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Hi I'm Parker

I grew up in Utah, USA. I'm a junior at the University of Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a dental student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. I hope to ultimately become a dentist and specialize in the field. I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Biology. I often ponder about scientific reasoning and it's correlation to religious thought, and tend not to see science and spirituality at odds but rather as tools to search for truth. I also enjoy doing art, and music. I play saxophone, piano and bass guitar. I served a mission for the Church in Brazil from 2008-2010, and currently serve as the Sunday School President in my local area.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I know that this is the true church because I decided to pray with faith and ask God if these teachings were true. I'm a Mormon because I can believe in scientific principles and gospel principles without compensating truths from either source. This truly is a testimony of how this is God's work, because many of the Gospel's principles are proven by science to be true. I have also prayed about this Church and I felt peaceful, comfortable, and happy feelings after my prayer and knew that it was from God. I know that everyone that prays with faith to know if these things are true will receive an answer with like feelings. I continue as a member of the church because of this answer to my prayer, as well as many other experiences that strengthen my faith in God and these teachings.

How I live my faith

In the church I'm currently the Sunday School President in my local area. I oversee the religious education on Sunday, help everyone feel welcome, and invite the message of the Gospel into the Church. I also live my faith by often pondering and analyzing questions about our existence. I often think about the correlation between science and religion. This allows me to share my faith with a variety of people who have similar questions. I love being able to teach my own thoughts about our existence, and seek out ways to understand others. I have learned that seeking out answers through prayer and inspiration is just as important, if not more, as seeking out answers through the scientific process. I believe that science answers the questions of the natural world, whereas prayer and inspiration answers our deepest spiritual questions. I love being a member of this Church as it has taught me to be a seeker of truth and has guided me to pursue my true self. I know that if I continue faithfully, my can be guided to the answers of my deepest inquiries.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

The meaning of the word "gospel" means the doctrine of Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ was given by inspiration through God's servants called prophets Amos 3:7. We believe that the Bible contains a big part of the Gospel because it was written by these prophets and apostles who received divine inspiration. After the time Jesus Christ founded Christianity, persecution of the church arose and the apostles and prophets were killed. These prophets and apostles held the authority to receive inspiration of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. This authority was not passed down to others and no further apostles or prophets were chosen by God. Many false prophets, apostles, and teachers arose and began teaching their ideas and opinions distorting the divine inspirations found in the Bible. Many apostles and prophets wrote about this would happen in the Bible see 1 Timothy 4:1-2. Thus the true doctrines, teachings, or gospel that Jesus Christ originally organized was gone from the earth. God needed to bring back the gospel, through the same way he always did, inspiring prophets and apostles. "Restoration" means to return as it once was. Thus God called Joseph Smith to be the prophet to restore the gospel, or doctrines and teaching of Jesus Christ, and gave him authority again on the earth to do so. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Everything testifies of the existence of God. As a very scientific person, it continually amazes me that everything down to the elements and atomic structures, biological cells, the world, and the Universe all seem to be working in sync and following laws. Some may say that it's all chaos and chance, but yet it all somehow just works out? I see that the most important proof of the existence of God is mankind. We were created in his image and are given abilities to create things as well. Look around at the human world and see all the creations we have made. If we as mankind have such capabilities, why not a Supreme Creator who has all knowledge of the sciences be able to create us and everything in the universe? The other important proof of God's existence is the universal human sense of morality. The sense and ability to know what is right and wrong is inherent in all of us. Many call this a conscience, the Moral Law, the Light of Christ (in Mormon terminology), but nonetheless is visible in each and every one of us. While we all have different opinions about our existence, these opinions are founded on basic moral principles that all we all tend to share and base correct decisions on. To me this is hard to somehow base it on the result of altruism via evolutionary mechanisms, but rather the evidence of God's hand in our creation. Show more Show less