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Hi I'm Vernon

I'm a husband, a father, a flooring inspector, and amateur columnist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

49 year old father of two twenty-somethings, married 29 years to a girl who sings alto in a Southern Baptist choir. I've served as First Counselor to both a Branch President and a Bishop. I currently serve in the Atlanta Temple... again. One son joined the church at 18 and served a mission in the South Pacific, the other hasn't...and is a Theater major in his senior year at college. I was self-employed for 20 years, until an auto accident 4 years ago. I wrote a human interest column for a small newspaper for several years, perform claims inspections for carpet manufacturers, and make custom area rugs. I love to read good books, watch old movies, and study religious history.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in a home where the Gospel was taught, it was only after learning I would become a father that it became important to me to know for myself what was true. I read the New Testament, and became convinced of the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Next, I decided that I would read the Book of Mormon; using the feelings I'd just experienced in gaining a witness of the New Testament, I felt I would be able to know if the book sub-titled Another Testament of Jesus Christ was what it claimed to be. And it was-or, I should say, it is. That was almost twenty-five years ago.

How I live my faith

I am privileged to have had many opportunities to serve others, both in and out of the church setting. In church, I've been able to counsel with members of all ages in a one on one setting, as well as in groups, such as Scouting, and in teaching roles. Helping others make and keep commitments to improve their lives and relationship with Heavenly Father has, in turn, helped me. Outside of church, I've traveled to various Southeastern US cities to clean up after tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods, as well as helping others in need from time to time.

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

We certainly do! As a matter of fact, that is one of our Articles of Faith We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Some people notice and question why, in this statement, that we specify that we put the condition of correct translation when accepting the Bible as the word of God. The answer is simple, and obvious At this time, there are dozens- if not more- different versions or translations of the Bible in use. To spend time scrutinizing each version for language and doctrine would use valuable time and resources which are better spent engaged in the work of reaching out to our Heavenly Father's children, in order to bring them to salvation. The Church has designated, for uniformity in worship and classes, the King James Version of the Bible for personal use. The Prophet of the Restoration, Joseph Smith, also labored to perfect the Bible that was available in his day, and many of his inspired corrections are included as footnotes in the LDS edition of the KJV, which is also cross-referenced with the other books accepted as scripture by the Church. So, yes, we regard the Bible as the word of God, and study it in-depth on a continuing basis in our various classes. 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?

In temples, we make covenants, and perform ordinances. A covenant is a promise or contract with Heavenly Father. He has set the terms. Should we agree to accept His terms, for the agreement to be binding upon Him and us, He has established ordinances for us to perform, as a sign that we have entered into the contract, just as we would sign a contract on paper to establish a contract with one another in earthly matters. Jesus taught that all must be baptized to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Our part of the baptismal covenant is that we agree to keep the commandments, and comfort and assist others. Those who lived upon this earth at a time, place, or situation which prevented them from being baptized during their mortal lives, yet whose immortal spirits continue to exist, still have a capacity for learning the gospel, and the freedom to choose to accept or reject it. What they do not have is a physical body that can be baptized. Peter teaches that Jesus preached to these spirits in prison, during the interval between his crucifixion and resurrection. Modern prophets have explained that he also organized the spirits of the ancient prophets, who, having His gospel, were then authorized to teach the spirits of those others. Other ordinances are performed in the temple, both for ourselves, and for our families beyond the veil of mortality, that allow us to continue our relationships with them throughout eternity. Show more Show less