FAITH

I'm a Mormon.I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I believe there are living prophets (Amos 3:7) and apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ who lead and guide His church today. There are temples today, just as in Bible times, where families can be sealed together not just for this life, but also after death (see the beautiful temple below where my husband and I were married!)

I believe Jesus Christ paid for the sins for all men (and women!) and all he asks in return is that we believe in Him (John 11:25), follow his commandments (John 14:15) and help others find their way to Him (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:15; John 21:17), which if we do He blesses us even more. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t believe that works or keeping commandments saves us, but I believe that we show our love and devotion to Jesus when we obey His commandments and do our best to follow Him. But it is his mercy and grace that saves me. (This is one of my favorite speeches explaining this doctrine and the common misunderstanding of it among members and non-members alike.)

I believe Bible is the word of God. I also believe that he spoke and revealed himself to other people, not just the Jews in Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon is a record of a group of people who left Jerusalem and settled in the Americas. The Book of Mormon bears a second witness that Jesus is the Christ, that he did come to the earth, established His church, was crucified and bore the pain of our sins, and was resurrected so that we might also live again after this life (John 14:2; 3 Nephi 11:10-17; Moroni 10:4-5; John 17:3). The Book of Mormon does not replace the Bible, it proves the truth of what the Bible teaches.

I strive to live a life of virtue, maintaining high moral standards that are in harmony with the Savior’s teachings. I believe that the family is central to God’s plan for happiness in this life and the next, that marriage is between one man and one woman and children have the right to be born into a family with a husband and a wife who love each other and strive to live the teachings of Jesus.

I believe in keeping my body free from substances that impair my judgement, endanger my life and/or lead to addictive behaviors. I believe in dressing modestly because the body God created for me is sacred and is the only one I’m going to get in this mortal life. I believe in being a good citizen and in helping those in need. I strive to live the kind of life the Savior would want me to live, avoiding that which is vulgar, degrading and demoralizing.

To learn more about the teachings of Jesus Christ and the purpose of life, please visit http://mormon.org/

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