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Hi I'm Candice

I grew up in four different states. I'm a trumpet player, an aspiring screenwriter, and a big sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University-Provo in summer 2011 with a degree in English and a minor in editing. Now I teach sixth-grade social studies in North Carolina. (You never know where life will take you!) I love to read and write. I'll do almost anything outside, particularly hiking, biking, canoeing, and skiing. I love history, good movies, and good books. My family has a joke that in our house, anything is an excuse to spontaneously burst into song. My dream job is to be a screenwriter, but most importantly, I want to be a wife and mother.

Why I am a Mormon

My family is relatively new to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To my knowledge, my mother's grandfather was the first member in her family, and my dad's parents were baptized before he was born. I was raised as a Latter-day Saint, and I still practice my beliefs because I know that the things I've been taught are true and that living them will make me happy.

How I live my faith

I am part of a small, fairly new congregation (known as a branch) specifically for young single adults. I create the branch bulletin with announcements and the program for each Sunday, and I play the piano and organ for Sunday meetings. I also help run the Raleigh North Carolina Temple on several Saturdays per month. I also live my faith by seeking guidance through prayer. God (our Heavenly Father) knows all things, including each of us personally, so I know that whatever He has in mind for me is better than anything I could think of for myself. When I have an important decision to make, I gather the information I need to make a good choice, study that information and make a choice based on it, and pray to know if what I've decided is in line with Heavenly Father's will. Through the Holy Ghost, Heavenly Father shows me whether my choice is good or bad so that I can act accordingly.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Candice
We don't worship Joseph Smith. Mormons worship God (our Heavenly Father) and His Son, Jesus Christ. We do, however, have a special place in our hearts for Joseph Smith. We love and honor him because he did so much to help us understand the purpose of life and how we can return to live with Heavenly Father. We also respect Joseph Smith for his powerful example of being true to his testimony of what was right. It's important for a person to have a testimony of Joseph Smith as a prophet because if he really was a prophet, then The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is God's church on the earth. If Joseph Smith wasn't a prophet, then all of this is a fraud and is pointless. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Candice
The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture, like the Bible. The Bible contains stories and writings of prophets and apostles in the ancient Mediterranean area, and the Book of Mormon contains stories and writings of prophets in the ancient Americas, including an account of a personal visit that Jesus Christ made to the Americas after He was resurrected. The Book of Mormon takes its name from the prophet Mormon, who compiled most of its material. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from writings on gold plates by the power of God. We read in 2 Corinthians 13:1 that "in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." The Bible is one witness of Christ, and the Book of Mormon is a second witness. It testifies of Christ, explains the gospel and Heavenly Father's plan for His children, and invites all people to come unto Christ and be saved. Perhaps most importantly, near the end of the Book of Mormon is a wonderful promise: whoever studies the Book of Mormon and sincerely asks God whether it is true can know that it is true through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Candice
Here's an analogy that might be helpful. Imagine that you want to go on vacation to someplace so far away that you have to take an airplane to get there. However badly you want to go and however good your intentions are, you can't just write a plane ticket on a piece of paper and use that to get on the plane. No airline will accept that ticket because you don't have permission or power from any airline to issue plane tickets. We can think about baptism in a similar way. Baptism is like a plane ticket to start our trip back to our Heavenly Father. The priesthood is like the permission and power to issue the ticket. Without that authority, the ticket is just a piece of paper and baptism is nothing more than getting wet. Show more Show less