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Hi I'm Grant

I am a student. I love playing music. I want to be a leader in alternative energy. I'm a new dad. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student working on my Bachelors in Business Management. I hope to work in the alternative energy industry when I graduate. I love to play guitar and piano. My favorite music is by Ben Folds, Radiohead, and Mason Jennings, to name a few. I served a mission in Utah. I have been happily married for 2 years and have a beautiful daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mother's family joined the church when she was 13. My Father grew up in the church, even though his dad was not a Mormon. Some of my siblings have decided not to stay in the church, but I learned for myself that the church is true. I decided to diligently read the Book of Mormon and pray for a testimony. I felt the Holy Spirit testify to me that the Book, and the church with it, is true. Since that first witness I have felt the spirit many more times continually testifying to me that I am in the right place.

How I live my faith

I work with the full-time missionaries in my area as the assistant ward mission leader. I like to help other people when I can. I keep the word of wisdom by living an active lifestyle, trying to eat healthy, and avoiding things that can be harmful or addictive. I love to study the scriptures and finding answers through the gospel. I participate and learn in my Sunday church meetings. I invite the spirit in my home by having family prayer and family home evening.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Grant
The law of health we follow is called the Word of Wisdom, and it basically gives an outline of how to live healthy. We focus on coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs, because those are so commonly used today. It is easy to understand physical reasons to abstain from tobacco and illegal drugs. And alcohol is not only bad for our bodies, but also adds to violence, car accidents, marrital problems, and depression. Where it is difficult for some to understand is tea and coffee. Here is where we must have faith and believe that the Lord is giving us truth. Warnings against tobacco were given many years before its harm was realized. Also included in the word of wisdom is that we shouldn't eat too much meat, that we should eat grains, and that we should treat our bodies like a gift from God. We are promised that as we follow these principles we will not only be physically heathier, but will be blessed with a greater knowledge of God's treasures. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Grant
Regular mambers of the congregation are called to leadership positions for a period of time, then someone else is called to that position. We don't have professional bishops or presidents of our congregations. Our leaders are not the sole teachers either. Regular members are asked to speak in Sunday meetings, and teach classes. By sharing the teaching, we all have opportunities to learn more and grow in our confidence and spirituality. Without the involvement of a salary paid by the congregation, the teachers and leaders can teach truth without worry about loosing their job or getting a demotion. Rather, the tithing (10% of all our income) we pay goes to paying maintenance and building costs, printing scriptures, building Temples, and paying for group activities. We also pay another offering every month in addition to tithing which is for charity. This money is for people who need food or other necessities and can't afford it. We feel blessed that our money is used for these great causes and we also feel that we are blessed as we sacrifice our own time and talents to act in leadership and teaching positions without thought of financial reward. Show more Show less