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Hi I'm Maia Lynay Rodriguez

I'm a poet, song writer, teacher, second language speaker, lifetime student, daughter, sister, wife and mother and: I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a Mormon girl all my life. As a young person I was blessed with friends who were a good influence in me and impacted my life positively. My life has not been without trials and I experienced some heart wrenching things in my family growing up but my family has banded together and we are stronger because of it. I strongly believe that with time, everything works itself out; and that a family is there to help each other when one member is struggling in some way. I do not know how I would have gone through what I did if I hadn't had the knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father and known that I could turn to him. He helped me through everything. I would pray and read my scriptures to receive strength. I attended the university and did a study abroad to Chile. While there I met my husband; also a Mormon. I was very impressed by him. He lived in a place where it was common for young people to be rebellious and given to crime, or addiction. He had resisted those things and was striving to live a responsible life. We were in love. We were married in the temple for time and all eternity. We go on a lot of dates where we can spend time just the two of us. We have children now. Our family is very happy. We enjoy doing everything together. My children teach me so much every day. I am very blessed to be their mother. I like finding ways to make up games that children can play to help them learn. I am a life long student of the Spanish language. I am also a poet and songwriter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon for many reasons. First, I had wonderful parents who took me to church and taught me all they knew. They raised me in the Church. I remained a Mormon for my own reasons though. My heart tells me that the things that I learn are true. This Church is led by a Prophet who talks with our heavenly father. Through the difficulties I have experienced in life I have come to know that we are loved by a Heavenly Father, and by our Savior Jesus Christ. I am a member of this church because I have seen the effect it can have on a life. The effect it has on my life is to help me become a better person each day and to help me through the suffering that comes from time to time to each of us. I have hope that if I follow the example of Jesus Christ then I may someday be as wonderful a person as he is. I have hope that he loves me right now because he can see me for who I can become someday. I have hope to be able to be worthy to tell him that I love him and call him my friend.

How I live my faith

I believe that actions speak louder than words. I believe that the way that we live our life is a reflection of what we really care about, and what we really believe. I want my life to be a witness of Jesus Christ, so that others can see what he has been able to do with my life. When Jesus was on the earth he lived a life of service. He was unselfish. He served his fathers children unselfishly. He valued people. I aspire to be like him. I believe that kindness is the word that sums up everything that he is about, and I aspire to be kindness itself. I would like to treat others with kindness. When we are serving God's children we are serving him so that is the way I want to live my life; in service. At church I have mainly served with the children. I have taught them gospel lessons and childrens hymns on Sunday and planned activities and parties for them on special occasions. It is such a joy to be able to share with them the things that have been a strength to me throughout my life and to give them a knowledge that they have a Heavenly Father who they can turn to and who loves them perfectly. It has been a joy to see their faces light up as they enjoy the activities that I have worked so hard to plan and prepare for them. I have done summer water parties for them and also holiday activities but what has been most fulfilling has been to see them begin to understand the truths of the gospel and the existence of their Father in Heaven and their Savior Jesus Christ. I don't know what the future holds for them and neither do they, but I hope that the knowledge of a Savior and of what's right and wrong will give them the tools they need to face any situation they may be called upon to confront and to avoid the pain and sorrow that comes from making certain mistakes.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Maia Lynay Rodriguez
Because it isn't healthy for someone to get any monetary benefit out of their service to God, because then often individuals will abuse this and "serve God" for false motives. This is what priestcraft is, it is talked about a lot in the old testament. There have always been those who set themselves up as lights in order to get monetary gain, or power, position or prestige or to gather a following. There have always been those who set themselves up in leadership positions for the wrong reasons and they do much harm to God's name and Christs image making them look bad as well as oppressing the people. For this reason in our church we do not set ourselves up for leadership positions, but rather accept them when they come our way and we do not do our service in the church with any thought of recompense or reward so that we can be sure that our motives for serving God are pure and unselfish. A leader in God's true church should do what he does to serve the people and his God, not to serve himself. There are enough people in this world serving their own interests instead of looking out for others. God needs his children to begin to care for each other and not be so selfish. Of course many pastors who receive monetary gain are very sincere and real in their desire to serve their people and do not have bad motives, but this system is set up to protect against those who are the other way; of which there are plenty. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Maia Lynay Rodriguez
Many of the prophets of the old testament practiced plural marriage under Gods direction; among them Abraham, Issac, Jacob, David and Solomon. It is an ancient practice. I know that God only allows it's use under his authorization. There have been instances, one in the Book of Mormon to be exact (Jacob 2:27-30) where God has condemned the practice. Given the fact that God has, throughout history, alternately prescribed and condemned the practice I believe that it is a situational doctrine where God, having all of the information, and us not having it all, reserves the right to make a judgment call, taking all things into consideration, and either prescribes it or ends its use, basing his decision on the needs of the moment and all other factors involved. So the answer to this question is that the church practiced polygamy because God prescribed it at that time, and we don't anymore because God revealed that the practice was to be discontinued. When plural marriage was practiced only a handful of men were selected by God to participate. It was, by far, not practiced by all men or women in the church. The ones who participated were obeying a commandment from God, not necessarily seeking out the practice. Show more Show less