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Hi I'm Craig

I am strong a advocate of science. I'm studying to become a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, I'm a college student hoping to move on to medical school and become a Neurologist. I'm the second of 5 children and I love sports! My favorites are football, paintball, and airsoft. Recently, I have been spending most of my time doing research. My goal is to contribute to the field of Neuroscience through discovery.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, I was raised in the church. However, I do not personally believe that anyone just believe something just because it was something they were raised with. I believe in concerted experimentation and individual soul-searching to find for oneself what is right and what is wrong. Its easy to make the wrong choice on our own. But, I believe with all my heart that God loves us. That He cares. And as such, He is more than willing to reach out and help us along the way to achieve our full potential in becoming who He wants us to be. When I was 18 I had a lot of questions. I wasn't sure why I believed what I believed. There were so many different faiths, and ideas out there that it seemed impossible to find the right one on my own. So, I prayed. I studied the scriptures. Finally, after months of soul-searching, studying, praying, learning from the right sources, and living what I was learning, I can say now that I truly do believe not only in the doctrine of the church, but in the existence of a real, caring, and loving Heavenly Father who did send His son that "whosoever believeth in Him might not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 I know that Christ lives! I know that he loves each and every one of us and that He suffered for our sins. I know that He restored His church. I know that through modern day prophets we can learn the will of the Lord and use our own personal relationships with the Lord to better our own lives. God lives! He is our Father who knows us personally, and He cares! I know that the scriptures are true. I am so grateful for the teachings of the ancient prophets in the Holy Bible and in the Book of Mormon. It means a lot to mean to know these things. I know who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I can't think of any greater knowledge than to know these things, and I'm grateful for the time I took to ask my Heavenly Father for answers.

How I live my faith

I love trying to find new ways to get involved with the world around me. There's always service projects and things to be done in the community and in the church. I love the basics of spirituality like scripture study, prayer, and church attendance and I try to apply them all often. But, I also believe that true spiritual guidance comes when you are progressing in all aspects of your life. So, I have been trying to exercise regularly, focus on my talents, and strive for self-sufficiency.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Craig
I do! Like I said before, a knowledge and an understanding of something like this is knowledge given from God. We learn from the scriptures that faith is a gift from God. I've prayed and I know for myself that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that He speaks to men in behalf of all of us today, just as he did in the ancient world. "We believe in all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we believe that he will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God." Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Craig
Absolutely not! The best way I can answer this is two ask a series of questions: 1) Are you Christian? 2) If so, do you read the Bible? 3) If so, have you read the writings of the prophets? (i.e. Moses, Isaiah, etc.) 4) Do you worship these men? I try to imagine the people who lived on the Earth during the time of Moses, especially those he led away from Egypt. These people never worshiped Moses. They revered him for his connection to the Lord. Moses, as the prophet, was the link between God and man. God revealed his commandments and gave specific direction to the children of Israel through Moses. We believe that this same pattern exists today. If God truly is the same yesterday, today, and forever then why wouldn't he continue to speak to modern day prophets? This is what Joseph Smith was for me. Today that prophet is Thomas S. Monson and I see him no differently than the children of Israel saw Moses. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Craig
"We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth." This is one of the major beliefs of our church. In Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV it reads, "And he gave some, apostles and some, prophets and some, evangelists and some, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Til we all come in the unity of the faith..." It says here that the callings in the church, namely apostles, prophets, etc, were necessary and that Christ would continue to give prophets, and apostles, until we all come in the unity of the faith. There are so many different beliefs. We are not all unified in the faith yet, and so Christ will continue to establish His church "upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." Ephesians 2:19-20 Show more Show less