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Hi I'm Andrea

I have just faced a lot of trials in my life, becoming a widow, losing my mother and my faith has sustained me. I am a Mormom

About Me

I am a 45 year old convert to the church who lost my husband less than 3 months ago and my mother a month ago. I have been able to cope and help others because of my faith. It helps me to stand and allows me to look for the blessings every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I did a lot of soul searching a year and half ago, reflecting on what is important to me and realised that spiritually I was lacking. My friend, a member of the church suggested I talk with the Sister Missionaries. As we continued in our discussions on of the Sisters kept saying to me "Just pray to know it is true". One night I woke up in the middle of the night with every fiber of my body buzzing and I could feel the truth in my heart and soul. I knew the truth of the Gospel that the Sisters were teaching me. I excepted their invitation to church and was so impressed with every single member. They literally glowed with the light of Christ and I was welcomed so warmly - I truly felt I was where I should be. The deepest peace and serenity I have ever known is through the church. I know that my "Ward Family" is there for me in everyway just as I am for them. When I visited a friend in another province who had not seen me since my baptism she said - you are so changed. You exude peace and you literally glow. This is the "sweet peace" the Gospel brings and now I can't imagine my life without it.

How I live my faith

I am a ward missionary and help the full time missionaries with new member discussions, help to clean the church and help other members where ever I can. I volunteer at a seniors home two morning per week and really enjoy my time there. On one morning I paint nails for the ladies and it is truly amazing to see how such a small thing makes them so happy and the laughs we had when right before Halloween we did nails black!! It is also amazing to me that even what some people would think of as drudgery - cleaning the church is actually so filled with satisfaction for me. I sing (even though I have a terrible voice) as I clean because I know as I wipe the change tables or tidy the Mothers' Room I am making the church ready for everyone. Through service I really believe we find the answers to our prayers and our own peace.

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

Andrea
The primary part of our church service is called the sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in the chapel of our meetinghouse and lasts about an hour. During the sacrament meeting we have prayers offered by members of the church, sing hyms (which I love even though I don't sing well) , take the sacrament (like communion) for those who wish to and have speakers who are also members. They often bring great insight and through their personal journey with the gospel I can learn so many things that add to my own life. You wlll notice that we don't pass a collection plate as part of our services - so just bring yourself. Visitors are always welcome and let the usher know you are a visitor as a single woman I am always happy to have visitors sit with me and explain anything they may wish. You will notice a lot of children in sacrament meeting and to me they are one of the most joyous parts. They laugh and talk and remind us all that we need to come to Heavenly Father with a heart like a child's open and pure. After sacrament meeting we divide into Sunday School groups, Nursery and Primary for young children, Young Womens for girls 12-17 and then on to Relief Society for women 18 and over and Priesthood for men 12 and older. You will be very welcome in any class and in Relief Society we have a saying "come and sit beside me" so please do. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Andrea
We believe that baptism is essential for salvation in the kingdom of God. There are many who have lived on earth without having the opportunity to be baptised. A living person may stand in proxy for a deceased person and the baptism can be performed. We do a lot of work in researching our ancestors who did not have the opportunity. The first time I went to the Temple I was able to stand as proxy for 5 of my female ancestors and a friend stood proxy for 6 of male. Hearing my grandmothers name as I was baptized for her was an incredible moment. It was like I could feel her there with me. I know now that they have the opportunity to accept this baptism - the joy was so immense that I cried and the temple workers with me. It gave me the chance to bring the peace that I feel to my family. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Andrea
Faith is knowing and believing in things that we cannot see, but are true. It is believing in the your darkest times, that Heavenly Father has plan that is individual for each of us and that during our trials He is right beside us. It is having the peace to allow His hand to guide your life and that even when the storms of life rage - that you are where you are supposed to be. Faith is something that must be nourished and encouraged and the amazing thing about it, is that the more faith you give the more you have. To say in prayer "I trust in Your plan Father, help me to be strong enough to live it" is an act of faith that sets your soul free. Faith is one of the most powerful gifts we have and one that can bring us the most comfort. Show more Show less