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Hi I'm Robbie.

I grew up in South Florida. I am currently a college student majoring in political science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in South Florida, where I have lived my whole life. As a teenager, I participated in the Boy Scouts of America and other youth organizations. I recently served a two year mission for the LDS church in upstate New York. I am currently a college student studying political science. I enjoy keeping up with current events around the world, reading religious books (especially the scriptures), and hanging out with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the LDS Church has all of the truth needed to return to live with God, as well as the authority from God to unlock the gates of that heavenly home. I know for myself, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that this church is the Lord's church. I was born into the LDS church; my parents taught me the doctrines and standards of the church and encouraged me to live them. However, there came a point in my life when I had to find out for myself whether the things I'd been taught were leading me in the right direction. I needed to know if the church was of God or of men. I began to study the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, a book of scripture unique to this church. The Book was brought forth by the Prophet Joseph Smith, through whom the Lord established this church in the 1800s. If the Book of Mormon is true and of God, then Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and this church is God's church. If the Book of Mormon is false, then those claims are false. As I studied the Book of Mormon, I prayed about it (see James 1:5) and tried to live its teachings (see John 7:17). As I did these things, I felt the Holy Ghost give me a sense of peace and assurance that the Book of Mormon is true (see John 14:26-27 and Galatians 5:22-23), that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's true church. In the years since I started that search for answers, I have continued to find more and more light and knowledge through this church. It's teaching are of God, and through them I have developed a personal relationship with God. The God I know and worship is not an imagined being, created by the imagination of man. He is a real, distinct, living being. He is the Father of our spirits. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ (Himself a distinct individual) to be our Savior and Redeemer. Through Jesus Christ himself and His prophets before and since, God has revealed the gospel, which includes all that we must do to "come unto Christ and be perfected in Him" (see Moroni 10:32-33, p. 531 in the Book of Mormon). In our day, God has restored the gospel in its complete form, as Christ and ancient prophets taught it, to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith, himself a prophet of God, received direct revelation from God on behalf of the entire world, just as Adam, Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and other prophets in the Bible. Through Joseph Smith, God has brought forth the Book of Mormon as an additional witness to the Bible that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. I know that these things are true. This knowledge has been central to all the good things I have experienced in my life. As I have lived the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have been blessed beyond my ability to comprehend. Life has not been free of trial and hardship for me, but my faith in God has helped me to truly overcome any problems I face. All this is thanks to His grace and mercy. Therefore, I follow Him. To me, the phrase "I am a Mormon" really means "I am a follower of Jesus Christ." That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The most important ways I live my faith are through daily prayer and scripture study. As I have done these simple things, I have received guidance, strength, knowledge, and inspiration from God. This helps me want to live a better life that is more in line with Christ's teachings, and gives me the knowledge and capacity to do so. As a follower of Christ, I believe in keeping the commandments and living the way He would want me to live. I strive to be clean, honest, and obedient to God in thought, word, and action. Indeed, I try to follow the perfect example that Christ set. I am not perfect, but I am trying to improve daily. I also attend church weekly and participate actively in my local congregation. This gives me wonderful opportunities to learn and grow through association with other followers of Christ. Furthermore, the church gives opportunities to serve and put in practice what Christ taught and practiced. He ministered to those who were in need of physical, spiritual, or emotional aid. I have had opportunities to do the same, and I have learned so much from those opportunities. I currently serve as a leader in the men's group of my congregation. This involves looking after all the men in the group, assuring that their physical and spiritual needs are met and providing them opportunities to serve. I have felt great joy in serving other people, whether in a church setting or elsewhere. The service that has had the biggest impact on my life was my service as a missionary in New York. As a missionary, I taught other people about Jesus Christ and how to follow Him. These experiences in turn taught me a lot about Christlike attributes such as diligence, patience, love, and obedience. My faith in Jesus Christ and His teachings was strengthened immeasurably. I have tried to continue this growth even after the end of my missionary service, and I have been greatly blessed for it.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Robbie.
I believe that families will be together forever. God, through His prophets, has revealed his plan by which this is possible. When He was on the earth, Christ gave the Apostle Peter power such that "whatsoever [he bound] on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Matthew 16:19). This sealing power is the power by which we can enter into sacred promises with God, by which He binds himself to bless us if we are obedient and faithful to Him. An example of this is baptism, when we begin new lives as disciples of Christ, promising to "walk in newness of life" and forsake sin (Romans 6:3-6; see also Mosiah 18:8-10 on page 181 of the Book of Mormon). The most important promise God gives us through the sealing power is that out families will be together forever. When a man and woman are married by this power, they are not simply married "til death do us part;" they are sealed for eternity. This sealing power is exercised, by authority from God himself, in the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through this power and our faithfulness, we can be with our families forever. (see "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" at http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=69de55c49e0eb010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&vgnextoid=f318118dd536c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Robbie.
The Book of Mormon gives the simplest and most direct answer to this question: "it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Some may say that this undermines or devalues the sacrifice of Jesus Christ by placing an undue emphasis on our own works. In my experience, seeking to become like Christ does not in any way lessen my faith in Christ. Rather, my continued efforts keep me very aware of my need to rely totally on Him. The grace of Jesus Christ, which is in Him by virtue of His selfless and infinite sacrifice in Gethsemane and on the cross, can do wonders in our lives. It can turn the most hardened sinners into humble followers of God. It can bring forgiveness to wipe away even our most serious sins. It can turn the deepest sorrow into the greatest joy. Indeed, it will bring eternal life to all those who believe in Christ. There is only one thing the grace of God cannot do: it cannot force us to do something we don't want to do. But that is a choice which is completely within our power to make. If we want to follow Christ and become perfect as He is, then we can do so through His grace. Moroni 10:32 in the Book of Mormon says this: Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. As Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). Show more Show less

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

Robbie.
Absolutely. The Book Of Mormon even testifies of the Bible's divine origin (see 1 Nephi 13:20-23 for one example). The writings of Biblical prophets and Apostles are crucial to our knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. These writings testify of them in powerful and convincing ways. Who can read the histories of the Jewish people without being awed by God's power? Who can read the Psalms of King David without being moved by the compassion God shows toward those who follow Him? Who can read of the teachings of Christ and His Apostles in the New Testament without being filled with the Holy Ghost? No honest, humble, sincere seeker of truth could say enough of the teachings in the Bible. I have felt the Holy Ghost tell me that the bible is true, and I have learned so much from studying and pondering its words. Mormons definitely believe the words of Paul to Timothy: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Timothy 3:16). Show more Show less