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Hi I'm Wesley

I love learning, whether it has to do with science, people, sports, music, or arts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports, I especially football (and I have recently discovered that rugby is almost as fun). I also enjoy being a part of musical theater. Between my school work and friends, it is hard to find spare time. But when I can, I like snowboarding and reading (not at the same time). As you can see, I am interested in almost everything, but my biggest interest would have to be people. I meet as many people as I can, and I try to do lots of service. I am currently preparing to serve a two-year mission in Paraguay, which is the greatest opportunity I have ever had.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is hard. It is easy to wonder about why we are here and why the world is the way it is. The Gospel of Jesus Christ answers these questions. I understand where I came from and what I am working towards. I also understand that Jesus is my Savior and Redeemer. He suffered, bled, and died for me. That means more to me than I can ever express. It means he can comfort me in every difficulty I encounter. It means I can repent of my sins; I can change. One of the other things I love about this church is the message that families can be together forever. My dad was diagnosed with cancer when I was seven, and after fighting it for two years he passed away. Though this will always be hard for me, I know it is not the end. I know that one day I will see him again, and because we were sealed together by the sacred Priesthood, we will be together forever. No other church can offer that. No other church has the Priesthood--God's authority--and no other church has as much truth as we do. That is why we want to share what we know with the whole world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading my scriptures every day. I am always looking to God for guidance, and I try to think about His purposes in all that I do. Because of that, I try to serve as much as I can. I have done a lot of work with handicapped children with several organizations, including ones sponsored by the church. I attend a Church-owned university, so I am surrounded by other members of my faith. Everyone in my apartment attends church together, and we are a very tight-knit group. We hang out together, lift each other up, and help each other live our standards. The Lord has given us a lot of standards to live by, which I am so grateful for. His commandments keep me out of a lot the troubles that other young adults my age have to worry about. They improve my relationships with others, with God, and with myself. I can feel good about myself because I am physically fit, sexually pure, and I know that I everything I do is contributing to the work of the Lord.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that in order to enter into the highest kingdom in heaven, you have to be baptized by proper authority. God loves all his children, so He is going to make sure that they all have a chance to hear his Gospel and be baptized. Often, that has to happen after this life, so He has prepared a way for those people to be baptized by proxy. This happens in our temples. We do nothing with their mortal bodies, and their spirit still has the choice as to whether or not to accept the baptismal ordinance. We are not forcing anyone to join our church, nor do we mean any disrespect to people's ancestors. In fact, because of this work, the LDS Church does a lot of family history research, which helps people connect to their ancestors. Show more Show less