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Hi I'm Benjamin

I grew up in Utah, I do Parkour, I have 10 siblings, and I'm a Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

About Me

I spend most of my freetime doing parkour and freerunning. Parkour is basically the fastest way from point A to point B, like running up walls, jumping fences, and jumping from building to building. Freerunning is almost the same thing but doing flips and tricks. I also love videogames, spending time with my family, and helping others.

Why I am a Mormon

 I may have grown up in the church but that isn't why I'm Mormon. When I was about thirteen I started to question everything I had been taught. I had little desire to pray, and no desire to read scriptures or go to church. At one point I would use even a runny nose to claim that I was sick and couldn't go to church. The times that I convinced my parents not to make me go I felt something missing. At the time I justified it thinking I just had to get used to it because I had gone my whole life. That summer I had the opportunity to go to Especially for Youth efy. The best way to describe it simply is a week at a college campus where you have fun getting to know others around your age, and get taught spiritually. I had the desire to go because my older siblings went the year before and had an amaizing experience. While I was there I enjoyed every minute of it. Near the end of the week they challenged my group to pray to know if God was there and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. I took that challenge and got down on my knees that night and prayed. I couldn't tell if I had gotten my answer or not and just went to sleep. The next day they had a musical program made up of anyone that wanted to join and a video about Jesus Christ. It was during that time that I got my answer, a feeling came over me that's hard to describe. It filled my whole soul and I knew that God was there and that Joseph Smith was called by him to restore his church on the earth today! It was the first time in my life that I almost cried over something spiritual! I can still remember that feeling today and have felt it many times since then, and that is why I'm Mormon!  

How I live my faith

I do my best to follow the example of Jesus Christ by helping others in need, and sharing his Gospel with anyone who is willing to listen. I uplift and encourage my friends to do what is right. Other than that I love doing normal things that are consistant with God's commandments.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Benjamin
The term "mormon" was a derogitory nickname used by those who hated and persecuted us back in the days that Joseph Smith restored the church. It was given to us because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. Mormon was actually an ancient prophet who lived in the Americas around 400 A.D. The reason it's called the Book of Mormon is because this prophet took all the records passed down from about the time of 600 B.C. to his time, and also the record of a civilization that came before them, and put them all together into one book keeping in it only the parts he knew could benefit us in our day. This book was then passed on to his son Moroni who later burried it until the time Joseph Smith would be directed by God to find and translate it. We would prefer to be called members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because we are his church. Although they were all prophets this church isn't Moses' church, Moroni's church, or even Mormon's church it is Jesus Christ's church so it is called after his name. Jesus Christ is the centeral figure in all of our worship. The part Latter-Day Saints is part of that name because we are saints just like those who believed in the days of Christ, and Latter-Day because these are the last days before Jesus Christ's second comming. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Benjamin
We believe that we are saved only through the grace of Christ. Many commonly make the mistake thinking that we believe we are saved by the works we do. This is false. We do things because we want to improve ourselves as followers of Christ. As stated in James chapter 2 in the bible: These things show/prove our faith, without works faith is nothing. Jesus Christ will forgive us but he expects us to do certain things, namely: Have faith in him, repent of all our sins, be baptized, recieve the Holy Ghost, and keep his commandments throughout our lives. We are jugded for everything we do, but in the end we are saved only through the grace of Christ. Show more Show less