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Hi I'm Ezra

I'm from Idaho. I love sports of all kinds. I love the outdoors. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am twenty years old and I love all sports. You name it, I'll play it. I grew up playing basketball, so of course that is my favorite sport. I enjoy martial arts of all kinds and even studied a little Brasilian Jiu Jitsu while I was at college. I am now serving a two year mission in North Carolina.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but like all children, I grew up and moved away from my parents. It was a time that I had to really decide if I would live the way I was taught. I looked back at the times when I didn't really care and just went through the motions and I tried to find when I came to know for myself that this Church was true. Just as missionaries always share a Book of Mormon passage Moroni 10:3-5, I had to take that advice and sincerely pray in faith with the intention of doing what the Lord commanded. It was when I did this that I felt a sincere desire to live the way that my parents had taught me. Conversion is just as personal for a member who grew up in the Church as it is for someone who did not.

How I live my faith

I serve in North Carolina as a full time missionary for the Church. I share the gospel of Jesus Christ with every person I meet. I start my day at 630 in the morning, study until 10 am, and then am meeting with people who want to know more about our Savior. My day ends at 9 pm. The most rewarding thing I've seen is the lives of others changed as they've become converted to the Savior and His teachings.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ezra
Of course not! We worship Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet to restore Christ's original Church to the earth. One responsibility that a prophet has is to point us to Christ and teach us to follow Him. The Jews worshiped our Savior during the time of Moses, they did not worship Moses. We do not worship the prophet, but we worship Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Ezra
Missionaries will explain that God is our loving Heavenly Father and we are His children. He has a plan for us. Part of that plan is for us to come to earth and gain mortal bodies so we can experience life away from His presence. We must walk by faith. We are not left alone during this mortality. He gives us commandments to help us find peace, joy, and happiness in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Heavenly Father sent His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins. He asks that we believe in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized by someone holding His authority, be cleansed spiritually by receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ for the rest of our lives. The missionaries will also share how you can know for yourself that God has restored His original Church through the prophet Joseph Smith. Everything they share, they will invite you to test it out to know for yourself through experience that it is true. You will also be encouraged to pray about it and ask our Heavenly Father, in the name of Christ if these things are true. By the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Ezra
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of writings of several prophets who were called by God to teach the gospel of Christ to the people in the Americas. There is often a misunderstanding about this. Many people not of our faith believe that Joseph Smith wrote it. This is simply not true. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from the original language it was written in to English. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ezra
A testimony is a spiritual knowledge of something that is true. They are always founded in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. Just as when someone is called to testify in court, when someone shares his or her testimony, he or she is sharing what they know to be true. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Ezra
Yes it is true! We find this in the Book of Mormon. Jesus appeared to the people in the Americas and taught them His gospel. He organized His Church among them and gave them the authority of God (known as the Priesthood) so they could perform ordinances such as baptism. I found this to be true through studying it, thinking about it, and praying to Heavenly Father and asking Him if it is true. Show more Show less