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Hi I'm Corinne

I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am student at UNC Chapel Hill. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and was blessed to grow up loving other cultures and learning about other faiths. I love to sing, and I love to read, but I usually spend my free time with friends trying new things and going on "adventures." I was a part-time nanny and worked retail in high school. I'm now at UNC full time (the best place in the world) and I still work as a part-time nanny and in retail, but I'm also double majoring in Psychology and Romance Languages (Hispanic Linguistics). I was born into an LDS home and continue living my faith as a young adult.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ has given me a peace and joy that nothing else has. The things I have been taught about God's plan for our happiness rings true: families can and should be forever! The love we feel for those closest to us--it wouldn't make sense for that to end with death. It doesn't have to. I am a Mormon because I have felt the Atonement of Jesus Christ heal me and take away my sins. The Atonement covered all sins and heartaches, and I have learned that Jesus Christ is not only willing to save us from our sins, but is willing to help us along the path to return to Him, even though we aren't perfect, and even though we are bound to stray. I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon, and I prayed about it, and I received a witness of the Holy Ghost that it is indeed the word of God. Because I have had the Spirit burn truth in my own heart, I promise that you can know, as well. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the grace and power of God. He is a prophet. I am a Mormon because I cannot deny the miracles God has wrought on my behalf as a result of my choice to follow His Son.

How I live my faith

In the Church's women's organization, the phrase "Charity Never Faileth" is emphasized time and time again, so a large portion of how I live my faith is through accepting opportunities to reach beyond myself. Often in our Church we live our faith by serving. I have served as class president, counselor, and secretary in class presidencies from the time I was 12 years old, as well as performing various tasks and carrying out other responsibilities. I currently am responsible for spiritually uplifting a few women in my congregation with the help of a companion, which is called visiting teaching. This is a calling that I will have for the rest of my life. In addition, I am the Relief Society President of my Young Single Adult ward, which means I am responsible for giving aid to members and helping the women in my congregation come unto Christ. I live my faith by trying to share my love for Jesus Christ and His gospel. I rarely share a formal testimony with people I meet, but I try to be as loving and compassionate and wise as I know my Savior is, and that is how I remind myself who Christ is and hopefully show others who He is.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Corinne
Mormons don't have paid clergy because everything we do in the Church is considered to be service. We are asked to perform certain tasks and we are free to accept or decline the offer. If we accept, then we go to work and serve our Heavenly Father's children. My father was the Bishop of my congregation for 5 years. He still worked full time at the job that is the primary income for our family and spent time with us in his rare free time in addition to caring for the spiritual and temporal needs of anyone who came to him for help. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Corinne
Pray about it! God hears your prayers because you are His child. Pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost can testify to you if what you are learning is true. If you ask with a sincere heart, as I have done, you can know the answer and you can have an experience that will strengthen you for a long time to come. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Corinne
Our temples are the most sacred places on Earth. They are the only places where families can be made eternal, and if you haven't picked up on this yet, Mormons are big on families. Temples are for everyone, but not everyone is ready at the same time, which is why it seems like only some, and specifically only some Mormons can go in. Because we believe it is so special, members who desire to enter the temple must live a life that reflects a desire to know God and become perfected in Him. The temple is a place of peace and reflection in addition to a place of very sacred promises between God and His children. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Corinne
For church, women usually dress in skirts or dresses and men will usually wear white shirts, suits, and ties. We celebrate most Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but do not participate in Lent. We also celebrate birthdays, national holidays, and in some areas days of significance to the Church, like Pioneer Day. Also, we are very family oriented, so children are present in most meetings, which is a little different from other faiths. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Corinne
A testimony is a declaration of what we know to be true regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Corinne
Mormon women do not hold the Priesthood because we were not called to do so. God has always designated certain of His children to bear this responsibility--in Biblical times one tribe was called to hold the Priesthood, today it is worthy males. In General Conference I heard that the gift of the Priesthood is so much more important than the individual bearing it; all members of the Church benefit from this gift, so it really doesn't matter who does or does not bear the keeping of it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Corinne
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, just like God, our Father, and Jesus Christ, His Son, but the Holy Ghost does not have a physical body like we do; He is a spirit, which gives Him the ability to dwell within us so He can comfort us and bear witness of truth. Have you ever felt a sudden warmth in your chest and tears come to your eyes when you hear something profound? That's the Holy Ghost speaking to you. Show more Show less