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Hi I'm Mac

I'm a Mormon. My faith and my life are the same.

About Me

I am from Utah and I was born into a Mormon family. In fact almost each of my great-great grandparents were born into Mormon families. I currently live in New Jersey with my young family of 5 going on 6. I am pursuing a PhD in Latin American Literature and I hope to be a scholar/professor soon. I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children, reading, writing, playing/watching sports, learning, photography and other arts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for several reasons too complex to maybe even express in words. Nevertheless, I will say that I have asked God in sincere prayer if His church is this church and I received an answer that yes, He and His Son Jesus Christ have organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to help all of God's children progress and learn in this life so that we can live with Him again. When I take the path that God has marked to be with Him again I am happy. It's as simple and beautiful as that.

How I live my faith

As I mention in my introduction, my life is my faith. I've never attempted to separate them because I've never thought of them as separate. What I mean by all this is that I don't consider my religion as something I do or even believe but as something I am.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mac
The gathering of names and information known as family history or geneology is geared toward taking those names and performing ordinances on behalf of the people that these names represent. We perform these ordinances in buildings that we call temples. We regard our temples as special and sacred places where these unique connections with all of humanity, alive or dead, can happen. Examples of these ordinances are baptism, confirmation of the Holy Ghost, and other covenants or promises we make with God. In the temple we feel like we are spiritually linking all of God's children together. No one should think that we are somehow forcing the dead to become members of our church because that is not what we are doing. We believe that by performing these ordinances on behalf of those who are dead we give them the opportunity to accept the gospel fully if they choose. To accept Jesus Christ and his gospel fully, we believe that we must make the promises that we make when we do these ordinances. Because these ordinances are done while we are alive and have bodies, those who are dead can no longer receive them themselves, though they can still make choices in the state that they are in. This is why we do it for them. And we believe that this and other verses from the Bible are talking about this very work: Malachi 4:6. Show more Show less