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Hi I'm Elijah

I am a student of Political Science and an outdoor enthusiast. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Oregon and am a Political Science student. I love the outdoors and love learning. I appreciate mostly the feeling of being enlightened in understanding. I love being able to travel and see new sights and resplendent views of the world. Everything to me is a learning opportunity: a way to advance and enhance my life. Life to me is a time to always reflect and learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found the truth of Christ's gospel in its richness and fulness within the Church. I was often told that the we must remain in the dark or unsure about the mysteries of deity that I would so often have questions about; however, I soon came to appreciate the admonition of the prophets to learn all of the mysteries of godliness. I can remember several times feeling as if I was in the very pit of hopelessness and despair and that because God was to forever remain unknown that I was unable to access him. I felt, at one very particular point in my life, that there was very little hope for reconciliation. As I turned to the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the modern-day prophets I felt the resplendent arms of mercy outstretched towards me. I felt that I was learning of the true character of God and learning of the absolute and unfailing love that he had for me. I knew then that God had called the Prophet Joseph Smith and that the church of Christ had truly been restored. I thank the Almighty everyday for my spiritual rebirth and my opportunity to access the Holy Ghost and thereby access my Eternal Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I believe that the most important command that anyone can adhere to is to follow the counsel of the prophets. Most important to me is to always first keep my covenants with the Lord and secondly (and as a part of keeping my covenants) obey the counsel that he has taught me through the Holy Ghost and through the Prophets. I am involved in going often to the Temple in order to learn in greater detail of the power in the promises and covenants I have made. Part of the covenants include ministering to those who are downtrodden and feel the same sense of hopelessness that I have once been plagued with. I love serving others in any capacity and being able to help them see that this world is in fact an opportunity. I love giving people a hope in humanity not by what I say but what I do. I know that I am not perfect however I try to be the best friend and most of all try to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. It was once said to me that Joseph Smith was one of the best friends that Jesus Christ ever had because he spent his life creating spiritual experiences for other people.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

The Church used to practice a law known as Plural Marriage (polygamy) and there are many who claim to be “fundamentalist” Mormons/Latter-day Saints that do indeed still practice it. It needs to be understood by both Church member and non-member alike that Plural Marriage has always been the exception rather than the rule. The Heavens have both commanded and condemned it at various periods in history. The question of "why did we once practice polygamy?" is answered more thoroughly in another section of this website but I think it is worth noting that this was an issue raised by the ancient peoples in The Book of Mormon. The answer was that "there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things [monogamy]" (Jacob 2:27-30). The Lord at one brief point in the Church's history commanded it; however, just as he instituted it through a prophet, he ended it through a prophet.

The many groups out there that claim to be “Mormon fundamentalists” are missing one of the true fundamental tenants of our faith: we follow God's prophet. As true Latter-day Saints we do not practice Plural Marriage and do not condone or associate with those who do because of our adherence to the Lord through his Prophet. The Lord has been clear on the issue of Plural Marriage ever since the end of the 19th century and we adhere to that command. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Absolutely not! We worship God the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, and we do it by the Power of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith was God's Anointed and appointed Prophet that opened this dispensation. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciate and revere him the same way those who lived during the time of Jesus Christ appreciated and honored Moses. Even the appointed parents of the Savior had a deep and abiding respect for Moses. Joseph Smith helped me become acquainted with the character of Christ. I am a more dutiful disciple because the teachings that the Prophet Joseph Smith has relayed have helped me gain a deeper love and admiration for Heavenly Father and His Plan of Happiness. Show more Show less