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Hi I'm Corwin

I am LDS and was raised in an LDS family.

About Me

I am a 61 year old father of four married for 35 years. We have one granddaughter. In my working life I am a business consultant. At home I enjoy music and reading. I enjoy chamber music. I was a missionary in Japan when I was 19 years old and I continue to enjoy studying the Japanese language.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the faith by wonderful parents who were committed to Christian service. Their example sustained me in my search for a divine witness of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith and the truth of The Book of Mormon. That witness came as I studied and prayed and served in various assignments in church. It continues to grow today.

How I live my faith

I have served in many church callings and led my congregation as bishop for nearly six years. I was a teacher of eight year olds in Primary for 8 years. I have served in many other ways in church callings. My ideal for service is the Savior, Jesus Christ. More than anything I do in formal Church callings, I hope that I can be a light on the hill that draws others to him.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is God's power. He grants his power to his servants to bless them and to do his work in the earth. God's work is always about creating and atoning (unifying). All priesthood is always used to serve others. Acknowledging the delegation of authority to God's ministers is a vital demonstration of our faith. Christ said "he that receiveth you (the apostles) receiveth me (Matt. 10:40)". This priesthood authority was restored to Joseph Smith and continues in Christ's church today. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The temple rites are a liturgy of the requirements and blessings of rigorous Christian discipleship. We make covenants formally for ourselves and for our dead ancestors and we fulfill these covenants in the way we live our lives. Our righteous actions, in and out of the temple, bless our ancestors and our children. Only those who are prepared to make these covenants may participate. We only enter the temple after we have been able to see in ourselves the willingness to live sacred covenants and demonstrate this willingness to others. Then we formally covenant to live a highest level of life of discipleship. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jesus established a Church and he ordained twelve apostles to preside over it. He gave them authority to baptize in his name. A baptism without that authority may be sincerely intended but it cannot be of any effect if it is not through the authority that he committed to his servants. That authority has been restored to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less