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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to a wonderful women for over seventeen years. The two of us are still getting closer to each other every day. I have a grandson who is just 1 1/2 years old. I have only been able to see my grandson for the first week of his life as my children, including his mother, live in separate pats of the United States. I served two enlistments in the US Army. I always love my country but after serving in the US Army I have a greater respect for the United States and those who defend it and our way of life. I am currently serving as a Family History Consultant in my local church Congregation.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Many people have asked me that question and I have given several different answers. It is easy to give the normal run of the mill answer to that question "I was born and raised a member of the Mormon Church". While this is true. It is not the reason that I am a Mormon. There was a time when that would have been a correct answer. I was indeed born, and raised a member, of the Mormon Church. There came a time however that I had to to ask myselft the question of why "I" am a member of the the church. It is after not all that easy to be a member of the Mormon church. For most of the churches in the world membership in said church is an almost passive thing. Here is the big question that I think everyone needs to answer, for themselves, did Joseph Smith actually see God the Father and his son (as a seperate being), and experience the Holy Ghost in the vision that he had. If Joseph did see the Godhead as he says that he did then The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is indead the true church of God the Father. If Joseph Smith did NOT see God The Father, his son Jesus Christ, at the event that is know within the church as The First Vision then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church) is a lie. This is the one biggest question that I believe everyone must answer for themselves. If it is true then it changes the basic foundation of the world. I have not been to the to see the place that Joseph Smith had the vision. I do not need to see the place to know that what Joseph Smith claims happend during the vision DID INDEED happen. It has been made know to me by the power of the Holy Ghost through studying and prayer. Ok, I will agree with the many people who say that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church) is not easy. Just remember that it is not easy, it was not designed to be easy.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a Family History Consultant in my ward. I find that as I help others with their Family History work that I get closer to my ancestors most of which I never knew. It helps me to be proud of how my ancestors dealt with the problems that we thrown their way. I find that some of the things that are easy for me to understand takes quite a bit for someone else to understand. We patiently work through the problem(s) sometimes time and time again. I will admit that there are time,s after I have helped someone with the same problem yet again, that I come back home and talk to my wife about the challenges. She helps me to understand, yet again, that they may have a different personality than I do and therefore different challenges. It is nice to have a spouse that completes you. This is the way me and my wife are together. We are complete.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Richard
Just as the church does not condone sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman it does not condone "homosexual activity" or "same-sex" marriage. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage destroy the fabric of marriage as set out by the lord. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Richard
I believe the best way to stop pornography is to STOP viewing it. Don't allow it in your home PERIOD. That means in any part of your home whether you or anyone else in your home, including your children, are viewing it. It also means that "Just this one time" is "Just this one time to many". Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Richard
Anyone can attend a Mormon Church. Mormon Churches are places of worship, fellowship, and learning. There are no prerequisites to attend any of the Mormon churches and you do not have to be a member of the Mormon faith. The specific purpose of a Mormon Temple is to perform ordinances that we hold sacred. In order to attend or perform these ordinances certain covenants have been made. We hold the covenants most sacred, not secret. 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?

Richard
In our temples sacred not secret ordinances are performed. In order that the spirit of the lord is not restrained only those members of the church that our worthy may enter the temple.   Only Mormons who have temple active Temple Recommends may enter into the temples. This is because we hold the temple to be sacred. In addition in order that the spirit of the lord is not restrained only those members of the church that our worthy may enter the temple. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Richard
The priesthood is the power of God to act in His name. This power is on the earth today just as it was when Jesus and his disciples . The priesthood was restored to the earth by Peter, James and John to Joseph Smith in a vision. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Richard
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godhead_(Latter_Day_Saints) The Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones as we do. He can therefore enter into our hearts and our minds. He is a comforter and a revelator. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Richard
The Bible indicates that God’s people followed the law of tithing anciently; through modern prophets, God restored this law once again to bless His children. To fulfill this commandment, Church members give one-tenth of their income to the Lord through His Church. These funds are used to build up the Church and further the work of the Lord throughout the world. There is no plate passed around asking for donations instead we are asked to pay a tithe (10%) as in biblical times. The tithing is put in an envelope and sealed. We voluntarily pay tithing. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Richard
To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 http://scriptures.lds.org/en/alma/32/21#21 and Hebrews 11:1 http://scriptures.lds.org/en/heb/11/1). You can have faith that while driving down the road as you are following the established road or paths to get to your destination that you will be able to safely get to your destination. Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him. It is a principle of action and power. Just like faith that you can successfully navigate the roads or paths to get to your destination faith in God can help you to successfully navigate through life so that some day you can safely once again return to live in the presence of God. Show more Show less