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Hi I'm Paige

I am a gamer. I'm a single mother. I believe in people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mama to my wonderful little boy. I went through a divorce when I was pregnant with him, I'm so thankful for second chances and that Heavenly Father loves us enough to give us a better life than we would have had I'd stayed with my ex. I have been given the gift of giving others the benefit of the doubt. I believe that everyone is of infinite worth, that they have something to offer, and that they deserve to be loved. I love learning about other people, their cultures, and hope to learn as many languages as possible (I'm currently studying Japanese). There are a few things I enjoy doing. I love to play video games, specifically Japanese RPGs, but you can get me to play others as well. I am particularly fond of the Tales, Legend of Zelda, and Kingdom Hearts series. I enjoy drawing and painting, although I am no expert. I am also a definite music (and singing) enthusiast. My knowledge of Disney songs and quotes are the trophy of my media knowledge. I also know Disneyland like the back of my hand--it is basically like a second home to me since I grew up there and got to work there for some time. Disney-crazy? That's me! I enjoy the company of loved ones and try to be with and visit with them as much as possible. Family is especially important to me. I am grateful for my family and for my sweet baby boy. I am also eternally grateful for the temple sealing that binds me to my son, although his father and I did not work out those blessings are still available to us.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been attending the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints for as long as I could remember. My mother would dutifully bring me and my sisters to church every Sunday. There I learned about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, prophets, the commandments, and so much more. I was baptized at age 8 like most LDS children. I loved attending Church. However, as I entered my teenage years I found that I was going through the motions. I was a Mormon by name and action, but it wasn't engraved on my heart just yet. When I was fifteen I got to go to a week-long LDS youth retreat called Especially For Youth. There I got into the pattern of reading my scriptures everyday, praying everyday, and having fun being LDS. I was very happy. But it was near the end of the week where we were studying the document called "The Living Christ" where the Holy Ghost bore a special witness to me so I finally understood how much Christ really loves and cares for me, what He has done for me and what He continues to do for me. I continued to be blessed even after I returned home from EFY and had the opportunity to go to Youth Conference and Girls Camp through the Church. At Youth Conference I had the opportunity to learn from one of our local leaders about Heavenly Mother. I hadn't been aware of Her before. And so when I went home after Youth Conference was over I prayed and asked her if She was there, and the same powerful confirmation from the Holy Ghost testified to me that she was, as was Heavenly Father, and their loved flooded my body and soul. In tears of joy I knew that I was where I needed to be. Since then I have also had a personal witness from the Holy Ghost of the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon. As I continue to act in obedience to God's commandments, my testimony is strengthened. I return to these experiences when I have doubts. My faith in the Restored Gospel is stronger than ever. I know this is Christ's Church, and I am thankful it's in my life.

How I live my faith

My life is so blessed by living my faith. I try to study and pray daily, but I am not perfect. I attend church regularly. Recently the efforts of myself and my husband to attend the temple more often have greatly blessed my life. I strive to serve those around me as best I can--trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I love participating in the #ShareGoodness efforts of the Church because I get to share the Gospel with all of my friends in and through social media.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Paige
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, that He really lived, and He is the literal Son of God and Savior of the world. The fulness of His Gospel is exhibited by the teachings of the ancient prophets whose writings are contained in the book. Mormon, one of these ancient prophets, gathered a series of writings from these ancient prophets and combined them into a single record that would come to be named after him. We have it today because the Prophet, Joseph Smith, was able to acquire it by God's will and translate it into English. The record begins with the prophet Lehi and his family in Jerusalem around 600 BC. He was commanded by God to leave Jerusalem, for it would be destroyed because of the peoples' wickedness, and go to The Promised Land. Eventually the family arrived to the American continents, and the records continue from there. There is record of when Christ came to those in the Americas after His Resurrection and He ministered to them and formed His Church. The ancient prophets taught His Gospel, called others to repentance, to take advantage of Christ's gift to us--the Atonement, to return unto His fold, and to obey the commandments. The Book of Mormon contains the fulness of Christ's Gospel, and works hand-in-hand with the Bible. Those who pray with a sincere heart after reading The Book of Mormon can have a personal witness by the Holy Ghost that what the book says is true. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Paige
The Church is funded by the tithes of Saints of the Church. The money that is collected is 10% of the income of each individual who pays it. As it is an ancient law, it still stands today, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expected to pay it. Because members do, the Church gathers the necessary funds to provide for those in need, to provide learning materials in Church and home settings, to build and upkeep meeting houses and temples, to meet the basic needs for those serving in full-time positions, and so forth. When members pay their tithing they are exhibiting faith. As President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden." Paying tithing blesses many, including those who pay it, for the Lord always blesses those who keep His commandments. Additional investments have been made by the Church commercially, although the reasons for such investments other than assumed growing wealth for the Church have not been entirely explained. However, the ultimate goal of the Church is to, "bring people to Christ and to follow His example by lifting the burdens of those who are struggling. The key to understanding the Church is to see it not as a worldwide corporation, but as millions of faithful members in thousands of congregations across the world following Christ and caring for each other and their neighbors." (The Church and Its Financial Independence, Mormon Newsroom, July 12 2012). Show more Show less

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

Paige
As a "Mormon woman," I would like to say that as women we are encouraged to fulfill our role as defined in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." Women are encouraged to be mothers, teachers and nurturers of their children. As women we work with men to help and support one another in our roles. Women and men are indeed created equal, and thus both roles (while different in some aspects) are of equal importance. Both are expected to work together to raise their children in righteousness, and to work together in harmony. Outside of that, Mormon women have the opportunity to be a part of The Relief Society, the Church's organization of women created in the early times of the Church. In Relief Society we have opportunities to learn, to serve, and come together as sisters in Zion. It provides us the chance to uplift and serve one another, and to become more like Christ. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Paige
We need a Savior because we all inevitably sin, and sin keeps us from entering back into God's presence. Our Heavenly Father has always known this, and so He provided a way for us to be cleansed: repentance. We are able to repent because Jesus Christ, the sinless sacrificial Lamb, payed the price for our sins when He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross. But cleanliness comes at a price (a miniscule price in comparison to what Christ did for us), and that is repentance. We repent by following these steps sincerely: ~ Confessing the sin to God and those our sin has hurt. (If the sin is a very serious one you must confess it to proper priesthood authority as well.) ~ Ask for forgiveness from God and whomever else we have hurt. ~ When possible, do whatever we can to fix what our sin has "broken." ~ Forsake (or in other words, completely turn away from and abstain from) our sins. ~ Work more diligently to obey God's commandments. Once we have followed these steps we can find the peace and forgiveness that comes with sincere repentance. It brings true and everlasting happiness, and it opens us up to the bountiful blessings God has in store for His obedient children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Paige
Mormons believe that God the supreme being of the universe, perfect and wise. He is the Father of all creation, and as we are made in His image we are the divine Creator's literal offspring. Since we are made in His image, we know that His body looks like ours. But also know that in His divinity His body is a glorious, immortal, and perfect. His perfection merits a complete and unconditional love for all of His children; He knows and loves every single one of us, He is aware of our personal circumstances and seeks to bless us in these. He knows more about us than we do. Through His divine mercy, kindness, and justice He has designed the Plan of Happiness to help His children find joy in this mortal life and return to live with Him once our mortal probation is complete. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Paige
We believe that the resurrected Christ did truly walk amongst the people on the North American continent. In The Book of Mormon it recorded that He established His Church among His followers in ancient America by calling twelve disciples to organize it, and that while He visited them, He healed the sick, preached His Gospel, and blessed the children. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Paige
Mormons perform baptisms for the dead because Christ taught that everyone needed baptism, for it is essential to Salvation of all of those who have lived on the earth and have reached the age of accountability (He, being perfect and not needing baptism was baptized Himself! If the most perfect being to roam the earth was baptized, ought we to be baptized as well?). Many people die without being baptized, or they were baptized without the proper priesthood authority. Due to these circumstances, Heavenly Father has provided a way for those who are deceased to be baptized and either accept or decline the work that has been done for them in the next life. Proxy baptisms are not necessary for those who died in infancy or before the age of eight, the age of accountability, because children or those in a childlike state maintain innocence until they know better. Show more Show less

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

Paige
Mormons wear modest, respectful clothing to Church. Men and boys usually wear suit and tie attire, while women and girls wear un-revealing, not form-fitting shirts with knee-length (or longer) dresses and skirts. Along with national holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events, Mormons celebrate Christmas and Easter. These two events are especially important because they celebrate the birth, suffering, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Paige
In 1820, when he was 14-years-old, Joseph Smith pondered about how although the churches that surrounded him disagreed with one another, they all claimed to teach the truth. After reading James 1:5, which said, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him," Joseph decided that he would take the scripture to heart and pray to God, asking which church was true. In a grove of trees near his home, the young boy Joseph knelt in prayer and asked which church he ought to join, which one was true. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared as two separate personages to him. He was told that he should join none of the churches that existed at that time because the priesthood authority Christ Himself had organized during His time on the earth had been lost over the centuries. Joseph Smith's First Vision was only the beginning of the Restoration of Christ's Church, the Church we know today as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His personal account of this incredible event, as written in Joseph Smith's History 1:8-17, is a amazing testimony of what he experienced. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Paige
Mormons believe that families can be together forever. We believe this because the sealing ordinance, the same power given to Peter to, "bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven," was restored to the earth, and that sealing ordinance binds spouses and their children together for eternity. The sealing ordinance is necessary because all other marriage ceremonies only keep families together until death. Without being sealed, family relationships will not exist beyond the grave. The sealing ordinance is performed in God's holy temples sealing together families of the living and the dead. Those who are dead cannot go through the sealing ordinance themselves, and so someone else must do it by proxy in the temple. The dead are able to accept or deny the ordinance. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Paige
I would say that being a Mormon makes all of the difference in my life. Through the truths provided by the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I have found direction and meaning in day to day life and through my whole future. I know what I need to do to have joy and peace in this life and the next. I know who I am and my purpose in the mortal life. Knowing that I am a child of God, that I have divine nature and potential to be better than I have ever been is incredible to me. I know that God loves me. I have strength and comfort knowing that I will never face a trial or struggle through something that I cannot handle. I find joy in the simple things. Ultimately, being Mormon has helped me realize that, more than anything, "wickedness never was happiness" (Alma 41:3). I have seen when I have been disobedient that life is darker, my heart feels empty, and I feel hopeless and frustrated. But, when I am obedient my life is far more clear, my heart is full, I am truly happy and have hope and optimism. I feel the love and presence of God in my life. I have true peace and comfort. Nothing else has ever or will ever bring me the lasting, full, enduring happiness and joy than living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that "we are that we might have joy" from the scriptures (2 Nephi 2:25). I testify that this is true. No worldly practice or thing will do that for you. I promise you that. Show more Show less