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Hi I'm Christina

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology. Music is an important part of my life, and I love to play the piano, sing, and dance. I love to read, especially historical fiction.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but I'm a Mormon because I know that this Church is true. I have felt His Spirit testify to me that the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that God lives, and I know that He loves his children. I know that He loves me and knows me, even better than I know myself. I know that He watches over all things and has a plan for each of us. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can return to the presence of God, which is what He wants for us. I believe in miracles, and I know that prayer has power. I've felt that power in my own life. I know that the Book of Mormon contains the words of ancient prophets who really lived and knew of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To me, this means that I need to live my life to the best of my ability every day. When you know something so certainly, how can you choose to live otherwise?

How I live my faith

I'm involved in my congregation visiting with sisters and being a friend to them. Service is an important part of my life, and I volunteer as a tutor for young children and at a crisis nursery.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Christina
Basically, the Bible is a record of prophets and people in the Old World, and the Book of Mormon is a record of prophets and people in the New World. Members of the Church believe both to be the word of God, though the Bible has lost some of its truths through mistranslation. Joseph Smith received the golden plates (from which he translated what is now known as the Book of Mormon) under the direction of an angel, Moroni, who was the last prophet to keep the record. They had been buried centuries previous. Joseph then translated the plates into English by the power of God. It was published in 1830 and has since been translated into many languages. The Book of Mormon has blessed my life, and I know that it's true. Moroni promised that if the reader sincerely prays about the book, he or she will know through the power of the Holy Ghost that it's true. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Christina
Mormons believe that we are commanded to love all people as sons and daughters of God, regardless of age, sex, race, or sexual orientation. However, we believe that homosexual behavior is a serious sin and in direct violation with the commandments of God. We believe that marriage, between a man and a woman, is ordained of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Christina
Mormons believe that we are commanded to love and serve all of God's children, regardless of religious background. Much assistance is given by the Church to those who have suffered from natural disasters or other calamaties in countries where there may be few or no members of the Church. They are our brothers and sisters, and, regardless of what they believe or don't believe, we love them. Joseph Smith said that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less

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

Christina
The main meeting is called sacrament meeting. It is held in the chapel on Sunday, and it lasts about ten minutes longer than an hour. Visitors are always welcome. Families usually attend together, and children (and everything that comes with them, including the reasonable noise of small children) are common in the congregation. During sacrament meeting, assigned members of the congregation offer prayers and sermons, and together everyone sings hymns from provided hymnbooks and partakes of the sacrament. The sacrament, or communion, is passed by priesthood holders to the congregation. It is not required that visitors partake of the sacrament. There is no donation plate; members of the congregation make their donations and offerings privately. Visitors are also welcome at other Sunday meetings which precede or follow sacrament meeting, depending on the congregation. Primary (for children ages 3-11), Young Women (for girls ages 12-18), Priesthood (for men 12 and older), and Relief Society (for women 18 and older) make up one hour, while Sunday School classes for each age group (beginning with 12 year olds) make up the other. A nursery is provided for children between 18 months and 3 years. Show more Show less