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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a missionary for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a reader and a computer person. I've enjoyed the benefit of growing up in a good home with parents who love me. I have a sister who is married and has a son, an older brother in college, and a little brother in his senior year of high school. My family isn't very wealthy, but we've always had enough to be happy. I've learned many good values from my parents such as honesty and the rewards of hard work.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints their whole lives. I have also been a member since I was born. I grew up learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ almost every day as my parents read to us kids from the scriptures each night. Such a thing has certainly given me a great familiarity with the language and doctrines shown within the pages. The word of God is very important to me. So much so that all through high school I carried my scriptures with me everywhere to each of my classes. I had an early morning scripture class (seminary) each day before going to school. In it we discussed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how we can follow his example in our everyday lives. I heard the testimonies of many other people in church constantly. I have seen the Gospel change people's lives entirely around. For myself, the first time I truly believed in Jesus Christ and in the Bible and the Book of Mormon as proof of his divinity was when I was just a child. In a Sunday school class a teacher explained the concept of God's Plan of Salvation for all of us. I considered carefully the format of the plan and realized that it just made sense. We existed with our Heavenly Father (God) before we gained bodies. The reason we have no memory of it is due to us needing to prove ourselves in this life. God took away our remembrance of him so that we could show that even without knowing him as well as we did, we would still follow him. We are here so we can learn to become like our father in Heaven. The Savior put it best when he said, "I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect" (3 Nephi 12:48). Certainly none of us will attain perfection in this life, but we have the ability to do so later on. I know that my Savior lives, and he calls for all of us to follow his example and allows us to repent when we fall short.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving Jesus Christ as one of his missionaries. I represent him here on the Earth to the children of God. I work in conjunction with another missionary as my companion as the Lord has comanded: "Ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God" (D&C 42:6). I share the message of the Book of Mormon with everyone I meet. It is another testament of Jesus Christ that works hand in hand with the Bible to uplift and edify all of God's children. I will continue to do this and only this for a full two years so that I can further the work of God. Once my time as a full-time missionary is finished, I will continue to share this message with all around me. It is the greatest message to grace the Earth since the angels anounced the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

Chris
Certainly we are Christians. The definition of a Christian is someone who follows Jesus Christ. All of Christ's disciples were Christians though they were not initially called that. Many churches proclaim Jesus Christ, but not all of them contain his name in their title. The title of our church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" so called because it is his church, as members of it we are or can be called saints, and these are the latter days spoken of in the Bible. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Chris
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Only Begotten of the Father. He is our Lord and Savior, and it is through him and only him that we can be saved in the kingdom of God. If we wish to truly be his disiples we must follow the commandments which he has given us. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Chris
Well, when we go to church we generally dress in suits and ties for the men and dresses for the women. We wear what we feel shows respect to our Father in Heaven since he deserves all the honor we can give him. We celebrate most holidays. Christmas in particular we feel is important in its representation of the Savior's birth. Though we acknowledge that he wasn't necessarily born on Christmas day, it is still a wonderful thing to celebrate. The trees, lights, and presents are all add-ons that can help us remember Jesus Christ if used properly. We celebrate Easter as a way to remember that though Jesus Christ was crucified and died for us, he rose from the tomb three days later as a resurected being. That he retains his body is emphasized when we remember Easter Sunday. We also generally celebrate any holidays that are customary for the region of the world we live in. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chris
For some reason some people will say that we do not worship Jesus Christ or that we worship a different Christ and thus term us as a cult. Certainly we worship Christ. As to the "different Christ" category, perhaps that is spawned from the greater understanding that we claim to have concerning Christ. We believe that not only did he die on the cross and minister to those at Jerusalem three days later having been resurected he ministered to them as a resurrected being for many days there, but that following his ascension into heaven he also appeared unto his "other sheep" John 1016 in the Americas. It is the same Christ. We simply claim to have further knowledge concerning him. Show more Show less