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Hi I'm J. Quinn, "Joe"

I'm a Latter-Day Saint and a Priest of the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ from the lineage of Abraham!

About Me

I'm a convert of one year now. However, I've spent more time than many members in the study of my church in all aspects. I am involved to an extent with FAIR, an apologetics group dedicated to clearing confusion about misunderstood aspects of the church. I live in the Portland area. I was formerly borderline anti-mormon or at least skeptical due to my upbringing in the American South and the promulgation of myths, fears,and some outright lies that were spread about based on fear, I believe, of taking a true look at one's own faith or of finding the spirit of truth in another's faith. In MY case, I met a friend (whom later became my wife) who was a member and I realized I actually had little facts regarding the faith so I went home and did some research....that night I felt the spirit light up the room from inside me as I was reading. I knew I was doing something that must be big! As I read and read all night I drove over and met her at 6 o'clock in the morning with a load of questions and began the process of conversion. I still consider that night the most important experience I've had in my mortal life.

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned, I had almost an instant conversion...yet as I went further and further into the church, receiving the priesthood, doing temple work, and other aspects of the faith were opened to me my faith has been "galvanized", I now wear the armor of Christ at all time and I know this church is true like I know the sky is blue. If anyone gives the spirit of truth a chance to whisper I guarantee it will confirm this to anyone with an open heart and mind.

How I live my faith

I consider myself in a constant "missionary mode", as I am ready to discuss or even debate theology at any time in any setting. I have a very deep understanding of the philosophy, rich history, and how the church came to be and how that affects Christendom as a whole. I have a indepth knowledge of almost every faith and love to discuss the merits of each and compare to my own in an objective manner, yet knowing with perfect faith that my doctrine is perfect and unassailable by any whom wish to do so. I love my church with all my heart.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
No. We regard him as a prophet, but also a man, and a little boy who had an experience few of us can imagine. Yet, even though we credit him with the work, he did the work of our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ and did so under their direction. But, we recognize he was human and fallible and do not worship him but the one who directed Him, even the Heavenly Father Himself! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
This is a question I love to field. It puts the myths to discord that our founding prophet had anything but the mouth of god in his ear and a true christian heart. If we were to accept payment for our services, then it may be construed as a money-making scheme at worst and what we refer to as "priestcraft", which we abhor just as the ancient church in the Book of Mormon did. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
A Stake, is a term we use to describe an area where the church has a presence. It comes from the description of Zion as having not only the limits of the city, but that "like a tent" the stakes hold the canopy of zion over the world. Wards are groups that arranged within stakes. Branches are more rare, they are very small congregations that aren't large enough to make up the organization necessary for a ward. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

J. Quinn, "Joe"
Because, wither one believes it or not, science tells us we are all beings of light and spirit and such is infinite and cannot be destroyed, only transformed. The nature of this unavoidable transformation is the work of the church and the spiritual path for all brothers & sisters! Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
To attempt to stop the works of the adversary is a waste of resources and precious time and to spend our time in this manner would only play into Lucifers' hand. No, the best way is to live the gospel and wear the armor of Christ, to steady our course and instill these values in our children, thereby cutting off the "demand" for such debasing images of our poor desperate lost sisters, and sometimes brothers in that industry of evil. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
It is a commandment to abstain from sexual relations with anyone besides your wife, including yourself. This is a commandment I have received the most tangible results from. After some time, I could feel the spirit so strongly it was like a bright light that hit every moment of every day. Amazing, second only to following of the Word of Wisdom in terms of benefits to feeling the spirit. The life energy, spirit, moved during marital bonding is the same that our Heavenly Father Himself used to create life in this world. It is the greatest gift given to us by our creator, the ability to create life! Furthermore, it is the greatest tool of the Adversary to try to cheapen it and trick us into promiscuous behavior that when looking back upon with our Heavenly Father one day, would shatter our heart. I can't imagine explaining to my creator that I looked upon one of my beautiful sisters of light, crafted by His own hand, as an object to debauch and use for selfish pleasure seeking. Not to imagine the possibility that I could stand before Him and realize I have a child that I never knew existed and was never loved nor know by me. Horrifying! I could go on further painting a picture of just HOW important this is and that he has a plan for us. To find our partner and enjoy the fullness of the gift He has given us every day in joy and happiness as He intended. Waiting until marriage builds the spiritual foundation to unlock the true power, joy , and significance that it is meant to be in the moment you and your spouse join together as one as you will be for all eternity with the life you create. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
Christian (plural Christians) (Christianity) A believer in Christianity. (Christianity) An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ. (Christianity) An individual who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are called, "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of latter-day saints", we believe in ...Christanity! as defined by us and our language, ___________________________________________________________________ "Christianity: (usually uncountable; plural Christianities) -A monotheistic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and various scholars who wrote the Christian Bible."... ___________________________________________________________________ We live our lives according to those values and principles even to the fullness of the gospel and we maintain a personal relationship with Jesus "Yeshua" Christ. So by even the strictest definition...We are Christians! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
Because it's a pejorative term, that can easily be applied to any group. Here is the dictionary definition: cult: A group or doctrine with religious, philosophical or cultural identity sometimes viewed as a sect, often existent on the margins of society. So, as we are a group of over 10 million member, you can't say the "margins of society" fits, so that leaves a definition that can be applied to any religion or philosophy, or even a country! But, it does have the aforementioned pejorative connotations, however it is useful to immediately identify someone that uses that term as having a vicious bias of some level. So, close examination of any "facts" such a person would give. Always do your own research, don't take MY word for it even, read and learn, and gain a testimony for yourself and the Holy Ghost will help identify those that would bear a false witness to destroy the works of Jesus as they did thru His life and physical death. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
Being a member is almost as much a lifestyle as it is a church. We don't believe as other churches do, inviting the calls of hypocrisy from non-christians, that being a Christian is something done only on Sundays and maybe Wednesdays. It is part of our life, our plan, our path from now to eternity. We believe in obeying the commandments everyday and hold ourselves to a standard closer to the Master, Jesus Christ, as possible. Becoming a member DOES change your life, but in such a marvelous way, to give us the blessings intended by our savior for righteous gospel living! Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

J. Quinn, "Joe"
This is simply not true, as we can see in the book of Acts, the first act of the new church was to replace Judas Iscariot with Stephen to administer the temporal affairs of the church and manage tithes and the law of consecration at the time. If only the original 12 were "intended", then Stephen wouldn't have been named as a replacement to that sacred body of administration, he would have just been a church secretary or some similar less meaningful title before his martyrdom before the pharisees. Moreover, Stephen wouldn't have been replaced by Paul of Tarsus! The vacancy of the office completing the the body of the Twelve was continually replenished until the apostasy where a Bishop of Rome took control and did away with the sacred offices above Him and further reorganized the holy church as HE wanted, not as Jesus intended and the Apostles continued under His direction. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
We wear, "church clothes" to our services in our meetinghouse. Some "investigators", our term for those looking into the church, don't wear their "Sunday Best", and noone makes a fuss, but as you come closer to the church you want to wear clothing most respectful to your purpose there. We aren't like the "Jehova Witness", we celebrate all holidays, including Halloween, birthdays and the like and even have singles dances in our meetinghouses and make a "joyfull noise" unto the lord! We have a few quirky customs, for instances, "turning from even the semblance of evil", as when a semi-nude sister appears on TV we do not stare at her in her debasement and objectivity that her employers are paying her to solicit. We have a lot of FHE, or Family Home Evenings where we have time with our families and it's considered bad form to call a member during this time unless absolutely necessary. We wear white shirts often...what else? ;) We generally refrain from foul language and try not to hang around bars and places that are not conducive to the spirit. But, it's not a church of restrictions, you just feel like living the gospel lifestyle as you get closer to the spirit, most of these things are not commandments, just the results of living a gospel lifestyle! Show more Show less

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

J. Quinn, "Joe"
Simply put. Because we're Christians. The Church our savior created, as the faith he was prophesied to come in, required a "tithe" or a 1/10. We hold ourselves to the standards of Priesthood so we comply with all the commandments as our savior did. True, their are some who do not and we don't punish them, but they don't progress spiritually and aren't able to stand before the Heavenly Father in His house, but still meet and pray and enjoy fellowship at a level most "other" christian churches in the land do. We just have a higher path to follow, as well, to Priesthood which requires following the commandments religiously. No pun intended ;) Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
By the contributions of members fasting and donating the money saved from the meal they would have otherwise eaten to the welfare system of the church! 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?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
Anyone who is following the commandments of Jesus Christ for a single year is able to enter His Temple. It is a very sacred and pure place and the though of someone walking into the house of Jesus Christ and lighting a cigarette is unthinkable. But, if anyone wants to walk the halls with our savior can do so, if they are willing to prepare themselves for this awesome gift. It isn't secret, yet we don't discuss things for which are sacred and we would have not the words for anyway. We want everyone that will to help in the service done in the Temple, for that is the true nature of the Temple, to do service for others and commune with our Savior in a space kept Holy for Him. Show more Show less

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

J. Quinn, "Joe"
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. The Holy Ghost has not taken a physical body as Jesus has and His Heavenly Father before Him. He is a distinct personage though, but remaining in spirit the Holy Ghost permeates in, thru, and around all creation as well as the Father and Son, thereby providing the "fire" of the spirit, the most immediately tangible and faith affirming gift felt by the newly baptized. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
No, after the US Government decided to limit marriage to only one man and one woman, we declared in the 1890 Manifesto that we were no longer preforming that ordinance of the fullness of the gospel so we wouldn't be going against our 12th Article of Faith, to obey the laws of the land and be subject to kings, presidents, and governments. However, in light of this interference with religions freedom, since the US Government has already decided to restrict religious freedom in this way and ban a practice scripturally sanctioned it is odd to me that they want to further interfere by allowing a deviant sexual practice that whole cities were burned for in the bible to be sanctioned as a Christian marriage. Amazingly hypocritical really! Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
The Restoration was what kindled the fire that is now the bright light the church is for me. I had broken ranks with the church I grew up in, or churchES rather, I knew historically that the church Yeshua established thru Cephas, the Boanerges and the rest of the Twelve after replacement of Judas Iscariot by the Apostle Stephen, the Seventy...all were gone after the Bishop of Rome took control of what was a Greek AND Roman Orthodox church, discarding the elements identified as gnostic, and so on. The book by Josephus, "The Jewish Wars" chronicles this in detail or the book "The Great Apostasy" by Elder Talmage is a wonderful source of more detail on the matter. But, suffice to say, the Protestants KNEW there had been an apostasy, yet relied on the philosophies of the Renaissance, the Golden Age, and New Age to build their sects based on their new learning and translation of greek, formerly forbidden by the Catholic church to hide scriptures that would show their idolatry, selling of the "merit" of the saints for cash, selling "indulgences" to commit adultry, murder, and any number of sin for cash, and so on were not inline with the teachings of the master or his organization. But, the Protestants did NOT inquire of the Son of Man Himself or our Heavenly father as to how to rebuild His TRUE church. This what Joseph Smith Jr. did when he saw the what had happened and inquired of the lord as directed in the Epistle of James. Now, we can know by the fruits of our church that he WAS under divine direction and truly HAD the keys again on the earth. For ,"you will know my church by the fruits". He restored the church that Jesus intended and now it is a place where our savior can walk in the halls of the temple as he did when in the flesh as he intended! Show more Show less

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

J. Quinn, "Joe"
We believe that the organization of Heaven is in the likeness of the Kingdom of Earth and nature. Since it is not possible to create life thru homosexual act as well as being commanded by the Apostles in Romans that "a man shalt not lie with a man as he lieth with a woman, such is an abomination in the eyes of the lord", we are to follow those commandments. Our hearts go out to those with urges to do such things and pray that they can restrain those desires and be able to find a wife and have a family as the lord intended. We believe, like smoking, drinking, sexual promiscuity, and other such urges of the Natural Man as influenced and given to temptation by the Adversary, they can be overcome to live a gospel lifestyle that can be freely shared with anyone outside a closet! :) But seriously, this is important with regard to marriage as the union of man and woman is essential to our path to the highest level of glory. We don't believe that those that can't find self restraint, are condemned to a pit of fire or anything like that, but they will be as ministering angels like those that die unmarried. My personal question, since marriage is not necessary for sexual promiscuity anyway, as it is to create a family line and genealogy and give legitimacy to the offspring. Why would there be a need for marriage anyway, as a homosexual couple cannot create life? It is simply pursuing unnatural taboo's for sexual gratification and doesn't have a place in something as sacred as marriage and creating life. As I understand it, it is simply the desire of those in their guilt and need to mitigate that guilt to destroy what is sacred to those that can live the gospel lifestyle and understand the sacred and holy principles of marriage and the union of man and woman, the greatest gift & sacred power given us, the power to create life as He did in His image. I apologize if this offends, but it is simply irrefutable from a Christian and biblical perspective. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

J. Quinn, "Joe"
Yes, to but see the soul of Prophet Monson is to affirm that he is a true prophet and the best leader of the church alive today! He is so Christ-like it leaves no doubt in me of His worthiness to hold that sacred office! Show more Show less