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Hi I'm Ellis Daugherty

Veganism, folk music, goats, FSU...I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I live in the humid, sunshine-y state of Florida. I am a freshman at Florida State University on a Pre-Dentistry track. I am so excited for the adventure known as college. In the future, I hope to become a pediatric dentist serving the families of our Airmen. Currently, I go to the YSA here and serve as the Assistant Ward Chorister. I love spending time reading the scriptures, watching movies, practicing conducting, and of course, studying! Preferably, this is done outside on a picnic blanket. I am also a huge animal lover and am vegan. :) So, if you couldn't guess, I like to cook a lot because campus food sucks for us vegetable people. I also love, love, love Irish folk music. Goats are my favorite animal. Also, I know sign language! My family is pretty awesome. We took our baptismal lessons together and I was baptized on 14 February 2015. My parents were baptized a month later! It was a great experience to be able to grow closer together to Christ as a family. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has only brought us closer together. I am so grateful for what the Gospel has done for my life and my only regret is not finding the truth sooner.

Why I am a Mormon

Before joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I was struggling to find my faith. I journeyed into many dark places just for the fun of it. My family originally went to the Episcopal church and then I started getting really interested in Paganism, specifically Druidism. After a devastating breakup, I felt lost. I felt unworthy and used. A friend of mine from elementary school had recently started talking to me again. He and I became close and he learned that I had started reading holy books such as the Bible, Quran, and Torah. I realized that my current "religion" was not offering any comfort. My best friend asked if I wanted a Book of Mormon and I eagerly accepted that wonderful blue book. In the coming months, I started reading the Book of Mormon. One Sunday, he invited my mom and I to church. We left the church smiling! We had never felt the Spirit so strong in a church...and everyone was so nice! The ward was so welcoming of us. It was easy to feel at home in the ward. A week or two later my family, including my hesitant father, met with the missionaries at my friend's house. That's where I met a wonderful sister missionary that I now call my big sister. Through the lessons I was given, I learned and now know with a burning passion that our Savior lives. He leads this church and President Monson is called of God to be our living Prophet. I know that Joseph Smith restored the Gospel and most importantly I know that I am a beautiful daughter of God. He knows me by name and His Son has atoned for our sins. This gospel has changed my life and I am so grateful for the missionaries and my friend for introducing my family to it. My testimony is the one thing that I know I can always lean on. His love is just overwhelming and I hope to teach others about His mercies and love for us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every single day by trying to serve others and remember the teachings of Jesus Christ. Praying really helps to keep my faith at the forefront of my mind. Every morning I roll out of bed and unto my knees. Throughout the day, I apply gospel teachings to my life and that helps me to stay humble. I truly believe that this church is led by our Saviour. It's taken a long time for me to find the true church, but I have never felt so happy, peaceful, and content before I was baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This church is my home. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and Jesus Christ still lives. It's such a wonderful feeling knowing that I am loved by Heavenly Father. Every day I aspire to spread that love!

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

Ellis Daugherty
First off, YES! Visitors are always welcomed. In fact, we love seeing new faces. We believe that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, so it is always wonderful when one of our brothers and/or sisters join us. :) Church services/activities are broken into three one-hour sessions right after another. The first hour is the main reason we come to church which is Sacrament meeting. In Sacrament meeting, we sing hymns and our opening and closing prayers are offered by one of the members. The Bishop usually announces some upcoming events and/or church news. If there is ward business, we take care of it. After ward business is finished, we sing another hymn to prepare our hearts and minds for partaking in the sacrament (communion). Sacrament consists of blessed bread and water. The bread/water is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance. You don't have to take the sacrament when you come if you don't want to, but you are more than welcome to partake of it. After sacrament, we usually have three speakers which have been chosen by the bishopric (the bishop and his two councilors). After that, we have two more one-hour meetings which you are more than welcome to come to! Sunday School is second hour and we have classes for each age groups beginning with 12 year olds. Primary is for children 3-11 years of age and then there is a nursery available. Finally in 3rd hour, we have Relief Society for women and Priesthood for men which is divided by age again(12+). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Ellis Daugherty
In John, Jesus Christ was baptized despite already being perfect. This is because our Lord and Savior was showing us the way to return to our Father in Heaven. Being baptized with proper priesthood authority is essential in being able to return to Heavenly Father. However...a lot of being passed before being able to a) be baptized with proper authority or b) to even hear the name Jesus Christ. Therefore, Church members do proxy baptisms in the temple for those who have died. This way our ancestors have a chance to be baptized by proper authority. The individuals baptized by proxy can choose to accept or decline what has been done on their behalf in the next life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ellis Daugherty
No, we do not. Joseph Smith is the first prophet of the Church and the man who restored the fullness of the Gospel upon the earth. He translated the Book of Mormon and also was the first to restore the proper priesthood authority on the earth. We worship Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ellis Daugherty
God is our merciful, caring Heavenly Father. He loves us and guides us. He knows us by name and He created us, His children, in His image. He has a physical body, but He is perfect. God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins so we can find joy in this life and return to live with Him when our mortal life comes to an end. Heavenly Father truly and completely loves us. I have a strong testimony of His love for each and every one of us. The sins we have committed in the past or the ones we are bound to make in the future never changes how He views us. Show more Show less