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Hi I'm Mindi

I've lived in 15 different places. I'm a mom of twins. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four sweet little kids, including a set of twins! I love the fine arts, especially ballet. I ran my own little dance studio before the twins came along...now THEY keep me on my toes all day instead. I love cooking gourmet meals with my husband, making dvds of family memories, and throwing fun birthday parties for my kids. I lived in Europe as a teenager and can't wait to take my family there for a visit one day. I can get pretty into college football, and I really enjoy reading good books with my kids before bed.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that there is a God, that we are His children, and that He loves us. I have felt that love. He has a plan for us...there is a purpose in us being here on earth. That just makes sense to me. Because He loves us, I believe that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to provide a way for us to return to Him. Prophets have spoken about Jesus Christ from the beginning of the world. When Christ was on the earth He established an organization to teach and bless those that followed him that included apostles and teachers and ordinances. It makes sense to me that His church today would have that same organization and authority from Jesus Christ. I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a restoration of the church that Jesus Christ established, and that He guides it today through revelation to prophets and apostles just as in ancient times. It is very logical I think. Besides it making perfect sense to me, I have seen good things come in my life as a result of my belief. I have lived by the teachings of the church and have felt unmistakeable peace and joy and seen tangible good come directly from it. It is like how you know about anything I guess...you try it out and see that it works, that it feels right, that it opens up more and more goodness and truth to you as you go along.

How I live my faith

I love how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gives its members so many great opportunities to serve. I think that service is one of the main ways that we can follow Jesus Christ and become more like Him. I have had the chance to teach children and teenagers at church, and to help plan activities and seek out those in need among the other women at church. I have a couple of other women that I have the opportunity to specifically look out for. Everyone in the church has someone like that that is looking out for them individually. I have made some great friends this way, but I also love that it gives me the opportunity to get to know and serve people as individuals...as Christ did. I know that He knows these women and their needs individually and can inspire me to help them in the ways that they most need it. It is one of the best feelings ever to know that you have been an instrument in God's hands to help someone else that He loves. Probably the biggest way that I live my faith, though, is in my home. I love teaching my children. I really like to come up with fun creative ways to teach them about the things in life that matter most. We have a night each week that we gather as a family and learn about different aspects of God's plan for us. We read from the scriptures every night together and pray together before we go to bed. We practice loving and serving each other in our home. We all work together to become better and learn more. My precious children are God's children also and when I ask and listen He ALWAYS helps me to know what I need to do and say to better care for and teach them.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mindi
Temples are not secretive places, but we do regard them as sacred places and treat them, and the things that go on within them, as such. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the beautiful temple grounds, I like to take my children there often to enjoy the beauty and peace that exist even on the outside of the temple. When a new temple is built, and before it is dedicated, the public is invited to tour the temple during an open house. Once a temple is dedicated, you have to be a certain age, and meet certain worthiness requirements in order to enter the temple, but I think this is so that you are better prepared and able to appreciate the teachings and ordinances there. Temples are beautiful, peaceful places that make me feel closer to Heaven. We learn in the temple of the things of eternity....more about who we are, why we're here, how to return to our Father in Heaven, and the role of Jesus Christ in our lives and salvation. We receive ordinances in the temple that help us to return to God and that make it possible for our families to be together forever. This is such a huge blessing! Another beautiful thing about the temple is that inside we can participate in ordinances such as baptism on behalf of those who have died without the opportunity to do so themselves....often our own ancestors. We believe that those people then of course have the choice of whether or not to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the ordinances done for them. Its neat to be involved in that service. Show more Show less

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

Mindi
There are some moral issues that the Church has a stance on, but the church never endorses a specific political party or candidate. Church members are encouraged to be involved in their communities and governments as good and concerned citizens. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mindi
We are definitely Christians! The actual name of our church is "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints." Mormon is just a nickname. Jesus Christ is at the very center of all that we do and believe. We believe that this is His church...patterned after the church that He established when He was on the earth and still guided and directed by Him through revelation. We believe that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can be saved, and that it is also through His grace that we can do good and become better. We try to follow Jesus Christ's example and live His teachings. We believe that He is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. In our church we pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. We love Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mindi
We believe that we are all children of God...that our Spirits are literally the offspring of God and that He is our Father in Heaven. He sent us to earth within families. Families are central to God's plan for all of His children. In families we are nurtured and taught and prepared for our divine destinies as children of God. We believe that our family roles are our most important roles and responsibilities and that the within the family can come great joy and fulfillment. God wants us to be successful in our families and will help us to be. I think that the greatest teaching about the family within our church, is that families can be together forever. God has made it possible for us to be married not just "until death do us part," but forever. We believe that our children can be linked to us forever as well. In the Bible it talks about Jesus giving Peter the power to have things sealed on earth and sealed in heaven. We believe that this power has been restored and is available in temples to seal our families on earth AND in heaven. Show more Show less