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Hi I'm B. Tingey

Happily married and father of 2 rowdy boys. I work for a large hospital system in strategic planning.

About Me

I grew up in New England and Indiana. I enjoy basketball, Broadway musicals, and reading great books. My wife and I are the proud parents of two healthy, energetic boys. I attended Brigham Young University and George Washington University. Fluent in Spanish, I love to meet people from Central and South America.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I feel in my heart that it's the path the Lord wishes me to follow. This understanding began when I was very young. I was raised by parents who are very active and faithful in the Church and they taught me the doctrines and principles of the Gospel. As I have grown I've read lots of books, met lots of people, and studied various ideologies. Nothing else, no other belief system or method of living, fills me with more light, love, passion, desire, peace, and joy than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt God communicating to me in my heart through the power of the Holy Ghost telling me that Christ is the Savior of the world. His suffering paid the price for my sins. I have also felt that same divine witness through the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was called by God to be a modern prophet to restore the truth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom on the earth and offers the blessings of baptism and other sacred ordinances to help us achieve salvation. Through the Savior's sacrifice and by following the gospel I can be eternally united with my family. I have come across nothing in the world to compare with the simplicity, beauty, and glory of these truths.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every second of every day. I try to remember the Savior in my thoughts and actions. I try to pray to God frequently and read the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I try to treat others with respect and courtesy, withholding judgment and giving service. I attend Church meetings on a frequent basis to learn from my fellow members and learn about how I can be a more dedicated disciple of Christ. I work at the Missionary Training Center and I help train the missionaries to preach the Gospel in the Spanish language. As I've done these simple things, I feel an incredible sense of satisfaction. I see my weaknesses improving. My relationship with the Lord improves and I recognize his blessings more easily. I feel so much peace and joy by living my faith!

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

B. Tingey
The 5th article of our faith states, "We believe that a man must be called of God by prophecy and by the laying on of hands . . ." The first Prophet of the restored Church of Jesus Christ was Joseph Smith, and he received his prophetic calling directly from God and Jesus Christ. This is what is meant by being called "by prophecy." It means that the Prophet is selected according to God's will. After Joseph Smith was called by God and Jesus Christ to be the prophet, Peter, James, and John appeared to him as resurrected beings and laid their hands on Joseph's head, ordaining him (authorizing him) to be the prophet. All of the prophets following Joseph Smith have been chosen in a similar manner. The Lord reveals His will concerning who will be the next prophet, and then the 12 Apostles will lay their hands on his head and ordain him to that position as leader of the Church on the earth. Show more Show less

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

B. Tingey
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse any political party in any country. There are certain positions or stances that we take on various political ideals, but we do not affiliate officially with any specific party. Members of the Church are encouraged to examine their conscience, consider the options, research the candidates, and make their own personal decisions about which candidate or party to support. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

B. Tingey
The fact that families can be sealed together as an eternal unit is one of the most beautiful and glorious teachings of the Mormon Church. This sealing power, which perpetuates the relationships of father, mother, daughter, and son into the eternities, makes it so that the love and peace that we enjoy in our families lasts forever. Those who have lost family members to death may be comforted to know that they will not only see them again, but that their relationship as a family will never change. These marvelous blessings are offered to all of God's children in the holy temple, which is a sacred place where families can go to receive those blessings. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

B. Tingey
One of the most important doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that we obey whatever God asks of us. This requires great faith and sacrifice, but we know that we are blessed as we follow Him. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith the commandment to introduce plural marriage among some of the members of the Church during its early stages of development. There was a great deal of speculation about why the Lord chose to introduce it; however, the most important thing is that despite how hard it was for the Saints to accept that commandment, they were obedient. The Saints were judged and persecuted for obeying God's will, and persecution and misunderstanding continues today. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not currently practice plural marriage. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

B. Tingey
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to restore God's true Church on the earth. We are grateful for Joseph Smith's role in the restoration of the truth, but we do not worship him for it. Only God has the power to grant salvation, through the Atonement of His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith does not act as an intermediary or middle-man between God and man in terms of granting salvation, though Joseph Smith did reveal God's word to man. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

B. Tingey
The temple is the house of the Lord on earth. It is a sacred place separated from the world for us to worship our Heavenly Father through teaching and making covenants, or promises with God. In the temple we gain further understanding about our eternal role in God's plan of happiness. Members wear white clothing that signifies purity and cleanliness. The greatest blessings that God has to offer to His children on earth are available in the temple, including the blessing of having our families sealed and united for all eternity. Families once broken by death can receive the promise of living together forever. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

B. Tingey
No, not every Mormon is required to serve a full-time mission. The Prophet has asked that all worthy male members serve a mission when they are about 18, but missionary service is not a requirement for membership. Women who would like to may serve a mission when they are 19. New converts to the Church are not required to serve, but if they meet the age requirements they may apply if they desire. Mature members of the Church may also serve full-time missions if their financial and circumstantial situation allows, but again, service does not constitute membership or standing in the Church. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

B. Tingey
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the act by which Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins. It consists of His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His glorious resurrection from death. Because all mankind is lost and fallen and also subject to death, Christ gave us an opportunity to become clean from our sins and have life again through the Resurrection in order that we might return to live in God's presence. Because of the Atonement, Christ perfectly understands our mortal condition and can help us overcome our weaknesses, be strengthened during times of difficulty, and ultimately be free from sin and death and be worthy to enter God's kingdom. Show more Show less

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

B. Tingey
We have a book, similar to the Bible, which is called the Book of Mormon. It testifies of Jesus Christ and was written by prophets in ancient times. The nickname Mormon, and hence the term Mormonism, come from this book because we are unique insofar as we are the only Church that claims it as holy scripture, the word of God. But the Mormons, or the Mormon Church, is simply another name for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

B. Tingey
The Lord loves His children and desires our happiness. He has given us our bodies as a gift and we have a special obligation to take care of them. To better accomplish this, the Lord in His mercy has revealed to His prophet Joseph Smith about certain harmful substances that we ought to avoid in order to keep our bodies healthy and spiritually pure. These substances include alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, coffee, and tea. The Word of Wisdom, then, is the Lord's law of health. I have followed this law throughout my life and I have felt closer to God and that my body is healthier. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

B. Tingey
The First Vision was Joseph Smith's first experience seeing God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in a grove of trees in upstate New York. During that vision--it could also be called a "visitation"--Joseph asked the Father and the Son how he could be saved and which church was the right one to help him achieve that objective. The Father spoke to Joseph and told him to listen to the words of Jesus, who then said that Joseph's sins were forgiven and that he shouldn't join any of the Churches because they had all departed from the truth because of false teachings. It was during the First Vision that Joseph received his divine commission to be the first prophet of God in modern times in order to restore the original Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth in its purity and perfection. 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?

B. Tingey
In order to enter the temple, a person must live their life in accordance with the commandments and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. They receive a written certification called a recommend which acts as a passport to allow entrance. The reason why what occurs in temples is not discussed openly is because of its sacred and personal nature to those who participate. We desire everyone who is ready and worthy to enter the temple and learn for themselves about the blessings the Lord has to offer. In the temple we learn about God's plan for us, which began before this life, continues in this life, and will continue for eternity. We make special promises called covenants with God to be obedient to Him, and in turn, He promises or covenants with us to bless and guide us according to our faith and obedience. One of the greatest promises that God makes to us is that our families can be together forever. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

B. Tingey
We firmly believe that the Bible is the word of God and is Holy Scripture. The core doctrines of our Church are centered on the fact that God is our Father, Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and that we need to follow the Gospel to be saved. These truths are taught in the Bible. The majority of the Savior's teachings are found in the Bible. We consider the Bible to be the word of God as it came from the pen of the original writers. Show more Show less