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Hi I'm Peggy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the church at 20 years of age in 1977. I married a member of the church. And all my children and grandchildren are members of the church. My father was career Navy and my husband and I have both served in the military. So I've moved A LOT!! I am the oldest of 5 children, all girls. And I have 4 children, all girls. I have a college degree in accounting and work as a CPA for a manufacturing firm.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended Christian churches most of my life. As a teenager I prayed in earnest to know that what I believed and the way I lived was pleasing to my Heavenly Father. On many occasions I read the Bible and prayed, sometimes late into the night. I finally gave up my search. When I was in the military, I had a friend that often talked with me about religious topics. When he asked me to read the Book of Mormon, I was not interested. I still believed the Bible was God's word and did not want to read my friend's book. After many discussions with my friend, I finally agreed to read the book. From the first page, I felt the Holy Ghost whisper to me the book was true. From the first page, my mind was drawn back to the memories of those nights praying and studying to know the truth. As I read the first few pages, I remember saying out loud, "This is it!" I knew the Book of Mormon was the answer to those earlier prayers.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not just a church to me. It is a way of life. I love to teach the youth. For more than 10 years I have taught the scriptures to high school students each school day. These students come to the class we call "seminary" for one hour BEFORE school. We gather at about 6 AM to study the scriptures. I have also taught young children on Sundays for over 25 years. I want my family, friends and neighbors to know that I love my Savior Jesus Christ. So I invite them to church activities and attend some of theirs. I participate as often as I can in Easter and Christmas programs put on by other groups, including other churches and community choirs. I also try to find ways to serve my neighbors, like mowing their lawns or baking cookies. I pray for them and their friends and families when I know of a need. And I ask them to include me in their prayers when I have a need. I work outside the home full-time. So my co-workers are around me more than anyone else. They know that I do not drink coffee, tea, or alcohol, that I do not smoke, and that I do not use bad language. Often people at work will apologize when something happens around me that they know is inappropriate. I keep religious objects and pictures in my office. When people ask about them, I tell them of my faith in Christ. When something happens to me, I often ponder how my Heavenly Father would want me to act. I do not always behave as I should. When I mess up, I ask forgiveness of the person I have offended and ask forgiveness of my Heavenly Father. And I believe that food cures about anything. So I have been known to bring food as a peace offering to someone I have offended.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Peggy
Some people believe Mormons worship Joseph Smith. They do not understand that we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and worship God, our Heavenly Father. We accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Only One through whom salvation comes. Joseph Smith was a prophet, as were Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, Peter, and many others. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Peggy
We believe that, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, everyone will be resurrected and live forever. Those who live as He commanded will inherit eternal life, which is living with God forever and becoming like Him. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Peggy
We wear our best clothing to our worship services, females wearing modest dresses, males wearing dress pants, often with a white shirt and tie. The way we dress reflects our attitude about worship and about our Savior, Jesus Christ. We celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ at Christmas and His life, atoning sacrifice and resurrection at Easter. We also celebrate Pioneer Day in July, honoring the legacy of early church pioneers. In the United States we recognize many other holidays, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, etc. to recognize and express gratitude to God for our blessings and to honor and remember the sacrifices of others. We follow the Word of Wisdom, counsel from the Lord concerning how we take care of our bodies. So we do not drink coffee, tea or alcoholic beverages. Family is important to us. So we spend as much time as we can with our families. We try to hold daily family prayer and scripture study and weekly Family Home Evening (family night). Family Home Evening includes a lesson or activity and refreshments. Some families assign a different family member each week to plan the lesson or activity. When our children were at home, we assigned a different person each week to teach a lesson, choose the songs, offer the prayers, and prepare the refreshments. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Peggy
We believe that a person shows his faith in Christ by obedience to His commandments, including the commandment to be baptized. We also believe that a person must be baptized by one having authority to perform that baptism. We call that authority "the priesthood". One of our articles of faith states: "We believe that a man must be called of God by prophecy and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority to preach the gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof." Show more Show less