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Hi I'm Michelle Carlile

I am a twenty year old student at Brigham Young University, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like I mentioned above, I am currently an accounting student at Brigham Young University. I grew up in Orem, Utah with two brothers and one sister. I love to read, play board games, watch sports and play the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I am a member of my church, but here are just a few. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brings me great happiness and joy. It answers questions about who I am and where I am going. It gives me guidence in my life. The church gives my purpose and meaning, and it helps me feel close to Heavenly Father and my savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I hope that others can tell how I live my faith by my day to day actions. I hope that I am an example. I try to always be charitable and fulfill my callings. Currently I am the historian in my ward. This means that I help keep records of what goes on in the ward each year.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Michelle Carlile
Many times, individuals that are not members of our church wonder about Baptisms for the Dead. To many people, it seems like a strange activity. In one of my religion classes this week, we talked a little bit about this and so I am hoping that I can shed some light on the topic for those of you that are wondering. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has one main mission, that mission is to bring others unto Christ. Members of the church do this through four main ways. The first way is through perfecting the saints. The final way is to redeem the dead. This is where baptisms for the dead come in. Baptisms for the dead are done in each temple along with other ordinances that are necessary for our salvation. We believe that we can one day return to live with Heavenly Father and become like him. In order for that to happen, we must go through certain ordinances and make certain covenants while here on earth. Without baptism, one cannot make it back into God’s presence. We do baptisms for the dead so that every person that has ever lived on this earth may have the opportunity to enter back into God’s presence and become like him. We also believe that the spirits of those who have passed on can choose whether to accept this ordinance or not. Just because we do a baptism for a dead person, does not mean that the person automatically accepts it. Doing these baptisms for the dead is a special and sacred opportunity that I am glad I have the chance to participate in. Show more Show less

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

Michelle Carlile
In my life, I have noticed that sometimes people get confused about what the name of our church is. Some people know us as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Others just know us as “Mormons”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of our church. I would like to share a scripture with you that might help you understand why this is the name of our church. In 3 Nephi 27: 8 it states “And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses; name then it be Moses; church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel.” Basically, this is the name of our church because we believe that this is the church of Jesus Christ. We believe that our church follows the same principles and doctrines as Christ did in his day. Now this brings up the question of Mormonism. Many times the people in our church are referred to as Mormons. This is simply because of a book that is unique to our church. Our church believes in a book called the Book of Mormon. It is a record of ancient prophets, much like the ancient prophets in the Bible. Members will not be upset or offended if we are referred to as Mormons. However, we would prefer to be known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because that is our official name and it helps others realize what our beliefs are based upon. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Michelle Carlile
In one of the Articles of Faith of our church it talks about the first four principles of the gospel. They are first, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, second, repentance, third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and forth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. This tells us that the absolute most important thing for us to have faith in is Jesus Christ. Some may ask what faith is. In Ether there is a scripture that is one of my favorites. In Ether 12:6 it states “I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” This scripture shows us a few important things. First off, faith and hope have a circular relationship. To have hope, we need to have faith. To have faith we need to have hope. This scripture also teaches us that we cannot expect Heavenly Father to just come out and reveal things to us and then expect us to believe them. We must first have faith and hope in something and then God will send us a confirmation of our belief. So if you don’t currently have the faith that Jesus is the Christ and he atoned for our sins, try just having some hope that he did atone for our sins. By having the hope you will start gaining the faith, and pretty soon you will have a strong confirmation and testimony that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Michelle Carlile
Having faith is one of the most important aspects to succeeding in this life. Without faith we have no hope, and without hope we have no faith. But how do we gain faith? Moroni 7:43 states “And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek and lowly of heart.” So basically, the seedbed of faith is to be meek and lowly of heart. This is the foundation point. To be meek means to be humbly patient or docile, submissive or compliant, gentle and kind. Being lowly of heart means that one is humble and teachable. If we want to gain faith, we first must have the desire to have faith. We must be humble enough to be able to learn from others and we must be open to receiving revelation from God. A common song in our church has a line that says “Faith is like a little seed, if planted it will grow.” Faith does not come all at once. Gaining faith is a process. We learn things line upon line, precept upon precept. So do not get frustrated if you feel like you have little faith. It will come eventually. And once you gain your faith in something, you can work on gaining faith in something else. Just know that a big part of our lives is the trials of our faith. If we can withstand our trials and temptations, our faith will only become stronger and eventually we will be great people of faith and we will be able to share our faith with other people. Show more Show less