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Hi I'm Forrest.

I'm working hard in my first job out of college, trying to make a good start for my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college graduate working in the construction industry. I am married and have a son. I enjoy watching movies, reading books, exercising, and most of all just being with my family. I wonder sometimes if I am a good father, because it is such a huge responsibility. I just try to do what is right and have faith in my Heavenly Father though, and things seem to turn out okay.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, first of all, because my parents were. My mother was baptized when I was two years old. I am the youngest of eight children. My grandmother, who was a Mormon, would take my older siblings to church with her. After many years of watching my siblings go to church and participating some herself, my mother decided that she too wanted to join the church. So, I grew up going to church. It was the most normal thing in the world to me. So, a better question might be, why am I still a Mormon? I still follow the LDS religion because I believe it is true. I believe that it teaches the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and that if we live that gospel we can return to our Heavenly Father and live with him again. The gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life. I have received and seen blessings that have come into my and other's lives as we have been obedient to the gospel. I have also seen the sadness and sorrow that has come to my own and other's lives as we have been disobedient to the gospel. I believe Jesus Christ to be my savior and I believe that this is his church on the earth today and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to keep my faith at the center of my life. It is not always easy because there are so many distractions out there. Half the battle seems to be just remembering our Savior. I do that by attending the church meetings each Sunday. While there I partake of the sacrament, which is done in remembrance of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I also try to maintain a habit of reading the scriptures on a daily basis. I do this personally and as well as with my family. Sometimes it is just a few verses, but I feel that the consistency is important. I also live my faith by participating while at church. I currently have the responsibility of teaching a lesson on Sunday once a month. The lessons aren't ever really fancy, but I gain a lot just from my preparation. Another man in the church and I have been assigned a few families that we are supposed to visit once a month and share a spiritual message. This has been a very rewarding experience for me in that I have had the privilege of meeting new people and to get to know them a little better than if I just saw them once a week at the Sunday meetings. It isn't easy to keep my faith at the center of my life, but I feel very blessed when I am successful.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Forrest.
We believe that we must participate in specific ordinances while here on earth so we can return to our Heavenly Father and live with him again. One important ordinance is baptism. Certain ordinances can only be performed in temples, so we go to temples to participate in these ordinances. Some people didn't ever have the chance to have these ordinances performed while they were alive on earth. In order to give everyone a chance to receive all necessary ordinances (like baptism), we perform these ordinances for those that have already passed away within temples. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Forrest.
Mormons live like most other people. They go to school, have jobs, get married, and try to enjoy themselves. One of the biggest differences between a Mormon's lifestyle and any other average person would probably have to do with our rules of health called "the Word of Wisdom." Mormons aren't supposed to drink alcohol, coffee, or tea as well as abstain from the use of tobacco or other drugs. I noticed that as one of the biggest differences while I was traveling for work and most of my co-workers would usually order some kind of alcohol at dinner. It was even a little comical one day when someone was showing me around an office and offered me first coffee and then tea. After I turned both of them down she said, "Well don't you drink anything?" I assured her that I did, just not coffee or tea. Show more Show less