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Hi I'm Frances Irene Helsten

I'm a musician and a writer. I live in the beautiful city of Chicago! and I'm a Mormon :)

About Me

I'm a college student studying Biology at the University of Utah. I am currently on a mission to Chicago, Illinois. I'm from Orem, UT, and I've been a Mormon all my life. I love playing music! I play four instruments - Cello, Piano, Ukulele & Guitar, and I also love singing. I am half Puerto Rican, so spanish is my second language. I am the oldest of three girls. I love serving people, and I love to listen to history and life stories of those around me. I love meeting new people, and I love making people laugh!

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the Church all my life, but both my parents are converts. My dad became a member (and a missionary) when he was hit by a car at age 14, and my mother was baptized into the church when she was 13. Both my parents taught me to love everyone and that God truly can help us when we need help or knowledge in life. Growing up in the Church, especially in 'Happy Valley, Utah' was easy - until I started to attend the University of Utah. My faith was tested when I had the choice to either attend Institute or go to early lunch, or have coffee with my college friends. Being a Mormon in Utah might seem easy, but really, it's another test of faith - not everyone here is Mormon, or believes in God - but by seeking to do good and knowing that Heavenly Father is always going to be there for us and give us strength against temptation, it makes me feel wonderful that I'm part of a Church that just wants everyone to go back into His presence.

How I live my faith

I didn't always live my faith when I was growing up. I believed that I could go and do whatever I wanted, and for a while, that's what I did. As I was finishing my last few semesters of college, I was reminded of the values that my parents had always taught me, and I came to realize that I needed to change and start acting on my own faith, not on the faith of my parents. The biggest leap of faith I have taken so far is serving a mission. I know that as I excersize my faith, Heavenly Father will keep me spiritually strong enough to serve and teach others out here in Chicago. Faith, to me, is about action. You can say that you have the faith, but faith, without works, is dead, so I constantly keep trying to act on my faith, and to stretch the limits, so that God will bless me with opportunities to serve those around me.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Frances Irene Helsten
The Church loves service! We love helping all those around the world, regardless of their religion! Our humanitarian projects strengthen lives every day, and the missionaries go out and serve others, even if they're not even Christian! The Mormons love serving everyone! Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Frances Irene Helsten
Church is where we go every sunday to partake of the sacrament, and to pray and read the holy scriptures. All are invited to attend this weekly meeting. The Temple is held at a higher regard - they are Houses of the Lord, dedicated to do his work here on the Earth, and where we can perform sacred ordinances and become closer to him. Because of the sacredness of the Temple, only WORTHY members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can attend the temple. You can visit Temple Grounds and see the beauty that it holds, and all are welcome to Temple Open Houses - these are times when all are allowed to enter the temple and see its wonders before it is dedicated to the Lord. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Frances Irene Helsten
We believe The Bible to be the Word of God, and we hold it equal to The Book of Mormon. We testify that both are the Words of God, and that they are testaments to Jesus Christ and his teachings. The Book of Mormon stands and supports the Bible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Frances Irene Helsten
We don't worship Joseph Smith. Yes, we talk about him a lot, but we hold him in the highest respect. We believe in only one God, our Heavenly Father, and He is who we worship and praise. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Frances Irene Helsten
The Word of Wisdom is the commandment from God that we should keep our bodies healthy and free from substances that could destroy it. We as members strive to obey the Word of Wisdom by avoiding harmful things like tobacco and alcohol, and other addictive substances like coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. We also keep our language and thoughts as clean as possible - we always want to be clean in the sight of our Heavenly Father, who gave us our bodies as gifts. We are promised blessings when we follow this commandment. Plus, we live happier and healthier lives when we avoid things that could be physically, mentally, and spiritually damaging to us! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Frances Irene Helsten
There have been generations of people who didn't get the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lifetimes...it wouldn't make sense that God would only allow a few certain people into eternal happiness. Heavenly Father has asked us to perform baptisms for our ancestors so that they can have the choice to follow Jesus Christ and his true gospel. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Frances Irene Helsten
Just ask the missionaries...they can help! :) Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Frances Irene Helsten
We are Christians because we wear the name of Christ. We are Christians because we follow his teachings and commandments. We are Christians because we serve and worship Christ. So...we are Christians! :) Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Frances Irene Helsten
The Book of Mormon was written by many different prophets - each with his own stories and memories of his lifetime. And because it was written by prophets, who are called of God, we know that their words are true. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and his atonement - it truly is another witness of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Frances Irene Helsten
Members of the Church can tell you so much about how they found out for themselves if the church was true - and each one of them will give you the same answer: pray. Prayer is such a powerful tool! Because it is a two-way communication to your Father in Heaven, and that he has promised us that he WILL answer when we ask, we know that He will always tell us the truth. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Frances Irene Helsten
In the 1820's, the east coast was in a religious upheaval - there were so many churches contending with each other about who was right, and who wasn't. Many people were confused, and one such person was 14 year old Joseph Smith. He wrote that his family was divided between two different churches, and he wanted to know for himself which church to join. He wanted to know which church was true. In the springtime of 1820, he took up James' advice in the Bible - James 1:5, which reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." James was inviting anyone and everyone to pray to Heavenly Father for guidance, because Heavenly Father knows all things, and that when you pray to him, he will answer. So that's what Joseph did. He went to a quiet grove of trees near his home in New York, and he started to pray. All he wanted to know was the truth. And what happened next changed the world! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him, with Christ telling Joseph not to join any of the churches, because none of them had his true gospel. Joseph obeyed, and didn't join any church - and later was called to be the Prophet of the Latter-Days which was foretold in the Bible. The First Vision, which means the First Vision of this time, marked the beginning of the restoration of Christ's true and living church on the earth. Show more Show less