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Hi I'm Layne Stalvey

I'm a convert. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a woman who has been truly blessed by the Lord in all things. I have a wondeful family that includes both members and non-members of the LDS church. I have an amazing husband and daughter, and surround myself with stand up individuals that I am proud to call my friends. I am a big environmental and human rights activist! I try to live like Christ in following his example to be kind to all people and creatures!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I have a testimony of the Restored Gospel, of Jesus Christ the son of God, our prophet Thomas S. Monson, and of Joseph Smith. I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ that has been restored to the Earth today. I grew up learning from the Holy Bible, the 4 Gospels, Old and New Testament and I still study those scriptures today. However, now I have additional scriptures to learn from in the form of the Book of Mormon. I have a prophet that I can look to for instruction and guidance of how to survive and thrive as a Christian in a world that is so full of temptation and deception from Satan. I came to be a member of this church by meeting with missionaries and asking of the Lord in prayer about it's truthfulness. Though my family has not accepted the restored gospel, they are still very supportive of my membership of this church. They have seen the incredible effect being a member of the LDS church has had in my life. I will continue to be an example of trying to live righteously for my family, friends, and especially my daughter. I will always remember that what drew me to the church in the first place was the amazingly sweet spirit and great examples that my now in-laws, were to me- and still are to me.

How I live my faith

By always trying to choose the right, follow the Commandments, and seeking wisdom in the Scriptures. I try to keep the Spirit strong in my life buy surrounding myself by the right things and right people. I strive to be accepting of all people and faiths just as Christ was accepting and forgiving to those who persecuted him.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Layne Stalvey
I grew up in an Episcopal church. The church service was a liturgy out of a book called the Book of Common prayer. It consisted of opening and closing prayers, hymns, a sermon or lesson from the officiant, and eucharist (Holy Communion) that was partaking of a wafer and sip of wine. When I first visited a ward (LDS church congration) and attended a Sacrament meeting one Sunday I was surprised at how comfortable I was and how similar the service was to what I had grown up with. There was an opening and closing prayer, hymns, ward (congregation) business was taken care of- which I could relate to church "announcements" from my previous church. I partook of the sacrament which was bread and water and symbolized the body and blood of Christ, the Savior- just as the Holy Eucharist in the Catholic and Episcopal churches do. I was able to hear not 1 but three sermons that were called talks- given by members of the congregation. I found this to be much more personal that being preached to by an officiant. These talks were deeply emotional, spoken from personal experiences, and full of the Spirit. Show more Show less