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Hi I'm Claudia

I'm a mom to special needs kids. I love emergency medicine. I have Lou Gehrig's Disease. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas but I've lived in southern Maine, Florida and Indiana. I love to read (and I get free books for reviewing them on a blog!). I'm studious and love emergency medicine and aviation. I've been a firefighter and paramedic, both volunteer and professional. I'm a registered nurse. My last job was on a medevac helicopter. I'm a single mom and I've got three kids with diagnoses on the autism spectrum. I'm an advocate for people with special needs. In 2005, I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). My disease is slow-progressing and I have surpassed the typical 3-5 year prognosis. I miss being able to help people when they are in a medical crisis, but I try to find other ways to serve others now that I am in a wheelchair. I am a trained storm spotter and enjoy learning about severe weather. I've home schooled all three of my children. I love hanging out with my son who's still at home, watching him grow and learn to be a young man who loves God and others.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child my family didn't go to church together, although I did go without my parents because of the local Baptist church bus ministry. I was baptized in the Baptist church and attended many different denominations (Episcopal, Baptist, Catholic, Church of God, Church of Christ, Advent Christian Church, Presbyterian, Methodist, non-denominational evangelical). I found wonderful people who loved God in all of these, but there was always something not-quite-right in the way I felt. Sometimes I was uncomfortable with rituals or practices, sometimes I didn't fit in socially/economically, sometimes the people were nice but the preaching was lacking, sometimes the preaching was anointed but became stale over time. I was always searching. In the LDS church I've found answers to life's fundamental questions (Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?). I've found a group of people who are diverse, who come together not based on common social status but based on a common desire to love and serve others as Christ did. I have been especially impressed by the Church's emphasis on service to others without judgment. The LDS Church just felt like 'coming home' to me. I've met new friends who feel like I've known them forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to help others whenever I see an opportunity. Jesus loved people and I hope that I can learn to love like He did. I have been able to humble myself before the Lord realizing that judgement is for Him alone to perform. My job is to simply LOVE. The lyrics to the song "Lord, I Would Follow Thee" sum up how I want to live my faith: Savior, may I learn to love thee, Walk the path that thou hast shown, Pause to help and lift another, Finding strength beyond my own. Savior, may I learn to love thee- Lord, I would follow thee. Who am I to judge another When I walk imperfectly? In the quiet heart is hidden Sorrow that the eye can't see. Who am I to judge another? Lord, I would follow thee. I would be my brother's keeper; I would learn the healer's art. To the wounded and the weary I would show a gentle heart. I would be my brother's keeper- Lord, I would follow thee. Savior, may I love my brother As I know thou lovest me, Find in thee my strength, my beacon, For thy servant I would be. Savior, may I love my brother- Lord, I would follow thee. Text: Susan Evans McCloud

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Claudia
Some people call Mormonism a cult because they are confused. They focus on differences between Mormons and other Christians rather than similarities. Mormons believe that Jesus is the Christ. He is the only begotten Son of God and that He is the Savior of the world through his infinite Atonement. We believe in God the Father and in the Holy Spirit. We don't worship Joseph Smith. We revere him because it was through him that the fullness of the gospel was restored, but he was, like Moses, a sometimes-reluctant vessel through which the Lord shared truths with His people. We worship God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Ghost -- the godhead. If you're reading this, chances are you're at least willing to consider what the facts are regarding the LDS Church by coming to the Church website. Thank you for your intellectual honesty. It is wise to always go to the source for information and to look at facts, not hearsay. While you read the facts and answers to questions on this website, pray that you would be able to put aside any preconceived notions and biases and look for similarities between other Christians and the Mormon Church. There is much that is the same. I am a convert and I can see how many answers are found in the Book of Mormon and how many fundamental principles are reinforced and clarified. I challenge you to read Moroni in the Book of Mormon and pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. Listen to the talks online. Find out how much God loves you! Show more Show less