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Hi I'm Kord

I play the saxophone. I play with swords. I play video games, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just an average, run of the mill guy, or at least I like to think so. I'm currently attending school studying Creative Writing with a minor in music. I want to teach, and I love writing and music, so the degree will allow me to teach both. I enjoy reading and writing, and playing music as well. I also love to play games of any type: video games, board games, card games, rpgs, they all appeal to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the church to be true, though it wasn't something that really came easily to me. I grew up in the church, but I didn't really do anything in it because I truly believed; rather, I did it because I knew that I was expected to. I believed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be true mainly because it made sense to me. This is also why I decided to serve a two-year mission for the church, leaving all personal affairs behind and solely dedicating two years to unpaid work for the church. As I began, I felt extremely inadequate, and didn't really feel that I wanted to continue. It brought me to my knees, and after about a week of consistent prayer and humbling of myself, our Heavenly Father answered me by touching my soul with His Spirit. It is difficult to describe, but pure joy flooded throughout every fiber of my being. I knew without a doubt that it was from God, and that this was His true church. I had experienced similar experiences previous in my life, but I never really recognized them. I know that my answer was from God.

How I live my faith

I am currently the organist for my local congregation. We call them "Wards" to help organize them. Each week in our worship service, I play the organ for the various hymns which we sing. I don't recieve any compensation for it except for the joy and happiness that I see on people's faces. I do it voluntarily. I'm also what we call a "Home Teacher." At least once a month, I visit a couple of families in the ward with another member, and we see if they need help with anything and we get to know them and just have a good visit. Near the end, we share a quick gospel message with them.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kord
Let me ask you a question- If an ice cream man pulled you over for speeding and tried to write you a ticket, would you pay it? No, because he does not have the authority to do so. Only a police officer can do that. And, just the same way authority is important in writing a speeding ticket, authority is important in performing a baptism. That authority is God's authority, his Holy Priesthood. Just like we wouldn't pay a ticket written by an ice cream man, we shouldn't accept a baptism without God's authority.  Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Kord
 We need a Savior because we all make mistakes. God is perfect, and because he is perfect, nothing that is imperfect can live with Him. Without a Savior, we would never be able to go back to live with our Heavenly Father. Justice says that we cannot come back because of our mistakes. Our Heavenly Father, being perfect, is perfectly just, and so He must follow that law. We would have to pay a debt that we ourselves are incapable of paying. But, Jesus Christ paid that price. His Atonement was infinite, meaning that it covers the price of every single sin of every single person who has, who is, or who will ever live. Without Him, we would die and that would be the end of everything. We would never be with our families forever. We would never be resurrected. Everything is possible because we have a Savior. He asks us to keep His commandments, and in turn He pays the price that needs to be paid for all of us to go back to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. He is able to exercise mercy in our behalf. Mercy and justice are opposites, and in order for both to work, there must be a middle man. And Christ, the Savior of the World, is that middle man. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Kord
We believe that the family is "the most important social unit in time and in eternity". That means the most important, period. End of story. We are all a part of our Heavenly Father's family, and we are all part of a family as well. No one is exempt, either on earth or in heaven. Life's greatest joys and life's deepest sorrows are all experienced in the family. Family life is the center for all teaching and training of children. It is our duty to consistently build stronger family relationships by spending time with each other, by caring for one another, and by just being there for one another. Perhaps the greatest blessing of the family is the opportunity to be with your family forever. It is for this reason that Mormons don't just focus on our immediate family, but also our extended family, as far in any direction as possible. The blessing of being together is for all. Not just a select few. Our Heavenly Father wishes all of His children to be with Him forever. That includes all of us. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kord
I do believe that there is a prophet like Moses today. After all, prophets existed in the Old and New testaments. Then, all of sudden, for some reason they all disappeared. We haven't seen prophets for nearly 2000 years! Why would God, in His perfect, unchanging self, decide to take all the prophets away and never give them back to us? Why would He give living scripture to people 2000 years ago, and not today? Doing so would make Him a respecter of persons, and I testify that God is no respecter of persons. He loves us just as much as He did the people 2000, 4000, and 6000 years ago. And, He continues to bless us with prophets which speak directly for Him on the earth today. Should the Red Sea need to be parted again, it could be, because there are prophets like Moses again on the earth. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kord
 Faith is something that you hope for, but can't see. For example, I have faith that there is wind. I can't see it, but I can feel it's effects. It's much the same with God as well. I can't see Him, but I can feel His loving influence in my life. When you have faith in your life, you also tend to have an optimistic attitude, and rely on God for aid in your struggles. You are more grateful for things that you receive, and recognize answers to your prayers quite often. You are driven to do your very best for God, because you have faith that He will help you accomplish anything that you need to do. Faith always is accompanied by a bright hope for the future, as well as a pure love for every single one of God's children. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kord
Serving a mission is not a requirement, though it is strongly encouraged of young men. Men are not looked down upon should they choose not to serve a mission. It could be that the circumstances of their life were not right at the time. My dad didn't serve a mission when he was 19, but went into the military instead, because he did not feel spiritually ready to serve a mission at the time. A mission is a chance to serve our fellowmen in another area of the world for two years, and because of this is a duty that we all should strive to accomplish, though it is not commanded. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Kord
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in financed entirely from private, volunteer donations from the members of the church. All members are expected to donate 10% of their increase annually, in a law known as "tithing". This is not a new doctrine; it was revealed to men such as Abraham and Malachi. Abraham paid tithes of all he possessed to Melchizedek, and Malachi rebuked the Israelites for their failure to pay their tithing to the Lord (see Genesis 14:20 and Malachi 3:8-10 respectfully). Tithing is a word that means "tenth", hence the ten percent. Their are many other funds as well that members of the church are asked to donate to from time to time as well, such as the welfare fund, perpetual education fund, temple fund, missionary fund, and so forth. Since the entire clergy is a lay ministry, no one receives any of the money that comes from tithing and other funds. Instead, it all goes to building new meetinghouses for people to worship in and their upkeep, as well as the other funds previously mentioned. Show more Show less