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Hi I'm David C

I grew up in Idaho. I've drawn hundreds of thousands of caricatures. But that's not why I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work as a caricature artist, an artist and a printer. I have drawn caricatures of people from all over the world at amusement parks, fairs, parties and events. Caricatures are fun for people young and old. But that's now why I'm a Mormon. I also enjoy many other activities, like painting religious paintings, portraits, scenes and still life. I enjoy drawing people, digital painting, cartooning, singing music, playing piano, recording videos and music, writing, reading, playing computer games and listening to music sports, like swimming, tennis, table tennis, billiards and I really enjoy spending time with my wife and family. But the reason I'm a Mormon is because I have been led by God to this path, and I know it is right. I don't need to look elsewhere to find the path to happiness and peace in this life and lasting joy in the hereafter.

Why I am a Mormon

I enjoy life, my work, my family and recreation, like everybody else--such is common to most people everywhere. But thanks to wise parents and ancestors, I was fortunate to be raised in the Mormon Church. They gave me a good example, and they took me to Church. At Church I enjoyed the teachings that I received, and I was impressed by the Holy Spirit from time to time as I participated. As I grew older, I had the chance to study the scriptures for myself. As I read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, it became apparent to me that what I was reading was inspired writing, and that the writing was of God. The doctrines were true, reasonable, just and merciful, and exhibited the great wisdom and love of God in preparing the plan of salvation for all men. I prayed and felt the Holy Spirit enlighten me as I pondered and studied the scriptures. I also had the chance to enjoy the good "fruits" of the Church as I served a mission, and served in Church callings, changing lives for the better. I saw how the teachings of our leaders protect us from the pitfalls and problems of worldly ways. I also find great joy in my wife who has the same faith as I, and with whom I have been blessed to have many choice children. The Lord has protected me, prospered me, guided me and blessed me as I have tried to keep my covenants. Later in my life, my parents and siblings left the Mormon Church. I told my mother, "Well, I'm staying with it the Church." Since the departure of my parents and siblings from the Mormon Church, I have had many chances to re-evaluate the doctrines of the Church, the Scriptures, and the strange experiences that I have had to undergo. Through every examination, I have felt more confirmed that I am on the correct path, and that the Church is true, and that the Lord will help me if I continue to stay on the strait and narrow path. So I am happy and grateful to be in the Church. It has been a blessing to me that I would not want to be without.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending Church, praying daily, reading scriptures, holding family meetings once a week with a spiritual lesson, and serving in my ward. I visit with a few other families in the ward once a month and build friendship with them. I select the hymn for Priesthood meeting, and arrange for a pianist and a conductor. I help members move in or out, when needed. My faith also includes such things as abstinence of tobacco, alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and drugs. I also avoid pornography and R-rated movies. I also refrain from getting tattoos, body piercings, and trampy fashions/hair styles. I avoid indebtedness, dishonest dealings, and swearing. I help with service projects such as dry pack canning food supplies, and going with missionaries to teach investigators about the Restored Gospel. And I attend the temple as opportunity permits. I strive to keep the commandments of God, and to become more like the Savior. I strive to do all i can to build the kingdom of God on the earth.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David C
Because we want all to hear the message of the Restored Gospel. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

David C
In 1820, Joseph Smith received the First Vision when he prayed in a grove near his home, to ask God which church he should join. In answer, God and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that none of the churches was correct, and that he should join none of them. He was given a promise that at a later time, the fullness of the Gospel would be made known to him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

David C
Because that is what the Apostles of old did for those who needed baptism, but who didn't get the chance to receive it in mortal life. Proxy baptism gives all men the chance to be saved--for all must be baptized who would enter heaven. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

David C
Tithing is used to do the Lord's work, to purchase land and build meetinghouses and temples, and to meet such expenses of operating a worldwide Church. It is used to spread the Gospel to all who want it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

David C
We believe we are saved by the grace and atonement of Christ, after all we can do (which includes being baptized and enduring to the end, as the Scriptures make clear). Show more Show less

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

David C
The basics of our beliefs; the Restoration of the Gospel; the plan of Salvation; the necessity of baptism; the commandments of God, the fruits of the Church, etc. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

David C
The Lord selects the Mormon prophet, by seniority--the most senior living Apostle becomes the next prophet. (If an Apostle is not to serve as the Prophet, he will pass away before he becomes the most senior living Apostle.) Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

David C
We dress in our best clothing for Church, to show respect. We observe holidays, including Easter, Christmas, etc. Show more Show less

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

David C
No. We are counseled to vote for wise and good persons to administer the government. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

David C
The sacred history of a branch of the house of Israel that came to the Americas long ago. Another witness of Jesus Christ, and of his visit in the Americas. The most correct book on earth--doctrinally speaking. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

David C
Warnings about danger; knowledge and inspiration; comfort in times of loss or trouble; testimony of what is true; guidance to lead us back to God. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

David C
By seeking him in prayer, and by joining the Church of His Son, Jesus Christ, and by enduring to the end. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

David C
Because the Gospel is for free, and salvation is without price, to all who will receive it, as the Scriptures say it should be. Members of the Church carry the Gospel message to others, and pay their own way to do so. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

David C
Joseph Smith, in 1820, when he was called to be a Prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ. In his First Vision, Joseph was told to join no other church, but that the fullness of the Gospel would be made known to him later. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

David C
In modern times, it was restored through a modern Prophet, Joseph Smith, in 1830. After Joseph was given the fullness of the Gospel ( by translating the Book of Mormon) and the authority of baptize (from John the Baptist and Peter, James and John), the Lord directed Joseph to organize the Church according to the laws of the land. From then on, people joined the Church and the Church grew. Joseph received more revelations and the Church was organized with Apostles, Prophets, and all other offices and auxiliaries. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

David C
Because that is the place that the Lord said is where these ordinances can acceptably be done. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

David C
We have 12 Apostles because that is the way the Lord commanded His Church to be set up. The Lord has always been revealed through his Prophets and Apostles. Any Church which says it doesn't need Apostles or revelation is not the Church that Jesus Christ set up. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

David C
It is the work of God. Angels, and the powers of heaven, have assisted mortals since the beginning, and the Church has continued to attract ever more members, despite great opposition including: poverty, mobs, sectarian opposition, corrupt governments and militias, financial losses from being forced off of their properties, and bigotry. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

David C
The husband's role is to be provider, both of physical things and of spiritual blessings. He presides. The wife's role is to nurture, and to bear children and rear children. Husband and wife work together in family duties. Both work around the home. Both teach and help raise children. They live together in love and peace. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

David C
All worthy young men are called to serve a mission, or are counseled to get prepared to do so. But it's their own choice to make. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

David C
We believe in abstaining from sexual relationships before marriage, and fidelity after marriage. This applies to men and women alike. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

David C
Prophets living in the Americas, from Jared to Ether, and Nephi to Alma to Moroni--Moroni compiled and abridged the many books into the Book of Mormon. Then Joseph Smith and his scribes translated it into English by the gift of translation, by revelation. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

David C
For sacred higher ordinances such as marriages, baptisms for the dead, and endowments. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

David C
Only if they receive these promises by Priesthood authority, in the temple of God: what is sealed (joined) on earth (by Priesthood keys) shall be sealed in heaven ( the hereafter). Families will be able to live together, if sealed. If families refuse this blessing, then they shall live separately and singly after death. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

David C
Because of Adam's transgression, all men shall die, so we need a Savior to rescue us from death and to bring about the Resurrection. And because all who have knowledge of right and wrong have sinned and gone astray, so we need a Savior to atone for our sins, and make repentance and forgiveness and the gifts of the Church a possibility. Jesus came and did all this. The way is prepared, and all who will may enter the gate and be saved. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

David C
The first Prophet of modern times. He was called by God to restore His Church, which had been taken from the earth after the deaths of the ancient Apostles. Show more Show less

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

David C
A knowledge of God's dealings in the past; the testimony of the prophets and Apostles about Jesus Christ; the plan of salvation that has been prepared; one's own testimony and inspiration. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

David C
Yes. The name of the Church is clear: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

David C
Take lessons with the missionaries ( who are really nice). Come to Church. Read the Book of Mormon. Ponder Joseph Smith's First Vision. Pray and ask God if these things are true. God will reveal its truth by the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David C
A testimony is a confirmation of the truthfulness of the Church, its scriptures, doctrines, authority, etc. by the Holy Ghost. An investigator receives a testimony by sincerely seeking one through lessons with the missionaries, reading the scriptures, coming to Church, and praying for one. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

David C
Mormons have a sacrament meeting, which all (Mormon or not) can attend. There are announcements, such callings and releases as needed, the administration of the bread and water in remembrance of the Lord's death, and then talks and hymns. Then there is a Sunday School, devoted to scripture lessons. Lastly, there are Priesthood meetings for men, meetings of the women's group, and a classes for the children called Primary. The meetings are not scary, but enjoyable. Mormons would be glad to meet new visitors. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

David C
Eternal life is the greatest gift that God has to give, and thus the most desirable gift to seek. It is the kind of life God lives: exalted, glorious and ever progressing in glory and dominion. To begin to gain this gift, one must enter the door: baptism. Then one must keep all the commandments of God, and endure to the end in faithfulness. Along the way, one must be married for time and all eternity, in the house of the Lord, in order to gain eternal life. Show more Show less

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

David C
We work, we learn the Gospel, we teach it to others, we have recreation of a wholesome kind, we socialize, and we help each other out. We seek to live in families, and in harmony with neighbors. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

David C
Life is a test, a time of probation to see if we will choose good instead of evil, and to see if we will be obedient to all the light we receive from God. We are not here to live forever--that is after this life. This is a short time of testing to determine what we will get to enjoy in the hereafter. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

David C
The family is the mainspring of happiness to the man or woman of Christ: for God said it is not good for man to be alone, and God made Adam a wife and companion to share life with. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

David C
President Monson. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

David C
Mormon women are the best of the bunch: wholesome women, intelligent, talented, yet kind and good; good wives and mothers. Fit for marriage, and happy in their families. Men and women are equal in the chance to gain salvation--God is no respecter of persons. Men and women have different roles. Women have the grand opportunity to become wives and mothers. Mormon women also have chances to get education, develop their talents, work, and do good in the world. In sum, to have the best of everything, in its own time and season. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

David C
Modest dress and comportment express our belief in chastity. Parents teach modesty best by example, and by teaching the doctrines. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

David C
The Mormon Church has many humanitarian activities around the world, from installing water pumps for the thirsty in Africa, to aiding farmers in Russia in how to increase crop yields, to aid to those suffering from earthquakes or disasters. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

David C
Yes, the living prophet today receives revelation from God to direct the Church today, just as Moses did among the Israelites in the desert. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

David C
Women have another role to play, that of motherhood. Men don't have babies; their role is to provide for their families, and lead, which entails holding the Priesthood. Women lead by leading their children. They can also lead in the classes or women's groups or youth groups that they are given charge of--but all this under direction of the Priesthood, who are themselves under the direction of the General Authorities, who are directed by the Lord. The Lord's kingdom is not a popular democracy, with offices being sought for by any person by popular vote. It is a kingdom set up after the inspired government of the Lord, with each person performing one's calling as directed by the Lord through revelation, according to His Wisdom. It is much more stable and effective than a democracy. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

David C
Mormons practiced polygamy because the Lord commanded some of them to do so, for purposes known to the Lord. At the time, there were no national laws prohibiting polygamy. When the Supreme Court ruled that later anti-polygamy laws were constitutional, the Lord directed Pres. Woodruff to issue the Manifesto, and the practice ended in the Church. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

David C
Homosexuality is a sin. It is sterile, and not a viable or lawful (in the sight of God) union. Any kind of sexual sin is damaging to society and family relationships, for sin takes persons out of the normal marriage into activity that prevents childbearing and childrearing in the way God set forth. Homosexuality is a serious sin, and is a serious threat to the continuance of the race. The Church is steadfast in defending heterosexual marriage, and defending the rights of children and youth. The Church seeks to help sinners to forsake homosexuality and to live a pure life. Show more Show less