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Hi I'm Gabriel Smith

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been gifted with a lot of understanding of life that gave me a position in this church. I have high functioning autism which gave me physical intelligence as well as a knowledge of what it is like not to have what Mormons call agency. Unlike my family, I had been raised in the State of Washington with public education to challenge the common beliefs of the Mormons, so I see both sides of many things. I have a strong testimony of the church, particularly the Priesthood Power and how it works, and why it works. I may not be thankful for my life, but I am thankful for the Church that protects it.

Why I am a Mormon

I respect the church leaders to be the best supporters of the Golden Rule. It is always fair that the ones obedient to the Golden Rule should always be respected because when they work hard themselves, they deserve respect.

How I live my faith

I go to church every week and apply all of the teachings of the Church to all of my actions which greatly include willingly devote all of my best interests and talents to serve others and to build the kingdom of God without being too inquisitive.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Gabriel Smith
There is more to the Word of Wisdom than health. There are a few reasons why the Word of Wisdom is called the Word of Wisdom. When we are freed to all forms of addiction, we do not have any irrational desires that will motivate our beliefs so they are not as truthful in an objective perspective. Truth is based on faith, revelation, and pure logic and knowledge unfettered with. Examples of irrational beliefs that is not based on logic but may be believed to make life easier than it actually is include eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. We also develop rational behavior as we are more willing to work and to respect what we do have. Examples of common sense that can be developed by obeying the Word of Wisdom include Independence from certain substances Clearer understanding of life Better ability to rationalize Improved psychological health Better family relationships Being more mentally sound Many Mormons might quote a scripture from D&C 89 as well as 2 Ne 2, but I like to point out an Old Testament scripture that is very famous to Jews and Christians alike, what I believe to be the actual 1st commandment, which is Exodus 202 "I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the House of Bondage." This basically states that the Words of God free us while all of the other philosophies bind us. The Word of Wisdom not only keeps us out of bondage, but it also sustains the Second Commandment as addiction is a form of idol worship. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Gabriel Smith
The word consecration comes from a word consecrate, which means to bless and sanctify an object for it to serve God's purpose, like consecrated oil. Thus, the law of consecration is that all things belong to God. This is the greater law of tithing, which refers exactly to what you are asking about, and what I believe to be the Word of Wisdom, because such doctrine is more about addiction than health. This greater law also supports the second commandment, not worshiping idols. Tithing is an important lesser law of consecration in the same sense as the Word of Wisdom, fasting, fast and other offerings, and most noticeably, sacrifice. Sacrifice can come in many forms and has many benefits. The most logical benefit is that it gets people used to not being attached to things easily and prevents greed. In this case, tithing could be seen as the sacrificing of money, which seems very logical. Because tithing is one of the most important lesser commandments of the Law of Consecration, such money goes to the Church to perform sacred works like the construction of temples and payment for sacrament cups. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Gabriel Smith
Relief Society is one of the eight sections of the Church. The others include Primary for children, Young Women ages 12-18, Young Men and the Aaronic Priesthood, Sunday School, and Elder's Qorumn, Ward Mission and High Priest's Group whose callings are not always Ward-level. It is a section specifically established by Emma Smith, Joseph Smith's wife, with the assistant of the power of the Melkezedic Priesthood for women in particular. Since I am only an Elder without a calling at this time, I do not know much about the Relief Society. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Gabriel Smith
There are many characters or real people to have been said to be people with many faces. One of these people is Jesus. There is evidence that proves that Jesus did come to the Americas at some point in history. That evidence is found in Ancient or Native American stories often about a certain godly figure that came to the people and that he will return again someday. Due to the fact that those people have different languages than that of the Jews, they heard the name Jesus differently than others might have heard his name. I one time decided to go to a seafood restaurant with my dad for my birthday and he decided to read about a certain figure called Kokapelli. According to his understanding, the story is not Mormon, neither does it have any Christian references to it, but it was a view or interpretation of a view of Jesus the Christ. In fact, we understood that there had been many testimonies or gospels of Christ with the most noticeable ones being the four gospels in Christian theology. The Book of Mormon contains what I would call the fifth gospel which is called 3 Nephi that is immediately followed by 4 Nephi which is a single-chapter book about Jesus in America from the point of view of Nephi as a disciple of Christ. A scripture that is connected with this story that you asked about that is found in New Testament is John 1016 "And the other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring unto salvation to everyone that believeth to the Jew First..." Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Gabriel Smith
One of the most common misconceptions of historians and theologists is confuse prophets with messiahs. Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith, just like Muslims don't worship Muhammad and Jews don't worship Moses. Differences between prophets and messiahs include the following Messiah as well as all of its synonyms literally translate to Anointed One. The word prophet does not translate to that. Prophets are only spokesmen of God. Messiahs are literal children or firstborns of God. Usually, a prophet does not become a prophet until he has been officially called when he has been proven worthy. A messiah has always been a messiah all of his life and even had such position before he became a messiah. Unlike messiahs, prophets had sinned or transgressed in their lives. Moses, for example, accidentally killed an Egyptian while trying to stop him from hurting a Jew. Bottom line is that Joseph Smith is a prophet who has seen God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ and therefore, worships them both just as we worship them. Our official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In case you hadn't noticed, prophets also seem just as human as any other being. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Gabriel Smith
Same reason you don't always call a Catholic member of the Roman Catholic Church. It is basically what we had been officially identified by members outside of the church. When people think about Mormons, the first thing that they think about is the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon got its name from the Prophet-historian Mormon, who was the last prophet of the New World to write records of the people at the time. Mormon first compounded the Small Plates of Nephi 1Nephi-Omni and then took a break, writing his own words down. Words of Mormon He then continued on the Large Plates of Nephi Mosiah-4Nephi then took another break Book of Mormon. After rewriting the last book Ether, he handed the last plates to his son, Moroni, because he was going to die. After Moroni wrote his word Moroni, he had to go to Hill of Comorah to bury the plates by the word of prophecy, for he knew many things that will take place here in the Americas, most notably at the time, Joseph Smith which would receive a vision not too far from where he was, and some stories about what people might come to the Americas for like El Dorado-related stories. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Gabriel Smith
I can assure to you that there are many people that died without any knowledge of the gospel or were still searching for it. We believe that God only recognizes true authority for repentance, preparation, and tradition in the Aaronic Priesthood and true authority for progression, doctrine, and prophecy in the Melchizedek Priesthood. Along side that, God is also perfectly objective in a worldly sense as anyone can be righteous as long as he has righteous desires for people would be judged according to their works and their desires (Revelation 20:12). I knew of a friend that was from Mainland China that was baptized and received the Aaronic Priesthood that had no ancestors that recieved knowledge of the gospel. Also, there had been stories about the Dark Ages (the heart of the Great Apostasy) that starred poor souls that were in a long search for the gospel but were far away from such. There might had been some revelations, but all of these were only blurry and the said prophets or prophetesses were only killed before they had the chance to do anything useful with such authority. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Gabriel Smith
Wards, Stakes, and Branches are part of God's kingdom that would allow prophets to spread their words abroad. The supreme leader could not visit everybody's houses daily. That is the reason why large government organizations always established forms of hierarchies such as feudalisms, constitutional monarchies, or republics. In this case, God makes duplicate organizations for small areas so the prophet himself doesn't have to visit every single home like I explained before. The Stake President has two councilors and twelve high councilmen along with a patriarch, just like the Prophet himself. Thus, he is in charge of the Melchizedek Priesthood. The Bishop also has two councilors along with a council of important offices in the ward just like the Presiding Bishop and supports a division in a stake, and thus is in charge of the Aaronic Priesthood. A branch is essentially a ward that is not fully developed. The branch president is to a branch as a bishop is to a ward. While a bishop has to be a married high priest, a branch president only has to be a priest, an elder, or a missionary. The Aaronic Priesthood came to Moses along with the Ten Commandments as it comes to a society or an individual with preparatory laws to prepare them to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood because traditions get people used to being loyal to the correct principles thereof while revelation gets people to progress. Show more Show less