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Hi I'm Wanda

I was born and raised in NH, have a BA in Sociology, and a MEd in School Counseling and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I absolutely love to dance almost any kind of dance from hip-hop, salsa, merengue, bachata, or any other kind that is out there. I also love to figure skate, travel/explore, hike, go to the BEACH, go for walks, museums, and every now and then the movies. I love to be able to practice Portuguese, it's such a beautiful language, and I am half Brazilian. I've been working in schools for the past 8.5 years. I finally am finishing up my MEd in School Counseling and look forward to continue working with students. I love to laugh and be goofy but know when it's time to be serious. I lived in Albuquerque, NM for one year as a national exchange student while completing my undergrad in sociology. I love warm weather but seem to always live where it's cold. I hope to one day write a book, get back into figure skating, learn to play the piano, and get into horseback riding. My best goal is to find one to marry and to be sealed in the Lord's temple for all time and eternity. I didn't grow up with a particular faith, I just believed in my heart that there was God and that Jesus Christ died for my sins. I didn't understand how or why or what that meant to me though. I didn't understand what role God played in my life or how much he truly loved me and I didn't grow up going to church except for once in a great blue moon. I didn't know, was how much I needed the gospel until I found it. The word gospel by the way, means glad tidings or good news. It's God's good news to all his children.

Why I am a Mormon

In 2006 I lost a friend of mine that I loved very much. I was grieving his death and I was beyond utter despair. He was gone and I needed to know what happens after we die. There were so many things that I wanted to tell him but never got to. His death tore me apart. I decided to pray and did so every night crying out unto God. Everyday he gave me profound signs and answers to my prayers. I was never one to believe in signs but there was no way I could deny that these were answers directly from God to me. He gave me profound signs every day. One day I held detention after school and I only had two boys in my room. One boy asked me how I was and I said I was okay. When I told the boys to get a book to read one pulled out the Book of Mormon. I knew I had to ask him what Mormons are. He told me, there isn't much difference between Mormons, Catholics, and other Christians except we know about the plan of salvation. I asked him what that was and for 2 hrs this boy taught me about where we came from, what are purpose here on earth is, how small and minuscule our life is here compared to all eternity. He taught me what happens when we die, where our spirits go and the different glories of heaven. I asked question upon question and he answered each one sincerely. The most amazing part was that I knew with every fiber of being, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that what this boy was saying was the truth. My soul that had been at the utterly lowest point of my life rose to the highest point in my life and I knew that I had found God that day, I didn't know that it would only get better. He invited me to church and on that first day I felt the incredibly immense love that God had for me as an individual and that same love that I was feeling, he has for each and every child on earth. I knew I was in the right place. I started to take the lessons with the missionaries and felt the spirit so strongly confirm to meet that what I was learning was true. Shortly after I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following it and being obedient. The first law under heaven is obedience. There aren't just commandments but there are also laws and principles to live by. I keep the Sabbath day holy but not purchasing anything on this day, by going to church, and being a part of wholesome events like firesides. I pay an honest tithe. The money is the Lord's and 100% goes to the needs of others, not some man or several men, 100% goes to those in need. I read my scriptures every day, I pray every day and night and usually several times a day. I don't watch things or listen to things that would detract me from the spirit. I keep my life clean morally/spiritually. I strive to be more like Christ by having charity, long-suffering, patience, humility, meekness, etc. I repent daily by recognizing what I had done wrong and forsaking it. I listen to the prophet and the apostles for they are God's mouthpiece. I am responsible in my life, I do not drink coffee, non-herbal tea, alcohol, take any drugs, or smoke. By doing these things I allow the spirit to abide with me and hence guide me, protect me, warn me, and manifest truth unto me. I attend the temple and serve the Lord. I volunteer when people are needed. I give 100% to my calling in church (which are 100% non-paid). Nothing in the church is paid, no bishops, nobody, it's because we love the Lord, that's why we serve in his church. I live a chaste life. I abstain from sex before marriage and try to avoid any and all temptation that has any possibility in besetting me in the opposite direction. I love life, love Christ, and love God with all my heart, soul, and might and put him first in all that I do. I strive to build up his kingdom. I strive to always learn more by reading scriptures or talks by present day prophets. You know they are true by their fruit that they bring. I love my fellow men and endure to the end which means I keep going forward with faith and never looking back. If I fall I get right back up again.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are sacred, more sacred than any building on earth. They are the house of the Lord. The Lord instructed Solomon anciently to build a temple. As truths have been lost throughout time, it has been restored on the earth again and the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to begin building temples. They are a place of prayer where we make sacred covenants with the Lord. This is where sacred ordinances are performed. We are married in temples but not just married, we are sealed for all time and eternity, it's not until death do we part. We make a promise not just to our spouse, but also to the Lord and as we do our end we may be in His presence sealed to our spouse, kids, and families for eternity. It's also a place where we learn more about our Savior and God's plan for us. It's where we can ponder and pray and a great place to receive personal revelation. It is where the spirit is. Show more Show less