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Hi I'm Wes

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young single adult. I studied political science and international affairs during my undergraduate studies; and now, I am a law student. I am a recent convert. After investigating and joining the Church, it was like I discovered missing pieces to a puzzle. Upon learning and understanding our Gospel and faith, the puzzle is complete. Many of my questions about life are found within the teachings of the Church. I love music and I love activities, whether spiritual, physical, or being involved in my community.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is the true church of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know this is true because I have prayed about it. I was raised Catholic, but there always seemed to be something missing. I began exploring other faiths and fell in love with what I read about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After investigating and joining the Church, it was like I discovered missing pieces to a puzzle. After reading the entire Book of Mormon and praying about it, I found the things that make my life complete. I immediately felt a warm feeling spread through me and a peace I'd never felt before. Though this discovery has been very recent for me, the happiness that comes from reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and attending Church is something I cannot put in words. What I loved about the missionaries and all of the members of the Church that I met was that they didn't tell me what was right or wrong. They told me to pray about it myself. I remember kneeling in prayer and the Spirit overcame me so strongly. This Gospel is all encompassing and living the Gospel has made my life so much fuller and easier. Families are eternal and our Heavenly Father’s plan shows that once again we will be back with Him. Because of this I don’t have to worry about what happens after I die. Being a Mormon means I don’t have to live in uncertainty. Whenever I have questions or don’t understand something, I can ask God directly in a personal prayer. I know that the Church is true. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and our current prophet Thomas S. Monson is too. I have friends who deny the truthfulness of the church or were against my conversion. But you know, they have never read the Book of Mormon nor prayed about it. I have a hard time understanding why my friends wouldn’t read the Book of Mormon and ask God with all their hearts to tell them if it is or isn’t true. Because if it is true – if Christ leads a church today, if we have modern-day prophets, and if the heavens are open and the fullness of truth is on the earth – why wouldn’t you want to know it for yourself? I testify that if you read the Book of Mormon and ask God with faith in Jesus Christ if it’s true, God will tell you what you need to hear. You don’t have to take my word for it, but you should take God’s word.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the best person I can be while continually trying to grow spiritually. I am so grateful for the experiences God has given to me. I strive to become a better person and the person God wants me to be. I love reading the scriptures, praying, and attending Church every Sunday. I love surrounding myself with good people and socializing with members of our Church.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Wes
The Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is holy scripture. It is also a historical record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of America. The prophets in the Book of Mormon recorded God’s dealings with His people, which were compiled by a man named Mormon onto golden plates. God gave Joseph Smith the ability to translate an unfamiliar language in order to bring the Book of Mormon to each of us. The Book of Mormon testifies of our Savior Jesus Christ and brings people closer to God. It testifies that by living according to His gospel we can find peace in this life and eternal happiness in the life to come. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Wes
Faith is believing in something, even though we may not fully understand it or be able to see it, and then acting on that belief. When we have faith in God, we believe that God exists and then act accordingly. When we have faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, we not only believe that Christ paid for our sins, but we act in such a way as to take part of that sacrifice. We will strive to repent of our sins. True faith always brings action. It's knowing that blessings will come from acting on the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Many times, the Lord expects us to put our full trust in him before we can receive the answer to our prayers. Faith is putting the Lord above everything else. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Wes
Latter-day Saints are indeed Christians. The Prophet Joseph Smith explained that Jesus Christ is the central figure in the doctrine of the Mormon Church: "The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it" (TPJS, p. 121). The Book of Mormon is “another testament of Jesus Christ.” It supports the bible in every way in the efforts of proclaiming Jesus to be the Savior and Redeemer. Jesus Christ is our Leader, our King, and Savior. He is the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Wes
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of ancient records found upon the American continent. It was written by ancient prophets, just like the Bible, who testified of Jesus Christ of the Savior and Redeemer of the world. These prophets had escaped from Jerusalem before the scattering of Israel starting around 700 BC. They escaped to the Americas and the Book of Mormon is the history of them. The Book of Mormon is an abridgment of the records kept by the people (called the Nephites, Lamanites, and Jaredites), relating respective accounts of God's dealings with them, leading them to the new world (a "Promised Land"), providing them with revelation and spiritual direction, and plainly teaching them of Jesus Christ - long before the Savior's birth. A man named Mormon compiled all of the records together onto gold plates and hid them in a hill. Joseph Smith then was inspired of God and told where to find the plates. Joseph Smith translated the gold plates, which is now referred to as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Wes
During our time on earth, which is only a segment of our eternal journey, we can learn, serve others, and try to find God and our path back to Him. Life began before this mortal experience on Earth and life will continue again after this earthlike experience. This is the truth which was revealed to latter-day prophets. When a loved one or I die, I know that I will be with my family again. Eternal life is part of our Heavenly Father’s play for the salvation of His children. Those who keep all of God's commandments, including baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost, will one day inherit eternal life, that is, to be able to return to live in the presence of God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ, through all eternity. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Wes
The Prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Wes
Families are essential to God’s plan and one of our core beliefs is that family relationships can last forever – not just for this life. We are here on Earth to learn right from wrong and to choose to live right. Families provide an environment where these lessons can be learned early on, so we can have a foundation of character as we grow and mature. We believe that the family is the cornerstone of society and the central organization to bring about the purposes of God. Fathers and mothers work together as partners in an effort to promote harmony and peace in the family. Children are taught to love and support one another Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Wes
The growth of the LDS church is attributed to the fact that it is the truth. The Church continues to grow because more and more people are truly seeking for the truth, knowledge and peace in their lives. The Church continues to grow because of full-time missionaries who serve around the world and the fact that every member of the Church is a member missionary. Through missionary work and the Holy Spirit, people can sense that the Church is true. Many people are searching for the truth and when they come across our gospel, they want to know more about it. As they learn more they then want to become a part of it. The truth is something that resonates with all of us. And when one finds the truth, one usually wants to hold onto it. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Wes
It is quite natural for people to fear that which they don’t understand. These people consider the Mormon Church a cult because they don’t understand the Church or have been misinformed. The term is usually applied to criticize or discredit the church. Once people begin to realize the commonality of what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches and believes, these misunderstandings often vanish. Mormons are mainstream Christians and active in their communities. We abide by strict standards. In the time of the savior, many people mocked Jesus for the things that He taught. They failed to understand His messages and the few who truly wanted to search for the truth found it. Those people will real intent and having faith in Christ can find out the truth for themselves just like in the time of Jesus. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people begin to see and recognize these things about Mormons, then their opinion of the Church usually changes, and old beliefs are replaced with new understanding. Show more Show less