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Hi I'm Kelsey Cox

"Is this heaven? No! It's Iowa!" Missionary in the IDMM!

About Me

Missionary in the Iowa Des Moines mission! I love to love others. My family is the most important thing to me, I love doing anything with them! Traveling, boating and listening to country music all day everyday!

Why I am a Mormon

I love this gospel and I always have. It gives me a sense of belonging in this world and lets me know that I have a purpose. Yes, there are times that I feel insignificant but I know of the love that Heavenly Father has for me and it reminds me that I chose His plan and He is there to help me through the entire process. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son. I know that He is there to listen to us when we need Him the most and even when we think we don't. As I prepare to go and serve Him for a year and a half, I realize that there is so much of this important work to be done. I want all to feel the happiness I do being a part of this restored gospel and receive the blessings that come from it. I know that this is Christ's church restored again on the earth today and we are all here to be tested and Heavenly Father wants us to turn to Him in those times and show our faith. I know that as we do that, we will be blessed and be able to see His hand in our lives. I am so grateful for my knowledge of this gospel and the ways it has blessed me and the lives of those around me.

How I live my faith

This Gospel isn't just good information, it is guidelines for a full and happy life. When I strive to follow after Jesus Christ I am able to be truly happy. My knowledge of Him and His sacrifice for me helps me to know that I have a "safety net" for those times that I may fall. That makes it easier for me to go about my day to day life, knowing that I'm not alone!

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Kelsey Cox
I have some family members who are not members of the church and they wonder the same thing. The simplest answer I can and do give them is a baptism is one of the saving ordinances that need to be preformed for all. There have been those that have passed on before us that were not baptized so while they are in the spirit world, we, down here on earth give them the option of accepting the work that we do for them, but that is only if they choose. They are taught in the spirit world of the Gospel and if they want to be a part of this great plan and want salvation, we give them the option of accepting the proxy work. For members, these proxy baptisms are rewarding. We are able to hear the names of those we do the work for and serve them. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Kelsey Cox
As missionaries, we pay to be one. We pay monthly to be on our missions. A lot of us save our money in order to go on a mission. Some, have their parents or grandparents pay for their missions and some also have others that want to contribute to their funds. We want to spread the gospel and give others the knowledge and happiness that comes along with the gospel and the knowledge of eternal life and for us, it is worth the money. I love being a missionary and I know the other 88,000 of us would agree that it is worth it! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Kelsey Cox
This is a great question and definitely one that I think a lot of people wonder about. The plan that our Heavenly Father has given us explains this question and can give a lot of comfort and peace to someone who has lost a loved one or may just simply be worried about death. After we die, our physical body will stay here on Earth and our spirits will go to a place called the "spirit world". There are many people who didn't have the chance to even hear the name Jesus Christ while here on Earth, so because we have a Father in Heaven who loves us perfectly, He gives us a chance to do so and to learn about His church. Eventually, we believe that Christ will come to the Earth again (commonly referred to as the Second Coming) and when He does, our bodies and our spirits will be eternally and perfectly reunited. Death is not the end, it is the beginning of eternity. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Kelsey Cox
We pay that 10% as an act of faith. God doesn't need our money, He needs us to come back to Him. We are able to do that by having the faith necessary to do so and by following all of His commandments. He knew from the beginning that Satan was going to make money the most wanted thing to the natural man, so for us to give up 10% of it, definitely takes some faith. Simply stated: we pay tithing to show our devotion, faith and love to God. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kelsey Cox
The authority to baptize is such an important element in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That authority is called the Priesthood, or the authority of God given to man for the salvation of His children. When Christ was baptized, He walked nearly 60 miles to John the Baptist to be baptized because He knew that he held the proper authority. We follow after Christ and we are able to do that more fully by being baptized by that same, proper authority. We know as Latter-Day Saints that that same authority is back on the Earth. What a blessing! The same authority that Christ and His apostles held is back on the Earth. We are very fortunate to live during this time when we have the authority to baptize and perform other ordinances, or promises, while we are here. Show more Show less