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Hi I'm Boley

My family has been in Texas for seven generations. Four of these as Mormons.

About Me

I have been married to my wonderful wife for 28 years. We have five fantastic children. I work at a major semiconductor company. I enjoy serving in the Church, family history research, woodworking, and caring for my home and property. I lead a simple life that revolves around my family and faith.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Church, my parents having joined a fews years prior to my birth, I never felt forced to be a member--just encouraged to be faithful and to learn about my Savior, Jesus Christ. As I grew, I had many friends of many faiths. We shared our views with each other and I attended their various meetings. I remember going to Catholic masses, non-denominational meetings, pentecostal services, and walking a block down the street from my house to attend Vacation Bible School at the local Baptist Church. All of these meetings were filled with faithful people seeking to worship God. They taught many truths and sought to build faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ; never-the-less, I did not discover a greater fountain of truth, spiritual strength, or opportunity to build a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, than I did in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know who I am and what the Lord expects of me through the teachings of the Church. I understand that my Heavenly Father has a plan of happiness that I can follow to find my way back to Him by making and keeping sacred promises or covenant. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been the one unmovable, unchanging, ever-present anchor to my life. I have found the answers to life's questions and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ within the teachings of the LDS Church. I know this is the true and living church of Jesus Christ on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I serve as the bishop (pastor) of my ward (congregation). I oversee the meetings and activities of the ward and work one-on-one with members to help them develop their faith and testimonies and find the courage to face the daily challenges of life. My responsibilities require a significant time commitment as well as much spiritual and emotional investment as I seek to serve the members of my ward. I often feel the spirit of the Lord with me, giving me strength and enlightment to be able to minister to and assist the members of the ward in whatever way is needful. I see the hand of the Lord in my own life, but I also see it in the lives of the members I serve. I know that my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ live and are aware of the circumstances of each of our lives. This knowledge gives me great peace and strength.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Boley
The Law of Chastity is a code of moral purity that teaches us that our bodies are temples where our spirits dwell while we pass through mortality. It establishes the purposes and boundaries of physical intimacy. The Law of Chastity teaches us that physical intimacy is intended to be expressed only within the bonds of legal and lawful marriage between a man and a woman. Outside of marriage, this law prohibits sexual intimacy between individuals. It helps us understand the boundaries within which we are justified in exercising the powers of procreation and makes clear that sexual indiscretion in any form is contrary to the will and law of God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Boley
The priesthood is not magic or supernatural power; it is authority bestowed upon any worthy male member of the Church who who meets the requisite worthiness standards to qualify to receive it. Priesthood authority gives one the privilege to act in the name of the Lord to carry out the work that he exemplified while he dwelt on the earth among mankind. Priesthood authority is needed in order to bestow the priesthood on another. It is required to lead congregations of the church, to officiate in ordinances such as baptism and confirmation, and authority to offer blessings of healing, peace, and comfort. Priesthood authority grants additional privilege to go before the Lord in faith and request a blessing at His hands. Show more Show less

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

Boley
Yes, marriage was always intended by our Heavenly Father to be an eternal condition, thus Matthew wrote, "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they twain shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Matthew 19:5-6. We believe that by proper priesthood authority found only in the Holy Temples of God, a man and woman may be sealed together for time and all eternity as husband and wife. When my wife and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple, the person officiating at our marriage said nothing like "until death do you part"! Rather he promised us that if we would be faithful to our covenants, our marriage would endure forever and be in full force after this life. What a glorious promise. (see Doctrine and Covenants 132) This promise is available to all who will humble themselves and live worthy to enter the Holy Temple. There, all sons and daughters of God may receive an endowment of blessings and the promise of eternal lives together forever. Show more Show less

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

Boley
 No. The Church is politically neutral. The Church as a block is not led or encouraged to support any political party or candidate. Our meetinghouses may not be used as venues for political rallies or campaign stops. Political views and commentary are discouraged in our meetings and classes. The Church does, however, encourage its members to be civic-minded and activity in their communities and governments. Members are taught to study candidates and issues and vote for people and ideas that, in their view, best represent and support their values. 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?

Boley
All members of The Church are invited to prepare themselves to enter the temple and participate in sacred ordinances. All of these ordinances have to do with forming eternal family organizations and preparing us individually for eternal life. Meeting a worthiness standard has always been a part of temple worship. It was so with the tabernacle that Moses and the children of Israel carried with them in the wilderness and it is so today--God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The ordinances and teachings in the temple are based upon the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are sacred, not secret. We do not speak of them outside the temple mostly for the same reasons they we do not publicly discuss our personal finances. It isn't because there is something strange about it, it is because it is a personal and private matter. There are opportunities from time to time when a temple is newly built or when one is being renovated for the general public to visit an open house event and tour the temple. During these tours, visitors can learn about the purposes and functions of the temple. Once the temple is dedicated however, all who enter must be worthy to do so, because we believe that the temple is the house of the Lord. The temple is a place of quiet order, reverence, peace, contemplation, and spiritual renewal. I love to visit the temple. I always feel better and my thoughts and feelings seem clearer after I have spent time in the temple. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Boley
Jesus Christ taught that baptism is an essential saving ordinance of the gospel. To emphasize this point He was baptized in order to "fulfill all righteousness" (Matt 3:13-17). Peter taught that Jesus organized the preaching of the gospel to the spirits in prison "that they might be judged according to men in the flesh." (1Pet 3:18-20) Paul, teaching the Corinthians about the reality of the risen Lord and of the resurrection (see Corinthians 15) asks the rhetorical question in verse 29, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" Without the ordinance of baptisms for the dead we are left with an awful choice between believing in a weak god who permits the unrepentant and unbaptized to enter into heaven, or a cruel god who condemns the innocent because they were unable to obtain baptism while in mortality. Many of Heavenly Father's children have lived on the earth during times when it would have been impossible for them to receive the ordinance of baptism, no matter how repentant and faithful they may or may not have been. Through the vicarious ordinance of baptism for the dead, this essential ordinance can be made available to our ancestors who need it in order to progress toward exaltation and eternal life. This ordinance does not impose Church membership against someone's will. It must be accepted by the individual's free will and choice in order for them to benefit from it. Show more Show less