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Hi I'm Philip Stanek

I am an apologetic of the mormon faith and an amateur researcher on religion.

About Me

I am a husband and father of two. I work for the Department of Defense and am a part time student in Accounting. I am currently a church librarian and sometimes volunteer at a local charity. I am also a mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up mormon because my parents joined in their early years. However, i learned for myself the value in the teachings the church believes and continue to be amazed by the programs of the church and how perfectly they accomplish their purpose. I also have a deep understanding of gospel teachings found in the bible and taught by Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I contribute to my blog on religion in America at www.religionus.blogspot.com, which focuses on the mormon church compared to many denominations in America. I compare and contrast church policies and principles they follow and provide personal opinions for the following topics. Religious finances, administration programs, demographic and social trends and just plain common sense.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Philip Stanek
The mormon church largely follows principles found in the New Testament about paid clergy. Paul often critisized those who received wages for their preaching. He was leader of Christ's early church but was also a tentmaker who supported himself financially. 2 Corinthians 11 1 Thessalonians 2:9 Acts 18:3 It is a spiritual principle of not having a paid clergy. When leaders are donating their time and talent for no personal gain, they are following a powerful principle that christ taught. Mainly charity. Corintians 13 It is a principle rejected by so many in this world. Paid clergy also places a huge burden on local congregations and denominations themselves. Sometimes 70 percent of all income from the sacrifices of members goes into the hands of the pastor. The mormon church however, uses that same income for charity, achieving major goals and simply saving it for future needs by not going into debt. Show more Show less

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

Philip Stanek
Self reliance is one of the coolest principles i have ever learned. We teach that we should become as self reliant as possible rather then constantly needing assistance or support from other people (organizations). This is mainly about temporal needs like education, finances, your own resources and so forth. This is often why mormons are known for having one-year supply of food in their homes and voluntarily operating the largest private welfare program in America. Every year we see the same disasters throughout the world and the residences are never prepared for it. Then the effectiveness and speed of aid that is created is often slow, inadequate, and poorly managed. The principle of self reliance would solve this problem if more people practiced it. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Philip Stanek
The church receives most of it's income from members who follow the principle of tithing taught in the old testament and practiced during Christ's early church. The principle is that we will be more blessed through our temporal sacrifices to god than if we never had to sacrifice for anything at all. Show more Show less