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Hi I'm Russell

I'm of Swedish decent, a pharmacy student, proud husband and father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pharmacy student set to graduate May 2016. I have a big interest in computer troubleshooting and enjoying helping friends and family with their computer problems. I love to spend time with my wife and to spoil her as much as I can. I am also a proud dad!

Why I am a Mormon

I was "born into the church" but that didn't do it for me. I grew up learning about Christ and the restored gospel believing in what I was being taught, but I needed more. My father passed away when I was 14 and I had to make a decision as to whether I believed in what I had been taught. If I could know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true, then I would know that I would one day see my father again. I started reading the scriptures and praying more. It didn't all come at once, but as I did these things my testimony grew to a point when I could say that I knew the church and its doctrines to be true. I knew I would see my father again and that it would be possible because of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior. Since then, my testimony has only grown stronger and I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to come closer to him.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is an ongoing process - not just something I do once a week or when I need help from God. Every morning I start my day by studying a passage of scripture as I eat my breakfast. I've found that this gets my day started off right. I also try to communicate with my Father in Heaven as often as I can. Sometimes I even pray out loud in my car. The people around me may think it looks strange that I am talking to myself, but I know God listens. In addition to these daily activities, I also have specific jobs (called callings) within my ward (congregation). My wife and I for example teach the 6 and 7 year old children during Sunday School. It is such a joy to see them learn of Christ and take hold of His doctrines. I really try to live my life like Christ would - including being tolerant of all faiths. I see everyone around me as a child of God and that they have to right to make their own choices without me being judgmental of them.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Russell
Although the Bible has been arguably the book to influence the most people since the time of Christ, the New Testament was compiled as we know it in 397 AD (see- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_the_New_Testament_canon -for more information). This means that the Church Christ set up during his ministry wasn't based upon what we consider the complete Bible. The most important aspect of that Church was the fact that Christ gave the apostles the authority to act in his name and to lead the church after His death (this is known as the priesthood power). Unfortunately, the apostles were persecuted and were killed or died before they had a chance to pass on all the authority Christ had given them. After only a couple of generations from Christ's crucifixion, the chain of priesthood authority was broken. This is the reason why there needed to be a resturation. The doctrines Christ taught lived on in the teachings of the Bible, but the authority did not. Between 1820 and 1830 Joseph Smith was visited by resurrected beings who held the priesthood and were able to pass the authority onto him. In this way, the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth. The great thing is that you don't have to take my word for it, or the word of any other member of the church for that matter. God wants us to find him and to find the truth, so if you learn about the restoration and about the Book of Mormon and then ask God to help you find out if it's true - he will, I know he will. Show more Show less