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Hi I'm Newel

I'm a writer, I'm a missionary in the Philippines, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Kumusta po kayo? Ako po si Newel Cobb and I am currently serving a 2 year volunteer Mission. I have been called by God through a living Prophet, like in times of the Bible, to serve in the Philippines, Olongapo Mission. I have been learning Tagalog so that I may teach the people of the Philippines in their native tongue. I am from the Charlotte, North Carolina. Growing up in a part of the world where few knew of the "Mormons", I have always had the pleasure of sharing why and how I beleive what I do. I had a blast growing up. I played sports, joined clubs, and made a ton of awesome friends. One of the things I have always loved doing was writing. There is something about telling an unknown story that has always inspired me to imagine and wonder. As I grew, my stories and characters grew. I look at life, and I see thousands of people, and I think about how each and everyone of them have a story. They are unique, they have had loved ones, have expierenced events, and know things I have yet to learn. I am amazed by the fact that our Father in Heaven knows each and everyone of us on a personal level. He knows our strenghts and our weaknesses. He know our trials and mistakes, which is why He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins. All of our lives have been orchestrated to play a noble part in this Grand Symphony, the greatest story ever. Life. I am glad I have found God's plan for me, and strive to help others to do the same. This is happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the church, I loved learning the stories about prophets from the Bible, and Book of Mormon. I wanted to be like the heroes in the scriptures, just like Daniel, Moses, Abraham, Nephi, Ammon, Moroni, and of course our Savior Jesus Christ. As a teenager, I began to see the world in a logical way, and had to ask myself the question "Is this all true?" I turned to the scriptures for this answer. In Alma Chapter 32, we are taught that with a simple expirement of asking God, and having just a "seed" of faith, we can know the truth of Jesus Christ. At the end of the Book of Mormon, in Moroni 10:4-5, a prophet speaks to us by saying, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; 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. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10: 4-5) I studied the scriptures, I prayed, and even a young teenager like myself, felt the Holy Spirit testify to me, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that he has reestablished his fully restored church today. That is why I am a Mormon. That is why I know Jesus Christ is my Savior. As I have lived this lifestyle, close to God, I have gained further knowledge through spiritual experiences that God lives. He is our Heavenly Father. Christ is our Heavenly Brother, and with the Holy Ghost, their goal is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of humanity.

How I live my faith

My goal in life is to live a Christ-like life. I want to love my neighbor, be my brother's keeper, help the poor, the orphans, the wodows and widowers. I am by no mean perfect but I try to live a life where I forgive and care for everyone I know. In order to do this, I spiritually prepare myself by studying the scriptures. By scriptures, I mean The Bible (The New and Old Testament), The Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Christ) and other ispired words meant to better me. I also try to pray often, so that I am constantly communicating with and feeling the love of God. I also attend Church throughout the week so that I may always have the oppurtunity to take the Sacrament and learn from my local priesthood leaders. With these things in my life, I hope to be able to better listen to the quite promptings of the Holy Spirit and use that Heavenly guidance to better the life of my community, my friends, my family, and myself. Currently, I am serving a mission. This is because the Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me so many blessings in life, that I knew I owed it to Jesus Christ, to share His message. This is a message that my faith that Christ can atone for us, repentance, baptism, the gift and use of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, we can return to our Heavenly Father. I love my family want to live forever with them in the presence of God, always laerning and growing. This is the message I want to share with the world. This is why I accepted my call to serve a mission in the Philippines.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Newel
The Holy Spirit accompanies the truth, and when Missionaries preach the truth, anyone who is reverent, and open minded, can feel the power of the Holy Spirit. Also, I feel that happiness is an answer. The lifestyle of Mormons is that of love and kindness. This renders happiness and joy. When people who are not Mormon see our families and congregations, they may realize that when we live the proper lifestyle, we wake up filled with joy, and are able to tackle the problems of the world. People like to see this, and want to be a part of it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Newel
No, we help anyone who comes to us in need. Just like Jesus’ story of the "Good Samaritan", we, also, help those who do not share our same religious beliefs. It is all about living like Christ. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Newel
Faith is acting upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, even though one only feels the feeling. When I gained my testimony in Jesus Christ, I had felt the Holy Spirit touch my heart before, so I decided to have faith and pray for myself, asking "who is Jesus Christ." The Spirit confirmed that Jesus was the Messiah, and though I did not see Him or hear Him with my physical senses, I could not deny the confirmation from my spiritual senses. Some lack faith. I would challlenge anyone who does so to read Alma Chapter 32 and study the inspired words taught there. Show more Show less

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

Newel
Yes. The World is a crazy place. Just like the Israelites needed a prophet to tell them God's command, so do we. Men do not petition or aspire to become a prophet, is a calling from the Lord through the authority of God's Priesthood. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Newel
Scripture is any revelation inspired by God for the use of mankind. This means that because the Bible is inspired by God for the use of mankind, it is scripture; the same applies the Book of Mormon, and the teachings of prophets both old and new. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Newel
Just as the early apostles, like Peter, James, and John, of Christ's Church traveled the known world to spread the message of redemption and eternal happiness, we do so, too. We have a message that brings us joy and happiness, and if you had the secret to living a happy and fulfilling life, and by telling other people, they could be as happy as you, wouldn’t you want to spread it to anyone who would listen? Show more Show less