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Hi I'm Maggie.

I am a proud Latter-day Saint.

About Me

I was born and raised in the church. I have a Mom and Dad, An older brother and sister, so I am the baby. Unfortunately, both of my siblings have left the church, but I try to be strong and be the "Nephi" in my family. I also have a dog, cat, and fish! I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at a University. The Fine Arts are my passion, especially Music. I also am in Grade 8 Conservatory in Piano. I have taken 3 years in Musical Theory. I am also able to play the flute and have been recently teaching myself guitar. I also love Acting and Drawing. I love movies and plays (especially Musical Theatre). As for listening to music, I am quite eclectic, but I usually dislike Country and Rap. I won't lie, I am addicted to Facebook and just computer in general. I currently work at a Pet store because I love animals (especially kitties/puppies).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was young, I usually relied on my parents testimonies. As I became a youth, I was a little unsure as to why I was LDS. Until recently, I have discovered the reasons why I am the way that I am. I don't just believe that this church is true. I KNOW it to be true. With the good examples of others, earnest prayer, the scriptures, Institute, church attendance, EFY, and my patriarchal blessing, I have come to the knowledge that the church is true. Especially through my trials and what I have learned from them, as well as the Spirit I feel that is nothing like anything I feel. There are miracles all around me that witness to me that this church is true. Miracles such as nature, the priesthood, modern-day revelation and prophets, the fact you can be with your family forever, the things you learn every day that you wonder why you didn't know before. So many things that testify of the truth of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I regularly attend my church meetings. I have had callings such as Ward Representative, Activities Committee member, I have been a President, Counsellor, and Secretary in my Young Women's group. I usually participate through music, including singing solos of hymns and sacred music. I like giving talks and giving lessons. I also try to pray and read my scriptures regularly.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Maggie.
This may be a difficult question to answer for all conversion stories are different and everyone feels the spirit differently. I think a good start is to read the Book of Mormon and fast and pray earnestly to know if it is true. When you convert (whether you're a new member or have been raised in the church), it changes you a great deal. It could take you a lifetime or 15 minutes to know if His church is true. Maybe try to change your standards. Give up habits that may be preventing you from truly feeling the Spirit. Start uplifting and spiritual habits. Attending all your church meetings/activities and involving yourself as much as you can may help as well. Also rely on other worthy members that can keep you on the straight and narrow path. Maybe try to not spend as much time with others that bring you down spiritually, emotionally, etc. Pray always and you may notice the difference you feel when you're partaking of worthiness as opposed to worldliness. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Maggie.
Yes! Yes! Yes! We may not seem like the "typical Christian" that the world envisions, but we are a denomination of Christianity. We are the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Most Christians have the cross or crucifix as the symbol of their religion, but Christ Himself is the symbol of our faith. One of the differences between our faith and other denominations is that they focus more on the crucifixion, while we celebrate His resurrection and honor His crucifixion. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Maggie.
The Lord's definition of gender equality and the world's definition of gender equality are two different things, I think. I myself, have had troubles and questions regarding this until I received answers awhile ago. The men hold the priesthood but women do not. I used to question why men were able to have God's authority and women were not. But in reality, women have authority as well. I asked my mother about this and she believes that men receive the priesthood so that they can possess the qualities that women already have within themselves in order to more fully build up the kingdom of God. Men and Women both have distinct roles, and they should compliment each other. Men may have the Priesthood, but Women have the Relief Society. This may seem like gender stereotyping, but it is because of the world's warped vision of what women should and should not have to do or be. There is an awesome video that explains the wonderful women in our lives by the late prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley which may explain things more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkUwh1YUMtE Enjoy! :) Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

Maggie.
From the time that Christ and his disciples passed away to the time of the Restoration, there was what was known as "The Great Apostasy" meaning that the world did not have God's true authority any longer, and so without the existence of prophets, some people turned to wickedness, while others formed groups that shared the same beliefs as to what they felt the Bible truly meant and how they thought it was truly translated. This is why we have so many other churches and denominations on earth today as well as different versions of the Bible. The reason the Restoration was needed was because the world needed the Lord's authority during the latter-days. Yes, we have always had the Bible and we do believe it to be the word of God, but it was also important to have the Book of Mormon. The Lord's gospel is like a mirror. During the Great Apostasy, the mirror was broken into millions of pieces. Some people only found a few pieces of the mirror and created their own church, only having some truth, only having the Bible to partake of. While the Restoration molded the entire mirror together to have the entire truth including the King James Version of the Bible (We believe it to be the most correct translation) and the Book of Mormon. The Bible is only situated on the right side of the world, while the Book of Mormon was located in the Americas. This was needed so that the Lord's gospel could be given to ALL of His children all around the world. There were prophets in the Americas in the Book of Mormon that needed the divine witness as well as the prophets in the Bible. It was all apart of missionary work. Since the world continues to get worse by lowering their standards greatly, we need the Book of Mormon just as much as the Bible so that we can learn and know of the truths of the gospel, and so that we know how we should live and be to have a higher chance of living with our Father in Heaven again. 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?

Maggie.
Our bodies are not essentially ours. They were gifts given to us from God so that we could live, grow, and learn. Our bodies are miraculous machines as science has discovered through the ages, so knowing our bodies’ abilities and where they come from, wouldn’t you want to treat your body with the utmost respect so that you can live a long and healthy life? This also pertains to our spirituality as well. We are asked to stay away from ingesting harmful substances that can lead to addiction such as alcohol, drugs, smoking, coffee, tea, etc. We are also asked to refrain from tattoos and piercings. Just like a temple does not have markings or damage done to it, we should not be marking or piercing holes through our bodies. Some have regretted having done this because it either has been done wrong, or because what they had done to their body was simply from a phase in their life and now it has damaged their body for forever, this especially becomes noticed when the person becomes older. Then worst case scenario, there are the expensive costs of removal. Being clean also means keeping the law of chastity and refraining from sexual intimacy before marriage. The ability to create life is a great gift that God has given us and we should not take this for granted. There has been much heartache from unexpected pregnancies or abortions, you can even become addicted to sex, as well as pornography and media that is not uplifting. That is why we are encouraged to have clean language and thoughts because they can eventually lead to actions. It is damaging to your spirit and can be extremely hard habits to break. Unclean thoughts can also result from immodesty (revealing clothes), suggestive music, making jokes about things that are sacred, or even being in environments where you cannot feel the spirit. We compare our bodies to temples when we question our worthiness. Temples are pure, clean, unworldly places we can reside. If we want to enter the temple, however we need to be clean spiritually, physically, etc. as well. Temples are houses of the Lord, and no unclean thing can enter in. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Maggie.
Many seem to neglect the true definition of a "cult." 1. A particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies. 2. An instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers the physical fitness cult. 3. The object of such devotion. Technically by these definitions, any religion could be considered a cult. Perhaps the reason why some refer to it as a cult is because of our high standards. It is uncommon in the world today and so it would appear somewhat strange to those not of our faith. Show more Show less