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Hi I'm Effie

I grew up in Utah and have lived in various states since. I am a wife, mother, dance teacher, and photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a stay at home mother and wife. I work part time building up a photography business and would love to get back into teaching dance some day. I love to be outside and enjoy playing games with my family. I am always on the go and probably often moving too fast for my own good, but I love to be busy and productive. My children are the center of my universe right now and I adore them. I am also looking forward to a time when I am not needed so much at home so that I can get more involved with the community.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first because I was born into the church. But my true conversion did not happen until I went away for college. I decided it was time to figure out if I was a member because it was something I truly believed in or if it was just my culture. I decided that in order to find out, I would have to be doing all of the things that I had been advised by the prophets and the scriptures to do. So I devoted all of my spare time to reading, studying, praying, temple attendance, etc. By the time I finished the Book of Mormon and knelt down to pray I quickly received the answer "you already know." I have never felt such peace and security in my life as I did during that year. Now that I am married, a mother, and trying to figure out how to run a business I cannot devote all of my free time to studying the gospel. But that feeling of peace and certainty has never left me. I have come across many bumps along the way with my testimony. My mind is constantly full of questions. I love to read various books written by general authorities and LDS scholars. I have found answers to so many questions and that gives me hope for the questions that still linger. I know that with time I will gain a full knowledge and understanding of the gospel. It is exciting to find and pray about the pieces of answers that I discover on my path. This gospel brings peace and light into my life. It gives me a good direction and a solid path that I know will lead me to my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for the perspective it brings and for the opportunities for personal revelation and a personal connection to my Heavenly Father. I know that I am a better person when I am focused on gospel principles.

How I live my faith

I attend church weekly and always look forward to stake and general conferences. I have held many different callings in the church. And am involved in many ward projects and activities. Currently I am a Ward Missionary and a Relief Society Committee Member. My favorite callings that I have held have been any time that I worked with the youth. Although time consuming, it is so amazing to see the youth and hear their testimonies every week. They are a great example to me and I love to see when they are truly thinking about a topic and feeling it in their hearts. I love to hear their questions and see the light in their eyes when they've received their answers.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism for Mormons does not happen until a child is 8 years old. We believe that the choice of Adam and Eve to leave the garden of Eden was not a sin, but a wonderful choice made in order to allow us all the opportunity to live on Earth. Because of this, we do not believe the children are born in sin. They do not reach an age of accountability until they are 8 years old. We also believe that those who are unable to understand the difference between right and wrong as adults are not in need of being baptized. I had a child struggle to hold onto life for several weeks after she was born. Although it was extremely difficult to watch, I knew that if she died she would be sent straight back to Heaven. I am so grateful for that knowledge. Heavenly Father loves children and asks us to be more like them. They are beautiful souls. The ordinance of baptism has to be performed on the Earth by someone who has the authority of the Priesthood. Baptism by immersion symbolizes the burial and resurrection of the body. Just as we are buried completely under the ground and then resurrected, we are immersed completely in the water and then reborn clean through baptism. Baptism is a commitment we make with our Heavenly Father to keep his name with us and to always remember Him. We become representatives of Him and should always live our lives as He wants us to live them. Show more Show less