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Hi I'm Chad

I'm a grampa. Soon I will be serving a family history mission with my wife in Orem, Utah and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a potato farm in Idaho. After graduation from high school I served a two-year mission for the Mormon Church in England. My great grandfather was the first person baptized into the Mormon Church in England. I have three college degrees - finally got it right. I have been an art teacher, an Air Force pilot, and a multimedia producer. I would rather spend time with my wife and my children, and their families than anything else. I love to laugh and to sing - sports? not so much. I consider myself a very happy man.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught by my parents from my infancy to love our Heavenly Father and to know Jesus Christ. I was taught about the Prophet Joseph Smith and his calling from God to restore the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth, but it wasn't until I served a mission to England that I found for myself the truth of those teachings. It was in humble prayer with a sincere heart that I asked and received the confirmation of the Spirit. My faith has brought me through some of the most difficult challenges that life can bring. God lives. He knows and loves me. His Son, Jesus Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

I serve our Heavenly Father's children. There is no paid ministry in our Church so my response to serve in my calling is voluntary. My wife and just received our call to serve a voluntary full-time mission for a year-and-a-half. We will be serving a family history mission in Orem, Utah. We anticipate that our assignment will involve records preservation and preparation for upload to the master database on the website, familysearch.org. We have been planning on missionary service since we were first married.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Visitors are certainly welcome in Church meetings. A typical Sunday consists of three meetings. There is a meeting to include all who attend - young and old, generally followed by Sunday School classes divided by age groups, and finally, meetings for the young men, young women, adult men, and adult women. A children's primary includes a nursery for infants 18 months to 3 years, and age groups up to the age of 12. Meetings begin and end with prayer. There is hymn singing and worshipful music as well as sermons and lessons taught by leaders and teachers who are called from among the congregation and serve without renumeration. The music and teaching are modest and dignified. Sacrament, or communion, is observed weekly in a simple reverent ceremony wherein bread and water representing the body and blood of the Savior, are blessed and passed to the members of the congregation as a renewal of their covenants to keep His commandments and remember Him.  Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on April 6, 1830. Because the Church members embraced not only the Bible, but The Book of Mormon as scripture, they became referred to as "Mormons". Since that time, the word Mormon has been used by others to refer to the Church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a complation of writings by ancient prophets who lived on the American Continent. They obediently responded to the commandment of God to record His dealings with their people. These writings were kept and preserved by commandment of God until they were received and translated by a modern prophet of God, Joseph Smith. The writings were published under the name of The Book of Mormon. Mormon was the name of the ancient prophet who compiled some of these writings into the collection that became The Book of Mormon. This book is another witness of Jesus Christ because these ancient prophets taught their people that He was to come upon the earth to redeem His people. The Book of Mormon contains an account of the visit of the Savior to these people following His resurrection. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

The Savior demonstrated just how important is was to be baptized by one having the proper authority when He sought out John the Baptist to perform His baptism. When the modern day prophet Joseph Smith and his companion Oliver Cowdery inquired of the Lord about such authority, they were blessed with a vision of the resurrected John the Baptist. He laid his hands upon their heads and conferred the Priesthood of Aaron, the authority to baptize, upon them, thus restoring that authority once again to God's children on the earth. Show more Show less

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

Aside from the beauty of the earth, the order and intricacy of life, and the peace that quiet contemplation brings, I have received a sure witness in my mind and in my heart from the whisperings of the Spirit that God lives and knows me. We are His children. He wants us to know Him. He will answer our prayers founded in faith. The formula is simple - learn of Him, pray to Him, hear Him. Show more Show less