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Hi I'm Adam

You might know me also by my nickname, Bukran. I live in Michigan now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young professional originally from Utah starting a family and a career in the chemical industry here in Michigan. My wife grew up here and wanted to come back (we met at BYU). I enjoy a wide variety of musical genres--especially classic rock, alt rock, and classical. I'm often guilty of playing music on my car stereo louder than I should. I'm an amateur gearhead. I love monkeying around on cars and doing my own repairs if possible. I'm a news/politics junkie. Small wonder I was a political science major. I served a mission in Guayaquil, Ecuador and am fluent in Spanish. I love Hispanic culture and literature. I've been married for almost five years now and I have a three year-old son and a newborn daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the church, there came the time when I needed to gain my own knowledge about the truthfulness of the Gospel. I sought the Lord through scripture study and prayer and the Holy Ghost testified to me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. By virtue of that knowledge, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ is the "only true and living church" on the earth to administer the gospel and the ordinances of salvation. I am a Mormon because I have had too many witnesses for my faith--I cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

I'm Ward Clerk at church. This means I'm in charge of all the membership and financial records of our congregation. I also home teach six different families who belong to our ward or congregation. I go to each of their homes every month if possible and deliver a gospel message and assist with their needs as a family.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Adam
I've had co-workers who were of this opinion when I told them that I was only allowed to call home twice a year when I was on my mission for the Church. LDS missionary service is a monastic-like lifestyle by design so that your energies are focused entirely on your missionary efforts. However, missionaries also write home once a week via email and paper letters. Our contemporary society often associates such dedication to service through sacrifice and toil with cultlike behavior unfortunately. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Adam
Missionaries and their families personally provide the funds needed for missionary service at their own expense. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Adam
Mainstream Christianity provides many examples of the problems associated with a professional paid clergy. By not being paid for our service at church, we learn to willingly help others without compensation as the Savior did. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Adam
Mormons celebrate Christmas and Easter but do not have formal Holy Week worship services. We reverence the events that are remembered during that week, however. We also celebrate birthdays.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Adam
Mormons believe that grace is the enabling saving power given to man through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We believe that it is therefore grace that saves us after all that we can do. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Adam
Absolutely. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Adam
No, but all young men who are worthy are encouraged to do so. All young women who feel the personal desire and are worthy may also serve. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Adam
Life is sacred and must be protected after the conception of new child. Abortion is only sanctioned by the Church in the cases of rape, incest, or when the health of the mother is in seriously in question...but only AFTER the mother has prayerfully considered the ramifications of her actions. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Adam
No. Anyone who is a practicing polygamist but is also labeled as a Mormon is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church does not allow it. Show more Show less