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Hi I'm Fred

I like basketball, computers, and guitars. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on an Island off the coast of Alaska. I am a third generation Alaskan my grandparents moved there in 1948. I trained in welding and love creating and improving things and working with men and women of the trades. Some of my cousins are fishermen doing the incredible things you see on Deadliest Catch each week! Several years ago I moved to Utah, and am now back in college again and loving it. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and have a need for constant learning. After searching for meaning in life, I gained a testimony of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1999. Jesus Christ has blessed my life and truly made me happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith Jr. restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Living the Gospel makes me happy!

How I live my faith

I want everyone to know how much God loves them and how special they are. If I can share something or encourage someone, I try to help.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Fred
"Mormon" was a derogatory nickname given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It comes from the title of the Book of Mormon, a book of scripture given to the church. You won't be corrected for calling someone a Mormon, but technically the proper name is "Latter-Day Saint" (commonly abbreviated "LDS"). Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Fred
No--we honor him as a great prophet, but we only worship God.   Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Fred
The scriptures tell us that "All things denote there is a God." The order of life, from the smallest particle to the expanse of the universe, testifies of divine harmony and oversight. Also, the beauty of life found on earth cannot be explained adequately by any other means than God. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Fred
People are hungry for the truth! We need to understand who we are, where we come from, why we are here, and where we are going. The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ contained in this church has these answers. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Fred
Every human soul has questions about life. One of the greatest things we can do is to take a specific question to God in prayer with the intent to follow the answer He gives. His answer is what a testimony is--knowing God lives, knowing Jesus is the Savior and healer, knowing that the Book of Mormon is really scripture. Receiving these answers takes work on our part: you have to study, ponder, and pray sincerely. By doing these things you can have your own personal witness, or testimony, of EVERY truth, given to you by a loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Fred
Jesus Christ is God's only begotten son. He came to earth to receive a body just like we all did, but He lived a sinless life because he was the Son of God and then sacrificed His unique life to atone for the sins of every person. Because of what Jesus did we can live with God with our families again.  Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Fred
Being a Latter-Day Saint is wonderful! You get the Gift of the Holy Ghost when you become a member. This helps us love all people and receive revelation from God to teach us about life. We learn from, love, and enjoy each other and receive special opportunity to bless lives as we serve and reach out to others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Fred
Latter-Day Saints serve their neighbors, volunteer in their communities, go on missions to other countries, and help during disasters. Their service is not just to other Mormons. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Fred
Many people mock or try and reject something that threatens them or challenges their ideology. Calling the LDS Church a cult is a simple evasion of genuine and honest evaluation. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Fred
The law of chastity is a gift to save us from the unhappiness and remorse that come from violating the forces of sexual virtue within us. Knowledge is the most powerful force in helping us choose wisely. Because of Jesus Christ's Atonement, chastity can be restored by the healing power of Christ when we have mishandled sexual principles. Show more Show less

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

Fred
Joseph Smith taught that we 'teach members correct principles, and then let them govern themselves.' The "Mormon" church won't endorse a political party.  Show more Show less

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

Fred
Everyone is welcome in temples you just have to be willing to prepare yourself. I have heard it explained this way there is nothing secret about a calculus class, but without grasping necessary math prerequisites, taking calculus would be a meaningless experience. I have attended Latter-Day Saint temples for 10 years now, and there is nothing strange or inappropriate happening within them. If you really want to know what happens in temples, you can, by gaining a testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and preparing yourself as it teaches. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Fred
Baptism is entrance to the Church of Christ and membership in God's kingdom. This is what is taught in the scriptures. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contains the Priesthood, the true authority to perform baptism and other ordinances given by Jesus Christ.   Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Fred
Temples are refuges from the turmoil of the world. They teach people who want to learn how to manage the challenges of life, and equip us with the understanding of living with God after this life and what it takes to be spiritually prepared. Show more Show less