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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

About Me

My greatest interest is just having good, clean fun with my dear friends and family. I love spending time with my family, friends, and Church leaders. I am the middle of 4 children, and I love my family! I am a High School graduate, and I loved every day of it! I love to learn, and grow both acedemically, socially, and physically. I love to play sports with friends, play video games, and have a good laugh with friends. I love to serve others, whether it is shoveling snow in the winter for widows, racking leaves, or simply helping someone who may not be in need physically, but spiritually. I love to see the light in people's eyes brighten as they are comforted and lifted up! I love more than anything to make other people happy; seeing other people happy in turn makes me happy, and there is nothing greater than feeling happy. I love life, and I strive to live life to the fullest.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. I never had a "borrowed testimony", I gained my own testimony by reading the Book of Mormon daily, praying to God, in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon was true, and I received that confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true, and I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, and he did in reality translate the Book of Mormon solely by the gift and power of God. Through the authority of God, Joseph restored and organized Christ's church back on the earth. Every principle, every doctrine pertaining to life and salvation was restored in the Holy Temples that God, through His Prophet Joseph Smith commanded the Saints to build as in times of old. We have a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, who leads and guides this Church today, along with the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who are all prophets, seers, and revelators. God does indeed speak to man, God is not dead, nor doth he sleep. Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah came to fulfill the plan of redemption and salvation, His entire life was spent in the service of others, and just like Christ, I strive to serve others.

How I live my faith

I serve all kinds of people: old and young, male and female, rich or poor (whether physically or spiritually), anywhere I can. I serve people by helping people with their geneology or family history work. I help others with computer questions and concerns, in order to help them find the information they need. I send people words of comfort, both by word of mouth and pen. I am really good with words, and I know just what to write to people to help them feel better. I have gone with the full-time missionaries to teach people in their homes about the Gospel, help finding young adults in our area to join in with fun social activities, so that they feel included and loved. I direct people to where they need to go when they are unfamiliar to our area.

What is faith?

Kevin
Faith is knowing the sun will rise in the brand new day. Faith is knowing that a plant will grow if you plant a seed in the ground, nourish it, cultivate it, and take care of it. Faith is the belief of things hoped for and not seen. Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things, for you cannot have faith if you know or see that something is there. When you first began to ride a bike without training wheels, did you know that you would be able to ride a 2-wheeler? you probably lost your balance and fell a few dozen times, but when the time came when you did it, you trusted your dad, or whomever taught you that you would not fall, and guess what? You did it! Faith is something you must gain for yourself, faith comes from trusting God, that He is all-knowing, that He loves you, and he will answer you if you seek Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Kevin
We believe that after a mortal dies, or his body and spirit are separated, our spirits go to what is called the Spirit World, where we await the Judgment day where we will be judged according to our faith, works, and we shall also be judged from our hearts. Death is NOT the end of life. Just as Jesus Christ rose from the dead in a perfected, immortal body of flesh and bones, so will we be resurrected, our bodies and spirits being reunited, never to be separated or corrupted again, and we shall stand before our God, and see if we are deemed worthy to enter into His rest. If we do our best, keep the commandments, and live the way God has said we are to live, we shall enter into His rest, and be happy forever with our families forever. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kevin
It is different. We are completely unique. We don't drink alcohol, we don't partake of drugs that are destructive to the body, we congregate together each Sunday, refraining from labor and worship Almighty God in reverence and meekness. I have had many people come up and ask me why I act or do the things I do. My peers wonder why I believe in God, and they ask me why I serve Him when I have so many troubles of my own. It is neat to answer their questions and enlighten them to the truth of our basic beliefs. Show more Show less

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

Kevin
People called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "Mormons", less of a nickname and more of ridicule and scorn. The term "Mormon" derives from "The Book of Mormon", which is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which Joseph Smith obtained from the hands of the Angel Moroni, the last prophet in the American continant in ancient times to write in the golden plates called "The Book of Mormon". Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kevin
Jesus Christ explained to Nicodemus, "...Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Baptism is symbolic of a burial of your old self, and the birth of your new self. Just as Jesus Christ was crucified, he was buried in a tomb when he died. On the third day, Christ rose again, being resurrected, or his body and spirit being reunited in a glorified, immortal, perfected body never to be separated! Christ's "resurrection" is the manner of how we view baptism. Through our faithfulness in Jesus Christ, our old selves can be washed away from being immersed into the water, and we come out, born again, and clean from our past sins. Those who died without a knowledge of the Gospel, nor did they have the change to be baptized and be made clean from their sins, can still have a chance to be made clean, thus entering into the kingdom of God. Peter has taught that Christ would preach the gospel to those in the Spirit World, or the relm that the spirits of the deceased await for that long awaited Judgment Day. We baptize as proxy for the deceased, therefore giving them the chance to accept or reject this saving ordinance! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kevin
What defines a church, or the people as a Christians? Is it the way they act, the way they behave, the way they vote, or the way we worship? It is all of that and overall, a Christian is someone who believes, worships, and follows the teachings of our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. The people known as the "Mormons" are actually the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Why would we name the church after Jesus Christ if we were not Christians? Christ, in both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres taught that the church should be named after whose gospel it is. Thus the church is named after Jesus Christ. If it were the gospel established by Moses, it would be named after Moses, if the gospel was Mormon's gospel, it would be named after Mormon, but we believe that the author of the Gospel is Jesus Christ, so we name our church after Him. Show more Show less

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

Kevin
Abraham of old, who was a righteous servant of God in the Old Testament, paid tithes of 10 percent of all his possessions to King Melchizedek, the King of Salem, who was a High Priest after the Order of the Only Begotten of the Father, who is Jesus Christ. We in these latter days donate 10 percent of our income to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to help build the kingdom of God. We are commanded by God to pay our tithing because God created everything: the heavens, and the earth, and everything which in them are, and God asks us to return the favor, to sacrifice some of our income, with a willing heart to build up the kindgom of God here on the earth. We in turn receive blessings from God for our faithfullness, and our willingness to sacrifice some of our substance to God. God looks down happily upon His Children who give of their substance to feed the lowly in heart, and to build up the kingdom of Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Kevin
Many Mormons will give you various, very valid reasons why the church previously practiced plural marriage, but the bottom line is that the church practiced polygamy because God said so. God commanded Joseph Smith to bring back plural marriage. In past Era's of the Old Testament, plural marriaged was practiced: Abraham had a child with both Sarah and Hagath, Jacob had children from 4 women: Leah, Bilhah, Zilpah, and Rachel, and since we call this Era of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the last dispensation, or the last Era where the Gospel is to be on the earth before the prophesied coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ again on the earth, all things needed to be restored. So plural marriage was brought back, and after a time, it was taken away. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Kevin
During the time that Joseph bore record of in 1820, there was a great religious excitement in the area he was living in: in upstate New York. There was much confusion that bombarded the young 14 year old Joseph as he attended these different meetings regularly. He came to the concern of his own salvation, though all the different sects both contradicted others and themselves when it came to the teachings from the Bible. So Joseph decided to search this out on his own. He spent night and day reading the Bible, more particularly the New Testament for an answer. He one day found himself in the Epistle of James, first chapter, fifth verse which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and abraideth not, and it shall be given him." No other passage of scripture struck the attention of Joseph Smith Jr. more than any other passage of scripture. he pondered, or deeply thought upon the scripture again and again, contemplating on the message it was trying to convey to him. He eventually came to the conclusion that he should either remain in darkness, or confusion to the different sects of religion, or he must do as James directs, that is, "Ask of God." It was on the morning of a beautiful clear morning, early in the spring of 1820. he went into a grove of trees near his home, he knelt down, and offered up his heart. The First Vision is this, from Joseph Smith's own words, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other, 'This is my Beloved Son, Hear Him.'" Joseph Smith saw God the Father, and he saw His Son, Jesus Christ. they did in reality speak to him, and answered the question he ventured into the woods he sought after. Because of that "First Vision", the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth, and the events following that First Vision constituted of the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kevin
Did the Israelites revere or respect Moses for leading them out of Egypt towards the promised land? Was Moses not a prophet of God? Throughout the ages, God has had a need to call a prophet to teach, exhort, and warn His children. Some prophets were accepted, revered, and looked up to for guidance and direction; others, people despised because they were hard-hearted, stiff-necked, and did not heed to the counsels of God, so they were rejected and at times killed. Joseph Smith was called by God to be a Prophet of this the prophecied last dispensation of the fulness of times as Isaiah, one of the prophets who prophesied of Christ fortold would come to pass. Joseph Smith, through the gift and power of God restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the same gospel, the same principles and doctrines that Christ himself taught to the Eastern and Western hemispheres. We revere Joseph for the determination and faith he had to do the Lord's will. Eventually, as many people accepted Joseph Smith as a prophet, because of rumor and slander, false accusations, and bottled up hate and grudges, Joseph Smith, along with his older brother Hyrum were martyred in Carthage, Illinois by a band of about 200 mobsters. He lived great and died great, however, Joseph taught to worship God Almighty, and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. All his life he directed people to Christ, never directing any glory to himself. He was continually in the service of others, and in turn, he was in the service of God. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Kevin
The Book of Mormon is actually very similar to the Holy Bible. They both testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ, God's plan for us to be happy, and testifies of the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible because the Book of Mormon contains the more plain and precious truths that are not found in the Bible. The Bible was translated by many men of the world who did not have the Spirit of God with them, nor did they have the proper means to perfectly translate the ancient scriptures. Joseph Smith obtained the golden plates, now known as the Book of Mormon from a Angel of God named Moroni, the last Prophet to record in the Book of Mormon. Moroni directed Joseph to a hill in Palmyra, New York known as the Hill Comorah, where there was deposited the golden plates, with a ancient record of the ancient inhabitants of the American Continent. The ancient record was translated by the gift and power of God, with no imperfections in translation, nor could any earthly scholar translate the record, for the language was a completely dead language that no one alive spoke nor knew. The Book of Mormon prophecies of the coming of Jesus Christ, His birth, ministry, Atonement, and crucifixion and resurrection. As according to the promises of holy prophets, Christ did in reality appear on the American Continent to the ancient inhabitors, taught the same gospel he taught in Jerusalem, and they felt the same prints of the nails in his hands and feet. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Kevin
When Christ asked His Apostles, "who does man say I am?" Some said that people said that he was John the Baptist, or Elias, or Jeremiah, or one of the other ancient prophets come to torment man. Then Christ asked, "Whom say ye that I am?" And Simon Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." and Jesus responded, "Blessed art thou Simon bar Jonah, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt bind seal on earth, shall be bound sealed in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven..." Christ spoke of sealing things, and yes including people together here on earth, and in turn sealing them in heaven. No we don't literally merge people together, but when a husband and wife are married in the Holy Temple of the God of Israel, they are sealed as husband and wife for here on earth AND in heaven. Death is not even the exception. When we are worthy to dwell with God, husbands and wives will be together forever WITH their families in eternal happiness. Show more Show less

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

Kevin
We gather together on the Sabath: Sundays, and we sing praises to God, we talk of Christ and His teachings, and we plan activities to include those even not of our faith. We welcome ANYONE to come to one of our meetings. We won't kick you out, we will welcome you in, and greet you with a smile and cheerful voices. We continually learn of Jesus Christ, and learn how we can become better. There is a number and a page here on Mormon.org that will show you were the nearest church meeting house is, and when you can attend. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Kevin
God created the earth in 6 days, and rested on the 7th day. God created man in His Own image, he gave 2 commandments to Adam and Eve, 1. to multiply and replanish the earth (have children), 2. they were forbidden to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or else they should surely die. Satan, the devil, also known as the Deceiver, beguiled Eve to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She then had Adam partake of the fruit. Because they did this, they became mortal, "their eyes were opened...", and they knew good and evil. God cast Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, and their "Fall", is known as the "Fall of Adam." Man had become mortal, meaning they were subject to temporal and spiritual needs. They could choose for themselves, but because of the fall, they were cut off from the presence of God, or God did not dwell with them personally on the earth, they had to earn the right to commune with God. Because of the Fall, man had become carnal, or prone to temptation from that same Deceiver to beguiled Eve. When we sin, we separate ourselves from God, and when we draw deeper and deeper in sin, it makes it harder and harder to repent, or be made clean from our sins. however Man could not pay for his own sins because he was not perfect, nor was man perfect period. We needed someone, a perfect being to pay for ALL of our sins, so that we can repent, or change, and be made clean from the stains of sin. Jesus Christ, the great Jehovah of the Old Testament, Jesus of Nazareth of the New Testament, and the promised Messiah of the Book of Mormon came into the word in the most humble of circumstances. Jesus lived his entire life in the service of others, teaching people of His Gospel, the word of His Father, who is God, and when his time of mortality was drawing to a close, Christ went into a grove of olive trees, known as the Garden of Gethsemene, he kneeled down, and offered up his heart to God, praying mightily for what he knew to come. Through unspeakable and uncomprehensable pain, the Son of God suffered the pains, afflictions, sufferings, and yes, even the sins of ALL of God's children who had been, who was at that time, and the children of God to come into the word. Jesus was then betrayed by one of his apostles, Jesus was judged by both Jew and Gentile rulers, condemned to death in the most degrading way known to man at the time: by crucifixion. He was scourged, whipped, laiden with a crown of thorns, condemned to bear up his own cross unto he could carry it no longer, and he was cruely nailed from his hands, wrists, and feet, and hung on a cross to die. 3 days later, after being buried in a tomb, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, paying the price of sin for the posterity of Adam. This is why we need an Atonement, and I am most thankful for this great gift. Show more Show less