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Hi I'm Mandie

I'm a student, a musician, and an enormous nerd. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a third year college student, studying Music Education, with an emphasis in choir. I love singing, playing the piano, reading books (especially Harry Potter, can I hear an amen?), watching TV (especially BBC, another amen?), playing hide and go seek, attending operas and plays, telling jokes, travelling, and spending time with my family and friends. I love eating at Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings. I am single, with a great job at my university, and wonderful friends. I have two brothers and a sister. And a brother-in-law; he counts too. I love cats. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them. I also am a lover of apple cider, volleyball, and corn mazes.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because there is no other answer for me. I've studied and listened and thought about other faiths, and even the possibility that there is no God. All other answers don't feel right. Although I was raised in an LDS family, my parents always encouraged us to ask questions and find out for ourselves. I truly have. The gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gives me hope and joy. Because of my faith, I know that I can see my loved ones again, and I know that I can return to my heavenly home in glory. I know that salvation is available to anyone who seeks it. The feelings I get as I attend the temple, or attend my church meetings, or help those in need, or sing hymns of praise unto my Savior, or follow Christ's example are second to none. It's simple, and it's true. And that's my only answer.

How I live my faith

I am currently the church choir director. I'm having a lot of fun planning our Christmas program right now. I also visit teach a few girls in my area, and am involved in charity work and activities planned by my ward. I try to show kindness to everyone I meet, and to share the light of Christ with them. Being friendly and smiling never hurts anyone! If I can make someone smile, or even brighten their day a tiny bit, I feel like I am doing what God needs me to do. I try to attend the temple as often as I can, and I love the feelings I get as I do such wonderful and necessary work. I attend church every week, and help out where I can! I love teaching and the wonderful spirit I feel when I profess truths of the gospel!

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Mandie
Our bodies are wonderful gifts from Heavenly Father and because of this, should be respected. We believe that men and women are created in the image of God, and this makes them sacred. That means that we cover out bodies appropriately, and wait for marriage to engage in physical intimacy. Because our bodies are sacred, our actions should be sacred too. That is why we believe in refraining from bad language. Following these suggestions also keep our bodies pure and clean, which makes it easier to feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Parents can teach their children to have respect for their bodies in this way through words and through example. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Mandie
Our technical name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, because we believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, along with the Bible, we are often referred to as Mormons. It is important to remember that we do not worship Mormon, however. We are followers of Jesus Christ, and we accept him as the Son of God and the Savior of the world, hence our full title including His name. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Mandie
A church is a dedicated place, and is reserved for study, prayer, learning, and partaking of the sacrament. Anyone can enter a church; members and nonmembers. A temple, on the other hand, is literally the house of God. In the temple, Mormons perform sacred ordinances. It is so sacred that attendance is limited to members who live and keep God's commandments and are worthy. Anyone can become worthy to enter the temple, through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mandie
We typically have around three hours of church, separated into three meetings. The most important meeting is Sacrament Meeting, because that is when we partake of the sacrament and renew our covenants with God. In Sacrament Meeting, we sing hymns from our hymnals, say prayers, partake of the sacrament, and have around two to three speakers assigned from the congregation. Sunday School meetings are for people 12 and older, and are separated into age groups, and typically last an hour. Primary is for children 3-11, and nursery for any children younger than that, excluding infants. Young Women's is for girls 12-17, and Relief Society for women older than that. Priesthood is similar, but for men. Anyone is invited to attend our meetings. I always love seeing visitors! There is no pressure to participate in the sacrament, and we do not ask for donations, so don't be worried about that. Find an LDS church near you, and find out more! Show more Show less