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Hi I'm Helen

I'm a mom, a recent college graduate, a law school wife, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all over the world as a member of the LDS church. I was born in the United States, but moved to Panama when I was one-year-old, and have been moving every few years since then. My husband and I plan to settle down after he finishes law school. I recently became a mom. I met my husband when we were in college, and got married in December 2009. In August 2011, we welcomed a little girl into our family. Now, I am a stay-at-home mom/law school wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of this church because that's where I've found true happiness. I have a strong testimony that we are happiest when we do what is right. To me, that means following the teachings of this church. I believe its teachings are true and meant to guide us to find happiness, not deny us of it. When I think of things that make me happy, I mainly think of my family--my husband, my daughter, my parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. I can't imagine that Heavenly Father would ever make it so that I would have to be without them. I know that I can be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an active member of this church. My husband, daughter and I attend church services every Sunday. We give the Church 10% of our income as a tithe, and also give money every month as fast offerings to those who are less fortunate than we are. Before our recent move, we were the Sunday School teachers for the 16-year-olds in our ward, along with various other previous teaching and musical callings. We attend temple services when we can. We say our prayers every night, and throughout the day. We live our faith by trying to be good examples to others, active members of the church, and good friends.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Helen
Yes, Mormons believe in equality of men and women. That doesn't necessarily mean that they have to be exactly the same. Men and women are inherently different. However, as a Mormon woman, I have never felt, or been treated, like I am worth less than a man. There are certain roles the men of our church fulfill that women don't, and certain roles the women fulfill that the men don't. In terms of family life and parenting, the official church answer states that, "Fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners. Both parents should be involved in the care and discipline of children." Both men and women are expected to help each other and be involved. In the sight of God, and in marriage, men and women are equally important. Show more Show less