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Hi I'm Ilyan.

I grew up in Washington State. I'm the oldest of 7 siblings. I'm an author and publisher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ilyan. I am a Christian. Yes, Mormons are Christians. I am also a family man and a United States citizen. I am the oldest of seven siblings. I grew up in Central Washington. I served as a full-time missionary for two years in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also served on active duty in the United States Air Force for nearly 14 years. I left the Air Force as a captain. I have enjoyed a lifelong passion for aviation. I spent my youth flying single engine aircraft, every type I could get my hands on and my wallet to accommodate. I took a newspaper delivery route at age 14 and paid for my own flying lessons. My first solo flight was five days after my 16th birthday, and I earned my private pilot license on my 17th birthday. After returning from missionary service in Argentina, I earned my instrument rating. Incidentally, I never flew for the Air Force. As life became complicated, the cockpit time of my youth faded into the past. I eventually became a published author. I have never lost my fascination for flight, and with that fascination, I enjoy a deep appreciation for the grandeur of nature and the cosmos. Over the years, I have experienced countless apocalyptic dreams during my sleeping hours, and so vivid and interesting were they that I decided to compose a book about the end of the world and about the state of mankind as the end approaches.  

Why I am a Mormon

Why wouldn't I be? Nothing else makes any sense in this world. Nothing else completes the puzzle of mortal life and its role in the eternal scheme of things.

How I live my faith

Faithfully.

What is being a Mormon like?

Ilyan.
Very difficult! But, also full of blessings. The difficulties are mortal. The blessings are eternal. It's worth the effort, even when it seems like it's not. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Ilyan.
Faith is doing something even though the results are at first unseen and unrealized. The scriptural definitions of faith include, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.-Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 1. Also, faith is to hope for things which are not seen, which are true.-Alma, chapter 32, verse 21. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ilyan.
Yes! The correct name of the Church is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. How can it bear the name of Christ and not be a Christian church? Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Ilyan.
No. But, it does take a public stance on moral issues, even when such moral issues have become politicized by society. Examples of moral issues on which the church takes a firm stance include abortion and same sex marriages. While these issues are hot topics in politics, they are, more importantly, moral issues that have eternal consequences. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ilyan.
 Not anymore. Polygamy was officially stopped in 1890. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Ilyan.
Use your own imagination to spice up your married life, and stop depending on the world to feed you imagery. Abstain from sex outside of marriage. Be faithful. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ilyan.
The LDS Church is commonly called the Mormon Church, nicknamed after an ancient prophet named Mormon who lived on the American continents between about AD 311 and AD 400. Around the year AD 385, Mormon was directed by God to take certain excerpts from enormous volumes of scripture and condense them into a compact abridgement. Mormon engraved his abridgement onto a compact set of gold plates to be hidden and preserved for the next 1400-plus years. These plates, engraved by Mormon, were the same plates Joseph Smith was led to find and translate into English around 1828-1830, just before the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth after centuries of apostasy or Dark Ages. The translated words were published under the title The Book of Mormon, and so it follows that the Church was nicknamed the Mormon Church, although the correct name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Ilyan.
Because if we did, we'd just be in it for the money. Show more Show less