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Hi I'm Quinten

I'm from Upstate New York. I'm an organist. I speak Hmong. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music! Especially sacred music. I love to play the organ, and I want to do it for the rest of my life. I have studied organ performance at an American university, and want to study sacred music thereafter. I love the hymns of the church, and I love music! Right now, I have recently finished serving as a missionary for the Church in California, teaching the Hmong people. It was a fun challenge, with many experiences and blessings which had flowed from it. It is a difficult language, but I am glad to be doing this! Also, I like to read. I like to play. I like to do yard work, and a little gardening on the side. I like to meet with friends. I have random interests in travel and planning.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormom because I know that the things they beleive are true. I have discovered for myself, through asking God, that these things are true. I was "born" into the church, like many other people. I went to church with my parents every Sunday. I think that I have always known deep down inside that these things are true. But, I have come to know that this is what I beleive, what I know. I think it all started in my second year of college. I was laying in my bed one night, alone in my room. I had the desire to pray. I prayed, out loud, looking up towards the heavens, talking to God. Since that time, I have come to beleive that these things are true, through living my faith and asking God! Since that time, I have learned the path that the Lord wants us to take. As I follow this path, I can live with my Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments! I read the Bible, especially the New Testament, along with the Book of Mormon and other scripture. I pray every day to my Father in Heaven. I attend church every Sunday. I try to keep the commandments every day! I serve His children here on the earth. I have served as a missionary for the Church in California, speaking Hmong. I taught the people about Jesus Christ and his restored Gospel. I did this because I want others to experience the same joy that I have felt and still feel. I also play the organ at church, even while serving as a missionary. I know that playing the hymns of the church, which testify of Christ and His gospel, helps others to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. I arange hymns on my very limited free-time, reminding myself and others that the gospel is beautifully simple. I help out wherever, whenever, and whatever I can.

What is faith?

Faith is believing in things which are not seen, but true. As a member of the Church, I have faith, or a belief, in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I beleive that God does exist, and that He knows each and every person on the earth, and that He loves each and every person on the earth. Show more Show less

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

"Mormon" is a nickname referencing the Book of Mormon, a book of scripture unique to the Church. This nickname, at times, confuses people into beleiving we do not beleive in Jesus Christ. But, as the official name states, this is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; we beleive in Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

As members of the Church, we do not practice polygamy. Anyone doing so is removed from the church. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

As members, we are not required to serve missions. It is strongly encouraged, especially for the young males, but not required. Although we are not required, many do desire to serve a mission, and do so. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes, the Holy Bible is scripture it is the word of God. It is an undeniable witness of Jesus Christ and His works, His teachings. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are no color/race restrictions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All people, regardless of race or color, are invited to receive the restored Gospel into their lives. There are also no color/race restrictions for receiving the Priesthood. All worthy males may do so. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by prophets, men chosen by God to be his voice to the world, which lived on the American continent. They were written on metal plates, abridged by a prophet, Mormon, and later buried in the ground by a prophet, Moroni. In 1827, Joseph Smith was allowed to dig up these plates and translate them, through the power of God, into what we now know as The Book of Mormon.  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Mormons are Christians! We beleive in Jesus Christ we beleive Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God. He came down to the Earth to establish His church, to perform many wonderful miracles, to teach His Gospel. He took upon Himself the sins of the world He died on the cross He rose again three days later, so that we can enter into the presence of God. He guides the church. He is the one that we worship. He is the center of all that we do. Without Him, we would not be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven. He is my Savior. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is the time when Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. He wanted to know for himself which church is true. So, after reading a verse in the Book of James, chapter 1, verse 5 he decided to follow its counsel, and ask God for himself which church he should join. As he prayed, he experienced a miracle. He said, "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended 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 Jesus Christ. They appeared to him, and told him to join none of the churches, for none had the full and complete truth. Ten years later, through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ's church was restored and brought back onto the earth.  Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The Mormon prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He is the man, called by God, to be his spokesperson on the earth.  Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

 The Book of Mormon is a record similar to the Bible, telling of the people who lived on the American continent. It teaches the Gosple of Jesus Christ, and contains many faith-promoting stories. The best part of the Book of Mormon is when Jesus Christ himself comes down to the Americas after His resurrection and visits the people there. He established the same things He did in the old world. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

We beleive that baptism is one of the first ordinances of the gospel. It is an outward commitment to show God that you will do your very best to follow the commandments of God. It is done by immersion, by being lowered into water for a breif moment, then being raised up out of the water. It repersents the birth and burial of our old selves, and the birth of our new self. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse political parties or candidates. They may take their stand on social issues, but they do not endorse political parties or candidates. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is a congregation, organized geographically. A branch is a smaller version of a ward. A stake is a group of wards and branches in a geographical area. All of the wards and branches in the world study the same materials and learn the same principles. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

We beleive in the Bible because it is the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. It is a testament of the divine power of Jesus Christ, and a testament that God lives. The Bible contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, the miracles He performed. It contains the writings of ancient prophets, the words of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is a prophet, like Moses or Noah of old. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore Jesus Christ's church on the earth. We only worship God, and His son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

We receive many blessings from the Scriptures. We receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the way back to Heaven. We can learn the commandments of God. We can gain peace, comfort, understanding, guidance, help, joy and many other good things from reading the scriptures. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

There are many things which have told me that God exists, that there is a God. One of them is the Earth. It is not coincidence that everything formed the way it did, that all the molecules and atoms lined up precisely the way they need to go. Another is the fact that we, as a human race, have been able to develop great technology to enhance life. Such things as the car, the plane, the cell phone, and even the baseball has allowed us a greater quality of life, and a greater opportunity to fully develop ourselves. Thirdly, intellegence. The fact that we are able to learn, and remember the things that we learn is a great sign to me that there is a God. Show more Show less