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Hi I'm Tracie

I'm from Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Let's get the big question out of the way first. I'm single. A lot of folks might think my single status should define me or make me miserable, especially with being in a church that places such an emphasis on families. And although I admit I have my moments, for the most part my life is great, and pretty normal. I have my own home, good friends, and have been blessed with a job that provides for my needs. I'm intelligent, fun-loving, into sports, gardening, dining out, books, and classic movies. I like to travel and get out into nature. I think it's important to stay interested in life and to keep learning. It's also important to me that I try my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I eat right, exercise and stay active so I can lead an active life. I love to garden and consider that to be part of maintaining that healthy lifestyle. I work hard at being the World's Greatest Aunt, so my family is definitely a high priority for me. I have 17 nieces and nephews and it's important to me that I be there for them and participate with them as often as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know for myself that the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon is true.

How I live my faith

I've been a member of the church all my life, so I've had a lot of opportunities to serve within the Church in various capacities. I even served a full-time mission in my early 20's. Right now I attend a congregation for Singles, and am blessed to serve as it's Family History Leader. In this role I encourage and assist the members in their Indexing and Family History efforts, which means I need to continually stay up-to-date with the changing technology and ways of making family history connections. We believe that temple ordinances are the mechanism for connecting families for eternity, so I also try to attend the temple as frequently as I can.

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

Tracie
We're pretty much like everyone else. We live and work and do things with our family and friends. We do our best to follow God's commandments as we understand them, and to provide service within our family, church, and community. Show more Show less

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

Tracie
When we attend church, we typically wear our "Sunday Best", or what might be considered semi-formal attire. For men, this usually means a shirt and tie, and for women, this usually means a skirt or dress. We celebrate most Christian and government Holidays - the one's people generally ask us about are Christmas and Easter. Since we consider ourselves to be Christians, we do celebrate those, and in a similar manner to other Christians. Our Holiday celebrations typically are focused on our families, and gratitude for our blessings. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Tracie
Mormon women are much like other women. We love our families, we work hard, we stay interested in life, we have fun, and we try to get better at all of it every day. Some of us are married, and some are not. Some of us have children, and some do not. Some of us work outside the home, and some don't. We believe that women are free to choose the life they wish to pursue. We absolutely believe in the equality of men and women - that all are equal in God's eyes. We believe that men and women come to earth with different strengths and abilities, and different roles to perform within families. Men are meant to watch over and protect and provide for their families, whereas women are responsible for nurturing their families. These roles are different and of the same importance. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Tracie
The Relief Society is an organization for women 18 and older. It was first established in 1842. It's motto is "Charity Never Faileth", and it's focus is on increasing faith and righteousness, strengthening families and homes, and providing assistance to those in need. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Tracie
The Book of Mormon is an abridgment of writings of ancient prophets, describing their interactions with God and their efforts to obey His commandments. These writings were collected and abridged by the Prophet Mormon, and this is where it gets it's name from. Show more Show less