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Hi I'm Michael Reed Davison

I'm a father, husband, writer, educator, designer, and gamer... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm working in Curriculum and Assessment at a small college, preparing for a career in Instructional Design and Technology, and taking care of my two beautiful boys.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, my parents taught me to pray and ask God if everything they taught me was true. They said that their beliefs could never replace a personal revelation from God. As a teenager, I went to God myself to ask Him what the truth was. I had read the Book of Mormon, and it made sense to me; but I wanted a personal witness from God. I got one. Now, I continue to have that confirmation that Jesus is the Christ, that the Book of Mormon is from God, and that the modern prophets and Apostles are inspired by the Savior. Getting an education both by experience and by study, I have found that all truth is consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of Joseph Smith and the other prophets. The more certain or well-tested a philosophical or scientific theory is, the more likely it is to be consistent with what God has revealed to man through prophets, through the Bible, and through the new scriptures of the Restoration. I have also found that my leaders tend to be wiser and more inspired when I pray for them.

How I live my faith

I love finding out who Jesus Christ really is through earnest prayer. Over time, through persistence and faith, I have found that He is far more loving and safe than I every could have known. He encourages me in everything I do, when I am sensitive to His influence. I do everything I know how to bring my wife happiness and security, and we love sharing our lives together. The Spirit gives her more wisdom than I usually expect from a fellow human being.

What is the priesthood?

Michael Reed Davison
The Priesthood is the power of God, delegated to us. When the Apostles died faster than they could be replaced, because there was so much unbelief in Jesus' day, the Priesthood was lost. That means that baptism, marriage, and all other promises were no longer binding in God's sight after death. It also means that many other blessings were lost, like the authority over evil spirits and illnesses that the Apostles and other Church elders had, according the will of God. I think of the Priesthood as the organized power that protects love. Since love--real, pure love--is the greatest joy and the point of the whole Gospel, God puts the Priesthood power on earth to protect it. That way, we have a system that points us to specific promises that everyone has to make to God if they want to be saved--it's called baptism. No Priesthood baptism, no special protection on your promises to God. It's that simple. The Priesthood is used to serve others and draw closer to God. Any other use of Priesthood authority is misuse, and God will withdraw His power from people who misuse their blessings. Every blessing of the Priesthood is available to men and women, because both men and women are called by God to serve, and both men and women can come to know God. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Michael Reed Davison
Our sixth Article of Faith is: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth." Even in New Testament times, there weren't just twelve Apostles. When Judas Iscariot killed himself, Matthias was called to be an Apostle. While the book of Acts and the Epistles aren't comprehensive, they do indicate more than just Matthias and the other eleven faithful Apostles. There is also no scripture that states that there would be no more Apostles called. Most notable of these was Paul. Interestingly, Paul is first referred to as an Apostle in Acts 14, two chapters after the Apostle James died. The only other Apostles mentioned are another James (the brother of Jesus) and Barnabas. However, we don't know for sure if all three of these men were official Apostles of the Quorum of the Twelve, or if they were simply special witnesses of Christ, sent forth to testify of Him. However, today is the beginning of the "restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21), so we need to have Prophets and Apostles, just as people in ancient times did. Without continuing revelation, we can't be prepared for the Second Coming of Christ. God also tends to organize His Church in the same way, no matter when it is organized. Even in Moses' day, there were three great leaders, Moses, Aaron, and Hur, just like Peter, James, and John. There were also twelve captains over the twelve tribes of Israel, who were political leaders just like the Apostles of Jesus' day were religious leaders. Caleb was one of these captains. Just like Jesus called seventy elders to preach, God also gave seventy men the spirit of prophesy so that they could assist Moses (Num 11:24-29). God's Church also existed under Adam and Enoch, but we know almost nothing about them. Joseph Smith said that they also had a First Presidency (three leading men), but we don't know much about it. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Michael Reed Davison
Mormons believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a continuation of the churches led by Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Peter, and others. Whenever God puts His Priesthood on the Earth, men and women are given special callings to testify of Jesus Christ. We also rely on scriptures to guide us in getting the knowledge of God. God can never have an end to scripture, because there is no end to His words or His works. He is endless. Jesus Christ speaks today, both in our hearts and to chosen men of God. There is no end to His love for us, and we need Him now more than ever. We should beware false prophets and accept true ones. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Michael Reed Davison
Baptism happens for two reasons to cleanse us from our sins as we promise to serve Jesus Christ, and to symbolize the beginning of a new life as we join His Church. For most people, that happens at the same time. However, Joseph Smith was baptized twice once when he first got the Priesthood, and again a year later to formally join the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even if a person has already been baptized, they need to be baptized again to join the Church. While the baptisms of other churches are sacred because the person is making a promise to follow Jesus Christ, they are only binding for this life. For a promise to still be binding after death, it has to happen by the Priesthood, which only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has today. Therefore, for your baptism to be binding after your death, you have to be baptized into the Church by someone holding the Priesthood. That's also why we go to our temples to be baptized in place of our ancestors--they get the chance to be baptized by a Priesthood holder through us, if they didn't get the chance when they were alive. We consider this very sacred, and that is why we go to the temple as often as we can. The temple is not a place of mystery, it is a place to go to serve God by helping those who didn't hear about Jesus in this life. That's why Peter said that Jesus taught "the spirits in prison" 1 Peter 3-4. The truth will set them free.  Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Michael Reed Davison
God chooses him. Out of the Apostles, whichever has been an Apostle the longest is the Prophet. Joseph Smith was the first modern Apostle. Shortly before his death, Joseph gave the other Apostles all of the rights God had given to him. The most senior Apostle, Brigham Young, became the second Prophet, or President of the Church. Today, Thomas S. Monson is their successor. The Apostles make their major decisions together, unanimously, under the influence of the Holy Spirit. When an Apostle dies, they think and talk and pray until the Spirit tells all of them who the new Apostle should be. This only works because all of the Apostles are very close to the Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost). Since Apostles stay Apostles until they die (unless they leave the Church or break a major commandment, which hasn't happened in my lifetime), only God can control who leaves and who stays. Whoever has been an Apostle the longest (is the most senior) is the Prophet. Today, I bear my testimony that President Monson is a true Prophet and Apostle. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Michael Reed Davison
Nope. Jesus fed thousands of people, even though He knew many of them would shortly leave Him. We help as many people as we can, and we look for careers that allow us to bless other people. That is why I want to go into education or something similar. I want to help other people develop skills and intelligence that can help them have more comfortable lives and, ultimately, teach them something about the Savior.  Show more Show less

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

Michael Reed Davison
Yes! This is one of my favorite questions. The only authority on earth that is still binding after you die is the Priesthood. Since I got married in the temple by the authority of the Priesthood, I will still be married to my wife after we die, as long as we keep our promises to each other and to God. I love her, and I will thank God forever for that. Show more Show less