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Hi I'm Claudia

Hi! I love being a Mormon. My parents taught my family the gospel of Jesus Christ through their actions and words.

About Me

I was a shy child; when I was a missionary in Spain, I understood why. Some learned the language with ease while others struggled. On reflection, I realized that learning my own first language was not easy. Today I still struggle with Spanish believing that it will one day come together as did English. Because of these experiences, I have an interest in learning disabilities. I studied nursing. Psychology was interesting, but dangerous. It is easy to blame others, but that doesn't solve your problems. Forgiveness counts for much. The joys of being a parent were a pleasant surprise. Reid Benson gave a talk that inspired me to homeschool my children at least part of their school years. Through my association with homeschoolers I discovered the writings of creation scientist--people who believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old. I admire their courage, for they are scoffed at by many, but their views are supported by scientific facts not taught in public school. I have come to appreciate the Word of Wisdom and the value of eating vegetables. They contribute to health more than I realized, and cannot be replaced by pills. Piano is a late-found joy, appreciated all the more by recovering from a lengthy hand injury.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the good fortune to be born into a Latter-day Saint family. I love them with all my heart. I learned of modern-day prophets, modern revelation, eternal families, and a hope of living with God our Father and all our loved ones once again through, and only through, Jesus Christ. When I was in the ninth grade, I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and prayed to know whether it was true. The Scriptures tell us that the Holy Ghost speaks to us in a still, small voice, and I found this to be true. I had to work very hard and over the course of many months to get an answer as to whether this book was true or not; it was as if I was trying to find a very weak radio signal when things were not so quiet around me. But find it I did, and once a person finds that radio signal, it becomes easier and easier the next times. One knows what to look for. Learning how God speaks to me individually has been one of the greatest blessing in my life. And I know that anyone who diligently searches Him through sincere prayer will find Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being myself and being true to myself. I long ago learned that I cannot please everyone, but I can be respectful and kind to everyone. I do fall short of that goal, but I do my best to keep my vision on the standard: Jesus Christ. A song in the Children's Songbook comes close to how I feel: "I'm Trying to Be like Jesus" by Janice Kapp Perry. It says, "I'm trying to be like Jesus; I'm following in his ways. I'm trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say. At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice. But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers, 'Love one another as Jesus loves you. Try to show kindness in all that you do. Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought, For these are the things Jesus taught.'"

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

Visitors are welcome at Sacrament meeting. Years ago, I had a coworker who was convinced that people could not visit our meetings. I told her she confused our regular meetings with Temple worship for which one must have a Temple recommend to attend. I wondered if others might also be confused and wrote the church headquarters that it would be a good idea to post times of meetings with the notation that visitors are welcome. They thought it was too complicated to post meeting times, but not long afterwards I noted happily that the words "Visitors Welcome" began appearing on all the regular meeting houses. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

The Book of Mormon makes it clear as to why we need a Savior. This books teaches that no unclean thing can enter into the Kingdom of God. Therefore, because we all fall short, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God without His cleansing. Jesus is the only one who can make us clean. No one else even makes that claim. And what would happen to us without the resurrection which is a gift to all through Jesus? Again, the Book of Mormon gives the answer. We would be in the power of the Devil and would become as devils ourselves. The Book of Mormon is great because it tells us of the serious predicament we are in without Jesus. But it also gives hope and points out what we must do to receive the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ in this life and in the resurrection. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that one's family can be together forever in the presence of God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mormons do not have a paid clergy because it is an honor to serve God. How do we pay Him back for His blessings to us? The Book of Mormon teaches that when we are in the service of our fellow man, we are in the service of our God. We have other jobs and careers for which we accept money, but we are rewarded spiritually for our service to God, not by receiving money. We are rewarded with love, happiness, improved talents, and friendships,-- to name a few of the fruits of our labors. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Mormons believe that this earth life is just a small moment in our total lives. We lived before we came here as spirit children of our Heavenly Father. We are here to receive a body to clothe our spirits and to prove our loyalty to God. In the resurrection there are different degrees of glory. We will be resurrected and reunited to a perfect body, never to die again. In the top glory, we can live with Father in Heaven, Jesus, and with our eternal families. Show more Show less