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Hi I'm Tanya.

I am from Moscow, Russia. I love foreign languages, history and good books. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church. I got baptized 9 years ago. I am an interpretor. I have loved foreign languages since my school years. I studied English and French. I love to travel and learn new things about different peple and places. I love to view the nature and to see God's hand in everything that surrounds me. I love the Gospel, it really changes our lives and brings true joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am an LDS because I know that it is the Church of God. I have never looked for truth before. I wasn't religious in my life before I joined the Church. God found me and led me to His Church. Thanks to my best friend. She invited me to know more about the Gospel and I agreed. I am so grateful to her and to God for this because it changed my life for ever. The Gospel makes me really happy. One thing that is so important and jyful for me is the teaching of eternal families. We can be happy as families not only till the death do us part, but for the whole eternity. It is important for me because my parents have passed away when I was young. It was great sorrow for me. But now when I know that families can be together forever I am really happy, because I know that I will see those who I love after the end of this life. It is possible for everyne. And God teaches us how we can achieve this!!!

How I live my faith

I try to keep the commandment of God as best as I can. I go to Church every Sunday because it is a commandment of God and because it brings me joy. I have recently been working with young girls helping them to follow the faith and to keep the commandments. It is really great to see how the Gospel changes their lives. I love to keep the commandments every day. it is sometimes not easy, but it's worth it. Because it brings the only happiness that will never end!!!

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Tanya.
The Book of Mormon is similar to Bible. It is also the writings of ancient prophets who lived in American continent. People of the whole world are the children of God. People in Israel received guidance from God through their prophets. These prophets recorded the teachings of God and we have this record known as the Bible. But in other parts of the world there lived the children of God who alo needed the guidance of God. But unlike mordern times, they did not have the cell phones, the sattelite or the Internet, so they could not call to Israel to their friends and ask what the prophet told them today. But they needed the guidance of God in their land too. That's why God was calling the prophets in America as He did in Israel. So these prophets were receiving the inspirations from God which were written down and later were organized in a book which is known now as the Book of Mormon. It is different from the Bible because it was translated only once from the ancient language into English. This translation was done by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1830.The original version of these record was engraved on golden plates by ancient prophets and was buried in the land by ancient prophet Moroni in order to preserve it for our days. In 1823 Moroni as a messager of God appeared to Joseph Smith and told him about these records and that God called him to translate them. He did it and now we have it as the Book of Mormon. It testifies about Jesus Christ and helps us draw closer to God. Show more Show less