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Hi I'm Ted

I'm a Financial Economics major, I'm a fiance, and I.... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University - Idaho studying Financial Economics. It's a hard major but I'm pulling through somehow. I am engaged to a beautiful woman and I can't wait to be married to her for time and all eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I thought joining the church was something that I would never do in my life. My dad joined the church 2 years before I did, and asked me to go with him. I went to church with him and his fiance, and even being stubborn in not joining, I was in awe when I had seen the chapel. It was a beautiful place with plenty of seating for everybody. The people were all very friendly with towards me and were happy that I was coming. I kept asking myself, "Why are they happy that I'm here? I don't exactly agree with them and I certainly don't have the same values they have." Then I realized, after searching through a bunch of churches, I had finally found a community that really made me feel like somebody cared about me for the first time. Afterwards, I was actually excited to be with Mormons. After all the discomfort that I had because I thought they didn't like me, I came to realize that they didn't dislike me at all, but were glad that I was there! I asked my dad how one would become a member of the church one day when we were on our way to orientation for college. My dad was shocked that I, someone who was being really awkward around Mormons, was asking how to become one! He had me call his fiance and tell her what I had decided to do. She too was excited, but made sure that I was doing this because I wanted to and not because I wanted to make my father happy. I asked her and my dad how someone became a Mormon, and they said that I needed to take lessons from the missionaries. The thing that shocked me about the missionaries was that they had told me, "My companion and I could both tell you that the church is true all day long. We could tell you that the Book of Mormon is true as well all day, however, don't take our word for it. Pray about it and ask the Lord if what we're saying is true or not." I've never heard of such a thing before. So I prayed about it and was persistent in asking God whether or not I was being told the truth. Finally, I got my answer and I then knew that this was the place to be. The reason why I have stayed with the church is plain and simple. It's really the only faith that I have found where it really is all about your relationship with the Lord and your family. The Lord has made a way for us to be happy with our families forever, and this is the way. If you just give it a chance and make a couple of sacrifices, that you will have an amazing opportunity to reap the blessings of the Lord. I know that the church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true as well. We do believe in the Bible, honest! We use the King James Version, and we find it to be the most correctly translated version. Try reading the Book of Mormon with a Bible and check the cross references at the bottom of the page. You will see that nothing is taken away from the Bible and certainly nothing was "added" to the Bible itself. I testify to whoever reads this that if you give the church a chance, that you will be pleasantly surprised. I challenge whoever reads this to talk with the missionaries and ask them questions and read the Book of Mormon then pray about it.

How I live my faith

At church, I'm part of a congregation that is made specifically for people who are 18 - 30 and not married. This is known as a Young Single Adult ward. These are also known as a "Student Ward" because they're in the direct vicinity of a college or university. It gives us young Mormons a "home away from home" while we're at college. I am a Branch Missionary in the congregation that I'm in. What I do is I go with missionaries to teach people every now and then and sometimes the missionaries take me out and we go knock on doors to see if we can find someone to teach. Another thing I do is hometeach. Hometeaching is a way we can look after one of another by asking if someone needs help with something. Everybody gets a hometeacher, even me. However, I'm soon going to be a Missionary in Japan so I'm going to be a little busy soon.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ted
The missionaries will want to talk with you about God and who he is. They will teach you that Jesus is the Christ and why he was so important to everybody. We will also teach you about Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through him. To be honest, these hardworking young men and women will just talk to you about God and Jesus Christ. They care about you just as we all do, because we are all children of God. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ted
Nobody is required to serve a mission. It is ultimately our own decision to serve a mission. Some people may be expected to go because of family tradition and whatnot, but even then, it's still not a requirement. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Ted
We are all called Mormons simply because we believe in a book of scripture called "The Book of Mormon." It testifies of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less