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Hi I'm Helen Michelle Stiles

I am a Mormon convert! I live in Somerset.

About Me

Hi,my name is Helen, I am 42 and have 3 children of which I am raising them myself. I'm very lucky to remain good friends with my ex and his wife, so have a nice relationship with them. I teach one day a week at a college in Bristol helping 14-16 year old achieve a qualification. The rest of my week I spend cutting hair in a salon called Kelibe in Axbridge. I joined the church about 9 years ago and despite having lots of questions still i am still with it. I believe whole heartily that this is the true church of our lord Jesus Christ. I feel happier in the church then out of it. I spent a short period of time rebelling with myself. My income was reduced, my husband and I divorced, the house needed repairing my sister became terminally ill...etc ...etc.. .etc. I became in active for a short time feeling sorry for myself, I found myself crying one day and with no reason sat on the floor in my bedroom with a feeling of extreme low. I can remember asking the lord to take me back, it was then i realised that He had never left me, it was I that had turned my back on Him. I returned to church and I can honestly say that I have been blessed. I feel so much better, happier, and I have never felt so welcome.

Why I am a Mormon

I was given 'the book' and did as the members asked and prayed one day if the church was true. I didn't feel the Holy Sprit as some kind of power but instead was given a calming peace inside me that hasn't left. I know this church is the true church, I follow as best I can and know that my lord has given me the power to let my burdens go. I never feel alone, I know The Lord walks with me and forgives my sins despite me taking longer to forgive myself. I feel as if I'm a better and happier person since being in the church and I want nothing more than to be with family and friends forever.

How I live my faith

I try to do at least one selfless thing everyday. This brings me happiness knowing that I made someone smile for no reason. Before I do something I ask myself, "what would Jesus think of me if He was stood beside me?" Life's hard! I know, I've made mistakes, I have regrets but that's why He died so that I might ask for forgiveness should I mess up. I read my scriptures most days to remind myself of the blessings and the work those in the past have done for us. It is easy to get mixed up with the violence of the world and the nastiness. I spend time with others in the church that we can study together and discuss our lord and the blessings he has given us and what we can do to help others.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Helen Michelle Stiles
In the Bible we were asked to give a tithing. A tithing is 10% of our income, back then it was cows and sheep, gold etc. Now it is wages. We give this freely with no grudge, this is used to fund books for investigators to have, it is used for good courses throughout the world, it is used to help support families in need. In and out of the church. I am happy to do this and despite being on a low wage myself would pay my tithing rather than put petrol in my car. ( please believe me I have done this) and have had rewards back. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Helen Michelle Stiles
Sometimes it's hard, I'm not going to lie to you. However I would never deny the church. I miss coffee mostly but I know why I'm not allowed to drink it. The blessing I have back are much greater than my small sacrifice. I give up some of my time to help others that need it, this makes me feel so happy knowing I've help someone feel better or helped them achieve something they might not on their own. Reading the Book of Mormon takes only a small amount of time if you break it down into chapters. I cannot put into words how this book makes me feel. Show more Show less