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Hi I'm Casey

I'm a deep-thinking geek with a love for the arts (especially music). I love humor, food and cars... and I'm a mormon!

About Me

I'm one of those guys that thinks to much. You may have seen us reading books or doing homework or speaking with unnecessarily large words. Weirdos, right? Maybe! But whether it's a stereotype or an accurate characterization, it doesn't mind me! You'll find me on the football field in a marching band uniform, on the golf course with men three times my age, or lost in thought in any number of locations. I like taking things apart. And sometimes I find the patience to put them back together. My life has been just long enough for me to learn how to love living. So I do! One of my passions is religion and I love learning about the commonalities in the beliefs of all god's children, as well as deeply studying and increasing my own. We all share so much in common and as we focus on the things that unite us, we'll find ourselves becoming the world God desires for us.

Why I am a Mormon

God loves us and wants to communicate with us through prophets, scripture, prayer and the Spirit. Communication from the Spirit can't be seen, but it is no less real than things that can. I am a Mormon because I have gone straight to God to obtain a witness of His doctrine and His organization on the earth. I've lived the restored gospel and it has changed me into a more 'godly' person. I love my Savior. If there is ever one experience that I could point to and say "this is when I knew," it would be one Sunday night at University. I was taking a class on the Book of Mormon... the tests that we had to take for this class were difficult and often asked seemingly trivial questions about the details of the book. I felt I was forced to begin reading this Scripture as a text book. That doesn't work, by the way. I got frustrated. Very frustrated. This night I was alone in my truck and studying for my next exam. As I was reading, I began to question why I was even wasting my time in a book that may or may not be true. I didn't know. I didn't care. I threw the book on the passenger's seat and put my head on the steering wheel. I didn't know what to do. But then I remembered what I had always been taught growing up "when you don't know what to do, PRAY!" So I did. I asked God to tell me if what I was reading was true. Not five minutes later a friend called and told me he had decided to be baptized! We had been working with him for years and now he had finally made his decision after receiving an answer of his own! When I hung up the phone, a waterfall of emotion from the spirit crashed through my mind and heart. I cried. I knew. This was my witness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored. This is only one instance, one feeling. But my life has been full of small witnesses of the truthfulness of this church. By making choices that are in line with the doctrine in question, I have come to know what I believe is true through the results those choices bring.

How I live my faith

I try to follow Christ's example in the way I live my life. Christ taught a very high standard of living. Many people may feel discouraged at the high standard expressed in the "beattitudes" and at other times by the Savior, but I strive to make those lofty goals my life's aim. We all make mistakes, but we can recognize that the people of the world are beautiful and are loved by God. I try to show my love to everyone also by serving and giving whenever I can. I fall short, maybe extremely short, but we are refined by the Redeemer as we strive to live His way. As we use the bounty that God blesses each of us with to bless others, God's purposes are fulfilled and we become participators with God in bringing about his great plan. As under-shepherds, we will experience true success and fulfillment in this life. I strive so to do. We can live as Christians by spreading the love of Christ into the world. Sometimes the smallest gestures of love can make the biggest difference in struggling lives. By trying to love as Christ loves, I hope to help the world become a brighter place one person at a time. Only the presence of the spirit of God can help everyone in the world find true happiness and contentment, serenity and success. That spirit is spread abroad in so many of the small acts of kindness that each of us can do each day.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon testifies of the same Jesus Christ that the Bible does. It teaches the same doctrines of the Gospel of Christ as does the Bible. It differs in its perspective, as it is abridged from a journal-like history kept by the prophets on the ancient American Continent. It serves as another witness of Jesus Christ: that He is the Savior of the world, the Redeemer of mankind, the Forerunner, the Atoning One, the Mediator and the Only Begotten of the Father. It helps define a straight path to Him. Joseph Smith obtained the Gold Plates through a heavenly manifestation where the last prophet who wrote in the book appeared to him and showed him where it were hidden. Joseph translated the plates through the gift and power of God. The translated material is now the Book of Mormon and is directly the 'fruit' of Joseph's calling as a prophet. Because the Book of Mormon really is the word of God, it follows that Joseph Smith truly was God's mouthpiece. Show more Show less

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

The missionaries will tell you about God and who He is and what are relationship is to Him. They will answer any questions you have about our church or about God or the Bible. They want to help you to increase your faith in Christ and in so doing they will share with you the Book of Mormon. They will show you how the Book of Mormon truely testifies of Christ and how it is evidence of God once again calling a prophet. Most importantly, they will ask you to find out for yourself through prayer that their message is true and invite you to follow your Savior. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We believe that Christ gave His permission or authority to baptize people for the remission of sins to his apostles and other disciples. Due to persecution and martyrdom, that authority was removed from the earth for a time, as no one left living held it. This was prophesied in the Bible as a time of "itching ears" (2 Tim 4:3) and a "falling away" (2 Thess 2:3) or a "famine... of hearing the words of the Lord." (Amos 8:11) The authority or permission to baptize in Christ's name has been restored to the earth through angelic ministration to Joseph Smith. With Christ's authorization, man may again "fulfill all righteousness" (Matt 3:15) and follow the path our Savior showed us by being baptized. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a witness or an abiding and deep rooted belief or knowledge. It is the firm belief that we have in Christ and in His restored church. A testimony can be as weak as a simple hope or as strong as a sure knowledge. It may include elements such as the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the redemption made possible through Him or the divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Though our individual testimonies vary by strength and by subject, each has been obtained through the Holy Ghost. Because communications from a God of truth can only be true, it is by our obtaining this witness of the spirit that we come to know the Gospel is true. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

We believe that the "Mormon Church" is in fact the Church of Jesus Christ of old times, that same church which was established by Christ on the earth. In an earlier time, it is the same church to which Adam, Noah, and Abraham belonged. We believe that there have been many periods of time throughout history where God's church left the earth and had to be restored. The most recent of these restorations happened in the early 1800s through the Prophet Joseph Smith. As we are now in the last or 'latter days' this will be the last time the church will need to be restored. We truely claim to be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less