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Hi I'm Ethan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a pretty normal life for someone my age. I'm a husband to a wonderful woman, a dad to four amazing children, and someone who really wants to make a positive difference in the world. Sometimes I struggle just doing the basics well, like taking care of my family. But it is really important to me to improve the world my children and future grandchildren will live in. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and what I know and am because of it is what makes this possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to good parents who attended church regularly and who know it is true. I believed them. When I was a teenager, I began to question what I had always believed. I found it to be very difficult to do the things that I knew were right. There were many times I considered calling it quits. "Is this really worth all the effort?" I wondered. What made that question even harder to answer is that I wasn't very popular in school and didn't really care much about myself--or anybody else for that matter. Life seemed pointless at best, and was just sometimes just plain hell. Well, in those times when I was about ready to let go and just do what I wanted without any restraint, I remembered praying, as I was taught to do, about whether God was real and whether he knew me. When I remembered the very real answers to that prayer and many others that followed, I found the strength to carry on. Knowing for myself that it was true, that God does live, that He and Jesus did appear to Joseph Smith when he was about my age, and that he went on to restore the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth, well, that kind of answered my question for me. I'm not perfect. I make many mistakes. But I know it is all worth it. The struggles, the pain , the suffering that are part of life have a reason. When I'm with my family and just enjoying the beauty and the miracle of life, I feel the joy of the truths that I know because I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my area, I serve as a local missionary. You may have seen or met the young guys wearing white shirts and ties, riding around on bicycles. I don't do that. I work at a normal day job and take care of my family. I've been given a special opportunity to reach out to others in my neighborhood who haven't heard about the church, or who are new members and trying to learn about the restored gospel. Sharing something that I treasure so much is obviously something I want to do, so I'm grateful that I get to spend so much time doing it. I also have the opportunity to be a home-teacher. I visit members of our local ward (congregation) in their homes to share inspiring messages from our prophets and apostles and make sure their needs are being met. Usually these are short visits, but I always feel like they are appreciated by those we visit, and I sure love being able to watch out for others with whom I worship each Sunday.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

When Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of the world and subsequently resurrected, he appointed Peter, James, and John and the other apostles to lead the church that he had established. They spread the gospel far and wide and tried to help the members stay true to the doctrines the Lord had taught. Over time, those people fell away from that church and corrupted the true teachings until they barely resembled what Christ had originally taught. Their interpretation of the scriptures had been corrupted, often to profit those who taught. Thus, His true church needed to be restored in its complete and whole form. The priesthood authority which was lost when the apostles were all killed also needed to be conferred again on righteous servants whom the Lord was to call. They would in turn be given revelations and inspiration to interpret scripture, bring forth additional witnesses (like the Book of Mormon), and govern the church according to the true way Christ intended. Show more Show less