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Hi I'm Adam

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my 20's and married to my beautiful wife Amy. Between us we have three beautiful daughters. Currently, I'm attending University studying Podiatry. I enjoy being physically active and particularly enjoy sports such as running, basketball and AFL. I also enjoy camping, although finding the time to do it is one of life's challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born into a family that were already active members of the church. I was taught by my parents about the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to apply them to bring happiness to my own life and the lives of others. However, during my teenage years, I came to a stage where I needed to know for myself whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints God's true church. I thought that it probably was, but needed to obtain a firm conviction of my own. That came after reading the Book of Mormon diligently, and then praying to Heavenly Father, asking Him to confirm to me that the things that I had been taught through my childhood were true. At that time, I received a sure answer to my prayers and received that firm conviction that it was indeed true. That conviction has been renewed time and again as I have chosen to follow God's teachings throughout my life. As an adult now with a growing family, I see all around me difficulties that my family will face in the years ahead. I firmly believe that God and Jesus Christ want me and my family to be happy, and that they will help us to realize that desire by teaching us how to live and make good choices. We may not be free of trials and difficulties, but what we learn at church provides us with the tools to overcome the challenges and grow closer together.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon isn't just one section of my life. My membership in the church and what i believe in is evident in everything that I do. The teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ provide direction for my family and i as we make important decisions. The blessings that Heavenly Father kindly gives us as a result of our obedience are also clearly evident. I have felt throughout my life the help of the lord in my work, my studies, being a husband and parent and as i have tried to make decisions about what i will do with my life. As a member of the church, I also get regular opportunities to provide service and meet new people. There are many around us who are in need of help in some way. Though the sole reason for service is to help others, I've felt that such opportunities enable me to maintain perspective of what is important, whilst helping me to be grateful for what I have.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Adam
Visitors are always welcome of any religion, race or age. We attend all our Sunday meetings together with our three young children. Sometimes they get a bit rowdy, but they get a chance to get the wriggles out when they go to primary and learn through fun activities with other children of their age. Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. A typical meeting would consist of the following: Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). Prayers: Offered by local Church members. Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Adam
Members attending Sunday services will most likely be wearing their “Sunday best,” which may include suits, sport coats, and ties for the men and modest dresses or skirts for the women. Children also typically dress up for Sunday. Members of the Church celebrate Christmas and Easter, regarding these two events as the most spiritually significant days in history because of the birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Church members also celebrate the regional and national holidays of the countries where they live. Church members also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Adam
Faith in God gives us an understanding of our purpose. I want to be happy and have joy in my life, and the teachings of Jesus Christ provides me with a guide as to what i need to do to accomplish that purpose. Being a Mormon is a happy life. Its not free from hardship or difficulty, but it is easier to avoid some of the difficulty, and helps me to cope with it when it comes. Show more Show less