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Hi I'm Lana Stephens Floyd

I'm a Mormon convert. Through sincere prayer, I learned the truth of this religion and its teachings. Jesus is my Savior.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother, 67 years of age, retired Registered Nurse previously working in Public Health . I was raised in Alabama from 1944 to 1966. I graduated from High School in the class of 1962 and attended the University of Alabama for 1 1/2 years. I transfered to the Druid City Hospital School of Nursing from which I graduated in 1966. State boards were taken in San Diego, California since I had married and joined my husband on the West Coast where he was stationed in the US Navy. Since retirement, I do volunteer work, genealogical research, a bit of quilting and gardening, and am a charter member of the DeKalb County Genealogical Society which was started in February 2000.

Why I am a Mormon

In my young adulthood, I had some unanswered religious questions so started looking at different churches' doctrines. My husband worked with a man of the Mormon faith and we asked him to teach us about his beliefs. He introduced us to the missionaries who taught us lessons for about 6 weeks in our home 1 or 2 times a week. At that time, we were asked to pray sincerely and ask if these teachings were true, whether Joseph Smith was a prophet, and if the Book of Mormon was holy scripture translated from ancient plates of gold. The Holy Ghost caused a warm and peaceful feeling to enter my bosom and I received the answer that "yes, the Book of Mormon comes from God and its scriptures teach truth". Since I knew these scriptures were another testament of Christ and his true teachings, I accepted on faith that Joseph Smith was the Prophet called to restore the church as in ancient times and to translate these holy words known as the Book of Mormon. For the past 45 years following my baptism, I have continued to study, attend meetings, accept callings (opportunities to teach or in other ways serve in the church), and serve in the community. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only authorized church on the earth today, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet, I know Thomas Monson is our Prophet today. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know Jesus Christ is the one and only way for us to live with Heavenly Father (God). Through repentance, baptism, and confirmation of membership through the laying on of hands by Christ's authorized priesthood holders, we can start our journey to return to our God once our mortal life is finished. Jesus atoned for my sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross. He is my mediator with God and can plead for forgiveness of my sins. God loves all His children, is no respector of persons, and is the same now and forever. He is just and merciful to all if we repent and follow Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by observing the Word of Wisdom, paying my tithing, accepting callings and assignments, and helping others. The Word of Wisdom means that I try to eat healthy foods and refrain from eating or using harmful foods or drugs. I choose to not drink coffee, tea, caffeinated drinks (like many sodas), or any alcoholic beverages. I struggle with getting enough exercise and losing excess weight, but continue to try to become healthier. As commanded, I pay one tenth of my gross income to the church. Sometimes this can be a struggle, but when I freely choose to pay a tithe, I am blessed in many ways. I try to share my testimony with anyone else who wants to know more about my religion. I respect people of other faiths and accept the good that they do for Christ. I pray they may come to an uderstanding of the full gospel which includes authorized priesthood leadership. I have worked in church sponsored community clean up days, helped with projects of cleanup and maintenance at DeSota State Park. I have taught Scripture Classes on Sunday and helped teach homemaking skills (such as budgeting, quilting, gardening) to the women and youth of the Church. I invite others to pray and learn for themselves what our church has to teach. These teachings are true and of great worth to the humble who want to know God.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Lana Stephens Floyd
God is a glorified being who is perfect, all wise, has a body which is immortal, is all powerful, loves his children. He gave us the Plan of Happiness which allows us to be born on earth, have free agency to choose good from evil, to repent of our sins, to learn and grow spiritually and physically. He wants us to have joy and happiness in this life, to pray for the things we need and to thank him for our blessings, to seek Him when we are troubled or otherwise afflicted. He can help us endure to the end so we may be perfected and live with Him eternally. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Lana Stephens Floyd
No. The Church does not practice polygamy although it did for a short while in the early years of the Church. (Please review your Bible history as it was practised in ancient times.) It was not practiced at all until Joseph Smith received revelation asking the people to do so. Even then, only the more righteous members were joined in plural marriage, not everyone could participate. A later prophet received revelation that this practice should be stopped and so it was. This is just my personal belief and is not an authorized church response....If you will recall your history, persecution was rampant in the early history of our church and many people died because of their beliefs including many righteous male members. That left many women usually with large families with no means to make a living and no man to provide for the family. Through plural marriage these families were provided for and led by a righteous priesthood holder who could teach, care for, and protect the family. Later persecution was less, the Church had established itself in the West, and more jobs were availabe to women as technology began to affect society. Also, the Church was persecuted for practising polygamy and if things hadn't changed, God's purposes to share the gospel throughout the world would have been hindered. Our greatest command has been to "go forth and teach all nations" about the Gospel Plan. Today, we believe in and practise monogamy, the marriage of one man to one woman. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Lana Stephens Floyd
Absolutely. Does God love Moses and ancient people more than He does me and people of this time? He has said He is no repecter of persons, is a just and merciful God, and is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, I believe Him...that He loves all His children including me and that He would want all his blessings to be available to all His children. Since the Church (as in ancient times) has been restored, why then would it be difficult to think He would call a Prophet for today? I testify that Thomas S. Monson is God's appointed Prophet to the world at this present time. He was called by God and approved by the 12 Apostles and then the members of the Church before He accepted the office of Prophet. Is he a man? Yes. Is He called of God? Yes. Through sincere prayer all may recieve knowledge of his calling. Does he receive revelation? Yes. Is he righteous? Yes. Like everyone else, he seeks the Lord daily in prayer and repents when he is weak. He is assisted in his calling by the Apostles and general church leaders, many righteous regional, stake, local leaders, and members. We, as a group, pray for him daily as he leads us and helps us understand the Lord's will. The Book of Amos in the Bible tells us God "will do nothing unless he tells his servant, the prophet, to warn the inhabitants of the world" (paraphrased). Much of our modern knowledge is found recorded in our church magazine, the Ensign, and may be viewed at lds.org. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Lana Stephens Floyd
Baptism by one having authority is the key to eternity in God's presence. Those of us now living who embrace the teachings of our Chruch may choose baptism for ourselves, but this opportunity is not given to loved ones who have passed from this life. We desire that all God's children have this wonderful blessing. God has said He is "no respecter of persons" (all mankind is His), He is "the same yesterday, today, and forever"; therefore He wants all men (and women) to know Him and enter into His presence at the proper time. By doing proxy baptisms, we offer those who have never heard the gospel plan or those who have been in other religions, the opportunity to decide for themselves what course they will take. Some may choose to remain in their present state, but others will be thankful to choose the Plan of Salvation as described in our Church. Through authorized Priesthood ordinances, eternal life and all future eternal blessings may be shared with all of God's children who live on this earth in all periods of time. We always have our free agency and though the opportunity is offered, "no one is forced into this Church" so don't be worried if you find some of your ancestors and relatives have been baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a blessing to them in the eternities where "we will see clearly" everything that is true about the gospel plan. Would you deny your loved ones blessings God has prepared or being able to choose for themselves? Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Lana Stephens Floyd
Our church services are held at one time (started when Carter was President and gas prices were rising). They consist of 3 meetings which can vary in order depending on local circumstances. In my own branch (a small unit of the Church), we hold Relief Society, Priesthood, Young Women, and Primary (children) during the first hour; Primary continues in separate classes rather than group assembly, and the rest of the group divides into appropriate Sunday School classes for the second hour. Our last meeting is called Sacrament Meeting which is when we sing, pray, and listen to appointed members teach about the Savior and other Church doctrines and beliefs. We also pass the Sacrament (Communion in other churches) each week to remind us of our covenants with God and to remember Jesus who atoned for our sins. We welcome visitors who are truly interested in knowing more about our beliefs. As in any church, we discourage contentious persons or any other activity that might detract from the spirituality of our meetings. We consider our Chapel, the House of God, and treat our buildings and grounds with respect. Don't be afraid to visit our Church, you will be welcomed with open arms and invited to introduce yourself so we can get to know you. Some of our members will be very outgoing and others more shy, but our spirits welcome you. Please be patient with us, none of us are perfect and we make mistakes just like everyone else. We strive to repent and follow Christ. Show more Show less