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Hi I'm Adam

I am Autistic, I am a college graduate in Political Science, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of five kids, and I have a twin sister. Following a seizure at the age of two I was diagnosed as a High-Functioning Autistic. Through early intervention and the gospel of Jesus Christ I have been able to overcome many challenges and am able to cope with continuing challenges. I went to college where I studied Political Science. I graduated from there in 2008. I currently work for the government. My favoriet past times are reading, watching basketball, exercising, cooking, and hanging out with my friends.  

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this is what keeps me going and gives me joy in life. Though I have faced many challenges in life, by following the teachings of the gospel I have overcome a great deal. I have learned and felt that I do have a Heavenly Father that knows and loves me personally, and truly wants what is best for me. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ who I know suffered and died for me. I am grateful for the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ through His prophet Joseph Smith. There is peace in having the fullness of the gospel in my life. I am grateful for the people around me who lift me up and keep me going. Any person can feel right at home in this church. Finally, I know for myself that this gospel is true and that the teachings of the gospel has the ability to make any person truly happy.

How I live my faith

I love "home teaching," which is where I get to visit with a few members of my church and get to know them better. This has been a great means of helping me to get to know people in my church. I have built up many friendships through this. I also love going to the temple. It is there I make commitments to the Lord and learn more about the Lord and come closer to Him.  

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Adam
The temple is a special place where we learn more about the gospel, the way to live our lives, and our Savior. However, it is here where we make life long commitments to the Lord, and because of this we need to be fully prepared to make those commitments. So before going to the temple a member of the Church prepares themselves spiritually by following the commandments, studying the gospel, and praying. When one is ready to make the necessary commitments, then they go to the temple. The temple is not secret, but it is sacred. Because of this, out of respect for the temple we do not discuss certain aspects of the temple. The temple is a place of worship where we learn principles and doctrines and make life long promises to the Lord. 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.

Adam
We believe this Church is guided by revelation and that the Lord has called prophets to lead and guide the Church through revelation. It is necessary to have prophets on the earth in order for the Lord to teach His children His gospel, His commandments, and how we should live so that we may return to Him. We believe, as they did in ancient times, that Apostles are the Lord's prophets. Likewise, just as the people in ancient times where blessed to have men called as Apostles the Lord has again called Apostles to be our prophets. This shows that the Lord loves all of us today as much as He loved those in ancient times. In our day we need as much guidance and revelation as they did and so the Lord has provided us with Apostles to teach us, encourage us, and let us know concerning His will for us and how we should live. Through prayer and personal revelation we can also know for ourselves the truthfulness of their message.   Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Adam
It has been said that Mormons are "blind followers" and just do what our leaders say. This in fact is not true. Every person has the right and opportunity to know the truth for themselves, both through scripture study and prayer. The Lord through the Holy Ghost will than give a person who truly desires to know a confirmation as to the truth of the gospel, it's teachings, the truthfulness of what our leaders say to be true, and will even give us guidance for our own daily lives. With this confirmation, just like a witness in a court of law, we than stand as witnesses in this Church and for this gospel. We testify of the truthfulness of these things, and this testimony becomes an anchor to our own lives. Show more Show less