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Hi I'm Misty Bingham

I grew up in a one-stoplight town. I feel closest to God in the outdoors. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the daughter of faithful, hard-working parents, and the wife of a funny, forgiving, brilliant man. We have four children who have provided the deepest joy of my life and the most perplexing challenges as well. We have chosen six values to emphasize and reinforce in our daily family life: faith, charity, humility, integrity, virtue, and responsibility. When we are together we like to play games, watch movies, or make s'mores in the backyard. When I'm alone, I want to be reading a novel, running outdoors, or treasure hunting at thrift stores. I have a college degree, but I have chosen not to work outside the home. I have experienced depression for much of my life and have a child with Type 1 Diabetes. I believe in being open and honest about personal struggles, accepting the help of others, and seeking professional and medical help even while relying on the power of prayer and Priesthood blessings. Because of my husband's medical training, we have moved several times and lived in diverse cultures and climates in the United States. I have learned to cherish friendships while they last, to live in the glory of each moment and not for what I desire to have someday, and to cling to family relationships which matter more than we realize until someone passes to the next life without us. I love mountains, forests, and oceans, and I feel close to God in those places. I'm so lucky to live in western Oregon now!

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed gradually since I was a small child. As a teenager I was focused mainly on living the standards of the church, which offered powerful protection from heartache. As an adult, I have had more doubts, I have asked more questions of God, and I have received answers to my questions. I know God has a Plan of Happiness, which is logical, simple, and comforting. Jesus Christ is my compass and my lighthouse, and I believe this is His church, restored from former times to illuminate a modern world of chaos.

How I live my faith

I try to listen closely when living prophets give specific counsel. I work side by side with my husband to teach our children what we believe will bring them joy. I accept assignments to serve in my church community, no matter how simple or challenging. (Currently, I am the secretary of my congregation's children's organization.) I support the missionaries in my area. I plan ways to serve my neighbors. I pray daily for God to put me in the path of someone to help and to tell me what my loved ones need most. I tell others I'm sorry when I've hurt them, and I repent daily. I'm grateful for Jesus Christ, my Savior, who makes that vital repentance a hopeful process.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Misty Bingham
We are commanded by God to be perfect as a prerequisite to inherit eternal life . We will inevitably make mistakes, which will disqualify us for eternal life. So then we must repent (stop the behavior, make amends), which invites the benefit of the Atonement of Jesus Christ into our lives. Without that precious gift, we wouldn't have a chance, but with it, we can become perfected in Christ. This is why He is our Savior. He saves us from sin; not in our sin or from the consequences of sin, but from sin through our repentance, an active sign of our acceptance of His Atonement. This is my understanding of the simple relationship of works and grace. We cannot be saved from the just results of our imperfection without the amazing mercy of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less