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Hi I'm Giovanni

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS

About Me

Mexican by birth, learnt about the Church whilst in England

Why I am a Mormon

Two main things I agree to the principles taught and the biggest reason: I asked God if he wanted me to join his Church

How I live my faith

I have been a volunteer in several organizations, mainly youth young men aged 12-18 and most recently adults

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Giovanni
Yes, we believe in the Bible as well as other scriptures that have been revealed from God. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Giovanni
Joseph Smith was a man. However, he was also called to be a Prophet of the Lord. In Ancient times even since Adam people have been chosen by God to be His messengers and direct His Church on the Earth. It is through Prophets that God reveals his will. Joseph Smith was the the first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Giovanni
We remember Joseph Smith as a man and as a Prophet of the Lord. We speak of him because through him the Gospel was restored. Now, to say that we worship Joseph Smith is false to that extent, since we do not bow to him nor consider him to be God or anything of the matter. We speak of him just as we speak of Noah, Abraham, Adam, Peter, etc. Show more Show less

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

Giovanni
Any visitors are welcome to Sunday Church meetings. The dress standard is white shirt and tie for males and long skirts below the knee for women. However, people dressing in other modest clothes are welcome too. The typical Sunday worship services are divided in 3 parts or segments. A "Sacrament" meeting, where the whole congregation takes bread and water to remember the Savior and listen to talks given by members of the Church. The first Sunday of each month is different as people from the congregation go to the stand and share their "testimonies" beliefs and sometimes experiences that have helped them progress or realize the truthfulness of the Gospel. Hymns are sung throughout the meeting. This meeting generally lasts an hour. A Sunday school class, where we learn more about the scriptures Bible, Book of Mormon, etc. There are different classes divided according to "maturity" or understanding of the Gospel. Thus children under 12, youth 12-18, new members 18+ and adults 18+ have each their own Sunday school class. Usually lasts 40 min. A "Priesthood"/"Relief society" class. In this one men and women are divided however they both learn the same topic and same material, lasting around 40 minutes. Hence, typical services last 3 hours with breaks in between each meeting. Different Wards units/congregations may have different orders to those meetings and, depending on their numbers might not have one of them. However, Sacrament meeting is always present no matter the size or place in the world. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Giovanni
This is actually one of the things for which the Church is most "famous" amongst other people. "The Word of Wisdom" is part of a "law of health" that God has established. It used to be part of the lifestyle in Old and New Testament times and is still lived. It involves not taking into ourselves our bodies substances that are harmful, not because science says so, but because God has said so. There are 5 basic things that we avoid, which are drinking alcohol, tea and coffee, smoking and chewing tobacco, taking illegal/non prescribed drugs. However, that is only part of the Word of Wisdom as it also counsels against excessive consumption of meats and promotes eating grains. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Giovanni
First of all, yes, we believe in Christ, which is reflected on the actual name of the church the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. To clarify, this is the same Jesus Christ who is spoken of in the Bible. However, we believe that he did not only minister among the people in Jerusalem, but also visited the American continent as well as other places and establish a church there too with prophets and disciples. Thus the Bible more so the New Testament, is a record of the teachings of Jesus Christ whilst he was around Jerusalem. Consequently, it follows that there must have been an account of his teachings whilst in the American continent. This account is written in a book called "The Book of Mormon", which is the word people and sometimes even ourselves use to denominate those who believe in the existence of that record. And, since the Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ", we can conclude that yes, Mormons are Christians. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Giovanni
The typical process would involve getting in touch with a member of the Church to ultimately have some missionaries teach what we believe in. Everyone needs to know what the Church is all about and decide for themselves if they want to be members. If the prospective member is underage, the consent of a parent or guardian is required. Then arrange a date for "Baptism". However, children under age of 8 are not baptized Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Giovanni
A mission is not a "requisite". However, young male adults 18-26 aprox are encouraged to go on missions at that age. Nonetheless, not only young men go on missions, there are young women and couples married man and woman, generally after retirement, but not always. Show more Show less