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Hi I'm T. Smith

I'm a Christian and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

About Me

My wife and I have five terrific children. They are our source of joy.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, my parents were Episcopalian. After reading the Book of Mormon, my father felt impressed. Later I too read the Bible and Book of Mormon and found them to teach of Jesus Christ. Through personal spiritual experiences, God has helped me to draw closer to Him through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

As a family we pray together at meals and in the evenings. We each serve in our congregation in different ways. My wife teaches the small children on Sundays, and I teach a Sunday School class.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

T. Smith
A ward is a church congregation, usually with 100 or more people attending each week. A stake consists of 6-14 wards that are in the same geographic area that are brought together for organizational purposes. A branch is a small church congregation, usually less than 100 people attending each Sunday. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

T. Smith
Local congregations donate money to help disadvantaged people in their own communities. The amount not used locally is used internationally. Church members also provide volunteer service, such as home repairs or quilt making, to neighbors and the communities where they live. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

T. Smith
 Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem and died in Jerusalem. His whole life was spent within Israel. But we believe that Jesus Christ is the God of the universe. His life on earth was short, 33 years. But His ministry is to all times and to all places. While he was alive, Jesus taught his disciples "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd" John 10 verse 16. After His resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ did visit His other sheep. Among them were people in the ancient Americas who had believed in Him for centuries. The account of that visit is recorded in The Book of Mormon, an ancient record kept by those people so that others would know of Christ's visit to them. The passages of The Book of Mormon that relate the Savior's visit to the people in the ancient Americas provide another witness that indeed Jesus Christ is the God of the universe, the Good Shepherd of those in Israel and those everywhere else.  Show more Show less