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Hi I'm Makamae

I'm a wife & an educator. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Air Force wife and a mom. I'm married to my best friend and I love and adore him! I'm an educator and I love to learn. I enjoy life and do my best to live it and love it as it comes! I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. I will admit, I didn't always love Church. Not watching TV on Sundays, or going outside to play with friends put a damper on Sundays for me. But as I grew up and started to understand the things my parents taught me as a child, and as friends started to make decisions that weren't in line with what I believed, my faith was tested a lot as a teenager, and as a young adult. I had to come to know for myself if what my parents taught was true. I remember thinking, "what if I belong to the wrong church? What if there is something different that is right and I don't know it?" But I knew, from Joseph Smith's experience that any man can come to know for himself what is true, by asking God. He quoted James 1:5, which says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." I knew that God would answer my question as to whether or not the Church I was baptized into was really the true Church. I can't say that I had an earth-shattering moment that let me know that this is the true Church. That knowledge came surely, but slowly, over time. As I continued to read my scriptures, to pray and continually ask if this is what is right, I found that I already knew in my heart that all of these things were true. I continue to live the gospel partly because I love my Heavenly Father, and partly because I love my family. I want to be with both when this life is over. I'm scared of being in a place where I'm not allowed to be with either. I live each day, so that I can say that I've done my best, and I can say that I deserve to be with my family, and I deserve to live in God's presence again someday. Because I have the knowledge that I have, that means I must fiercely hold onto the gospel and its principles, and faithfully keep the covenants that I have made with God. I know that Jesus Christ lived, and that He died for our sins, and our infirmities. I know that God provided us with Church leaders today, to guide and direct us in an ever increasingly evil world. I know that as I live the gospel, and follow His prophets, I will never be led astray.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the 1st counselor in the Primary Presidency in Florida, ministering generally to the children in our ward. I also do visiting teaching to a few ladies in the Relief Society, though my service is not limited to just these three sisters, I try to be there for others who live where we do. I try to help where I can.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Makamae
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Back in those days, while Jesus was on the earth, they didn't have modern technology as we do today. There were still people on the earth who did not have direct access to Jesus Christ, but God still appointed different people in different areas of the earth to preach His gospel concerning Jesus Christ and His Atonement for us. The Bible is a testament of Jesus Christ, coming from and written by people in the Mediterranean area. The Book of Mormon, however, is a testament of Jesus Christ coming from and written by the people on the American continent. The testaments are meant to run together and to testify of Jesus Christ's Atonement, and to bring ALL men unto Him, to be saved by Him and through Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Makamae
While we do not worship Joseph Smith, we do have deep respect and gratitude for the work he has done to bring the last dispensation in before the Second Coming of Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Makamae
Mormon missionaries proselyte to share the truthfulness of the restored gospel to ALL. We believe our Church to be God's Church on the earth, authorized by HIM. Our goal is to make sure everyone has the correct knowledge in order to make the correct choices. People cannot make correct choices without the correct knowledge. We wish to share the gospel with those who do not have it in its fullness and give them the opportunity to accept it. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Makamae
You must start first with yourself and the actions you take day to day to protect yourself. Make sure you are studying your scriptures, having regular conversation with your Father in Heaven (prayer), attending your Church meetings, and finding ways to serve others will help you stay free from such an addiction, as well as any other addictions that might creep into your life. To take care of your family, it would be a good idea to do those same things; have family prayer, family scripture study, regular family home evenings, etc. Its important to install filters on your computers, game consoles, and your cable/satellite to prevent anything from unnecessarily coming through. As with any dangerous counterfeit that Satan puts in our way to confuse us, its a good idea to have frequent age-appropriate conversations with our children. We need to make sure they know what to do if people show them certain things at school, or tell them things that they aren't sure are true. If nothing else, we ought to just make sure that our children know that we are there and that they can ask anything they are curious about. As women, its a good idea to make sure you're always dressed modestly, first and foremost to show that you respect yourself and your God. It also helps the priesthood holders and the men around you who wish to be true and faithful to the women in their lives (whether it is their wives, mothers, sisters, or daughters). Let us help each other to be true to God and to those we love. Show more Show less

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

Makamae
No. However, we are encouraged to read the policies at each election and make educated decisions on who we feel would be the best candidate. We are encouraged to be involved in being a part of choosing our leaders through elections. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Makamae
It is the sisterhood within the Church! Our theme is Charity Never Faileth. We exist as a sisterhood to love and serve each other, and whoever else needs the help. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Makamae
We sure are! We accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, and He is the only way we can make it back to our Father in Heaven. To accept Jesus Christ, our Savior, we have to show him each and everyday that we accept his Atonement by doing our very best to keep His commandments. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Makamae
A Mormon Church is where we worship our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, every Sunday. Anyone is allowed within the walls of these church buildings, as we allow all people of every kind to join us in our worship services. Typically, we attend a Mormon Church on Sunday for about three hours; one hour of sacrament meeting (the main meeting), one hour of Sunday School, and one hour of meeting either in Primary (children's group), Young Mens, Young Womens, Priesthood, or Relief Society (the womens organization). A Mormon Temple, on the other hand, is used for temple work; we perform saving ordinances required by God in these sacred buildings. We have temple ceremonies here, much like how they did in the Bible. While members of the Church do the work in these temples, one needs to be worthy in order to do that work; not just any member is allowed in. You must be worthy to do so. If you would like to see the inside of a temple, you can try to catch a temple open house before it is dedicated. They allow people to tour the buildings before they are consecrated for the Lord's work. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Makamae
The Law of Chastity, plainly spoken is that we do not have sexual relations with anyone other than our spouse. We also believe marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. The Law of Chastity also includes refraining from any sexual relations before marriage. We are to keep ourselves chaste by not acting on those sexual impulses before marriage, by putting off the natural man and yielding to the Holy Ghost. In our marriages, we are to have complete fidelity to our spouses. This means that we are to give ourselves to our spouses and ONLY our spouses, both emotionally, as well as physically. God meant it to be this way. When things are done within the laws He has set forth, we have His hand in our marriages, our marriages will be consecrated as we continually look to Him. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Makamae
They say if you want to talk with Heavenly Father, you pray. If you want Heavenly Father to talk to you, read your scriptures. As you continually read the scriptures, and come to know how God communicates with His children, you will be more familiar with how He is communicating with you. There have been numerous times where I read something that was always in the scriptures, and that I have read before, but jumped out at me because of something I was going through at the time. These are not coincidences; they are God communicating with you. You can also come to know more about God by reading about Him, and reading about His Son, Jesus Christ. Everything Christ did on this earth, was to show us what God would have done if He had come down here Himself. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Makamae
We have been asked to not partake of things that could be potentially harmful to our bodies. This rule does require some common sense on our part. A large reason as to why we do not consume alcohol is that it is difficult to feel the Spirit if we are inebriated. We strive to constantly have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. In order to always have that, prohibiting these things from our lives can bring us closer to the Spirit. The Church's law concerning health and proper diet is one of logic. We are to exercise on a regular basis to keep the body God has given us healthy. Our physical bodies are one of the greatest gifts given to us by God. Shouldn't we treat it with the greatest respect? And we need to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, eat a lot of grains, and eat meat sparingly. God provided us with the food to eat, and we should eat the good food He provided. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Makamae
Modesty is just one way we can show our Father in Heaven that we love and respect Him, and that we love and respect the bodies He has given us for the period of time we reside on this earth, and also for the eternities which will come after. How we dress sends a message to those who see us. Elder Dallin H. Oaks said, "...Young women, please understand that if you dress immodestly, you are magnifying this problem by becoming pornography to some of the men who see you." By dressing modestly, it helps us to 1) show Heavenly Father that we choose to do His will concerning modesty and chastity, 2) send the right message to those around us, 3) help the priesthood holders in our lives to have chaste thoughts, and 4) have respect for ourselves as daughters of God. Both men and women ought to be modest in their dress as well as in their conduct. As parents, its a great idea to start with teaching our children that our bodies are temples. God has blessed us with these sacred bodies that He expects us to take care of while we are here in this mortal state. Just as we would do our best to eat well, exercise, have good hygiene, chastity should be emphasized far more than any of these things. Having a close relationship with your children is key, and developing respect between the parents and the child are important. It is also important to let our children know our expectations for them. As we have close relationships with our children, continually taking opportunities to teach them correct principles concerning the law of chastity as well as modesty, they will be able to make correct choices with the knowledge they have that their bodies are temples, and that they must treat them in a way consistent with how we treat the temples of our Lord. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Makamae
The great thing about the Church is that every "job" is filled and completed by service. Our entire church is run by people who do their jobs for free. Absolutely free! From the prophet, to the general authorities, to your stake president, mission presidents, bishops, branch presidents, relief society presidents, elders quorum presidents, every single calling in the church is fulfilled by a worthy member who is willing to give their time, talents, and effort toward the building of the kingdom of God. All of the tithing is then used to build new churches, new temples, give humanitarian aid, send missionaries out to do missionary work etc. Because we are willing and able to serve in callings, we are able to better help those within the Church, and those without our Church. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Makamae
We cannot save ourselves. Nothing we do in and of itself can or will save us. No matter how good we are, we are still not good enough to save ourselves. However, God does want us to be as good as we can. In order to lay hold on the grace of God and partake of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we have to come unto Him and LET Him change us. He cannot change us if we do not allow it. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Makamae
No. Anyone who would like to join the Church can join the Church. The gospel is for ALL people, no matter where you've come from, no matter what you look like, no matter what you've done, or who you've become, Jesus Christ beckons all to join us in worshiping Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Makamae
We believe in an afterlife. After our spirits leave our bodies, we believe that our spirits reside in what is called the Spirit World. There in the Spirit World, we will either go to Paradise or Prison. Those who have the fullness of the gospel will go to Paradise. Those who have not heard it in its fullness yet will go to Prison and will be taught of the gospel in its fullness there. This is where they will have the opportunity to choose to accept God's plan or to reject it. Mortals worthy members who attend the temple on the earth perform their saving ordinances for these people who are being taught there in the Spirit World. After spirits are taught, there is a period of time where all men and women to have ever lived on the earth will be resurrected as Jesus Christ was resurrected. Some will be resurrected first, and others will be last, depending on our standing with God. This is when all of the saving ordinances that were not done on earth will be finished. It is said during this period of time that Satan will be bound and will not have power to tempt anyone. It is called "the Millenium." After all have been resurrected, there will be the Final Judgment where we will be judged for all of our deeds and misdeeds done in our mortal life. This is where mercy and justice will fall into place for each of us. Whether or not we chose to take advantage of repentance in our mortal bodies will determine which will take hold on our souls mercy or justice. After the Final Judgment, we will be placed in one of the three degrees of glory in heaven celestial the highest, terrestrial middle, or telestial the lowest degree. Those who do not make it into any of these degrees of glory will be placed in outer darkness, more commonly known as hell. This is where Heavenly Father's promise of receiving all that He has to those who make it to the celestial kingdom. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Makamae
All members are required to pay their tithing if they would like to be counted as worthy to enter His temples. Tithing is 10 of one's income. The Church finances its operations through tithing funds. Because our jobs/callings are done for free, we are able to put all of our money towards building new church buildings, new temples, sending missionaries to their various destinations, humanitarian aid, etc. Everything is purchased with cash. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Makamae
President Thomas S. Monson is our prophet on the earth today. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Makamae
No. Not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. All young men who are worthy are encouraged to serve a full time mission upon reaching age 19. Women are welcome to serve if they desire upon reaching age 21. However, no one is ever forced to serve a mission. Whether one goes on a mission or not is up to the individual.  Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Makamae
It is important to be baptized by men who hold the proper priesthood authority because those men have God's authority and power to act in His name and perform ordinances, such as baptism, which is the introductory ordinance in the gospel. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Makamae
We believe in doing what Jesus Christ has asked us to do (John 14:15 says "If ye love me, keep my commandments"). Keeping His commandments and doing our best to be righteous has nothing to do with "earning" salvation. Doing these things is to show gratitude to Jesus Christ for His Atonement that He has provided. We do it because we accepted Him as our Savior, and because we accept Him as our Savior, we try our best to be like Him. His Atonement/grace is what saves us, not our actions. Show more Show less