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Hi I'm Teal

I am a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm a Mormon. I KNOW it. I LIVE it. I LOVE it.

About Me

I am the oldest child of 2 converts of the Latter-day Saint Church. I have 3 younger siblings, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. I love reading, writing and adventuring with my friends and family. I was homeschooled grades K-12. My younger siblings are homeschooled as well. As a family, we like to visit old Civil War battlefields, museums, national parks and art shows. My family loves adventures! Because of my childhood, I have a deep interest and love for history, art, books and genealogy. My dream job is to become an author and photographer, but I would also like to get an Information Technology degree of some kind, with an emphasis in website design. I am currently preparing to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which I know will be a most marvelous adventure, greater than all others I have had thus far in my life. I am so excited to share what makes my life happy with my Heavenly Father's children!

Why I am a Mormon

The greatest joy, security and comfort for me comes from my membership in the church. Through this gospel I have found myself. I know who I am and I have found comfort and the purest of happiness. I have found support and love and friendship. I know that I have come to know my Savior, Jesus Christ, by following His gospel principles and commandments. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet and was inspired and instructed by the Lord to bring to pass this great work. I know that this is the one true and correct church and that this is the place where you will find answers to your questions, comfort and happiness. This church has made the biggest impact on my life and will continue to uplift me and help me in wonderful ways.

How I live my faith

My parents are coverts, but I was born into this church, which I consider one of the greatest blessings. I was not, however, born with a testimony. I had to gain my own testimony through LIVING the gospel of Jesus Christ, which I believe is only found in the LDS church. I live my faith by practicing it daily. For me, it's not just a Sunday event. It is a daily workout to live according to the commands of God, and follow in the footsteps of Christ. I believe that reading my scriptures everyday, speaking to my Father in Heaven consistently everyday through prayer and keeping the Holy Ghost as my constant companion makes my life better, more abundant and happy. I'm not perfect, and forget to read and pray sometimes, and when I don't do these things, I recognize a significant change in my daily life. This testifies of the truthfulness of the gospel to me.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Teal
I've often referred to my ward as my 'ward family'. A ward/branch is a local congregation of Latter Day Saints (Mormon's) who meet together on a weekly basis to worship God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. It is made up of men, woman and children and can consist of families, couples, or people who are single. It is as I said, like a 'ward family'. The gospel truly brings us together! A stake is a collection or grouping of these wards or branches. It is a sectioned off area with multiple wards or branches. Within any given state, province or country there are multiple stakes. Often times, there are stake activities, when the branches and wards have Youth dances, dinners, firesides (a talk given by a specially invited speaker, oftentimes inside a congregation hall, not around a fire) and other fun activities. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Teal
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We do, however, thoroughly respect him and love him as a prophet of the Lord. We worship God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Teal
No. We do not practice polygamy. A very long time ago, some of the early Saint's practiced this but it is no longer a current practice or law. There are break off churches that continue to do this but they are in no way connected to us. Show more Show less