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Hi I'm Tracy

I'm a Mormon living in Arizona, U.S.A. I am lucky to be a stay-at-home mom to my three kids and a writing teacher.

About Me

I love to keep busy doing anything but housework! ha ha ha! We don't have a TV but we find lots of other ways to spend time. I enjoy hanging out with the kids & taking care of our yard and animals (chickens, goats, a dog & a cat). I am active in local politics and try to help people see how the Constitution and the Book of Mormon are inspired guides for government that we need to follow today or face harsh consequences. I love to garden anytime except the middle of summer! I love enjoying the seasons and visiting the zoo and museums with my children. I like to try new recipes and prepare healthy meals for my family. I love going on dates with my husband! And if you do catch me doing housework, I will usually be listening to recordings of the scriptures, inspiring speeches from Church leaders, or an audiobook to keep my mind busy!

Why I am a Mormon

With all my heart, I want to return to God, my Father in Heaven, someday. And I want my family to be with me. I know in my heart that the only way back to Him is through His Church, and I know that this IS His Church on the earth. So I will do all I can to follow the guidance that comes to me through the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit has led me to know that being involved with and committed to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is key to my own salvation and the salvation of my family. When I consider what my life would be like without the Church, I feel a void in my heart which I know could never be filled by any other source: not by another church, not by food (not even chocolate!), not by any other person or people, not by a job, travel, hobbies, service, addictions, etc. I will strive all my life to follow Joshua's admonition: "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to participate in my ward (local congregation) by serving as a leader in our women's organization. Our mission is to provide relief for all suffering in our area and wherever we are needed.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

I truly love the Word of Wisdom. You may think the name sounds strange, but it teaches the steps to receiving true wisdom from God. It is a series of commandments and guidances given to help people be more healthy and have clearer minds, in tune with the Holy Spirit. You may be aware of some principles of this code of health for example, we refrain from alcohol, coffee, tea, and we are also counseled to eat little meat I personally eat almost no meat, but that is my personal choice, not a commandment. The Word of Wisdom also guides us to primarily fill our diet with fruit of the field fruits and vegetables in season. I know that following the Word of Wisdom will bring great health benefits, but the Lord gives many amazing promises if we follow this law He will grant unto us "great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures," and we will be blessed to "walk and not be weary and run and not faint." I hope that you will take the time to read the whole Word of Wisdom and consider how you might apply it in your life and begin to receive these blessings. It is found in Doctrine & Covenants Section 89 and it is only a few pages long.   Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

When Jesus was on the earth, he was baptized. After the birth of the Savior, and his death and resurrection, this is probably the most well-known event of Jesus's life. One of the purposes of baptism is to "wash" away our sins, but Jesus was perfect, so why was he baptized? He was baptized because all people who live on earth must be baptized to return to live with God, our Heavenly Father. There are many, many people who died without the opportunity to be baptized, but through the holy temples, all people can be baptized by proxy (someone being baptized in their name), and so have the ability to one day live with God again, depending on the choices they make. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

One Mormon custom is to use the food we have been recommended to store in long-term storage. For this reason, you may find that Mormons are more likely to use whole wheat flour in their baking, because wheat kernels last a lot longer than previously ground flour. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

The Church finances its operations through responsible use of the tithes donated by Church members such as myself. I am grateful for the law of the tithe and the great blessings my family has received by following it. Show more Show less