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Hi I'm Claudia Loayza

I was born into a broken home, but raised by a stalwart mother who taught me that faith always endures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a freshman in college, currently loving to learn new things about the world around me. I have a passion for the health sciences and my Latino culture. I was born into a complicated family sphere and lived blindly to my mother's suffering due to abuse sparked by domestic rage. Because of my mother's tender heart, she suppressed her suffering so that I would not have to harbor it. Even after my mother left the abusive situation and she happily remarried, the depth of my hurt for her seemed endless, but with the empowering hope and healing of Christ's Atonement and his Gospel; I realized that faith and forgiveness was our saving grace. My mother's Christ-like example also set a course of goodness within my family. I look to the Lord and to her for help. My experiences have helped me understand that forgiveness and resolution is not earned, but freely given out of divine emulation. Because of this I came to embrace the fact that life is meant to be lived to the fullest, not wasted through rancor or grudge. I am heavily involved in community/church involvement, family, cultural awareness, work, and I enjoy pizza on a Friday night. In essence, I strive to live what I believe.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is my rock in all instances. I have had spiritual experiences in and outside of a chapel because of the all-surrounding influence of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt what I could not explain and happiness that cannot be contained. Being a Mormon has only benefited me and taught me good. The whole message of Mormonism is to come unto Christ and become like He is, which is tender-hearted, forgiving, benevolent, and committed. I have a sure testimony that God and Christ live to this day and continue to speak to us through modern-day prophets and revelation. Christ alone atoned for the sins of all human beings and because of Him I am able to love deeply, live holier, forgive freely, and serve with all my "heart, mind, and strength" (Doctrine and Covenants 4:2).

How I live my faith

I live my faith by committing myself to choose the right. Some may say Mormons have too many rules and that it is restricting. However, I believe that upholding such standards sets me free. I am free from any addictions, distractions, or sins that slow me down and cause me pain. Having witnessed and experienced how it is to live without faithful adherence to God's commandments, I know that living without them robs you from peace of conscience and vital soberness. I am by no means perfect and am so grateful for a loving and merciful Heavenly Father that is full of second chances. Because of this I strive to perform my best at everything I do. In my community I live my faith by actively serving in elementary schools as a literacy tutor, working at a pizza joint with integrity, strive to uplift my friends and other youth around me through sincere conversation, and serve in school and church leadership roles where I am able to make a positive difference and reflect my Saviors disposition.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Claudia Loayza
Welfare services are to facilitate self-reliance and stability. Having been on the receiving-end of these services; I believe there is no greater program that awakens a sense of industry and humility. These services provide food, medical supplies, clothing, and many other amenities, but all contribute to the cause of lifting someone up, getting them back on their feet, encouraging them to build initiative and then passing it on. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Claudia Loayza
A "testimony" in a general sense is progressive belief. This belief is driven by faith, which is developed through a complete trust in God's revealed truths. Members of the LDS church base their testimony on the fact that God loves unconditionally, Christ is the Savior of the world, Joseph Smith restored Christ's gospel in the latter days, and that God continues to speak to us today through modern prophets and personal revelation. This belief is wrought through fervent prayer, obedience, and an earnest desire to know the divine truth for oneself. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Claudia Loayza
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is an event, concept, and enabling remedy. It consists of Christ suffering for the sins of the world in the intent to make forgiveness possible. Because He suffered in Gethsemane and died on the cross, we do not have to suffer such agony. Instead, we are able to correct our mistakes through the repentance process and be forgiven through them because of the Atonement. Christ's selfless and loving act does not only cover sin, but it also provides comfort and resolution because He not only suffered for our misdeeds but He felt every kind of pain imaginable that we would have to go through in this life. He understands our pain and knows how to succor to our needs because He has felt the agony of our trials before we have. Jesus Christ is the only one who could have endured this weight and purpose. To appreciate and reap the blessings of His sacrifice we must have faith in its healing power, fully repent of our sins, and establish a constant pattern of obedience. The Atonement was necessary for our salvation. Without Christ we would be lost. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Claudia Loayza
Members are called to certain callings by church leaders that decide on these appointments through divine guidance. Church leadership and appointments are not monetarily reimbursed because rather than seek material recompense, we do as Christ would do and give, support, and provide without worldly reward. We perform these duties for member's and non-members,or those who stand in need, out of love and a desire to follow God's will. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Claudia Loayza
We believe that families can be eternal and because of this we strive to form strong ties and grow as individuals not only because they are the first people we see when we wake up and retire to bed, but are potentially the people we will spend eternity with. The family is vital to God's plan of happiness because it unifies us as individuals, provides opportunities to abandon selfish desires, increases service-mindedness, and nurtures love and patience. In addition, it helps us emulate God's divinity as our father, giving us the chance to become parents in a likeness of Him. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Claudia Loayza
Each prophet is chosen through divine guidance from the head of the church, being Jesus Christ himself. After a church president passes away, the senior apostle of the twelve becomes president. There are no political campaigns in the appointment of a prophet because in the gospel of Jesus Christ, roles are delegated through divine appointment and purpose. After a President of the Church is placed, they select worthy counselors to help direct the church. These men are literally the mouthpieces of the Lord and are living proof that He continues to speak to us in these post-biblical times. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Claudia Loayza
Our bodies are precious gifts from God and we believe we should treat them as such by not indulging in harmful substances or other specific items God has spoken against the use of. These substances are: tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. By following this commandment we are able to maintain a better physical state and practice obedience. In addition, adherence to the Word of Wisdom helps us establish a sense of defiance against addictive habits and the repercussions attached to such addictions, which can potentially ruin lives, relationships, and health. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Claudia Loayza
Gordon B. Hinckley (the 15th prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) once said concerning the women of the church; " People wonder what we do for our women...We get out of their way and look with wonder at what they are accomplishing". This statement by a prophet of God sufficiently captures the Church's family centered focus, neither male nor female centered focus. Men and women hold different roles but of equal importance. Both gender's contribute to church functions, ordinance keeping, and family vitality. In the LDS church, we work together to build up the kingdom of God, saying that we strive to build other's by bringing them to the happiness and reconciliation that Christ's Atonement brings and the sense of community associated with the church. I have never felt discriminated against as a female member of the Church. I have held callings in youth programs, served in presidencies, planned events, lifted heavy boxes, broken sweat, been encouraged to pursue a career and formal schooling, and served all manner of people. Mormons most definitely believe in equality of men and women. We may not hold or participate in the same roles, but we regard both of our roles as vital to holistic progression and assimilate unified goals as a whole. Show more Show less