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Hi I'm Devin

I'm a person who has lived on the earth and has pondered the universe.

About Me

I'm a family man, software engineer, videographer, photographer, writer, composer, and a dreamer. As my tag line suggests, I love science and technology. Even with all my scientific learning, I have a deep belief in God, or Heavenly Father, as Mormons often refer to Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member my whole life; however, tradition in and of itself does not make someone continue to follow Jesus Christ's gospel. The older I get, the more I realize how quick life is. Life decisions stack on each other either for our good or to our detriment. One of the realizations I come to is that life is about building and gaining attributes--not just any attributes--Godly attributes. It's often in taking our own personal "harder" roads that leads to greater vistas in life. It hasn't always been easy to follow Christ. However, the experiences I've had with the Priesthood, actively serving in the church, and going on a mission have made a tremendous impact on my life and how I live it now. You only have one shot in mortality, and it's very important to find out how to make the most of it. I know through personal experience that communication through prayer to our Heavenly Father has been a big key to my success. So why am I a Mormon? Because I know there is a lot more to life than just living.

How I live my faith

A day at a time. Seriously. I live my faith through daily prayer, and a lot of pondering about various aspects of life. I have many opportunities to serve in the church, from visiting other members to holding callings which are volunteer positions in our local congregations. I've taught several religious classes, and have had many opportunities to help my neighbors. I guess in one sense, my life is my faith and my faith is my life. Not only do we read about Jesus's teachings, but we have frequent opportunities to live them. And it's in living the teachings that I've gained knowledge and perspective.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Devin
A prophet. A man seeking for the truth about God. And when he found it, he shared it with all he could. He taught others that they could also have personal revelations. The Lord called him to re-establish His church and gospel back to the world, since it was fragmented and lost. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Devin
Simply put: lack of understanding. It is easy to take a shallow look at one's beliefs and then hope to discount it or cast it aside and brand it as mysterious and evil. However, in the search for knowledge, (especially in spiritual things) I believe it's important to deeply ponder and study correct information from the source. See how members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints live in their community. See how their beliefs have been applied in their lives. Then see if it is less of a cult than it is the culture of people trying to be like Jesus. Most likely, if you are reading this profile, you are the type of individual that seeks to find correct information. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Devin
We believe the Bible to be the word of God. In other words, it contains writings that we believe are inspired from God. The Bible contains man's and prophets' dealings with Deity. Through reading and studying, we can learn about the character of God and what He has commanded us to do. Now going a little deeper, we believe that God continues to communicate with prophets today. Just like in past, He communicates with prophets concerning the affairs related to the world and His church. Also, He can communicate to us individually for our own personal lives through the Holy Ghost. An example of this communication would be revealing to us that what we read in the Bible is true. Show more Show less

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

Devin
The official church answer conveys my thoughts on the subject exactly. Additionally, I think that there was a very good reason why the Lord commanded the early Saints to practice plural marriage at the time. Further, I believe that there is a very good reason why it's not commanded today. I think the key is in the phrase: to "help establish the House of Israel ". I would suggest study of the early pioneers and their travails. Show more Show less