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Hi I'm Chris McDonald

I grew up in Vermont, a New England girl with Colonial roots. I have ten children and 35 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a stay-at-home mom and now grandma for the last 42 years since our first of 10 children was born. I have loved being involved in PTA and all of our kids' activities, including sports, music and drama. I love to sew, so I've made many costumes for school and community productions. Now we're enjoying the activities of our grandchildren and trying to keep up with them! One of my favorite things to do is researching my family history. I have traced ancestors back to the earliest settlers in America as well as others who came from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Germany and the Netherlands. It's so much easier to find them now with internet resources and so exciting to find information about their lives and challenges they faced. We have enjoyed making ancestor versions of games our grandchildren enjoy playing, so we can help them learn about their roots. We love to search cemeteries for our ancestor's graves. We like to travel to places our ancestors lived and just feel the spirit of their lives there. I am so grateful for all they did to make my life possible!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 years old missionaries began coming to our home, having been referred by an old friend of my parents and then by the lady they bought eggs from. I learned about Utah and BYU and determined that I wanted to go there before I understood the real message that the missionaries brought. When I finally began reading pamphlets they gave us and The Book of Mormon, it all felt true to me. Why wouldn't God speak to man now? Did he stop caring about mankind when the original apostles died? It seemed that we need a living prophet more now than ever. Everything I read made sense to me and helped me understand God more than I ever had. I was told that I needed to pray to know if it was true, so even though I already felt that it was true, I did pray to know. I felt the words come to me, "you know that it is." Not only did I get an answer, but it was an answer that told me that God knew me! That was 47 years ago. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the true gospel of Jesus Christ and I love it! My life, though not without challenges, has been wonderful and fulfilling as I have tried to keep the commandments and serve in this church. I love The Book of Mormon and receive strength and understanding every time I read it. I am so thankful for every experience I have had as a member of this church.

How I live my faith

I have been teaching 3 and 4 year-old children at Church the last 2 years. I love them! There is nothing like seeing their faces light up when they see me and getting their sweet hugs. I have had many opportunities to serve in our Church and I have loved them all. As women we get to be visiting teachers, going out each month to visit and help each other. I have made wonderful friends through this. I also have had opportunities to teach at church and serve the women in our ward and their families. I served many years with the young women in our ward and stake, and especially loved helping with yearly girl's camps and youth conferences. I was a cub scout den leader and committee chairman for years, before during and after our five boys were cub scouts. For nearly six years we have been serving as ordinance workers at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. It is wonderful to feel the peace of the temple every week and help others who come there for weddings and special ordinances for themselves and for their ancestors.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Chris McDonald
The Word of Wisdom comes from Latter-Day scripture given to Joseph Smith in 1833. We are taught that our body is a sacred gift from God. Long before the ill effects of tobacco and alcohol were known to the scientific world, God told us to avoid them. Coffee and tea are also to be avoided. The Word of Wisdom gives us counsel about eating good foods and seeking balance in our lives. It teaches the spiritual benefits of taking care of the great gift of a physical body. Although not every substance toxic to our bodies is listed in The Word of Wisdom, we seek to obey the spirit of it by avoiding drugs and any other substance that would be addictive or harmful to the body. I have seen great benefits by keeping this commandment in my life. Being physically healthier is really only one of the blessings that come from the Word of Wisdom. It's a great blessing to have a clear mind, not controlled by addictions. This makes it more possible to feel the spirit in my life. It feels good to keep the Word of Wisdom! It truly is wisdom! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Chris McDonald
Because we love Jesus Christ and have made sacred covenants through baptism we seek to keep His commandments and avoid sin. We do our best to be faithful servants of God, but because we are human we will make mistakes in this life. We repent and we try to do better, but no matter how much we do, we are in need of a savior to make up the difference and satisfy the demands of justice. We cannot make up for our mistakes on our own. Jesus Christ is our mediator with our Father in Heaven. He will make up the difference through His atonement, but we must seek to do all we can to love Him and keep His commandments. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chris McDonald
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God and His son, Jesus Christ. We revere Joseph Smith as a prophet who was chosen to restore the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days. Joseph did all that he was asked to do with faith and courage in the face of severe persecution and imprisonment, ultimately giving his life for the work of our Father in Heaven. We are grateful for all that he did to establish and build the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We honor him as we honor Biblical prophets who gave their lives to proclaim Christ to the world. Perhaps we feel closer to Joseph Smith than a prophet from the Bible because he lived closer to our day. We can visit the places where he received heavenly visions, where he lived and where he died. He could have had a comfortable life without persecution, yet he gave all he had to do what God asked of him, so we could have it today. Show more Show less

What are Mormon temples used for?

Chris McDonald
Mormon temples are places of peace and reverence where worthy members go to learn more of God's plan for us, to make sacred covenants and participate in ordinances for themselves and departed loved ones and ancestors. We go there to be married for time and all eternity, not just until death parts us. We believe that life continues and we will be with our families again after death. We believe that those who have gone before us are waiting for ordinances to be performed in their behalf that will allow them to be together forever and dwell with God. In our temples families are bound together forever by holy priesthood ordinances which help us to live in accordance with those covenants and keep the commandments of God. The temple helps me be a better person, more committed to my family and to helping others. It helps me understand my purpose here and helps me make choices that will help me fulfill that purpose. The temple helps me understand death and life after death. It is no longer something to be feared! It is all a part of God's loving and wonderful plan for his children. There is no place on earth so heavenly as the celestial room of an LDS temple. There we can meditate and feel a peace that draws us closer to God. I love our temples and feel so good when I am there. They may be different in design, but all have that same spirit that comes from God. Show more Show less

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

Chris McDonald
When I first became a Mormon I was asked to teach a class of 5 year-olds about the Atonement. One of the boys said, 'It was so cool that Jesus sweat blood!" I didn't know that! I learned that in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross Jesus felt the pain of every sin and every trial that we may face in mortality. It was so agonizing that He bled from every pore. He did it so that he could succor and comfort us as we face these things and then, if we turn to Him and repent of our sins, he can remove them and be our mediator with the Father. There is nothing He wouldn't do for us. His perfect life, freely suffering and given for us, allows Him to meet the demands of justice for our sake, so that we do not need to suffer for the sins we have committed, if we repent and accept Him as our Savior. We must take His name upon us through baptism and receive the Holy Ghost. Then we need to keep His commandments and receive the ordinances of the Temple, always striving to be like Him, so that we may be with Him and our Father in Heaven again someday. Show more Show less