While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors. Watch these stories of faith in the everyday lives of Mormons. You can also meet Mormons here.
Our faith influences nearly every aspect of our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities. Here are a few of the cultural priorities embraced by members of the Church around the world.
We are all spiritual children of a loving
Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons,
we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives
to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
The funds that pay for and support the activities of missionaries represent sacrifices made by the missionaries themselves, their families, and members of the church. Before serving as a missionary, and I planned on doing so for years in preparation, I worked part-time jobs throughout high school and even did a morning paper route for a while in order to save up money to pay for my 2 year full-time mission. I also used my musical talents with piano and singing and I played at various venues, wedding receptions, etc, to save up additional funds. When the time came for me to serve, I had 2 options: I could use all that money that I had saved to pay for my college education (I was studying music at a university at the time) or I could put it all towards my mission. I'd already made up my mind years prior, so the decision wasn't tough. With additional help from family and friends, I consecrated my money, time, and talents to God, and served full-time teaching people about Jesus Christ for 2 years.
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Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?
Official Church Answer
Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John3:5). Many people, however, have died without being baptized. Others were baptized without proper authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared a way for all people to receive the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. These individuals in the next life can then choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf.
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