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Hi I'm Mina

I know what it's like to go through life with sin, but then find healing miracles. I'm a convert and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was an atheist and then I found out about the forgiveness and love of Christ through the missionaries. I'm the mother of two grown sons, married and trying to help my mother out as she ages. Whew!! I work in the medical field and, after all of those personal and professional tasks are taken care of, I spend time trying to help homeless and abused animals. Dogs, and Pit Bulls in particular, are my joy!!! I have three rescue dogs of my own and I have always had animal companions of many varieties (cats, parrot, gerbils, pigs-), well, you name it and I've probably enjoyed their companionship. In my remaining spare time, I love to cook and eat fattening things and hang out with my friends. I also enjoy the close relationships I have with my Brothers and Sisters in the Church- we can always find something fun, interesting and uplifting to do at the same time. My ultimate goal is to learn how to get by on zero hours of sleep so I can fit in all the amazing things I want to do in life; becoming closer to my Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, serving others so they won't have to live through the mistakes I made and also helping animals both personally and in politics! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a "confused" Protestant/Baptist household, which ultimately culminated in atheism for me. I just couldn't believe in something when all these churches kept contradicting each other. Without any guidance of the Spirit, my life continued to spiral downward for many years until I met some wonderful missionaries and I had a searing experience that told me THIS church was true. My life began to sort itself out once I was baptised but I made the mistake of falling away... while I thought I was having lots of fun, in reality I was simply sinking in a quagmire of misery that eventually enslaved and was drowning me. I never doubted that the church was true- how could I after the intense experience I had? What I did do was conciously push that out of my mind so I could do the things I wanted to do, without any responsibility or concern for others. I started to feel a longing to return after many years; however, I believed I couldn't because of how I had lived my life until then. I told a missionary why I could never come back- then she explained that no one was ever lost, that Heavenly Father loved us all and that is what the Atonement is all about. I returned and the love Jesus Christ has for all of us is clear and present; the church helps me experience that every day through love, service and the always present knowledge that the Book of Mormon is a testimony of Christ and is true. I have experienced many miracles, small and large, since.

How I live my faith

I was a greeter, initially, in my ward. This was such a great and fulfilling role, and my ward members are such incredible people, that it was a joy I didn't want to give up- to see their smiling faces every week is truly a blessing. I also try to participate in any additional group activities we might have, as my time will allow, and we do have LOTS of gatherings full of food, fun and love for each other! It is a special blessing to visit the Temple and feel the presence of God all around me- these houses of spirituality are truly incredible. I know of no love like that of our Heavenly Father for each of us, or of my fellow church members for everyone. When you become a member of the LDS Church, you join a true family of brothers and sisters who care for you and about you. You also get to know your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the most pure and perfect way you can, due to the wonders of the restored gospel. I have found peace, joy and understanding of others that I never had before. Compassion is an excellent word to describe the overwhelming emotion you experience once you feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost- I could never begin to describe the amazing difference in how one feels and acts once they have the complete knowledge of Christ's love for us and the wisdom of his plan. My life is forever altered from darkness to light, an incredible gift that every person on this Earth can have, should they want it! Don't you? It is here!

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Mina
No, the Church never endorses any political party, nor will you ever hear anyone speaking about politics from the pulpit. An interesting study done indicates that the LDS Church has a large population of Democrats, as well as Republicans, in our ranks, in spite of some of the stereotypes people have and believe. We each, as individuals, follow our values and spiritual beliefs in making any political decisions;the Church encourages all to be active participants in whatever local and national system they have; that, however, is the end of their involvement. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Mina
All life is precious to us and the LDS Church does not support abortion, nor do its members. The truly inspired nature of God's plan does recognize, however, that there are rare cases where attempting to give birth to an infant will actually destroy the life-giver herself, the mother. In those heart-breaking circumstances, and with the knowledge that the mother will lose her life, or could suffer severe emotional trauma due to rape, thus leaving the infant "orphaned", church leaders seek divine inspiration and we always act accordingly for what is best for all involved. Again, all children in utero are sons and daughters of God and we hold their lives to be just as important and sacred as our own. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mina
Our customs are the same as the customs of our surrounding neighbors! :) We celebrate, as all Christians do, the birth of our savior on Christmas and his resurrection on Easter. We also celebrate every other holiday our respective countries do, particularly those showing patriotism and thanks for all our service men and women do to protect us and keep us free. We dress for church in the suits and dresses. We wear these clothes as a sign of respect for where we are worshipping. If you are coming to the house of the Lord, do you not want to be seen by him at your best? I really can't think of any other peculiarities we have as a church- after all, we are just like everyone else except we have the privelege of having leaders who are truly inspired, as well as the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. That makes us joyful and peaceful- and completely "normal"! :) Show more Show less