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Hi I'm Lucas

I'm a young father. I attend college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young married college student. I have a baby boy who was born in June of 2011. I hold a part time job as an ad rep for our schools newspaper. I enjoy fishing and hiking during the summertime. When I am outdoors I feel like I am closer to our Heavenly Father. My family is the most important thing in my life. I love them and want to do all I can to care for them in every aspect of their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Its true that I was born into a Mormon family living within the Mormon culture. The town I grew up in was predominantly of the Mormon faith. All my life I have lived the principles I was taught. The question I am going to answer is not necessarily "Why I'm a Mormon", But "Why I am still a Mormon." Whether you are born into something or join it, there comes a time to answer to ourselves if this is who we are and what we believe. God has had a hand in my life for as long as I can remember. It's not just that good things have happened to me, or that I have found strength in hard times. Both of these statements are true. I'm talking about a deeper level of involvement from God. I have been able to recognize when he is communicating with me through the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit. It has been their all my life. At times I did not recognize it. During such times I found it hard to be happy where I was. The times when i was able to see exactly why I was doing something, or exactly why something was happening to me, at exactly the time it was happening is when I could see that the Church and its teachings are true. This is the only church that has Gods divine stamp of approval. God has witnessed this to me with such a prompting, that it felt as if they were specific words placed into my heart and mind. This does not happen on just one occasions, It is a continuing experience. This experience can be there for you too. As you learn more about the Mormon faith, and apply righteous living according to the standards you learn in this church, you will be able to communicate more closely with God then you ever have before. This is my testimony to you about why I am a Mormon. In Christs name, amen.

How I live my faith

I am a counselor to the Bishop in a "Young Single Adult" (YSA) Ward. Some of my duties are to aid the ward to make sure that everyone is taught correct principles. I meet with other ward leaders and advise them on how to best fulfill their duty to God and his children. I help organize and conduct church meetings. This is an amazing congregation of young adults who all have similar standards and desires to improve their lives. It is a great place for refuge from the crazy world we live in. There is a true eternal perspective throughout the Ward. I am able to work with young single adults and help them improve their lives every day. I learn a lot from them, as I too am a young adult. I also learn a lot from God about how I can best help others. I admit I don't know all I should. I am young. But I know that God strengthens me as I help to strengthen others.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Lucas
It is only through Grace that we are saved and by no other means. Christ has his Grace available for all men. He suffered infinite pain and sorrow for each and every individual. Without his Grace, we could never return to live with God. Where people get our beliefs confused is our position of works. Works are an outer manifestation of our inner feelings and desires; whether they are good or bad. We have purpose in life. Part of that purpose is to help others. God works through the pure in heart to help his other children. We must qualify for Christs grace by who we are as a person, which includes what we do. What we do to qualify for Grace brings us no closer to living in the presence of God than we were when we first sinned. Even the smallest sin, and we all have them, will keep us from heaven. It is Christs actions and his being that made it possible for us to make it fully back to God. I think of it like a ladder to the roof of a house. our duty is to walk along the side of the house to the ladder, what we do isn't bringing us any closer to the roof, its bringing us closer to the ladder. Without the ladder we would remain on the ground. Its the same with Christ. What we do brings us closer to him. Anything we can do that brings us closer to Christ brings us closer to his Grace, which is open for all who desire it. It is only this grace that can bring us to god, just as it is only the latter that could bring us to the roof. We cannot do any of it on our own. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Lucas
There are two great parts to this answer. First baptism is an act of faith of the person being baptized. They are showing God that they are committed to following his teachings and helping his church. Second, baptism is a practice that God established. This is known as an ordinance. Any ordinance in Gods church is organized. An individual must be baptized by someone appointed by God to baptize. This keeps order in his church. To tell if a person is appointed by God is if they hold the Priesthood or power/permission to act in Gods name. After being lost for many years, the Priesthood power was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less