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Hi I'm Izzy

I'm a teenager who grew up in Massachusetts, but moved to Idaho. I run track and cross country at my school. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy running on my school track and cross country team and I play violin in my school orchestra. I also really enjoy reading, cooking and having fun with my family. When I was in eighth grade I moved from Boston to Idaho. Although things were really different at first I now love the town I live in.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have been raised in a Mormon family, and I love the gospel. I follow the gospel teachings because I know this church was created by God, through his prophets. I also have a testimony of His hand in my life through the church. This church is has become a huge part of who I am. It has taught me to be kind and to constantly look for ways to improve myself, while being grateful for what I have. I know where I'm going, how I got here and what I'm supposed to do here through the Plan of Salvation. Knowing this makes me feel of value, and helps me when I feel sad and ungrateful for what I have.

How I live my faith

When I lived in Massachusetts I was always trying to be an example to my peers. I didn't swear. I didn't date, I didn't go to stuff on Sundays. I also try to teach others what I believe in. Sometimes on some topics my friends would argue, but I always tried not to be offensive, or mean as I tried to explain our doctrine. In church I've served as counselors in many presidencies for young woman's classes. When I do that I help plan activities for my class to do every week on a mutual night. In Idaho it is a bit different because a big majority of my town is Mormon. I really enjoy having a lot of people and friends who share in my faith. But sometimes I also miss the diversity of Massachusetts and seeing other religions and cultures besides my own. In Idaho, with a temple so close I can often go there with my friends to do work for my ancestors. I have a lot of fun learning about my ancestors as I prepare their names for temple work. I love being able to find the names myself and have my friends help complete the baptisms.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mormons aren't required to serve a mission. It is ultimately their choice. Many enjoy serving missions because they love sharing the gospel. Boys are strongly encouraged to go at the age of 18 . Likewise girls are able to serve when they are 19. Girls are encouraged to go, but unlike boys they aren't as strongly encouraged to serve. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Just like in other churches, we believe baptism is necessary for salvation. In our temples, youth and church members perform proxy baptisms so that those who haven't gotten baptized have the opportunity to be baptized. We believe that they can either accept this ordinance for themselves, or choose to reject it in the spirit world. For example my grandfather recently died as a nonmember. Two years after he passed away my brother had the opportunity to do his temple baptisma. Basically, he was baptized in my grandpa's place. Now that my grandpa's baptism is done, my grandpa can either accept or reject the ordinances we have done for him. Show more Show less