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Hi I'm Ethan

I'm a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, guitar player, husband, father and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. I just turned 32 years of age and have served in the country for almost 9 years and plan on 20 or as many years as I can render service for my country and it's citizens. I am married to my eternal companion and best friend Amy, and have been over 5 years now. I have been deployed as a freedom fighter in the Infantry for a total of 2.5 years and I know I have many more deployments ahead of me. My Sons, Elijah and Jacob, are still babies, ages 3 years and the other 7 months respectively. They are my pride and joy! I currently am about to venture into Electronic Warfare Operations in the U.S. Army. I love running, anything gym related, martial arts, and surfing. I appreciate every day I have in this world because as a soldier I know how fragile life is and how dangerous the world can be. We must live life to the fullest by using our time wisely.

Why I am a Mormon

I've tried Catholicism, Non-Denominational Churches, Lutheranism, and every kind of Christian branch you can imagine. I was a huge skeptic on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka Mormons), especially since everyone talked so much trash about the church. My own mother hated the idea of my investigating the Church, and she just about disowned me when I was baptized in the LDS religion. Sometimes you have to tell the world to go and take a hike. When you feel something is real, something is true, deep down inside you seize that moment. I felt Gods love so strongly in this Church that i can't even start to explain it. I read the Book of Mormon from front to back, all 500 plus pages. It was powerful! I studied the Church in and out and I found out for myself, not by some anti-mormon literature, but through the source of true history found in Doctrines and Covenants and the Book of Mormon. End of story is that when I prayed and searched in the Book of Mormon to know if it was true, I got an answer deep down in my heart and was baptized 2 years after I received a witness from the holy ghost in Kirkuk, Iraq on the 31st of December 2004 in full Desert Combat Uniform in an Iraqi swimming pool.

How I live my faith

I live my faith much like Paul preached how we must live. I'll quote from the New Testament in Romans 12:1-2 "1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." I live a life devoted to the Lord. I sacrifice my time, my money, and my very life if need be to the furtherance of the building of Gods Kingdom here on the earth. I fear the Lord. I know he is a God of righteous judgment and mercy. I know that no unclean person can live in his presence. I know that we must be a holy people. I know that in and of our selves and our efforts or works we fall short and are in need of some rescue. Knowing this I live a repentant life style, making mistakes and sinning perhaps daily, I fall on my knees nightly in repentance of my short comings and sins. I live a Missionary life style, evangelizing and sharing the Restored Gospel, even the knowledge that Jesus Christ lives and only through Him and the fullness of His Gospel can we be truly saved. There is no other way. I am not perfect, in fact I am weak. I am grateful for God for through him I can become strong and do all things, even fight and win over temptations of the world and conquer my greatest fears because of His Son, who has died for my shame and the shame of all the world. No matter how hard life gets, and it only gets more difficult, i know I can turn to The Father and The Son, even in utter darkness and depression and hopelessness and find Hope, Strength and Salvation. He has given me strength when I could not stand, and light when I could not see. This is how I live my faith. I live it in servitude to God and His Children. I live that I may be more like Christ and less like me, in service to my God forever.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Ethan
Exercising faith the the Lord Jesus Christ takes great effort at first, like the first time you ventured in reading music, or playing an instrument. There is a promise, however, that if you practice, if you even exercise even a particle of faith, the feelings from the Holy Ghost will reveal to you that that He was, is and will always be the Messiah and truly Gods only begotten son, the most perfect man to ever walk the earth. When this knowledge is revealed to you through prayer, scriptures and fasting, you will find that the blessings are not yours alone, but those around you whom you love also receive that light and witness in due course of time. Soon, relationships are strengthened even greater. Love takes a new form that is forever and eternal, rather then casual and limited. Friendships receive this love as well, as now you see your friends with charity, which is the love of Christ. You see them as a mixture of human frailty and divine potential. You see them as Children of God and your love grows for them. They can feel it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Ethan
There is one way and one way alone given by Christ that we may be saved. The way is through baptism. Those who have gone to the other side to rest eternally with out this knowledge or the knowledge of knowing who the Lord was, may have that chance through us as proxies. The Lords love is so great that he commands us to do such work in our 130 plus temples daily. It is his work and we are merely his servants. I have felt the spirit in the temples as worthy members of the Church are baptized on behalf of the dead, as proxy, in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost and by the authority of Jesus Christ. Imagine, like President Hinckley of old once said, that when we pass on those of who we baptized will embrace us in love and thanksgiving for our faith and work on their behalf. Baptism is so important that even Christ, who was sinless, was baptized. We follow his way. Show more Show less

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

Ethan
Visit www.lds.org. There you will find a link that will show you directions to the closest Church in your community. You will find Gods missionaries and they will teach you with the Holy Spirit about the Church. I urge you in the name of Christ to seek with a open heart these young men and woman. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Ethan
The blessing from reading the Book of Mormon and numberless. Like the Bible and other Scriptures I have found that through the Holy Ghost it is true. It testifies of the Lord and it clearly defines how we should live our lives and Conform to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon speaks of Christ, teaches of Him, and testifies that he lives and that He died for us and felt the greatest pain in human history and future that anyone has ever and will ever feel that we may be forgiven of our sins. It is the clearest most beautiful and precious book in the world and "a man will get nearer to God, then any other book or doctrine" by reading it. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Ethan
The biggest thing that will tell you there is a God is prayer. As difficult as it may be or seem now to get on your knees and talk with God that you can not see; As difficult as that is it is the only sure way to find out. Those who ask in faith and with a broken heart and contrite spirit will find there answer through the Spirit. Show more Show less