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Hi I'm Andy

I play guitar. I'm a carpenter. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old and I have served a two year mission tour in Raleigh, North Carolina. My pastimes are playing guitar, which I've done for three years, airsoft and paintball, and working on my car. I also like to design and build custom furniture. I am studying to be a mechanical engineer, and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church, I had to find out for myself before I could serve as a missionary. I read the Book of Mormon, and prayed to know. I have my answer, and now I help others to find theirs. The more I live the teachings of Jesus Christ, and follow the counsels of a modern day prophet, the more I know that this is Christ's Church, restored to us in these days, and that the Book of Mormon teaches us the fullness of the Gospel as does the Bible.

How I live my faith

I have served as a full time missionary for the Church. In the past, I've also served as a teacher and a home teacher. I am not payed for any of these services, but I have been blessed in more ways than I can count. God has definitely looked out for me, and performed certain miracles which I could never deny were enacted by His hand, and I am eternally grateful for this gospel, and that it explains so much of why He cares so much about each of us to intervene in each of our lives.

What is being a Mormon like?

Andy
It's amazing. Because we have the fullness of the gospel, we have a more eternal perspective on life. I don't worry about what happens to me when I die, as long as I live the commandments and standards we are taught, I know everything will be fine. Because of those commandments and teachings we have, I can also avoid many of the more serious problems in the world, such as debt, drug abuse, and any and all serious consequences from sexual misconduct. We truly are a happy and cheerful people. We have a hymn we sing called Count Your Blessings, and that is a lot of how we live, we look on the brighter side of life, and consider our afflictions and trials as learning opportunities.  Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Andy
In the Introduction of the Book of Mormon (the second page back from the Title Page), is the answer. The second to last paragraph reads, "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." To find out for yourself, as several million other people have had to do, you must read the Book of Mormon. This is our unique message to the world, that the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. And after you have read it, to ponder its teachings. Think about what its message means for you, I can promise that you will see blessings if you follow its teachings. And then, after you have read and pondered, to ask God, who is the source of all truth. By the power of the Holy Ghost, He can answer all of your questions. You are His child, and He loves you, He will answer. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Andy
We attend church every Sunday for the space of three hours. The first hour is called Sacrament meeting, where we partake of the Sacrament, and listen to 'talks' or sermons from members of our congregation. The second hour is Sunday School, where we learn the teachings of Christ through the scriptures and the prophets. The third hour is when the men, women, and children divide up to better learn how to better be husbands and fathers for the men, better wives and mothers for the women, and better children and future parents. The temple, on the other hand, is a sacred place. Only worthy members are able to attend the temple. It is not a secret place, in fact we encourage everyone to become worthy to enter the temple. Worthiness is based on our obedience to God's commandments. In the temple, we learn more about God's will for us, and better understand our purpose on this earth. We also do proxy work for the dead, in order to extend the blessings of the fullness of the gospel to everyone, since not everyone heard about Jesus Christ while on this earth.  Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Andy
Mormons are Christians. We first and foremost believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that through faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of our sins, being baptized by immersion for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end obedience to God's commandments, are central to entering the Kingdom of God. We believe that, just as He has done in past times, God has called a prophet today to guide His children back to Him. We believe that the Book of Mormon, as well as the Bible, contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe in the same organization that Christ set forth in His church during His ministry which consists of prophets, apostles, pastors, evangelists, teachers, etc. We believe that we are on this earth to learn to be like our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Andy
The welfare services are to help anyone who is unable to provide for themselves. Christ teaches us be generous to everyone we meet, and the Church welfare program helps us to do that. We have programs to provide food, clothing, and financial aid to anyone who asks. In the case of natural disasters, the church will request members to devote time, energy, and needed skills to help the afflicted people. Any and all assistance is volunteer basis. The funds for the welfare program are donated by members, and all work is done by the members as well. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Andy
After death, our spirits are separated from our bodies. Between our death and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ our spirits reside in the Spirit World. The Spirit World consists of Spirit Paradise, and Spirit Prison. Spirit Paradise is described as a "state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, ad sorrow Alma 4012." It is a place for the righteous in this life, those who have lived in accordance with all of God's commandments. Spirit Prison is described as "in darkness, and a state of awful, fearful looking for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God upon them... Alma 40 14" It is a place for the wicked, those who did not follow the commandments of God, and who did not accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this life. God is our Heavenly Father, He loves each and every one of us, and He will give us as many chances to return to Him as possible. The Spirits in Spirit Prison are preached the Gospel, and given the chance to accept in the afterlife. The Spirits in paradise are the missionaries who teach those in prison. "...thus they remain in this state, as well as the righteous in paradise, until the time of their resurrection Alma 4014." If we lived righteously and followed God's commandments then we will dwell with God again. If we didn't do these things, then we will not be able to dwell in the presence of God, for "no unclean thing can dwell with God 1 Nephi 1021." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Andy
Although many churches baptize their members, we claim to be the only Church with the authority to baptize for the remission of sins. Although the faith of those who have been previously baptized is great, baptism is an ordinance, or sacred rite, which must be done by the proper authority. Even Jesus Christ was baptized by one who was in authority. He specifically sought out John the Baptist, and was baptized by immersion, or a complete burial in the water. It is a bold claim for us to say that we have the authority from God, but it is one that everyone can learn for themselves if it is true, by reading the Book of Mormon, and praying to God to know for themselves. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Andy
We are taught to never be a disadvantage to anybody else. We work, and live so that we are self reliant so that we can help everyone else around us. As in the case of emergencies and disasters, we should be ready to step in and help those in need. This is a principle that Jesus Christ Himself taught through the parable of the ten virgins. five of the virgins were prepared for the coming of the bridegroom, and five weren't Matthew 25 1-10. We should always be prepared to meet the situations presented to us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Andy
 Mormons are first and foremost Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and so we read the Bible because it is an account of His life. The Old Testament contains writings of ancient prophets who testified of the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. The New Testament is an account of His work among men. He set the example for us, by serving others, no matter where He was at. He was baptized by immersion complete submersion by John the Baptist. Ultimately, He gave His life as a ransom for our sins, and was resurrected in three days, so that we too can return to live with God and Jesus Christ. And the Bible is a witness of all of these things. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Andy
 The more I have learned about any subject matter, the more I have become convinced that there is a God, and that He cares for us and loves us. Everything in this world, and even the universe around it, fits too perfectly to be coincidence. "The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator Alma 3044." The scriptures and prayer are key to knowing if there is a God. In the scriptures He promises, "knock and it shall be opened, ask and ye shall receive." I have asked, and I know He is there. He invites all to ask for Him, and I can promise that He answers. You will feel His presence, and you will recognize the feeling when it comes. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Andy
 Yes, we are. "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins 2 Nephi 2526." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Andy
Not everyone hears the gospel of Jesus Christ in this life. Many pass on without even hearing His name. We believe that after this life, but before Judgement Day, our spirits reside in Spirit World many denominations call it Limbo or purgatory. It is a place of instruction. Those who died in this life will have a chance to hear and accept the gospel in the Spirit World. God is a just God, and we are His children. He will give us all a chance to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. While these Spirits are being taught, and can accept the gospel, they do not have bodies, and can't be baptized for the remission of sins. It is one of our responsibilities while here to perform proxy baptisms for them. This is why geneaology work is so important to us. Christ gave Peter the priesthood power, or the authority to act in God's name on this earth. "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven Matthew 1519 ." The priesthood has been restored to the earth throught the prophet Joseph Smith, and is now used to perform sacred ordinances, such as proxy baptisms. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Andy
 We are taught to follow the example of Jesus Christ. He helped everyone who came to Him, and even those who didn't. We too help anyone who asks for help, and often times even those who don't. We believe that we are all children of God, literally brothers and sisters in spirit that's why we address each other as Brother or Sister so-and-so. And so, we should treat eachother as the brothers and sisters that we are. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Andy
The Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ written on the cover." In the introduction of the Book of Mormon is a simple explanation, "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... "The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come... The message of the Book of Mormon is simple Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. It teaches us how to become more like Him, and contains writings of prophets, just like the Bible, who received revelation to help guide the people. The Book of Mormon is unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and so we invite all to read it, ponder its message, and to pray to God, the ultimate source of truth, to ask if the Book of Mormon is true. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Andy
"The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians.... In due course the plates were delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated them by the gift and power of God (introduction to the Book of Mormon)." "The record is now published... as a new and additional witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that all who will come unto him and obey the laws and ordinances of his gospel may be saved Introduction to the Book of Mormon (introduction to the Book of Mormon)." Show more Show less

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

Andy
“We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost Articles of Faith 1.” The Holy Ghost’s role in the Godhead is to bear record of truth. “And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me 3 Nephi 1132.” The influence of the Holy Ghost can be felt many ways, and is different with each and every one of us. The impressions of the Holy Ghost are sent to us to guide us, comfort us, and to bear confirmation of the truth. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith Galatians 522.” These are some of the ways we can feel the Spirit working within us. Another way is in the burning of the bosom, or a warmth in your heart. After His resurrection, Jesus Christ walked with two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. He spoke with them awhile, and then revealed his true identity as the risen Lord. He then dissappeared, and the disciples asked one another, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” The Holy Ghost sends us promptings to guide us on our search for the truth, but only if we truly desire to find it. A student doesn’t pass the class by idly sitting by, but with study and learning, the Spirit works the same way. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Andy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is often referred to as the Mormons because of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon, as it says on the cover, is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” It was “written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words… were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon introduction to the Book of Mormon (introduction to the Book of Mormon). “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 (introduction to the Book of Mormon)." Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Andy
No. We invite all to come unto Christ. He turned away none. Show more Show less

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

Andy
Missionaries are not someone to be afraid of. Their only desire is to help you find what you are looking for, by inviting you to read the scriptures, ask God for the truth, and to be baptized when you come to know. They will first discuss how the Book of Mormon came to be and why it is needed. They will discuss the organization of Christ’s church, in the past and today. They will invite you to read the Book of Mormon, and pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ if it is true. The second discussion they will have with you is what is called the Plan of Salvation. This doctrine answers the questions of where we came from before this life, why we are here, and what will happen to us after we die. The third discussion is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will share with you that through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end living righteously, we can all dwell in the presence of God for eternity. The missionaries will also teach you the commandments. These are the basic principles anyone needs to understand before they can join the Church of Jesus Christ, not as a restriction, but because we desire all to know what it is they believe, and will be expected to do as they follow in Christ’s footsteps. You will not be forced into anything, and you are welcome to ask any and all questions that you have. I can promise that you will find the answers that you are seeking. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Andy
The first law of heaven is obedience. It has been, is, and will always be the first law that we adhere to. We obey God’s commandments, each and every one of them. However, no one can live a perfect life. At some point in our lives, we live imperfectly, even if only a little. Jesus Christ is the only one to live a perfect life, and so He was able to return to the presence of God after His death. However, we are unable to dwell in the presence of God, who is pure, for “no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven… Alma 1137.” Since we cannot live perfectly, we need a mediator, or Savior, someone who can fulfill the justice of law, while providing mercy to us. Jesus Christ was able to be completely obedient, and took upon Himself our sins. It was a pure sacrifice, a sinless Man, the very Son of God, receiving our punishments for our crimes. Because He did so, He can now set new bounds for us to live in, or provide mercy for us. Through Him we can dwell with God again. Ths is why we needed a Savior. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Andy
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God St John 35.” We believe that baptism is a saving ordinance, or a sacred rite, that is required to enter into the kingdom of God, and that it can only be done with the proper authority, given of God to men. This authority, called the priesthood, allows to act in God’s name. Even Jesus Christ sought out John the Baptist, who held that authority from God. We also believe that baptism has two parts. The first is the baptism of water, which cleanses us from sin, and symbolizes a rebirth as a disciple of Jesus Christ. See Romans 64. The second part is the gift of the Holy Ghost, which Christ refers to as being born of the Spirit. It is a gift that our Father in Heaven gives us, that we can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, as a guide and comforter. “And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water 2 Nephi 315!” Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Andy
 The words branches, wards, and stakes refer to the Church’s organization. God is a god of order, and His church follows His pattern. Branches and wards are how we refer to our individual congregations. A branch is smaller, and has a slightly different leadership organization than a ward. Namely, instead of a bishop, branches have branch presidents. Wards are larger, and have a bishop and more programs than branches. Stakes are geographical groups of wards. The word stake is used out of Isaiah, “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.” In this verse, Isaiah is speaking about the spreading of the gospel, and relates the church to a tent, which is held up by its stakes. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Andy
The prophet of the church today is President Thomas S. Monson. Like Moses and Abraham of the old Testament, and Peter and Paul of the New Testament, he speaks directly with God to receive revelation to guide the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth in these Latter Days. This is a bold claim that we have, that there is a prophet on the earth today, who guides Christ’s church, and the only way to know if it is true is to ask God in prayer. He repeatedly promises throughout the scriptures, “knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” He will answer our prayers, if we study the subject, and ask him in faith, with a sincere desire to know if it is true. I know that Thomas S. Monson is God’s prophet on the earth today, and I know that God will answer your earnest prayer. Show more Show less

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

Andy
Yes we do. "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God Articles of Faith 18." Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Andy
This website is a good start. It has resources to request visits from the full time missionaries, and a map feature to help you find a church building. The local phone book will have a listing under The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There is also a phone number 800-438-7557. This number leads you to representatives of the Church. Finally, there is a little pink tab on the left side of the screen. You can click on it, and chat with missionaries right now. This is a world-wide church, and I can promise that there are full time missionaries and members of the Church who are eager to speak with you. 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?

Andy
"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. "The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. "The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection. "After Mormon completed his writings, he delivered the account to his son Moroni, who added a few words of his own and hid up the plates in the hill Cumorah. On September 21, 1823, the same Moroni, then a glorified, resurrected being, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and instructed him relative to the ancient record and its destined translation into the English language. "In due course the plates were delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated them by the gift and power of God. "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." Introduction to the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Andy
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. It is an authority only given to men, and allows us to perform ordinances by the authority of God. "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven Matthew 1618." The priesthood was given to men from the days of Adam down until Christ's mortal ministry. However, there were times when the people were so wicked that the priesthood was either restricted, as in the case of Moses when only the tribe of Levi could perform ordinances, or it was taken away completely. These periods would only be temporary, as our Father in Heaven would wait until the people were righteous again to restore His priesthood. This pattern occured up until the time of Christ, when He came and gave the priesthood to His twelve disciples Matthew 10. Eventually, almost all of the Apostles were martyred, and the priesthood was revoked, until it was restored for us in this period of time. The blessings of the priesthood are endless. I know that, if it be God's will, I can act in His name. The power of the priesthood can only be used to serve others, and cannot be used for recognition. Through it, blessings can be given, miracles can be performed, and families can be sealed together forever. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Andy
 No. We believe that freedom to choose is one of God's greatest gifts to us. In fact, this nation is founded on that freedom of choice, which freedom God supports and encourages. "Therefore, choose you by the avoice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord. "Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people Mosiah 2925-26." Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Andy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church established on the earth today. It contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel, a living prophet today to guide the Church and God's children, and the Priesthood, or the authority to act in God's name. The Gospel of Jesus Christ answers the questions we all have deep inside, or the questions of the soul. It is truth, and that is why it goes forth so boldly. This is a bold claim, and the only way to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church is to read the Book of Mormon. The prophet Joseph Smith referred to the Book of Mormon as the keystone of our religion. In an arch, the keystone is the center stone, at the very top. It holds the entire arch up, and if it is removed, the entire structure crumbles. The Book of Mormon holds together the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If it is true, then it defines Jesus as The Christ, our Savior, and the Son of God. If so, then Joseph Smith was called by Him as a prophet, seer, and revelator to bring forth Christ's church today. Finally, it means that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church, and there is none other. I know that all that I have written is true. I would invite you to read the Book of Mormon, and to ask God, the Eternal Father, if it is true. He is your loving Heavenly Father, and He will answer your prayers. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Andy
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus worship God for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy Revelations 1910." A testimony is our spiritual witness of a gospel truth, it is something we either believe or know. We encouraged to share it often to help our testimony and others' testimonies grow as well. This is my testimony I know that Jesus is the Christ, and is my Savior. I will forever be indebted to Him. I know that He has called a prophet on the earth today, just has he had in olden times. This prophet's name is Thomas S. Monson. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is scripture, and is comparable to the Bible. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the same Church that Jesus Christ Himself founded during His ministry. It is His church, and it is restored to us this day. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Andy
We dress in our Sunday best when we attend church. This is usually a shirt and a tie, or a suit for men. Women normally wear dresses or skirts, and the children also dress in their best attire. The most important holidays we celebrate are Christmas and Easter, because they celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also celebrate national holidays, and birthdays and anniversaries. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Andy
No. "Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord For there shall not any aman among you have save it be one wife and concubines he shall have none Jacob 227." At times, the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage. This is the case throughout the Old Testament, especially with Abraham, David, and Solomon. At other times, the Lord has commanded His people to practice monogamy, or only having one spouse. In the Latter Day Church, the early Saints were commanded to practice plural marriage. They obeyed, until President Wilford Woodruff recieved a revelation in 1890 that ended plural marriage. We obey the Lord's law of monogamy until he otherwise commands it. I know that this church is true. We recieve commandments that we have to take on faith and faith alone, and God blesses us for our obedience. I can promise that if you read the Book of Mormon and pray to God about it, you can also learn that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His church, and it is led by a modern day prophet. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Andy
Simply put, missionaries proselyte because what they share has blessed their lives so much, that they want to share it with everyone else. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Andy
Our srongest desire is to follow in the footsteps of our Savior. Jesus Christ said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15)." We show our love for Jesus Christ by obeying His commandments, and living a Christian life. As we do so, we better understand our relationship with God the Father, and we find greater joy and identity in this life. We stay away from the confusions and contentions that are brought by transgressions, and avoid feelings of guilt and shame from sin. It is a wondeful thing to live after the example of Jesus Christ, who said simply, "Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am (3 Nephi 27:27)." Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Andy
We say that we love them as our brothers and sisters, but we do not encourage nor support same sex relations. Homosexuality is completely and totally against the divine order of the family. Show more Show less