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Hi I'm Tracy Hickman

I'm an International Best-Selling Fantasy Author, game designer and a Mormon.

About Me

I am best known as the creator of the 'Dragonlance' series as well as numerous fantasy and science-fiction books and games. I've appeared at speculative fiction and game conventions from Italy to Australia. My wife and I teach seminars in writing, love to travel, and play games with our family and friends. I'm a father of four grown children and have been married to my inspiration and most beautiful wife for over thirty years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church ... but that is not why I am a Mormon. My ancestors knew Joseph Smith, migrated to Utah and my parents were raised Mormon ... but that is not why I am a Mormon. I was a rebellious young man who took my parents faith for granted. It was just something everyone did in my family and community. I was without a rudder and drifting in a sea of people who seemed to have purpose and direction. Then one night I was at work as a projectionist in the Academy Theater in my home town. I decided to ask God what He thought I should do -- not my parent, not my Bishop and not my friends. It was then that the Spirit came to me with such force that I could not deny its truth. I was overcome with the knowledge and reality of my calling. Right there in a movie projection booth ... what a place to have an epiphany! All I knew was that I should serve a mission for my church ... that was the simple and bold answer that I got. I discovered that after a lifetime of worship I knew NOTHING of my faith. I was called to serve in Indonesia -- about as far from my home as one could go and be a Christian Missionary to the most populated Islamic nation in the world. It was there, a world away from my home, that I discovered my favorite convert to the church ... me. I had to literally travel to the furthest part of the planet to discover the foundation of faith that was, after all, in my own back yard.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith with every breath. Both my wife and I teach Sunday School to the seventeen years old members of our congregation each Sunday and each of us conduct the music in our respective men's and women's groups as well. My wife and I also have the great privilege of donating one morning each week to serve other church members at our local Temple. Last year we even tried out to become members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir ... and we'll try again this year, too!

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Tracy Hickman
None. There were such restrictions in decades long past but one of the wonderful things about being lead by a living prophet of God is that growth and continuing enlightenment are constant. The gospel taught me to see all humanity as my literal brother: each a child of God. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Tracy Hickman
God chooses his prophet. This, as with many things in our church, is done through revelation. We are asked as members to sustain our prophet ... but he is not chosen by the congregation, he is called of God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Tracy Hickman
My wife and I serve as Ordinance Workers in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple ... a Mormon temple in our community. Being an 'Ordinance Worker' means what it says: we help in performing sacred ordinances -- ecclesiastical rites -- which we believe are necessary to serve God to the fullest. It is a great privilege that we are allowed in these temples not only to do these for ourselves and the living but also on behalf and in the name of our deceased ancestors who may not have had the opportunity to have these rites performed. For example, Christ said that baptism is the gate through which everyone must pass to enter his kingdom. What of all those people who died never having the opportunity to have this rite performed? Temples allow us the opportunity to perform the rite in the name of these souls by proxy. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Tracy Hickman
I have had both of my sons serve as missionaries of the gospel. My first served in Uruguay and my youngest is serving right now in the Texas-Fort Worth Mission. Both of their missions were funded entirely by the personal contributions of our family. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Tracy Hickman
Just like you and me, a youth in New York State also wanted to know which church he should join back in 1820. His prayer was answered spectacularly with a visitation from God the Father and Jesus Christ ... the event which opened the gate to revelation and a new beginning for the Christian faith. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Tracy Hickman
We are all of us are 'Mormons' ... and none of us are 'Mormons'! 'Mormons' was originally a derogatory term used to separate members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from other christian faiths and make us appear less 'christian.' There is actually no such thing as a 'Mormon' church. However, one has to admit that it is easier to say 'Mormon' that the full title of our faith! But as to who we are... we are your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers and the folks you ride to work with every day. We strive to be hard working, honest, loyal, virtuous, joyful and to 'do good to all men.' Above all we are followers of Christ. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Tracy Hickman
You can talk with someone right now, I believe, through this Mormon.org website ... or find Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in your phone book and call ... or stand up in any crowd waiting for some event and call out, "Hey, anybody here a Mormon?" Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Tracy Hickman
Relief Society is a service organization specifically organized for women in our church to promote their own welfare and the welfare of others. It was the first women's organization founded in the United States and remains the longest operating. Show more Show less

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

Tracy Hickman
Mormons love all people. Mormons, I believe, also support equal rights under the law for same-sex couples and homosexuals. I have many gay friends, co-workers and acquaintances for whom I have the greatest admiration and respect. The term 'marriage' has a very specific meaning in the Mormon faith and goes beyond a simple social contract. Mormons believe that marriage is for eternity and that it is bound up in families extending beyond this life. Thus, the specific term 'marriage' is a sacred rite in our faith that has unfortunately gotten bound up in secular issues. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Tracy Hickman
You can't stop the tide ... but you can stand on higher ground. Keeping the debilitating and tragic consequences of pornography out of our lives is best achieved by removing ourselves and our family from its influence. This is a battle we must wage at home ... and with help and support from the immovable rock of a consistant and active gospel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Tracy Hickman
Not for over a hundred and twenty years. Isn't is astonishing how long juicy gossip hangs on? My great-great-grandfather 'practiced plural marriage' with multiple wives but that ended in 1890 -- a time before the invention of radio, powered flight or washing machines. Unless you can find a Mormon married over one hundred and twenty years ago, every Mormon marriage is monogamous. Show more Show less