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Hi I'm Chaz

I'm a nerd. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a computer programmer. I was taught the restored gospel at a young age and have been a member of the LDS church ever since.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my colleagues choose to not subscribe to any religion or believe in any truths that they cannot substantiate for themselves. I can understand that well. I am a logical thinker, and most other computer scientists and programmers also prefer sound reasoning over "feelings." To people like us, it can be awkward and even painful to believe in something without proof or strong evidence. However, I do not think that science and religion need to be at odds. They seem to be in opposition, but they are really just two sides of the same coin. Science and religion are two ways we have to seek out truth. We may feel content for a time, clinging to one side or the other, but we are more whole when we acknowledge that it takes divine revelation along with our own discovery to gain real understanding and perspective. It also helps to have a better grasp of what faith is all about. The point of faith is not for us to believe in meaningless things. Rather, faith is simply a choice. E.g. I yet lack strong evidence that this universe was intelligently designed, but I also am not convinced by theories suggesting that it was not. So, I choose to believe that God created this world and that we are His children. That faith is not entirely unlike a hypothesis, if we were following the scientific method, and like a hypothesis, I don't believe blindly. It's not just a guess. I see the evidence of divinity all around me, in nature, and within us as human beings. Mormonism resonates with me.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is very service-oriented. Since the Church has no paid clergy, we all chip in to get done what needs doing, all according to the talents and abilities God has blessed each of us with. For example, I am currently called to help people in my community learn how to do their genealogy. Most of all, I live my faith by trying to be the best person I can be and helping others do the same. I don't always live up to my best, but it's a good persuit, I think.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely, although we may differ with fellow Christians in our understanding that God has not limited Himself to constructing only a single canon of scripture. For example, we also believe The Book of Mormon to be scripture, comparable to the Bible. That does not, however, diminish the importance of the Bible in the slightest. In fact, The Book of Mormon actually contains many direct references to Biblical verses, especially those written by Isaiah and other prophets who wrote most clearly about Jesus Christ. All scripture is given to us by God for our profit and learning. If you have a Book of Mormon, see 1 Nephi, Chapter 19, Verse 23. Show more Show less