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Hi I'm Landon

I lived in Idaho, Utah, Argentina, and N. Carolina. I am a husband, father of seven, and a physician. Best of all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the west. We were raised in California and Idaho. I am the third of four children with two older brothers and a younger, adopted, sister. We love each other (more now that we live in separate houses)! I enjoyed tennis, cross country, religious studies, and music in high school. I graduated from college in 1993 with a degree in business. I met my wife, in a human anatomy lab. She finished the nursing program and worked as a RN for five years. I attended medical school and completed a five year residency in pathology. We moved to the east coast for fellowship training in dermatopathology (the study and diagnosis of skin disease). We moved back west in 2003 and have enjoyed raising our seven children near the mountains. We have two daughters and five sons. The oldest is 18 and the youngest is six. The oldest is filling out an application to serve a full-time mission somewhere in the world! We love to spend time together, run, play games, travel, visit family, swim, hike, and laugh out loud!

Why I am a Mormon

I am confident that if I didn't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that my life would be a disaster. I first felt the desire to find God's true church in my teenage years. I spent years studying the scriptures, taking classes, and praying to know God's will for me. He reached out to me and answered my prayers. I have felt in my heart and mind that God is our loving Heavenly Father and He loves us. We are His children! I know that the Bible contains the word of God. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. II love the spirit of God that I feel when I spend quality time with the holy scriptures. I know that God has prophets and apostles on the earth today. I know that Heavenly Father wants us to study His word, repent, obey, serve and love one another. He loves ALL of His children and He has a plan called the plan of salvation to help ALL of His children strive to return to live with Him. I am grateful for the blessings of having His Church here on the earth with the restoration of the priesthood authority and His Church through the prophet Joseph Smith. I love the power and peace offered to us all through the holy temples and the sacred ordinances offered there. I love the promise that families can be together forever. This promise has special meaning since our three-week-old son died in my wife's arms over ten years ago. We know that if we strive to do what is right, repent, and receive the blessings of the ordinances in the temple with desires to serve others that we will be able to see our son again someday. I am thrilled to be with my wife and children and parents, etc. after this life. May you feel of the power and love of God. He loves us all and desires our happiness and peace! :)

How I live my faith

We enjoy attending weekly worship services on Sundays as a family. We love to sing, partake of the sacrament (an ordinance to renew our baptismal covenant with God), discuss the scriptures, and be with our fellow brothers and sisters at church. We enjoy weekly youth activities (learning, outings, socials, dances, sports, scouting, etc.) We love to visit the temple and serve others. We find it a great blessing to visit others in their homes and pray with them. When I was 19 years old, I went to Argentina for two years and served a mission there. It was amazing to learn Spanish, dive into a new culture, and teach of Jesus Christ every day! We feel blessed to live the law of tithing (10% of our income) to support the purposes of God's kingdom on the earth. We also make regular donations to humanitarian, missionary, and temple efforts. We spend at least one night each week as a family together at home (singing, playing games, discussing God's word, laughing, etc.) We spend time each weekday morning at 6:30 am studying the holy scriptures as a family. We pray together as a family morning and night. We LOVE God and are so HAPPY to be CHRISTIANS!

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Landon
I absolutely believe in the Bible. I have read it cover to cover including the New Testament multiple times. I especially love to study the early books of the Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament. I love the teachings, example, and power of Jesus Christ's example and sacrifice. Because of the words of this sacred book, The Holy Bible, I feel closer to Jesus Christ. I have accepted Him as my Savior and Redeemer. I love and adore Him. I want to become more like Him every day. As I study the Bible's words, I am impressed with the different roles of the members of the Godhead. God The Father, as our Father and the Father of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Creator, Savior, Redeemer, Older Brother, and Judge. The Holy Ghost as a distinct personage testifying of truth and bringing direction, revelation, inspirtation, and comfort. I know that God lives. He loves us all the same. We can bring Him honor and joy by following His gospel, loving His Son, applying His teachings, repenting of our sins, forgiving all men, and following the soft, quiet promptings of the Holy Ghost. I am so grateful for the Bible and the message it carries. I would be absolutely lost without the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I know that the Holy Ghost can testify to all men and women of these truths. May God bless you and yours and always direct you to truth that can help you deal with the challenges of life and count your many blessings as one of His children. :) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Landon
Absolutely! I love this amazing truth. It speaks peace to my soul. Baptism is essential for salvation in Jesus Christ. It has been a wonderful blessing in my life to be baptized. Baptism allows for us to make a covenant with God promising that we will take upon us the name of Christ, strive to remember Him always, and strive to keep His commandments. In return, God promises to bless us with His Holy Spirit, grant us forgiveness through Christ's Atonement as we repent, and lead us to salvation in the kingdom of God. Would not God, our loving Heavenly Father, desire these blessings for all of His children. So many have not had the opportunity to receive these sacred and eternal blessings on this earth. Baptism for the dead is mentioned in The New Testament (see 1 Corinthians 15:29). This powerful and true practice has been returned to the earth with the restoration of Christ's Church. Baptisms for the dead occur in temples throughout the world. Members of Christ Church enter the temples and participate in proxy baptisms for the dead (they are dressed in white and baptized by immersion for someone who has died by one with priesthood authority). This allows the deceased person's spirit to accept the blessings and covenant associated with baptism or chose not to accept it. The deceased person's agency (power to choose) is intact. This true practice testifies of God's love for all of His children. I love it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Landon
A resounding NO. We worship God, our Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have come to know by the teaching of the Spirit of God that Joseph Smith was called by God to serve as a prophet in these latter days. Just like Moses and Elijah of the old testament, Joseph, was called by God to bless His children here on this earth. It is so comforting to me to feel the love of Heavenly Father when life's challenges weigh on me and when I count my blessings. I am so blessed to reflect on the blessings of Jesus's life, His teachings, His sacrifice, His Atonement, His example, and His love. I am so grateful to be a Christian! God simply wants us to follow the example of His Son, Jesus Christ, and return to live with Them in Heaven. Let's do it! :) Show more Show less

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

Landon
The most common pattern I have seen and experienced is when a person, a couple, or a family is looking to feel God more in their life/lives. They are openly seeking truth. They are striving to draw nearer to God and feel His Holy Spirit. They desire in their hearts to find truth and happiness . . . and God leads them to His restored gospel and Church on the earth today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They can then meet with missionaries and members to learn more about the restored gospel and His Church. A main step in this process is to realize that God wants each person to find/feel the truth in an individual way. The most powerful way I know is to study with the missionaries with members of the Church present to help answer your questions and share their experiences and testimonies. Key in this process is to read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and ponder and pray to God about its teachings. There is a promise from God in the last chapter of this book of scripture (Moroni 10:3-5). He promises that if you read and ponder the truths in The Book of Mormon with a sincere heart and real intent (intending to act on an answer from God), then He, God, will manifest the truth of these things to you by the Holy Ghost. I have done this and God has answered me (much like a sunrise) by filling my life with light and joy to deal with it's trials and challenges. It is true! Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Landon
A temple is God's house. It is different from a chapel or a church building where we hold weekly worship meetings and/or activities. The Lord has directed His people to build temples in the Bible and in other scriptures. The temple is a place for God to visit His children as they pray, worship, ponder, and perform sacred ordinances. In temples, members of Christ Church can learn eternal truths, obtain inspiration from God, and receive sacred ordinances including sealing or marriage of a man and a woman for all time and eternity. Temples also give us the chance to perform sacred ordinances for those who have died like baptism and eternal marriage. I love the time that I spend in the temple. As we all dress in white clothes, I feel that God loves us all the same. I feel close to Him. I feel deeply of his peace and love for us. Being in the temple is truely drawing upon God's love and strength and blessings. I feel empowered to deal with life's challenges and disappointments when I feel of the eternal truths and of God's promises in the temple. Jesus Christ is the central figure in temple worship and teaching. I am so grateful to be a Christain and to feel closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when I visit the temple. I often find myself wondering when can I be in the temple again? It is one of my greatest blessings to be in God's house frequently. I hope you can experience the same feelings and blessings. God bless you! Show more Show less

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

Landon
The sacred law of tithing is an extension of God's loving mercy to his children (us) on this earth. If we live this law by giving 10 percent of our income to His Church, then we receive an abundance of blessings. The blessings are spiritual and often temporal. We have felt God's hand in our lives as we have obeyed this law. We feel so blessed to know of tithing and have the blessing to donate to God's plan and receive so many blessings for doing so. You too, can receive these beautiful blessings by living the law of tithing. Do it! :) Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Landon
No, the effort's of Christ's Church are to all the world. The Chuch strives to be a first responder in time of need. We are taught to be prepared for emergencies and to be self sufficient. Then we can meet our own family's needs and reach out to others. The Church has donated over $1,000,000,000 in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started tracking such donations in 1985. Many of the countries helped have few to no Mormons, but many are also non-Christian. As of April 2014, there were over 83,000 Mormon missionaries serving throughout the world. Currenly, our 19 year-old daughter is serving a full-time mission in Peru! We are Christians and strive to follow Christ in loving, teaching, and serving our fellow man. God bless you and yours! :) Show more Show less