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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is David, and I grew up in Texas. I developed a love for computers early on, and when I went to college I studied Computer Science. Having just recently graduated, I now work as a computer programmer, and I hope to return to school soon to work towards a higher degree. I also love to sing choral music, swing dance, play sports, read, and I have a passion for ancient history and archaeology.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that the teachings of Jesus Christ and his prophets are all true. More specifically, I know that the Savior has called men to be prophets on the Earth in our day, and that his prophet Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon, another book of scripture testifying of the divinity of Jesus Christ. I didn't come to know these things all at once. I never had a magical experience where I suddenly knew that all of this was true. I learned it gradually, "line upon line, precept upon precept". Through a desire to learn more about who God is and what this life is all about, I searched for answers in the scriptures and prayed, and by doing those things I know that all the teachings that are found in the scriptures and also those taught by modern-day prophets are true. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently in a congregation that is made up of single college students and young adults. It's a great way to meet friends who have my same values. As a member of the congregation I have been given a calling, which is basically a role that I fulfill. My current calling is to help all the guys in the congregation to attend the temple more often. The temple is a place where we often go as Mormons to perform baptisms for our ancestors and other important ordinances. In our congregation, we try to attend the temple every month. In my daily life, I try to live my faith by simply doing the things that Christ has taught us to do. I try to read my scriptures and pray often, and give service when I can. I know I'm not perfect at any of those things, and I could probably do a lot better than I am currently doing, but that's one of the purposes of this life anyways: to become better people.

What is the Book of Mormon?

David
The Book of Mormon is a book that testifies of the divinity and mission of Jesus Christ. It is a companion book to the Bible, and contains the teachings of Christ's prophets in the ancient Americas. We know that God loves all of His children, and He does not want any of them to live in darkness. Because He loves His children so much, He sent prophets also to the people of the ancient Americas to guide the people. Christ himself came to visit the people after his resurrection in Jerusalem. The ancient prophets then wrote down the teachings that they received from Him, and they also wrote down part of a history of their people, and eventually these writings were compiled into one book which today is called The Book of Mormon. We have The Book of Mormon today because God called another prophet, Joseph Smith, in modern times, and He had him translate the ancient writings from their original language into English so that we can benefit from the writings of the ancient American prophets and be able to come unto Christ through them. Show more Show less

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

David
I believe the Bible to be the word of God. As I have studied the scriptures both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I have come to really appreciate the Bible and the writings which the ancient apostles and prophets handed down to us. The New Testament is one of my favorite books of scripture, and I love reading the epistles of the ancient apostles to the various church members of that time period. There is so much in the Bible that is useful for our day, and sometimes we don't even realize it. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the Bible because the metaphors that were used at the time are not used commonly in our day. Sometimes the language might seem out of touch, but if we study the Bible enough and become familiar with the language that is used in it, then it is a great growing experience and we can learn a lot. There are many different translations of the Bible from its original languages into the languages we speak today, and each different translation has its own merits. Although some are more correct in their interpretations than others, I think it is particularly important to study the Bible regardless of the translation because it will help us draw closer to Christ, and that is the purpose of studying the Scriptures. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

David
As a Mormon, I am most definitely a Christian. My faith is in Christ, and in none other. I believe that Christ is my Saviour and my Redeemer. He came to this earth, born as the Son of God, taught his gospel, served and loved the people, and eventually suffered and died for our sins and transgressions. After three days He was resurrected, and He lives. He did all of those things in order to overcome death so that we can be forgiven of our sins and also be able to live again. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

David
We believe that the purpose of baptism is two-fold: through baptism we can be symbolically washed from our sins and forgiven of our past transgressions, and it is a necessary action in order to obtain the Kingdom of God. Christ taught, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5. He himself was baptized because He knew it was a necessary act in order to show God that we are willing to be obedient to all of His commandments. In addition, the Apostle Peter taught, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38. From reading this, we can gather that baptism is also important so that we can be forgiven of our sins. We are symbolically washed clean of the bad things we done in our life. It is important that baptism is done properly and by proper authority. When Christ was baptized, he went to John the Baptist to have it done because He knew that John the Baptist held the proper authority, given Him from God, in order to baptize other people. Likewise in our day, we believe that only someone who is called by God and has the proper authority to baptize can perform baptisms. This authority is called the Priesthood. We believe that baptism should be done by immersion. This is how baptisms were performed in the early church, and Paul alludes to this when he teaches in his epistle to the Romans, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4. I know that baptism is essential to our salvation. Christ asked us to obey His commandments, and baptism is the gate by which we can testify to Christ that we are willing to do so. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

David
The Priesthood is the authority given to man to act in the name of God. It primary use on the Earth is to serve others, teach others, and also to perform certain actions that are necessary for our salvation such as baptism. The Priesthood is not something new. In every age, God has called many of His children to serve as prophets and teachers so that His people would know His commandments, the purpose of this life, and what they had to do in order to be saved. One of the first prophets that many people recognize was Noah. Noah was called by God to preach repentance to the people, but unfortunately the people didn't listen to the word of God, and God caused the great flood to come upon the earth. Another prophet was Moses who led the people of Israel out of Egypt to a new home, and gave them the ten commandments. Prophets continued to be called throughout the centuries. Christ himself was a prophet, although he can be considered to be more than a prophet since He was our Savior as well. The apostles of Jesus Christ were prophets and teachers, and the gift of prophecy existed in the early church. Unfortunately, there were also periods of time in the history of the world when the people rejected the prophets, and at these times God would take away His prophets for a period of time. Whenever there was absences of prophets on the Earth, these periods are called an apostasy. After the deaths of the apostles of Christ, there was an apostasy for a very long period of time, but God wanted to call prophets again in order to call His people to repentance. So he called Joseph Smith as a prophet, and through him he restored the Church of Jesus Christ back on to the Earth. Now there are prophets on the Earth again, and they hold the authority given to them by God to lead His people. Also, there are many other worthy servants of God who hold the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ, and thus may do things like baptize. The primary purposes for which God has called these servants and given them His priesthood is so that they may serve others, help others, lift burdens, perform necessary saving ordinances like baptism, and teach others about Christ. Show more Show less