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Hi I'm Louis Eubank

I'm a rock climber, mountaineer, guide, student, and recent convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a second year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. In May 2014 my family and I will move up to Portland, Maine, where I will spending my third and fourth years at Maine Medical Center. During my free moments (which are rather few these days) my passions is rock climbing - bouldering, no time for lead climbing - and running. I did my first marathon and my first snowshoe marathon this past school year! We have one daughter who is 8 months old and is, without a doubt, the cutest baby on the planet. We also have three dogs and one cat (it's quite a menagerie).

Why I am a Mormon

  In early 2008, I had no need for organized religion, no need to have others tell me what to do. I had seen enough of the pain that certain religions had caused friends of mine, and wasn't even sure there was a God. If there was, I didn't really care. I was my own man, and was quite content with that, thank you very much. I moved out West for a job as a guide, and quickly found myself in the company of several people who were LDS. Much to my surprise, they didn't walk around like mindless automatons, and were in fact quite bright. I couldn't really put my finger on it, but they were definatly different, and for the first time in my life, somebody had something positive, something uplifting, that I wanted. I found myself growing attracted to a girl who had far different moral standards from me, and wasn't going to let them down for anything or anyone. I had never seen such inner strength. It was beautiful, and it was intimidating. I asked for a copy of the Book of Mormon so that I could start to read it on the trail I worked 8 days on, 6 days off. I don't have any strong memories of the the first couple days that I read the Book of Mormon, but I will never forget reading 2 Nephi. Years previously, I attended a Jesuit high school. I had read the Bible and been taught it by an extremely knowledgeable professor who had studied at the Vatican and read/spoke Attic Greek and Hebrew the languages the Bible is written in. Yet when I read that "...Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy..." 2 Ne 2 25, I knew it was true, that this is what really happened in the Garden of Eden. The clouds didn't part, I recieved no chorus of angels. But I knew for a surety that what I had read was real. As time went on, and I continued my investigation of the church, I have often had clouds of doubt. Distrust in what others were telling me, and sometimes just a contrary nature. Every time though, every single time that I went back to the Book of Mormon, especially 2 Nephi, I knew I was on the right path.  

How I live my faith

I have found throughout my life that I am a wonderful procrastinator. I truly have a gift of accomplishing many tasks 90 percent of the way, and then letting my mind wander off. As a result, I knew that if I went about my life after baptism the same way I went through it previously, the wonderous feelings I felt would dissapate, and I would be left rudderless. I therefore jumped in with both feet. My wife and I pray together morning and evening, and I have my own time for prayer. I work at the Temple as an ordinance worker. I read my scriptures everyday. I sing in choir. In short, I do everything that I can in my busy life to make sure that I am taking time for the Lord. A friend of mine recently mentioned at church that he realized that he was excellent at squeezing in time for sports. He is an avid fan of multiple professional teams, managed to watch SportsCenter every day, etcetera. Yet he realized that he wasn't squeezing in time for the Lord. He had time to watch some meaningless game between two teams in the middle of the season that had no impact on anything, but somehow couldn't find the time for prayer and meditaiton. That story has stuck with me, and as I mentioned above, I make time for the Lord. I try and sqeeze him into my schedule, and the blessings are amazing. The most important aspect for me is that rather than feeling my passion about my faith wane or die off, it has grown stronger and deeper.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Louis Eubank
  As a caveat, I need to mention that, when I first heard of it, was one of the oddest things I had heard. If this seems odd, or even creepy, you are not alone. This is definatly one of the topics that should really be addressed in person, either with one of the missionaries or with a member you know. Once I understood everything that was behind it, it became incredibly powerful to me. We believe that there are certain things that can only be done on earth in order for us to make progression in Heaven. This makes a bit more sense when you realize that we view our time on Earth not as a punishment, but as a fundamental step on our path. Therefore, rather than condeming those who have not had the opportunity to be baptized, either by choice or simply by never hearing the Gospel, we preform baptisms for the dead. It is important to note that these are not 'binding'. We are not forcing those spirits into 'Mormon faith' or 'Mormon prison', simply giving them the opportunity to partake in certian blessings in the afterlife. Additionally, we know that we recieve blessings from doing this work. Much in the way that any form of volunteer work yields increased compassion for others and a calming of one's own troubled mind, volunteer work for the deceased also brings measures of comfort. Furthermore, when we preform baptisms for our own ancestors, we feel a measure of connectedness to our ancestors, many of whom endured great hardship and sacrifice to give their children a better life, and so on down the line until we were born. This is our small way of giving back to them. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Louis Eubank
Not at all. In fact those Mormons who only help other Mormons are in for a very rude awakening upon meeting the Savior. We help anyone who is in need and are often one of the first responders in times of emergency, such as the Haitian earthquake, the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the Indonesian tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. Furthermore, our aid is never conditional. Those recieving aid never have to attend church, meet with the missionaries, etcetera as a 'cost' of recieving aid. When I was first investigating the Church, one of the aspects that most impressed me was that, of all the faiths I had studied, LDS members exhibited the commandment to 'love thy neighbor' very seriously. It did not matter if you were not a member, LDS people would always reach out and help in any way they could. Show more Show less