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Hi I'm Dawson

I'm a small town country boy, a fire science major, and a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello everyone my name is Dawson. Currently I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love all kinds of sports, track being my favorite. I played football at college for one season before coming on my mission. I love drama and always had fun doing the school plays. Music is my life. I think there is a song out there for every single mood or emotion you may be in or feeling. My parents are divorced and that has definitely helped me grow up a lot over the years. Other than that I'm just another person out there trying to be the best I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon. Both my parents are and that's how I was raised. In my later teen years I was close to being inactive and leaving the church, then I went to college. It was there that my college roommate helped me understand the importance of His true church. Because of his example to me I decided that I needed to serve a mission so that I can help others come closer to Christ just as my roommate had helped me to do. Without a doubt I know that this church is true. It is the same church that Jesus Christ established when he was on the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he restored the gospel to its fullest here on the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith wouldn't have suffered the way he did if this church wasn't true. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it goes hand in hand with the Bible. I am very glad that I know why I am here on this earth today and how I can return to my Father in Heaven. His gospel has helped me so much in my life. I know that He listens to and answers all of our prayers. It is my wish to share this gospel with as many people as I can so they can also feel the blessings from our Heavenly Father just as I have.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I strive to be the best example I can to my friends who aren't members of the church. I volunteer and try to help out as many in need as I can. While being a missionary I look for any opportunity that I can to serve others. This may come from helping others with around the house jobs to volunteering at different places in the community.  

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

The Bible has the New and Old Testaments in it. Well the Book of Mormon is another testament, another testament of Jesus Christ. The Bible was written in the Holy Land while the Book of Mormon is a record of prophets in the ancient Americas. They go hand in hand with each other, and almost any scripture you find in the Book of Mormon can be backed up by another scripture in the Bible. Joseph Smith was able to obtain the "golden plates" because he was visited by angel Moroni, a prophet in the Book of Mormon. Moroni told Joseph Smith what to do and where to go in order to find them. Knowing that the Book of Mormon is true means that you know and believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to translate the Book of Mormon and to restore His church to this earth today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

 We perform baptisms for the dead because we want to give those people who have passed on a chance to accept the gospel. Performing baptisms for the dead gives those people who did not have a chance here on earth to accept the gospel a chance to accept it before Judgment day. We perform the baptism for them and they decide whether or not they want to accept it. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Any Mormon can be allowed into temples, as long as they are worthy to do so. Temples are not secret, but rather they are more sacred. If one prepares and is worthy then they can enter into temples and perform the work of our Lord. Things that occur in a temple may include baptisms for the dead. Temples are also where families can be sealed to each other forever. Not just in this life, but for time and all eternity. We do not go into specifics about things that occur in temples because they are too sacred to be mentioned outside of temples. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

 No. Worthy young men are strongly encouraged to serve a 2 year mission. The earliest men can go on missions is age 19. Women, however, are not encouraged as strongly to serve missions. The earliest a young woman can go on a mission is age 21, and they only serve for 18 months. Even though women are not encouraged to serve as strongly as men, the church is still grateful for their service. Serving a mission is by choice. If we do not want to serve a mission then we don't have to. We have our agency to choose, but serving a mission is strongly encouraged.  Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Pray about it. If you have a question, ask Heavenly Father and He will answer you. You may not know right away, but you will receive an answer. Just as it says in Moroni 10: 3-5 in the Book of Mormon "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." If we ask with a sincere heart, real intent, and a contrite spirit then we will receive the answer we are looking for and that is how we can know whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true or if the Book of Mormon is true. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

 A testimony is something that we know to be true. For instance, we might say that we know the Book of Mormon is true. Or we know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Any time we say anything like that we are bearing our testimony of what we know and believe to be true. Testimonies are something gained through sincere prayer and scripture study. The more we study the scriptures and the Book of Mormon, and pray and ask our Heavenly Father to bear a witness of the truth unto us then our testimony is either gained or strengthened. Also testimonies are like muscles. In order to keep our testimonies strong we must exercise it, just as we would our muscles if we want to have strong muscles. But the less we exercise it, the weaker it gets. 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?

 No. Anyone and everyone can join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as long as they have a testimony of it and know it's true. Race or color does not matter. This is the Lord's church and He would want everyone to be a part of it. And any worthy male over the age of 12 years old can hold the priesthood. There are no restrictions based on race or color.  Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

We can increase our faith by reading the scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon), by saying our personal morning and nightly prayers, and by attending church, especially sacrament meeting, every Sunday. Those are the 3 biggest things you need to do to increase your faith. By praying we can ask our Heavenly Father questions. By reading the scriptures and attending church we can receive answers to those questions, therefore increasing our faith. Show more Show less

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

 Yes, we do believe there is a modern day prophet alive today like Moses. His name is Thomas S. Monson. He is the president of our church and we believe that he receives personal revelation so that he can lead and guide us in the church. Just like Moses, we believe that he has been called of God to preside over us as our prophet, and when he passes on, God will call another man to be a prophet to lead us. Show more Show less