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Hi I'm Christina

I was born and raised in New Jersey, a resplendent cultural melting pot. I have a second family among my band mates. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a typical life. I've played on school sports teams, I've worked my way up the musicianship ladder, I go to most of my classes and get good grades. I'm currently 19. I've completed my Freshman year of college at BYU Provo as an English major. I am preparing to leave on my mission to Budapest, Hungary and am looking forward to the opportunity of serving those who live there. Although I have yet to live much of my life and learn more about my own religion, I believe that teaching is the best way to learn. (D&C 50:22)

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've seen the joy it brings to the lives around me. The people who sacrifice everything for this religion are inspirations to me, and I can only hope to gain the strength of testimony and gospel doctrine that they have. There is a reason for this life, and I found it here in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When my eyes are open to the eternal possibilities, I discover that I am never alone. I don't think I would have the strength to go throughout a cruel life such as this without my Heavenly Father walking beside me, comforting me and encouraging me to take one more step. Growing up in New Jersey with only a single other Mormon in my high school, I have had my own trials in defending my beliefs. Being a Mormon is not the easiest choice, but it is the right one. It is through the trials we have that strength and faith develop. I am a Mormon because it is the truest and best thing I have ever done.

How I live my faith

Lately, I have been called to play the piano in the Primary. Although a very small contribution to the workings of the Church, I have influenced those around me in what I believe is a good way, and my differences have been recognized and appreciated. As a Mormon living in New Jersey, I can share a part of my life that most people don't know much about or don't understand. That is one of the ways I live my faith, by showing my coworkers and friends that someone like me, basically a kid, can believe something so fully that it becomes a way of life. One of my greatest aims in life is to inspire others and help leave a mark on the world. I want to try my hardest to influence those around me for the better. I can't express my desire to help people enough. I recently got my call to Hungary, and I pray constantly in my heart that I can improve in my weak areas so I can be a benefit to those I will be serving.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Christina
The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been nicknamed "Mormons" because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. One thing to remember is that we do not consider this an insult. One of our apostles said that it was and should be an honor to be called a Mormon. Mormon is actually a name of a great prophet who wrote in the Book of Mormon; to be nicknamed after a great man is a great and wonderful blessing, in any aspect of life. There are many children who are named after someone famous or inspirational in their parents' lives. This is very similar to our nickname of "Mormons"; how can I complain when I am being compared to a great prophet from the time of Christ? Although it is important that people recognize our official name, too, it is perfectly alright to be called a Mormon. Show more Show less

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

Christina
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in political parties; there is no other way to say it. For those of you who keep up with political affairs, you may know there are Mormon candidates running. A friend of mine once asked me if I was rooting for Mitt Romney just because he was Mormon. I promptly told her that I had zero interest in politics, which is completely 100% true. The church itself does not pick sides; religion is completely different from politics, and in my opinion, they should both stay separate. Religion should stay out of politics, and politics should stay out of religion. Of course, politics are important in the world, and the Church encourages members to participate in voting and keeping up to date on political, governmental, and community affairs. It's important to know what's going on in the world, but the way you think politically isn't necessarily dependent on what religion you are, and what religion you are doesn't determine who you're going to vote for. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Christina
A great and cherished move of mine is named "Charlie". It addresses this question very well, and provides a very appropriate answer. It claims that Mormons believe in fairy tales because we believe in living happily ever after. I'm just a teenager, but I know that a relationship between a husband and a wife should be extremely special, and something that is as strong as that bond can only last forever, in my mind. If I didn't believe that, then I would feel like the whole world was a mess of chaotic nothingness, with zero meaning and zero order, leaving the fates of my family up to chance. To me, it is only right that the unique and precious relationship of families live on forever. Death should never be able to take away something so dear to our hearts, and in this religion, love and charity overcomes death. That is why Mormons believe in living happily ever after. Yes, families are forever! Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Christina
The Relief Society is a woman's organization for those 18 years old and up. It acts as a boon to society and is greatly influential around the world. In my ward, the Relief Society does a lot of charity work, making blankets, food, etc. for any in need. The LDS church greatly encourages charity work because it spreads love in the community, country, and even to other continents. The reach of charity work in our church is much farther than many people realize because the church is international and well-connected. It improves the lifestyles of many people, whether they are Mormon or of another faith. Not only does it help those who need it the most, but it boosts the faith of the women serving. Service is a lot like that; it tends to strengthen the connections of those who willingly serve their fellow human beings, and it strengthens the bond with God, too. We're not placed on this earth to gossip, lie, and cheat each other of what we need. We're here to learn what life's all about, which is giving to others and learning to love someone else more than we love ourselves. The Relief Society is one small step for women to get a little closer to reaching this ultimate goal. Show more Show less