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Hi I'm Gavyn

I am a lifelong member of the church, a tooth-drilling dental student, and a secretly-aspiring amateur writer. Yes..I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend and sweetheart, who is a fashion designer and opera singer. I am currently halfway through dental school, surveying the almost insurmountable Boards exam, and trying to pretend like I know a lot about teeth (which I don't really). I just became a homeowner, and am ecstatic to be entering into the world of being your own handyman, and tinkering around with spouting dishwashers and blown-out circuits. I am also secretly a writer, though dental school pretty much keeps me in a land far away from literature and pen. Though one day I do plan on writing a bestseller, and owning a tiny little nook of a bookstore where I sit and engorge myself with literary works. Traveling the world is a huge part of our family goals, and while my wife and I both speak Spanish, we hope to learn French and Italian while living in their respective countries.

Why I am a Mormon

While from birth I have been surrounded by the LDS church, I decidedly came to a point in my life where I decided "why I'm a Mormon." It was just before leaving to the country of Uruguay to serve as a church missionary, and I decided that if I were going to be spending two years off in a foreign land, I better know, really, truly know that the church was truly from Jesus Christ. So, just like any investigator does the first time missionaries stop by, I offered a sincere prayer. Although I did not receive an answer then, my answer came in the morning as I was waking up, in such a way that I felt and knew it was true. Ever since then, I have had experiences time and time again that the choice I made that one morning was a good and true choice, and that the Gospel, the same Gospel that Christ taught, has been restored upon the earth today.

How I live my faith

I am currently involved with working as the president of the Young Men's organization in my ward. While at times it can be challenging, it is a testimony builder to see the service and desires these young men render. It is also a fun time getting together to play frisbee golf, go camping, and in general relive the amazing experiences I had while growing up as a young man in the church.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Gavyn
1 Cor. 1529 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? is easily one of the most debated scriptures in the Bible. While many different interpretations of that scripture exist, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that baptism is an essential entryway into eternal life. The Gospel is for ALL of God's children, and while being born on this Earth, many are born into different cultures or religions where they do not even get the chance to hear about basic Christianity even, let alone about the doctrine of baptism. Understandably then, these children of God still need the opportunity to accept or reject the Gospel, and that is where the doctrine of baptism for the dead comes in. Essentially carried out like a normal baptism, a member of the church acts as a proxy or stand-in for the deceased individual. This is important since the dead are not able to be baptized due to baptism being something that needs to be carried out here in this life. I look forward to getting to know those ancestors who lived before the Gospel was restored, and now because of the doctrine of baptism for the dead, they can accept the Gospel of Christ and receive all the same promised blessings that I will receive if I live my life in good standing. Show more Show less