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Hi I'm Cole

I am from Great Falls, Montana. I can play 5 different instruments. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Montana. I love the mountains and the rivers. I kayak and love spending time outside. I am a musician. I play piano, organ, bassoon and saxophone well and then have also performed while playing the baritone. I play bassoon in the symphony orchestra at school. I am athletic and will play just about any sport. I played ice hockey at school.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I see all of the many blessings that come from a knowledge of who I am. I am a son of a loving Heavenly Father. I feel this love every day that I live. Because I am a Mormon, I know God's entire plan, The Plan of Happiness. The greatest expression of His love for me is His act of giving His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The purpose of Christ was and is to help us return to live with God again. I have experienced and continue to change through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The basic principles are Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism by Immersion, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and then Enduring to the End. By living this pattern of the gospel, I have an increasingly abundant life. Part of God's plan for us is eternal families. The knowledge that my family is forever as I keep His commandments is a great comfort to me. My relationship with my family is eternal. It will never die. No matter what happens in this life, my brothers and sister will always be my siblings and my mom and dad will forever be my parents. I know this is true because I have felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that they are true. I read the Book of Mormon every day. I know that it is true. I study from the Bible, too. I know that it also is true and that both books of scripture testify of Jesus Christ and teach us of the blessings of living the gospel. I know that God has called another prophet to lead us through all of the trials and strifes today. Heavenly Father loves all of us and wants us to be happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I am a full-time missionary. It is my calling to teach of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I go about teaching people everywhere I go. I tell all that will listen to me about Jesus Christ. It is my purpose to bring others closer to Christ through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and helping them endure to the end. I serve other people every opportunity that I get. I strive to be as like Jesus Christ as I can. Prior to becoming a missionary, I attended seminary every day before school. I went to seminary at 6:00 AM Monday through Friday. I also occasionally taught classes at church. I love sharing the gospel with others and seeing how it not only changes them, but how it changes me. I do my best to live how Heavenly Father wants me to live.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Cole
It is true that Jesus Christ came to the American continent. He appeared to the ancestors of the American Indians. They wrote of Jesus while he was here. Those writings are found in the Book of Mormon. Jesus taught and blessed the people just like he did in Jerusalem. And just like in Jerusalem, prophets and apostles wrote down what Christ did. Jesus Christ did come to North America. You can read about it if you read The Book of Mormon. 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?

Cole
Only Mormons are allowed because the temple is a sacred place. Only those that have been baptized by someone holding the proper priesthood authority, given the Gift of the Holy Ghst by the laying on of hands by someone else that has the proper priesthood authority, and is found worthy by a bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may enter. There is nothing in the temple that is secret. It is sacred. There is nothing taught or done in the temple that is not in the scriptures. The Bible and the Book of Mormon have the fullness of the gospel. Everything taught and done in the temple is in those two books of holy scripture. If you read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, you can know of those sacred things taught in the temple. The temple is a House of God. There, we make covanents with Him. We seal families for time and eternity. The temple blesses families. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Cole
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets of God just like the Bible was. However, the prophets that wrote the Book of Mormon were from the American continent instead of from Israel. Even though they were from different places, the prophets of the Book of Mormon were still called by God to be prophets. Joseph Smith translated the writings of these prophets by the power of God. He did not write it, but was given the power and responsibility to bring it forth for us today. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cole
We do not worship Joseph Smith. It is true that it is through Joseph Smith that Jesus Christ restored the fulness of the gospel to the Earth, but we worship Heavenly Father. We pray to the Father in the name of the Son. We praise and honor Joseph Smith for what he did for us, but we do not worship him. He was just a man. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Cole
The temple is a sacred place where God dwells. It is a place of learning and a place of progression in life. It is a house of prayer. The temple is one of the best places on earth to feel safety and security in the arms of God. Our homes are supposed to be the only other place that offers those blessings. In life, there are certain things that the Lord commands us to do. One of those things is baptism. To follow the example of Jesus Christ, we must be baptized by someone that holds the priesthood authority of God. This normally happens outside the temple. But for those that have lived and never were baptized, because of the Restoration of the gospel and the keys of proxy work for those that are passed have been brought back, baptisms for the dead are done in the temple of the Lord (see 1 Cor. 15:29; 1 Peter 4:6). Another thing that the temple offers us is the possibility of eternal families. In the temple, a man and a woman can be sealed forever. Death is not the end of those family relationships. Parents and children are also sealed together. It is only through the temple and the ordinances done inside are these things possible. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Cole
Some of the blessings available to us in our daily lives because of the scriptures are knowledge, testimony, peace, comfort, identity, guidance, and a greater portion of the Spirit. Prophets, modern and past, help us know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their words are written down as scripture. They preach the same doctrines as did Jesus Christ. "The words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do" (2 Nephi 32:3). So we can receive guidance from the Lord as we seek answers to the questions of our souls. The scriptures contain commandments for us to keep. They also speak other truths pertaining to our salvation. Some of these truths are about God's Plan for us, the Atonement which was performed by Jesus Christ, Faith, Repentance, Baptism, and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Learning about these things help us know what the Lord wants us to do. Knowing these truths can bring us comfort in times of stress and trial. We can come to know more about who God is and our relationship with Him. This brings us a sense of our identity and to whom we belong. Coupled with prayer, the scriptures will enable us to learn the pure and simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, with prayer the Lord blesses our studies with the Spirit. We are guided by His influence during our studies. Show more Show less