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Hi I'm Robin

I'm a special education major. I am obsessed with pop culture. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the scorching Arizona desert. Well, Gilbert isn't really the desert but it is hot! I have always been a huge pop culture nerd. Ask me about any actor and I can usually name at least two movies they have been in! After graduating high school, I moved to Utah to go to school to Brigham Young University to study Special Education. I have a twin brother and a younger brother who have autism spectrum disorder. While growing up was tough at times, they are the reason that I decided to become a special educator. I am still currently an undergrad here at the Y. I'm a newlywed and I married my best friend since high school in the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very strong LDS family so I've been in the church all of my life. But I love this church with all of my heart. It took time for me to gain a testimony of this church, to learn and figure out whether I truly believed in this gospel or not. And I do. I truly became converted after one of my best friends in high school died in a car crash. It devastated me and I felt so lost about everything. It was then that I turned to my Savior for comfort and gained my knowledge of the truthfulness of this church. I know that my friend is in a better place, and that I will see her again someday. This gospel is a gospel of love, of charity, of Christ. I am so lucky to be in a faith that is so service-orientated. I have the opportunity to almost constantly serve my fellow man and it brings such peace and joy to me. I'm not perfect, and I don't pretend to be perfect, and this gospel helps me be the person that I have always wanted to be. You don't have to be perfect to be a Mormon. You just have to have faith in our Savior Jesus Christ and He will help you become the person that you are meant to be.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Samuel 16:7 "But the Lord said unto Samuel, look not unto his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." One of the main ways I live my faith is by trying my best to be Christlike and love all people. I was raised with the mindset that everyone is a child of God and that everyone deserves to be treated as such. I cannot stand seeing people get judged or mistreated just because they look different, see the world differently, or live a drastically different lifestyle than me. Because of this, I spend a lot of my time volunteering. Most of my volunteer work is with special needs children but whenever I get the opportunity to serve my fellow man, I grab onto it with both hands.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Robin
Faith is something that has to be constantly worked on. If you follow the commandments and ponder on His word, you will keep your faith strong and steady. For me personally, serving is also a huge help in increasing my faith in Christ. The more I volunteer within my community, the more I see the wonders of this world and the more I believe in Christ and in Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Robin
Being a Mormon means that we are able to find peace, joy and satisfaction in this life while following the teachings of Christ. We believe that God has a plan for every single one of us and that families are an important part of God's plan. When I was little, I thought that all the people at my church were my family. It wasn't until I was around age 7 that I realized that my fellow members weren't my biological family but a spiritual family that helps me grow and become a better person. And most importantly, I love to share my happiness and joy with everyone that I come into contact with, because everyone is a child of God and therefore every deserves happiness. Show more Show less

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

Robin
LDS culture can seem stifling to those who are unfamiliar with it, but most of our culture is based on doctrines that we believe in such as abstaining from alcohol and drugs, staying abstinent until marriage, etc. Modesty is an important facet of our culture. There is no specific definition of what is modest or not. In general being modest means shoulders are covered, skirt/short length is around knee length and nothing too revealing. If a member has already gone through the temple, their clothes have to cover their garments. Sunday attire is supposed to be "Sunday best" which can be a wide range of clothing. Typically, men are in suits and ties and women are in dresses or skirts. Many believe that women cannot wear pants to church but this is incorrect. Women can wear pants to church if they wish, it is just not the mainstream outfit of LDS women. We celebrate all holidays but put special significance on Christmas and Easter since it is two of the most significant days in the life of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Robin
The Church's official stance on same-sex marriage can be found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. "We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God." While the Church does not support same-sex marriage or homosexual behavior, it does not mean that we as members are supposed to treat LGBTs poorly. Every person is a child of God and deserves to be treated as such. It doesn't matter if they have different lifestyles from us, they need love and support like every other human being. People do not choose to have homosexual feelings but we believe that acting on those feelings is a choice. Sadly, I have met many members of the Church that are homophobic and treat LGBTs with disrespect and sometimes hatred. Like racism in America, it will take several generations for this homophobia in our culture to dissipate. I myself have a gay uncle who have been with his partner for over a decade. And I love my uncle and his partner dearly. They practice a different lifestyle than I do but that is not what is important. What is important is that I love my uncle and his partner and treat them with the respect that every human being deserves. Show more Show less