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Hi I'm Trina J

I love making crafts, laughing, and learning about others. I'm a vegetarian and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and I graduated CSU Fullerton with a Bachelors in Business Administration. I was married and sealed in the Temple to my husband/best friend in 2012. Purple is my favorite color, and I have been vegetarian my entire life. I know a good amount of Spanish and I'm trying to teach myself French. :) I love to hike and play sports. And though I love going out and getting fresh air, I also love hanging at home and making crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

About 4 years ago, I was feeling really sad. I had loving parents and friends. But I felt lonely and couldn't figure out what was missing. It was like there was emptiness in my heart and soul. One day, an old friend from high school randomly called and invited me to hear her speak at a baptism. I was weary of attending a church, especially a Mormon one. But, I felt like I should go support her at her talk, because she attended my plays in high school. As soon as I walked into the church building, I felt a sense of calm. I felt Happy! Everyone was so nice! They reflected it from the inside-out, not just on the surface. Later I asked if the missionaries could teach me about the gospel. I told myself that I would just have one lesson, and if I didn't feel comfortable, I wouldn't have another. The lesson was cool and involved me, my friend, the two missionaries, and a couple others. We got to know each other before they began teaching basic principles of the church. Suddenly, everything seemed to click into place, like they were telling me a story I had heard before in childhood. I continued to learn and was baptized in August 2011. Then I studied abroad in France for 5 months and attended church where the missionaries translated the French sermons for me. Shortly after returning home, I met the man who would be my eternal companion and we were sealed in the Lord's Temple. Many blessings have come from the gospel, and my mom was baptized a year after me and I have seen her happiness and love of life grow tremendously! The rest of our family has been greatly blessed, too!

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is through my calling (volunteer job). My calling at church is being a Ward Missionary. So once or twice a week, my husband and I visit families with the full-time missionaries and teach them about the Plan of Happiness and how much their Heavenly Father loves them. It is so gratifying to see people learn about the Gospel, and see the happy change that comes to their lives as a result of coming closer to Jesus Christ. We also make friends with new families, and pray often for those who are enduring hardships.

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

Trina J
The women at church dress modestly. And we make sure our dresses, hair, and makeup are clean and pretty. The men wear suits, ties, and nice shoes. My husband is always clean and well shaved. :) Some of the little children even wear button-down shirts, suits, or little dresses. It's so cute! My husband and I dress nicely on Sunday for a few reasons: 1. We are entering a house of Heavenly Father, and we want to respect Him and be presentable to Him and His children (our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ). 2. When we feel clean on the outside, it can be easier to focus on cleansing ourselves on the inside. 3. We do not want to distract others by dressing immodestly or looking dirty (or perhaps smelling too). :) Because Jesus Christ is the center of our faith, we celebrate his sacrifice on Christmas and Easter. Yes, we do give Christmas gifts and we do have Easter baskets/egg hunts. :) We celebrate the same national or commercial holidays as you do! We love birthdays, anniversaries, graduation celebrations and whatnot. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (after Christmas). Oh and Valentines Day is great, too! Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Trina J
The author of all life, Heavenly Father, bestowed the Holy Spirit to ancient prophets, and He inspired them to write the stories of their people which is what the Book of Mormon is comprised of. One of the last of the ancient prophets, Mormon, is who the Book of Mormon is named after. Like the prophets of the Bible, the prophets of the Americas also recorded the appearances and teachings of Christ. They wrote of his Gospel and his mission to form the Church. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ's love and atonement, and it is parallel with and supports the teachings of the Bible. When I first read the Book of Mormon, I felt an electrifying, yet calming feeling that I later learned was the Holy Ghost that the Lord promised in Moroni 10:4: "I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Trina J
Men may have the opportunity to qualify for and hold the Priesthood, a position that allows them to administer special blessings through the power of Heavenly Father. However, I feel as though Women were given the better half of life's blessings. We have the blessing to be mothers and nurturers in this world! What is more important than the job of teaching good values and principles to the next generation of society? We have the opportunity to carry, give birth to, and care for children, alongside our husbands. And, those Women who are not able to have children still have so many opportunities to make a difference in a child's life, whether it be as a family member, mentor, or teacher. We, Women, are also in charge of caring and nurturing the needy. We mourn with those who mourn, and help those who need help. We have our own, very special way of serving Heavenly Father, and it is in no way less equal to the power with which the Priesthood serves him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Trina J
Following Christ's example of having a physical baptism through immersion in water, we are to all be baptized in order to enter into the kingdom of God. And because Heavenly Father knows that not everyone learns about or accepts the Gospel in this life, he provides a way for those who have passed on to be baptized. Through proxy baptism, they may acquire the blessings of salvation once they have chosen to accept the Gospel. Proxy baptism or baptisms for the dead is when a living person is baptized (immersed in water) on behalf of a dead person and it takes place in an LDS Temple. Baptisms for the dead used to take place during the Apostle Paul's time (1 Corinthians 15:29), and the Prophet Joseph Smith restored this practice after the Lord instructed him to. I am so grateful for this blessing because I have been fortunate enough to have my husband baptize on behalf of my father who abruptly passed away a couple years ago. And I feel in my heart that my father accepted that baptism and is happily enjoying the church on the other side. :) Some key points to understand: *Deceased names are not added to LDS Membership lists *The dead have a choice on whether or not to accept the baptism made on their behalf. *Their physical bodies are not involved whatsoever. We just pin a piece of paper with their name to our shirt and after a quick prayer is said, the proxy goes under water. It's that simple, and yet it is divinely powerful. Show more Show less