Hi I'm Talon
I grew up in Overton, born and raised there. I was your typical kid going around setting peoples backyards on fire, Getting caught in paint sheds, and a whole lot of other wholesome activities. I'm anything but ordinary, but I feel that its a good thing. I like video games a lot. Although I like being around friends and family a lot more then video games. I tend to play them with my friends and family. You get the best of both worlds that way! I was raised by a lot of people thus making my family very large. Though no one could replace anyone from my immediate family. They are the creme of the crop. The reason for who I am stems off of who my brother and sisters are. If I am truly a good person it is only because I reflect the goodness of my brother and sisters. I am the youngest of four kids. I was born to goodly parents who loved the lord. I also love metal music, well I love all music in general but metal is where I can get my frustration out. "Judge not, that ye be not judged". The words of Christ for you to sit and ponder on.Remember this as well. There will always be time to come unto Christ. As long as Christ is still in the heavens we all have more time.Time to repent and time to change. No one is hopeless, but there is some that have no hope.Forgive those who need it. I'm a firm believer in the thought that when we forgive someone who really wronged us. We cover a multitude of our own sins! We are God's children It's time for us to start acting like it.
Why I am a Mormon
We each have a story, mine is this. In short when my mother passed in November of my freshman year of high school. It was tough much of the time I felt alone, but with being Mormon there is significant comfort. Knowing just what becomes of us after this life. Knowing that life continues. That gave me peace. Also knowing that I would see my mother again brought me peace. Did it make me better right from that instant? no, but it gave me the strength to continue. "The Lord loves all his children", is a phrase that is in his church and because he loves us all he expects us as "his children" To love one another. Ive found that in this church, but that's not why I'm Mormon. The reason why is because I know that this is the Lords church. Ive read The Book of Mormon and know it to be true. Today people tend to want proof of such things, physical proof. I'm a man on faith. Faith is believing in something you cannot see. So if you truly have faith you don't need to see everything. Can you see God? Most of us say, no. How do you know he exists? We pray to know these things. So if you really want to know if The Book of Mormon is true. Pray about it! Quit being caught in willful ignorance and pick up the book and read it. Then pray about it. Really its not hard. Put off your foolish pride. Forget all that you have heard about it and find out for yourself. This will bless your life. This is either the most important message for the whole earth or it isn't, find out. God will answer you.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
The reason we do genealogy work is because we care enough about our ancestors and for the whole human family! By doing genealogy work we can do something thats called baptisms for the dead. Which is doing baptisms for and in behalf of someone who has passed. By doing that it is extending the blessings of christ to those people who never knew him. God doesnt just want to bless only the living, but the dead as well! He is anxious to bless the whole human family and it all starts with Genealogy work.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Thats a hard one. I think if I were to choose one, it would be the Sermon on the mount in Matthew chapter 5. Though a inspirational yet (short) verse would be verse 9 in that chapter." Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of god." Also another scripture I like and that has influenced me a great deal has to be the concluding words on the sermon on the mount. Matthew 7:1-2 which reads, "Judge not, that ye be not judged.For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." That has been a good one. as well as Matthew 6: 14, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you" that one I think for me is really important,but one more. Matthew 22: 37-39, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." That one I think is the most important and to be honest the hardest one for people to follow. Myself included, but these are really a drop in the bucket of the saviors teaching that are important to me. Its all important to me. If he thought it was worth saying. He said it, so it should be revered, everyword, as special.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
Well I'll let The Book of Mormon do the talking Alma 34:32 says, " For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." Enough said. Also 2 nephi 2:25 says this, " Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." just in those two verses we can see the basic outline of what god intended the purpose of this life to be. Any honest seeker of truth, who hasnt been jaded over by what I like to call the, "willful ignorance of the world." Will be able to see the plain and precious truths found in the book of mormon. The Book of Mormon can/will bless your life, but you have to have the eyes to see and the ears to hear the truth. The truth is the truth, whether or not its your belief.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith has been spoke by believers and critics alike. Though after weighing the pros and cons of each argument I've come to this conclusion. Why couldn't he have been telling the truth. I don't worship the man, lets be clear. I worship him about as much as the Jews worshiped Moses. Why couldn't his account be true? Why couldn't he have been a prophet? Some like to criticize the way he lived. All I have to say about that is. The prophets in the bible were not perfect. Moses killed someone, David and Solomon had more than one wife, Elisha cursed children and two she bears came and killed those children. That would seem pretty questionable. But it wasn't the things they did in there personal life that made them prophets. Its what god told them to do and sought earnestly to see that it was done. There obedience to his commandments and the miracles that were brought forth because of there obedience. So despite what Joseph Smith might have done. I have received and spiritual witness that he was a prophet of god from the time he claimed it till the moment he died. God bearing witness of it. He told me. no one else did. Not my mom, dad, brother, or sister. I found out myself and god told me through his holy spirit that he was. So if he was a prophet, despite the things that were said about him, those accusations are now UN-important to me. No man can tell me otherwise. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Lord, Through him, brought forth the restoration of his church. The way he wanted it, with the people the Lord wanted and the time he wanted. Let God be thanked for Joseph Smith the man that laid down his life to ensure we had the truth of God, which Christ gave to us who, Knew not the truth only because we did not know where to find it . He did indeed reveal the secrets of god to us. Which God told us he would in Amos 3:7. The great Prophet and seer Joseph Smith. A man, A prophet, and a friend to all. Even his critics. God be thanked.
How I live my faith
How do I live my faith? By living of course! There's no better example of faith then the life that you lead. In the scriptures it talks about how you can tell something is good or evil saying, " By their fruits ye shall know them." What a perfect explanation on how others can see if we are christian or not. If people really knew what they were saying when they say, "Oh, I'm a christian." Then they would realize that what they are saying is, is that they are a follower of Christ. Meaning you follow his example. How do we know what his example is? By reading the scriptures and studying how Christ lived here in mortality. I'm sorry, but to me talk is cheap. If you are a christian then you better show that you are a christian, act like a christian, and BE a christian. Because when both you and I stand at the judgement and say, " We are Christians." We will be judged on how well we have represented Christs name. (See Revelation 20:12-13) That's how I live my faith.By living the way Christ would. Now am I perfect at it? No,but I do strive to be the best person I can and allow god to shape me into what I need to be. Some say that his grace will automatically do that for you. With no real effort on your part. That's false, we can only receive grace when and only when we show that we are committed to the lords cause. I believe in grace. I believe it saves us. I don't believe it is given to us against our will.We have to show that we want it. By living a Christ centered life.