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Hi I'm Hope

I go to MIT. I like to knit. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, with 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters. When it came time to go to college, I wanted to go somewhere where I could have an adventure. So I came to Boston to go to school at MIT. I love Boston! I've met so many friends here and had lots of adventures! After my first year at MIT, I decided to go on a mission for the church. I went to Houston, Texas, and every day was an adventure there as well, meeting all kinds of different people and talking about the gospel. After my mission, I came back to Utah where I worked at my dad's company as a systems engineer. I got to work on exciting projects with fancy hardware, and I loved it! From that experience I knew that controlling automated hardware systems was my passion. So, I came back to MIT as a sophomore this year and finally knew what to major in: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Why I am a Mormon

I am an optimist and a lot of that comes from my faith. I like to believe the best in people, and I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, people can really change for the better. The atonement gives me hope and helps me overcome my own weaknesses. I also believe that we are meant to have joy in this life and that living here on earth is a way for us to become better. So really the reason I am a Mormon is because of how happy it makes me.

How I live my faith

It was hard for me when I first came to Boston to live so far away from my family. I felt lonely sometimes. I started going to the young adult congregation in Cambridge, and the people there were always so nice to me and invited me to activities throughout the week. They started to feel like my family. Now I my goal is to reach out to others who may feel alone like I did. It says in the Book of Mormon that "the church did meet together oft ... to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls." So that's how I try to live my faith, by going to church and getting to know others there. That's something I'm still working on because I sometimes feel shy, but I know it's important to reach out to others. I also try to read the scriptures and pray each day, and then listen for what God is telling me throughout the day. I used to think God would only talk to me at church, but then I realized that he cares about my whole life. Even my studies at MIT are important to him because that's how I'm trying to make a difference in the world. So really, everything I do is living my faith.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Hope
Anyone can come to our church meetings! Just find a chapel and walk right in. Most women wear dresses or skirts and shirts, and most men wear shirts and ties so you may want to wear something like that, but if you don't that isn't a problem either, you can still come to church. When the main service (called sacrament meeting) starts, everyone will sing a song from the books provided and then someone will give a prayer and the meeting will start. The first part of the meeting is the sacrament (like communion) - there will be prayers and bread and water will be passed around. You can take the sacrament if you want, or not, whatever helps you worship best. For those who are members of the church, it is a reminder of special promises we have made to God, so we usually think about those things while it's being passed. You should also take it as a time to think about God and reflect on your life. The second part of the meeting is listening as people give talks (like short sermons) to the congregation. After that, we sing and pray again. Don't worry if you don't understand everything that happens at church, and don't let that get in the way of your connection with God. Just treat this time you've set aside to go to church as a personal appointment with God and try to feel how God feels about you (hint: he loves you). Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Hope
There are many ways to find people to talk to about the church, if you don't already know someone who is a member. If you go to mormon.org you can find a church building near you. If you go there on Sunday, there will be many people there whom you can make friends with and talk to about the church. You can also request missionaries to come to your house and visit you personally. Missionaries are usually young men or women who spend their whole days talking to people about the gospel, so they are a great resource to you. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Hope
Grace is the mercy of God. If I make a mistake, I can't change it. I can try to fix what I broke, I can promise to never do it again, but I can't change the fact that I made that mistake. This is why we need God's grace. Every mistake has a price, and Jesus Christ has paid that price for every mistake we might make. Because of this, he can take away our mistakes (sins). Jesus Christ wants to take away our sins, but he can't force us to give them up. We have to choose to by going through the process of repentance. Repentance means feeling bad about what you did wrong, and trying to make it right and to never do it again. The purpose of repentance is not to pay the price for our sins (Jesus already did that) but to change ourselves and allow Jesus to heal us. This is how we rely on grace. Show more Show less