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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 10/21/13

This week was alright. I went to the training meeting the day before transfers and met all the new missionaries. I went tracting (door to door) with Sister Gibbon and go to know her a little. Then transfers came on Wednesday and guess what…Sister Gibbons is now my companion. I kind of knew that was going to happen. The adjustment for both of us hasn’t been easy but I have certainly grown. There are a lot of things that we disagree on and we are learning how to work around them. I know that this companionship may be difficult at times but I will grow because of it. I do miss having Sister Terry as a companion but I know she’s doing well back in Utah.

There’s not too much to report on this week, honestly. I’ve really come to love the hour of personal study every morning. I spent an entire hour studying the introduction part of Preach My Gospel (partly because I didn’t have my scriptures) and I learned so much! I hadn’t studied it so intently before and I did learn a lot. Now, I really need to re-read the 4th missionary talk 🙂 I am strivving to become the 4th missionary more now than ever before. I truly love missionary work, even if I have some moments where I miss being at home. But I know that this is where I am meant to be and there’s the rest of my life to do what I had originally planned for my life. Like a sign at a church said in Greer “Sometimes our Plan B is God’s Plan A.” I know that is true in my life.

I also want to thank everyone for the support I have had on my mission, I love the letters that I get during the week and the emails I read on Mondays. It reminds me that I have people at home rooting for me. Thank you.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week at school or at work. I love y’all!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

This is our district.
This is our district.
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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/16/13

So this week has been insane. A lot happened yet I felt a little unproductive. But here is my week in Lugoff, SC:
First off, I want to announce that one of the ladies I had been teaching in Greer was baptized and confirmed over the weekend. Her name is Victoria and when I saw her name on the text messages that we receive every week, I about screamed. I was so excited!

Another thing that happened was I finished my journal, It is like super full of memories and things from my mission. I am so excited for my future children to read it. I mean I really think it will help them…one day. But I personally LOVE looking through it. It has 6 months of missionary work in it. There have been highs and lows, just as everyone has in life. I love this work so much!

Sister Terry has helped me be more goal oriented and organized and that is something we were working on this week. She has a chart system for goals and she got me to make one, which it is in my journal, and now I can look at the goals that I have for the, hopefully, 2 transfers I will be with her and it maps it out as to what I need to do every week then what I need to do every day to accomplish the weekly goals. It’s amazing. And she gave me a book holder thing to orgainze some of my books, which I may get another one this week because I just have that much stiff apparently.

Oh! Another thing that Sister Terry and I did all week was match. We wore yellow then green then red then pink then orange then purple….yeah, constanly matching. It’s kind of entertaining. The day we wore pink we were almost 100% matching, it was crazy!

So in my setting apart blessing, the night before I left for the MTC, something that was sad was that I will have good health and there will be no physical ailments. So, Sister Simmons pointed out that maybe that was said so that I could learn how to better take care of myself. Since I have been out here the last 6 months I have learned so much: 1) I am lactose-intolerant, which really bites! 2) I am flat-footed, So I have to have arch support inserts. 3) I now know how much water I need to drink every day because if I don’t drink enough water I can’t breath. 4) Juicing is healthy and wise! A lady in Greer got me into juicing and I am kind of sad that I can’t juice anymore because we don’t have a juicer. But when I get home I will resume juicing.
Well, I suppose that is all for this week. I love y’all! Have a great week and I’ll talk to you next week!

1 Nephi 3:7 “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I awill go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no bcommandments unto the children of men, save he shall cprepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

My first journal vs. my brand new journal!
My first journal vs. my brand new journal!

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/9/13

Ok so as I had mentioned in my last email, I am no longer in Greer, SC. Sister Simmons Is now training someone there and I got the boot. But great news…. I’M WITH MY MTC COMPANION!!!! Yep, I am back with Sister Rebekah Terry. She’s 4’10” and from Brigham City, Utah. She is an amazing person and I love her. We are serving in a tiny town called Lugoff, SC which isn’t too far from Columbia. The weather is a little different here than in Greer as it doesn’t rain as much but that’s ok.

There’s not too much to report on this week so I will keep it short. That and I don’t have much time to be on the computer. Crazy as it is. The library here kicks you off after 30 minutes then you have to go on another computer. Kind of annoying. And we have to use the local laundry matt because we don’t have a washer and dryer. Sad day. Oh well….In other news….I love being a missionary. I couldn’t have asked for a better job

Well, gotta go. I love you all!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/2/13

Guess what everybody! I am leaving Greer, SC tomorrow. I am sad as I have truly loved it here but I know that the Lord has work for me elsewhere. And my companion, Sister Simmons, will be staying here and she will be training. Yep, she gets a Greenie of her own. A greenie is a brand new missionary.
In other news, not much went on this week. The weather has been crazy. It will be hot and sunny one minutes and then all of the sudden open up and pour! It’s kind of fun though running in the rain.
Right now I am burning CDs so that I can have some of the CDs that Sister Simmons has. There is this one CD that is called Joseph A Nashville Tribute and it is amazing. Everyone should hear it. And yes, it is about Joseph Smith. There are 4 other CDs as well but I can’t think of what they are called.
There aren’t any funny stories this week. Oh wait…so that preacher I talked about last week….yeah…he turned out to be a creeper. Not gonna go into detail but we don’t think he was really a preacher. And he wanted to give us a hug. Thank goodness for the no hugging the opposite sex rule.
Ok, well today we went to a place called Holly Wild. Great place. If you are ever in SC you gotta see it. Look it up online too.
Welll, love ya tons! Everyone have a great week!
Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

This is us with Victoria and her sister at Hollywild.
This is us with Victoria and her sister at Hollywild.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/26/13

Hello everyone! How is everything going? I appreciate the replies from people. Still waiting to see if anyone has input on how to boost our Book of Mormon Class. Any ideas? Any at all? Corey, you are exempt from answering because you already replied to that.

So just so everyone knows, I do have a Facebook group you can join. My friend Victoria uploads pictures every so often so you can view them there. She also tags me in the ones I am in so you can see some on my Facebook I guess.
We taught a preacher last week and we have a return appointment with him. How awesome. And he’s not wanting to fight. You can usually tell when they just want to “Bible bash” with you. We are going over there tomorrow. He took a Book of Mormon and said he’s read it. I’ll let y’all know how that goes.

We have someone on date to be baptized, her name is Victoria. She’s super sweet! She just moved into her grandma’s house, who is a member of our church, and we met her and started teaching her. Her mom grew up in the church but stopped going for various reasons but that wont stop her. Her baptismal date is September 14….my cousin Christy’s birthday.

Funny story: We were out going door to door on a fairly cool day and we arrived at this house with a really pretty font yard. We walked up to the door and there was a dragonfly flying around us. Right as my companion, Sister Simmons, was going to knock on the door, the crazy dragonfly tries to fly up my nose. I know they don’t hurt but still, I don’t want it in my nose. Yuck!

Oh transfers are coming up. I don’t know what will happen but I have a pretty good idea. We are notified the Saturday before transfers if we are leaving so I will be able to let y’all know next Monday. If I leave I know I will miss Greer as I have really found my home here. There was a family that recently moved out of our ward a few weeks ago and I was so close to crying. I know that people move and that I will move but this sister, who is reading this right now, has been an amazing woman. I met her my first day here and she has been there with me until now. She moved to Utah so she and her family are far away now but I feel like my own family left because I felt very close to them. Since then iI’ve been trying to pick things back up but everytime I go into the apartment complex where they lived, I think about them….which is at least once a week.
I hope y’all have a lovely week and that everyone is enjoying life. For the days that seem tough remeber this: “feed your faith and your doubts witll starve to death.”

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Us with Victoria
Us with Victoria. Sorry it’s sideways lol.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/19/13

Every week I am adding new people to my email list, or so it seems. But I enjoy telling y’all about my week! And Hello to those that are just now getting my emails, if you want my previous emails I can send them as well, just let me know.

So I made a list of things I want to write about this week rather than just going on about my days. First things is the exchange we had. And exchange is when there are my companion and I are split with another companionship. Sister Simmons, my companion, was here in Greer with our Sister Training Leader Sister McHaley while I was in Spartenburg, SC with our other Sister Training Leader, Sister Stout. It was an awesome experience and I have learned so much from that. For example, I have learned to use the back of my planner as I am supposed to. Any RMs or current missionaries know the importance of a planner but I never really used the back of mine for my contacts. Now I do. Like my mission president, President Holm, always says “we are developing not developed.”

Also, I would like to ask all of you for advice on how my companion and I could boost our attendance at our Book of Mormon Class. Currently our average of attendees is….zero. Occationally we’ll have one person show up but that’s rare. We’ve been doing this for almost 18 weeks and nothing has changed. We don’t want to kill the class but we may have to if no one shows up. We’ve thought about putting it in the paper but that costs money. And we hand out flyers all the time. *sigh* We don’t know where to go with this.

Another thing I’ve been doing lately is looking at my family tree. It’s super exciting. For anyone who would like to learn more about their geneology I encourage you to visit familysearch.org because it is amazing. I have discovered one of my lines to go back all the way to 31B.C. How cool is that? And I have found that their is tond of royalty in my family as well. My ancestors are from: England, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland, and a few other places. And that’s just on my mom’s dad’s side of the family. I have 3 other lines to go back to! Again, I encourage all of you to check it out. Who knows, we could be related. And if you aren’t sure how to get started, visit your nearest family history center. I know there’s one at the church on Sierra Ave. It’s completely free too!!

I have a question for everyone as well, does mail still run on Saturdays? I was told that it would stop running on Saturdays in August and I wasn’t sure if it was true or not.

The weather here is wonderful, as people were asking about it. It has been an unusually cool August, which I LOVE! It rains all the time, which I also LOVE. I wish it rained half as much as it does here in Fresno. Maybe then it wouldn’t be so hot there. I was told it’s been pretty much in the 100’s all summer.

I also want to wish everyone good luck this semester/year in school because I know school is starting back up. A piece of me misses school, partially because my English is failing me, but the rest of me is kinda glad I’m not going to school right now. I’m sure everyone will do great!

Last thing I wanted to bring up is…..SATURDAY IS MY BEST FRIEND MICHAELA MATTHEWS BIRTHDAY! SHE’S GOING TO BE 20! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAELA!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!!

I hope everyone has a great week this week. And please, feel free to ask any questions about my mission, I’d love to answer them!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Me showing my SC pride 🙂

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/5/13

Hello everyone. I know this email is going out later than usual but my companion and I were confined to our house all morning waiting for UPS because we are having problems with our phone and the mission office ordered us a new one and if we don’t receive it from UPS today, they will send it back. So we have someone waiting outside our apartment for UPS while we use a little time to email. I appologize for not replying to anyone individually but I am in a hurry today so this email is basically it.

Now, this week has been another great week. It has, however, gone by rather slow. And a briliant friend of mine who is reading this email once said that time goes by easier when you have someone on date to be baptized. And Taylor, you were right! It does go by a lot smoother when we are preparing someone for baptism but sadly, none of out investigators (people learning about the church) are progressing (meaning they are not keeping commitments to do what we ask them to do).

This week I have been struggling with a bit of home sickness but I assume that is because 1) I feel like people back home are forgetting about me and 2) things have been really slow. I hope to shake these feelings this week. Last week was also a sad week because someone who I met my first night here, Sister Dawn Bolick (now McEwen because she is married) moved away and it kind of felt like more of my family was moving away. It kind of broke my heart. It was really sad to drive by her apartment and know that she’s not there. But I know that things will be better for her in Utah and it’s a lot closer to California so I can so see her. Maybe I can be there for when her daughter Mariska gets baptized, she’s like 5 right now I think. Also, Vivian moved. She got baptized then moved out of our area so we can’t visit her. But she is still coming to church so that’s wonderful!

Oh! My companion, Sister Simmons, received a Birthday package from her family and her family sent me a mini Preach My Gospel, which is pretty much what missionaries live by and members should read. The mini one will help a lot when we go to meeting and things.

I also found out last week more about my family history. I went on familysearch.org and guess what! I have German, Hungarian, Romanian, English (there’s a English Knight even), and who knows what else! Crazy!!! And there are apparently many members in my family that I don’t know about because there is tample work that is reserved, meaning they someone will be baptized for them and seal them to their families so they can be together for eternity.

Oh and by the way, anyone can send me a letter or package at any time of the week. And if you send a package, send it from the US Post office, priority mail. If you don’t I will get it but it could be months from now. but my address is as follows:

Sister Carra Skye Miller
South Carolina Columbia Mission
110 Oak Park Dr. Ste. B
Irmo, SC 29063

Here’s a cute poem we were told yesterday at church:
The first time you notice me you’ll have to admit
I have an outside hard as grit.
No amount of force or pressure
Can make me change to seomthing better.
But if by a gentle flame I’m basted,
I’ll change to the best popcorn you’ve ever tasted,
Some people are like popcorn too…
With an outside shell that’s hard to get through.
But if you take the time to CARE,
you’ll discover the potential hidden there.
Through unselfish service you can help other grow,
By taking the time to lete your sweet love show.

Now, I hope everyone has a wonderful week! I love all of you and thank you so much for all of the support.

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

PS: If anyone wants to email me that you know, give them my email. Thanks! Or my address

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 7/22/13

Hello my wonderful friends and family, this is my weekly email to everyone. I have like 20 minutes to type this out so I hope I can do it LOL. Anyway, so first off I want everyone to know that just because I am sending this out does not mean I don’t want replies. I just want to only type out what is going on in my life once rather than 22 times (as there are 22 people who are getting this email). I love talking to each of you, but most of you want to know how things are going out here and this is easier and faster, as I onlu have 1 hour and 15 minutes to be on the computer.

So this past week has been crazy. So many of the people I am teaching are really struggling. I wish there were something more I could do. Anything. I hate seeing the people I have grown to love suffor and not be able to do anything. All I can do is pray and teach them and help them. My prayers have gone from like 3 minutes back home to now about 8 to 10 minutes long. It’s amazing all the things I talk to Heavenly Father about.

So last Monday, Sister Simmons and I went to McDonald’s and got happy meals because they have little minions in them and we both LOVE minions. We thought about going again today and getting another minion but we decided to cook instead.

Tuesday was amazing! We were on an exchange so for the day I was with abother sister, Sister Belyea (bell yay) who is from Utah. We went to our Book of Mormon class that we have every Tuesday at 7:00pm and, sadly as usual, no one showed up. So we were talking with a member of the bishopric about somethings then a guy comes in who is an atheist wanting to know about the church. He has been through a lot in his life, he’s about 60, and he feels like there is something missing in him life. We ended up talking to him for about an hour and a half because there was so much to tell him. It was an amazing experience and I know that miracles can and do come from exchanges.

Wednesday was another normal day, we did our usual missionary work. We do missionary work not missionary things 🙂 And we were fed by a lady in the ward, Sister Kim Coggins. And then there was an aweful storm and we had to stay at her house for like an extra hour or so. It was a crazy storm, power was out everywhere and trees down. Sister Coggin’s daughter got into an accident that evening, after we left.

Thurday we met some really cool people. We were referred to this couple, the Lambeths, and they have so many questions. We are actually going to see them this evening. And this other couple, the Herrs, who were taught by missionaries a few months ago. We are having dinner with them tonight. But that night we had Chinese food with this nice couple, the Hill family. They have a daughter that just got married and is going into the Army in September I think.

Friday we had a few meetings and went on momron.org for an hour, which we do once a week. We learn so much by searching mormon.org (Yasmin I found your profile because you are the only Yasmin) and lds.org. It amazes me all that we can learn in just the hour we have. We had dinner with another awesome family, the Nielsons. The Hill’s daughter married one of the Nielson boys.

Saturday Vivian had her baptismal interview and now she is all ready to go for her baptism on July 27. We are all super excited and we are getting the ward involved as much as possible. A few people are even making treats for the baptism! We had dinner with a recently baptized member, the Maker family. We had pizza with coliflower crust. It was super good, y’all should try it some time.
Sunday was another wonderful day at church. Then we went to dinner at the Ruff’s house (proniunced Roof). They are really into food storage and canning and all that good stuff. Awesome family.
Now today, we have a lot of fun things planned. I’ll let y’all know how today goes next week. But here is a little southern English lesson for y’all:

Skreet = Street
SKressed = Stressed
Skrength = Strength
Striptures = Scriptures
Y’all = You guys
All y’all = Everyone

I hope y’all have a wonderful week! And if anyone else you know would like to get my weekly emails or want to hear from me, tell them to email me or give me either email. The more the merrier, right? And if anyone ever wants to send me letter, I wouldn’t object 🙂 I love getting mail.

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

3 Nephi 5:13
13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been acalled of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.

This is Sister Belyea and I on our exchange
This is Sister Belyea and I on our exchange

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” -Michael Jordan

So, this weekend was busy! Since I leave on Wedenesday, March 6, I had so much to do! Saturday was my “farewell” party/ get together plus my best friend of 14 years, her name is Yasmin, got her mission call and had her get together to open it right after. And Sunday (today) I went to church. Tomorrow I am going to clean someone’s house for a little extra money and then Tuesday I get set apart as a Full-time missionary!

My farewell party was a….failure. LOL. I invited like everyone I knew, except my own family because they are not being supportive. Only five people showed up (plus the 3 people who lived in that house). Don’t get me wrong, it was still awesome, but I had hoped that more people would have been there.

From left to right: Michaela, Me, and Victoria. At the Farewell Party/
From left to right: Michaela, Me, and Victoria. At the Farewell Party/

My friend Yasmin’s mission letter opening party was great! There were a ton of people there that I hadn’t seen in FOREVER. A couple of them I hadn’t seen for over 4 years. I was wonderful! She was called to the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission and she reports to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on June 12, 2013. She is so excited and watching her open her letter made me realize that I was leaving for my mission in a matter of days! It’s crazy. But I was so happy to be there for her. And she won’t be too far from me!

So church was great but another one of my best friends of 14 years, David, made me a little sad because he said that today could be the last time we see each other for a few years because when I get home from my mission he will be away at BYU Provo. This saddened me because he has always been a rock in my life and now we are growing up and moving on in life.

Tomorrow, I will finish packing and make sure I have everything I need. Tuesday, I will be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (if you have questions about the church please refer to my blog post titled

“THE ONLY THING NEEDED FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING.” -EDMUND BURKE

I wish all of you a wonderful night! May you find peace in your heart as you slumber and arise refreshed and able to work in the morning. I love you all! ♥

Missionary: Someone who leaves their family for two years (or for women 18 months) so others can be with theirs for eternity ♥

 

I’LL BE IN THE MTC SOON, IF ANYONE WANTS MY ADDRESS GO TO MY FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157628894389195/

“The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

Here are a few Q&A’s about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church). If you would like to learn more, you can speak to a missionary or me. I will also include some websites that you can find any information about the church. Some of the answers on my blog are from these websites.

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Question:  Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Answer: Quite simply, no. The young men of the church have been strongly encouraged to serve a mission at age [18], and the sisters are able to serve at age [19], but no one is required to serve. We do it because we want to! Who in their right mind would give up two years and pay that’s right, missionaries pay their own way to go somewhere they had never been and do all that they do? We serve missions because we know that Jesus is the Christ, and we want the happiness that knowledge bring to be available to everyone! So no, Mormons are not required to serve a mission. It’s a personal choice to share the happiness and joy they’ve received from the Gospel.

Question: What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Answer: The word “testimony” is used frequently by members of The Church. When they use this, what they mean is they have knowledge that a certain principle or doctrine is true because they have studied it, and received a witness of it from the Holy Ghost. For example, to gain a ‘testimony’ of the Book of Mormon, you read it, study it, and ask Heavenly Father if it is true. He will typically respond with a feeling of peace or happiness. This feeling is the witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. Once you receive this witness, you have built a testimony of the Book Of Mormon. This process can be applied to any aspect of The Church, or your life.

Question: Why does the church have living prophets?

Answer: Without living prophets God can’t guide his church. He has always called prophets and always will.

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Question: What is the Book of Mormon?

Answer: The Book of Mormon is a Volume of scripture comparable to the bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains a fullness of the everlasting Gospel. The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation.

Question: How is the church organized?

Answer: “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth” (Articles of faith #6)
The Church is led by 15 apostles. The most senior apostle is the president of the Church, and he selects two other apostles as counselors. These three function as the First Presidency, which is the highest governing body of the Church. Twelve others form the Quorum of the Twelve — the second-highest governing body of the Church. Together, the First Presidency and the Twelve oversee the entire Church. Church members trace this organizational structure to the New Testament.

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Question: What is The Word of Wisdom?

Answer: The Word of Wisdom is a code of health that Mormons live by. We believe that it came from God through the prophet Joseph Smith. Our bodies were created by God. He understands the workings of our bodies. He understands what is best for them and knows exactly what needs to be done to take care of them and make sure that they have the best chance of lasting for a long time. He wanted us to know this as well, so he gave us the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom teaches us what things we should put into our bodies and what things we shouldn’t–this gives us the best possible chance of being healthy that a person could have! In short, the Word of Wisdom teaches us what is good for our bodies: herbs, grains, wheat, fruits, little meat, etc. A pretty normal diet, if I do say so myself! God has also told us, very specifically, what things are harmful for our bodies. They are alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and any illegal or harmful drug. I have lived by the Word of Wisdom my entire life, and I can testify from experience that it works! I have never been addicted to anything. I have always been healthy. And, best of all, I feel good every day! I know that the Word of Wisdom comes from a loving God, who wants His children to be healthy and happy!

Question: What is the Law of Chastity?

Answer: The law of chastity is a set of behaviors (and non-behaviors) pertaining to sexual purity. In a nutshell it is that unmarried persons are not to have sexual relations (of any kind) with one another outside of a legal and lawful wedding. Per the law of chastity married persons are permitted to engage in sexual relations but complete fidelity to spouse is required. Additionally behaviors like being involved in pornography (inside or outside of marriage) are a violation of this law. Relations between man and woman (husband and wife) should be of a type and fashion that are acceptable to both partners. Homosexuality is a contravention of the law of chastity and is forbidden of the Lord (regardless of a so-called marital agreement). The law of chastity also forbids masturbation as this is a misuse of sacred God-given power. The prophets and apostles (President Boyd K. Packer prominently among them) have spoken out ever increasingly on the subject of the law of chastity. There are numerous resources on the topic on LDS.org (key word: chastity). Satan’s main desire is to destroy families (in all stages) and he finds great success in deceiving mortals into abusing themselves and each other by violating the tenets of the law of chastity. Article of faith #13 states “We believe in being honest, true, chaste…”

Question: How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith Obtain the “Golden Plates” or Book of Mormon?

Answer: The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible because it is another testament like there is the Old Testament and the New Testament, but it is the same because it is the same God inspiring what is written! At the end of the Old Testament times, there was a family in Jerusalem that left to travel to what is now called the Americas. They had part of the Old Testament, and brought it with them. This Jewish tradition – of keeping records of the families and the events of the Lord working in their lives – continued when the family traveled to the Americas. So just like the Old Testament is a record of the history of the people in that area, the Book of Mormon is a history of the family traveling to the Americas, and then what happened once they settled there. Like the Old Testament, these records were passed down through the families over time. So with the Book of Mormon, there was a man named Mormon who was named after a place, actually, where there was a river and people got baptized, and he consolidated these records into a “book”. That is why it is called “the Book of Mormon”.

Question: Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Answer: No. The Church does not practice polygamy although it did for a short while in the early years of the Church. (Please review your Bible history as it was practiced in ancient times.) It was not practiced at all until Joseph Smith received revelation asking the people to do so. Even then, only the more righteous members were joined in plural marriage, not everyone could participate. A later prophet received revelation that this practice should be stopped and so it was. This is just my personal belief and is not an authorized church response….If you will recall your history, persecution was rampant in the early history of our church and many people died because of their beliefs including many righteous male members. That left many women usually with large families with no means to make a living and no man to provide for the family. Through plural marriage these families were provided for and led by a righteous priesthood holder who could teach, care for, and protect the family. Later persecution was less, the Church had established itself in the West, and more jobs were available to women as technology began to affect society. Also, the Church was persecuted for practicing polygamy and if things hadn’t changed, God’s purposes to share the gospel throughout the world would have been hindered. Our greatest command has been to “go forth and teach all nations” about the Gospel Plan. Today, we believe in and practice monogamy, the marriage of one man to one woman.

Question: What do Mormons believe about family?

Answer: That families are the most important organizations in the world and that belonging to a family is one of the reasons we are on this earth. We believe that families can be together forever, and one of the purposes of temples is to make that happen. We do family history work and temple work for those in our family who died before they could go to a temple so that they can be linked together with us as families extending back through time to Adam. We believe that the blessings Heavenly Father has for His children though being parts of families are so necessary that He has asked us to do this family history research and temple work so that we can find our family members and connect them to us. Every person who has lived on this earth should have a chance to receive these wonderful family blessings, and family history research is how we find people who didn’t have a chance to receive them while they were living. We believe that everyone should have a chance to choose these family blessings, and so we do the temple work that will give them that choice, even if they have not lived on this earth for a long time. My first grandchild only lived for ten hours because she was born without a skull, but we believe because of the family blessings of the temple, we can be with her after we have died and we can know her and love her as part of our family. We believe that Christ’s sacrifice and atonement makes this possible, and we are anxious for others we know and love to have this great blessing as well.

Here are some great links to check out, some with more information about the questions and others have more information:

http://mormon.org/articles-of-faith

http://mormon.org/

http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/topic/organizational-structure-of-the-church

http://www.mormonchannel.org/

https://familysearch.org/

Good luck in your quest to learn more. If you want to obtain a free copy of the Book of Mormon, one can be sent to you at no cost. The Book of Mormon is always free, everyone should be able to access the Lord’s gospel for free, right? If you read it, you will gain a knowledge of it.

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