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Hi I'm David

I grew up in the Church. I love to read, talk about God, and be with my family. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a 20 year old young man who is currently serving a Mission. My hobbies are testifying of the Restored Gospel, reading the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, and napping. I get really tired from the work I do (who doesn't) but I know that my work is God's work. I love to read, it's my favorite hobby. I'm developing a love of the scriptures while out here that I know I will keep throughout my life. I tend to lean towards realism, so I like my life to be well defined. I don't like abstract art or abstract thinking. Give me something solid that I can work on. I love to be with my family. They are my best friends in life. I'm working hard now to make sure that I can be with my family for all eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

To put it simply, I'm a Mormon because I know this is where God wants me to be. Growing up, I didn't have a strong belief in my religion. I just followed the commandments because it was easy and it made life easier for the most part. Eventually though, I was faced with some really difficult decisions. The commandments began to seem restrictive and senseless, so I began to question my desire to follow them. I decided that I need to find out for myself if the LDS Church and its teachings came from God. As I lived the commandments with all my heart, rather than just outwardly, I felt a difference and it made me want to continue living them. As I studied and prayed, I felt the Holy Spirit confirm to me through my thoughts and feelings that this is The Church of Jesus Christ, not just another Church. The Book of Mormon was particularly important in my conversion. As I studied it and prayed to know if it was the Word of God, I recieved distinct impressions through my thoughts and feelings that it was. I've been able to recieve those feelings again and again as I've sought out God's truth. My testimony is founded on God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have that Testimony because of the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible. I know that they are both scripture that comes from God. Because of that, I know that this is God's Church, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by a living prophet today. I am a Mormon because the Holy Spirit of God has told me that this is His truth.

How I live my faith

I'm living my faith right now by taking it to others. I'm a missionary, one of those guys in white shirts, ties, name tags and bikes. I have found that the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy, so I want to share it with others. I love other faiths and the power that they bring to their members. I know however, that this Church has all of the authority, doctrine and power that was held in Christ's original Church, and that has brought me even greater blessings. I want to share those blessings with others and build my own faith in the process, and so I serve as a full time representative of the Lord. I repent and try to do a little better every day. I'm working on developing a love of obedience to God's Commandments.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

David
Well, the simplest answer is God. He is the one guiding things here on the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is administrated by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles under God's direction. All 15 of the men in these two quorums are sustained as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. When the President of the Church, commonly refered to as "The Prophet" passes away, the First Presidency is dissolved. At this point, the 14 remaining Apostles pray for inspiration and unanimously give forth their lots, Acts chapter 1, about whether the First Presidency should be reorganized and a new Apostle called to fill the void. That is the only question. If the First Presidency is reorganized, then the Senior Apostle is called to be the President of the Church, The Prophet. It's not a matter of who is to be called, there's no campaigning or anything, it's a matter of following God's plan and the organization that he has set up for his Church. The Twelve Apostles are representatives of God here on the earth, and God directs them to accomplish his will for the earth. I know this through my own personal prayer and study. I know that by the power of the Holy Ghost, anyone can find this truth for themselves. 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
 We have 12 Apostles because God still needs living prophets to direct His church. There are many differing opinions out in the world about religion. The Apostles are there to keep our understanding of God on the right path. If a question of doctrine arises, rather than turning to worldly wisdom to interpret the Bible, we can study the additional witnesses that the Apostles provide. The Apostles of today are called and act under the same authority as the Apostles of Biblical times. They are able to tell us exactly what God's truth is, so that there is no question. We have the Scriptures to lead us in righteous paths, one of the reasons we have the Apostles and Prophets today is to let us know exactly what the Scriptures mean.  Show more Show less