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Hi I'm Lance

I'm from CA, don't like the beach, I throw yoyos & love it, I'm determined to see justice done, I read & rock climb & I'm a Mormon

About Me

I like all kinds of things, rock climbing is great, mountain biking is fun, I love the stairmaster at the gym, I enjoy playing a computer game or two with my friends, I thoroughly enjoy a good game of Magic the Gathering. I know how to throw yoyos, I like learning about the history of the United States. I enjoy doing crazy things, although I'm not generally the one that comes up with the idea. So I like being around people that come up with that kind of stuff. I am the oldest of 7 children but my little sister acts much more responsible than I do, I will forever be a kid at heart, I love having goofy fun too much to properly "grow up". I love my family dearly and know that even if we are different, we will always love each other. I know life is what you make of it, no one can take away my freedom to choose what I want to do, and that drives me to be the best I can be. I love life and know that humankind can do anything they put their minds to, the trick is finding the things that are really worth putting your mind to. I'm 21 years old, soon to be 22. I'm getting ready to go to college, and I'm super excited about life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but I have learned for myself how much it blesses my life and the lives of my family and friends. When I live it the way I know I'm supposed to, I am happier, more satisfied with my life and feel better about myself, I don't regret anything I do when I live the gospel, and that's really important to me. It gives me a reason to keep trying to be better, it is an anchor that never moves, and it is a motivation to be the best that I can be because Jesus Christ wants me to become like him. God has so much more in mind for us that we do for ourselves, He sees our true potential, and I want to live up to it. I know that Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for me, and for all other people that would ever live on this earth. He did this because he loves us all so much that he wants us to return and live with our Heavenly Father again. I want to repay him in any way I can, and the best way I can think of is to live as he taught us to live, follow his prophets, read his words, and follow his example. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints helps me do all these things and more.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always striving to improve myself, make myself more like Christ, and always trying to do better than I did yesterday. I go to church every week with my family, I learn from my teachers, I read the scriptures, I pray, and go to activities and service projects. I strive to be a better person. I know the wonderful effect the Gospel can have when we live it to the fullest and I want everyone to have the same joy.   I know that my Heavenly Father gave me this life and my wonderful family, I want everyone in the world to have the same amazing happiness that I have when I live his commandments.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Lance
Not all Mormons serve missions, one of my best friends didn't, we don't believe that it is a requirement to be with our Heavenly Father again, but all appropriate aged young men are encouraged to serve a mission, and I would encourage them to as well. I cannot describe the joy that you feel when you know that someone has changed and improved their lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ because you taught them. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Lance
 We believe that baptism is an outward symbol of a sacred covenant, or contract, that we make with our Heavenly Father. when performed properly and by the proper authority, it cleanses us of all our sins and trangressions and lets us start new. We believe that all people must be baptised in order to return to be with our Heavenly Father. A proper baptism is performed by Priesthood authority, which is the power to act in God's name on the earth, and when you are baptized, you are immersed in the water completely. It symbolizes death, burial and resurrection without sin. Show more Show less

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

Lance
We definitely regard the Bible as the word of God, and use it in our worship and study. We also regard the Book of Mormon as the word of God revealed to other prophets in another part of the world. The Bible took place in Ancient Israel, the Book of Mormon was written to record the history of the Peoples of Ancient America. We also believe that just like in those days, our Heavenly Father has called a prophet in this day and age. This prophet helps us to understand God's will and helps us to keep on the right path. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Lance
We believe that the Family is one of the most important social units in all of eternity, we believe that we are our Father in Heaven's spirit children, and that he gives us families on this earth to prepare us to have an Eternal family like he has. We believe that the family can be sealed together to remain strong and united throughout the rest of Eternity. Show more Show less

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

Lance
When Christ died and his apostles were persecuted and killed, the authority to answer doctrinal questions was lost, all people had to turn to was the writings of these prophets who weren't around anymore to answer questions. The Bible is definitely the Word of God, however, anyone who looks around can see that people are split on many issues in the Bible, even something as important as baptism. One of the reasons we needed a restoration was so that a prophet with the authority from our Heavenly Father could help us know what God's will was. God also provided a way for every person to know whether the Restoration actually happened. The Book of Mormon teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ, being Faith, Repentance, Baptism by Priesthood Authority, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End, and works hand in hand with the Bible to testify of Christ as our Savior. It also establishes that Joseph Smith was a Prophet called of God to restore the Gospel, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ again restored in it's entirety to the earth. Show more Show less

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

Lance
 We definitely believe in a living prophet, God called prophets all throughout the Bible and Book of Mormon, and he doesn't stop loving his people because time passes. He has called another prophet on the earth today, The Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith, who was called as a prophet, and Joseph Smith received the authority to administer the church. He received it from Peter, James and John, who received it from Jesus Christ himself. It was passed on throughout the church to all worthy males, and we have a prophet who holds that authority in the church today. His name is Thomas S. Monson. We listen to him as we would any prophet of old, he helps us understand the scriptures, he encourages us to be more like Christ, and he helps keep God's Church on the earth running. He is inspired by our Heavenly Father and is a wonderful example of a follower of Christ. Show more Show less

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

Lance
Jesus Christ is nothing less than the most important person to ever live on the earth, He is the literal Son of the Eternal Father, The Savior and Redeemer of the world, and His immense love for humankind cannot be comprehended. Without Jesus the Christ, the world would be without hope, none of us could return to live with God without him, and we as members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter day saints revere and worship him. Jesus Christ led a perfect life and took upon himself the punishment for sin, the pain, the sicknesses and the infirmities of all mankind, in this act of infinite love he bled from every pore and suffered as only God could suffer. He was betrayed into the hands of his enemies, and gave up his life on the cross for us. He rose on the third day and by so doing paved the way for all of us to eventually be resurrected. He is the Light and the Life of the world, and what he did for us cannot be adequately described in words. I love my Savior and have felt his healing power through the process of repentance, I hope that as I live my life I can grow closer to being like him, I know that it will not be easy, but it will be worth it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Lance
The Holy Bible is the compiled writings of prophets from the time of Adam down until a few years after Christ. It tells us of ancient peoples and their dealings with God, it also tells us of the life of Jesus the Christ, it is a powerful witness of the Divinity of Christ and that God exists. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We revere it as holy scripture, however, we do understand that it has been through countless translations and is not perfect. We understand that it is the writings of prophets and that without the prophets and their authority, the scriptures can only help us so much. We read our Bible, we also read the Book of Mormon and other writings of modern day prophets, because we understand that scripture is the words of prophets, written down. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Lance
Often people label us as a "cult" because we are a little different than the "mainstream" Christian churches; (i.e. Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, etc.) We are not a cult, anyone who says we are is misinformed, straight up. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, that is what we believe, and I have found that truth for myself, independent of my family, friends, and leaders. Satan opposes everything that is good and wholesome in this world, we support everything good and wholesome. There is a scripture that says "everything which is good cometh from God, and that which is evil cometh of the Devil." One of Satan's greatest lies is to portray that which is good as something evil, thus, he puts it into the hearts of men to label us a "cult". I have been to branches of this church in Utah, Mississippi, California, and Alabama, and nothing that the church teaches in any of them has encouraged anyone to do anything wrong. None of them. A cult generally encourages people to blindly follow, without searching out other options, they are generally under the authority of a single tyrannical leader who does not want his followers to see anything but his way. The leaders of our church are mighty men of faith, they teach us to search out and find the truth for ourselves, they aren't perfect, but they strive to move towards it. Jesus Christ is the Head of this Church, of this I testify. Again, we are not a cult, everyone who knows our doctrine and honestly seeks to understand us knows this. Show more Show less