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Hi I'm Cameron

I'm from Idaho. Yes, I worked with potatoes, and I'm a full-time missionary serving in North Carolina!

About Me

I grew up in Idaho and always loved that place, even the weather. My interests were playing sports. I love football especially. I love to paintball, and motorbike/4-wheeler as well. I love hanging out with my friends, they were always good examples to me and have helped make me who I am today. I am currently serving a full-time 2 years mission in North Carolina which is the best experiance of my life so far. My family has had a huge impact on my life and I know that it's the gospel of Jesus Christ that has allowed us to be so close. I sure have missed them for these 2 years away from home, but I know that helping to bring the gospel into other individuals and families lives, it will allow them to experiance the same peace and happiness I have in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "Mormon," because I know that this is Jesus Christ's original church back on the earth today. It is, "The Church of JESUS CHRIST..." Now the biggest questions is, "How do I know that?" How do any of us know of spiritual truth in this life? It is by going to the one true source, our loving Heavenly Father. Through the gentle promptings of the Holy Ghost Spirit you can know of these truths. These truths are manifested to us by feelings of the spirit which are feelings such as "love.. joy.. peace.. happiness..." Gal. 522. My knowledge of this church being true came from these powerful impressions. It started out when I was younger, and going through high school. I noticed that whenever I was going through a hard time, or something on my mind that was bothering me, I would open up with a random flip of the pages, "Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ" and begin reading. I would notice the feelings of peace come over me. I was troubled no more. I would shut the book, and continue on in my life. For many years I did this. The Book of Mormon became my personal key to have access to the "fruits of the Spirit." I had an epiphany one day I call it a revelation from the Holy Ghost when I asked myself, "Why?" "Why do I feel this way when I read from the Book of Mormon?" I began to investigate it more fully. I put it to the test. I was given a conviction to began reading a chapter from it everyday to see how it would affect my life. Occasionally I would read a chapter and not have a clue what it was talking about, and it was hard getting use to the spiritual language that those ancient prophets who lives thousands of years ago translates to, you know, the "thee, thou, ye, yea" stuff. But that's not what caught my attention, the happiness that was in my life is what made me more and more curious about this book. Why was I happier from simply reading a chapter a day? Why did I have more spiritual strength everyday from simply reading this book? This is what made me curious. I continued to put it to the test. Where did this book come from? As the introduction page of the Book of Mormon it states, "The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel." Wow, it only makes sense that God would have had a relationship with the people on the other side of the world, as well as in the Jerusalem area. How amazing that there can be TWO testaments that Jesus Christ lives. So what do I do to come to know if these things are true? Well of course, ask God! That doesn't mean ask your parents, it doesn't mean to ask your church leaders, and it just as well doesn't mean go ask some paster or preacher. This is the best way to find out truth, and it's the same for everyone. Interestingly enough, it's the exact counsel that the Introduction page of the Book of Mormon gives, "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. See Moroni 103–5." Wow, really? I notice the reference it gives at the end of that paragraph, in the book of Moroni which is found in the Book of Mormon. Verse 4 quotes the ancient prophet Moroni who lived about 400 AD. "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." Wow. Analyze that verse. It is a perfect formula for everyone to know if it's true. Just test it! Now the somewhat funny thing I've realized now, that if you don't get the answer, "Yes," by the promptings of the Spirit, then re-read this verse as many may need to, and do it right! Do you really have a, "faith in Christ"? Do you really have a, "sincere heart" to know if this is true? Are you going to let social concerns, and other concerns block the opportunity for you to receive this revelation and know it's true? Finally, do you really have a "real intent," meaning that if God was to answer you, you would do something about it? This is what I had to learn and understand. God wont tell you it's true, if you're not willing to act on that answer He gives you. You, as well as I, have/had to forget the past, and the future, and really go to your Heavenly Father and ask Him. If the answer doesn't come, do a self evaluation, and really ponder on what the prophet Moroni exhorts us to do. This promise the prophet Moroni gives works 100 of the time. The Spirit was telling me all along that it was true when I would feel the peace come over me when I read from The Book of Mormon. But one day it came down to me really needing to know. Really wanting to know if I wanted to put my life on hold for 2 years and share this with my fellow brothers and sisters all of you who are reading this. I was in my bedroom studying for some college classes that I was currently enrolled in. When the frustration of hard classes overwhelmed me, without hesitation, I knew what book to flip open to bring me peace, which was The Book of Mormon. I began doing so, and peace overcame me. At this point in my life, I simply wanted to know. I wanted to know more then I've ever known before. I didn't want it to be something that I questioned whenever my faith was weak throughout my life. I got on my knees and offered a pleading prayer to my Father in Heaven asking specifically , "Is the Book of Mormon true?" A powerful, loving answer that words can't describe overwhelmed me. I asked, "should I serve a mission?" It was just as a powerful, peaceful, loving, overwhelming feeling. Since this experience, I have invited others to do the same thing I did, which is to put this to the test as well. Don't take my word for it, or anyones word for it, but ask God. I've had many occasions with those the Lord has lead me to out here on my mission where I've knelt down with them, and invited them to act show their faith, to ask God if these things are true. They would ask our Father in Heaven, "Did you and Jesus Christ really appear to Joseph Smith?" Or, "Is The Book of Mormon true?" When the person asking had a sincere heart, a real intent, and a faith in Jesus Christ, really wanting to know and would do anything to know, that same Spirit would flood the room, with the question answered by the same God that you and I pray to. I then witness the same tears of joy from those we teach, as the tears of joy that came from me when I found out that Jesus Christ's original church has been restored to the earth, and I can be a part of it. The Book of Mormon is simply evidence of this being true. Why is it important to read the Book of Mormon? Why is it talked about so much? A very good question, and again, the introduction of The Book of Mormon perfectly explains, "Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah." The Bible warns of many false prophets that will rise in these last days, and you can take a look around and see them. The Bible teaches how to know good from bad in Matthew 720, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” The Lord lead Joseph Smith to this ancient volume of scripture, The Book of Mormon, which was written from about 600BC to 400AD, to be Joseph's “fruit,” to prove he was lead by God. Joseph Smith was the prophet that God decided to work through for the first time since Christ left the earth to have the “restoration of the gospel” brought about. Christ's church was then restored to the earth. I'm so grateful that this restored gospel was brought by a “restoration,” and not simply another “reformation” Through the power of God, Joseph Smith simply translated The Book of Mormon for us to be able to read today. See the question below under “How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?” The gospel is simple. My testimony is simple. I know this church is true because I put it to the test. I put God's promise to the test that is stated in the book of Moroni, and throughout all scripture, which is to ask God. I did ask, and God told me. The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to my Savior Jesus Christ then any other book. It has given me more knowledge concerning our Savior, especially when read along side with the Bible, which is another nation testifying of the same thing, which is that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I know that what Christ did for us is real. I know that throughout our life we're burdened with the shame and guilt that comes from sin and wrong choices. Those burdens can be lifted off our shoulders if we repent because of what Christ did for us. We can have peace and happiness in this life if we repent, and come closer to Him. Try it, put it to the test. We have a living prophet on this earth, and 12 apostles. The prophet of the world is Thomas S. Monson. Christ leads and guides this church, and we have resources such as the scriptures, a living prophet, and the Holy Ghost to assist Christ with His church today. It's as beautiful as it sounds. The Spirit testifies of this truth. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings true happiness. This is why, I'm a Mormon. Moroni 105, "And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." James 15, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.”  

How I live my faith

I live my faith by taking the opportunity to be a missionary and strive be a representative of Jesus Christ at all times. As missionaries we live a very high law such as no TV, no newspapers, or other types of entertainment. We're in a white shirt and tie with a black name-tag with the bolded letters “JESUS CHRIST” on our chest everyday. The purpose for all of this is to help us stay more in tune with the Spirit so that we can follow promptings from the Spirit when it tells us to knock a specific door, or what to ask/teach in lessons. We strive to teach by the Spirit of God, and no other way. Living this "higher law" for these 2 years allows us to recognize how real the gospel is, and how real the daily guidance you can have day-by-day from the Holy Ghost. It teaches you to know how to recognize the Spirit which will be a great benefit for the rest of your life. Another way I try to live my faith is by striving to repent daily of my shortcomings and weaknesses. For I know that I have many weaknesses, but with the Lords help, they can become strengths (Ether 12:27). Because of what Christ did for us, he can help change us, and help make our burdens light.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Cameron
It's pretty simple why people may say/think this. Two reasons. #1 They don't know what the definition of a "cult" is. Reason #2: They aren't familiar with Latter-Day Saints and don't know/understand Jesus Christ's doctrines in His church. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Cameron
Because we know how it's possible to be with our families for all time and eternity. We better start learning how to love our families and making them strong now, and with the guidance of more revealed scripture, personal revelation, and guidance from a living prophet, we know exactly how it's possible to have a successful family in the society we live in today. That's one of the reasons God didn't just "spake," but He still speaks today. Today is a lot different then yesterday. Society today was a lot different then ancient times, and he will always help lead and guide us just as He always has Amos 37. We could use all the help we can get, and since the gospel has been restored, we know of the many resources which have also been restored to help us now.  Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Cameron
The Book of Mormon is simply another part of the world testifying of Jesus Christ. We know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Why would He only show Himself to the people on that side of the world? After His resurrection He came somewhere in the America's and showed Himself to them. Prophets who lived anciently here in the Americas recorded their dealings with God. It is now another witness of our Savior, to support the Bible and most of all to testify that Jesus Christ lived/lives. It clarifies the confusion that may arise from mans interpretation of certain scripture in the Bible which over centuries of time has been translated thousands of times. The Bible also supports and clarifies teachings from Christ and ancient prophets in the Book of Mormon. Those records were buried at about 420AD to be revealed in these last days. Joseph Smith was the person appointed to be lead by God to these ancient records. When He was given permission to begin translation on the records, God gave him the ability to translate them into English for us to read. The translation was completed under 3 months. It is now in hundreds of different languages. The Book of Mormon still contains the plain and precious truths that were written anciently, because it went through only one single translation, and it was translated that one time by a prophet of God, and not just another man..   Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cameron
Nope, they sure aren't! This is an opportunity that we choose to take on our own. The living prophet of the world has encouraged young men who are worthy and able to serve to do so. This is a major way that the blessings of the restored gospel is offered to families across the world. Many missionaries who choose to accept this great calling pay their own way with the funds they have saved up working their whole lives. Many are blessed with getting help funding their own mission by their parents. We are not paid in any shape/way/form, because in Christ's restored church, there is no paid ministry for us, or any of the leaders of Christ's church. There's one thing for sure and that is that I know that we are paid differently then by money, but we're paid with the happiness and knowledge that helps us know that this truly is Christ's gospel, and that our Heavenly Father knows us each individually. It also gives you that chance to become familiar with how the Holy Ghost speaks to us, and how we can follow those promptings that testify of truth, and allow us to be happy, and which leads us to those people who have been prepared to hear the message of the restored gospel and to pray about it to find out for themselves its truthfulness. It's much more than money could buy!  Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cameron
This is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.” We worship our Savior Jesus Christ. There happened to be a person who happened to have the name "Joseph Smith," who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ chose to be a big part of restoring Christ's gospel. Joseph Smith was God's chosen prophet in these last days to assist in God's work. It's as simple as that. Gaining a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet in these last days can come quickly when gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon. For the Book of Mormon is what God lead Joseph Smith to so that it could be the tangible evidence (Joseph's "fruit") that he was a true prophet. Show more Show less