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Hi I'm Adam.

I'm a Trekkie, a Gamer, my own twin, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from the wonderful Southern State of Georgia, and I love it. :-) I enjoy playing board games, card games, and video games. I also enjoy watching movies, especially sci-fi like Star Trek or StarGate. I am also the oldest of ten in my family, with three of my siblings being autistic. I plan to be a helicopter pilot after I return from my mission. I also found out a couple of years ago that I'm probably my own twin. I have two different color eyes (one green one brown) and I have an attached and a detached earlobe. The medical term is called a Chimera.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I Mormon? Well, when I was little (maybe 9 or 10 years old) I wanted to know for my self if what I believed in was true. I asked my dad how I could find out for myself, and he told me that I needed to pray and read the scriptures. So I did. I took time for praying and reading for two or three days. I woke up early one morning and was getting on my computer to start playing, and while my computer was loading, it hit me. I had this divine light hit my mind and I knew that the Church and the Book of Mormon were true. I knew that God sent the Holy Ghost to tell me personally that it was all true. Since then I had many experiences that strengthened my testimony.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always striving to be like Jesus. I always go to church, I read from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I also listen to the Prophet speak when we have a world wide broadcast twice a year. In addition to that, I am serving a mission for my church for two years and learning Spanish at the same time. I voluntarily chose to go on a mission. No one forced me to go on one.

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

Adam.
We believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings. God and Jesus both have bodies of their own. The Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones, but is a spirit. His job is to testify of truth and to guide us on the right path. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Adam.
Ancient American prophets. The Book of Mormon is a collection of writings of these prophets who lived here in ancient America from about 600 B.C. to about A.D. 400. Just like how the Bible is a collection of writings of prophets from the ancient Middle East. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Adam.
We do not. We revere him as a prophet and a wonderful man. Just like how we revere Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and other prophets of the scripture. We worship only God. Show more Show less

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

Adam.
Mormon missionaries will talk about how you can strengthen your faith in Christ. They will talk about the Book of Mormon, what it is, where it came from, and its history. They will also talk about Joseph Smith and why we needed to have a Restoration of the Church. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Adam.
Basically it is a knowledge that God has given them through the Holy Ghost that what they believe in is true. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Adam.
It is highly encouraged, but it is not required. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Adam.
A lot of people call Mormonism a cult because they don't like the church. Technically, all of Christianity is a cult. Cult has a derogatory feeling, so people who want to "bash" the church use the word "cult." Show more Show less

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

Adam.
One of the things that lets me know that there is a God is microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, amoebas, and other cells. When I was studying about bacteria in high school, I was seeing how not so simple they are. Evolutionists will tell you that they are simple, one celled creatures. From a distance, sure, they look fairly simple; but when you look closer you will see that they are extremely complicated. If certain things in a single bacterium are not there, the bacterium will die. Plain and simple. It CANNOT be created by chance. Period. SOMETHING, or rather some ONE, had to have created it. That is one of the things that tells me that there is a God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Adam.
We do not practice polygamy. Those members who are caught practicing it are excommunicated. Show more Show less

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

Adam.
Absolutely! I love the Bible! There is a whole bunch of yummy goodness inside of it. We get the most out of it when it is translated correctly, though. Unfortunately, because the bible has gone through so many translations and retranslations, a lot of meaning has been lost through error in translation. Also, because of unbelieving and wicked people did get a hold of some of the transcripts of the bible, they purposefully altered some wording in the bible to make it sound better to them. Fortunately, we had a prophet who was inspired to make corrections in the bible that make sense and to restore lost truth. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Adam.
The best way to increase one's faith in Christ or in any of his teachings is to try it out. Well, first you have to learn and study and know the commandments. When you know what you need to do, just give it a shot. We learn in the second chapter in the book of James that faith without works is dead being alone. Therefore, you will not know or increase your faith without being active. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Adam.
When you go into a house, would you rather be in a clean and happy home, or a dark, dank, and filthy place? Likewise, the Holy Ghost (and our spirits for that matter) does not like being in filthy places. The Holy Ghost can dwell within us, but will only do so if we are keeping our bodies and our hearts clean. If we defile it in anway, He will not come. Fortunately, repentance allows us to clean that filthy home. Show more Show less

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

Adam.
Polygamy is only practiced when the Lord commands it. We do know that the Lord has commanded his Church in the past to practice plural marriage. The reason He would do that is the same reason Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and other prophets in the Bible were given multiple wives, to raise children in righteousness. When the Lord no longer sees the need for men to have more than one wife, he will end it. At this time, the church does not practice nor endorse it. Those who claim that they are mormon and are practicing it and/or endorsing it either are not part of our church, or who are and will soon be excommunicated as soon as they are caught. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Adam.
God's grace is ESSENTIAL to our salvation. No number of good deeds that we do can save ourselves. However, we are still expected to do good works continually. Mutliple times in the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.) we are told that we are going to be judged according to our works. James 2 says that faith without works is dead being alone. We show our faith by our actions. Talk is cheap. When we read in Paul's letter to the Romans and to other people, when he is referring to works he is referring to the Law of Moses and the rituals therein. Paul was saying that the Law cannot save us. The Law actualy points towards Christ and his sacrifice. "...we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). The grace of God is essential, but good works are just as essential. How can you live in heaven with God and Jesus if you have not shown that you are willing to put forth the footwork by your own actions? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Adam.
We learn in the scriptures that Baptism is an essential ordinance (an ordinance is a holy rite or sacred ceremony) for salvation. Jesus Himself was baptized though He had no sin. He was baptized to fulfill ALL righteousness (Matthew 3:13-17; 2 Nephi 31:5-12). Baptism does serve to cleanse one from his sins, true, but we also learn that it is the gateway to the kindom of heaven, so all need to enter to get home, Christ including. When it comes to the baptisms for the dead, we should ask ourselves this question: if God is a just and a merciful being, wouldn't the laws of justice demand that ALL should have the opportunity to be baptized? If so, then a way must be made with which the dead may be able to have the opportunity to accept that necessary ordinance of baptism; otherwise, the laws of justice would have been broken and God would cease to be God. The reason why we are baptized in the place of the dead is because they cannot do it on their own. Baptism is an earthly ordininace and it must be done here on earth. That is why we perform baptisms for the dead in our temples. That is why we focus so much on geneaology work. It is a biblical docrtine too, for we learn in 1 Corinthians 15:29 that the early saints were performing such ordinances. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Adam.
We learn from Jesus Himself that baptism is an essential ordinance in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven (John 3:5). Unfortunately, there are many people in the world who have never had an opportunity to get baptized, hear the fullness of the everlasting Gospel, or even hear the name of Jesus Christ. Will they be they be denied the opportunity to go into heaven? If God truly is just and merciful and loves us all equally, then the answer would logically be no. When we die we go to a place dubbed as the "Spirit World." It is a place wherein the spirits of all mankind dwell until they are resurrected and are judged before God. During that time between death and the resurrection, men and women learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are given an opportunity to repent if they were not given a fair chance to do so during life. Those who are alive can be baptized for those who have passed on so they can be given the chance to accept baptism (by proxy obviously since they are dead and cannot be baptized on their own) or not. That is why we search out our ancestors so they can be given that opportunity. Show more Show less

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

Adam.
We try to live a lifestyle that brings us close to God. We try to stay in tune with Him by reading scriptures, praying, going to church, attending the Temple, and just being kind to others and helping others who are in need. We try to be like Jesus. We do enjoy doing a lot of things most people like doing, like sports, music, video gaming, traveling, hanging out with friends, dancing, performing, you name it. We also have normal jobs of a wide variety of sorts. Everyone has their own interests, but we try to keep in mind the things that Christ would do and then apply those teachings in everything that we do. We don't participate in crude or degrading activities. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Adam.
He is righteous, kind, loving, patient, all-wise, all-powerful, merciful, and just. He is our Father. We are His children. Contrary to popular belief, He has a body of flesh and bone. It is similar to ours just like my body is similar to yours. The main difference is that He is immortal and his body is perfect and glorified beyond our mortal minds can imagine or comprehend. Because He is our Father, He loves us and has a plan for us and wants us to learn those things and do those things that will help us become like Him, just like any righteous father would. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Adam.
Our purpose in life is pretty simple. We are here to receive a physical body. We are here to use our agency (the ability to choose) and decide if we want to choose good or evil. We are here to gain experiences and learn to be like our Heavenly Father. We are here to form family relationships that can be eternal. Essentially, this life is a time for us to prepare to meet God (Alma 12:24; Alma 34:32). Show more Show less

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

Adam.
Homosexualatiy and same-sex marriage is a violation of the commandments of God. It is a sin. Therefore, we condemn the sin and we do not support such actions and faithful members of the church will vote against legislating such "marriages." However, though we condemn homosexuality and same-sex marriage, we DO NOT condemn the person who chooses to engage in such activities. We love everyone and want to uplift and help others overcome destructive and addictive habbits and actions. Anyone can repent and change and can become clean through the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Also, one is not condemned for having temptations or inclinations to participate in a "gay" or "lesbian" lifestyle, for "there hath no temptation given you such as is common to man... (1 Corinthians 10:13)," we all suffer our own trials and temptations, but they can be overcome through faith in Christ. Show more Show less