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Hi I'm Henry

I'm a husband and father. I'm a military servicemember. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 27. I have a wonderful wife and a very fun two-year-old daughter. I'm serving in the US Air Force.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. Part of me felt that there was something special about Mormonism, and the Book of Mormon in particular. When I was 16 I'd begun reading it to know for myself. After reading some I prayed and asked God if those really were his words, if they were teachings which came from Him, and if they were true. When I asked that, an amazing feeling came over me. I felt greater love, happiness and hope than I'd ever known. I knew the Holy Spirit was touching my heart. I realized I was smiling and I felt peace. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. Since then I've prayed about many things, to know the truth for myself, and to feel the joy of God's love. This is how I know that He loves me, that the Bible and Book of Mormon are true scriptures, that Joseph Smith was a prophet to restore divine truths to the earth. I also know that there is a prophet of God on the earth today. Above all, through prayer and seeking to live the Gospel, I've come to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the World. He gave an infinite sacrifice for us because he loves us as only the Lord can. Through him our sins can be washed away and we can have hope and happiness. His love will never fail us.

How I live my faith

I'm a youth sunday school teacher. I also visit a couple families regularly to see if there's anything that I, or others in the congregation can to for them.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Henry
Nope. Serving a mission is voluntary. It's a great opportunity for those who are able to go, but it doesn't effect a person's relation to the church either way. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Henry
No. Part of being a Mormon is helping anyone in need, as Jesus Christ taught. He is perfect, loves us, and helps all of us. We aren't perfect, but we can share a portion of His love as we help others. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Henry
There are a lot of things we learn from serving personally. Serving the Lord's children in different ways gives different, but good opportunities for personal growth. The Bishop, who leads the congregation, serves as bishop for a few years, then serves in some other way. He could become a primary teacher, a choir director, or anything else to help. Also, having no paid clergy means that all donations made to the church don't go to the bishop, but pay for things like building maintenance costs, humanitarian aid, or to help local people in need. Show more Show less

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

Henry
The goal of the missionaries is to bring people closer to Christ. Missionaries will talk about how God talks to us, by prophets like in the scriptures and by His Spirit touching our hearts. They will also share how to recognize when He is speaking to us.  Missionaries teach of the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and that there is one church on the earth which is led by a prophet like Moses. The prophet is someone who can help us learn of God's ways and encourages us to be the best people we can be. They will also ask you to find out for yourself if what they share is true. The missionaries will ask you to read some passages in the Bible, as well as the Book of Mormon. They will also ask you to pray, to ask the Lord for yourself if their message is true. The meeting itself doesn't need to be long, and the things they'll ask you to do only require a few minutes of your time and thoughts. But, there is nothing so wonderful as personally knowing that the Lord is guiding you and leading you to be as He wants you to be. Show more Show less

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

Henry
First off, you're in the right place. mormon.org has chat options as well as meetinghouse locator to give you maps and contact information for local congregations. Every church building says "Vistors welcome" and they mean it. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Henry
A testimony is something that you can say for yourself is true. To have a testimony means that there is something which you feel you can witness to the truth. This can be about the reality of the life, death, and resurrection of the Savior. It can be about the truthfulness of the scriptures, or of anything you've learned and feel in your heart is true. Show more Show less