, everything on it...when you think about it, the world and the universe is truly so amazing, I can't imagine how it could just be some coincidental accident. Scientists have tried and failed to create self-sustaining ecosystems, yet that is exactly what the world is. There are so many small details that it would take an Almighty Being to understand it all enough to create it. Other things that tell me there is a God is the way I feel the Spirit when I read my scriptures, the way I feel when I sincerely pray, and the way I feel when I go to church or hear the words of the prophets. The Spirit testifies to me of his reality. Show more Show less

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

Zinah
We love the Bible! My New Testament is very well-read and marked up with marking pencils. I love studying it. It is the only place where we get to read a direct account of the Savior's life! There is also some really great and profound counsel in Paul's letters to the Saints in various parts of the world. I also find a lot of great lessons in the Old Testament, even though it is a bit more difficult to get through. In the Old Testament we learn of the Creation, of Abraham and God's promises to him, both of which are important parts of the gospel. The Old Testament also is full of prophesies about the latter days. The Bible is absolutely regarded as Holy Scripture and the Word of God. We study it and learn from it often. The one thing we believe about the Bible that may not be what others believe is that the Bible is probably missing a lot of key teachings and verses that we don't have because it was lost in the multiple translations and difficulty of keeping it all together. For this purpose, we have the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, which help to clarify some of what is missing in the Bible. Show more Show less