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Hi I'm Adam

I'm married with two little boys, I study psychology and Japanese, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of two little boys who bring delight to my wife and I. I am also a university student primarily studying psychology. My goal is to become a marriage and family therapist because I value family relationships. I also study Japanese to improve in the language I learned as a missionary. I was a missionary in Japan for two years, which was a very memorable experience. At night I work part time cleaning a factory to support my growing family. When I have a little free time I like to read, play piano, play a board game, or enjoy a family outing in nature. I also enjoy karate, which I learned during most of my growing up years.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a part of this church all my life, but this is simply the way I came to know of the church. The reason I continue to be involved in this Church is because I have felt the Holy Ghost witness to my heart that it is the Lord's true church. Learning and living the teachings found in this church helps me to understand who I am and my relationship to God. I find direction in life and hope of being with God and my family after this life. It helps me to find peace and confidence, and gives me the ability to share hope with other people. I know that my family is far more united by living these teachings, and more prepared to face the challenges in our lives.

How I live my faith

Praying and reading the Scriptures (including the Bible, The Book of Mormon, and words of Prophets in more recent times), for myself and as a family are daily activities, which always brings a very positive influence into my day. We also set aside one night of the week as Family Home Evening, which is a chance to learn, pray, sing and play together. Attending Church weekly as a family is a special part of our week. I am a leader of a group of men called the Eders Quorum, which gives me the opportunity to teach some lessons, help organize social activities, and visit families to share messages and offer assistance where needed. My wife teaches groups of teenage girls. This participation is very rewarding for us. My faith influences my work and study because it gives me a greater direction and reason to work hard so that I can be in a better position to give support to other people in our community. We also give donations to assist in feeding and education people in difficult situations, the spreading of the word of God, disaster relief, and continuing church programs and building construction. It gives a lot of satisfaction to contribute in this way to many good causes. Our health benefits by practising what we call the Word of Wisdom, which includes not drinking alcohol, tea, or coffee, not smoking and not using illegal drugs or abusing medicinal drugs. Lastly, my faith affects the way I interact with family, friends, and even people that may not seem as easy to get along with. Being completely honest, not being offensive in the way I speak and act, trying to treat people and see them as children of God, with respect and kindness, are core aspects of living the teachings of Jesus Christ. These, of course, bring greater trust and happiness in relationships, give me peace of mind and make life so much better in countless ways.

Are Mormons Christians?

Adam
We are absolutely Christians, our faith is centred on Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the living Saviour of the world. Everything we believe is built on the faith that Jesus Christ provided the only way for us to find true peace and joy in this life, even amid difficult circumstances, and eternal life with God and our loved ones. Even the name of the church, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a clear statement of our faith in Christ, or in other words that we are Christians. We are sometimes refered to as Mormons because we believe in The Book of Mormon as well as the Bible. The Book of Mormon is named for the Prophet historian who centuries ago compiled this record of his people in ancient America, which was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the early ninteenth century. The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and that God loves all of His children, which also makes it clear that Christ is the centre of our faith. Show more Show less

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

Adam
The New Testament is a collection of writings that were not compiled into the form of a single book as we know it until several centuries after Christ. It does not include all that has ever been written and God can still speak. The Apostle John, when He wrote in Revelation about anyone who adds or takes from 'this book' was not writing in or referring to the Bible as we now know it because it did not exist as a single volume as we now know it. There have also been errors in translations of the Bible over the centuries. The Bible is interpreted in different ways by different people, and many times interpretations don't agree with eachother. Truth does not disagree with itself, God is not the author of confusion, the word of God can only mean what God intended it to mean, which He reveals by His authorized servants. The Lord established His church with Apostles and Prophets authorized to speak in His behalf to explain His word, lead the Church and perform His work. It was not just the original twelve, they continued to be called after Christ, like Matthias and Paul. The Apostles were persecuted and killed and people altered the organization of the Lord's Church and had no authority to lead the church. Eventually the Lord restored the authority and organization of His church through the Prophet Joseph Smith and He speaks today through His authorized servants just as He always has, because His work is not done and without continuing revelation there is error and confusion. Show more Show less

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

Adam
The choice of Adam and Eve brought the consequence that they would eventually die and that they could no longer be in God's presence, but we are not punished for the choice of another person, so Jesus overcame death for all mankind. All mankind will be resurrected, meaning body and spirit brought back together in perfect, immortal form, and will be brought back into the presence of God to be judged for our own choices. The responsibility for our own decisions rests with each of us. If that were not the case, our choices for good or bad would be meaningless. It would be lawlessness for everyone to inherit the kingdom of God regardless of their choices. Because God's justice is perfect we receive a consequence for not obeying His laws, unless we accept the offering of the One who suffered the penalty in our behalf. Jesus was the only one to ever live a perfect, sinless life, and the father of His body was not an earthly father as with the rest of us, but was God. Thus, He was the only one who could suffer for sin on our behalf. When we sin we withdraw ourselves from God and cannot return on our own. Because He loves us He sent Jesus Christ to prepare the way for us to be reunited with Him. While He offers this gift of mercy to all, He will not force anyone to heaven, but everyone who will choose to repent and live by His teachings will find mercy. We have hope through Jesus Christ that death will not permanently seperate us from those we love if we are faithful. Show more Show less