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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Mormon. I'm also a full time college student.

About Me

I have a fairly busy schedule, going to school full time and working. That doesn't leave a lot of time for much else, but when I do find the time, I typically enjoy going to the movies, or doing fun activites with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I did grow up in the church. Typically, people find this a biased reason why I go to the church, but I didn't grow up in a family that was very active in our faith. I mean that in the sense of not just church attendance, but in lifestyle also. At one point, I decided that I wanted to go on a preaching mission, still not having a strong knowledge of Christ and our message. At the beginning of my mission, however, I had a lot of strong, personal experiences and spiritual confirmations of my faith that gave me the testimony that Jesus Christ is real, and that He truly guides the Church. I was truly converted when I was 20, even though I was a mormon my whole life.

How I live my faith

Living my faith can be difficult when you're the only person around that thinks the way you do, or believes the way that you do. Even though some may disagree with my belief, the people that I work with or go to school with do respect my lifestyle. I have seen how living my faith has influenced others around me to draw closer to God and live happier, less worldly lives. Seeing that has helped me to stay strong in my belief.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Mike
The word of wisdom is a commandment from the Lord on how to live healthier lives. It covers things of what not to partake: alcohol, drugs, tobacco, coffee, tea. But it also covers what things to partake of: meats sparingly, grains, ect. Many people today are in shock when they hear we don't drink coffee, and many mormons respond that its because of the caffeine. Here's the real reason: The Lord told us not to. Just as the Lord didn't give a scientific reason to not use tobacco, which until recently it was thought to be a positive substance, he also hasn't given a scientific reason to not use coffee or tea. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Mike
Ignorance, assumptions, and sometimes even slander have been used against the Church to try to paint the picture of a cult. Much of the stigma of being a cult comes from our use of religious rituals. Since American culture is essentially a protestant culture, the concept of ritual in religion is completely foreign. So, when someone hears that we practice rituals, its strange and foreign. Similar rituals were practiced in the Old Testament, and also in the New Testament. We use ritual just as the Catholic and Orthodox Churches uses ritual. You would probably never call those churches cults, and they often practice more ritual in the everyday use than our Church does. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mike
Many people believe that Mormons do not believe in grace, but rather that we believe that we work our way into heaven. This is not true. We whole heartedly believe that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ. We do believe that it is necessary to be active in our belief of Christ to receive His grace. The Lord has given us many commandments to live by. How can we live in His favor if we don't do what He has asked us to do? The apostle Paul said in Romans 2:13--"For merely listening to the law doesn't make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight." We need to be doers of Christ's words, not just hearers only. After showing Christ through our obedience that we want His grace, we will receive it from Him. That grace is an enabling power. It enables us to keep the commandments better, resist temptation more, and to become stronger disciples. It also cleanses our sins away, relieving guilt and spiritual pain. Without His grace, there could be no hope of returning to Heaven. There is no action that we can take that would ever restore ourselves from sin. We need Jesus Christ for that. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Mike
The reason there was a restoration of the gospel, is because the Church Jesus established, and his priesthood authority, essentially ended with the apostles. We know that Christ set up his Church to have apostles running the church, through revelation. When one apostle would die, another would take his place. Some apostles that replaced dead apostles included Matthias, a second James, Barnabas, and the famous apostle Paul. All of a sudden, however, after only 50 or 60 years, we see the apostles warning the people that an apostasy is going to happen, meaning a rebellion against their teaching, and that apostasy did actually happen. When the people as a whole rejected Jesus & His apostles, no more apostles were called, and the people were left without the priesthood authority to run Christ's church. Thankfully, many good people tried to preserve the doctrine and structure of the church the best they could. However, without the authority and the direct revelation from Christ that the apostles had, the Church changed much throughout the centuries. Doctrines were changed, and in many recorded instances, rejected, and men put their own thoughts into the doctrine and scriptures. With the Protestant Reformation came changes in many peoples understanding of the doctrines of Christ, but there was still no authority from Christ on the Earth. When a place was prepared that would allow religious freedom, the Lord restored His Church by calling Joseph Smith and other apostles again to the Earth, and restoring fundamental truths that had been lost. Show more Show less