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Hi I'm Mindy

I'm a Dukie, a middle child, a soccer fan. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like peanut butter and nutella (separately as well as together), playing soccer and racquetball, and dancing (not the type where I actually know what I'm doing but the type where you just move along with good music). I'm studying politics right now but am pretty fuzzy about my desired future career path. I work part time and am a full-time student who desperately loves her sleep.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, but in some ways this actually inhibited my inclinations to believe in the church. I kept telling myself "I don't want to be Mormon just because my family is Mormon. What if I had been raised Catholic or Jewish? Just because you're raised being taught something doesn't mean it's true." I also might categorize myself as an intellectual, which left me struggling with questions such as "does this really make sense?" and "how can I know whether or not this is true? it's impossible." But I read the Book of Mormon. There's a reason we call the Book of Mormon the "keystone" of our religion: logically, everything stands or falls based upon its validity. If the Book of Mormon is indeed a sacred book of scripture written by ancient prophets, then Joseph Smith must have been a prophet of God to bring it forth. And if Joseph Smith was indeed God's prophet, then he was God's instrument in restoring the church of Jesus Christ in its fullness and purity preparatory for the second coming of the Savior. When I read the Book of Mormon I felt something in it, though I wasn't sure quite what it was. For all of my power of reasoning, I was left only with an undeniable feeling. Joseph Smith once described revelation as "pure intelligence flowing into you." And I now confirm that that is exactly what it is and how it feels. I believe that when we search for answers inside ourselves, for instance through the power of our own logic, we are left wanting. Only by opening our hearts and minds to receiving God's flow of intelligence can we know truth. I decided to accept the Book of Mormon as scripture and live by the teachings of the church. Since then everything I've felt and thought has been confirmed many times over. What began as a feeling turned into a testimony and a lifestyle.

How I live my faith

I attend church every sunday and institute (religious classes offered by the church) during the week. I served a full-time 18 month mission for the church in Arizona. I have taught lessons during church meetings, planned activities for the members of the congregation, and done a variety of things to help out in all the church's functions. But I try to live my faith in the day to day and week to week. I end each day in prayer where I report back to my Heavenly Father what I did that day and seek His counsel about what to do the next. Each morning I pray for strength to face my tasks and the inspiration to know how to accomplish them and who I can help. I try to fill my life with things that will keep me close to God and close to his spirit, or the Holy Ghost. That's why I read from the bible and the Book of Mormon. Each week during sunday services I have the chance to participate in the sacrament (the bread and water which symbolize the death of Christ). This gives me an opportunity to express gratitude for Christ's sacrifice as well as repent and recommit to becoming more of a disciple of Christ. I live my faith day to day and week to week through service in the church as well as doing my best to live the gospel: faith in Christ, repentance, baptism (or renewing that baptism through the sacrament), and receiving the Holy Ghost.

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Mindy
The Church opposes abortion and encourages its members to avoid having, financing, performing them, etc. The Church does recognize exceptions when the mother's health is at risk, when the baby is known to have defects which won't allow it to live after birth, and when the baby is the result of rape or incest. To read the official stance of the church on abortion follow this link: http://www.newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/public-issues/abortion It should be noted that although the Church teaches its members to oppose abortion, the Church itself has not yet been politically involved in abortion legislation. Show more Show less

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

Mindy
In short: NO. As a Mormon studying politics, this question is of particular importance to me. While the Mormon Church does encourage its members to be politically aware and active, it does not tell them which parties or candidates to support. Mormons can be found in a number of political parties. In the U.S. many people think all Mormons are Republican, but that's not true. Mormons in politics vary from ultra-conservative radio host Glenn Beck to the equally liberal Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. While the church does not endorse any party, it has historically encouraged its members to support specific policies as they arise and affect the church. Show more Show less