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Hi I'm Roger

I'm a Mormon who just flew a tiny airplane from California to Connecticut

About Me

Throughout the Bible, there was never an occasion when the true followers of God looked to a written document as their primary authoritative source for Divine leadership. It's no different today. God's primary authority rest with men he has authorized, not the books he has directed them to write. Jesus Christ often taught from the scriptures. He knew and loved them. But the written word of God has always been a support or a reference, not to supersede living witnesses. The Bible itself shows us that God continually selects, trains and directs LIVING representatives like prophets and apostles as the authoritative leaders of His people and His church.

Why I am a Mormon

In a word, I'm a Mormon because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and trying to live it makes me happy!

How I live my faith

I've served in many church callings over the years, but I think that most of "living my faith" has to do with who I am when I'm with my wife and family. I want to be with them more than anything else, and nothing makes me happier than being close to my wife. She is such a fine and wonderful partner! We like to do little chores together, run errands together, have friends over for dinner, and try to help other people where we can. Of course - that doesn't mean I don't have time to get upside down in my little bi-plane on occasion! And my wife and I each help the other to find time to go do the things that each enjoys alone.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Roger
Curious that throughout the entire Bible, there was never once an occassion when the true followers of God looked to a written document as their primary authoritative source for Divine leadership. It's no different today. Even Jesus Christ himself often taught from the scriptures and knew and loved them. So the written word of God has always been a support or a reference, used by God's people and His appointed leaders to inform us of the words of God's PAST prophets. But the Bible itself shows us that God continually selects, trains and directs LIVING representatives like prophets and apostles as the authoritative leaders of His people and His church. Show more Show less

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

Roger
God occassionally adapts his commandments to the circumstances of His people. The Bible doesn't give us a lot of detail about WHY Abraham, Moses, Jacob and so many of His very finest followers had multiple wives; but it does make it clear that God approved. More often in the Bible the people of God practiced only monogomous marriage. The same pattern of marriage has been commanded of God since the church was restored in the early 1800's. For a few decades some plural marriages were practiced at God's command, and the church made no appologies for it. But in general only monogamous marriage has been approved. Monogamy has been the exclusive form of marriage allowed by the church for over 120 years. Even though the Book of Mormon has no examples of God ever commanding or allowing polygammy, it does have one scripture that tells why God might occassionally command this practice that seems so strange and foreign to us. In Jacob 2:30 God explains that if he chooses to "raise up righteous seed unto me, I will command my people to practice plural marriage; other wise they shall harken unto these things the comandment to have only one wife." I am certain that God commanded for it to be practiced and taught under righteous, responsible conditions; and that He commanded that the practice should end a few decades later. Responsible marriage and family relations are at the very heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and this matter has been very carefully administered by Him. Show more Show less

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

Roger
Curious that throughout the entire Bible, there was never once an occassion when the true followers of God looked to a written document as their primary authoritative source for Divine leadership. It's no different today. Even Jesus Christ himself often taught from the scriptures and knew and loved them. So the written word of God has always been a support or a reference, used by God's people and His appointed leaders to inform us of the words of God's PAST prophets. But the Bible itself shows us that God continually selects, trains and directs LIVING representatives like prophets and apostles as the authoritative leaders of His people and His church. Show more Show less