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Hi I'm Lance

Married a pretty girl, Ski race in college, graduating, and yes I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Love being outside and doing anything fun. (Novel I know) Fishing, camping, skiing, mtn. biking, natural water slides, hiking, jumping bikes into ponds, catching lizards... I think you get the idea. I grew up in various parts of the United States and Canada. I also grew up ski racing and currently race in college. I, with my father and brother, am an avid Oakland A's fan. Go green and gold! (Please don't say baseball is boring) Lastly and probably the best thing about me is that I have great taste- I married a very intelligent, vivacious, and pretty girl.

Why I am a Mormon

Through travel, academic study, and a personal interest I have come to know the basics about a lot of different religious faiths. But The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church that makes the most sense to my mind and heart. I feel that the answers to life's questions are best answered by my Mormon beliefs. I knelt in prayer and asked God sincerely if this is His church. I got an answer that is undeniable for me. On top of all this I love being Mormon! It brings a lot of peace and happiness to me in my day to day life. I have found that the closer I live to the tenants of the Mormon faith- the more satisfied I am with life!

How I live my faith

I live my faith according to my own conscience. I think it's very important that religion or faith becomes personal to us individually. When it is personal to me I find that is when it changes my life most in a positive way. I live my faith by loving those who are closest to me and trying to help my friends be better people and feel good about who they are. Being a Mormon provides a lot of opportunities for me to help others and become more like Jesus Christ; I have also taught Sunday school classes, served a two year mission in Ireland, and been assigned to visit families in our local congregations.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Think about the number of people who have lived on this earth- now how many of them have learned about Jesus Christ? Today there are probably millions of people who have never even heard the name Jesus Christ. So if everyone needs to accept Christ and be baptized to enter heaven, what happens to these people who never got a chance? Are they out of luck? The answer is they will get a chance! We believe there is a space between death and judgment where the spirits of these people will be taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God wouldn't set up a plan filled with holes that would make your chances of getting into heaven unfair. As Mormons we believe baptism is an important part of getting into heaven so we can be baptized on behalf of those who didn't accept the gospel in this life. These proxy baptisms are done for the individual who has passed on but does not force them to be part of our church after death. Accepting the baptism is still up the individual who the baptism is performed for. These baptisms allow every person who has or will live on the earth an opportunity to accept Christ and be baptized in His name. Show more Show less

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

As Mormons we do not hate those who have gay tenancies but we cannot pretend that acting on homosexual impulses is acceptable to God. We believe that all of us have freedom to choose, yet all of us have temptations, thorns of the flesh, if you will. We do not deny that many people have gay tendencies, however being tempted does not force a person into a certain lifestyle. For example having a weakness for alcohol or a strong impulse for promiscuous heterosexual behavior does not make one an alcoholic or a whore-monger. So in order to be homosexual we believe that one has to choose it- even if they are naturally inclined to be that way. This is a morally wrong choice. All of us are tempted by the flesh to do things we shouldn't, sexually and otherwise. But God has set a standard for us that we need to keep no matter how we are enticed to the contrary. We believe, as is clearly taught in the Bible, that homosexuality is not part of God's plan for us. Having said all this- we don't hate or shun those who struggle with same gender attraction. Just as we wouldn't hate those who drink or shop on Sundays.(Mormons don't drink alcohol and try to keep the sabbath day holy) We understand people think and feel differently than we do, but we cannot go against what we personally know is morally correct in the sight of God. Show more Show less