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Hi I'm M. Vroom

I'm a cartoonist and a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a missionary for the LDS church. I have been out in the field for quite some time. One of my biggest hobbies is drawing. I like to draw anything from cartoons to comic book superheroes. My dream is to draw and write for a big comic book company such as Marvel or DC, or even start my own. I have finished most of my AA in liberal arts with plans on moving forward to a degree in animation. I have drawn a comic series about "super missionaries" in my mission. They describe the different events that happens to missionaries while on their missions. I also do a monthly newsletter for this mission i am in. I like writing, it is another one of my hobbies.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon? Hands down... it's because I believe in the book of Job and the Prophet Joseph Smith. We are all given different struggles that we are to overcome. Some harder than others, but all can be over come, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ ensures us that possibility. I love the story of Job, because all can relate to that story. Job had it all. He was a righteous and worthy man. He had many riches, children, and flocks of all kinds. He had it all. One day according to the book of Job God and the devil were talking. God was really talking up his servant Job, but the devil was pretty angry and challenged God that if Job lived a life of poverty then he would not be so faithful to God. So then God took up the devil's challenge and allowed the devil to inflict any sort of pain and anguish to him as long as Job wasnt harmed. So then the devil went out and did his deeds. Job lost all of his land and crops, live stock, servants, and his family. However, Job still gave thanks to God and worshiped Him with all his mind, might, and strength. Then the devil went back to God and said that it wasnt fair. Job needed to be struck physically for him to curse God. So then God gave the devil that ability to strike Job with all manner of illness as long as Job was not killed. So then the devil went and did his bidding again. So Job got leprosy, boils, and all manners of disease. Yet Job still worshiped God and was diligent. We all know that eventually Job was blessed a double fold of all he lost. Double crops, double servants, double wives and children. We read that his life was doubled spiritually as much as physically. If we read in Job chapter Three of Job's own grief and torment, "why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?"v. 11. We read that he was so greived and depressed that he started to wish that he never had been born. We can't imagine how bad it must have been for Job. However, some of the greatest scriptures in all of the old testament follows Job's afflictions. In D&C 121, Joseph Smith calls upon the Lord in his afflictions. The Lord replies in His ultimate love, "My son, peace be unto thy soul thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment... thou art not as yet as Job." The Lord then continues to bless Joseph and gives him counsel and direction. "Know thou, my son, that all these things shalll give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all... Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less... for God shall be with you forever and ever" D&C 122:7-9. Remember that our trials make us stronger and our weaknesses grant us experience. God still cares about us and loves us. In times that we are down and depressed the Lord is there to lift us up. All we should do is to pray to Him, study the scriptures, and work through the trials with a smile on our face and a prayer in our hearts.

How I live my faith

Well as a missionary I am constantly serving others! I look for opportunities to share my testimony and to help everyone. It doesn't really matter if they are a member or not! All are equal in the sight of God and that is what I believe. I study from the scriptures everyday. I pray often and I go to church every Sunday. I love living my faith. Obedience brings forth blessings from heaven. I strive to be as obedient as I can.

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.

M. Vroom
As the sixth article of faith states, "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastures, teachers, evangelists, and so forth." In a revelation given to the prophet Joseph Smith in 1830, the Lord said, "Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given you a law which was temporal neither any man, nor the children of men neither Adam your father, whom I created" D&C 29:34. Therefore if we link these two statements we can say that we believe that Christ organized His Church on the earth as a "spiritual" commandment, and because He did that same organization must exist today. However, these two statements are references from other source of scripture other than the Holy Bible... so let me pull two from the Bible. One will be to answer the first part of the question, "Why do you have 12 Apostles," and the second will answer the second half of the question, "They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus not to be replaced with new apostles." The first passage of scripture comes from Ephesians 4:11-14, "And he agave some, apostles and some, prophets and some, evangelists and some, pastors and teachers For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." To put it simply, Christ organized His church on the earth to keep us unified and protected from the evils of Satan. The second comes from the Acts of the Apostles chapter 9. Saul is a wicked man that is persecuting the early christian church. There is a void in the twelve with the death of Stephen. The Lord appears unto Saul, he is converted, comes into the ministry and becomes an apostle to the Lord. At this time Christ has already died, been resurrected, and ascended back into the presence of Heavenly Father. "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a alight from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

M. Vroom
Grace is important and so crucial in everything that we do and believe. We the Mormons really understand that grace is ultimately the only way we can return to live with God again. The Prophet Nephi in the beginning of the Book of Mormon states, "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" 2 Nephi 25:23. That same doctrine is also preached to us by Peter, the chief apostle. Following the conversion of many gentiles there became contention in the church of whether or not the Gentiles needed to follow strictly to the law of Moses as did many of the Pharisees believed. Amongst the contention Peter rose up and said, "Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith... But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they" Acts 15:7-9, 11. Peter makes mention to several things. He explained that God knew the Gentiles hearts and He gave them the Holy Ghost, and that their hearts were purified by their faith. Their faith came from following the words of Paul and by keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ, which came from God. Thus their faith was recognized and they were blessed by the Spirit to know that through the grace of Jesus Christ that they may be saved. Show more Show less