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Hi I'm Devin.

I'm a husband and a custodian.

About Me

I am 25 years old and my wife and I live in beautiful southern California. I believe in Christ and in His teachings. As I have begun to know God, I am learning that He loves me and each of His children perfectly.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that Christ lives, that He is there for me every day, and that this is His Church. Father in Heaven has blessed me exceedingly. He helped me to study for exams to graduate from college. He led me to find my dear wife. He has healed an intense health challenge. He provides daily guidance to me through a loving family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying to God every day and by reading the holy scriptures. I also attend church. Because I believe that life on earth is succeeded by immortality, I learn about my ancestors and prepare to perform saving ordinances on their behalf in the holy Temple, as Christ has commanded.

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

Yes, I really believe that there is a prophet alive today. His name is Thomas S. Monson, and here is a link to read about his life: https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/what-are-prophets/bio/thomas-s-monson?lang=eng Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No. (Please see Alma 1:30 and Deuteronomy 10:17.) Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are definitely Christians. I have heard a quote which states that our goal as members of the Church of Jesus Christ is to live in such a way that those who do not know Christ will want to know Him because they know us. This means that we strive to follow Christ's example and His teachings. I invite you to read chapters in the Book of Mormon which detail the visit that Christ made to the earth after his mortal life in Jerusalem, and after His glorious resurrection. The book is in 3rd Nephi, and this link will take you to the beginning of Christ's visit. http//lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/11?lang=eng The previous two chapters also contain Christ's appearance. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

"It is only in and through of God that men are saved." (2 Nephi 10:24) (See also 2 Nephi 25:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, and "Grace" in the Topical Guide.) You may view these references by downloading the "Gospel Library" app through this link: https://www.lds.org/pages/mobileapps/gospellibrary?lang=eng Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints work together to run the church in a local area. Usually, each member of the ward, if they are 18 years old or older, has a calling, and no calling is better than any other. The clergy of the church, or the people who participate in leadership, are not paid so that their motives can be more focused on helping the church. When they receive no payment, they are given the ability to focus on the work without the possibility of losing a source of income. Another reason why the clergy is not paid is that the Church, through modern revelation, has taught that we be not paid. Also, the Church gains money through the receipt of tithing from the members. This tithing is conserved very well, and the Lord has revealed that these sacred funds are to be used to help others in various ways, rather than to pay our own membership. See also Mosiah 18:25-26. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. The priesthood is service. The following scripture tells how the priesthood ought to be used " . . . the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness....No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile. . . " (Doctrine and Covenants 121:36,41-42). I know that the priesthood of God has been restored on the earth today. Show more Show less

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

You may have come to this website because I directed you here. If you'd like to come closer to Christ by visiting with missionaries, click the link to the left of my profile picture that has an icon of two people. Click "for myself", input your address, and feel free to include my name (Devin) and phone number (619) 729-5591 in the "Comments (optional)" section, so the missionaries can ask me to attend your lesson with you. They will teach you that you are a child of God, that our Heavenly Father has given us families for our benefit, and that He has also given us prophets. They will teach you about God's Son, Jesus Christ, and how He gave His life so we could have hope forever; they will mention that Christ established a Church when He was on the earth, but that it was lost due to people's disobedience. They will then tell you how God restored Christ's original Church through a prophet named Joseph Smith who lived from 1805 to 1844. They'll then recommend that you read the Book of Mormon, which is powerful evidence that Joseph Smith indeed was a prophet. They'll invite you to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and leave you wanting more. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

You can get baptized into the Church, because Jesus said that you can enter the kingdom of heaven, but only if you are born of water and of the spirit. Before you are baptized, please do ask Heavenly Father to let you know that it is right. I promise you that it is, and you can have your own sure knowledge of this. So, please ask Him if this is what He wants you to do. I promise that He will in His infinite wisdom tell you the plain truth. Show more Show less