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Hi I'm R. Cross

I AM A MORMON now for 38 years. I was baptized when I was 21 years old.

About Me

I grew up with Harley-Davidson motorcycles. My Dad had several Harleys as I was growing up and my Mom had one. I worked for Harley-Davidson for 7 years from 2000 to 2007. I grew up without much religion although I believed in God. I searched many religions in my teen years and learned of Jesus Christ and came to love Him at about 20 years of age. I was seeking more knowledge to help my wife and I to raise our young family so I prayed to God. The next day the Mormon missionaries knocked on our door. I joined the LDS (Mormon) church a few months later at the age of 21 a wild time in my life which changed for the better through the Fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I have studied many religions and attended many churches and listened to many preachers. I had attended the healing services at the Shrine auditorium, in Los Angeles, with the Kathryn Kuhlman ministries many, many times. Inside me I knew there had to be more. I grew up feeling close to God and listening to the whispers from Him in my heart. When I was taught the true Gospel it all came together. The original church as Jesus established when He walked the earth had been restored in the last days as the Bible says.

How I live my faith

I knew that the Lord had restored His church back to the earth and I was so excited that I wanted all my friends and family to know. I was made a local missionary and started teaching and baptizing family and strangers. I have taught in Sunday School, and I home teach other members in the church. I attend church every Sunday and I try to live as Christ-like as I can. If I fail, I try to do better each day.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

R. Cross
In Corinthians 15:29, Paul writes to the members of Christ's early Church about baptism for the dead which the early church members were doing. Everyone must be baptized, even Jesus was baptized and set the example for us. Many people have never heard of Jesus and many people have never been baptized. When people die they go into the spirit world and there they have a chance again to accept the Lord and His Gospel (see 1 Peter 4:6). In the dead's behalf we are baptized in the body here on earth because they are in spirit form and cannot be baptized for themselves. Our dead ancestors are free to accept or reject the baptism that we do for them. Show more Show less