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Hi I'm Cammie

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, high school teacher, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother first and foremost. I raised five children and now enjoy my 14 grandchildren. I went back to school and graduated college after my children were more grown and now enjoy about 170 "children" in my classes at the high school where I teach. Education is important in our family. My oldest daughter and I are working on Master Degrees. Three of my children are working on Bachelor's Degrees. Six of my grandchildren are just starting their education. I am also the assistant drama coach at our high school where many of my children, grandchildren, and my husband and I have performed. We love the theater, movies, and reading books aloud to one another.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 14 years old. My best friend and I were searching for truth. We visited many churches over a period of about a year. My dad was Baptist, my mother Methodist, my step-mother Lutheran, and my best friend's family was Catholic. We visited these and more. They all had some wonderful pieces of truth. It was not, however, till I entered the LDS Church that I felt as if I had come home. I felt a peace and warmth envelope me there and I knew I had come home to a gospel with a fullness of truth, not just pieces of truth. The others felt fine, but I didn't feel that prompting, that I now know to be the Holy Ghost, until I walked into an LDS Sacrament Meeting. As I took the discussions I found I was listening to truths I had always know, but didn't know I had know or didn't remember. I later learned that I had existed before in a Spirit World with my Heavenly Father. This is where I had heard the truths before. So, when I heard them in Illinois, through young missionaries, I recognized the teachings I had once known. The Holy Ghost again, helped me feel that gentle peace that testified to me the church was true. Receiving the gospel was the greatest gift I have ever been given. My baptism opened up doors to my eternal blessings yet to come. I learned that this church has authority directly from Jesus Christ to baptize. Because of that real authority we can receive blessing and make covenants necessary to return to our Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

At church, I work with children ages 3-11 and love the young children. I have worked with the young women ages 12-18 for many years. I have also worked with the grown women. Right now, however, working with the small children brings me joy. These little daughters and sons of our Heavenly Father are so innocent and pure, I really learn from them and the leaders that teach them. I currently work in an advisory position where I visit different church units and help the leaders prepare to be good teachers. It is wonderful to travel around and watch as these leaders serve the small children in such loving and creative ways. I truly learn more from them than they do from me. It is a great blessing that brings joy to my life. Matthew 18:3 teaches we need to learn of them and become innocent again when he says, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall nt enter into the kingdom of heaven." It is a GREAT place to be!

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Cammie
The Bible teaches about baptism for the dead in 1 Corinthians 15:29. It says, "Else what shall they do which are baptized fro the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are then then baptized for the dead?" Since I am a convert to the church and my family and ancestors are not members, baptism for the dead is a very important truth to me. My ancestors had never heard of the church and the fullness of the gospel. They didn't have the chance to hear its teachings while on this Earth. That wouldn't be fair if they then didn't have a chance to live with Heavenly Father again because they didn't hear about it in this life. However, a loving Heavenly Father has taken care of that. A proxy (or living person today, like me) can be baptized for them. Since we go on after this life, my ancestors can be taught the gospel in the next life, and then make the choice for themselves if they believe the truths that are taught to them. They can either accept the baptism that I perform for them, or not. This is a comfort to me to know that I can offer them an opportunity for eternal life even after they have passed on. It testifies to me that our Heavenly Father loves all of us regardless of where we were born or what time we lived in. Show more Show less