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Hi I'm Craig.

I'm a dancer, a musician, a Freemason, a linguist, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am 26 years old. I served a mission in Taiwan. I am a dancer, an artist, a musician, a linguist, and a programmer. I graduated from BYU majoring in Computer Engineering. I love languages. They are so fascinating to me. I speak English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and American Sign Language. I love life and love reading my scriptures. I am also a Freemason. I was raised a Master Mason on June 12, 2014. I love being a Mormon because I love God.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of how I feel when I obey the commandments. Every time I do what I know my Heavenly Father wants me to do, I feel a kind of happiness in my life that is special. I came to a point in my life where I was wondering if it was all real, if any of this was true. I came to a point where I felt like my religion was just this big burden I was carrying around that I would gladly give up, but felt somehow bound to because of my family. At this point in my life, I just threw my arms in the air and wondered what it was that I was carrying around all this time. I stopped and looked at my life. I read the scriptures. I prayed and I found that the thing that I was hauling around all this time were wings that allowed me to fly. Now, I am a Mormon because of the freedom that I feel it gives me to know and obey the commandments.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. I hope that what I do might lift someone else. There is a poem by Emily Dickinson that love that goes like this. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. I love everyone around me and want their lives to have the type of freedom that I feel the Gospel has given me.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Craig.
Mormons perform proxy baptisms because they love their families and the Gospel. Having been blessed by the Gospel, we desire the entire human family to receive the infinite, abiding blessing of God. Because some of our brothers and sisters have died before receiving these blessings, Mormons are baptised on behalf of ("by proxy for") the deceased. In that way, we can share the blessings of God with those we love on the other side of the veil. We know that individual agency, or the ability to choose for ourselves, remains with us even after we die. So, those individuals who have died are free to choose whether to accept or decline the ordinance of baptism performed on their behalf. We do not believe that baptism for the dead "makes them a Mormon" against their will. Show more Show less