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Hi I'm Sanders

I am very photogenic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am just a normal guy who wants to be happy and find myself. I love music although my friends tease me about my taste for classic rock and roll. I love my family because we relate to each other so well. All of us play instruments and we get together to play whenever possible. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the example that my father set for me. He showed me what being a good person is all about. Of course, there is a lot more to it than just being a good person, but this was my first step in gaining my own faith in Jesus Christ. After many prayers that have been answered, scriptures that have pointed me to truth, and the love that I have felt from my heavenly father, I know that I am where I should be. 

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by trying to be Christlike toward all of my brothers and sisters here on Earth. I may not be the kindest or greatest person, but I know that I am moving in the right direction.

What is the Book of Mormon?

This book is God's way of telling us that he is there and that he loves us enough to give us more knowledge about who he is. We also gain insight into who we are and what our potential is. It is a record of people who lived the gospel and believed in Jesus Christ. There were prophets and teachers as well as many others whose story can be found in the Book of Mormon. In short, it is another volume of scripture that brings us to a sure knowledge that Jesus is the Christ. This is all well and good, but only if it can be applied to our lives today. I would be lost without this holy book. It is what has given me my belief in something better. Society would have us believe that we are worthless and should just live for whatever cheap thrill we can find because in the long run we don't really matter, but the Book of Mormon tells us that God truly loves us as his children. We are worth more than anything to him. I now know that I have a purpose here on Earth. The Book of Mormon helped me to realize this. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Because they don't know any better. I think that some people are afraid of what they don't understand, so they put up defenses. One of the ways we as humans do this is labeling things without really knowing what they are.  Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I believe that the the church is growing because of the message that is carried by every member. All of us have felt the joy that being in God's organization brings and we want to share it. In Matthew chapter five we read that we as members of the church of Jesus Christ are a light of the world. He tells us that we are like a candle that is placed on a candlestick so that it can give light to the entire house. People, great and small, recognize that light as good and when they see it, they want it in their lives. That is why the church is growing so fast. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is that sweet love that Jesus has for us. It is by grace that all people can return to live in God's presence, and experience perfect joy. Our Father in Heaven wants us to be happy. He knows that the only way to make this happen is for us to have the chance to live here on earth. Life is so amazing. We get to make choices for ourselves and participate in so many functions independently. The only downside is that all of us have abused those privileges to some extent. That is why we need Jesus Christ. He is the only one that can lead the way. Jesus set the example for us to follow. He teaches us to love everyone even as he loves us. The greatest thing that he has done for us is he paid the price of our mistakes so that we can be rid of the guilt and shame that come along with them. Grace is the love and mercy of our savior Jesus 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?

Yes! It is true and we are so lucky to live in a day where we know about it. The greatest part of the Book of Mormon is in 3 Nephi where it gives a record of what the Savior said to the people when He appeared to them in the flesh. The verses came straight from His mouth and we can have that much more of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ because of the added record of more of His actual words. He truly spoke to the people of this continent with all of the love and compassion that He speaks to all men of all generations when they have the faith to listen. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

The solution will take place one individual at a time. It seems to me that an issue like pornography isn't going to just go away. There are many routes that this smut takes to infiltrate our lives. Getting rid of all of them seems to be impossible. Instead we must decide within ourselves and our families to stay away from it. Just as in any potential addiction we need to decide our answer before we are presented with the temptation. When that rotten pop-up hits our screen, we must have already obtained the resolve that we need to keep ourselves from that fatal click which makes up the line between right and wrong. Staying clear of pornography is a lifetime battle for every person to some degree. That is something that we cannot avoid, but we can overcome. I believe this quote sums up what I am getting at perfectly. Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. -Thomas Carlyle Show more Show less