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Hi I'm Parker

I'm a music lover. I'm a player...opps, I mean, game player. I'm a chocolate chip cookie maker. I'm an entertainer. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm 19 and I'm living in the Portland Oregon area. I love to eat cookie dough ice cream out of the carton, even if it's cold outside. I love to sing at the top of my lungs in the shower, even if it's Justin Timberlake. I love to write music, even if in the end, it comes out very...unique...that's a good word for it... But it would take me all day to write everything that I love to do, and then no one would want to read it! So in the end, I just like to have fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that it is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And I know that Joseph Smith was a real prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and that it is true. I also know, if I didn't have this knowledge, my life would be in a totally different place, and I would not be as happy as I am now. Earlier in my life, there were times when I didn't want to be a Mormon for various small, dumb reasons. But, with time, I gained a testimony that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned that this gospel isn't here to constrict me, as I previously assumed, but it is here to truly free me.

How I live my faith

I believe that the way to really live your faith, is by your example, so I try to live my faith, by LIVING my faith. Being an example is one of the best ways to teach, so I try to just live my faith, knowing that others will see me, and will wonder why I am the way I am. Our religion is big on missionary work, so as I live as an example of our faith, that brings about great opportunities to share the gospel with others. To help them understand what a blessing this gospel is. And to show them how they can feel the same joy that I feel for Jesus Christ, and my Father in Heaven.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Parker
It is your sons birthday, so as his present you get him a new shirt, it's a nice shirt from his favorite clothing store, and when he opens it, he loves it. But then as time goes on, you notice, that drawings start appearing on his shirt, and there are random holes in his shirt. You start to feel sad because your son is ruining his clothes that you gave him, by writing on it, and putting holes in it. Our Father in Heaven has given us our body, which is like a shirt to cover our spirit. And just like the example, it was a gift from God, and he wants us to take care of our bodies. Just like you would feel sad if your son was ruining his shirt with markers, scissors, and stains, God feels sad when we abuse our bodies with tattoos, piercings, and addictive substances. Our bodies really are temples in the eyes of God, because they are where our spirits dwell. And, like how we aren't meant to live in a gross, dirty, unkempt home, our spirits aren't meant to dwell in an abused, hurt, neglected body. 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.

Parker
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, which means, it is the same church that Jesus Christ established when he was living on the earth. So if we are the exact same church that Christ established, wouldn't that mean we would have EVERYTHING that his church had? Maybe this will help clear it up. If you wanted to "restore" an antique table, that would mean that you would be trying to make the table look like it did when it was first completed, right? So while "restoring" that table, you wouldn't take off one of the legs, and turn it into a 3 leg table, right? You would try as best as you could, to make that table look just like it did when it was first built. It is the same with the Church. Why would God restore the same church that was around 2000 years ago, but "restore" it differently than it was first built? He wouldn't. That is why we have prophets and apostles, because the Church established by Christ was built apon prophets and apostles. Which means that if we really are the restored version of the chuch that Christ built, wouldn't we need the same things he had? Like prophets, and apostles?...So it's a good thing we have them then!! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Parker
If someone was talking to you about your Dad here on earth, and they said, “Wow, you sure know a lot about your Dad!! How do you know so much about him?” I would guess that most of us would say, “The reason I know so much about my Dad, is because I talk to him!” And it’s the same with our Heavenly Father! The best way to get to know Him, is talk to Him. Just pray! Simple right? Obviously as you obey the commandments and read the scriptures, that will bring you closer to Him as well. Just like when you obey the rules your earthly parents set, and listen to their council you will grow to trust them more and they will trust you more in return. But the best way to grow closer to your Heavenly Father, is to talk to him thru prayer. It’s simple, start off by thanking Him for the things you have, and asking for help with the things you need, and as you get more and more comfortable with the idea of prayer, you will grow to gain a deep love, and strong relationship with your Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Parker
You are hiking when you see this wall, and you want to scale it. You can tell it will be hard, but you already know that the view from the top will be amazing. So you start, and it IS hard. You have to do a lot of backtracking, trying to find the best way up. You keep making mistakes and luckily you’re tied in or you would’ve fallen to the dry, hard, cracking clay a hundred feet below. After a long struggle you make it pretty high up, but then you realize there is truly nothing else you can do. There is nowhere else to grab, nowhere else to stand, and nothing left to tie off onto. You’re in trouble. And you’re stuck. This is just like our lives. As we live, we are faced with stumbling blocks, and we slip and fall. At times we even have to backtrack and try a different path because of a mistake earlier in our lives. It’s a blessing for us that we have the Lord who is always there to guide us when we need Him. He will do so through our faith repentance, and enduring to the end. But then we all get to a spot at the end, where we can’t go any more on our own. We are stuck. That is when we really recognize the grace of God. Because without it, we would all fall short. And no one would be able to see that view from the top of the mountain. But because Jesus Christ loved us so much, He suffered so that we can live with him again. But only through Him can we be saved. Then, we can get to a point where we can reach the rope, but only after we have done everything we can do. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Parker
So let’s take a look at the guy next door who works at Burger King, flippin’ frozen patties, and wrappin’ Whoppers. He would probably be the first to admit that it’s not the most fun thing that he could be doing. But he does it because he is getting paid. But now let’s take a look at the wonderful lady across the street, who goes on a trip to Africa every year to do free dental care for the people who need her help. She would be the first to admit that she would do it year round if she could. And she doesn’t get paid a cent. So what is the difference? When you are being paid, it is an external motivation, or money. But when you are doing something because it’s what you want to do, it’s an internal motivation, or the feelings of happiness you receive by serving others. To me that is why we aren’t paid. If we were paid, there would be more people doing it just for the money. But sense we are doing it because of the joy and blessings that we receive we are willing to sacrifice more, to show the people we serve, the love that we really have for them. If we were being paid, that love wouldn’t be as strong or as real. This in turn means we wouldn’t nearly sacrifice as much for the people we serve. Show more Show less