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Hi I'm Teddilynn

I'm a returned missionary from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so it goes without saying: I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a girl who knows and loves her scriptures, though still quite undeserving of the title "scriptorian". I am a world traveler, a lover of language, and an admirer of Shakespeare. I can often be found on stage or behind a paintbrush. And I feel a strong creative connection with my Father in Heaven when amidst His creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but I haven't always been active in the Principals taught by Jesus Christ. I always knew that Jesus Christ died for me and that there was so much more to life than this world, but there comes a time where you have to jump and land on your own feet. I was baptized when I was eight in October to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I wasn't a convert until I was about sixteen. When I was a Sophomore in high school one of my best friends was killed in a pole vaulting accident and my world which seemed solid and firm was suddenly sand. Trying to get a grip on what was real I was found myself floundering. Questions that I thought I knew the answer to ran through my mind answer-less. I studied other religions, went to other churches, asked questions, and spent many nights praying to a God I wasn't sure cared anymore. I studied out on my own, hours a day through scriptures and other materials, and prayed to know for myself. And then my desire to believe became a knowledge. I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, that I know for a surety that this is the work of God, that the Book of Mormon carries the truths of His word, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's Church restored on this earth with the power and authorities that come with it. I follow this Church because I cannot doubt. I know it, and I,too, know that my God knows I know it. I'm a Mormon because it's true.

How I live my faith

The most important thing I can say is that I try to do what the Lord would want of me. I know that I mess up and do and say things wrong, but I live my faith through continually trying to be better. Through applying what Jesus Christ taught, and truly loving Him (as He personally directed us to through "keep[ing] [His] commandments"),and living worthily of His sacrifice for me I live my faith daily. Constantly trying to improve how I treat others and myself. To do His will. Having a positive relationship with Jesus Christ is a great step to live our faith, but Jesus Christ taught that true faith requires action... improvement, progress. Having a desire isn't enough. Just like our Lord pleads "Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" If we love Him, we will do. Not just hear. I think that's what's most important... well, besides family.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Teddilynn
This is a question that I get so often from friends of mine. The answer is not as simple as one may want it. The Book of Mormon was not written by one man, or even two, it is a collection of writings from about 600 B.C. to around 421 A.D. That span of time is approximately 1,021 years. The Book of Mormon starts off in Jerusalem with the Family of Nephi in 600 B.C. and follows his family to the American Continent where many great and wonderful things took place. And the Book of Mormon or the record of the people of Nephi was passed down from generation to generation until it was hidden in Hill Cumorah by the Prophet by Moroni, Mormon's son. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Teddilynn
What an odd question. I guess it's like asking a cat what's it's like to be a cat. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is like always having the song "Don't Worry be Happy" stuck in your head when having a bad day. There is always something to smile about, always something to be grateful for. The pains and bitterness which so fully impact the world seem to not have an effect. I don't have to worry about addictions to tea, coffee, alcohol, pornography, or other things when I live the teaching of the Church. I always have time for my family and friends. I find forgiveness instead of bitterness, and no matter where you go you always have extended family through the membership of the church. So I guess... it's just as Bobby McFerrin says: "Don't worry, don't do it, be happy Put a smile on your face Don't bring everybody down like this Don't worry, it will soon pass Whatever it is Don't worry, be happy" Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Teddilynn
According to the Nicene Creed, No. But to most people's basic understanding of Christianity, very much so. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which clearly states that we believe that our church is the church of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and believe that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins in Gethsemane, and died for us all on a cross on Calvary and that he was resurrected on the third day. As the First Article of faith states : We (Mormons) believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. These three individuals we know to be just that, three separate individual beings. But Jesus Christ is our Exemplar, our Savior, our Leader, and our Corner Stone. Through Him we receive a remission of sin, become clean, and may return home. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Teddilynn
Everyone is different and every one goes through different trials. There is not one right way for Mormons to live... We value family, we value modesty, we value the Gospel. We attend Church and try to better ourselves and others, we try and stay away from things that will cause our spirits or our bodies harm, and because of that we are happy. Our lives are often full of service, church activities, and family time. But there is no cookie cutter, there is no image that we need to match. The Thirteenth Article of Faith says it best: "We (Mormons) believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Teddilynn
In Acts 10:34 we read: "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, 'Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.'" This doesn't mean that God doesn't care for His Children, quite the opposite. It means he values no one life above any other, He loves all His Children equally. That means God would not enact a plan for redemption for only a few of His beloved Children. There would need to be a way for those who have died without the knowledge of God and His Son, who have died without being given a choice to choose to receive that knowledge, to be given the opportunity to follow God and His Son. There have been far too many souls who have perished without the opportunity to learn of Him. And God gave Elijah the Priesthood Keys to allow those who have died to have that chance. In Malachi 4: 5-6 we read: " Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the father to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Those who have passed on without the Ordinances essential to salvation were promised that they would be given those ordinates through the Keys which Elijah were given by Christ. Those Keys we restored to the Earth just like the Lord promised on April 3, 1836 to Joseph Smith. Through those Keys the Ordinances necessary for salvation, such as Baptism, can be given to those who are dead. Show more Show less