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Hi I'm Teresa

I was born and raised in NC. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a North Carolina native, a mother of five, a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, a reader, a writer, a singer, an animal lover, and a lover of nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended many different churches including Methodist, Baptist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and even a non-denominational church. I was taught many wonderful things like to have faith, to pray, and that we are loved, but even as a child I knew that some part of the truth was missing. Whenever I asked a question, instead of being told to search the scriptures and pray about it, I was told I didn't need to know and that I should just "have faith". One of the main reasons I recognized this church as true is because I know God loves all of His children and those who die without a knowledge of Christ are not condemned to eternal misery because they, through not fault of their own, never had the opportunity to learn of Christ. I know that the New Testament speaks of baptisms for the dead and that God has said we cannot enter into His presence without baptism. So, how can a just and loving God provide a way for all of His children to have this ordinance if some die before having received it? This church has the answer. We can be baptized on someone's behalf to allow them the opportunity to have the same saving ordinances that we have had. When a person dies their spirit leaves their body and goes to the spirit world where they are taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and have the opportunity to accept or deny it. However, because they are spirits they can no longer be baptized for themselves, but we can help by being baptized by someone holding the proper authority on their behalf in the temple of God . I also know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that He has said no man can enter into His presence without baptism. It must be done and God has provided a way for all men to be partakers of that through our service. I know that this is true and it shows me how much our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us all to return to His presence and it does not take away from His laws but shows His tender mercy. I am thankful for the peace that the gospel gives.

How I live my faith

Our church is different than other churches because service is considered a duty and a way for us to become more Christ-like. Normal church positions like a Bishop, music director etc. do not get paid for their service. I have served in many different capacities over the years from music director, choir director, youth Sunday school teacher, a counselor in the presidency of the women's Relief Society organization, a children's Sunday school teacher, a Cub Scout leader and a substitute Boy Scout leader as well as many more. I love serving because through our different callings (what we are asked to do) we grow spiritually and our love for others grows. I also seek opportunities to be of help. It is amazing the little things that one can do to lift someone's burden- smiling, holding the door open, praying for someone, and sometimes just talking or listening. I actively strive to be like my Savior by looking for ways to serve and love. That's how I live my faith.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

This is one of the reasons that I came to know that this church is true. Baptisms for the dead is spoken of in the New Testament of the Bible. It shows how much our Father In Heaven loves us. Because those who have died without a knowledge of the Savior and the saving ordinance of baptism no longer have a body, they can no more be physically baptized. God has said that no one can enter into His kingdom without this saving ordinance and so we perform baptism on behalf of those who have died without having that privilege in this life. We believe that the individual still has the right to accept or deny the work that has been done for them. Ultimately, they must use their agency to follow God and His Son Jesus Christ. We just allow them the opportunity they missed while they were alive which enables them to be obedient to God's commandment to be baptized and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less