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Hi I'm Morgan

I'm a father, a husband, and a software developer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a new dad and a recent college graduate who is new to the business world. My wife and I love camping, hiking, and just being outdoors. In the wintertime I get my excitement by snow skiing, and in the summer I enjoy going wakeboarding and being on the water. We spend much of our time trying to keep up with our beautiful little girl whose curiosity about the world increases daily. I believe music takes monotony out of day-to-day life, and I enjoy teaching students and playing the classics on the piano. Mostly, though, I just love being with my family and learning new things together!

Why I am a Mormon

In John 14:26 the Savior said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.” I am a Mormon because I have felt the influence of this Comforter teach me that God called a prophet named Joseph Smith in our day. To me it is a truth that I cannot deny, and therefore I strive to follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How did I gain that witness of the Holy Ghost? I have read, pondered, and prayed about the words of the Book of Mormon. Christ tells us in the New Testament how we can recognize a true prophet: “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). One of the fruits of the Prophet Joseph Smith, or one thing that he left for us to examine, is the Book of Mormon. It is something we can physically hold in our hands and read for ourselves. I grew up as a member of the Church and constantly received the invitation from my parents and leaders to read and pray for myself. I started reading the Book of Mormon when I was young, and I gradually came to know of its truthfulness as I felt God’s Spirit testify to me that its teachings about Jesus Christ are true. I came to find out that this promise of the Savior contained within the book is real: “For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good” (Ether 4:11). The stories, people, and teachings of the Book of Mormon have become a part of me and a constant source of inspiration from our Heavenly Father. Because of this effect in my life I know that Joseph Smith was a servant of God and that the Church he restored is true. How grateful I am to be a Mormon!

How I live my faith

In the New Testament James said, "Pure religion... is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world" (James 1:27). To me this sums up two key ways in which I try to live my faith: serving those in need and keeping myself clean before God. I don’t claim to always live up to this standard, but it is the goal for which I strive. Christ clearly showed us the perfect example of service, and I attempt in my own meager way to emulate that. In my local Church unit I’m in charge of a group of men whose responsibility is to watch out for and help the members of our congregation. In connection with this we are often performing service activities such as helping families move in or out, caring for Church property, or planning activities where members and friends alike can come enjoy themselves. In our family, my wife and I also enjoy baking for friends and neighbors and hope that at least in a small degree we can help brighten the lives of those around us. We have always found that as we strive to do so, our lives personally are greatly blessed. Indeed, as Christ promised, “happy are ye” when you serve your fellow man (John 13:17). The more personal level of living my faith is the way in which I try to become the kind of person that God wants me to become, even “clean” as the scriptures put it. Each day I spend time studying His word, which includes the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the words of modern-day prophets. To me the scriptures are a “lamp unto my feet” which help me know how to improve my life (Psalms 119:105). I also spend time in prayer, thanking the Lord for His great blessings and asking for his forgiveness as I make mistakes each day. When I don’t do these things sincerely and consistently, I can tell the difference and the void in my life. How grateful I am for a patient and loving Heavenly Father at my many weaknesses and for the Savior’s sacrifice which allows me to repent!

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Morgan
Temples are places for us to feel close to God and to learn more about Him and His plan for us on earth. A temple is a sacred place that we prepare to go to by keeping the commandments of the Savior, just as those of other faiths might prepare to go on a pilgrimage to a holy location. In the temple we have the opportunity to make promises to serve God, and in return He promises us great blessings of peace and protection in this life. As husbands and wives we also make promises of loyalty to God and to each other which allow us to be together not only in this life but in the next as well. For me, the temple is a place where I can escape the pressures of the world completely and receive inspiration about my own life from my Heavenly Father. Show more Show less