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Hi I'm Ace

I'm a freshman in my hometown university. I love the outdoors... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am twenty one years old. Recently returning from a L.D.S. mission to Mexico, I am preparing to go to the nearest university. I love hiking, camping, and fishing. If fresh air, crisp leaves, and slurping streams are involved in an activity, I'm in! I am the only son in a family of six. We love sports, games, and spending time together. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ has been a glue that has helped us stick together not only as a family, but also as best friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt within my heart the love that God has for us, and I have learned through the teachings of prophets past and present, who I am, and my relation with Our Heavenly Father. I know that there is a modern day prophet that leads and guides all of God's children in a world where moral decency decays. I have known since my childhood that God, once again, has put his complete Gospel in the earth once again. I have been able to ask Him in sincere prayer, if this is His kingdom here on the earth, and He has made answered me in my own special way, that this is the truth. Through the true church of Christ, the power which can seal a family for time and eternity exists in the earth. That sealing power gives me a tranquil mind that if I live righteously, following the commandments of Our Heavenly Father, I will be with my immediate and extended family, in the presence of God and His son Jesus Christ after this mortal life. I have felt the healing power that Christ has given us through his infinite Atonement. I know that I can be forgiven, and I can improve daily in my struggle to be the best me.

How I live my faith

I have recently returned from serving two years in a foreign country (Mexico) teaching others of Jesus Christ, his latter day prophets, and the recent revelations that we have received, including the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I have made friendships that will extend with me into the next life. Here in my community, I love helping others who can not help themselves. Shoveling snow covered driveways, taking a dessert to a sick neighbor, and a simple drop-in visit to an old friend are activities that help me feel closer to my Savior by doing acts of random service.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Ace
God's church is a church of promise. We make sacred promises with God, showing him that we will live our lives in the way that He asks. Baptism is our first promise, gives us a forgiveness of past sins, and is the way that we enter into the fold of Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ace
Faithful members of the Mormon Church are allowed to enter int he temples because inside of those buildings, we learn about Our Heavenly Father on a higher level. We are also instructed more in detail about His Plan of Salvation. We also make sacred covenants (or promises) with God that we can not make in any other part of the world. What we learn in the temple isn't a secret. It is sacred. And we desire that every child of God enters in the temple doors to learn these sacred truths. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Ace
The Law of Chasity is a moral code given to the prophet Joseph Smith that has existed since the beginning of time. It states that sexual relations should be reserved for a legal matrimony between a man and woman. It also states that after marriage, we should be 100% faithful to your husband or wife. We should keep our thoughts, words, and actions clean. Avoiding negative influences such as pornography is also an important part of this commandment. The blessings of keeping this commandment are very great, including a stronger relationship with God, and your loved ones, a more united family, and a self confidence that you are following Jesus Christ. He promises that His Spirit will guide us if we follow the Law of Chasity. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ace
We believe that only through the grace of Jesus Christ are we saved. Being mortals, we are imperfect. We can't return to Our Heavenly Father alone. We need a Mediator. Christ was the only child of God who did not commit sin. That is why He was able to pay for our sins. He made it possible to return to God. But we can't forget the principle of agency. We are free to make decisions. Grace does not come freely. We aren't saved just by believing, but we must act also! We must work out our own salvation. And after we have done all that we can possibly do, Christ fills the empty space that would otherwise stop us from entering the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Ace
"The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ" is an amazing proof that Christ has restored his original church here on the earth once more. More people are being given the opportunity to read, meditate, and pray about the truthfulness of this book. The answer they receive from God gives them the motive to join themselves in this marvelous work. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Ace
A ward and branch are small congregations (30-250 people) that support each other in this mortal journey. It is similar to a family. They meet every Sunday to worship and to partake of the Sacrament. They also have activities throughout the week to strengthen talents and friendships. A stake is the organization of several wards or branches (six or so) that meet together around two or three times a year to be instructed by higher leaders of the church. It is like an extended family. There are also several activities in which the entire stake is involved. Show more Show less