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Hi I'm Damon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

About Me

I am a husband, father of 4, and a firmware engineer. I enjoy spending time with our family and teaching our children new things. We love reading, playing sports, hiking, and just enjoying the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all my life. I first gained appreciation for the importance of the church from my father's example. When I was young, I remember coming into the kitchen for breakfast and seeing my father's scriptures open on the counter, often with several verses underlined and marked, and a pen close by. Seeing my father's example early in life taught me that the scriptures were important. I knew they were important to my father. Reading the scriptures in my own life has taught me how to live my life in a manner that is pleasing to God. I have since felt great comfort, peace, and assurance throughout my life in living the gospel and keeping God's commandments. The church encourages scripture reading and strengthens me as I can meet and discuss spiritual topics and share experiences with other members. We are not perfect, but we seek to become better - more like Christ. I know God lives, He hears and answers prayers, and He will help us return to Him if we humbly and sincerely seek it.

How I live my faith

I strive to read the scriptures and pray each day. This helps me focus on the things that are most important, and helps me feel closer to God, and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In addition to my own study, and doing these things with our family, I also serve others in the church and in our community.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Damon
A testimony is the real strength of latter-day saints. A testimony is a knowledge of spiritual truth gained through the witness of the Holy Ghost. For example, I find that when I take time to read and ponder the scriptures, and really try to apply the teachings to my life, I feel something peaceful or warm in my heart. This peace comes from the Comforter, or the Holy Ghost, who the Savior promised would come to His apostles in John 14:26-27, and it testifies or confirms truth. When I serve my children, or others in need, I feel the same peace, and this helps me to know that my actions are pleasing to God. These feelings of peace or assurance build a testimony, or a personal witness of the truth, revealed or spoken by the Holy Ghost. As I feel this special witness in my heart again and again, it strengthens my testimony of the gospel. A testimony comes by having faith in Christ, learning who He is and what He taught, and then applying those teachings, or trying to become like He is. The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon both point us to Christ, and teach us how we can be like Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Damon
We believe that God is our Father. He lives, and has a body similar to ours, for He formed man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). He is perfect and knows all things. Yet despite His great power and knowledge, He loves His children greatly and desires their happiness. He called prophets and taught them so they could teach us. We have the sacred writings of ancient prophets in the Holy Scriptures. This is God's word, and it is there for us to read, study, and believe in. Just as He did in old times, we believe God has called a prophet and apostles today to continue to reveal His will to His children. He is not silent, and He does not sleep. He hears our prayers and has provided a way for us to return to live with him. This plan for our return is so important that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to come to the earth and show us how to live, and sacrifice His own life for us (John 3:16). Yet, He allows all men the freedom to choose how they will live their lives. It is up to us to choose to follow our Savior Jesus Christ, and keep His commandments so we can return and live with Him again. Show more Show less

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

Damon
Yes, we greatly value the Bible as the word of God. The Old Testament focuses extensively on God's dealings with His covenant people - the seed of Israel. It tells of how God delivered Israel and strengthened them time and again to overcome their enemies and to flourish in the land. It also outlines the covenant that Israel made to serve God and keep His commandments, and the punishments and woes that would come upon them if they failed to keep His commandments and walk in His ways (see Deuteronomy chapters 4 - 8). We learn that Israel unfortunately did stray from the covenant and served other gods, being heavily influenced by many of the popular outside cultures of their day. For their disobedience, they were sorely punished. God continued to call holy prophets to teach, remind, and call them to repentance. When they repented they were blessed, but when they failed to do so, they were chastened and eventually scattered. The New Testament tells of the Saviors birth and ministry among Israel. It contains a precious account of many of His teachings and doctrines which are extremely valuable, along with multiple accounts of the Atonement that He made for all who will repent and follow Him. It describes the path of discipleship, the call to exercise faith and obedience, and tells about the pillars of the Church that Christ established (see Ephesians 3:19-21, 4:11-14). Through the Bible we can come to know the Savior better. It helps us pattern our lives after Him. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Damon
The center of our faith is the Lord Jesus Christ - the singular Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. When He walked upon the earth 2000 years ago, He taught mankind the saving principles of the gospel - faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. He called and instructed his Apostles to bring those teachings to the ends of the earth. He established His church, with the principle of revelation being one cornerstone of the church. The Savior said, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now" (John 16:12). He then taught about the Holy Ghost, as He did in ch. 14 and 15, and how the Holy Ghost would guide them to all truth. More would come through the gift of the Holy Ghost. However, after establishing this perfect church, the apostles and faithful saints were persecuted and killed. The apostles prayed in Acts 1:24 for the Lord to show them who should be called to replace Judas. Yet over time, as other apostles were killed, new apostles were not called in their place, and the authority of the holy priesthood was lost from the earth, as was the gift of the Holy Ghost and the authority to conduct baptisms and other essential ordinances. Through Joseph Smith's first vision and the restoration of the gospel, these things which were lost have been restored. The Lord has called modern day apostles and prophets and restored the gift of the Holy Ghost who testifies of all truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Damon
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, along with God the Eternal Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. As a member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost has an important work in the salvation of man. During His mortal ministry, Jesus made several references to the Holy Ghost. One of my favorite references is in John 16:12-13, where the Savior says "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth". Jesus knew that His disciples were not prepared for everything that He wanted to teach them or able to receive it. But He established this pattern for how they could continue to be taught after His ascension. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth, and testifies of Christ (John 15:26, Acts 10:44-45). The Holy Ghost is also called the Comforter (John 14:26). We can recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost by the feelings in our heart (see Galatians 5:22-23). It brings peace, comfort, and joy. The Holy Ghost is a revelator. After Christ ascended into heaven, the disciples were guided by the Holy Ghost as the Savior directed earlier. There are great examples of this pattern in Acts 1:24-25, Acts 8:29, Acts 10:10-28, Ephesians 3:3-6. We likewise today rely upon the influence of the Holy Ghost to guide us. As in older times, the Holy Ghost testifies of all truth and points us to Christ. We seek and pray for its influence and confirmation in our lives. Show more Show less