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Hi I'm Sister Ciara O'Keeffe

I am currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Massachusetts Boston Mission

About Me

Hi, my name is Ciara, I am 23 years old and I have a Bachelors Degree in Health and Social care. I studied this subject at school for 7 years and absolutely loved it. the many different topics that I studied helped me to know that I want my future career to be one where I can help others reach their potential and where I can see them happy when they do so. I am the second oldest of 4 children; my older sister, Sinead, has just returned home from serving as a missionary for the church in Spain Madrid and my brother, Declan has also just returned home from serving his mission in England London South. I also have one other brother who will hopefully serve a mission the year after I return home from the Massachusetts Boston Mission. I am the kind of girl who loves listening to music. It helps me to escape all of my struggles and all of my trials and helps me to become the person I want to be. When I was younger I loved to dance, I never took any dance classes, I taught myself and I loved just having that time to myself to express how I felt and how I wanted to get away from the tings of the world. my other favorite things to do are; watching movies, going to the theater and doing lots of arts and crafts such as; cross stitching and card making. However, now having overcome all of my struggles, doubts, fears etc I have become so integrated in the Gospel and I just want to serve the Lord with all my heart, mind, might and strength.

Why I am a Mormon

So, when I was at the age of 12, I entered the youth program. I was so excited to be with my sister once again as I had been before when we were both in the Primary class together. After a while I became so isolated; I was being bullied at school and I felt that because no one liked me at school, no one would like me at church. Much to my surprise what I had anticipated became the truth. All the girls that were my age spent their time with all the girls that were older than us and the younger girls had their own group, so I was left alone. Because of this I struggled a lot. I left home at the age of 18 to study at the University of Derby. There I found friends but still struggled to find the truth for myself. It wasn't until January 4th 2013 when my brother received his mission call that I realized I had to do something about it. I felt the desire to serve a mission for the church but still had a few doubts. I still did nothing about it for a year after that and it was only when the Bishop of the Stoke-On-Trent Ward pushed me to read the Book of Mormon and to complete a few other tasks that I found out for myself that this is Jesus Christ's church on the earth today. After that I gained a love for both the Gospel and the Book of Mormon in such a short space of time. Looking back I guess I always knew in the back of my mind that the church was true, I just lived through the testimony of my mum which caused me to have a lot of doubts as I grew older. I realized that it was me that had to find out for myself and now that I have I've never been happier. I love the Gospel with all of my heart and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At the age of 12 you enter into a youth program called Young Womens. There you can obtain leadership positions and help to look after the girls your age. I was never given one of those leadership positions but when I left home to study at university I was asked to be a Young Women's adviser for the young women there. I helped there for about 6 months before being asked to help the missionaries and their work in the Derby Ward as a Ward missionary. There I would help the missionaries in lessons that they had, I would give suggestions for activities that the missionaries could do and I started to prepare myself to serve as a missionary myself one day. When I returned home after graduating from university I didn't have a calling but I did help out a lot in the Nursery and primary classes on a Sunday. I received my call to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on June 19th 2014, I left for the Missionary Training Centre on November 18th 2014 and am serving in the Massachusetts Boston Mission.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Sister Ciara O'Keeffe
we all know that at the end of our lives, we must die. after we die our bodies and our spirits are separated. our spirits go to the spirit world where we live with our loved ones and in a state of the desires of our hearts. for example if we have lived righteously then we will live in a state of happiness but if we have not lived according to the will of the lord then we will live in a state of misery. when the time is right, we will all have a chance to be resurrected (our spirits and our bodies will be reunited once more, never to be separated again). this is a gift given to everyone. we will then be judged according to our works and the desires of our hearts and placed in one of three kingdoms where we will live forever. Show more Show less

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

Sister Ciara O'Keeffe
The word Mormon comes from the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. It goes hand in hand with the bible. It was written by ancient prophets just like in the bible, at the same time as the ancient prophets in the bible but in the ancient America's. The Book of Mormon gives us more guidance on what we need to do to become more like Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is the keystone to our religion. however, our real name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints because we believe in Christ, he is the head of our church and we are striving each day to become more and more like him. Show more Show less