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Hi I'm Keith

I'm a Husband, a Dad, A College Football Junkie, a Friend, A neighbor, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

On July 21st, 1996 I was a passenger in an automobile which was broadsided by another car which was traveling between 78-93 mph. It changed my life and left me with a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. I am permanently disabled and am now a "Stay At Home" Husband & Father. I do most of the cooking and cleaning, yard work, shopping and "Mommy Duties" of child care while my wonderful bride works hard at her career. I Love College Football and all sports really, spending time with my wife and children, RVing and self education. I love the study of religion, especially the scriptures and doctrines of all faiths. I love to volunteer and help others to the best of my ability, and make others smile and be happy. I try hard every day to improve at being a good father and husband, friend to all, and at being a good neighbor. I have a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I know that He lives, was crucified, and rose on the third day and has a body of flesh and bone just as we have, the scriptures point this fact out without deviation. This knowledge has changed my life, and it can change your's too.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That is a very complex yet simple question to answer. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God as surely as I know the Bible is the word of God so far as it has been translated correctly! I am a Mormon because living the precepts and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Savior teaches gives me freedom from many things, although I still suffer temptation and afflictions. I am a Mormon because I know that when Jesus ascended into heaven angels declared that He would return as those who saw him ascend saw him ascend, with a body of flesh and bone. Because of that I know He is a glorified man, and the Bible tells me that when He returns we shall see Him as He is because we will be LIKE HIM!!! What is He according to Acts? A Glorified Resurrected Man/God!!! I am a Mormon because it makes me happy and I know we all can be together as a family again in the eternities, and it helps me to understand the Atonement in it's full interpretation, not just one aspect, but both so far as man can understand from the enticings and teachings of the Holy Ghost! That is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Recently I was called as the Second Councilor in the new Bishopric. I guess that would be like an "Assistant Pastor" in a "Protestant Church", or an "Priest serving under a Monsignor" in a Catholic Church. I hope that gives you an idea. We don't receive any pay to hold these positions we do it because we love the Lord, and we fit it into our spare time around our full-time jobs, around family and everything else we do. We get paid in the blessings we receive by serving others. I love the Lord and do my best to serve Him by serving my fellow man.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Keith
Well if a ice cream truck came up behind you flashing it's lights and playing "Pop Goes The Weasel" to get you to pull over, and the ice cream man gave you a speeding ticket, would you show up to court to pay the fine? Why not? He didn't have the authority to give you a speeding ticket right? Now if a Highway Patrol man pulled you over, does he have the authority to give you a ticket for speeding? He has the authority to do it! It's the same with baptism, or the gift of the Holy Ghost, one must have the Authority of God to perform the ordinance. A man who simply has a degree of MEN does not have the authority of God to perform the baptism does he? He only has authority from the men who gave him the degree. Simple fact is, there is only two possibilities for an authorized baptism, study the doctrines and the Holy Ghost will tell you which one is of God and is proved out IN THE BIBLE! Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Keith
Baptism is necessary, by one having proper authority! Even the Savior who was sinless was Baptized to fulfill all righteousness. If He was baptized how much more need is there for us to be baptized! Work in our temples will give all who ever lived on the earth the opportunity to accept or reject an authorized baptism. Ask some other churches about those who died without baptism, and they are "Doomed To Never Ending Hell" simply because they did not get baptized. That is a Joke, read 1st Peter 3:18-20, and compare it to 1st Corinthians 15:29. Notice in Corinthians Paul is not objecting to "them" baptizing for the dead, he is giving a reason to do it! It was once practiced, and is now practiced again, so NOBODY is cast out from God unless they choose to be. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Keith
This is a great question, because the first time I set foot in a "Mormon" church, we sang a song about the Prophet Joseph Smith, and it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up! No, Mormons do NOT WORSHIP Joseph Smith, although I have to say we revere him, but we do not worship him in the least. He is the Prophet who God used to ring in the restoration of the gospel, and so we hold him in admirable esteem. My personal studies of him, and his life have made it so I Love him a great deal, I admire and revere him, I even love him as an older brother, like a best friend, but I do not "Worship" him, I worship Jesus Christ and His and our Heavenly Father, who the Savior Himself told us we should strive to know and worship! Show more Show less

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

Keith
Yes, Of course! We believe the Bible to be the word of God so far as it has been translated correctly. What is meant by that? Through the centuries, monks and priests would hand copy the scriptures, and it would take months to prepare another bible. Through all these translations with hand cramps, word simplifying and through personal opinion do you think it may have been possible some of the transcriptions were altered unintentionally or not to some degree? Now multiply that by the many times the bible was copied by different people by hand, now what do you think? I know it is the word of God, and would never say otherwise with this stipulation. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Keith
The Law of Chastity is living a Chaste Life which also means TOTAL FIDELITY in Marriage! This means simply having NO sexual relations with the exception of those of whom we are legally married to under the laws governing where we lived when we married and according to the eternal laws of God. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Keith
Well it goes to the "Book of Mormon", The main Author of the Book of Mormon, the Prophet "Mormon" whose name is on the Book, Book of Mormon. So the slang for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "Mormons", and it stuck. So we are known as "Mormons". Those that believe in the Book of Mormon. Our official name is known as "Members of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints". Because we are "Saints" as members were known in the first century, only in the latter-days during the "Restoration" of the gospel. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Keith
It is used to build church buildings, keep the churches basic budget needs fulfilled. Also to build and operate church temples, as well as to help with humanitarian aid, and further the work of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Keith
I am a convert so I did not serve a mission. My wife did serve a mission, and she paid for most of her mission on her own. I think her parents may have helped, and she was the oldest of 8 kids, 5 of whom served missions, 3 who did not. Most missionaries pay themselves, or parents and family, or friends and those who choose to support missionaries donate the money needed for missionaries to serve missions. It does NOT come out of tithing nor out of anything but funds specifically offered to supporting missionary work, printing books of Mormon and other materials needed and used. This includes food, shelter, and all else. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Keith
He was a teenager who wanted to know which Church he should join. When he read James 1:5-6 in the Bible he felt compelled to "ask of God", and when he did a marvelous vision appeared to him in the Sacred Grove, and he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ who instructed him on what to do, and why. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Keith
This is an easy, yet complicated question to answer. It took me a little over 3 months to "Know" Mormonism was true. It wasn't easy believing a 14 year old boy had this grand vision and was a Prophet of God! However in careful, prayerful and SINCERE study of the Book of Mormon, comparing the footnotes within it to the Bible, and deep prayer, pondering, and asking God, I knew the Book of Mormon was true. It couldn't be anything but of God or Satan, and it's teachings contradict Lucifer and everything he stands for from cover to cover. So I knew it had to be true! Once I knew that, I came to the conclusion that Joseph Smith had to have seen his vision or the Book of Mormon could not exist. It's that simple. If the book is true, you will know it, and if it is true, you will know the feeling God gives you of it's divinity, and everything will become crystal clear as you proceed "Carefully" at first, and move forward in faith, nothing wavering, and there is James 1:5-6 all over again! The bible teaches of the truths of the church, and supports the Book of Mormon, and the Book of Mormon supports and verifies the correctness of the Bible! That is how I came to know it! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Keith
Great Question, In the last book in the Old Testament, Malachi chapter 4:5-6 we are told, "Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." An ancient Jewish tradition says, Elijah the Prophet will come and do this on the Jewish Passover, which will be the day after the the Jewish Sabbath. Oddly enough when the Kirtland temple was built in Ohio Elijah brought to Joseph Smith the Sealing Keys along with the keys of the gathering of Israel by Moses, on April 3rd, 1836, which just happened to be, strangely enough, the day after the Jewish Sabbath, and it was the Jewish Passover! This might not mean much to most, but being the intellectual I was/am, it was an amazing thing to me in my testimony leading to my conversion. We perform these baptisms for the dead because in doing personal research, it was performed, and taught in the ancient 1st century church, number 2 read 1st Corinthians 15:29, and compare it to 1st Peter 3:18-20, and compare it to Isaiah 24:22 & John 5:28-29. When we perform these baptisms for the dead, those who did not hear the true message of the gospel in this life will hear it beyond the veil of the grave in the their Spirits, and they can either reject or accept the message the gospel bears. Should they accept it, they have need of baptism, they need a body to do it, but don't have one. We act as proxy for them, and they then can accept the work and have had their baptism performed for them should they choose to accept it. Then they can move forward living the gospel in spirit as in 1st Peter 4:6-7, "For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." They can live the gospel beyond the grave with the new light they have been given and have opportunity for Eternal Life! God is a loving and fair God! To many people forget that! He loves us all, and wants NONE to fail! Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Keith
The book of Mormon was "Written" by an ancient Prophet of the Americas named Mormon. He condensed writings of other ancient Prophets of America as revelation dictated to him of the Holy Ghost what to include and what to pass over, which was pertinent to our day. When reading the book of Mormon, strangely you will notice that the book is written in the "First Person" from the beginning of the book to the end of the book of Omni, then comes the "Words Of Mormon", and then everything from that point on is written in the second or third person until the book of Moroni. The reason for this is self explanatory within it's own pages. Mormon was instructed of the Spirit to include the writings of Nephi along with his condensed account for "A Wise Purpose In God". Learning of early church history will explain why God did this. Joseph Smith Jr. was the "TRANSLATOR" of the Book of Mormon, not the author, Laws in NY at the time required he be named the "Author" although he translated it, he did NOT write it! Oddly enough there have been "Studies" done on the Book of Mormon at I believe UCLA that concluded the book had several authors do to writing styles, and other things studied which concluded the book could not have come from one author. It's pretty interesting stuff. There are also many things mentioned in the Book that were unheard of, or unknown at the time the book was printed. Things Joseph Smith could never have known. Things which were discovered in later years, including where Joseph claimed to have first seen the "Plates Of Gold" which contained the writings of the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less