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Hi I'm Michael Alan

I'm a Returned Missionary, I love to play basketball, I am a computer guy, I love listening to music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old and I am currently going back to school. I love to play Basketball and all kinds of sports. I love computers and I am working on my computer science degree. I love to hike and climb to the tops of mountains. I lived in British Columbia for two years during my mission and stayed in the cities of Langley, Campbell River, Quesnel, Surrey and Coquitlam. I love listening to music with one of my favorite bands being Coldplay. I come from a very big family of nine, of which I am the oldest.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many different reasons. The main reason is the knowledge that can be found through the Book of Mormon about our Savior Jesus Christ. God speaks to us through prophets, he has again called prophets in our day and age. Our current prophet is Thomas S. Monson, and there has been an unbroken chain of priesthood authority that goes back to Joseph Smith, who by the power of the priesthood, translated the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the keystone of my personal testimony. I know that this church is true because I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know the truth. I have felt it in my heart and I can not deny the feeling. I know that you can also get an answer to your prayer if you do it in faith. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know that he so dearly loves me. In his Sacred name, Jesus Christ. Amen

How I live my faith

I am a gospel doctrine teacher during the Sunday School hour during church. I served a full time mission in Canada where I had the wonderful opportunity to serve others, teach people about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and bring people unto Christ through increasing their personal faith. I am a more kind person because of my faith in God, I have a greater sense of purpose in life, and my priorities have all changed for the better because of this faith. I do not know where I would be without the knowledge I now have of eternity. The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly amazing and it can help anyone overcome their personal challenges. I know with all of my heart that this is true and that it is the best message for the world.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Michael Alan
The 1st step in coming to know our Heavenly Father is to develop faith. Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if you have faith, you hope for things which are not seen but which are true. We increase our faith by experimenting upon the words. The 2nd step in coming to know our Heavenly Father is to know his true nature. We know that we are made in God's own image. We know that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are separate and distinct individuals. We know that God has a body of flesh and bones. If you want to know our Father in Heaven, do what Joseph Smith did. He read James 1:5 and then went into a grove of trees and decided to do as James directs, which is to ask of God. Cultivate a diligent desire to know that God lives. This desire leads us to ponder on the things of heaven – to let the evidence of God all around us touch our hearts. With softened hearts we are prepared to heed the Savior's call to 'search the scriptures.' (New Testament | John 5:39) and to humbly learn from them. We are then ready to ask our Heavenly Father sincerely, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, if the things we have learned are true. Most of us will not see God, as the prophets have, but the still, small promptings of the Spirit – the thoughts and feelings that the Holy Ghost brings into our minds and hearts – will give us an undeniable knowledge that He lives and that He Loves us. Your personal knowledge of God will bring you the greatest joy you will ever have. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Michael Alan
As your understanding of Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and His Atonement increase, then your desire to share the gospel with others will increase. I have learned for myself the importance of every person that is on the earth. The reason why we then share the gospel, is to give others the same opportunity to feel the Love of God in their lives through the Holy Ghost. We simply invite others to come unto Christ and receive the restored Gospel.  Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Michael Alan
There are many blessings that we can receive through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the most important gift that we can receive from our Heavenly Father in this life. We can qualify to have a member of the Godhead to be our constant companion through obedience to the commandments. The Holy Ghost has a sanctifying, cleansing, and purifying effect upon us. We gain spiritual strength to help us do what is right through the truth that the Holy Ghost testifies to us. He comforts us during times of trial or sorrow and warns us of spiritual or physical danger. The most important blessing of the Holy Ghost is feeling God's love and having the promise of eternal life. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Michael Alan
Self-reliance is ordained of God. It is against the commandments of God to be idle. Being self reliant teaches us to trust in God and His timing. We are promised that if we trust in God, we shall be supported in all things. As we prepare ourselves, we need to be both physcially prepared and spiritually prepared. Only through this way can we help ourselves, our families, and others. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Michael Alan
This is a hard question to answer. First of all, just because women do not hold the priesthood does not mean that they are second class. Second of all, the priesthood is only for service and church organization. Third of all, I have failed as of yet to find a scripture about women being ordained to hold the priesthood. All I know, is that Heavenly Father knows what he is doing and I have no authority to counsel my God. Women play a significant role in the church through the organization called the "Relief Society." The motto for which is "Charity never faileth." Men and Women have different roles, however, you need both in order to function correctly. The question asked is almost like asking, which blade of the scissors is more important? The answer is both. Men hold the priesthood, but without the women, that priesthood is ultimatley useless. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Michael Alan
Jesus Christ is at the head of our church. That simply means that he is the one who organized it. He organized His church on the earth 2000 years ago and he has again restored the same organization through the prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith did not create anything new. It was revealed to him by Jesus Christ, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Michael Alan
We learn through the scriptures that Tithing is how the finances of the church are maintained. Tithing can be defined as a tenth of your annual income. As you think about all of the things that you recieve from the Lord, 10 is a very small amount to show gratitude. Along with the principle of tithing comes blessings. However, you need to excerice faith before those blessings can come. When they come, it will be so great, that their will not be enough room to receive it. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Michael Alan
Modesty is a form of chastity. Being modest leads to being chaste. Parents can teach their children most effectively through example and postive encouragment. Usually, children reflect the behaviors of their parents. By dressing modeslty, speaking with love, and behaving kindly to others, we will become more like the Savior. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Michael Alan
The Law of Chastity is simply, the prohibition of any sexual relationship outside the bonds of legal marriage between a man and a woman. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Michael Alan
Baptism is an essential ordinance for us to return to God's presence. Baptism is symbolic of laying down your old self, and rising up as a new creature or person. Baptism is for the remission of sins and is the mode for becoming clean again. Therefore, why would we prevent a new member from being baptized? Baptisms are some of the most sacred moments of someones life, and is a wonderful way to feel of God's love. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Michael Alan
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name for the benefit of His children. It can only be used through service to others. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Michael Alan
Faith should always be centered around our Lord, Jesus Christ. There is no salvation in believing a false doctrine. As we have faith in Jesus Christ, we have the power to do whatever is expedient for us to do. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to return to live with Him someday. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Michael Alan
There are no restrictions in order to follow Jesus Christ, which is in essence what you do when you join the Church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Michael Alan
Mormon women are strong, beautiful women who are trying their hardest to follow Jesus Christ and make a difference in the world, even if only by teaching their children the correct way to live. Men and women have different roles in life but neither one is above the other. Husbands and wives are taught to work as equals instead of having one as the "head of the household" who sets all the rules. Show more Show less

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

Michael Alan
Not at all. The Church does strongly encourage its members to be active in their civic responsibilities. The only guidelines that the Church gives regarding politics is that each member research carefully the parties and candidates and decide for themselves which party is most aligned with the principles of the Gospel and to vote according to their consciences. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Michael Alan
 Family is central to God's plan of happiness. Families are so imporantant because we believe that we can live with our family forever, and that death will not seperate. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized to help the family. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is best taught within the home. I do not know where I would be without my family. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Michael Alan
 The Word of Wisdom is a code of health for our bodies and minds. It teaches us to avoid things that are harmful to our bodies and helps us understand how we can best take care of the bodies that God has given us. That way, our bodies and minds can be healthy and clean to be able to hear God answering our prayers and do what He would have us do. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Michael Alan
Relief Society is the oldest women's organization in the world. It is comprised of any women over the age of 18. The function of Relief Society is to love one another and to serve. Appropriately, the motto for Relief Sociey is "Charity never faileth." The Relief Society is a wondeful place where women can learn from one another, serve others, and share ideas on how to have better relationships with God, family and friends.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Michael Alan
Well, only those who have been baptized by proper authority, with the exception of children under the age of eight, are the only ones who can live eternally in God's presence. We perform baptisms for the dead to give all the chance to accept the opportunity to live with God forever. However, just because someone is baptized in proxy, does not take away that ancestors ability to choose to accept or reject the ordinance. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Michael Alan
The Pure Love of Christ is not just for Mormons, but for everyone. Within the last 25 years, the church has given away in charitable donations, over 1 Billion dollars in humanitarian aid. Service includes helping all of God's children, not just the Mormons. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Michael Alan
It is true, is it not? Then what else matters? As people, who are sincerely seeking the truth and can not find it anywhere, discover God's truth of His plan of salvation for families, they come unto the true fold of God. The Holy Ghost prompts people and testifies of truth. As people feel that spirit, they want more, and the only way to have that constant companionship with them is to be baptized into the true fold of God. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Michael Alan
Faith is the first principle of the Gospel. Faith can be thought of in three categories belief, action, and power. True faith is found, only, in Jesus Christ. We first must have a belief in a God, or we would have no reason to follow Him. Faith, however, without works is dead. Meaning that your actions are an evidence of your faith. The power of Faith comes by learning to draw on the powers of heaven to assist us in achieving things that we ourselves could not do without God's help. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Michael Alan
We believe that we are saved by grace, after all we can do. The expectation is obvious, that we will be saved by grace. Grace is a concept that is commonly misunderstood and does not have just one meaning. With that being the case, we believe that we are saved by grace regardless of all that we can do. The Savior will save us, but only if we allow Him to change us. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Michael Alan
God. Simply enough, God has always called prophets, and he still calls prophets. He has done this through out the entire history of man, and only through wickedness, people have killed the prophets. Although God chooses the prophets, the people must sustain, or support the prophet. Judge the prophet by his fruits, and you will most assuredly know whether he is a false prophet or a true prophet. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Michael Alan
His name is Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Michael Alan
Well, we believe in Christ, our official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we preach of Christ, we talk of Christ, we do everything in His name, and we rejoice of Christ. Therefore, I believe that we are Christians. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Michael Alan
The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, were abriged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. These prophets lived on the American continent a few thousand years ago and is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Michael Alan
Eternal life is living forever in the presence of God in the family unit. God's purpose is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Pearl of Great Price | Moses 1:39). Everything we are doing in this life is to prepare us to gain eternal life. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Michael Alan
Baptism is an essential ordinance to return to the Kingdom of God. Baptism is done by immersion for the remission of sins. Only those who are accountable before God need to be baptized. We believe that "all little children are alive in Christ" (Book of Mormon | Moroni 8:12) and have no need of baptism, before they are accountable, which is the age of eight. If little children die before age eight, we believe that they will be saved in the Celestial Kingdom. We also perform baptisms for the dead (New Testament | 1 Corinthians 15:29) for those who did not have the opportunity in this life. They will still have the choice to accept or reject that baptism. This is one of the reasons we build temples. Baptism can only be performed by one who has the priesthood, the authority of God. Without that authority, the baptism is essentially invalid. It is like being pulled over on the highway by an ice-cream truck driver and given a ticket. . . nobody is going to pay that ticket. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Michael Alan
All positions in the church are done by volunteer effort. We are called to serve. This service is an act of love towards God and to his fellowmen. In accordance with the bible, we do not have paid administration. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Michael Alan
All things denote there is a God. His influence can be seen everywhere. All things are designed in a fantastic pattern and therefore require a designer. This world is not just a happenstance. In know that God live and that He loves everyone. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Michael Alan
Some people think of us as a cult because we are "unorthodox." This statement about our church being a cult is just a big misunderstanding. The main tenant of our faith is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he sacrificed himself for all and that everything is an appendage to that truth. Cult is used to criticize or discredit the church, which in all instances is a simple lack of understanding. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michael Alan
The Savior commanded to "go ye therefore, and teach all nations." Missions are voluntary acts of service and are financed by the individual. We are encouraged to invite all to come to Christ. Some people therefore go on missions and others do not. It is up to the individual on whether or not they want to go. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Michael Alan
Authority is so important. The priesthood of God can only be used by those authorized to act in his name. Without the authority, it is like being pulled over by an ice cream truck driver. No matter how many times he pulls you over you will never have to pay that ticket. In other words, it is invalid. However, if the police pull you over (because they have authority to do so) you will have to pay the ticket. As it is with baptism, only those with authority can baptize you. Other than that it is invalid. This is a hard truth, but I know that you can only receive authority from God, not from a school. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Michael Alan
We increase our faith through simple acts of keeping the commandments. Think of it as a seed, it needs water, sun, and soil. We need scriptures, prayer, and church attendance. The more you cultivate your faith the more that you will have. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Michael Alan
The young missionaries that you see out in the neighborhoods are serving full time for 24 months at their own expense. The message that they share is so important, to the world, that they sacrifice, for two years of their lives, to bring that message to others. Currently about 52,500 volunteer missionaries throughout the world share the joy they have found in the gospel. There message centers on Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They also teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him with a fullness of joy forever. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Michael Alan
Members attending Sunday services will most likely be wearing suits with collared button up shirts with ties for men and modest dresses or skirts for the women. Children also typically dress up for Sunday in nicer clothes. We also celebrate holidays like most people in society. Two of our favorites are Christmas and Easter, because of the spiritually significant days in history because of the birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events. Show more Show less

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

Michael Alan
YES! There is something eternal about the statment, "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (New Testament | 1 Corinthians 11:11). Only through the proper authority can husband and wife be sealed together in the House of the Lord. We lived as families before we came to this earth, we live as families now, and on conditions of righteousness, we can live with our families forever in the eternities. Heaven would not be heaven for me, if it was without my family. Family relationships can last forever—not just for this life. We learn that the "same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory" (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). The family unit is eternal and that whatsoever is bound here on earth will be bound in heaven as well on conditions of righteousness. Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Michael Alan
The Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage at various times throughout history. For example, He commandment to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Jacob “for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things” (Book of Mormon | Jacob 2:27-30). In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage, even though they were challenged by this commandment. However, they remained obedient to God. Church leaders regulated the practice and it is estimated that no more than 5% of the members ever practiced it. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). For a small analogy, in the story of Isaac, God asks Abraham to depart from the law against killing. In the end, an angel relieves him from an "exceptional commandment." God does not hen change the rule and say it's now OK to kill. Likewise, plural marriage was an exception to the eternal principle of monogamy and it was removed when the sacrifice no longer was necessary. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Michael Alan
Throughout history, God has chosen prophets, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others, to teach the gospel and direct His Church. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so why would it be different today? We all need God’s guidance in a world that is sometimes confusing. Because God loves His children, He continues to send living prophets. Surely, the Lord God will do nothing until he revealeth his secret (assignment) unto his servants the prophets. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Michael Alan
Mormons believe the Holy Bible and view it as a powerful, important, and sacred holy record. The Bible is rich in history, doctrine, stories, sermons and testimonies, all of which witness that Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of our Heavenly Father. The Bible is the word of God and came from the writings of holy men of God as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost (see 2 Peter 1:20-21). Through the same process we have additional Holy Scripture, including the Book of Mormon, which supports and exalts the Bible. Although the decisions were made in the past as to which writings are authoritative, that does not mean that the canon of scripture is complete and that no more can be added. True prophets and apostles will continue to receive new revelation, and from time to time the legal authorities of the Church will see fit to formally add to the collection of scripture. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Michael Alan
We do not worship Joseph Smith the Prophet. We worship God our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. But we acknowledge the Prophet, just as people in the days of Moses acknowledged Moses. We no more worship Joseph Smith than any other biblical prophet. We recognize him highly because he was the instrument in which the restored gospel of Christ, and priesthood were brought back to the earth in these last days. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Michael Alan
A successful marriage requires faith—both in God and faith in each other. We need to create a Zion atmosphere of love and unity. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on our belief in Him. It is a principle of action. We need to be equally yoked in our marriages. A shared faith in God can bind married couples and families together in a commitment to common values. It can lend them strength to overcome obstacles that might otherwise damage these important relationships. Your spouse will be an anchor for you when all of the temptations and afflictions of the adversary come at you. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Michael Alan
We no longer practice plural marriage and anyone who does is excommunicated. It is a violation of civil law and a violation of this church. The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Michael Alan
If you have a desire to follow Christ’s teachings and obey His commandments, you are first encouraged to participate in a series of discussions that will introduce you to basic principles of His gospel. These discussions will help you understand simply the truth as is taught from God to His prophets. As you learn about the gospel, you will may experience feelings of peace, comfort, or happiness. These are the feelings of the Holy Ghost telling you that what you are learning is true. As you become ready, you will have a desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ and receive the ordinance of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins by one having authority. You will then be confirmed a member of the Church that you may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Michael Alan
God wants all of his children to know the truth for themselves. We are not here to convince you, but to invite you to ask God, the source of all truth, for yourself. There are a few simple steps to know and understand the truth for yourself: 1) Sincerely pray to your Heavenly Father. Ask Him in faith if what you are learning is true. 2) Continue to study the scriptures and the words of the prophets and ponder (think deeply and carefully) about what you are learning. 3) Listen and recognize with your heart the sweet feelings of peace and inspiration from the Holy Ghost. He will to whisper the truth to your spirit and mind. 4) Follow God’s commandments so you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. Keeping his commandments prepares you to recognize the answer from the Holy Ghost. You will recognize your answer through the gifts of the spirit. These come as feelings of peace, hope, comfort, or happiness. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Michael Alan
A return to the teachings of God will do more than all else to answer to the evils of pornography. Christ simply taught on the Sermon on the Mount. That "whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her, hath committed adultery already in his heart." There is repentance for all who have fallen into its trap. As we accept the light of the gospel, it can dispel the darkness. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Michael Alan
There are a three simple ways to find someone to talk with about the Mormon religion: 1) Talk with a member of the Church. 2) Worship with us. 3) Chat with a missionary on-line at mormon.org (then click on the pink chat bar on the left). Or call 1-888-537-6600 (in US and Canada only) to arrange for a representative to visit your home. Show more Show less

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

Michael Alan
John 10:16 states that there were other of God's children that were not in the land of Jerusalem. God's children in North America are no exception. The Book of Mormon tells of the resurrected Jesus Christ and His visit to His faithful followers in ancient America. After His visits to His disciples in the Old World, He descended out of heaven and appeared to His followers in ancient America and others of the tribes of Israel. The is another witness of the divinity of Christ and His physical resurrection. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Michael Alan
One of my core beliefs is that family relationships can last forever—not just for this life. Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows. But death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. Jesus gave to Peter the power to have things sealed on earth and sealed in heaven (New Testament | Matthew 16:19). This same sealing power was restored to Joseph Smith. We can be “sealed” or bound together through His power enabling them to live together in eternity. In an ever increasing world of wickedness and the disintegration of the family unit, those founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ will be able to stay on the strait and narrow course leading to eternal happiness. As we stand up for the family, we will be able to have additional peace. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Michael Alan
Visitors are welcome to attend. Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. It is common for families to attend, and we are accustomed to having children as part of the congregation. There is a Mother's room, and a foyer in case you need to take your kids out. A typical meeting would consist of the following: * Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). * Prayers: Offered by local Church members. * Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. All may partake. * Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two local assigned speakers. (Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.) Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: * Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. * Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. * A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. * Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. * Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. * Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Michael Alan
Eternal life is the phrase used in scripture to define the quality of life that our Eternal Father lives. This type of life is therefore available to all of his children. The Lord declared, "This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Pearl of Great Price | Moses 1:39). Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected being. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, everyone will receive this gift. Eternal life, or exaltation, is to live in God's presence and to continue as families. To inherit eternal life requires our "obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel." Jesus Christ taught His Apostles that in His Father’s house are “many mansions” (New Testament | John 14:2). Our loving Heavenly Father is anxious to reward all of His children according to their obedience to His commandments and their willingness to follow the Savior. Those who do these things and are worthy to return to the presence of God and Christ become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (New Testament | Romans 8:17) of all that the Father has. They will return to live with Heavenly Father and with their families in His eternal glory. Those who choose not to follow our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not enjoy the glory of living in the presence of God. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Michael Alan
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It contains the writings of ancient prophets on the American continent. Thus, the Book of Mormon is only different from the bible in the fact that it is a story of a different group of people. However, it is similar in the fact that these people also taught the same truth and doctrine that is contained in the bible. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Bible also contains prophecies about these people in America (see Old Testament | Ezekiel 37:15-17, Isaiah 29:18; New Testament | John 10:16). The Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Christ. The Book of Mormon is not a book about Mormons. Neither is it a ‘Mormon Bible’ - a substitute for the Bible of the Christian world. It is not allegory. Nor is it primarily a history. Joseph Smith received the record from Moroni - the last of line of ancient American prophets to keep the record. Moroni had died about 1400 years earlier, therefore Moroni came as an angel - in the same way that angels often appeared to Church leaders in the New Testament. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Michael Alan
Temples are houses of the Lord, the most sacred structures on the earth. The Lord has always directed the people to build altars or temples. The Temple is a place where God can reveal himself and His eternal truths. The ancient temple was also a place of prayer, a place of sacrifice, and a place where the principle and covenant of sacrifice was fundamental to worship. At the time of the Restoration, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to once again build temples on the earth. Like ancient temples, today’s temples are also sacred places where God may dwell; they are places of prayer and, although we no longer offer animal sacrifices because that was done away with when Jesus Christ became the Eternal Sacrifice for our sins, the principle and covenant of sacrifice is fundamental to our temple worship. In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God. In the temple we make sacred covenants through ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Old Testament | Malachi 4:5-6). We also learn sacred eternal truths that give us strength to face the challenges of the world. We also provide ordinances by proxy such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ (New Testament | 1 Corinthians 15:29). Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Michael Alan
As you study the scriptures, you will grow closer to God and be better able to live happily and righteously. Scripture study will bring you more joy, peace, comfort, hope, and understanding of God’s plan and your role in that plan. Jesus Christ invites you to “feast” upon His words (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 32:3). This means more than casually reading the scriptures. It means to study them, ponder them, compare verses, learn passages by heart, treasure them, delight in them. The scriptures in turn will "fill" you with the spirit. As you study the scriptures, prayerfully ask God for understanding, and the Holy Ghost will let you know they are true (Book of Mormon | Moroni 10:3-5). You will grow closer to God. Your faith in and love for Jesus Christ will increase. So will your desire to do good and to be like Him. 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?

Michael Alan
Throughout the world, when communities suffer major disasters and face difficulties beyond their ability to meet, the Church is prepared to offer assistance contributed by its members. The aid helps people who are in need, without regard to religious affiliation, ethnicity, or nationality. Humanitarian assistance has reached 147 countries and is estimated to include over 1.1 Billion dollars donated since 1985. We believe that when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are in the service of God (Book of Mormon | Mosiah 2:17). Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Michael Alan
In order to have a correct understanding of why we need a Savior to lift us up, you need to know what it is that we "fell" from. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden where everything was in a "good" condition, meaning no death. However, as a consequence, they could have no children either unless they partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 2:25). As a result of their choice, death, both physical and spiritual, entered into the world. We therefore could no longer redeem ourselves and were cut off from the presence of God. The Atonement of Jesus Christ 'saves' us from the effects of the fall of Adam. He is the only one who could do so because he was divine and lived a sinless life. Christ performed this sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross of Calvary. Jesus Christ therefore is called the Savior. Show more Show less