Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 9 :: Your Beliefs

Rather than sitting here & thinking of the best way to describe my beliefs, I decided to do something else.

On the website, members of the Church are encouraged to create personal profiles so that those who are investigating our beliefs may connect with everyday members & hear what they have to say. So what I decided to do was post my profile.

Hope this helps to answer any questions that anyone might have. If not, I would be more than happy to go into further detail with you!

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About Me

I got married in 2008 to the man of my dreams and we had our first son last year. I started getting involved in portrait photography over a decade ago through the generosity of friends who were willing to allow me to use them to "experiment" on. More recently, I've been working as a portrait and wedding photographer. I have a real passion for studio photography and love to create beautiful images that others will cherish for the rest of their lives. The best feeling? Seeing the look on someone's face when they catch a glimpse of what I've created for them and knowing that they've fallen in love with it. Well, that, and seeing my little boy smile.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I live my faith in my home. My husband and I read the scriptures and pray together daily so that we may, as a couple, draw closer to our Savior and have his Spirit in our home with us. I also show my love for my Savior by serving others. I am currently serving on a committee that sees to the needs of women at church. We take a special interest in those who have recently become mothers by trying to provide them with emotional support and other resources that may help them as they transition into this new role in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon when I was 15 years old, along with my mother and my 14-year-old brother. I lived in an area where there were plenty of religious people, but very few Mormons. When the missionaries contacted us, I knew nothing of the beliefs of the Church. At the time, I didn't have a burning desire to associate myself with any religious organization, but once I started learning about the gospel, that quickly changed. It didn't take long for me to receive the impression that this was definitely a good path to take in my life. Since then, I have strived to live worthy of the Holy Spirit so that I can continually feel those sweet feelings that prompted me to change so long ago.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Many churches refer to their collection of members as their congregation. While this is still true for us, we more frequently use the terms ward, branch or stake. The term "ward" would be interchangeable with the term "congregation". One could say that someone is "a member of my congregation" in the same way that they could say that they are "a member of my ward". It is just more common to hear us use the latter. The term "branch" can be used in the exact same way as the term "ward". The only difference is that a branch is a much smaller congregation than usual. The term "stake" refers to a specific grouping of multiple wards and branches in the same vicinity. Again, one could say that someone is "a member of my stake" and be referring to someone who is not a member of their own ward or branch, but attends another ward or branch nearby.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, they are not. No one is required to serve a mission. All young men are told that they should prepare to serve a full-time mission and that they should do so as long as they are able. Young women are encouraged to serve as long as they feel so inclined after much thought and prayer. Many faithful members of the Church are unable to serve full-time missions due to health concerns or other circumstances beyond their control.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

We can all begin by keeping all forms of immodest or immoral media out of our homes. In our house, we don't own or watch any R-rated movies, nor do we subscribe to premium television channels. We also have a protection filter on our internet that will block inappropriate web content. This is a personal decision that my husband and I have made together. It allows us to enjoy good, clean entertainment freely without being overly concerned that something immoral is going to pop up unexpectedly. I feel strongly that we can all make a difference by controlling what we watch. My motto is that if we don't watch it, they'll stop making it.

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