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Hi I'm Teal

The greatest motivation for me in my life is trying to be like my Savior Jesus Christ. He inspires my adventures & directs my way.

About Me

I have had the opportunity to grow up all over the place by constantly moving around within California and Florida! I say I'm from Florida though because I love warm weather and the beach. My parents homeschooled my siblings and I until we reached college. Family is the most important thing to me, and the relationships we develop with others. I think the best way to get to know others and live life is by having adventurous trips and experiences. Music festivals, natural wonders and road trips (any travel) are my favorite things.

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 direction here. This church is the church of Jesus Christ, organized how He has desired it to be. Being a mormon 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

I was blessed to serve as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints in the Philippines Cavite mission. As a missionary, I learned how to really sacrifice and serve. I live my faith the best way I can-which is to sacrifice and serve. I try to live up to the standards that I've set for myself by using uplifting language and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to those around 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