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Hi I'm Adam

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a husband and father of three children...but I'm sure that my wife thinks I'm just the big kid in the family!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was six years old, I lived with my Mum and younger brother. Mum met the missionaries, who asked if they could teach her about how families could be together forever, even after death? She responded positively and over the following months, through hearing what was taught and praying about it herself, she came to know that what the missionaries taught was true through feeling and recognising the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I too was later baptised at age eight and came to church over the years along with my family. When I was 18 however, after I had been "brought" along to church over all those years out of routine, I was studying overseas where there was no one around anymore to bring me. It was there and then that I felt as though I wanted to "come" to church of my own accord, feeling and recognising the special spirit associated with making the decision for myself. This initial feeling has led me to consistently read from the Book of Mormon and pray about it even to this day because when I do, I feel happy and at peace. I know that this good, peaceful feeling is the divine companionship of the Holy Ghost telling me in my mind and in my heart that it is true and what I am doing is right. Though mine and my Mum's conversion stories differ, as will everyone's they are alike in the way we came unto Christ - through hearing, praying and changing. This is the pattern with everyone as you hear what the missionaries teach, pray about it and make changes in your life for the better, the Holy Ghost will enlighten your mind and enlarge your understanding so that you can know for yourself that the message shared is true, not just because someone has told you so. I now love coming to church, rather than having to be brought! 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to live a balanced, righteous life centred in Christ. I do this by trying to always remember Heavenly Father in all that I do and say - that I may do what He wants done and say what He wants said; that if He has an errand to be run He may know and have confidence in me to run that errand. I try to be the best husband and father that I can be. I try to honour my responsibilities at my place of employment in order to increase my knowledge and skills to influence people for good, and that I may best provide for my family. I try to make time for exercise and fun. And I try to be mindful of individuals and families around me, and seek for ways to bless them spiritually [and at times temporally] to help them grow closer unto Christ and feel of His love for them individually.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Adam
The missionaries will talk about how Jesus Christ's church has been restored to earth through Him calling a prophet named Joseph Smith, just as He has always done as recorded in the Bible. Joseph is a prophet just like Noah, Abraham or Moses. Since Joseph, other prophets have been called and chosen for our day and time, and God's prophet on earth today is named Thomas S. Monson. They will also teach the answers to life's great questions; Where we came from before we were born. Why we are here. Where we will go after this life. And how families can be together forever. The missionaries will invite you to find out for yourself whether these things are true by extending an invitation for you to pray to God and receive an answer from Him. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Adam
Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet on earth today. He is a prophet just as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses or any other biblical prophet. He leads the church under the direction of Jesus Christ, whose church it not only is named after but whose church it is. We don't worship the prophet, but revere him as a righteous servant. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church and it is He who we worship and whose name we take upon ourselves. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Adam
We believe eternal life is to live forever as families in God's presence. Eternal life is the greatest of all the gifts 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?

Adam
The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible in the sense that it is a record of different people in different lands, having different experiences and learing in different ways, yet they are being taught the same truths, values, principles and ordinances from the same divine being, Jesus Christ. So, in one sense, yes they are different; but in another sense, they are very much the same. A brief example: I served as a full-time missionary in the Australia Melbourne Mission from 2003 - 2005. At the same time, I had a friend who served in the Fiji Suva Mission on the small island of Kiribati. We had some stark differences in terms of our experiences, one prominent example being he had no bed - my friend had a little roll out mat that he put on the floor to sleep on each night in a small portable hut. Yet despite some contrasting differences, the message we were teaching was exactly the same; God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ had visited the boy Joseph Smith through whom Christ's church was restored. The great plan of happiness revealed to prophets of all ages is the plan for a happy family. Faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and so on. Each night we would record our experiences in our journals of people taught, things learnt, struggles had, and how our lives and the lives of those around us had been blessed. Although our journals are two different records with different experiences, involving different people of different cultures in different lands, they are identicle in the truths and values, principles and ordinances taught and learnt. I am strengthened as I read my journal and reflect on my personal experiences, but I am equally edified and uplifted as I hear about my friends experiences. This is the same with the Book of Mormon and the Bible. They go hand in hand one with another. They witness of each others goodness and truth. We learn valuable lessons from each record and if one is correct, they are both correct because they teach the same things. Joseph was shown where the "golden plates" or the Book of Mormon were by an angel, this angel being Moroni, the same person who had buried the plates during his life on earth. While Moroni was conversing with Joseph about the gold plates, a vision was opened to Joseph's mind that he could see the place where the plates were deposited so clearly and distinctly that he knew the place again when he visited it. Joseph attended the location shown to him but was forbidden to take the plates then and there by Moroni. Each year for four consecutive years Joseph returned to that location, where Moroni taught him and on the fourth year he was permitted to take them and commence translating them. Show more Show less