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Hi I'm Chase

I'm from Michigan. I love writing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Michigan. Everywhere I go, my internal compass points me back towards home. Writing is my pastime. The prophet Gordon B. Hinckley was described to me as a "word smith," and I think that's one of my favorite things about him. Boldness, for me, is clarity. It means to explain something in such a way that it can't be misunderstood. It's harder than you'd think.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. I'm grateful for that, and for the teachings I've always recieved. But I'm not a mormon because of my birth. I'm a mormon because my Heavenly Father loves me enough to give me answers to my own personal prayers and inquiries. I'm a mormon because I have a close relationship with my Savior, and I want to follow him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing it with others. True faith leads us to act. If I have faith that a bus is going to come, then I'm going to wait at the bus stop. If I have faith in Jesus Christ, I'm going to try and live in the same way he lived. I have faith, as well, that Christ can give people the same blessings and knowledge he's given me. I exercise that faith by promising others they can feel the same things I've.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

If you want to learn more about the church, that's super easy. There are a million different resources for just that purpose. One of the easiest is probably Mormon.org. It has answers to a lot of your questions. You can also ask to meet with the missionaries in person. They're all over the place, and that's exactly what they're doing there. If you know members, they're a wonderful resource. They can answer questions. They can refer you to missionaries. They can help you get to church. Don't be shy. My best advice is to seek information that actually comes from the church. It will be the most accurate and easy to understand. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is the fundamental principle of the gospel. Every other teaching or practice of the church is only an appendage to the Atonement. Certainly we could not be made clean without the help of Jesus Christ. Grace is vitally important for everyone. The reason this question still tends to come up is because the LDS focus on "works." Many fear that because we strive to "do" so much that we undermine our own personal need for a Savior. However, it is because of our acknowledgement of our dependence on the Savior that we strive to serve Him. The Lord gave us commandments. What are those commandments for, if He doesn't expect us to follow Him? Matthew 5:48 says, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Of course we can't be perfect without Christ. But we must do our part. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Testimony is similar to "witness." A testimony is a personal knowledge of a truth. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. This means that I feel I have sufficient personal knowledge and experience to stand as a witness of this truth. Outside of the church the most common use of the word is a testimony in a legal court. It is an evidence to what happened, or to what is. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

I love the way Elder Holland explains, "Even as we invite one and all to examine closely the marvel of the church, there is one thing we do not people to wonder about - that is whether or not we are 'Christians.' ... Now, to anyone within the sound of my voice who has wondered regarding our Christianity, I bear this witness. I testify that Jesus Christ is the literal, living Son of our literal, living God... I know that there is no other name given under heaven whereby man can be saved" Elder Jeffery R. Holland "The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent" Nov 2007. We are Christians in the way we live our lives trying to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. As individuals, we are not perfect. But we have the perfect teachings of a perfect Lord, and the better we learn to apply these principles, the more fully we take upon ourselves His name. Show more Show less