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Hi I'm Naomi

"I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it." - Ann M. Dibb

About Me

Hi, I'm Naomi. I went to high school, played some rugby and basketball, studied the likes of ancient history, law and psychology at college/sixth form and will one day go to university. By all accounts, I'm just a regular person; one who dreams of travelling the world some day. Apart from travelling, I'm unsure of what path I want to pursue in life - what I want to further study, what career I want to pursue etc. But one thing that I am absolutely certain of, is that I love the Gospel. Because of this, it brings me great joy to be able to serve in the England London Mission between April 2016 - October 2017.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been brought up in the Church by a wonderful and loving mother, but I have never once been 'brainwashed' into my beliefs. I've always had the dignity of choice and, whilst I was taught the principles of the Gospel, I've always been encouraged to ask for myself and make my own mind up, not to just agree and follow blindly. There has been times of questions and doubts. But as I've taken a leap of faith, to study and pray, I've always felt serenity, assurance and direction on what to do. My testimony is that there is a living God who loves us - it's never made sense to me that we are born, simply to live for a short space of time and then die; that being the end of it. Such a life, which by all means is complex with boundless potential, would seem pointless. There is more. Knowing that we can be with our families for eternity, that we can see loved ones again brings peace and comfort. It's a blessing in my life and the lives of many others. We have been given agency, the freedom to choose and the dignity of the consequences that follow. Sometimes the abuse of such agency leads to results of anger and heartache, but there is always a source of peace, of soothing and of relief. That source is Jesus Christ. His Atonement is about so much more than just repentance. He suffered the pains of every single person, He understands you. He loves you. Through Him, all things are possible. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. He restored the Gospel to it's fullness. I cherish his example, not just as a prophet, but as a man also. Whilst we don't worship him, we do reverence him and his work, and we reverence our living day prophet also. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and contains many wonderful truths. Everyone won't share the same beliefs and that's okay. Being a member of the Church doesn't make make me or anyone else superior. But I am happy to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A gospel of family, love, humility and second chances.

How I live my faith

About a year ago I was called as a teacher in my ward. I'm not going to lie, I found this daunting at first. I was an 18 year old being asked to teach people older than me, people who had more experience than me; in fact, most of the people that I would be teaching had taught me at some point growing up! What could I possibly bring to the table in this calling? The reality: it's been an incredible 12 months of learning and growing spiritually. My mind has been enlightened, my knowledge has increased and I have been truly moved by the faith and example of the people around me. It turns out that teaching is more than just standing at the front of a room and talking. It's a way of getting to know others and truly caring about them as they share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. It's a way of learning from each other and all striving for the same purpose - to draw closer to Christ. As I said earlier, a lot of the people I was asked to teach had previously taught me themselves. Well, they taught me again. Probably far more than what I've taught them; and for that I am grateful. Without a doubt, there is a reason to every calling and every assignment.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Naomi
Our living day prophet and president of the Church is President Thomas S. Monson. He has two counsellors in Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf. They stand as the First Presidency of the Church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Naomi
No. We worship God, our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. However, we recognise Joseph Smith's hand in the work of restoring the Gospel and in translating the Book of Mormon. We recognise him as a prophet and as a great example of faith and diligence. So we don't worship Joseph Smith, but we do reverence him and respect him, not only as a prophet of the Lord, but as a man also. Show more Show less