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Hi I'm Hyrum

I'm from a small town, I like working in underground mines and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in western Colorado.I spent two years serving a mission in Orange county California. I’m the youngest of 8 children. I'm still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up. I'm married to the best friend I've ever had. I'm going to school for mining engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

As i have read through the profile on mormon.org i have read this phrase so many times that it almost makes me cringe "i grew up in the church, but i had to come to know for myself" almost in apology for being raised in the church. many times on my mission people have asked us "were you raised a Mormon?" as if it discredits us from really having a testimony of it's truth. that it means we are only practicing because of our parents. i Am very grateful that i was raised in the gospel by concerned parents who wanted what was best for me, but i have come to know for myself that the original church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph smith. I know the Book of Mormon is true because i have read it and received a spiritual witness that it is true. i have seen the life transforming power that is held in abiding by the gospel principals so clearly explained in it's pages. I first time i read the Book of Mormon completely was during my freshman year in collage for a religion class at BYU-Idaho. despite countless several well meaning attempts to accomplish this feat, i had yet to do so. During this semester i went through some of the hardest trials i had yet gone through in my life. it is not my purpose here to discuss in any detail the difficulties i experienced, it is enough to say that i struggled both spiritually and emotionally. it was during this time that i first read the Book of Mormon. I read the all to familiar accounts of Nephi leaving Jerusalem at the command of his father, him returning with his brethren to Jerusalem on 2 occasions, him building a ship, and the many other wonderful accounts from those first few pages. As I read through the rest of the book my life changed. As I pondered the trials that I then faced, I was amazed at the answers I found in the book. I learned to put God first everything else fell into place. I know that if you read the Book of Mormon with an open heart, you will see your life change. Read it!

How I live my faith

How i live my faith is a hard question to answer. The older I get the more I realize how much of my life is shaped by my faith in Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His Gospel. The word of God is very important to me. The writings of prophets found in the Book of Mormon and Bible help me to have the strength I need to move forward. Praying helps me to know know how to act, besides that I just try to do my best to do the right thing based on what I have learned and felt. I learn a lot as I go.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is, as one of the prophets in it explained "more of [God's] word" (2Nephi29:8) The Book of Mormon was written by prophets who spoke to and received direction from him. these prophets were commanded to declare repentance and to teach the people that Christ would come and that there was no other name given under heaven whereby salvation could come. there were times that the people listened to the prophets, and times when the people choose to ignore what they said. I am sure this must have been really hard for those prophet. as a missionary i have met many people that have chosen not to follow the prophet or even believe in God. several prophets in the Book of Mormon prayed that some day, even if all of the righteous people were destroyed, that the Lord would preserve their words so that at some "future day" the children of those they were teaching would have them and "that, perhaps they might be brought unto salvation." (Enose1:13) So they wrote down their words and kept them safe. looking forward with faith to that day when God would bring their words forward to convince everyone that Jesus is the Christ. The Prophet Mormon and his son Moroni, under the direction of the spirit, compiled the most important parts of these writings; the parts we would need today. then putting their trust in God, they hid them so that in the lords due time he would bring the forward. the lord gave the record to Joseph smith who was able to translate it by the power of God. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

The fifth verse in what we call the Articles of Faith says: "We believe that a man must be called of God by prophecy and by the laying on of hands[. . .]" this has been the patern throughout history. Moses called Joshua and ordained him by the laying on of hands (see numbers 27:18 and deuteronomy 34:9) Joshua later called 12 men from each tribe to represent their tribes (see Joshua 4:4). Although all of their duties and resposiblities are not known, the concept of having a council of twelve was not knew, nor was it unique, to the time of Christ. The Lord through all ages has called prophets and organized his church. At times that organization has been lost along with the purpose of that organization. That purpose has been restored again by the Lord through a living prophet. We also learned through the book of mormon that the the Savior called a council of twelve to serve in the ancient Amaricas. The organization of the church is important so that we all can come into unity of the faith and know what the Lord would have us do. Show more Show less