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Hi I'm Louie

I'm a poor college student. I love music. I like home theater sound systems and sushi. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I tend to be a pretty fastidious person. I'm really picky about the music I like, but don't necessarily think everything else's tastes are invalid. I'm extremely particular about what car I would like to drive, but don't necessarily, or will ever, have it. Still though, I like to take pleasure in simple things, like cars that don't stall when you turn on the a/c, or getting money back for text books at the end of the quarter. I am a life sciences major. Somehow, the things I like the most are the things I don't really excel in, hence the major. I like to be, but not necessarily am, smart. I want to do good things in the world with my education!

Why I am a Mormon

"Why I'm a Mormon" seemed like a really simple question to answer, but it wasn't for me. Let me tell you what I thought before I came to a conclusion. First I thought, "I am a Mormon because it makes me happy." Though true, one could easily give that answer to the question to, "Why I'm a Presbyterian," or "Why I'm a Catholic," for all Christians are Christians, and therefore happy as they try to follow Christ, regardless of the name of their church. Also, I am not always happy! I have bad days. Plenty of them. Then I thought, "I am a Mormon because it helps me deal with tragedies and unhappiness that I can't explain nor cannot find an answer to." Again, this is true, but again, it would be the same answer as to "Why I'm a Baptist," or "Why I'm Methodist." This pattern continued as I thought of more answers, then I came to the following conclusion after much consideration. I a Mormon because it's true; or rather, it is completely true. The organization, the doctrine, what it teaches me about God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, are fully true. I have come to this conclusion by evidences in my life that support such a conclusion, and through evidences that cannot be quantified or measured, but through the Spirit of God.

How I live my faith

I don't think the existence of Christ is something just to observe or to muse upon, like a sculpture in a museum, but something to seek and emulate. I believe the Christ meant more than to shadow his foot steps when he said, "Come follow me." I think he meant for us to think like He thought, saw as He saw, understand as He understood, be patient as He was patient, or to try to be as He was. Though no one in this life will ever completely attain his character, we have to start somewhere. I start by studying His life, and trying to find out more about Him; what made Him tick, and why He did what He did at the times He did them. To summarize, I try to follow what he told his disciples: "Love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." This is the most difficult thing I have tried to do in my life--to love people like Christ did. I know I have bad days, I may be overly critical, or mean. I might hold grudges. But I try not to. I try not to even more so the next day. Over time, I start understanding people; why they say the things they say, why they act they way they act. Over time, I become a little more like Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

Louie
Yes and no! You see, there are some that do not believe Mormons are Christians because of certain doctrinal conventions that the majority of Christendom accept and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not. Thus, Mormons are not "traditional Christians." Is that statement true? Yes! But I don't think it is safe to conclude that just because one is not a "traditional Christian" that one cannot be a "Christian" altogether. At the end of the day, Mormons believe that Christ is the one who died for them, and that through Him they can be saved. They pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ. They try to learn of Him, and then follow Him. They are less angry when they get cut off on the highway because of Him. They try to love those who call them none-Christians because of Him. They try to quit drug use because of Him. They lie less because of Him. They have hope that they can see Him after they die, and they try to tell other people about Him. So no, Mormons are not "traditional Christians," but I submit they are still Christians through and through. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Louie
I believe grace is a spiritual and physical power that originates from Christ and his Atonement (His suffering the sins of all people, his death, and his resurrection). It is by this power that I believe people can "keep going when they thought the couldn't go on" or "keep hanging on bit a longer." Grace can also increase the natural capacities of a person, to do or be more than one can do or be through solely his own abilities. Grace is available to all who belong to the human race, but can be most efficacious only upon exercising faith in Christ. It is through grace that Paul walked on water with Christ, after he had faith he could. It is through grace that we are ultimately allowed back into the presence of God. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Louie
"Mormonism" is a colloquialism that refers to the Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is this: We are literal sons of a Heavenly Father, our God, and that through Jesus Christ, His son, we can have peace and assurance while alive, and after death dwell with God and Christ with our families for an infinite amount of time. The way (or Gospel of Jesus Christ) in which this can be achieved through Christ has always been disseminated through righteous and authorized men called of God, known as prophets and/or apostles. Historically, these prophets and apostles have been rejected or killed, resulting in the mutation, degradation, distortion, or even complete loss of the Gospel. Quite literally, the completeness of the Gospel, along with the priesthood authority of God died along side the martyrdom and rejection of the these prophets and apostles. To counter-act the rejection of his gospel, the Lord has restored the complete gospel along with his Priesthood Authority by calling modern-day prophets, starting with Joseph Smith in the 1800's. Since the end of Smith's ministry, other prophets have been called and have ministered. There is a living prophet today, by the name of Thomas S. Monson. The truth and validity of the message of the Latter-day Saint Church hinges upon whether or not Joseph Smith, Thomas S. Monson, or any other prophets of the Church are true or false prophets. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Louie
Even Though the Church doesn't agree with the practice of homosexuality, including same-sex marriages, the Church has never warranted nor promoted hatred, cruelty, or the vilifying of practicing homosexuals or any other person or group of people that does not agree with the Church's beliefs and tenants. The Church does not promote nor preach hatred, only truth. When the Church tries to uphold traditional marriage, it does not do so to spite homosexuals, nor to demonstrate any hatred towards homosexuals, but to attempt to preserve the traditional structure of the family, which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints proclaims to be the most important social unit of all eternity. The fact the Church defends the traditional family despite the unpopularity of the stance testifies of the truth of this proclamation. It is true that homosexuals have powerful natural tendencies and feelings that promote homosexual behavior, but they are never left to choose only homosexual behavior. The Church believes that every man and woman has the ability to decide his or her own actions and even thoughts. In fact, homosexuals that desire help can receive it through the Church. They can attend church, and can, If they uphold the standards that every member is expected to uphold, serve in "callings," or Church responsibilities, or attend the Temple and establish sacred covenants or promises with God. Show more Show less