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Hi I'm Misty

I grew up in small towns. I served in the Army National Guard and a year in Iraq. I'm now a stay at home mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom with 3 wonderful young boys. I am married to a wonderful man who helps me continue to grow and strive each day for my full potential. I enjoy being creative with crafts, I get so many great ideas from Pinterest.com. I also enjoy reading a good classic novel. I have a love for architectural and interior design. I really love long walks with my family and spending any time I can with them!

Why I am a Mormon

I am greatful for the knowledge I have of a living Heavenly Father and His living Son, Jesus Christ. This knowledge brings peace and comfort in a growing dark and stressful world. I testify that our Heavenly Father knows each one of us by name and He cares about each of us. His infinite love reaches out to all and welcomes all to come unto Him and His Son. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. This means that if we truly repent of them we can be forgiven and He will remember them no more. I also know that He arose the 3rd day from the dead and lives! And this is also His gift to us that we too will live after death and that we will again be reunited with our perfected bodies. I know that faith means nothing without good works, hope, and charity. I know that through small means great things are possible. I know that Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to a humble 14 year old boy to answer his question of which church of the day was the right one to go to and that he was told none of them. For as much as they spoke of Him their hearts were far from Him. I know that after Jesus Christ appeared to his apostles that he visited His "other sheep not of this fold". He came to ancient American where a remnent of the seed of Isreal had fled to. There He gave them the fulness of His gospel. The Book of Mormon contains the history and testimony of the people from the time they left Jerusalem to the time the Lord told the last living prophet to hide them in the ground because of the wickedness that had prevailed on the land, and that at a later time they would come forth in the fulness of times. These are the fulness of times and by the Lord through Joseph Smith he obtained those records and translated them for our day. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are eternal. They are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Their laws, gospel, and love never changes.

How I live my faith

Prayer is a large part of my faith. Anytime my family, friends, or I am in need of help beyond what I can do I turn to the Lord and I feel reassured even though the answer may not be what I want or when I want it, prayer to my Heavenly Father is something I always rely on. I try my best to read my scriptures every day. I just finished re-reading the Book of Mormon and am now turning again to re-read the Old Testament. I try to be an example of Christ in my home by how I interact with my family. I may not always choose the right, as the Savior would, but I continue in faith to improve each day. I love service! It feels me with joy to give of my time in service to someone who is in need, whether they be sick or troubled by grief, or just need a helping hand or a cheerful smile for the day. My boys love to help Mommy serve especially when there are treats involved, they love being mommies little helpers! In our church, the women have been asked to watch over each other. We've been asked to visit a few with a gospel message once a month and to stay in touch with them as often as we can. We are to befriend them, get to know them and their family needs. We are to help and be available if needed to be of help. This is how the we help serve the Lord by helping Him watch over His sheep! I also strive to keep our home a safe haven from worldly influences that could endanger my family and our values, a place of peace, love and where His spirit can feel welcome to abide.

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

Misty
Members that attend church services where their Sunday best. Men and boys usually where a casual suit and tie, with or without a jacket. Women and girls wear modest dresses or skirts with a modest blouse/shirt. However, there isn't a rule that says you must where these or you can't be allowed into the church. The church leaders only ask that we come clean, modest, and to wear our best (for the Lord) whatever it may be. We celebrate all holidays according to the country in which they live but hold Easter and Christmas on more of a spiritual level. Easter is a day of remembering His suffering for the atonement of our sins, to remember His death and how it broke the chains of death for all and finally his resurrection which is a gift to all mankind. Christmas is the day that we celebrate His humble birth. We also celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Misty
We do not worship Joseph Smith. He is the prophet that was given authority by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to restore the fullness of His gospel. We have high respect for him and all that he accomplished and underwent to bring forth the Book of Mormon and to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ. 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?

Misty
Temples are our most reveared and holy places. Not every member of our faith is allowed to enter into the temple if they're not of age (12) and have not met the standards or kept the covenants which apply to every member. Of course everyone is allowed to go into the temple as far as the waiting room. It is where we make sacred, not secret, covenants with God. God will not be mocked so these covenants are to be taken very seriously. To understand these covenants one needs to be worthy and prepared. If we cannot keep the convenants we make at baptism, to read our scriptures, to pray, to uphold our church leaders, to keep ourselves chaste, then we cannot be expected to keep higher laws and covenants. In the temple we learn more about things required of us to return to Heavenly Father's presence. Those covenants allow us to be eternally sealed to our husband or wife, to our children, to our own parents. Even those who have passed on can be sealed to us for all eternity through ordinances performed in the temple. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Misty
A family is the most core belief of Jesus Christ's gospel. We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. We believe that it is essential parents teach their children the gospel and help them develop a testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We believe that while the husband/father is head/patriarch of the family he and his wife are equal partners and are to love and respect one another. We believe that children should be born only within the bonds of matrimony. Families can be sealed/bound together forever through sacred ordinances performed in the temple. We believe that we will see our loved ones again and that death is just the beginning step into the next phase of life. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Misty
Our bodies are called temples, because God himself created each one, in His own image of flesh and blood. They are the tabernacles that hold each own's spirit, which is a literal child of God. These bodies are sacred and special to Him. Even those who have disabilities are specially created by Him. And in the next life after death all bodies will return to their proper order and function. Taking care of the body that He gave us shows our respect for Him. He promises us that if we take care of our bodies we will be blessed. Now even those who take care of their bodies can befall illnesses or sustain injuries. These are not punishments. They are just another building block God gives us to build who we are and who He knows we can become. Show more Show less