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Hi I'm Preston

Born in Texas, I grew up in South Carolina. I work and attend school full-time.

About Me

I grew up in Spartanburg South Carolina as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My faith was consitently challenged while living in a predominately Protestant region. After graduating high-school, I worked full-time for a year to save money to pay for a volunteer two year mission for the Church. I served my mission in Utah of all places, and had a lot of insightful and spiritual experiences that helped me to draw closer to Jesus Christ. After my mission I pursued a career in law enforcement, and I am currently a state constable working in South Carolina. I am also enrolled in school full-time pursuing a bachelor's in criminal justice as well as business finance.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, what some members refer to as being "born in the Church", but in reality, every member of the Church is born into it through the waters of baptism. I was baptized when I was 8 years old, and come from an active LDS family, but I did not have my own testimony of the reality of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ until I was 17. I accepted the challenge to read The Book of Mormon and to pray and ask God Himself if the book was true. I received the answer from the Holy Ghost that The Book of Mormon is true and is, in fact, another testament of Jesus Christ. Having that marvelous light and pure burning feeling in my chest and throughout my whole body of overwhelming true love that could only come from the Holy Ghost, and simultaneously hearing the quiet but powerful voice of God, imbued upon me the sudden intuition and knowledge that God is real, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth today in its fulness, that The Book of Mormon is true, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints truly belongs to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Since that marvelous experience, my faith in Jesus Christ has grown considerably, and my understanding of the Gospel. I have literally seen miracles happen with my own two eyes. I have seen sick people healed immediately of their sickness. I have seen rain pour from heaven into a drought stricken region immediately following faithful prayers for rain. I have seen more I cannot tell here.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through daily prayer and scripture study. I do my best to keep myself abreast of all the political machinations taking place in my area and around the globe. Because of my work profession, I have to work some Sundays, but I make it to church every Sabbath Day that I can. I do my best to love my family and put God and His Son, Jesus Christ, first in our lives every day.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Preston
Some people have mistakenly been taught that the word "cult" means something bad. Webster's dictionary, however, defines the word "cult" as a system of religious beliefs and rituals. Under that definition, any organized religion, or any church, could be considered a "cult". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is in fact an organized religion because God is organized and maintains order. Those that seek to criticize the Church by calling it a "cult", simply do not understand the word they are using. It is akin to calling a human being a "person", or a cat an "animal". Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Preston
The love of money is the root of all evil. Was Christ monetarily compensated for His great and everlasting sacrifice known as The Atonement? Were any of Christ's apostles monetarily compensated for their missionary journeys or for their time and labor in preaching the Word? If we look to the example of Jesus Christ in how He conducted His ministry on earth, we learn that He never healed any sick person or performed any miracle for monetary compensation in any sort. True followers of Jesus Christ do not receive monetary compensation for their time or allegiance to the Lord. They give of their time and substance freely to those in need. They work in order to support themselves and their families. In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, priest-craft is the term used to define clergy that is paid for their service. The Lord has specifically forbidden priest-craft and has given men commandments to not practice it. This commandment is found in both the Bible (Old & New Testaments) as well as The Book of Mormon and through modern day revelation. The reason Jesus Christ specifically forbids priest-craft is because the love of money (being the root of all evil) leads men to preach and teach to others what they want to hear, rather than hearing the truth or rather than hearing the full truth. The Lord wants all of us to accept the fullness of His Gospel. This can only be done if it is fully and accurately taught by His true servants. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Preston
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Mormons worship God the Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. To Mormons, a prophet is simply a messenger sent from God to men, to call men to repentance of their sins and belief in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mormons hold Joseph Smith in reverence because he was the prophet chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ anew on the Earth after a long period of spiritual darkness known as the great apostasy. Show more Show less