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Hi I'm Marc

I am a Latter-day Saint from Germany.

About Me

Hi, I am a member of the Church from Germany. I am a student of business law and try to go to Church every week. I joined the Church on August 29, 2009.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church is a great place to gain knowledge of Jesus Christ and the gospel and the application on the daily life. The Reverend Billy Graham in a "Meet the Press" interview once said: "There is a great deal of Church going in America, but we fail to apply the faith on our daily lives". Insert your location in the bracket, where currently America is written and you will see the same result. The Church is also a place of activity and therefore being member is a constant fun. Even before joining Church I always tried to pray to the Lord, but praying with the Gift of the Holy Ghost, is more serious and more prosperous for me.

How I live my faith

I am going to Church every week, visit the Institute classes where I learn a lot about the Book of Mormon and the application of the book on my daily life. I also read the front page of the Deseret Morning News so I am able to apply current political/social problems in turning them into personal solutions to deal with them.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Marc
Because some people, who never heard of Jesus Christ can receive the Holy Ghost to join their peers in the celestial kingdom forever. In baptizing people, people become a part of eternity. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Marc
The Law of Chastity means that you should have a celibate life before your marriage and not commit adultery during the marriage. Chastity means also that there will be no sexual act with yourself and any other dirty thought about sex. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Marc
Joseph Smith is the founder of the Church and we have a great appreciation in him revealing the truth of the Gospel. But as we are Christians, we worship Jesus Christ and God. Joseph Smith and the future Prophets are Revelators of the truth Jesus Christ and God wants to tell us here on Earth. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Marc
In order to attend a temple ceremony, you must be deemed worthy as a member for at least one year. So you get the full holiness of the temple. Inside of a temple there are no secret things going on. There are only sacred ceremonies, which should be sacred. As a student in a high school, you don't know what's going on in teachers' lounge because you are not a teacher, you are only a student. So you need sufficient education in order to become a teacher to get into the lounge. The lounge is sacred and full of knowledge. 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?

Marc
There are no restrictions on race and color. Every person is allowed to receive the word of God in its entirety. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Marc
Being a member is something edifying. We have a lot of fun each and every day. As a member God helps you in your decisions and influences you positively. Being a member gives you also a chance to be culturally sensitive, since we are a worldwide Church on every continent. So you meet different people from all around the planet Earth. Being a member keeps you healthy and when sick, God helps you in getting better. It's a wonderful experience. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Marc
Joseph Smith is the revelator of the truth of the Book of Mormon and therefore the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Marc
The first Mormon Prophet was chosen by the First Vision and Joseph Smith became the first Prophet. After his death, the most senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles becomes the Prophet of the Church. When President Hinckley died in 2008, the most senior member was Thomas S. Monson. President Monson is still our Prophet, Seer and Revelator. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Marc
I am attributing the growth of the Church on the desire of the people to come toward Jesus Christ and God in struggling times. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has that closeness to Christ and the Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

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

Marc
It depends on the size of the congregation. Here in Germany, with 38,000 members, the congregation can be very small, there are only 2 hours of service (sacrament meeting and priesthood meeting / relief society meeting). If the congregation is big there are 3 hours of service (sacrament, priesthood/ relief society meeting and Sunday school). Non-members are welcome to attend all three meetings in the 3 hour block. Visitors should wear their Sunday best clothes. You are always welcome to attend Church each Sunday. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Marc
In order to stop pornography we should be able to see that victims of the malignant societal practice are our own children (in child pornography) or our own wives (in adult pornography). Realizing those two frivolities help us understand to avoid participating in or watching pornography. It also important to realize that with pornography you violate the marital pledge. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Marc
The Mormon Church began in 1830 in the American state of New York near the city of Palmyra by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

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

Marc
If you know a member of the Church, ask him and he will lead you through the obstacles. If you don't a member go on the Internet, like you do now, at this moment and look for an LDS meetinghouse near you. There the missionaries will you teach you about the Gospel and Church-related issues for a while and then they will set a baptism date with your consent. After the baptism, you are confirmed the following Sunday into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Marc
The simple answer is NO! During Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesia tsunami of 2004 and other worldwide disasters like the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Church is front and center in helping also non-members with shelter, food and mental assistance. The organization "Mormon Helping Hands" is a pillar of that effort worldwide. The Church stays even when the television cameras are gone. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Marc
Since members of the Church have a different income, there is a need that everyone pays the same amount of money percentage-wise. A rich man and a poor man both pay 10% of their income, so no one can say "I pay more than you", "you are of lower quality than me". Paying 10% assures the member that they are both equal in front of God. Tithing is a commandment from God. Show more Show less

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

Marc
No, the LDS Church doesn't embrace political parties. The only political statement that is allowed inside the Church is "Go Vote!". In the United States for instance, members of the Church serve in the Democratic Party (Harry Reid - Majority Leader of the Senate) and the Republican Party (Jason Chaffetz - Representative for Utah). So the Church is impartial to all political parties. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Marc
Baptism is an important step towards Jesus Christ. The LDS Church baptizes new members at least at the age of 8 for the remission of their sins. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Marc
Mormons are no freak people. They live normal lives, like you do in your life. LDS members go to parties, but drink no alcohol and smoke, but can dance really well. Mormons are peaceful people who always want the best for themselves and obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We dedicate a lot of time for Jesus Christ and God and get blessed for that. Mormons may live in your neighborhood and you don't know! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Marc
Having a paid clergy disconnects the Priest or Church leader from the congregation he serves in. So doing the service of the Lord for free keeps you obey to the commitments more because you have a more spiritual connection to Jesus Christ than a financial connection. It's important being dedicated to Lord. Show more Show less

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

Marc
The LDS Church was founded by Joseph Smith in the year of the Lord 1830. Through scriptures, the origins can be traced to times before the birth Jesus Christ as written in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

Marc
There is a set of instructions called "The Word of Wisdom". This Word tells the members not to drink coffee, tea (black and green) and alcohol. A proper health and diet is a key to spirtual blessings and long term health benefits. You should always have a clean body. That's why you should eat a lot of fruits and eat meat not in abundance. A scripture tells: " And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures". Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Marc
Because the family is the most important unit in life. Without the family (including father, mother, children), a modern society wouldn't work and would cease to exist. Having a strong family is an incentive to a prosperous society and happier people. Living in a "bubble world" is not good for society and would lead to a demise. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Marc
Mormons did practice polygamy until 1890.Then there was a revelation outlawing polygamy throughout the Church. People who still practiced polygamy were excommunicated. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Marc
The Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas Spencer Monson, who became Prophet after President Gordon Bitner Hinckley died in 2008. 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?

Marc
Priesthood is an ordination that is only reserved to male members. Women lead the Church when they lead the children's choir of the Church, presiding the Relief Society of the Church and are active members throughout the worldwide congregation. There are countless other leadership positions women can get. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Marc
The Bible is the principle scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ". The Bible as an important part of the Standard Works of the Church and is used in all meetings throughout the worldwide church. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Marc
Like other Churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs to be organized. A stake is the largest unit within a mission. A ward and a branch are sub-sets of a mission. The branch is smaller than the ward. Wards are used for congregations with more members. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Marc
Missionary activity is paid by the missionaries themselves or their families. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Marc
The Book of Mormon is the distinctive scripture that differentiates The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from other Churches. It was written in an ancient language on Golden Plates. In the 1820s, the Prophet Joseph Smith got those plates from the angel "Moroni". Moroni is an American of the indigenous time who has risen up and has written the book over a period of 1,000 years. Moroni buried the plates with other artifacts in a stone-concealed box on Hill Cumorah in the US state of New York. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Marc
Tithing (paying 10 percent of your income) is used for the administration of the Church. When I pay tithing it goes either to the ward missionary fund, the common missionary fund, into printing of the Book of Mormon, for humanitarian aid, building of temples across the worlds, and the Perpetual Education Fund (low income members in Third World countries have a chance to get a good education). Show more Show less

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

Marc
You can either ask a current member, use the lds.org or mormon.org website like you did right now and find an LDS meetinghouse near your home so you can attend a Sunday service. Or you see a missionary on the street and ask him or her for guidance. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Marc
Testimony is an important part in life. It tells the member how strong he believes in the Gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ. Having a strong testimony is an incentive for coming close to God. Show more Show less