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Hi I'm Cory

I'm from Washington. I love Rubik's cubes, getting on Facebook, playing video games, reading Harry Potter a lot, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Mormon who served a two-year mission in the North Carolina Charlotte mission. I go to a YSA ward in which 4 out of 5 of the missionaries leaving were going to Brazil. I was surprised when I ended up in North Carolina! I have two older brothers who have been examples to me and both served missions, one in Hungary and the other in Argentina. The one who served in Argentina now teaches jewelry at the high school I and both of my brothers attended. My other brother has his own company making balloon animals. I also have an older sister. I currently work at Amazon putting together packages to be shipped off. I love playing with my black lab, reading, playing video games, and sleeping. I also am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. My family won't play Harry Potter Trivia against me cause they know that they will lose. I've read the whole series over 20 times (yes, 20), have over 2000 HP trading cards, all the movies, etc. See how big a fan I am?

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up a Mormon and seen the difference it makes when I compare it to others who are not. I will always be a Mormon. I know it to be true without a doubt. I wouldn't have served a full-time mission if I didn't! I'm glad to share the gospel and love it when others want to learn.

How I live my faith

When I was younger I also was a secretary for the president over a group of boys around my age at the time (12-13 years old). Later on I was a president over a group of boys my age at that time (14-15 years old). I also served a two year mission in the western half of North Carolina, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with all those how are willing to listen. I served in Pilot Mountain, Waynesville, Asheville, Monroe, Hickory, Conover, Lenoir, and Charlotte. I now help with the finances for the ward I am currently attending.

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

Cory
Having served a 2 year mission myself, I can answer that question rather well. What they will share first is that Christ set up a church while he was on the earth. After Christ and his apostles were killed, that church started to fall apart. That's why we see so many churches today. The missionaries share the message of how the fullness of the gospel of Christ, everything that he taught, has been restored to the earth today through a prophet named Joseph Smith. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, why would he stop calling prophets like he did in the Bible? We believe and share that through Joseph Smith, the fullness of the church Christ had when he was on the earth has been restored and is on the earth today with a prophet and twelve apostles just like Christ had. They will share evidence of this in the form of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We invite all to read the Book of Mormon and to pray with real intent to act on the answer they recieve. Please, contact the missionaries and learn even more! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cory
NO! We worship God and his Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith did many great things for the people, but he is just a man, called by God, to act as His mouthpiece and restore His church. That is why our church is The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, not The Church of Joseph Smith of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Cory
It is important because Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist who held the authority to do baptism. We are suppose to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Part of following the example is being baptized by someone with that authority. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Cory
We do baptisms for the dead because some people have died without a chance of hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ or some never accepted the gospel. After we die, our bodies stay here on earth while our spirits go to a waiting place known as the spirit world. Since people don't have bodies in the spirit world, we act as proxy and take their place and are bapitized for them. Then the person in the spirit world has the choice of accepting the gospel and the baptism or not. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Cory
I think I can answer this in just one sentence. If Jesus Christ wasn't paid, why should preachers be paid today? 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.

Cory
It says in the Bible that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He called prophets and apostles in the New Testament, why would he stop doing so? We have the same organization as Christ's church when he was here on the earth, including a prophet and 12 apostles. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Cory
We have had the Bible, but we were missing many of the doctrines and teachings taught in Christ's day. We needed to have those missing doctrines and teachings restored, including having a prophet and apostles on the earth. That is why the Restoration is key. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Cory
We believe that he is our loving Heavenly Father, is all knowing, and is no respecter of person. He has a body of flesh and bone and we are created in his image. We believe that he has a plan for us to return to live with him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cory
No, it is all up to the member if they want to serve a mission or not. Missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints do not get paid for serving a mission. They have to pay for it themselves. We don't gain status in the church by serving one. We just simply chose if we want to serve a mission or not. We have been encouraged to do so by the prophet today and prophets in the past, but it is still up to the person to decide. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Cory
The priesthood is the authority given to man to act in God's name. It is by this priesthood that Jesus was able to preform all the miracles he did. He also gave it to the apostles and, later on, Peter, James, and John restored it to Joseph Smith to be back on the earth so that ordinances such as baptism and giving the gift of the Holy Ghost my be preformed as they were in Christ's day, with that same priesthood Christ held. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Cory
The Church is set up into several groups. Wards are local congregations of a certain area. Branches are like wards only smaller. Several wards make up a stake. For example, there could be three wards in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Each of those wards covers a certain area of Oklahoma City. The three wards combined make a stake. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Cory
The First Vision is when Joseph Smith, a 14 year old boy living in upper state New York in the 1820's, saw God and Jesus Christ in an answer to his prayer. He was confused by all the religions in the world and wanted to know which was Christ's. He read a verse in the Bible. It was James 1:5 which says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He took it to heart and went to a grove of trees and prayed, in which he had the First Vision. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Cory
Yes! Please check out biblevideos.lds.org and see for yourself how much we believe in the Bible! Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Cory
Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are called "Mormons" due to our belief in another book of scripture called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Cory
The only difference between the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible is the location in which they take place. In the Bible, prophets were writing scripture which would later be compiled into one volume. The Book of Mormon is also written by prophets. They lived on this side of the world, the American contient. They both teach the same gospel and the same teachings of Christ. Joseph Smith was led to the plates by the angel Moroni. Moroni was the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon and he was the one that buried them in the Hill Cumorah. Moroni left a invatation and a promise as some of his closing words in chapter 10, verses 4 & 5: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Cory
YES! The Bible says that Christ said that he had other sheep that were not of this fold that he still needed to go visit (John 10:16). Then, in the Book of Mormon, there is a scripture that states that the people in the Americas were those other sheep (3rd Nephi 15:21). This a great example of how the Bible and the Book of Mormon work hand in hand. Please take time to read the Book of Mormon and find out the truthfulness of its messages for yourself! Show more Show less