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Hi I'm Kent

I am Mormon. I am a son of God. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I was born to parents who were converted and baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At the age of eight I too was baptized. I have six siblings. They are also baptized members in the Church. I was married in the Washington D.C. Temple 4 years ago. I have two daughters, and we are expecting a third child in October (2010). I know that Jesus is the Christ and that His Church has again been restored to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contains all of the power, truth, and organization that were found in the original Church of Jesus Christ anciently.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a spiritual confirmation or witness that Jesus Christ lives. Through study and prayer of and about the principles of Christ's gospel I now know and can testify that His Church is now on earth. I recognize that for many generations since the Lord was crucified and His apostles and saints were persecuted gospel truths and Priesthood have been lost and distorted. But through the Holy Spirit it has been manifest to me that truth and Priesthood (organization and God-given authority) have been restored to mankind. Our Heavenly Father loves us and, through His Son, has called prophets again to testify of the gospel. Joseph Smith was the first of these prophets to be called. He translated the Book of Mormon, which is simply another testament of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, it teaches us how to come unto Christ. The Book of Mormon records the testimony of the prophets that lived in the America's anciently. And by reading this book of scripture and praying to know of its truth I discovered it was true. My witness of these things has come independent of any other person. I only know it through the Holy Spirit. And I know that any person may discover these same things for themselves, as I have. The Holy Spirit will confirm the truth of it to any individual who reads the Book of Mormon and the Bible sincerely, studying them carefully, and praying humbly.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life in accordance with the principles of the gospel. Jesus Christ has outlined standards of living which, if followed, will bring happiness. These standards are sometimes called commandments or laws. As I live God's commandments I find happiness in my life and strength during difficult times. I do not drink alcohol, I do not use tobacco, I am completely faithful to my wife, I provide for my family honestly and independently. I try to be charitable with my means, I try to serve others where I am able, I strive to love all people and treat them as I would want treatment from them. In short, I love the Lord and strive to obey His every commandment. When I fall short I am saddened, I repent. When I am succeeding I find joy. I am eternally grateful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is the Lord's Church, and there is a prophet today guide this sometimes troubled world. I find great satisfaction in living in accordance to the Lord's revealed will, as communicated by His living prophet.

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

Kent
Absolutely! The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints study the Bible deeply. The Bible contains unparalleled accounts of our Savior's life and ministry. We learn so much of our ancient father's Adam and Abraham, the Lord's dealings with the children of Israel in the old world, and the great epistles of Paul and the other apostles. This history and these truths and teachings are found nowhere else. We believe in all that God has revealed, but we do not believe that the abundant revelation and prophetic communication that the Bible contains ended with the ministry of the ancient apostles. As valuable as the Bible is, there are other accounts of God's sacred dealings with His children. We believe that the Lord called prophets to teach His children in the Americas anciently. These accounts are found in the Book of Mormon. The doctrine taught and the prophecies given of Christ are the same, but these people lived where the Bible prophets could not account for it. So a separate record was kept. Together with the Bible, The Book of Mormon is also scripture. Show more Show less