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Hi I'm Ron Bartholomew

I'm a Mormon. I teach full-time in the Church's Educational System

About Me

I am married with seven children. I love biking and rarely drive my car to work--even in the rain or snow. I love reading, and have become an expert in Church History. Several items of my research have been published in America and Europe. I teach college age young single adults at a local LDS Institute of Religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe Joseph Smith was called by God to restore the ancient Christian order, which includes: priesthood (both Aaronic and Melchizedek), saving ordinances (including baptismal, bestowal of the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and temple ordinances), the ancient Church structure (including prophets, apostles, etc.) and the gifts of the Spirit. I have found the truth in Mormonism. But more than the truth, I have found the saving truths.

How I live my faith

I have served as a lay instructor and leader of our local congregation for over 30 years. My primary responsibility right now is working with the young men in our local congregation ages 12-13. I also take care of four families in our congregation, two of which are homes with a single mother and children. For me, the gospel is very personal and I spend time every day reading in the scriptures, pondering their meanings and how they apply to my life, and engaging in personal and family prayer. Inspiration I receive from the Holy Ghost guides and directs my life, gives it meaning and purposes, and especially helps me in my relationships with others.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ron Bartholomew
Any Mormon can qualify to enter any temple. Because they are sacred houses of the Lord, Church leaders require a certain level of discipleship before a person is allowed. Essentially all that means is this Church leaders require that a person be living to a certain gospel standard in order to maintain the quiet, peaceful atmosphere that is required in a Holy setting such as the temple. If a member of the Church desires to comply with Jesus' teachings they can and are thus admitted into the temples. Sacred ordinances are performed therein, and we seek not to "cast our pearls before" the unworthy or those who would be disrespectful or perhaps not spiritually mature to the degree required to appreciate those ordinances. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Ron Bartholomew
Through reading his words in the Holy Bible and other scripture, by pondering how those messages apply to our lives, and by communing with him in personal and group prayer. We also come to Him through loving and serving each other as his perfect Son Jesus did. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Ron Bartholomew
I have been responsible for receiving the tithing of the members in my local congregation for over 10 years. It is collected and handled in the most sacred way, and immediately sent to Church headquarters, where our presiding leaders disburse it according to divine inspiration amongst several projects, which include the building of church houses and temples and other important operating costs of the Church. No member or leader in this church receives any financial reimbursement or remuneration for their service or office in the Church. Ours is a lay ministry--from the top to the bottom--and all tithing received by the Church is used to build up the Church and its programs world wide. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Ron Bartholomew
We believe in the Godhead Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We believe that they are all gods, that they are separate beings, that the Father and the Son have glorified, resurrected bodies of flesh and bone as described in the New Testament, and that they are wholly unified in purpose. We believe that sometime during the first century, A.D. the Apostles, who were called and given priesthood authority and keys the right to direct that priesthood authority were killed and that the Church, without that guiding authority, began to slip away form its original moorings. It was inevitable that men and women in and out of the original Christian Church would begin to learn false tradition and deny the teachings and truths of the early Church. Unfortunately, this led to the dark night of the apostasy. Happily, in the nineteenth century, a young boy named Joseph Smith sought God in prayer and received a divine commission from him to be his agent in restoring the priesthood, the authority to direct it, and the same covenants and ordinances that had existed in the early Church. Show more Show less

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

Ron Bartholomew
The husband and wife love each other and are perfectly true to each other physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, etc. They work together in doing the most important of God's work having children and raising a family, if they are able. We believe it is the husband's primary role to provide the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of his family, while the wife and mother is more equipped to nurture the children and create and maintain the home. Husbands and wives work together on the "chores" of the family cleaning, maintaining the property, and caring for the physical needs of the children, home and family. By doing so, they can hopefully point their children towards the gospel light, and provide an example of how Heavenly Father and Jesus work together for our blessing here and eventual salvation in the world to come. There is and should be perfect harmony among husband and wife, father and mother, just like there is perfect harmony between Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Ron Bartholomew
Absolutely, and we believe it literally as well. I have taught the Bible both Old and New Testaments to high school and college age students for the past 27 years, and the more I study and teach the Holy Bible, the more I am convinced, both spiritually and intellectually, that it is divine in its origins, that it is the word of the Lord to us, and that it is true! While there are many translations of the Holy Bible in English, I embrace the King James Version, while I am open to possibility in translation error and so I revert to the original Greek and Hebrew regularly in an effort to more fully understand the intent of the language of origin. I also fully embrace, with my heart, head and soul, the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible as the world of God. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Ron Bartholomew
 Faith is believing in things that have been spoken, whispered, or impressed upon you by the Holy Ghost, that are true, that you cannot necessarily experience with your five physical senses. But it is more than believing in them--it is putting your trust in those things. First and foremost, it is putting your trust in Jesus Christ, who you can experience with your spiritual eyes and senses, not necessarily your physical ones. It is believing and hoping that those experiences you have in the spiritual realm are real and true, and experiencing the concrete, real blessings that come from putting your trust in them. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ron Bartholomew
Jesus Christ's redeeming Grace is what saves us. It is what provides for the forgiveness of our sins and misdeeds, as well as for our glorious resurrection after we did. Were it not for his Grace we would all be lost to sin, the devil and death forever. Show more Show less