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Hi I'm Gavin

I'm a nerd from the U.S., a music lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Gavin! Welcome to my profile! I'm a twenty-one year old born and raised in Colorado. I love music! I sing it, compose it, dance to it, record it, write it, and mix it electronically via computer with a great program called FL Studio, which latter thing I have done for six years now. I love computers and new technology, and greatly enjoy purchasing new music when I have a little bit of spare money sitting around. I'm learning to enjoy sports and actually play them. I'm learning how to speak spanish, and I love it! I enjoy fun, nerdy video games such as Super Smash Brothers: Brawl. I love making puns; the dumber, the better. I love going to church singles dances once a month and dancing my feet off. Most importantly, I love God and His Restored Church, my family, and my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the church basically because I believe in Jesus Christ and that He is my Savior. I believe that there is no negative thing that I can feel or that can happen to me that He can't heal, 'cuz that's been my experience with life up to this point. There's been a fair amount of hardship in my life, and I've sought peace in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up being a pretty bitter person because of the way things turned out when I was a few years younger, and though I always tried to be happy, I found that the anger I felt towards so many people kept me from doing that. I've often felt that I was stuck in some hole, or trapped in whatever situation I was living in. Rather than let myself be stuck and mope about it, I've tried to find solutions and sought improvement. If I'm sad, I find ways to be happy. If I'm hurting inside, I find ways to heal. That's the most precious thing about the Gospel of Jesus Christ to me - that as I build my faith in Jesus Christ, He can heal me of all my pains, whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or mental. I know He loves me and that He is real, because as I've read both the Book of Mormon and the Bible and applied the teachings of each in my life, I have learned to continually repent of my sins, and as such I"ve come to feel greater happiness than I could otherwise. I have felt the power of His atoning sacrifice for me, and I know that this church is His church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I first and foremost live my faith by actually striving to live it - I strive to practice what I preach. I live the basic standards of the church. For example, I do not have any sexual relations outside of marriage. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs, and I strive to act as the Savior would. I'm always trying to become a better person and strive to be the person the Lord wants me to be. I try to learn how to love others, even when I don't like what they do. I try to learn and understand why others act as they do, because understanding one another reduces anger and fosters love. I strive to understand why some people treat me well or not, which helps me empathize and love others more as the Savior would. I live by example. The best way to help others gain faith in Jesus Christ is to first have faith in Him yourself, and I sincerely want to help others learn about Him.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Gavin
We can come to know Heavenly Father through reading the scriptures, keeping His commandments, and also by praying. Think of someone that you enjoy being around, like a friend or a family member. You get to know them better by talking with them, right? Prayer is just that: it is how we can talk with Heavenly Father, and how He can talk with us. We can feel His love for us and reassurance in our problems as we pray to Him sincerely, believing that He will answer us. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Gavin
You've come to the best website for that! Simply talk to members of the church that you know. If you don't know any Mormons, you can click the button at the top of the screen that says "Request Visit," put in your information, and representatives from the church will come directly to your house to talk with you about our beliefs and why we do what we do. You can also come to our church services. There's a "Visit" button at the top of the page that you can click which will help you find one of our church buildings near you. Everyone's welcome to come. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Gavin
We believe that eternal life is living with God and Jesus Christ again after this life with our families for eternity. It is not immortality, which is having a perfected body which cannot die or feel pain. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Gavin
President Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Gavin
The pamphlet "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" explains a lot of our beliefs concerning family. One of the biggest ones is that we believe that family relationships can last for eternity, not solely for this lifetime. Jesus gave special power to Peter to seal things on earth and in heaven (Matthew 16:19). Though lost with the death of Jesus Christ and His Apostles, this authority was restored to Joseph Smith in the 1800's. This sealing power makes it possible for families to be "sealed" or bound together so that they can live together forever after this life. Receiving this blessing is conditional upon our accepting the Atonement of Jesus Christ and following His example throughout our lives. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Gavin
A testimony is a spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost. Much like how a testimony in a court is meant to be an honest statement of fact, a testimony from the Holy Ghost is a sure, true knowledge concerning spiritual matters. Many people have had spiritual experiences where they learned that Jesus is indeed the Christ, or that a principle taught in the scriptures is true. In like manner, many people have prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that it is. When the Holy Ghost testifies to us that what we're reading or hearing is true, we feel feelings of peace, calmness, happiness, joy, warmth or as if a warm fire comes over us. When we feel those feelings, we can know of a surety that something we have heard or thought is true and of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Gavin
We baptize people so that they may come unto Christ. In the ancient church, Jesus Christ taught that a person must be baptized in order to enter the kingdom of God. Baptism was also the means by which people became members of the Church of Jesus Christ in those ancient times. We baptize for the very same reasons, as that very same church was not reformed, but restored to the earth by a modern-day prophet. This is the same church that Jesus Christ established, and a person is not required to study in a man-made school of religious study in order to receive the authority of God necessary to baptize. That authority was given only by the laying on of hands by one who had the authority in ancient times, and as this is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ, that is no different today. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Gavin
First, I think it's important to recognize what viewing pornography actually does to a person: Pornography is highly addictive, and provides only temporary satisfaction. When a person looks at pornographic material, they give up many valuable things of great worth for a moment of pleasure, such as virtue, faith, hope, charity, kindness, equality, true love, and the result is terribly harmful. It robs us of our personal, inner peace, it skews our thoughts of women and what and who they are, and creates a false view that sexual relations with many women are more desirable than marriage and love to one. It objectifies the human body, and turns real people with real problems and real lives into little more than objects to be played with. So, what's the best solution to stopping the spread and influence of pornography? Turning to God. We know that God delights in the chastity of women, and He wants us to keep our bodies sacred. If a person sincerely wants to overcome personal struggles with sexual sin, or even to stop it's spread and influence in the world, that starts at an individual level. It starts with one person turning to God, which one person needs to be ourselves before we can help others to stop it. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Gavin
Mainly due to misunderstanding. Many people consider the Church to be a non-christian cult largely because many people do not know what we teach or believe. Our central belief is this: that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Every doctrine in the Church stems from this belief in some fashion or another. Some people consider us to be a cult because they do not know that we believe in Christ. Some people call the Church a cult because they wish to discredit the church. Some people call us a cult or non-christian because we believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate Beings that are absolutely unified in purpose, thus making Them "one God." This is contrary to the Nicene Creed accepted by most Catholic or Protestant churches, which states that God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost are one Being. The definition of "Cult" in Webster's Dictionary is "a religion regarded as unorthodox." Is it unorthodox to believe in Jesus Christ? Is it unorthodox that we are taught in the Church to live in a way that helps us feel close to Him, as well as to Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost? Is it unorthodox that we strive to become more and more like Jesus Christ? We love and worship Him. He is the Lord and our Savior, and we strive to emulate His life. If that were more widely understood, the Church might not be seen so much as a non-christian cult. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Gavin
Faith is not a blind belief in something you're told. Rather, it is a belief and a "hope for things which are not seen, which are real (Alma 32:21)." Faith is not simply a belief in a principle or a person. Rather, it is an active belief, a belief which, if sincere, will drive one to act on the faith one has. One thing that's interesting about faith is that having faith actually gives us hope; not a hope edged with a tinge of doubt or uncertainty, but a feeling that everything will work out as we keep God's commandments. We don't always know the results of our actions, nor if our faith to obey has brought us blessings from God. But if we act in faith, believing that we'll receive, we'll find eventually that we've been blessed a lot more than we thought. Having the faith to step into the dark and expect God to keep you from falling into a hole is pretty difficult, but it would not be faith if there was no challenge to it. If we act in faith, God will always be there to bless us, whether we think He is or not. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Gavin
It's a pretty happy experience, if you ask me! It's also a peaceful one; not peaceful as if nothing were wrong, but peaceful inwardly, as if everything you were in a storm but were held still by a powerful anchor. We're taught to always keep God's commandments throughout our lives, and whether things are hard or easy, this is something that brings that peace and happiness as we live it. The scriptures teach us a lot of things about the greatest way to achieve happiness in this life, and I've seen many people in this church who have been happy even in the midst of terrible trials because they strive to live what Jesus taught. Prayer and attending church actually play significant roles in our learning how to be happy, as well. I've yet to see anyone in this church who has prayed sincerely and daily, read and applied the scriptures in his life, and attended church that has not experienced some measure of happiness, peace and joy. We want everyone to be able to feel this happiness, so many people in the church spend time sharing what they've learned with others to help them feel the same happiness. Being a Mormon is also very family-oriented! It involves not only drawing closer to Jesus Christ individually, but also doing that as a family. Much of the greatest happiness we can feel comes from our families, so many of the teachings of the church focus on how to maintain a happy and hopeful family life and always treat eachother with love and respect. Show more Show less