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Hi I'm Lance

I grew up in small town Utah. I'm an adrenaline Junky. I'm a mama's boy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Utah. I graduated 2008 with 90 in my class. I had a ball in high school i was on the football team. During the summers I was a lake rat. My family had a boat we would take it out almost every day. Seeing how high I could launch on a wake board was what I lived for. During the winter with the boat in the gauge and ice on the lake, I love the mountain I love to snowboard. We would leave where I lived around six in the morning to be the first on the lifts and wouldn't stop tell it was closing time. I grew up in an average family three of us kids’ mom and dad until something happened that changed our lives forever. I lost my father to a Heart failure. I was 11yrs, my brother 16yrs and my sister 6yrs old. That experience has shaped who I am today and strengthen my faith in God. My Mother 3 years later found a nice guy. He put his three kids and our three kids and made a big happy family. I'm currently serving a full-time mission in the mid-west and loving it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in to a Mormon family. My Mom side of the family I know has been members of the church for over 5 generations. Like most Latter-day Saint children I was kind of hanging on to my mother’s shirt tails. I didn’t ask too many questions, from church every week to youth group weekly. Like a lot of people there comes a time when your beliefs are challenged and your faith in Jesus Christ is tested. I think this came as an aftershock of the death of my father. It wasn't until I felt like I really needed him that I really felt that he was gone. I remember it was about my freshmen year in high school that I started to feel that emptiness of not having him in my life. So many challenges come to you in that part of your life new school, new teachers, new friends your childhood is over. The influence of Drugs, Alcohol becomes all the more apparent. I started hanging out with the wrong people. Before I knew it I turned my back on the church what I believed. I was oblivious of what I was doing I was just doing what I wanted to do. It was all about me I was determined to prove everyone wrong. But the whole time I was just trying to feel a hole that I had in my heart, of not having my father with me. I used the parties to hide I was not able to face reality I got to my worst point. Where I felt lost I was about to graduate in 3 months and reality was coming to get me if I liked it or not. I slumped into a depression I felt like I didn't even know if God was even there. I remember one night where I watched a movie called finding faith in Christ. I remember just watching it and felt all the guilt for all the things that I had done. I remember just crying for it seemed like hours. Then I felt like this undeniable feeling of warmth and comfort come over me. I felt if Jesus Christ himself was there putting his had his arms around me. That is the moment that I knew that Jesus Christ is real and he really did suffer and die for me. I than was overcome with a feeling of Joy and Happiness that I had never before experienced. I continue to feel that as I Read the Scriptures as I go to church and as I share that with everyone that I can. The healing power of the Atonement is used as we Repent and come unto him. I felt that, I never want to let this feeling go. Come taste of the goodness that this message has to offer. I love this Church, I love my Savior.

How I live my faith

I have taken two years out of my life to serve as a full-time missionary. I'm the guy that you think are crazy knocking doors, riding my bike, walking the streets. I gave up my snowboard for scriptures, my wet suit for a business suite. We had a guy come up to me last week and tell me as if I hadn't thought of it before he said "you know you don't have to do this?" I love being a missionary I get a chance to see people change their life to come closer with Jesus Christ. There is nothing I would have rather done for two years. After so long on your mission people say "isn't it hard to give... such and such thing up." to me that doesn't even register. It’s worth every dime every minute I've never felt so close to my Heavenly Father. I know how the Saviors feet must have hurt after a long day of doing miracles. It brings a new frame of mind you see the world as it really is and what it can become. My opinion is you get to see it as the Heavenly Father wants it to be, nothing better than being a missionary.

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

Lance
The Missionaries they are full time teachers they are willing to answer any question that you have! you can request them threw this website to come to your home or can meet them at the closest meeting house. we will do our best to meet your schedule. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Lance
They are to work together to provide for both Spiritual and Physical needs of the Children. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Lance
 Heavenly Father. 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.

Lance
 Not the case after Jesus ascended into heaven they choose another apostal to fill the place of Judes. Showing that the organization was ment to go on. the organization of the church that Christ set up was a perfect one. Heavenly father revealed to Joseph Smith to continue that patern. 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?

Lance
No, there is only restrictions based on righteousness. To hold the priesthood we most live a pure life. Race and color do not keep you from holding the priesthood. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Lance
not true at all. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Lance
Jesus Christ was willing to walk over 60 miles to Bethabara from Nazareth in saddles, to be baptized by John. John the Baptist was a prophet and held special authority. Christ set the Example there was other places that where a lot closer that he could have gotten baptized at. But he recognized the authority that John held. I like to think of it like this lets say and ice cream man pulled you over for speeding. He wrote you a ticket. What if a cop pulls you over and gives you a ticket. What is the difference between the ice cream man and the police officer? …Authority right. God recognizes that authority that he gives to man to act for him on earth if he were here. I know that that authority has been restored to the earth. The Priesthood that John held is held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Lance
no Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Lance
The Priesthood is the Power and authority to act in the name of God. Christ gave it to his apostles' "the keys of the kingdom" and they could "Bind on earth and in Heaven" Matt 1619. Ordinance's such as baptism, the preparing, blessing and passing of the sacrament, ministering to the sick, giving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The Prophet Joseph Smith was given that priesthood by angelic visitors such as John the Baptist, Peter, James, John. The Prophet today holds that same priesthood and delegates it to worthy male members of the church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Lance
 The Bible is the Word of God. It contains sacred writings by many prophets. it contains the Life and Ministry of the savior Jesus Christ among the Jewish community. It contains the ministry of the Apostles Peter James John Paul. why wouldn't we believe in such a sacred text. we just believe our Father in heaven continues to send his word through Prophets. Men of God like he did in biblical times. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Lance
Eternal life is living in Gods presence for eternity with our families. We experience the same kind of joy that our Father in heaven does. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Lance
We dress in the best we have to show respect and reverence for our heavenly father. most men wear suits women wear a dress. But what ever is your best is, the important thing is that you are there with us. we celebrate all Christian holidays. We really like Green Jello also its a Mormon thing. We call everyone Brother and Sister kinda strange but we are all brothers and sisters. Show more Show less

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

Lance
Mormons practice the Law of the Tithe, as they did in Jesus Christ time and in Old Testament times. The Buildings, books and temples are supported by this money. It has been set at 10 percent of your income to make it equal through out the church. No matter rich or poor its still 10 percent, both are blessed equally for there sacrifices. For me it’s a privileged to pay tithes it represents my faith in the Lord knowing that he will bless me. Show more Show less