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Hi I'm Braden Scothern

I'm 21, I love music, playing ice hockey, and life. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician, I could spend all day working on music and not get sick of it! I love to write, play, and record music. The guitar is my favorite! I also enjoy playing ice hockey.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in the church but I have seen 2 completely different lifestyles while growing up because my parents got divorced when I was very little. I lived with my Mom. But every Friday afternoon I would go to see my Dad. Then I would come home Saturday night. That way I could attend church with her on Sunday. Because of this I have seen what life is like inside and outside of the church and I love how this gospel makes me feel. It makes me happy all the time and I can feel myself growing and becoming the person I want to be because of the many blessings the gospel brings. The church makes me happier than anything! I love everything it provides! I especially love knowing that I can be with my family forever and that I have a Savior and Heavenly Father who love me and everyone else!

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a missionary in Northern Georgia. I have left my friends, family, hobbies, job, school, and everything for 2 years to be out here in Georgia. As a missionary I do my best to help others see the joys that come with this gospel which is all about not only bringing us happiness in this life, but happiness through eternity. To help others recieve those joys forever, I help people gain more faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Repent. Be baptized by proper and restored priesthood authority. Recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. And accomplish the most difficult thing of all... endure to the end of life here on Earth. As I strive to help others understand these five points and what our Heavenly Father is offering to all of His children, I am building a stronger personal relationship with God. Having that personal relationship has brought me so much in this life, it will continue to do so, and I want others to have that relationship and happiness that comes with our Saviors restored gospel.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Braden Scothern
As a missionary I proselyte because I KNOW that this is Jesus Christs church. He has called a prophet of God on the earth once again. That He still speaks to man and loves us just as much as he did years and years ago. The blessings and knowledge that our Heavenly Father and our Savior desire for us can be found in their fullness if we accept them by doing their will. The joy that it brings me as a missionary is far too great to hold back. I want every person in the world to know the joy that comes with the full gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Braden Scothern
The First Vision was one of the most important events in church history. When Joseph Smith was a young boy, he was woried about his soul. As his family went into town so many people came in saying "I, I am the Lord's" yet we read in Ephesians 45 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." Joseph soon realized as he searched that their could only be one true church and continued seeking the truth. As he searched for the truth he eventually came across James 15 which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. "He later said that no passage of scripture had come into the heart of a man more than that did come into his at that time. So great was its influence that he decided to ask God as James directed. In the spring of 1820 he went to pray and describes the experience like this... "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other- This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" God the Father and Jesus Christ answered Joseph's prayer and told him that the truth had been lost, that he should join none of the churches, and that the truth would soon be restored fully through Joseph being called as a prophet of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Braden Scothern
All truth must come from God. So you must do as the scriptures direct and test the fruits and find out if they are true. In order to find out if this is the Lord's Church then you must do a few simple things. First you should invite the missionaries over. They are set apart and called by God as teachers and are their to help you understand the gospel. They will be extremely important in helping you figure out your answers. They will help you identify the spirit and the doctrines of Christ. They will also invite you to church to feel the spirit there. They will also ask you to read the Book of Mormon and gain a testimony of it's truthfulness, for if it is true, then this is the Lord's kingdom. You MUST read the Book of Mormon. Ponder over it's meaning and truthfulness. Then pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, asking if it is true. You must CONTINUE to do this because the Lord teaches us line upon line, precept upon precept, milk before meat. Finally you have to listen to the Holy Ghosts quite whispers. He will manifest the truthfulness of this gospel to you if you really want it, and trust me you want it because it WILL bring you such great happiness. His whisperings are often described as feelings of peace, hope, comfort, happiness, and love. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Braden Scothern
Faith is more than belief but acting upon belief. If you have true faith in Jesus Christ you do His will, keep His commandments, and follow Him. One simple but great way to explain true faith is like this If you were to be looking across the grand canyon with your best friend and saw a man walking across a tight rope from one end to the other. And as he walks across, he is pushing a wheel barrow. Once across you are both amazed and he asks you "Do you think I could do it again?" Of course you would say "Yes, I just watched you do it once. You can do it again." This man then says, "Alright hop in this wheel barrow and I will take you to the other side." If one of you is willing to jump in and let him take you across then you have true faith in this man. If one doesn't get in then they don't have the faith that he could do it again. That is why faith is an action word. We prove that we believe. If you have faith in Jesus Christ you must do what He asks or you aren't getting in the wheel barrow and you can't have that sure belief. That is why I said faith is an action word and we do our best to live what the Savior taught and we hope for things we cannot see. We hope that we have sure faith in Christ and that He can take us across but we must be the one to get in the wheel barrow. With true faith in Jesus Christ we can accomplish all things and that is why growing in faith is so important. The best way I have found to grow in faith is by reading the Book of Mormon daily. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Braden Scothern
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and serves as a second witness along with the Bible that He is our Lord and Savior. It records the history of a family that left Jerusalem around 600 B.C. and contains their travels, experiences, revelations, and God's dealings with the family and people. The highlight of their record is when Jesus Christ comes and ministers to the people in the ancient Americas shortly after his resurrection. The prophets in the Book of Mormon all testify of Jesus Christ and desire us to all know without a doubt that He is the Son of God and our Savior. Over and over again they talk about how they know that the words they have recorded are true and how they desire us to know because of the blessings it will bring. Because they know how the gospel of Jesus Christ is there to make us happy they have also told us how to find out if it is true. Because by following Jesus Christ and accepting His gospel you can receive those blessings they speak of in the Book of Mormon and Bible. So they left us a promise that if we would do 3 simple things we can find out if it is true. First we must be reading the Book of Mormon. Second we must ponder and think about its truthfulness and message. and Finally we must pray with real desire to know, by being willing to act upon our answer, and ask if the book is true. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Braden Scothern
The way that I have come to know our Heavenly Father as much as I do is by 3 things. These 3 things are the most essential steps to anyone coming to have a relationship with God. First, I do my best to keep the commandments because He blesses those who are obedient. And as I follow these guidelines I see His hand more and more in my life. Second, I read the scriptures. The spirit testifies of the truth and this is how Heavenly Father talks to us. Through the power of the Holy Ghost. The scriptures witnesses that the words are direction and revelations from God. That He speaks to man, including you. Third, and most importantly I pray. Talking to Heavenly Father through prayer is the most essential step to gaining a relationship with Him. Just as parents are excited to hear their child's first words, Heavenly Father is eager to hear us and wants us to tell Him how we feel. He is our literal Father and loves us. Praying to Him will build a relationship very quickly if you give it your whole heart and mean everything and will follow His perfect counsel. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Braden Scothern
A testimony is what you have received to be true from a witness of the Holy Ghost. Testimonies influence us because they are what we believe and we should act upon them with all of our heart. Everyone has a testimony that is different and it grows or shrinks over time as we keep it strong and growing. It is like a plant and must be nurtured well or it will slowly wither away in the heat and be strangled by the thorns of the world. To nurture it we must do the basics of the gospel. We must pray, go to church, live how we are expected, and read our scriptures. Especially the Book of Mormon to keep our testimonies of Joseph Smith being a prophet of God strong. Because if the Book of Mormon is true, EVERYTHING else with the church is true. Because we are all different and face different trials all of our testimonies are different and will always be growing in unique ways. These testimonies can be stronger in some areas that others. Someone may fell they have a strong testimony of prayer while another person may feel strong on the importance of scripture study. All of our experiences mold our testimonies. The strongest part of my testimony is that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us. I know they love us more than we can ever explain or imagine as hard as we may try. It has brought me great amounts of happiness knowing just a fraction of the love they have for me. And I know that my testimony of their love will only grow as I come close to them. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
While the correct title of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we are called Momons because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. We know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God just as the Bible is. They work hand in hand to testify of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Braden Scothern
No. We do NOT worship Joseph Smith. We respect him and are grateful that he was made an instrument in the hands of the Lord to restore Jesus Christ's gospel, but we do not worship him in any way. The only Beings we worship are God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Braden Scothern
We have 12 apostles today because we are meant to have them until we reach "the unity of the faith" as Paul describes it in Ephesians 4:11-14. Christ gave us to them so we would not be lost and confused in an ever changing world that is very far from "the unity of the faith." We also know that apostles were to continue on from the events that take place in Acts Chapter 1. This is where there are only 11 apostles and they come together to choose another one. Under the direction of Peter the group calls Matthias to the work with them and they once again have 12 apostles. As the events that go on in the New Testament continue several others (like Paul) are called as apostles and they all direct people to our Savior. Our apostles now do the same thing as the apostles of old in the fact that they teach and testify of Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God, the Savior of mankind, and invite all men to follow Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Braden Scothern
We believe in the Bible because it is the word of God! It testifies and teaches us of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is the record of the prophets of old such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and how they came to know the Lord. They teach us the importance of obedience and they prophesied and testified of the Jesus Christ coming to redeem the world. All prophets have taught us about the Savior. In the New Testament we have the record of the Saviors ministry to the people. We learn more about who He is, how He loves us and how He was willing to fulfill the plan of salvation through His infinite Atonement. We use the Bible all the time. I love to study from its pages. Together it and the Book of Mormon have created a clear and simple path for me to follow to become more like the Savior each day. And as I use them together I gain more and more happiness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Braden Scothern
We know that it is by grace that we are saved. It is all because of our Heavenly Fathers love and mercy that we can return to His presence. In order to gain that grace we must repent. God cannot save us IN our sins but FROM our sins. So as we repent we are made clean and can gain eternal life. That is all we can do for ourselves though is accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer by living His gospel. As we live that gospel of having Faith in Him and His Atonement, repenting, being baptized, receiving the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End, we gain eternal life. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Braden Scothern
Authority from God to perform baptism or any other ordinance is required because our Heavenly Father is a God of order. If just anyone could baptize or do anything in the name of the Lord it would be chaos. That would be like me taking a piece of paper, a picture of me, a glue stick, some colored pencils, etc and making myself a driver’s license. No cop would respect it. No state would respect it. That license would be invalid. I must get my license to drive from the state, and so it is with priesthood authority to perform baptism. That authority must be given of God in the way He directs to those He chooses to give it too. So when one is baptized by that proper authority they receive the blessings of the Lord in full. And I know that the priesthood was restored to the earth in 1829 to the prophet Joseph Smith. He received it under our Heavenly Fathers direction from the heavenly messenger, John the Baptist. So once again that authority to perform baptisms is on the earth as God has directed it, and it is found within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Braden Scothern
As a missionary we have people ask about this pretty often. We choose to come and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. This means we help people gain greater faith, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End. We do this because we know how much happiness it brings us all. It is so important that we give up our time and money to come do this. We pay for our missions ourselves the best we can and then our families help out as well. We are willing to put our lives on hold to share the restored gospel! Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Braden Scothern
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So just as He called prophets before, He is still the one that calls them today. The man that God has called to be prophet of the earth at this time is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Braden Scothern
Jesus Christ taught that it is required for us to be baptized to enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) So all of the people who come to earth without a chance to learn of the Savior, accept His gospel, and be baptized would not be able to return to our Heavenly Father without proxy baptisms. Baptism for the Dead was practiced in the New Testament. (1 Corinthians 15:29) So we are blessed to have a correct understanding of it once again in these last days. Those who have this sacred ordinance performed for them are learning the gospel. They are being taught about faith, repentance, baptism, and the Holy Ghost. It is their choice to accept or reject these teachings from our Savior, Jesus Christ. So if they desire they may turn down the blessings or they may accept the blessings and gain the happiness we desire for them. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Braden Scothern
Thomas S. Monson is the prophet and President of The Chrust of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that he truely has been called of God because I have listened to his words. Studied them. Compared them with the teachings of the Savior. And prayed and asked our Heavenly Father if he is a true prophet. God has answered my prayers and told me that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet. That He speaks to him. And that I should follow his counsel because he is inspired by the Holy Ghost. Not only have I prayed to know but I have lived the teachings of the prophet and I know they are true. This is one way to know if something is of God or man is one of the Saviors teachings found in John 7:17. Because of these experiences I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true modern day prophet. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Braden Scothern
Our main service is called sacrament meeting. It is a traditional meeting with hymns, prayers, speakers, and most importantly partaking of the sacrament. We love for people to come and visit and bring their friends or families. We know how important the family is to the Lord and by coming to church together it will increase the peace, love, and joy felt in any home. We also have other services just before or after our sacrament meeting. They are Sunday school classes for everyone. In these we study the scriptures and teachings of the Savior so we can apply them into our lives. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Braden Scothern
Men and women are equal. They have many different duties but we firmly believe what the Apostle Paul taught when he said, "Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:11) Fathers and mothers are meant to work together as equals and help one another raise their children in love and righteousness. As we experience this we are able to have the greatest joys available to us in life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Braden Scothern
We perform baptisms for the dead because of what the Savior taught. In John 3:5 we learn that only those who are baptized can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Since this ordinance is essential for anyone to gain salvation we all must get a chance to accept or reject the Savior because our Heavenly Father is both loving and just. Baptisms for the dead were performed during the time of the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 15:29) and it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. So we perform baptisms by proxy so those who did not have the opportunity to accept the gospel. It is their choice to receive those blessings that come with baptism and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Braden Scothern
While the gospel of Jesus Christ has been taught from the beginning, through prophets such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses, we know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet in these last days in the spring of 1820. Joseph Smith did the same thing as other prophets who had been called and brought back the full gospel to the earth. As he was searching for the truth, the full gospel of Jesus Christ, he decided to pray to our Heavenly Father for answers. So on an early spring morning he went into a grove of trees and just as the prophets of old he was called by God. Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ answered the boy’s prayer to tell him that the truth had been lost. This was because the doctrines and commandments had been changed over time and the world had entered an apostasy, or a time without God's authorized servants on earth. Many beliefs and much of the understanding of the Saviors gospel had been lost or distorted. So Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and share the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. He was given the priesthood or the authority and power given to man, from God to act for the salvation of His children. This was the same priesthood given to Christ's prophets and apostles anciently. It is required for proper baptism and other ordinances. Under Jesus Christ's direction Joseph Smith labored and organized the Savior's church on April 6, 1830. The Savior titled in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Braden Scothern
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. It is because of His infinite love and mercy that He completed the Atonement, that is where He suffered beyond comprehension in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross. Only because of that eternal sacrifice we all have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father and become like Him. Because of Jesus Christ we are able to experience happiness. We love and worship Him because He is the center of everything. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Braden Scothern
Only faith in Jesus Christ can bring eternal happiness and joy. Only through faith in Him can we come closer to our Heavenly Father and experience peace in this life. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Braden Scothern
We believe that we are Jesus Christ's church reestablished on the earth after centuries of it being lost. While the Savior was on the earth He organized His church and taught His gospel of faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. He called 12 apostles and performed many miracles. But after Christ completed the atonement and was resurrected He ascended to heaven. So the remaining 11 apostles called a new 12th (See Acts 1), and then they went about preaching the full and correct gospel of Jesus Christ. They continued to spread the blessings to the world and fulfill the commandment from our Savior to teach all nations and baptize them (Matthew 28:19-20) But as the apostles and those called by the Lord were serving they were rejected and killed as well. So after they had been taken from the earth the priesthood or authority from God was lost. Ordinances such as baptism were changed and distorted. In the early 1800s Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To once again teach faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. He was given the priesthood authority of God, translated the Book of Mormon, and was the instrument our Savior, Jesus Christ used to begin the dispensation of the fullness of times (Ephesians 1:10). So we believe and know ourselves to be the church that the apostles of Christ’s time could see coming forth with the everlasting gospel. 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?

Braden Scothern
The Book of Mormon like the Bible contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel. It teaches and testifies of Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of all the world. It is different in the fact that while the Bible is a record of people's dealings with God in and around Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon takes place in the Americas. It has the testimonies of more ancient prophets who invite all people to 'come unto Christ, and be perfected in him' (Moroni 10:32) they testify of God's love for all of His children who have been and are upon the earth. The Book of Mormon and Bible support and testify of each other. They go hand in hand just as Ezekiel prophesied in Ezekiel 37:15-17. The Bible is the stick of Judah. The Book of Mormon is the stick of Ephraim. (A stick is an ancient Hebrew wooden writing tablet that was common to use in the days of Ezekiel.) The Book of Mormon was written and abridged onto golden plates by an ancient prophet historian named Mormon (that is where the title is from) He recorded in the plates the history of his people and how they had come closer to Jesus Christ through living His gospel and eventually how they were destroyed for being wicked. In the early 1800s Joseph Smith was given the plates by Mormon's son, Moroni. And by the gift and power of God, Joseph Smith translated the record into English. The Book ends with a promise that those who read, ponder, and sincerely pray about the book, will come to know it is true because it is the word of God. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Braden Scothern
Like the Lords church in ancient times His kingdom still runs off of tithing money. We are expected to pay 10% of our income to the Lord so His work can be moved forward. It is not about the amount as much as the faith in the Lord. We know that if we are obedient to the commandment to pay tithing our Savior 'will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them" (Malachi 3:8-10). As we pay our tithing we can truly learn how to make our 90% more fruitful that the 100% ever would have been. All tithing money goes to the work of the Lord and nobody gets paid. Our tithing money goes to the building of our meeting houses, temples, family history centers, missionary supplies, etc. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Braden Scothern
The family is ordained of God. It is the central unit for happiness in this life and eternity. The greatest joys can only be found within a family. As a family progresses in Jesus Christ's gospel and strive to become more like Him each day, they are blessed in amazing ways. The peace, love, happiness, and unity of the family grows continually. We know that families can be together forever if they accept Jesus Christ and His gospel. As they exercise faith, repentance, are baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end, they can go to the Lords house, the temple of God. Once within its walls they can be sealed together by the same power that Christ gave Peter in Matthew 16:19. Because they will be sealed here on earth, they will be sealed in heaven. That family will receive a fullness of joy together in God's kingdom. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
No. The church encourages us to be active in politics but it will never endorse or support anyone or anything. The church leaves it to us to use our best judgment and encourages us to vote in favor of our beliefs if they stand in question. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Braden Scothern
My answer to what being Mormon is like is the same as one of my friends has said, "Being Mormon is like experiencing never ending happiness." I agree with that and know that while it may seem like a lot is asked of us, it really is nothing. The Lord always keeps His promises and brings those who are obedient to Him great blessings. Those blessings are worth any sacrifice and that is why being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints truly is never ending happiness. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Braden Scothern
The priesthood is the power and authority given to man to act in God's name for the salvation for His children. So this authority from the Lord is what makes it possible to perform proper baptism, to bless the sick, and to lead the church if we have been called to do so. Since the power of God is manifest in the use of the priesthood, only men who are worthy in the Lords sight can receive and use it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Braden Scothern
God is our literally our Father in Heaven. He created our spirits and so He loves us. He has a body of flesh and bone which we are an image of. (Genesis 1:27) He is full of mercy and kindness but He is also just. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins so we could return to his presence if we live the gospel. So by having faith, repenting, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end we not only become more God but we can return to Him in joy. Since God wants us to be successful in this life and return to Him, He has given us commandments to help us know what will bring us happiness. He has also given us many tools such as prayer. He always listens and answers even if we do not recognize or understand. He is guiding us as we allow Him too. God's plan is perfect. It is just and merciful. That plan is all centered in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
As a missionary I get to talk to people about Jesus Christ. We get to share a message about His gospel of faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. We teach about how our Heavenly Father loves us and has a plan for us here on earth. We share with people the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and we then invite people to read from its pages and pray to know if it is true. We invite people to come unto Christ. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Braden Scothern
Is sliced bread awesome? Yes! In John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus Christ came to save the world. Not just those in Jerusalem. He loves all of us and wants us all to return to Him and be happy. So He had prophets and people here in the Americas. Because He loves them just as much after His ascension into heaven in the old world, He came to His "other sheep" (John 10:16) so they could hear His voice and so there would be "one fold and one shepherd." While among the people here in the Americas our Savior healed the sick, taught them the Higher laws of His gospel, and blessed them. He called 12 apostles and ordained them by the laying on of hands so they too could have the authority of His priesthood. His church was organized and the people rejoiced in the love that was shown to them. The Book of Mormon describes the events about Jesus Christ's short but powerful ministry in 3 Nephi 11-26. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Braden Scothern
No. We do NOT practice polygamy. No member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints practices plural marriage. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Braden Scothern
No, we are all children of God even if we do not know that. So we do our best to help all people because we all deserve to be happy. Most of what we do in the world is to help others and not ourselves. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Braden Scothern
It is true. If it wasn't people would not be receiving witnesses from the Holy Ghost that it is. We invite others to take what we teach to the Lord and ask Him if our message of the gospel is true. As people pray they receive answers through the Holy Ghost and they act upon them because they know that God cannot lie, He loves us and if we are obedient to Him, He will bless us with happiness. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Braden Scothern
The Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts the Lord has given us. The Holy Ghost is described in the scriptures as a still small voice and its influence is "love, joy, peace" (Galatians 5:22) and light. At some point or another almost everyone has felt the influence of the Holy Ghost even if they do not know they have. It is powerful and it always edifies and brings us closer to God. It directs us to follow God's path of happiness. The Spirit inspires our thoughts, ideas, and actions. It is near impossible to describe the way it feels, but once you recognize it is wonderful. The Lord can use this wonderful gift to help us "know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:5) That doesn't mean we know everything at once, but slowly the Lord can teach us everything. He can lead us little by little back to Him through this wonderful gift. After someone is baptized by restored priesthood authority, they are confirmed a member of the Church and that is when they are given this wonderful gift by the laying on of hands. As someone learns more about our Heavenly Father, His plan, His Son who is our Savior; the Holy Ghost can and will help them stay on a path continually leading us to the Lord. And as we come closer to the Lord we receive even greater happiness. As we are obedient to the commandments and the promptings of the Lord through the gift of the Holy Ghost we are able to keep it with us. We can then receive all of the blessings that our loving Heavenly Father wishes to give us. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
The restoration was needed because after the time of Christ's ascension into heaven the Apostles went about to share the gospel. Many were blessed and received it. The Apostles kept Jesus Christ's church and gospel correct, simple, and the authority of the priesthood was on the earth. But as this went about many members of the church were persecuted and killed. The Apostles were killed and rejected. As this happened the ordinances and correct understanding of the gospel was changed. Many plain and simple things were distorted or all together lost. While the people had a lot of the truth they didn't have all of it. Because this was happening the Apostles wrote their epistles, they are letters to the different branches of the church. These epistles are correcting them and helping them understand doctrines and ordinances they didn't understand. Because of this and many other things the Apostles could see an apostasy was coming. All of the Apostles could see this and prophesied of the apostasy coming and eventually of the restoration and time when the full gospel of Jesus Christ would be on the earth again. Some of these prophecies are found in: Acts 3:19-21, Acts 20:28-30, Galatians 1:6-10, Ephesians 1:10, and Revelation 14:6-7. These and many other scriptures make it clear that the truth was being lost quickly and that it would be restored again at a future time and then taken to the entire world. That is why Jospeh Smith was called to be the prophet of the restoration. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
We know that after we die we have just taken another step in our Heavenly Father's plan. Our spirits go to a place called the spirit world. We are same person there. If we are happy and righteous here, we will continue to be so in the spirit world. It is the duty of those who are in this state of rest and joy (because they lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ) to help those who have not learned the Gospel of the Savior. They teach them and help them receive the blessings of the Atonement (Jesus Christ's infinite sacrifice for all of us). As they accept Jesus Christ they too may rest and receive the happiness our Heavenly Father wishes to give us. Eventually we will all be resurrected and receive perfect immortal bodies. This is because Jesus Christ loosed the bands of death. When we are resurrected we will never die again. At this point after death we receive one of the "many mansions" in our Heavenly Fathers house (John 14:2). There is far more than heaven and hell, otherwise why would the Savior say such a thing? We learn more about these mansions in 1 Corinthians 15:40-42. Paul and the other Apostles knew and understood that we would all receive a place of comfort according to our obedience to God's laws. This is why we will be judged according to our works (Revelation 20:12-13). Those who have been made clean by accepting Christ's infinite sacrifice (here or in the spirit world) will be with God in the Celestial Kingdom and experience eternal life. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Braden Scothern
In our normal church meetings we worship together and partake of the Sacrament. We study the scriptures and how we can come closer to the Lord as we live the teachings of His gospel. We learn how to apply the teachings of the scriptures into our daily lives. Everyone is welcome to come and feel the Spirit and learn more about their relationship with our Heavenly Father. In the temple we are literally in the House of the Lord. So while all are welcome and we desire to let others receive the sacred ordinances within its walls they must be worthy. To be worthy one must be clean through, baptism by proper priesthood authority and by keeping the commandments of God. As we are doing this we are able to receive the blessings which the Lord wants all of His children to have. In the temple we continue to learn about our relationship with our Heavenly Father and how to come closer to Him. Seeing as how one of the main purposes of life is to work at fulfilling the Lords commandment of "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) It makes sense that we would only learn the same things in the temple. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Braden Scothern
Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. The nickname 'Mormon' comes from our belief that the Book of Mormon is the word of God just as the Bible is. We study from the Bible and the Book of Mormon; we use them as companions to each other. They both teach and testify of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. Together they enrich our understanding and help us draw nearer to God. We do our best to follow the example of Jesus Christ and live His gospel. We know that only through Him can we gain eternal happiness and peace. We are normal everyday people just doing our best to become more like the Savior each day! Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Braden Scothern
We do our best to serve others as the Savior would. We give millions of dollars and countless hours trying to help those in need. We distribute food, provide shelter, medical supplies. We help clean up natural disasters. We do everything we can to help people either get on their feet or stay on them. We do our best to bless the lives of others and take on the form of a servant as Jesus Christ did among the people. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Braden Scothern
Eternal life is more than simply immortality. Because of Jesus Christ's Atonement, all of us will be resurrected and receive immortality with perfect bodies. But Eternal Life is that and more. Eternal Life is exaltation and it is to be with our families forever with God and to receive more happiness than we could ever imagine or dream of in this life. Bringing us eternal life God's sole work, purpose, and glory. It is to bring us back to his presence so we too may experience the life that He has. 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?

Braden Scothern
The temple is the House of God. So we hold ourselves to a high standard of living in order to enter and receive its blessings. We want to be prepared and worthy to participate in the sacred ordinances. But those who cannot enter for whatever reason are still invited and welcome to come to the open houses prior to its dedication, and they can visit the temple grounds. Inside the temple we are not doing anything secret but sacred. We learn eternal truths about God's plan for us. We also participate in sacred ordinances that make it possible for families to not only be together here on earth, but through all eternity. These blessings are available to both the living and the dead as the Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 15:29 and 1 Peter 4:6 for example. Those who have passed on have ordinances preformed by proxy and it is their choice to accept or reject the blessings of the Gospel and temple's of the Lord. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
Well if you know a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints you can talk to them. They would love that! Most members of the Church are more than willing to share their feelings and our beliefs with anyone who asks. You can also go to the top of any page on mormon.org and click "Missionary Request" near the top right corner. It is in the orange part of the webpage. Then read and fill out the information requested on that page. It is very simple and very short! If you want to go to church and talk to someone there on Sunday then go again to the top of the website in the orange area. And in the top right click on "Visit Us" and that can direct you to your local congregation of the church along with meeting times! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Braden Scothern
Our 8th Article of Faith starts with this: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly" The Bible is Holy Scripture. It is the inspired writings of the ancient prophets and apostles. It testifies of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer and contains the record of His ministry to the people in and around Jerusalem. In addition to the Bible we believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. We are all Heavenly Father's children and it makes perfect sense that He would want us all to have His gospel. So the Book of Mormon is also a record of prophets and a people who knew and looked forward to Jesus Christ. A prophet in the Book of Mormon named Nephi said this: "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." Just like the Bible it testifies of Jesus Christ and invites all to come unto Him and live His gospel of faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Because God spoke to the people then, He speaks to us today and I know that the Books of The Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price are also scripture. If one of these books is true and the word of God, they all are. And I know that because I have read and prayed about their teachings and asked to know the truth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Braden Scothern
The Savior taught that we must be baptized by immersion and priesthood authority. When He was baptized He went to John the Baptist. Jesus Christ walked for many miles to come to John because he held the priesthood and could perform proper baptism. So the reason we baptize our new members is because we all need to be baptized by that same authority. That priesthood that John held and used to baptize our Savior in order to 'fulfill all righteousness' has been restored to the earth. So, only by proper baptism by that authority given to man from God can one receive the blessings of repentance that baptism brings. In addition to baptism being 'unto repentance' and representing us being made clean through Jesus Christ, we also make a covenant or promise with God when it is performed by the priesthood. This covenant is that we will follow Jesus Christ and do our best to live as He has directed, and as we do that we are promised the companionship of the Holy Ghost. And finally we baptize our new members because it is a requirement in order to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ taught this to Nicodemus in John 3 and said in verse 5, "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." Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind. We need Him because we are imperfect. It is only through His grace and mercy that we can eventually become perfect. We are all children of God. Before we came to this earth we lived with Him but were not like Him in the fact that we were spirits while He had a body of flesh and bone that is glorified and perfected. So our loving Heavenly Father prepared a plan which was centered on Jesus Christ in order for us to gain bodies and eventually return to God's presence. We all accepted that plan and we knew that it would require us to be perfect because no unclean thing can dwell with God. We all make mistakes in life and they make us imperfect. Because we have all broken the commandments of God we cannot return to His presence unless we are made clean. When we break any commandment a price must be paid. Where there is a law there is a penalty or punishment connected to it. So by the laws of justice we cannot return to God without a Savior, we cannot ourselves pay the price for our sins. Jesus Christ came so all who accept Him and His gospel of faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end could be given mercy. That mercy comes because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us. Through living His gospel mercy can and does pay the price that justice requires. And so we are made clean and can return to the presence of God. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Braden Scothern
Families are important because they bring us happiness. They are central to God's plan for all of us as His children. Families provide a foundation for all we do in life and who we become. In the family is the best place for one to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is because the family can support and strengthen each other as they come closer to the Lord. In the family we experience the greatest joys and sorrows. They help us become our best selves. Plus I know that heaven would not be heaven without my family. The family is meant to be an eternal unit that brings us happiness. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Braden Scothern
Relief Society is an organization of the church that began in 1842. It is for women 18 and older. Its purpose is to help women increase in faith, strengthen their families and homes, to help them serve others, and to help them become the best people they can be! Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Braden Scothern
Some ways that having faith in Jesus Christ has helped my family is by increasing our love for each other. As a family when you pray together, even for simple reasons, it is amazing. That faith that prayer requires in the Lord invites the Spirit into your home. That Spirit edifies and enlightens all who listen and obey its voice. By having faith in Jesus Christ and striving to come closer to Him as a family you gain greater happiness. In the family is where the greatest joys can be felt, and that is especially true if Jesus Christ is the center of your home. The gospel of Jesus Christ is meant for families so they can be together forever with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Braden Scothern
Jesus Christ used a boy named Joseph Smith to bring the fullness of His gospel to the earth once again. In the year 1820 Joseph, then a 14-year-old boy was searching for the truth. He knew that Jesus Christ had established one church during His ministry and he wanted to belong to that church. As Joseph was visiting and pondering the teachings of the religions as the time he began to read the Bible. Eventually he read James 1:5 which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him." That means that you can ask God something and He will answer freely and that He will not find blame or fault. Upon reading this passage from his Bible, Joseph described his feelings with these words, "Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine... I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did... At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness... or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God." So Joseph went to ask and he received an answer. God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared and told him that the truth had been lost, that the full gospel and church of Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. He was called as a prophet just as Moses and he was used to bring back the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is evidence of Joseph's calling from God. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Braden Scothern
The Church strongly opposes abortion except in rare instances where it is for serious medical reasons or rape. It should still then only be done with the counseling of local priesthood authority and divine confirmation through prayer that our Heavenly Father accepts abortion as a course of action in that case. We know that the powers that God has given us to bring His other children to this earth are sacred and that we should have respect for this gift. Life is sacred. Part of our Heavenly Father's plan is for all of His children to receive bodies as we have. 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?

Braden Scothern
Each one of us has a spirit that is immortal; it was created by our loving Heavenly Father. He has given each of us a body, which is a temple for our spirit. Having a body is a great gift and having one makes us more like our Heavenly Father who has a body of flesh and bone that is glorified and perfected. It is both the spirit and body that make our souls. So when we affect either our body or spirit we affect the other. We are here to prepare to meet God and become like Him; so we should be trying to become more like Him each day and part of that is taking care of our bodies! That is why we do not partake of destructive substances and habits which destroy our bodies and spirits; we know how important they are in God's plan for our eternal happiness. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Braden Scothern
Our bodies are gifts from God. We are created literally in His image. They are temples for our spirits. As such our bodies are sacred and we should treat them that way. The way someone dresses, speaks, and acts is a reflection of their respect for the gift of having a body. Dressing modestly and speaking in uplifting ways helps everyone keep the commandments of the Lord. We are meant to be clean and chaste, that is why it is a commandment. All of the commandments are there to show us how we should be so we can grow and be happy. Having parents set an example for their children is a huge part of kids learning the importance of modesty. If portents clearly let their children know how important it is to them and how it will bless their lives with an increased influence of the Holy Ghost and happiness; it will have a lasting impact on their minds. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead along with God, our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is one in purpose with the Father and Son but is a separate being. Both modern and ancient scripture testifies of this. (An example from the Bible is in Matthew 3:16-17 which is the baptism of the Savior where all 3 are there but clearly separate.) We learn how the Holy Ghost is different from the other members of the God head in Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 which says this: "The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us." This is because of the Spirits role to testify of God, of Jesus Christ, of the truth, to comfort us, to lead us, to teach us, to help us gain a testimony, and ultimately to help us be guided back to the Savior. The Holy Ghost truly has a special and unique mission to help us gain eternal life; all we must do is heed its gentle and still small voice and we will stay on the path. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
So many things show me that God is there and that He loves not only me, but all of us because we are His children. In the Book of Mormon a prophet named Lehi is teaching his son Jacob and tells him this: "And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment no misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not" I know that God is there for the same reason the prophet Lehi did, we can feel joy. I know that all happiness comes from God. Everything that invites us to be good and be more like Jesus Christ is of God. It is ridiculous for anyone to think that our emotions and how we feel comes because we are conditioned to feel that way by society. With the way the world is changing any good feelings would have died long ago. I have felt the love and power of God in my life. I know that He is there and all who reach out to Him can feel that power too. We call all receive more happiness than we understand as we come closer to our Savior through His gospel of faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I know that because as I am coming to closer to Him that way and I experience more and more joy as I do so. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Braden Scothern
Reading from the Scriptures brings many blessings, in nurtures and strengthens our faith in Jesus Christ. The prophet Nephi in the Book of Mormon taught said these things about the scriptures: "Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." (2 Nephi 31:20) and "I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." (2 Nephi 32:3) In both instances Nephi says we should feast upon the words of Christ. That is much more than simply reading. When we feast we are taking what the words say serious. We act upon them. We make them a part of us. We develop such relationship with the Lord that if it were to be gone we would be utterly lost. When we read from and do our best to apply what the scriptures are teaching we are building a relationship with God. He speaks to us through the scriptures; that is why we have them. The prophets who wrote the events of their time down did not do so for themselves but for those who came after. They want us to learn what brought them closer to the Lord and then to do those things. From my studies of the scriptures I have come to love my Savior more and more. I have come to understand what He expects of me. I have seen how He can help me. I have seen how much the Lord loves us and how His hands are always extended towards all who will come unto him. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Braden Scothern
We do not drink coffee, tea, alcohol, use tobacco, or illegal drugs because of a commandment known as the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom was a commandment revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. It tells us the importance of keeping care of our bodies because they are temples. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) We know that while from the outside it may seem restrictive it really gives us freedom it blesses us physically and spiritually. The things that we are counseled to stay away from in this law from our loving Heavenly Father help us keep our agency. When you are addicted to something you have given up some of your agency, it controls you. Satan tries to use addictive things to bind us down so we cannot focus on our relationships with the Lord. In addition to us keeping our agency we are promised these things in the Word of Wisdom: "all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments... shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures... And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen." (D&C 89:18-21 So those who keep the commandment are able to be in tune with the Holy Ghost more. That is a great blessing because it is the Spirit that helps us stay on the path to eternal life and teaches us all spiritual truths. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Braden Scothern
The terms ward, branch, and stake refer to different sizes of congregations which are all organized geographically. All of the members who serve in any form in these volunteer because no member of our church is paid for the work they do. A ward is a group of members who attend our normal services together. It is the neighborhood essentially. The leader of a ward is called the bishop and he helps the members in their needs. A branch is very similar to a ward, but it is much smaller. The leader of a branch is called a branch president. He has the same duties as a bishop. A stake is a group of several wards or branches. So its geographical area is much larger. It helps make sure all of the wards and branches are having their needs met the best they can. The stake is led by a man who serves as the stake president. The majority of our activities and meetings are on a ward or branch level so members can develop friendships with those near home. This helps everyone as we all do our best to serve others and become more like Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Braden Scothern
The Lord's law of tithing has been around far longer than the church. In ancient times the people were asked to donate 10% of their income and so that is still the commandment today. Tithing money is the only source of revenue for the Kingdom of God. Every penny that it receives goes to the furthering of the work of Jesus Christ. It goes to the construction of buildings, the costs of materials for missionaries or the classes we attend for Sunday school. Members of the church are willing to pay 10% because they know that it is true. It isn't about the amount as it is about the faith. In Malachi 3:8-10 we read about the Lord's feelings on tithing. Specifically in verse 10 we read of the blessings, it says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." We know that while we may not be blessed with more money we will be blessed by the Lord. By giving 10% of our income the Lord enables us to live on our 90% as if we had more than the full 100%. The stories of how people have been blessed for giving to the Lord are countless and I know that tithing is a true principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ now just as it was anciently. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Braden Scothern
Just as the Lord's church in ancient times we do not have any paid clergy because we know "that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Every member of the church chooses to serve and donate their time and energy to the furthering of the Lord's kingdom, even the leaders of our congregations. Some members serve in youth programs, others as teachers, others as clerks, but everyone gets a chance to serve. These callings of how someone can serve come through inspiration from the Holy Ghost. Leaders of the congregation receive revelation and direction from God as to what is best. This is His kingdom so He directs every aspect of it even down to the little details. Often the things that are asked of us are challenging, but the Lord qualifies those who are called and holds them up. Just as Joshua in the Old Testament was told to "Be Strong" (Joshua 1:9) our members are encouraged to do the same. If the Lord invites you to do something it will be possible and as we work with Him we will grow in both love for others and in testimony. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
Yes! God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So if He loved His children enough to speak to them before Christ, He surely loves us enough today. In Amos 3:7 we read, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." So just as God revealed His secrets and spoke to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and all of His other prophets. He spoke to Joseph Smith and speaks to Thomas S. Monson today. Prophets are important because as Paul said in Ephesians 4:11-14, "and he (Christ) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets... for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith... That we henceforth be no more chidren, tossed to and fro, and carried about with ever wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" So just as the prophets of old, our prophet today leads and guides us back to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Braden Scothern
Temples are sacred and holy because they are houses of the Lord. Since the Old Testament the covenant people of the Lord have had temples and worshiped in them. So it is no surprise that when the Restoration of Jesus Christ's Gospel came about, that temples were a part of it. In the temple we pray, fast, increase our faith, and learn. We do not offer sacrifices in the temple as that was done away with Jesus Christ's Eternal Sacrifice in the garden and on the cross. But still everything that goes on directs us to the Savior and His teachings. We learn eternal truths about the plan of salvation by performing sacred ordinances in behalf of those who didn't receive an opportunity to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on earth. It is then their choice to accept those blessings and ordinances if they desire them. It is because of the temple that families can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father together. This is possible because of the sealing power that has been restored in these last days. (That is the power that was given to the apostle Peter in Matthew 16:15-19) Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Braden Scothern
Nobody is required to serve a mission. All young men are encouraged to prepare to serve at age 19 and young women who desire to prepare to serve at age 21. All missionaries volunteer, none are paid, and they serve usually for 18 (Young Women) to 24 (Young Men) months somewhere around the world. Missionary work is a large part of the churches mission for many reasons. One is that in Matthew 28:19-20 the final commandment from the Savior is, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" So we have taken that to heart and are spreading the gospel to the entire world, one person at a time. We know that the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, can and will bring all happiness. It is only the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will bring the world peace, joy, happiness, and salvation. That Gospel is found within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We know this and that is why we are so willing to "sacrifice" to serve missions for the Lord. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
We love and respect the Holy Bible. It is a foundation for our understanding of the Savior's gospel. It has countless stories of the blessings of obedience to the Lord's commands even when not fully understood. It teaches all who read it that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of all who come unto Him. The Bible is an essential part of all Christianity because in the New Testament we read about the life, ministry, and atonement of Jesus Christ. We learn who we are to follow and do our best to become. The Bible is the word of God and came to us through His servants as the Holy Ghost directed. We know that what is taught in Amos 3:7 is true. That is "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" and since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That God speaks to His authorized servants still. Because He still loves us and speaks to us he has revealed additional scripture which supports and exalts the Bible. The Book of Mormon is included in that revealed scripture and it teaches that it and the Bible are meant to be one in our hands as Ezekiel 37:15-17 says they are. The Bible is the stick (or wooden writing tablet in common use at that time) of Judah and the Book of Mormon is the stick of Ephraim. I know that through a careful study of both the Bible and Book of Mormon together will make it clear that they are both the words of our loving Heavenly Father. They both invite us to come unto Christ. 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?

Braden Scothern
There are no restrictions within the church as to who may join or serve. In the Book of Mormon we read, "[Christ] inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." Jesus Christ came because "God so loved the world" (John 3:16). ALL people are invited to accept the gospel and its blessings by coming unto Christ through the restored gospel of: faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Braden Scothern
Joseph Smith was born in 1805. He was raised in a Christian home where he was taught to have faith, pray, and read the Bible. At age 14 He began searching for the true church of Jesus Christ. The many religions of the time had him confused as they all taught different doctrines and yet claimed to be the one church of Jesus Christ. So he began to read from the Bible and eventually came to James 1:5. That scripture had a great impact on him, so he decided to act upon it and ask God for wisdom as the scripture directed. So as he knelt down and offered up his first vocal prayer he describes the experience like this: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other -- This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" (Joseph Smith History 1:16-17) In the first vision Jesus Christ directed Joseph that he should join none of the churches. That all were wrong. Joseph was to prepare to be a prophet. 3 years later Joseph began to receive direction from the Lord again. He was then prepared to begin learning his role as the prophet of the Restoration. He was called as Moses and many other prophets. Joseph was called to restore (or bring back) the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth once again. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Braden Scothern
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is what he suffered for each person in the Garden of Gethsemane and with His death on the cross. This is what paid the price for our sins in order to allow us to be made whole and clean. The Atonement is the greatest thing ever accomplished in the world and is the greatest expression of love ever shown by our Heavenly Father and Savior. The agony and suffering of the Lord as He went through this event is impossible to explain. He bled from every pore of HIs body. He cried out asking our Father if there was another way, but there was not. Because of His love for us and our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ went through with the sacrifice. So Jesus Christ suffered and died so that everyone that accepts Him and His gospel may be saved. Those who exercise faith, repent, are baptized by authority, receive the Holy Ghost, and do their best to live Christ's teachings are living His gospel. Through the Atonement anything can be made right. The Atonement is an invitation from the Savior to be made perfect. He can heal us of all our trials, sicknesses, weakness, and sins because He has overcome them and He has experienced them through His sacrifice. It is only because of the Atonement that we can return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Braden Scothern
We know that God loves us and that He has a plan for us. He is perfect and has a glorified and perfected body of flesh and bones. He created us and we were with Him, but not like Him in the fact that we were spirits. So God presented a plan for all of us to come here to earth. This plan was centered on Jesus Christ and His atonement. We understood the gospel of Jesus Christ; which is faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. We all chose to come and to do our best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ which allows those who are obedient to it to be made perfect. Because of Jesus Christ's infinite sacrifice for us every person will eventually be resurrected with a perfect body. This is one of the reasons that we came here to earth. We are here to grow and use our agency, or ability to choose, righteously. We are to learn and do our best to become like our Heavenly Father here. Through Jesus Christ we can become a better person each day. This is why we do our best to fulfill the commandment that Jesus Christ gave of, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:28) even though we know we cannot reach it in this life. The purpose of life is to prepare to meet God. That is the only way we can progress and eventually return to our Heavenly Father and receive the multitude of blessings He is offering to those who accept Jesus Christ and His gospel. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Braden Scothern
This is because people do not understand. A cult is a religious group which worships with the same beliefs. So every religion is a cult. But a main reason we are often called a cult is that many people do not understand our teachings because we are not a break off from ANY church. We have some different beliefs than many other churches, such as about the Godhead. We do not accept the Nicene Creed as truth; rather we know that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are 3 separate and distinct individuals but one in purpose. Also many people who try to all the church a "cult" are attempting to keep people from it and criticize it while they themselves do not usually understand our beliefs. The majority of the misunderstandings about us are resolved as people come to know who we really are. Mainly that we believe in God the Eternal Father, His Son who is our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We know that they love us still today just as they did during the times of the Bible, in the fact that they still speak to prophets and direct their church here on earth through revelation. The prophet today directs us to Jesus Christ and invites us to follow His teachings just as the prophets then did. We know that it is only because of Jesus Christ that we can gain salvation. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Braden Scothern
We know that the blessings of Jesus Christ's Atonement are available to all people. But these blessings are conditional on our obedience. So only those who choose to accept that sacrifice will receive the full blessings that it is meant to bring us. The importance of baptism in the Savior's gospel is made very clear by 3 Nephi 11 in the Book of Mormon. After Jesus Christ appears to the people here in the Americas and invite them to come and feel the wounds in His hands He gives a few His priesthood. Those who are given the priesthood are then directed in the exact way baptism is to be done. The fact that this is the first thing the Lord teaches the people in the Book of Mormon shows us its significance. Baptism is a sacred ordinance and with it we make a covenant (or promise with us and God). Being baptized is a commandment and that means that it is essential for our salvation. Since baptism is an ordinance it must be preformed properly by immersion and by the priesthood authority of God. That authority is only found within the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The covenant we make at baptism really is much more than a normal promise. In a covenant it is impossible for the Lord to fail at granting the blessings we are promised because of our obedience. With baptism we promise that we will take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ, to keep His commandments, to serve Him to the end of our lives, and in return we may always have His Spirit (The Holy Ghost) with us. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Braden Scothern
The fact that families can be together forever is very important to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We know that it is possible because of our Heavenly Father's and Savior's love. It is possible because of the priesthood authority that they have given to man to act for the salvation of God's other children. The family is the place where one can experience the greatest joys of life. And specifically the sealing power of the priesthood makes it so we can have that joy forever in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This sealing power was given to many ancient prophets such as Elijah. It was also given to the apostle Peter when Christ said, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19) It is because that priesthood power has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith in these last days that families can be together forever. So to those who understand this and have faith in Jesus Christ, the Plan of Salvation or Plan of Happiness, and the blessings the Lord has promised, we understand that death is part of the plan. Eventually those who are faithful to the Lord will be with their families again in the presence of God as long as we accept the sacred ordinances and keep the covenants that come with them. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Braden Scothern
The Word of Wisdom is a commandment from God. It has been given to us in order to help us take care of our bodies which are gifts from our Heavenly Father. It was restored to us in this dispensation (or a time with prophets with authority who are receiving revelation) in 1833 through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Lord has told us to not use Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, or Illegal Drugs in this revelation. Those who choose to keep this commandment are promised not only physical health but knowledge and wisdom from the Lord. The Word of Wisdom helps us keep the other commandments that are all for our happiness. The best ways for people to come to know if this is truly a commandment is: First, is to live it. Jesus Christ taught that if you want to know if something is of God or man, test it out (John 7:17). Those who do this in faith will come to see the blessings it can bring. Second, is to come to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. If he was a prophet then the Word of Wisdom is a commandment for all of us. The way to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet is to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Because if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith did translate it and was called of God. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Braden Scothern
Tithing has been a part of the Lord's church since the beginning. Abraham pays his tithes to Melchizedek in Genesis 14:17-20. Today we use the same law in order to provide financially for the Lord's kingdom on earth. So, faithful members of the Church donate 10% of their income. Those funds are used for many different things. These are things like construction of temples, chapels, and other buildings, and paying for the missionary programs costs (all of the materials given out). Helping people gain education, and many other things. But none of our tithes go to pay members for the service they give in the church. We have no paid ministry. In return for paying a full tithe the Lord promises that He will open the windows of heaven with great blessings. (See Malachi 3:10) Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Braden Scothern
Many ancient prophets wrote the Book of Mormon under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost just as the Bible was written the same way. These prophets started their records around 600BC when Lehi and his family are commanded to leave Jerusalem. As this family is in the wilderness the Lord directs them to the American continent where the remainder of the record takes place. These prophets say themselves what the purpose of their writings are multiple times. The prophet Nephi is one of them who said, "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 25:26) A reason their records were written and preserved was so they could share their testimonies of the Savior with the world in these last days. The Book of Mormon covers the history of about 1000 years with the highlight being a short but very powerful ministry of the resurrected Christ to His other sheep here in the Americas (John 10:16 & 3 Nephi 15:12-24). The record was put together by a prophet and historian named Mormon took the many records and then quoted and abridged them. Because he did this it is named after him and is The Book of Mormon. Within its pages is an undeniable testimony of Jesus Christ. It outlines the Plan of Salvation. It helps us 'come unto Christ' which is an invitation extended time and time again as it is read. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Braden Scothern
Helping our faith in Jesus Christ grow is not always easy but is worth it. The reason it is not always easy is because faith grows so slowly. It takes consistent, steady, and energetic work in order for it to grow. This is why a prophet in the Book of Mormon named Alma compared it to a seed. If we want to see our faith grow we must do something. Not acting upon faith is like having a seedling and letting it just sit in the same pot, in the sun, as it is scorched, and dies. But at the same time as we do things to help it grow it will little by little. The things we can do to help it grow our simple. We are obedient to God's commandments. This especially includes the reading from the scriptures and praying daily. Those little things even if it is just from 10 minutes a day will help our faith be nourished and it will grow strong and deep. One of the things that has impacted my faith drastically is reading, pondering, and praying about the Book of Mormon. Just like the Bible it is a testament of Jesus Christ. It has helped me come to know Him and what he expects. It has brought me faith and it has helped my faith grow so much. As anyone grows in faith they will be blessed with happiness. They will have a stronger desire to obey the Lord and to continue to come closer to Him. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
Pure happiness. The scriptures teach us that when we are obedient ot the Lord we are happy. That is why we do our best to align our will with His through prayer, scripture study, and going to church. We really want to know and do what God asks of us. While from the outside commandments may seem restrictive, once you understand them you see how they protect you and grant you more freedom and joy. Besides learning and trying to follow the commandments, the Gospel brings us happiness in other ways. Mostly because it helps us become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we become like Him we come to love others and see them for what they really are, children of our loving Heavenly Father, just as we are. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Braden Scothern
First, someone should get in contact with the missionaries. You can do this through the top of this website or a friend who is a member of the church. Second, you must have a desire to follow Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. The missionaries are there to help you understand what the Savior asks of us. Third, as you live the commandments and keep commitments you will be applying the Saviors teaching in John 7:17 which says, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." So as you live the teachings you will come to know the truth of them. Fourth, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Fifth, keep you baptismal covenants (a covenant is a two way promise between us and God) and be happy! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Braden Scothern
Yes! We love, serve, and worship Jesus Christ. We know that He is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. We look to Him as our example and strive everyday to apply His teachings and become more like Him. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It, just like the Bible, testifies of Him being the only way to return back to our Heavenly Father and gain salvation. I feel like the prophet Nephi in the Book of Mormon is someone who said it best with these words, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ... that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) So just like that ancient prophet in the America's looking forward to our Savior's coming, we now look forward to His second coming. We love our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Braden Scothern
At many times in the Bible prophets were commanded to practice polygamy. Some of these prophets were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. We know that plural marriage is a sin unless God commands us to practice it. In the Book of Mormon the prophet Jacob tells the Lords will on the subject, “for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things” (Jacob 2:27-30). So only as the Lord commands His people is it acceptable. While they early saints accepted this it was not an easy commandment to keep. They had many struggles with it and only under the direction of the Lord was it carried out. The Church leaders closely supervised the practice and only those who had been authorized by the Lord were to practice. In addition to that all of the marriages had to be performed by the sealing power of the priesthood which had been restored. It was not a temporary thing when it was practiced. In 1890, President Woodruff received revelation that plural marriage was no longer acceptable to the Lord. So the practice was stopped instantly. Anyone who practices polygamy now is NOT a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less