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Hi I'm Isaac

I grew up in The Oregon Wilderness. I'm a College Student, a Missionary and a writer... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love mountain bikes, camping, and even hunting. Because of the wild, beautiful landscape that surrounds me, I've been drawn to amature photography and such. I love to be outdoors, even when it's raining, because I can really connect with God's creation. I'm in College, and it's my hope to get a degree in Russian and Linguistics. I want to work as an international translator, but I don't exactly know why. Just one of those things in life that I just love for no real reason.

Why I am a Mormon

So why I'm a Mormon? Well, to say simply, my parents were members when I was born. That makes it pretty easy. But to get into detail, I wasn't very involved in church. I might go, but I wasn't "there." My real conversion happened because of the faith of my Mother, and her prayers. When I turned 14, she 'volunteered' to teach Early Morning Seminary (a class for teenagers to learn about the Bible and other scriptures.) She dragged me to class every day, and I went as I was supposed to. Was I really caring? Probably not. It wasn't until we studied the Book of Mormon itself, when I took the challenge to read the book before class every day, that the change happened. Slowly, over time, my own personal barriers began to break down as the Spirit of God softened my heart and the testimony of my Mother sank deeper into my mind. When I finished the book, I knew it was true, but more than that, I knew that it was something I had to follow, and share if possible. So I made it my goal to serve a full-time mission for the Church. It took many years, but the experiences that led me to the mission, and the events that I faced during that time, have solidified my faith and made God a part of my very being. As it says in Hebrews 10:16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them" This blessing has filled my lif with light, and turned me from the darkness of the world to the righteousness of Christ. I continue in my faith, because it is all that I have. Here are Christ's words of eternal life, and if I leave, where would I go? There's no place else. Jesus is The Christ, of that I am sure, and this Church is most definitely his kingdom on the Earth. It is true, and it is everything to me.

How I live my faith

At the moment, I am finishing the last month or so of a full-time mission for the church. In essence, that means that I 've volunteered 2 years of my life to The Lord. As missionaries, we pay our own way out here, and we spend all of our time seeking out those who want greater light and knowledge in their lives. That is my calling, and I have almost completed that. After I return home, I don't know how the Church will need me, but I'm certain that The Lord will put me where I can do the most good. But it's more than just callings, though, because I strive to live my faith daily, in a much deeper way than the mission itself. Christ has turned my heart away from the things of the world, and made it easier for me to give and show love to my fellow men. So I live my faith by serving those around me, listening and giving time and means to the benefit of others. (Mind you, I'm not perfect in any way, but through the grace of Christ, these good works are done through me.)

What is the Book of Mormon?

Isaac
The Book of Mormon is a sacred set of scripture, just like the Bible, which contains the fullness of Christ's gospel (just like the Bible.) It stands as a second witness of Christ's godhood, and it testifies that Jesus is The Savior, that this is his church and that He is real. If you read the Book of Mormon with an open heart and a sincere desire to know God more, you will find a converting power in your life that will change you and draw you closer to The Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Isaac
Our soul is made of both body and spirit. When we die, our body stops working, but our spirit continues to live and our thoughts and desires continue with us. We remember our lives, and we have the same personality. Based on our actions, we go to a waiting place, where the righteous are granted rest and peace and the unrighteous recieve sorrow and sadness. We wait there, with the righteous preaching to the unrighteous (and thus allowing them the opportunity to repent and be saved) until the coming of Christ, when we will be resurrected, and the righteous will live with God and Christ for eternity. Show more Show less

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

Isaac
Temples are a sacred place where we can really get to know the spirit of God. But in order to really get that experience, we are cleaned through baptism and made pure through repentence and Christ's forgiveness. Otherwise, we would miss the sacred spirit in the temples and the experience would do us no good. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Isaac
Certainly not! Mormons believe that service to other people is service to God, and so we strive to serve all people, Mormon or not. Show more Show less