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Hi I'm David

I'm an artist. I'm a good friend, brother, and son, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been drawing for all my life, but started more seriously in 4th grade, taking art classes every semester all my years in junior high and high school. I am currently working on my associates in fine arts. I love writing poetry as well. I have always loved loving, helping, and serving people. I have always been thankful of having caring friends in my life, and so in return to them and others, have always tried to be the same. I served a mission for the LDS church, and because I spent two years of my life entirely devoted to the well-being of others, I can truly say that I have felt Christ's love in my life. It is because I love and am loved by God that I love to love and be loved. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the church, but didn't have a very strong testimony before I served a mission. Well, looking back in life, I really did believe, but I didn't have faith. I have a belief that the church was true and deep down I'm sure I knew it was, but I didn't apply the principles very well in my life. I didn't read my scriptures on my own or say my daily prayers. But after I served my mission, I did all of those things on my own, separate from anyone telling me to do so. Of course as a missionary you are encouraged to do so, but it ultimately is your choice. I chose to keep the commandments, and now I have been blessed with a firm testimony of our Lord's divinity.

How I live my faith

I do the small and simple things. Wave at someone. Say hello. Be happy and positive. Let others see God and His love through me. And now I read my scriptures, pray, and go to church. I allow God to be a part of my life. He knocked, and I finally decided to answer and let Him come in and sup with me.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

David
Most often in my experiences the term cult has been applied to our church because of our guidelines for the temple and the wearing of the garment. You cannot go into the temple unless you are a member of the church, and if you are, you need a temple recommend, a paper that shows that you have been found worthy by your Bishop and Stake President to go into the house of the Lord. Frankly, it shows a great deal of bigotry in my opinion when the term "cult" is applied to us for these two reasons. Is the religion of Islam a cult because those who practice choose to veil their faces or wear turbans? Is the Hindu religion a cult for the mark they place on their forehead as an expression of their faith? I think not. So just because we choose to wear underneath our clothes those things that remind us of our devotions to God should not earn us the title of a cult. Nor should our guidelines for temple attendance. It is especially perplexing when others who believe in the Bible are the ones labeling us this way. It clearly defines in the Old Testament that to enter the temple, one must wash themselves. In a spiritual and metaphorical sense, we too believe that one must be clean (properly living the commandments of God) to enter into his house. Are my neighbors cultists for making me take my shoes off before entering their house? No. Then why should we be labeled a cult for asking you to leave your sins behind to enter the house of our Eternal Father? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

David
This is the simplest I can say it, and it simply cannot be told in any other way, and that is what makes the LDS church so beautiful, to me: God is our Father. We are His children. If someone in this world is raised not knowing family, not having parents, or having abusive parents, it is so hard for them to understand the concept of love. So it is with God. To know Him is to have eternal life and to know love, for He is love. So here is all you need to know to understand Him: He's your Father. Though we do not know what He looks like, we know He looks like us. Though we do not understand all the He does, we know that He does it for us. Anyone who makes Him anything less ("incomprehensible") or anything more ("…not three Almighties, but one Almighty…"), does not know the God in whom they claim to worship, as Paul on Mars' Hill declared. Show more Show less