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Hi I'm Levi Harper

Im a cowboy, a little crazy at the best of times, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a cowboy and love to drive and ride horses. Me and my dad love to drive our team in farm compitions. I have been a cowboy probably since before I even came to earth. I can be a bit on the wild side at times, but I can buckle down and focus when I need to. I love to be with my brother and hang out with him. We like a lot of the sames things, like video games, music, movies, and superheros. I enjoy building model airplanes and love airplanes in general; I would like to be able to fly them eventually. Snowboarding is one of my many hobbies. My family and friends have been a huge influence in my life, always encourging me to continue when I wanted to quit. After I graduated in the year 2011, my family moved to Lewisville, Idaho from Preston, Idaho; where I lived for about 8 years after moving from West Weber, Utah. There, I worked at a Chevy dealership running car parts. I stopped that job to do something even better, serve a two year mission. I am serving in Long Beach, California. I don't really know what is in store for me when I get home in 2014; I will most likely attend BYU-I, not really sure what I will study yet, though. It has always been one of my dreams to fly, so the Air Force could be a possibility of my future. My sister said that I would make a good seminary teacher, so I might look into that.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon? Why aren't you a Mormon? I am a member of this great chruch because in my heart I know it is the truth. This religion makes everything in this world we live in fit together. I am a Mormon, not just because I was raised in the church, it is because I have read The Book of Mormon. I have done as the prophet, Moroni, has asked, and I have asked of God, in the name of Jesus Christ if this church is the truth. In The Book of Mormon we can find some of the greatest words of advice found. I have felt Gods love, and I know that this is the right path for me and for everyone else. I am a Mormon because of the love that has been shown to me by God, His everyday mercies keep me pushing on. Whenever life gets tough, I always think of how hard it was for Jesus to continue; or how hard it was for Job to keep strong. Then whatever the challenge, I can face it. "Thou art not yet as Job; thy friends do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job." (Doctrine ans Covenants 121:10). I am a Mormon because of the courage of our first prophet, Joseph Smith, in this dispensation (which is when the Lords gospel is on the earth), and his brother, The Patriarch, Hyrum Smith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living life, to be more specific, trying to be the best me. I love being alive, every rush of anything that we feel; every crazy color, feeling, sense, that we have is directly from God. He has given us this chance to be on an earth and live a life. Why wouldn't we want to take care of that? Living the laws that God has given are for our gain. By living these "rules" we become the best us. For example, I love following the law of the Word of Wisdom, it keeps me going and keeps me healthy; which lets me do the things that I love; running cattle (it is alot more then just sitting ontop a horse), snowboarding with my family and friends, or just being crazy. Laws keep us safe and I love that about life, rules dont restrict, they release.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Levi Harper
Our church services is a three hour block which has three different meetings; First is the Sacrement meeting, it last for about an hour, during this meeting we will sing hynms, say a prayer and then eat the sacrament. The sacrament is what we do to remember the promises we have made with God. then we have a couple people from the congragation give talks and share personal experiances, all forcused around the teachings of Christ. We then have our Sunday School, which is offered to different age groups starting at for the age of 12 and up; this meeting is about an hour and focuses on, again, the teachings of Christ. for anyone under the age of 12 we have primary which is simplafied teachings for the younger kids. We then have another meeting seperated into Men and Women, this gives gives the chance to each group to learn about Christs teaching more towards the individual. visitors are more then welcome to join in! if your not sure when the meetings in your area start, search for the missionaries in your area and i promise that they will take you with open arms. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Levi Harper
Joseph Smith was the first Prophet in the restored church. At the age of fourteen, Joseph was confused of which church to join, so, one day as he was studing the bible; he came across James 5:1 which read "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, That givith to all men liberaly and upbradith not, and it shall be givin him." As Joseph tried to sleep that night, the verse of scripture was on his mind. Then the impression came to Joseph, "If any man needed help, I did." So, the following morning, Joseph went into the woods to pray he looked around to see if any one was there, seeing no one, he knelt and began to offer a open prayer. then a pillar of light appered directly over his head, and decended gradually until it fell apon him. Within the light, two people stood in the air. Joseph described them as beautiful. The two people where God and His Son, Jesus Christ. "One said, pointing to the other, This is my beloved Son, Hear Him." When Joseph asked which church to join, the answer was none of them. The story continues on, If you would like to know more contact the local missionaries, they will be able to answer your questions. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Levi Harper
The funding for the individual missionary is paid by the individual missionary. The missionary will pay a certain amount every month which will pool together using what is called the law of consecration. This is that all the money is put together and then dished out to fund all the missions world wide. This law was once tried in LDS history, but failed because of the natural pride that everyone has. One thing people must realize is that this is the perfect and true gospel of Jesus Christ, but that no body on the planet is perfect. Just because we are Mormons does not mean that we are perfect, but we try our hardest to follow the example of Jesus Christ. As for the copies of The Book of Mormon, cards, and other teaching items; these are funded by a portion of the tithing. Tithing is the ten percent of our income that we give to the church so that it will continue to grow. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Levi Harper
Our tithing money is used for building, maintaning and, in some cases, remodeling church buildings; this includes temples, visitor centers, church houses, seminary buildings, ect. The money is also put towards helping the homeless, hungery and sick. a couple things that tithing doesn't fund are individual missionaries, yea, thats right, mormon missionaries pay to serve the lord; also under what it doesnt pay for is our church leaders, right again, none of our church leaders get paid for thier service. Why, you might ask, because they are paid with the Lords blessings. Show more Show less

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

Levi Harper
We are asked to give, willingly, ten percent of our income because it is how the church functions. When Joseph Smith, our first prophet in the restored chuch, restored the church, we didn't have the law of tithing. He had loads of debt, all for the Lord. Many LDS, or mormons, donated on their own free will. Later on in church history God restored the Law of Tithing, just as it hd been in the old and new testament times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Levi Harper
No, the LDS reliegon does not worship Joseph Smith. But, we do hold him high in our hearts. We worship our Heavely Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was the first Prophet in the restored church, hints the name Latter-Day Saints. After Joseph was murdered, God continued to call prophets to recieve guidence for all of His children, which is everyone who lived, lives now, or ever will live, apon the earth. Today's Prophet is Thomas Monson, who still to this day, recieve guidence for everyone. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Levi Harper
Our Father in Heaven chooses the Prophet. This may be a little confusing for a people out-side our church, and even some within the church to understand, but let me try to explain. In this Church we know that God still communicates with man, as in the old and new testaments. This does not mean that God talks face to face with all of us, but, he does speak with those who he sees fit to speak with. When the current Prophet dies, God calls another person in his stead. I really hope that my wording didn't confuse you, it is a lot easier to explain with hand movements. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Levi Harper
The overall "theme" would be Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. But, there are lessons approved by our modern day Prophet. In these lessons you will learn; first, the restoration of the church to the earth, second, the plan of salvation, third, the gospel of Jesus Christ, fourth, the commandments (of our church), and fifth, laws and ordinances of our church. If you have no idea what these are, contact your local missionaries and they will be able to explain these things in detail. and the best part is, is that we try extremely hard not to over load your brain with new information. If you are curious, again, contact your local missionaries. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Levi Harper
When attending a church, you learn the basics of our gospel; such as, the meaning of life, the comandments, service, ect. Rarly we learn any deep meaning of the gospel. But, In the Temple we learn deep gospel priciples. What we learn in the Temple is hardly ever spoken about outside of the Temple, and when it is, it is in extreme reverence. Another differince is that any one can attend a church, but in order to enter the Temple, you must have a C.T.R., or a Current Temple Recomend. This is sort of like a members card to a gym, except its not for a gym. Also, you don't atomaticly receave a C.T.R. apon join this church. You must be a worthy member. To be found worthy of a C.T.R. you must be interviewed by both the Bishop and the stake or branch President. These two interviews allow you time to share anything that cound be holding you back from not entering the Temple; such as breaking a commandment of God. It also allows you to share your personnal testimony of the gospel. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Levi Harper
Read the Book of Mormon, it is Another Testiment of Jesus Christ; and there for it will increase your faith in Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf. Within The Book of Mormon, there is a prophet named Alma. Alma compared faith to a seed. If the seed is planted and then is nourished, it will grow. So, by having the desire to increase your faith is planting that seed, for example planting an apple tree. But, if the seed is planted and never watered, it will die, and never sprout. We all must constantly read the Book of Mormon, and the Bible to water that seed; then it will begin to grow into the mighty tree, then it will begin to bear the fruit that you wanted when you first planted the seed. But, only by the undieing attention to the plant, will actually allow it to grow. This also means keeping it clear of weeds, or doubts, which try to still its life. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Levi Harper
The Book of Mormon is another Testiment of Jesus Christ, more specifically, when He came to the America's after He was crusified. It is a true record about the ancient american people and there wicked and evil ways, and also the people who attempted to save the people before Christ's coming. It is the complete truth and if you read it, you will know by your one personal testimony of your own. You will know by your own understanding that it is the truth. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Levi Harper
The Word of Wisdom is a commandment from God, much like the ten commandments, given to us through the Prophet, Joseph Smith. The Word of Wisdom states that we should not partake of any harmful substance such as; alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and/or illegal drugs. By living the Word of Wisdom, you can have; more energy, a better mood, and a better and happier life in general. I can promise you that if you follow that Word of Wisdom, you, who ever you might be, will be able to feel of Gods love by the warm and comforting feeling in your heart. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Levi Harper
The Holy Bible is two stories of Christ that has been sperated into the Old Testament, which are acounts of the prophets teaching about Christ before he came; and the New Testament, which is the stories of Christ's teachings and ministery on the earth. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, meaning that it is another story of his teachings. Within the Book of Mormon we read about prophets teaching of Christ before He came, during His life, and after His death and reserection. Imagine this, you are attemping to put a peice of paper on the wall. It falls down because nothing is holding it, so, you get one piece of tape and place it on one of the top corners. But now the paper is at an angle. So, you get another piece of tape and attach it to the other corner. Great now the paper stays put. Let me explain on what I mean by this. The paper is religon in general, it falls because there is no evidence. Then you get one piece of tape, The Holy Bible, this creates a pivite on which religon is now based; but there is still confusion. Once you place the other peice of tape, or The Book of Mormon, the paper, or religon, becomes solid and immovable. When we have The Holy Bible, its still a bit shady; but when we add The Book of Mormon, it makes things clear. Show more Show less

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

Levi Harper
Nobody is perfect, so we had to have somone who would take apon themselves all of the mistakes we have ever made. You may think that you pay the price for your mistakes, and that is true, but what Jesus did for us is more spiritual. He took apon himself anything spiritually damaging, this is what caused Him enough greif to bleed from every pore in his body. This is what we refure to as the Atonment, and through the Atonment, we all have the chance to be forgiven of our mistakes. But, this takes action on our part, the only why to activate the Atonment is by; Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance of our sins, Baptism, Recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. Let me break it apart for you so that it will make more sense. Faith in Jesus Christ, in order for us to truely be forgiven we must so God that we do have faith and really believe that He can forgive us. Repentance of our sins, we must repent of all the mistakes we have made and strive to never sin again. God knows that we still wont be perfect, but as long as we continue to do our best and repent, God will continue to forgive us. Baptism, by being baptised, we are able to recieve more blessings from God. Recieving the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost is a messanger for God who can guide and direct us. Enduring to the End, once you have rependted, been baptised, and have recieved the Holy Ghost, we must continue to do our best and follow God, and inturn we will have Eternal Life. Show more Show less