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Hi I'm Wendy

I'm British, I'm a grandma, I'm an artist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live with my husband in a small village in the east of England.We are grandparents with 5 kids and 10 grandchildren, but when I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I was only 21 and just starting my family. I am so glad to have had the Church to help me raise my children. It gave me firm standards to teach them and helped me feel secure in showing them what's right and what's wrong - and knowing why! Over the years, I have had many opportunities to serve others in the Church, including teaching and leading children, youth and adults. In fact, the experience I have had in the Church has developed confidence and talents I didn't know I had and enabled me to serve in my community in roles such as School Governor,Playgroup Supervisor and on various committees.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to know that there is a Prophet on earth who can tell us for certain what God wants us to do and what is right. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and I love my Father in Heaven. The Church helps me work towards being like them. Fellowship with others who are trying to do the same makes the hard bits easier. Before I knew about the Church, I was a Christian but a bit of a rebel. I had tried several churches and read philosophers. When I first met the Missionaries, I thought I knew much more than they did, but they always had an answer for me! When I finally agreed to read the Book of Mormon, the Holy Spirit bore a strong witness to me that this Church was right. I am very glad I was baptised - it changed my life. I am grateful to know that I am a beloved daughter of a Heavenly Father, that I have worth in His sight. This is the only faith I know of that treats men and women as equal, in spite of the gender differences. We serve together in church and in our homes, just as our Father designed for us to do, each complementing the other with the special talents and attributes we have been given. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I know why I am here on the earth, that my life has a divine purpose and that one day I can return to live with my Heavenly Parents because my Saviour has suffered for my sins and offered me the opportunity to repent. I know I can be reunited with my loved ones who have died and that we will be a family forever. That's why I'm a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Faith is a gift from God to those who believe in Him. However, a gift is no good unless we use it! I try to exercise faith each day by praying sincerely and acting on the inspiration I receive. Answers often come as I study the scriptures, too. Doing those simple things is what brings us closer to our Father and His Son and brings happiness and peace in spite of affliction. When I went down with M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I struggled to understand why this would happen but because I know that my Saviour loves me and my Father in Heaven would never send any trials without a reason, I was able to develop, I think, a bit more humility, as I had to lean on my husband to keep the home running, and my faith grew stronger as I learned to rely on prayer and the strength the Lord could give me. My relationship with my Heavenly Father grew deeper as I experienced His daily responses to my prayers. My faith in Jesus Christ has helped me live my life better and cope with challenges more confidently. I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life by being an example of the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being able to serve and help others as Jesus did is a wonderful opportunity. The whole Gospel of Jesus Christ is about loving and serving others and the Church gives us so many opportunities, and the training, to do just that.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Wendy
The Church was founded by our Saviour Jesus Christ. He organised it just as He organised his people in Old Testament times, by calling a prophet through whom He could speak to us. The person He called to do this great work, was Joseph Smith. He was a young man of an inquiring mind who had a deep desire to know the truth. These qualities made him more able to receive direction from the Saviour, because he did not have preconceived ideas. The Saviour started the process by appearing to Joseph Smith in a vision to call him to the work, in the same way that Moses and other prophets were called. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Wendy
The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ, standing beside the Old Testament and the New Testament to explain His divine mission. The main difference between it and the Bible is that the Book of Mormon has not gone through scores or even hundreds of different transcribers and translators over the ages. It was recorded by prophets, transcribed once by a prophet and then translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith under divine direction. This makes it much plainer to understand. It supports and clarifies every doctrine found in the Bible. The doctrines are more clearly explained because it was not written in a situation where the prophets had to disguise their message for their own safety. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Wendy
I love the Bible! I grew up with the stories of people like Noah and Gideon, who trusted in the Lord. We certainly do believe the Bible to be the Word of God, in so far as it is translated correctly. The Lord has always spoken to His people through prophets and told them to record His words. He hasn't changed! The Bible, Book of Mormon and the words of Latter Day Prophets are all scripture and help us to know God's will. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Wendy
The easiest way is to use the links on mormon.org, but you can also go along to your nearest Chapel. You can find it in the phone book under Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There are meetings on Sundays usually starting around 10 a.m. You will be made very welcome and, don't worry, attending Church does not necessarily imply commitment! Show more Show less