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Hi I'm Nelson

I love the scriptures and I love science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work for the federal government as an analyst while studying part-time for a graduate degree in applied mathematics. Science and the scriptures are two great windows into God and His creation. Of particular interest to me is the understanding of biological causes of poverty, which I believe can help in poverty's alleviation. I also enjoy college sports and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My father joined the faith in Taiwan. He brought me to church each week, but I studied and practiced the faith primarily on my own. God's love manifested itself strongly in my family and academic life, and during my years as a full-time missionary. So in life I saw the actualization of Jesus' promise: "If any man do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). But soon it came time to examine whether my spiritual experiences are grounded in something real. So I studied issues of faith and science, and discovered that the laws of the universe both obey mathematical elegance and are tuned to striking precision to support intelligent life, strongly suggestive of a Creator. I also studied the Book of Mormon and found that the book is powerfully illuminated when read through an Ancient Near Eastern lens. Although some historical issues remain, I am convinced of the Book of Mormon's claim to be an authentic ancient document translated by the power of God. Thus because of the divine character of natural laws and the divinity of the Book of Mormon I know that my experiences with God in the LDS Church are legitimate.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures, pray to my Heavenly Father, and strive to live by the compassion embodied in the life of Jesus. To do so, I visit a group of members in my faith community each month to ensure that their spiritual and physical needs are met, and also informally tutor those within and outside my faith community in math skills, so they can be more productive members of society.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Nelson
The donation is both Biblical and necessary for the Church's operations. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Nelson
The "cult" label is used primarily by opponents of the Church who spread misinformation about the LDS Church. Mainstream experts on religion do not define The LDS Church in that way. The Church encourages education, inquiry, and is unique as a denomination wherein members become more devout as they become more educated. When people familiarize themselves with Mormons, they almost universally drop the cult notion about the Church. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nelson
Invite the missionaries over to hear their message. Attend church services or activities with Mormons, then pray and ask God whether their message is true. I encourage you to reflect on whether your experiences matches the message you've heard. And please send me a message on Facebook if you have questions. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Nelson
Yes. The following was revealed to the Church's first modern-day prophet: “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it." (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), 49) Although differences exist between Latter-day Saints and traditional Christians, we affirm that Jesus did and said what the New Testament said he did and said. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nelson
No. Smith contributed enormously to restoring Christ's Church, but he is not worthy of worship. God told Joseph, "Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth" (D&C 124:1). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Nelson
Mormons perform proxy baptisms on behalf of those who died without a chance to hear about Jesus. We know from the New Testament that Jesus preached to the dead in prison (see 1 Peter 3:18-20, 4:6) and that Paul used proxy baptisms to teach the importance of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:29). These individuals in the next life can then choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. So proxy baptisms are Biblical and demonstrate that God is fair to those who died without hearing about Christ. *Note: Mormons only perform this rite for their own deceased ancestors. Show more Show less