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Hi I'm Sabine, a happy grandmother

I grew up in Germany and now live in England and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1969 as I lived with my young family in Frankfurt, Germany. We were contacted by missionaries who taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ. I still enjoy my church activity but am also kept busy helping my family and looking after my grandchildren. I love gardening and studying, these two things nicely compensate each other. When I get stuck writing an essay, I go into my garden and pull a few weeds! That generally helps me to think about what I want to write. I also love being in my garden and seeing nature unfold. I have many interests, such as reading, going to the theater, listening to different kinds of music, and visiting foreign places. I am particularly interested in political and historical developments in the world; it helps me to see and understand how we all affect each other, and that cause and effect may not be predictable.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in a Heavenly Father and in his son Jesus Christ. This was not always the case, but when I was taught by the missionaries so many years ago, I felt that what they said was true. However, it took me a while to have enough faith to gain my own conviction and to be baptised. There have been times in my life when I have doubted, when my faith has been challenged. However, in my heart I have always known that there was God and that there is a plan for me and all His children here. My faith has helped me through other difficult times by giving me an eternal perspective and thus bringing me great joy also. I am especially grateful to know that our living prophets do not deviate from the word of God.

How I live my faith

I love studying the scriptures, and I love serving and teaching in the Church. I have been fortunate enough to have taught people of all ages during my many years as a member of the Church, and I especially enjoyed teaching young people. I look for opportunities to help others, and to learn more about the world.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
The temple is the House of the Lord. All members of church are entitled to enter into the temple provided they are meeting same basic standards such as keeping the commandments, being faithful and living clean lives. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
Membership in the Church is open to anyone who has a sincere desire to learn about and develop faith in Jesus Christ. Once this faith has been attained, a person would then want to live more consistent with Christ's teachings, and can demonstrate this willingness by being baptised into the Church. That is the beginning of a wonderful journey. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
Faith starts with a desire to want to know something and then trying out whether what one has learnt is true. Not everything can be 'known' in a physical way, many things are true and can only be 'felt' to be so. The Holy Ghost will help us to know and feel, and once we are able to recognise that, we have developed 'faith.' Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
No, the Mormon Church does not endorse political parties. The Church encourages its members to decide for themselves on the merits of politicians' messages. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
The Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The term 'Mormons' is derived from our book of scriptures called the 'Book of Mormon.' When the Church was first organised, people gave the Church this nickname and it has remained with us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
Jesus told his apostles to 'feed his sheep', so we believe that He wants all of us to know about His gospel. Sending missionaries into the world is a good way of spreading the gospel and of helping people to know that Christ's church has been restored to the world and that His authority is here again. We want all people to have the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
I am not sure about that, I think people often are afraid of something that challenges established ideas and institutions. By giving us the classification of 'cult' an identity has been assigned that we are 'other' than they. But this can also provide a useful starting point in investigating who we really are through comparison with other 'cults' and then with other 'churches'. Sadly, many people see the word 'cult' as something negative and are discouraged to look into it further, perhaps that is the intention of those who classify our Church as a 'cult'? Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
We believe that we are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and we are born into this life here on earth so that we can have a body to learn and experience many things this is an essential part of our development. Our goal is to have enough faith to live such a life that it will help us to go back to our Heavenly Father and live with him again. The best way to learn and to experience life is through being raised in a family and being taught within a family. We are taught that these family units can remain together forever, if we are faithful in keeping the commandments and live the teachings that Heavenly Father gives us through prophets. That is why families are so important to us, we want to be together with those people we shared our lives with, whom we loved and cherished here on earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, our Heavenly Father we also believe in a pre-earthly life where we lived as spirits, as spirit children of our Heavenly Father. There Jesus was the firstborn of God's spirit children. But Jesus also had God as his earthly Father, as we read in the scriptures. Therefore, Jesus had a dual nature and was thus able to both die and also to be resurrected, to live again. He took upon himself all our sins and wrongdoings so that we would not have to suffer for them ourselves. I do not understand how this was done but I know it to be true. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
The president and prophet of the Church today is Thomas S Monson. There are also 12 Apostles, who are all prophets too, but it is the president of the Church who speaks for the Church. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
I think there is a growing need in the world to understand the human condition. People are seeking answers to life's questions and the purpose of life in general. The Church provides help to individuals to find these answers and to help people make sense of their lives. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
If you have a desire to 'know' this for yourself, there is some action required on your part. Like with anything else where one wants to know the truth, one has to ask questions, think, and feel. Prayer is a good way to ask God, our Heavenly Father if Mormonism is true through the Holy Ghost we can know the truth of all things. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
We believe that the bible contains God's word, however, we recognise that there may be errors in the bible too. Some teachings of the bible are clarified through latter-day scriptures, but many concepts are beautifully presented by the ancient writers. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Sabine, a happy grandmother
We believe that a family is the most important unit of any society it is the place where children are welcomed, loved, nurtured, taught and prepared for life as an adult. We further believe that family units can remain together forever, meaning in the life to come. Show more Show less