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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. I am a college graduate, but currently am a stay at home mom to my 5 year old daughter. I love doing genealogy research, fitness and nutrition, cooking, and gardening, but most of all I enjoy just free time with my family. They are my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic church. I had questions about God, my relationship to God, about Jesus Christ, and so much more.. that couldn't be answered by the Catholic Priest in my church. When I brought my questions to our local priest, I was always told the same thing.. "It's a Mystery." As I got older, I started to pray to find the right church.. and I decided to take a religion class at the local community college. I thought if I learned about all the religions from a non bias source, that I could find the one that matched my beliefs, and answered my questions. I was disappointed though, because the class covered world religions that didn't believe in Jesus Christ, and I knew at the very least, I believed in Jesus Christ; and then I made a friend in the class, he was a Mormon. We became fast friends and I started to read the Book of Mormon and a week later I was meeting with the missionaries. Questions I had for so long, that were a "mystery", were answered with actual doctrine to back them up... it all made sense to me.. I knew the gospel was true, I knew what they were explaining and teaching me was true.. I felt something,- I felt the spirit,.. and my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel blossomed and started to grow. I was baptised a week and half after that. That was 19 years ago when I was 21. In my 19 years as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, I've found peace that I never knew I could have. I've made true friends, met & married my husband, and have found part of myself by researching my ancestors. Most of all though, I've developed a relationship with my Heavenly Father that I didn't have before, and found a testimony and understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that I didn't possess before. The Book of Mormon feeds my soul, and is truly a second testimony of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for my membership in the church. I KNOW this church is true !

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday, attend the temple, and volunteer where I can. I've been able to teach in various classes, work in the genealogy library, and work as stake missionary.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Chris
Baptism is a necessary ordinance. Baptisms signifies our repentance for our sins & our taking upon ourselves the name of Christ. Even Jesus Christ, who was perfect, & did not need to be baptised, chose to do so, to set the example for mankind, & to fulfill all rightesousness. For a Baptism to take place, along with the Faith and Repentance of the individual, there also needs to be the proper Priesthood Authority. I know for my ancestors, many of them did not get the opportunity to learn and know the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of them were very very good people, who simply never had the opportunity to learn the truth, let alone be baptised with the proper priesthood authority. At the temple, we can act as proxy for our ancestors, and be baptised for them. They of course can choose to accept our reject the baptism work that was performed for them.. but we provide that choice.. we provide that opportunity for our ancestors. I was originally raised Catholic. I was told that anyone not baptised in the Catholic faith would not go to Heaven. When I thought about it... all the people who weren't Catholic, all the people in the world who didn't even know of Jesus Christ.. all the innocent children who pass before they got baptised.. all those souls would never go to heaven? The Church of Jesus Christ, provides a way. I am thankful for my membership in the church, and the work that we do. I know it to be true, and say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Chris
Mormons reach out to anyone who needs it and that is willing to allow help to be given. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Chris
Often people talk about what goes on in our temples as "secret" but the truth is, what goes on inside is "sacred". All Mormons can attend the temple, if the 1) desire to go to the temple, and 2) hold a current temple recommend from their bishop and stake presidency. The temple recommend, ensures that the person is living and upholding Heavenly Father's commands and is therefore worthy to enter the temple and serve there. In the temple, for ourselves, we receive sacred ordinances, such as being sealed (bound) to our spouse, children, and parents for all time and eternity. It is also a place where we can serve our ancestors by doing baptisms for the them, as well as have them sealed to their family. I know for myself, that in the temple, I feel great peace there, and I feel the Spirit of the Lord there. I know our temples are truly beautiful, and sacred.. and they are there to serve us, and to build our testimonies and relationships with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and even our own family. Show more Show less