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Hi I'm Martha

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in St. Louis as a Southern Baptist, but converted to the Church in graduate school.

About Me

I have lived in 11 states and Germany. By the time I was 53 I had moved 31 times. I have been happily married for 41 years. I love being a Mom and Grandma. We have 4 grown sons and 10 grandchildren. We have two sons who returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. I have a BS in Vocational Home Economics and taught High School. I earned by MS in Family Economics and Management while on a teaching assistantship. I enjoy walking, riding by bicycle, sewing, having picnics in the canyon with my husband, and doing family history work and humanitarian projects. After my husband retired he and I went on a military relations mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for 18 months. We were certified through the chaplains to provide religious services for service men and women who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We also served with the Protestant Women of the Chapel to help serve dinners to the spouses and children of deployed service men and women. My husband and I serve in the nearby temple of our church.

Why I am a Mormon

My family and I were active in a Church. We read scriptures in our home on a daily basis and had family and personal prayers. My mother died when I was 11 years old. After her death, I didn’t know if I would see her again. At this point in my life I only understood that I would go to Heaven or Hell. When I met my future husband, he shared his religious beliefs with me. My friends gave me a stack of anti-Mormon literature. This literature gave me the desire to find out the truth about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I threw away all the anti-Mormon literature and took discussions from the Missionaries. I prayed while reading the Book of Mormon which also testifies of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with the Holy Bible which the LDS Church also believes is scripture. During a Spring Break, my future husband took me to meet his family. While there we visited Temple Square and took a tour. At the end the tour the guide bore his testimony of the Church and the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me that what I was hearing was true. I finished the discussions with the Missionaries. My husband holds the priesthood authority which enabled him to baptize me. This Church helped me know where I came from, why I was here on earth, and where I was going after death. I finally had an understanding about eternal life and a future with my Mother and the rest of my family. I embraced this Church because there was no pressure for me to join. I was able to read, study, and pray to receive my own testimony. I know this is the restored true Church that existed in the time of our Savior. I know we have a living prophet who receives inspiration and revelation from God. I am grateful to be a member and I can feel the love my Heavenly Father and Savior have for me. It is a wonderful life and I look forward to eternal life with my husband, children, grandchildren, and the rest of my family.

How I live my faith

I try to live a Christ centered life. I have personal prayer and scripture study every day. I attend church services every Sunday. My husband and I have family prayer each night. My husband and I try to be good examples to our children and grandchildren and to all we meet. We serve in the temple once each week. I help with Humanitarian projects tying quilts, sewing baby blankets, and preparing school kits and newborn supplies for third world countries. I prepare meals and treats to take to the elderly and ill in our neighborhood. I also visit women in our congregation on a regular basis to see how they are doing. My husband and I also work in a local Bishop's Storehouse, as needed, preparing food for canning to provide for the needy.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Martha
 Sometimes we are asked why we have a Mormon Bible instead of the Holy Bible. The LDS Church believes the Holy Bible is the word of God. We read and study the King James version in our Sunday School. The Book of Mormon is about families that were led to the Americas by the hand of God. They had prophets also who testified of Jesus Christ just as the Old Testament prophets did. The Book of Mormon tells us that Jesus Christ visited these people after His resurrection. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and does not take the place of the Holy Bible. Show more Show less