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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a student. I'm a writer. I aspire to be better. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As of October 12, 2011, I will be serving a full-time mission in the Idaho, Pocatello Mission. Wish me luck!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a non-denomination Christian household. I was lucky to have the knowledge of Christ's divinity and of God's love for his children, but I soon came to realize it wasn't enough for me. I spent a while trying to search for a spiritual connection with Christ, but never found one. I never felt anything when I opened my Bible. And after a while, I grew content with not knowing whether or not it was true. Then the missionaries found me and began teaching lessons on the Gospel and the Church. They were the most amazing guys I'd ever met, and it felt really good to be around them. The things they told me, I knew were true when the words left their mouths. I had never felt the Spirit before meeting those missionaries. I was baptized April 3, 2010, and it was the best decision of my life.

How I live my faith

My most sincere hope and prayer is that I will be more like Jesus Christ. I want to live like Him so that I can live with Him someday. Everything I do, including church attendance, studying the scriptures, and living according to the Gospel are the means for that end result! The life of a true disciple is one of charity, faith, and obedience. These attributes constitute what he or she wishes to become. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I want to become the very best I can. I learn and apply Gospel principles to my daily life through prayer.

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

Kevin
Absolutely! Most members of the Church carry around their scriptures with them in something we call a "Quad". It contains the standard works of the Church, including: The King James Version of the (entire) Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. All of these sacred writings testify of Jesus Christ and of God's plan for us! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Kevin
One of the instructions Jesus Christ gave his Apostles while he was on the Earth was, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsover I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). Therefore, we can see that baptism is a commandment of God. Jesus Christ was without sin, but He was baptized when He lived on Earth. In the Book of Mormon, Christ told the prophet Nephi, "Follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do" (2 Nephi 31:12) Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Kevin
Missionaries are people just like you and me. The only difference is that they have taken some time out of their lives to share the Gospel with others who may not have had the chance to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior as they have. In the most basic sense, their job is to help people grow closer to Jesus Christ. When they come to talk to you, whether it be in your home or at a previously agreed upon location, they will talk about Jesus Christ. It is also important that they get to know you personally, so don't be surprised if they ask questions about you! As representatives of the Lord, they have a message directly from Him to give to you. It is the most important message of all That the Gospel has been restored to its fullness, that the Church organized by Jesus Christ Himself has been restored as well, and that God has called a prophet today just as He did in biblical times!  Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kevin
The church service I attend begins at eleven o'clock every Sunday. The first meeting is Sacrament Meeting, which opens with a hymn and any important information for the following week. Then bits of bread and little cups of water are blessed and passed around the congregation. The purpose of the Sacrament is to remember the Savior's sacrifice, and to renew covenants each baptized member has made with God at baptism. Visitors are also free to partake of the Sacrament to remember Jesus Christ. Then there are a few speakers chosen from the congregation to give short, spiritual speeches on a topic given to them by the bishop. Sacrament Meeting is usually an hour long and begins and ends with a hymn and a prayer. The second meeting is a Sunday School class. Some members of the Church are responsible for teaching lessons or watching children while their parents attend classes. This usually lasts another hour and is a GREAT way for visitors to learn about Church beliefs! The third (and final) meeting on Sundays is specific to members. Men go to their Priesthood "Quorums" where they have a lesson specially prepared for them. It is separated into several age groups. Women go to their own meetings as well, which are also separated into age groups! The reason for this separation is to allow men and women to discuss issues freely with their friends. Attending Church meetings and services is just another way members of the Church try to live righteously and keep the Sabbath Day holy! Show more Show less