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I work in healthcare in Houston, TX. I help patients who have been dealing with chronic neurological conditions. In church, I work with the Youth program and Boy Scouts. My wife Ingrid is a Medical Doctor from Colombia.
I have known since I was a boy that there was something different about the LDS church. I believe it to be the only true church, and the one that Christ directs in order to teach Gods children what we must learn and do here on Earth. I have always been able to obtain answers to those questions we all wonder about. What is surprising for many people is how God actually has revealled so much, and we don't have to wonder what is correct- we can know!
Mormons believe that babies have no need for baptism since babies are incapable of comitting sin. Baptism serves to cleanse us of our past sins, and allows us to make an agreement with God. We promise to keep His commandments and in return we are given the companionship of the Holy Spirit to help us on lifes' journey. The appropriate age to be baptized is no earlier than 8 years old. When I turned 8, my mother asked me if I wanted to be baptized. It wasn't until 9 months later that I told my Mom that I thought I was ready and I had a great desire to be baptized. Since it was my decision, it meant so much more to me than if I was pressured into doing it. Thats one thing I love about the LDS church, everything is between me and God! If we establish a real relationship with God, we will find worship and religion so much more rewarding.
I have studied the life of the prophet Joseph Smith Jr. and Gods spirit has confirmed in my heart and mind that he truly is a chosen man who worked in Gods name. He was not perfect, he was a man like you and me, but God trusted him enough to perform a great work in these modern times. Ancient prophets in the Bible talk about him and the great work that would be done before the Savior would return in the 'last days'. Many people find it difficult to believe that God works throught prophets like in ancient times. I don't understand why they might think that God changes over time? If anything, the Christian world should be surprised if they stop seeing prophets that God sends to guide us, or more commandments, teachings, etc. The Book of Mormon is one of the many examples of how God worked through Joseph Smith Jr to help teach us in these modern times. The Jews are waiting for prophets to return, Christians are waiting for Christ himself to return, and Mormons know that God has already begun choosing servants/prophets to prepare Gods church for these great events.
In church I learned that God expects us to make Him a BIG part of our lives, so I strive to acknowledge Him several times a day through prayers, scripture study and just trying to be good to my wife and others I run into throughout the day. If God really is our Father in Heaven, then how does it make Him feel when days or weeks go by without making any significant time for Him?