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Hi I'm Mason

I love my Savior and want to share His Gospel with everyone who will listen!

About Me

I'm a husband and dad, a full-time student psychology major, and a full-time provider working in tech support. I love sports and love my Broncos. I root for the Utah Jazz also, though most of the time in vain : I'm also kind of a nerd, and try to keep up on all the latest technology and gadgetry. The best things in my life are the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church, my wonderful wife, and my baby son. I love the Gospel because it gives me hope that I can have my family with me for eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in Jesus Christ and know that He came to the earth to show us a perfect example of love, service, and obedience to God, and to suffer and die for all of our sins. This is a belief that I and many other Christians the world over share in common. It is central to my faith as it is to all who believe in Christ. The main reason why I choose to be a "Mormon" out of all of the Christian faiths out there is that I simply cannot deny what I feel when I follow the advice of Moroni, an ancient prophet who lived on the American continent: he talks about the record that he was in the process of compiling. This record testified of Jesus Christ, and it contained the things the Lord revealed to the inhabitants of the America's, teaching them about Jesus and His Gospel. Most astoundingly, it contained a record of when Jesus Himself visited these people just after His death and resurrection. Moroni was preparing to finish the record and bury it in the ground for the Lord to reveal later on. Over 1,500 years after Moroni sealed up the record, it was revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith in modern times and published as the Book of Mormon. Now, back to what I was referring to about Moroni's advice to whoever reads the Book of Mormon: he said, "And when ye shall receive these things (he's talking about the Book of Mormon here), I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. "And by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things." -Moroni chapter 10, verses 4 & 5 in the Book of Mormon The reason I'm a "Mormon" in the first place is because I did just as Moroni suggested. I read the Book of Mormon in its entirety. I enjoyed the stories of bravery, courage, and faith of those that the book claimed lived on this very continent thousands of years ago. I marveled at the miracles that the Lord performed among them, just as He did for those on the other side of the world in Jerusalem and other parts. The book claimed that the Lord was not only the same throughout all time, but also that He is the same for all people, no matter where they lived on earth. I loved the story of Jesus visiting the ancient people of this continent; particularly the account of Him blessing the children (3rd Nephi chapter 17 in the Book of Mormon. You'll actually probably want to start in chapter 11 and just read on through. That's where the account of Jesus' visit starts). I saw how the story of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas related to today's inhabitants of those same continents, and all of the world, and taught us that when we have faith in the Lord, we will prosper in the land wherever we are. After reading all of those wonderful stories, I found myself wanting to believe, but wondering if I could, or if I should. So I decided put Moroni's promise to the test; I prayed to my Heavenly Father, believing that if anyone would know if all this were true, it would be Him. After all, the book had claimed to be inspired and brought forth by Him, so of course, if this were true, He could tell me. I cannot describe the peace that came over me as I prayed. It was as if the Lord Himself had put His hand on my shoulder to assure me that the book was true, that it had come from Him, and that I could follow its teachings, right along with the Bible, as a road-map for this life; a guide that would help me along my way back to Him. Because of this, I could trust that Joseph Smith was actually a prophet of God, and if that were true, that God had a prophet on the earth today, who is the successor to Joseph Smith and all of the Lord's prophets that have led His Church since. God has a prophet in the earth today! Just the same as He did in the Old Testament! God wants us to hear His voice through His prophet, just as He always has! And boy do we need it! I also knew that I could continue to live and serve in the LDS church, which was the church I grew up in. I Had always been taught about these things, but now I could trust in an additional source besides the testimony of others; the Holy Ghost had testified to me that it was true. I now had my own testimony, my own first-hand knowledge that God was real, that He really could speak to me through the power of the Holy Ghost, and that He had established a true Church and Kingdom on the earth. As I've since learned more about the Gospel, I've found that it has the answers to, well, pretty much everything! Through it all; marriage, having a child, and all the trials on the way, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has provided me with the guidance I've needed to succeed in life's most important tasks. I'm far from perfect, and really need all the help I can get. The Gospel and the Lord's Church provide me with that. Through following the teachings of Christ taught in this Church, I've gained access to His Grace in times of need, and have been guided by the power of the Holy Ghost to grant me answers to my toughest questions in life. Really, I couldn't imagine not being a member of this Church and living without this Gospel! I know that the things I have felt and experienced are real. When I prayed about the Book of Mormon, what I felt was the actual Spirit of God testifying to me of its truth. There's no way I could deny what I have felt. And if that wasn't enough for me, the Gospel answers all my questions about life and the life to come. I simply know that it's true. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Currently my wife and I serve in our church by teaching the Gospel to the 11 and 12 year olds in our congregation during Sunday School. We're focusing on the Old Testament this year and it's awesome to see how the Lord is unchanging; how He's always revealed His will to His children through prophets which He sent to lead them through some serious trials. I also participate in Home Teaching, where we visit other members in the church on a monthly basis, share a message about Jesus and His teachings, and discuss any needs they have, such as helping install sprinklers, or helping out with spring cleaning, or if they are in need of help with meals due to a layoff or medical problems, or, well, just anything they are needing at the time. It's a wonderful way to make sure we're all being taken care of while relying on the Lord and on each other. When I was 19, I left home to serve for two years in Madrid Spain, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and caring for the needy and the homeless there. It was awesome to be able to offer a message of faith and hope to such a wonderful country and people. It was also great to be a part of the Lord's global missionary effort, where the LDS Church has over 55,000 missionaries serving full-time in a world-wide effort to bring all of our brothers and sisters to Christ. The most important thing I do is being a husband and father, and the Gospel helps me most of all in that mission. The Lord has declared very special and specific blessings for families and I know that through His help and Grace, I can help lead my family to receiving those blessings; such as being together after death, for all eternity.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The temple is a wonderful place where we believe we can go to feel the Spirit of God and find answers to the questions we all share; such as where did I come from before birth? Why am I here in the first place? What blessings can I expect in this life? What awaits me in the life to come? I can personally attest that the Church wants everyone to be able to come to the temple. In many ways, the temple is more than just a place to go to learn and feel the Spirit, the temple is sort of a goal for all members of the Church. We know that if we live our lives in accordance to God's plan, that we will be able to enjoy all of His blessings, including worthy temple attendance. Just as our Heavenly Father wants all of His children to return to His presence, we believe that He wants all of His children to enjoy the blessings of entering the temple. Just like He has given us guidelines for how to return to His presence, such as being baptized and obeying the commandments, we believe He has established guidelines for entering the temple. For us it really is a goal to enter the temple because we know that if we are worthy to enter the temple, then we are on the right track to return to His presence. Really, the guidelines for entering the temple are the same as those God has given us to be able to live a happy, peaceful, and successful life here on earth, and to be able to return to His presence. For instance, if I am obeying His commandments, as taught in the Scriptures and by His prophets, then I can be worthy to enter His temple. Just like the Church wants everyone to be able to enter the temple, and just like our Heavenly Father wants everyone to return to Him, we want everyone to be able to experience and know for themselves what goes on in the temple. There is nothing secret about what goes on in the temple; only things that are sacred. We want everyone to experience these things the very moment that they are prepared and are living the Lord's commandments to enable them to do so with a mind that is clean, prepared, and ready to learn what else the Lord has in store for them. I guess, in a way, it's much like going to school; I for one, will struggle a bit in my math 1010 course when I finally give up and take it next year. Imagine if I were to jump right into some upper level math class! I wouldn't know the concepts that I would have learned in 1010 that would have built up to the math in a more advanced class. The same goes with the temple, and in fact, the entire Gospel itself; there are principles which must be learned and lived first, in order to prepare for the greater blessings of temple attendance. I love the temple. I feel such peace there and feel my Savior's presence very near. I, personally, want everyone to come there with me! I know that preparing to enter the temple for the first time helped me to have a greater desire to follow the Lord's commandments and live the best life that I could. I also feel motivated to keep improving so that I can continue to worthily enjoy the blessings of frequent temple attendance. I know that by doing so I'll be one step closer to returning, with my family at my side, to my Heavenly Father's presence. Show more Show less