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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian youngest of six. I make software and go to school. I love food, good people, and staying active.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy!

How I live my faith

I help others where I can and try to always remember Jesus Christ and His example.

What is the priesthood?

Michael
Imagine that you're going to sign a contract with God. The contract outlines everything you promise to God and everything that He promises to you (obviously He's the one taking the risk in the transaction here!) You sign your name and God sends an agent to sign on His behalf. Only an agent He authorizes can sign for Him, just like only someone you give power of attorney to can sign on your behalf for a contract to be valid. The priesthood is that special authority given by God to act in His name. When someone is baptized,for example, they make a covenant, or two-way promise with God. If it's done under proper priesthood authority, that baptism is recognized by God. If not, it's like if some stranger signed your name to a contract you didn't authorize--the contract would be invalid! The Lord gives His priesthood to those whom He chooses and no man can take this honor upon himself. (Hebrews 5:4) By the power of the priesthood, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is directed and led the same way it was in the Church we read about in the New Testament: by the Lord's chosen leaders authorized to carry out His work. Their authority is the priesthood. Ultimately, every worthy male member of the church can receive the priesthood. It's a great honor and sacred trust to represent the Lord by bearing this authority. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Michael
We believe that He's perfect, our Father and loves us perfectly. We were created in His image and He wants us to grow up to be like Him. He gave us this life on earth to learn the things that He already knows and provided a way for us to return to live with Him if we'll simply live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Michael
Yes. We believe Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of the whole world. That He is the Only Begotten of the Father and was sent by the Father to overcome the effects of sin and death that are the consequences of the fall of man. We believe He rose from the garden tomb on the third day and that He ascended to His Father and now reigns today as our King and Redeemer. We believe that we are saved by His grace by accepting His gospel—the only way to eternal life and salvation. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Michael
The Lord does! The Lord handpicks His apostles just as He did in the New Testament account of His ministry. Those apostles direct the work through the medium of revelation—spiritual guidance that comes from the Lord by the gift and power of the Holy Ghost. Generally the Lord's most senior apostle is appointed by the Lord as President of the church and is referred to as the prophet. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Michael
There's something innate inside each of us that resonates at the thought of deity. It's easy to feel this in nature. When we respond to that force or feeling by seeking after it—not physically, but spiritually seeking—it grows and expands our understanding. God reveals Himself to us through that innate force. It's called the Light of Christ. It's in every living soul and it's God prompting us to come to know Him. We expand that light by talking to God or reading what He's revealed through others (the scriptures). Because we can only come to comprehend Him step-by-step, He reveals more and more about His nature to us as we live congruently with the guidelines He's already taught. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Michael
A ward is a congregation of saints. Several wards make up a stake. Congregations that are preparing to become wards are called branches. They're assigned geographically so that the saints can meet, love and serve each other in their local communities. Every unit of the church (wards/stakes/branches) have ecclesiastical leaders that are not paid, but who assume a stewardship over their areas to help and uplift the members. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Michael
Meet with missionaries! Becoming a member of Jesus Christ's church starts by making a commitment to the Lord to follow Him and keep His commandments. You make that commitment by being baptized by one of His authorized servants. The missionaries are those who are authorized for that purpose. Show more Show less