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Hi I'm Christina

I am from Massachusetts. I am studying Physics. I am serving a mission in California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have set aside my schooling to serve a full-time mission for 18 months. I spend every day "invit[ing] others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel" (Preach My Gospel, 1). It is a joy and blessing to have this opportunity to dedicate part of my life to helping others learn more about their relationship with God. I love reading, playing the piano, and swimming. I was a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in my hometown for 4 years and love working with little kids! Prior to my mission I was studying Physics and hope to pursue a PhD with the goal of one day becoming a professor. I love science and learning how the world works. I have lived in both an area filled with Mormons and one where me and my sister are two of the total three in the school. For most of my friends I am the only Mormon they know. I have loved being able to teach my friends exactly what it means to be Mormon and that we really do believe in Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am blessed to have been born into the Church. My parents, grandparents, and all my family are members. Because I have been involved in the Church my whole life it has always been the place where I feel the most comfortable. Even though I have been brought up in the Church I have had to make the choice to attend and become involved myself. When my family moved to Massachusetts I had to choose everyday if I would attend early morning seminary, go to Mutual, and be an example at school. It is a conscious choice I have made on my own, I cannot just follow others around me because I could easily be lead astray. The Church has become the center of my life and I know that if I follow the guidance of the Prophet, my leaders and the scriptures I will be worthy to enter into the presence of God at the last day. I have learned over the many years of attending church how to recognize the Spirit in my life and I have received the personal assurance from the Spirit that this Church is true, the Book of Mormon is true, and Thomas S. Monson is a true Prophet who leads and guides the Church today.

How I live my faith

As a missionary, my purpose is to "invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end" (Preach My Gospel, 1). Every day I spend visiting with members and anyone interested in learning more about our faith. I am an official representative of the Church and try to spend my time doing what Christ would do. I serve, love, help, and teach all those I come in contact with.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Christina
No. As a missionary part of our purpose is to serve and help everyone we come in contact with. If you ever need help, find the missionaries in your area, they would LOVE to help you out! We love to serve! Show more Show less

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

Christina
Mormon women are just like any other women. We are respected and have the same rights as men. We believe that men and women have different responsibilities that have been explained by God, but we are to work together to create united families and help others come unto Christ. I love being a Mormon woman! Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Christina
Become a member by talking with the missionaries! We are here as representatives of the Church to teach people about our beliefs and help prepare them for baptism and further covenants they will make with God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Christina
The priesthood as defined in Preach My Gospel is "the power and authority given to man to act in God's name for the salvation of His children" (page 32). The priesthood is the means we have been given to perform ordinances within the Church and to receive guidance and blessings from God. The priesthood is like a badge that tells God and others that you are worthy to act in the name of God. Everything done under proper priesthood authority is recognized by God and will in some way help you become closer to Him. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Christina
Missionaries will bear their testimonies of Jesus Christ. We will teach about His plan for us and how we have a Heavenly Father who loves and cares for us. We will teach about how Christ restored His Gospel upon the earth again through a modern day prophet, and we will invite you to learn more and pray about the message we share. We know that our message is of great value and importance and as you learn more and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior you will receive added blessings and guidance in your life. We will share how our lives have been benefited and changed by the Gospel and we will invite you to have similar experiences in learning more and following the example of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Christina
We pay for our missions ourselves by saving and budgeting before we go. Many missionaries are helped by their families or close friends as well. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Christina
For me, modesty is respecting your body. You can be modest in many different ways, including in dress, language, and thought. Chastity is exactly the same thing. It is respecting your body and the gift that God has given us to procreate. Parents teach their children best by being an example and showing their children the blessings that can come through being modest and chaste. My parents have always been a great example to me and have encouraged me to pray and search the scriptures when I have a question about modesty. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Christina
A ward is the local congregation. The entire world is separated into smaller areas where the members who live near each other are grouped together in a ward so they can help and support one another. Depending on the number of members in your area you will either live within the boundaries of a branch or a ward. Ward's have more people than branch's. A collection of branch's or ward's makes up a stake. I think it is an inspired organization that we have ward's and branch's because we are able to know intimately the members who live close to us and support each other. You really become a family with those who live around you. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Christina
The Mormon prophet, who today is Thomas S. Monson, is chosen by God. Our prophet, just like previous prophets in past times - such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, or even Adam, was called of God to lead and guide the people today. God is a god of order and He chooses men who have great faith and are willing to sacrifice in His behalf to become leaders of others to guide and support them. Our prophet represents God to the people here on the earth and teaches us how to better follow Him. Every member of the church has an opportunity to lead in different respects and our prophet has been chosen, due to his great faith, to lead the world. He began as an Apostle of Christ and through diligently serving Him over many years he became the senior apostle, meaning he has served as an apostle for the longest time out of all the apostles in the quorum of the twelve apostles, and as such is now our Prophet. We know that our next prophet will be someone who has also served God faithfully and is the senior apostle on the earth. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet on the earth today and I know that by following his council I can have the assurance that I am living in accordance with the will of God. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Christina
2 Nephi 26:24 "He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for He loveth the world, even that He layeth down His own life that He may draw all men unto Him" Christ performed the Atonement because He loves you. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the center of everything we believe. The Atonement is the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ and it includes everything He did that allows us to one day return to live with God again. Christ experienced everything that anyone has experienced. He knows what we feel in every situation and He can help us through anything because He has experienced it. I know that due to the Atonement of Christ I can turn to Him whenever I am struggling and He can help me. Whenever I feel alone I can turn to Him and He can comfort me. Whenever I feel happy I can also come to Christ and rejoice in the fact that He has felt that too. I am so grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His willingness to perform the Atonement so that every day I can know that He is walking by my side. Show more Show less