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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a man who loves his music, I'm a red head, I'm constantly amazed at the ridiculous learning curve of life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the kind of person who does! I have never really been one to sit back and watch, I have always wanted to try new things. I have participated in just about any sport you can name, I have been in plays and musicals, choirs, and quartets. I am a doer! As for being good at the things I try, thats another story! I have always felt this need to have substance in life. To have something of worth, and I think that that is what led me to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I spent my life looking for true joy and I never found it until I dove into the scriptures and actually tried to develop my relationship with God. I think that the world definitely has a lot to offer, but when compared to what I have recieved from being faithful to God, those things dont seem as important or worthwhile. I have always been a doer and that is something that has led me to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Being a follower of God is not only belief or even going through the motions, it is about living!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I have found it to be true. Often times in my life I would ask myself "How is my parent's faith different from anyone elses? Others believe that their religion is true, so how is there faith different?" I never understood fully my purpose in this life or where I was even going. I never felt like God wasn't there, but I never really felt like I had recieved a real answer to any of my prayers. I never understood why I hadn't recieved those answers either. One day I finally realized that though I had studied and prayed about the gospel, I had not yet done all that I could to know what God's plan was for me. So, I decided to serve a mission, I decided to devote 2 years of my life to finding the answers I needed. I thought in my head "Worst case scenario.... I go and serve people for 2 years and try to help them any way I can and I never really find out what direction I need to take." I stand as a witness now nearly a year from that point, that this church is true and that I for the first time in my life have felt the Spirit of God in my life daily! I have recieved answers to my prayers that were uttered years ago, and I finally understand what my role is in the eternal plan that God has for me. The best part of all of it though is that you can have all of the same thing I now have. I am no more special to our Father then you are and if you earnestly seek after him, you will feel the Holy Spirit confirm to you what God wants for you. I promise you that all you need to do is pray, and you will feel a joy that you never thought possible.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to find joy. God intends for all of us to be happy, and so if we find true and everlasting joy it is from God and should be pursued. So I live my faith by seeking after joy and earnestly following it when I find it. I live my faith one day at a time.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Chris
The reason that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not practice paid clergy is because all members of the church are expected to contribute to the Church as a whole. Consider 1 Cor 12:14-31 ( http://lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-cor/12?lang=eng ) Paul uses the analogy here of the church being a body. All parts of the body, though different in role are necessary for life. Thus all members of the church though different in roles are necessary for the church to continue forward. No person is better then the other even though they contribute in different ways. Would it not be against the spirit of service to pay one person and not another? Paul also taught that charity never faileth, and so no person whether it be the leader of the church or the leader of a congregation gets a single penny for their service. Consider also the sermon on the mount in which The Lord teaches us "19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19-21) ( http://lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/6?lang=eng ) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Chris
The purpose of life is a pretty broad topic, but i think that that is because it is such an important one. Something within all of us longs to know why we are here and how we came to be. As I have prayed and studied this topic I have learned that this life is summed up by one simple word..... Progression. This life is about progressing, and this is what God wants for all of us. Consider the parent child relationship, most, if not all parents want their children to succeed and be the best that we can be. Well I pose a question, if God is our Father then what does he want for us? The way that we progress is by learning from our mistakes aswell as the experiences of daily life. Some lessons can only be learned the hard way, and can only be learned through experience. But God has not abandoned us, he has provided us with many resources to help our progression but he has given us the choice to use those resources or ignore them. I encourage all to use the resourses that he has provided, because as I have, I have found true joy and one thing I know is that happiness is the grand design of Gods plan for us. All things are given so that we can obtain happiness. Show more Show less