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Hi I'm Milton D. Oilar

I'm a Mormon. Joined the church while attending the University of Oregon when I studied the church as an independent study program

About Me

Convert to the church while attending the University of Oregon. I am a father of 5 children, been married for almost 19 years. I am a college sports fan, most especially Oregon Football and basketball. I enjoy motorcycling on the street and off road as well. I like to stay in shape by riding bikes, swimming, weight training and running. I love playing sports with my children and watching them play sports. When we vacation as a family we enjoy going to the beach and on hikes. When I have alone time I enjoy listening to large variety of music and reading. My parents divorced when I was 2 years old and I was basically raised by my mother because my Dad lived in California and my older brother and I lived in Oregon. My Dad is a member of the church my mother is not. I would spend a lot of time with my Dad in the summers and do a lot of physically demanding work with my older brother and eventually my younger half brothers as well. For work I am a commercial real estate broker.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the church because I believe it to be the Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth. If it were not for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I would not be a member of any church even though I have always believed in a heavenly father and Jesus Christ. To me the doctrine of the church has to make sense and be confirmed by the holy Ghost. The point of doctrine that most influenced me was the idea that God is a just God and that there must be a way for those who have not had the opportunity in this life to accept Christ as their savior to be able to be baptized by those with priesthood authority through temple work. In other words we all have a chance to accept the gospel be it during this earth life or in the life to come. I have always believed and have a testimony that we are literally spiritual children of a Heavenly Father. We have a spirit and a body and they combine to create our soul. I believe Heavenly Father is a personal being and that we were created in his image. I believe we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before coming to the earth. I believe this life is to help us use our free agency to become like our Father in Heaven. I believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three distinct beings that can only be in one place at one time but the influence of the Holy Ghost can be felt and influence all who will feel his influence. I also know that the Book of Mormon is truly scripture for our day and therefor I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and Christ and that the church is lead today by real prophets. By the fruits of the church and its leaders, their examples on many levels testifies that it is the true church of Christ. These are some of the reason I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am active in my ward and am currently 1st councilor in the local church leadership. I have been a gospel doctrine teacher, gospel essentials teacher, seminary teacher, community mission leader, secretary, and have had many other opportunities to serve. I am an active member of my business community by participating in many Chamber events and committees. I have coached a few different sports of my children. I would say I am competitive but not over the top. I want to be the best I can be as a person first and be the means of building up others in or out of the church. I am not perfect in any way and seem to be an ongoing work in progress. At least I hope I am progressing. I am very busy between work, children, family and trying to balance it with working as a commercial real estate professional.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Milton D. Oilar
The church provides meaningful assistance throughout the world. This comes in many forms but the most important is missionary work. However the leaders understand that basic necessities need to be met for anyone to more easily explore the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church teaches self reliance and the value of service service to all people in all kinds of circumstances, whether that be starving with hunger, needing a way to get around by way of a wheel chairs, or starving spiritually. It has established a perpetual education fund to help those who can't afford and education to get one and then pay it back so the fund can continue. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Milton D. Oilar
Because God is a just God and baptism is an essential earthly ordinance, everyone needs to have the chance to accepts or reject the gospel and be baptized with the proper authority, and this provides a chance have everyone. Would it be just for all those who have not had a chance to accept the gospel on this earth to be damned because of it? if this were the case then God would not be just, but God is just, and has provided a way. just like Christ atoned for our sins by proxy we participate in the work of his gospel by provided essential ordinances for those that did not have an adequate chance in this life to accept baptism for the remission of sins. God loves all his children equally. Show more Show less