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Hi I'm Byron

I have a stallion of a dog named Dax, I'm addicted to hunting and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Obviously I love hunting but I really enjoy anything that gets me outside. I cant stand being trapped inside all day! Although I do like playing pool, I could do that inside for hours. Lets see... I work, chill with my friends and get outdoors the most that I can. I'll start college next spring which I'm not excited for, but lets be honest it needs to be done... Yep thats pretty much me.

Why I am a Mormon

To put it simply I am a Mormon because I turned to the one true source of information and asked God if the church was true. But I'll expound on that a little more. When I was 18 I had a friend who invited me back to church. I hadn't been to church for 2-3 years. While I was there I felt the spirit very strongly. It made me look ahead in life for what it was that I really wanted. When I thought ahead all I could think of is what I wanted my future family to be like. I realized the direction I was going in was taking me far away from what I wanted. So I decided it was time I better make some changes in life. Looking at the happiness and blessings my family members and friends that were members of the church were getting, I knew that I had to find out for myself if the Mormon church was the true church. I began reading from the Book of Mormon and also attending church with a few buddies. I was really liking the changes in my life that were happening but I still had to ask god to see what he thought. I said a short very specific prayer, all I asked was is the Church of Jesus Christ the true church? Its obvious that my answer was a YES since I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have never been so happy in my life and have grown even closer to my Heavenly Father. Finding out that this church is true has definitely been the biggest blessing of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by applying a scripture found in Doctrine and Covenants section 4 verse 2 "O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." I live my faith by doing all that I can do to serve God. Which is a lot easier said then done. It's hard to always give it your all, but we can do our best to do what we can and keep trying to improve.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Byron
There are NO restrictions on who can join the church or hold the priesthod based off of race or color. We are all Gods children and he loves all of us the same. In the Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 26 33 it says... "and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female and he remembereth the heathen and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." All people are equal in gods eyes and can all join the church, all men are also able to hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

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

Byron
The Mormon “law of health” is called the word of wisdom. It was revelation given to Joseph Smith near the time that the church was founded. It is basically a commandment that helps us keep our bodies clean and healthy. It tells us what is good to eat and also the things we should keep out of our bodies such as tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. Something I found interesting looking at the good things we are supposed to eat is that it pretty much makes up the food pyramid, way before scientists made it. Members of the church back in the day might have wondered why they couldn’t chew their tobacco or have a little cigarette, but today we obviously know it’s bad for you. The same applies today. Some members today might wonder why we don’t drink coffee. You could say there are some bad things in coffee that could harm our bodies but others could argue that it’s good for you. However, the fact of the matter is that God has commanded us not to drink it. Honestly though, who knows are bodies better, God or some doctor? From obeying this commandment we are promised health, finding wisdom and knowledge also hidden treasures. I’m personally grateful for the word of wisdom and the blessings it has given me. How can you find out if the word of wisdom really works and is from God? Try it out. Follow it for a while and notice the difference. You can also pray to ask God and have the spirit testify to you as you put it to the test. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Byron
Honestly it comes from rumors spread by people who, for whatever reason, try to put down the church. One person hears about it and tells 5 people who then tell 10 others and so on and so forth just like every other rumor that gets spread around a high school campus. The rumors then turn into misunderstanding. The misunderstanding actually goes away once people come to learn what the church actually believes and the values that we have. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Byron
I sure do! I know some people might say its crazy to have a prophet on the earth today but thats also what everyone used to say about Noah and look at what happened to them haha. Their are many who think that God would never call a prophet again after Jesus Christ. I like to turn to the Bible in Mathew 7 15-20 when Christ says beware of false prophets, but it is by their fruits we shall know them. He does not say there will not be any future prophets but he says we will be able know if they are good or bad by their fruits. Prophets have been called throughout the Bible to lead and guide Gods children to help them have happier and better lives. Todays prophet is Thomas S. Monson and every month an ensign, a church magazine is sent out, in it there are talks written by the prophet and apostles of today. By reading these talks we are able to grow closer to our Heavenly Father and get that guidance we need. Also twice a year there is General Conference which is a large meeting that is broadcast across the world so that everyone is able to see and hear what the prophet has to say. I am extremely greatful for Gods love for us and calling a prophet in these days to help lead us through this crazy, confusing world. Through prayer and hearing what the prophet has to say today you too can find out for yourself that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet called of God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Byron
All members who hold church callings such as Prophet, Apostles, Bishops, Teachers, Presidents, etc., are not paid for the time and dedication that they give to the Lord. They simply do the things they do to serve God and love those around them. Tithing money that is given to the church all goes towards building up the kingdom of God to bless the lives of those around the world. It even goes out to those who are not members of the church in giving aid to those in Japan and other countries around the world that are hit by natural disasters. It is nice to see that all money donated to the church goes out to do so much good for the world and not just to help the prophet or local bishop make the next house payment on his second home. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Byron
The church in its earlier years practiced polygamy because God commanded them to just like he did to some in the bible such as Abraham, Jacob and a few others. When Joseph Smith received the revelation from God that plural marriage was needed he was not the first one jumping up shouting for joy. Joseph, along with other leaders of the church did not want to do it because they were faithful to their wives, but to be obedient to the commandments of God they did obey. Why did God command this to happen? Honestly I'm not 100 percent sure, the best answer I can give is that in the beginning of the church many men were dying, whether it was by mobs, or because of the journeys made battling with weather and lack of food. With all the deaths, there were many widows that needed care. Also with the many dead, the Lord needed more people to continue to build his kingdom that had just been restored. I might be stepping out on a limb on this one, but when Christ's church was restored, it wasn't just a restoration of the priesthood, it was a restoration of all things. Since polygamy had been practiced in the past, it was restored for a time. Plural marriage is no longer practiced in the church because God commanded it to be stopped and its purposes were fulfilled. Anyone within the church practicing these actions is excommunicated which is the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Byron
Once we die, our body and spirit will be separated. Our body will lie here on earth and our spirit will continue on to a place called the spirit world. In the Spirit World there are 2 sections Spiritual Paradise, and Spiritual Prison. Paradise is where people who have accepted Jesus Christ and his gospel will go Prison is where all the others go. Some may look at this as Heaven or Hell, but this is a temporary spot. The word Prison makes it sound pretty harsh, I like the word school a lot better. The people in paradise will go down to the prison and teach those who have not accepted, or those who have not even heard of the gospel. The people learning still have their agency to accept or reject the gospel. The Spirit World really shows God's love for his children. It gives those that have never even heard of the Savior or God the opportunity to learn about them and still be able to enter into God's presence. After this comes the resurrection where our bodies are reunited with our spirits. It will be a perfect and glorified body which is given to everyone whether they be good or evil. We will then be judged and placed into a kingdom of glory. Getting an understanding of the after life is something the Book of Mormon is great for. All this that has been talked about can be found in the bible but it doesn't go into very much detail. With the use of the Book of Mormon and the Bible together we can really gain a better knowledge of what will happen after death. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Byron
The Law of Chastity is a commandment that prohibits any sexual relationship before marriage. So pretty much all you get to do with the opposite sex before your married is make out... yay for kisses haha! It sounds pretty nuts right? Especially with how the world makes casual sexual relationships look like no big deal. Staying chaste doesn't sound so nuts after gaining an understanding of why it is so important and all the good things that come from it. I don't want to sound like a total tool doing this but let’s make a side by side comparison of some negatives and positives. We'll start with what can happen if the Law of Chastity is broken. STD's, teen pregnancy, or being older and having a baby with a guy or girl you don’t even like, marriages get broken apart because of adultery, addictions to pornography, relationships based off of a sex drive. Okay positives for obeying it. All those negatives are gone, your able to share something special with your spouse to build a stronger connection, self-respect, and like all commandments were happier and blessed for obeying them. You can obviously add more negatives and positives to each side. We can also look at negatives for obeying it. The only down-side I can think of is well... you don’t get some for a long time lol! But is that temporal want worth all the bad that comes from it? This still might sound stupid or unimportant, but personally seeing both sides, obeying it is definitely the best choice. Show more Show less