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Hi I'm Trey

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but I moved when I was 3 years old, so I only really remember California. I finished high school and am about to go to college. I completed everything for my Eagle Scout, and passed my Board of Review. I have learned how to play piano, sing in my high school's choir which is one of the best in the nation, and am planning on learning how to play the violin. I want to grow up to be a doctor because I want to help people and make a difference, so I'm going to college to major in Biology to do just that.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, since my family has been born into it for generations. But for me, that isn't enough to continue in a certain faith. Sure, I relied on my parents testimony for a good chunk of my life, but over the past few years, I have really been learning exactly how much I know the Gospel is true. I've kind of HAD to, because high school can really change how you view life and religion. Luckily, in my case, I had one experience that set my own testimony down and has served as the pillar of my belief when I needed it. When I was at EFY during the summer of 2010, at Redlands, CA, all the guys in my group were having a very serious discussion about deep doctrines in the Gospel. Some of the guys admitted that they were having a very hard time believing that it was true. While we were talking about the many different questions many people raised, and not being able to give satisfactory answers to every one of them, several of us felt the need to pray. During the prayer, each of us felt the Spirit touch us incredibly strongly and let us know that it would be ok. The next day, the session director gave a lesson, and during the lesson, each question we asked each other was answered, and what he didn't cover himself was asked by someone in the audience and answered to the best of his ability. We went up to talk to the session director afterwards to let him know, and he said that he changed his lesson plans THE NIGHT BEFORE. That experience taught each of us how much our Heavenly Father loves each individual, to answer questions a bunch of teenage boys had about His Gospel. I am sure that this story still affects all of the members of that group, and I know that because of what I felt, I can never deny the power and reality of my God and the truthfulness of His church.

How I live my faith

I do whatever I can do to participate in the Church. I go on different outings aimed at the youth. I attend Youth Group meetings (commonly known as Mutual). I do my best to fulfill my calling in the Church as a Priest by blessing the Sacrament, taking the Sacrament to those who are unable to attend Church, going on Home Teaching assignments with my dad and occasionally giving the lessons, and whatever else I am needed and able to do. Just recently, I had the opportunity to be on the committee for a campout for the young men in our area, Camp Helaman, which helps prepare the young men for their missions. I helped figure out where we went, what we ate, who was paired with who as a companion, wether we had a t-shirt distributed to everybody, and I even gave a lesson to each of the boys about the Holy Ghost. I also have, just this summer, been on a handcart trek with all the youth and many of the adults in my area, and been on several hikes with the youth and leaders in my own ward. While these trips are fun, I try to make a point of doing everything I can to help out in the ward at every opportunity, not just take the fun stuff.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Trey
Anybody has the opportunity to go into a Mormon temple. The only thing that's stopping most people is the fact that they aren't Mormon, or haven't reached that point in their progression in this mortal life. The main reason we only allow those in who have been through an interview with their bishop and have been found worthy is because these buildings are sacred. These temples, these Houses of the Lord, are not meant to be taken lightly. They aren't secret, but what happens in them are indeed sacred. I myself haven't gone through the whole temple and seen and learned everything about them. So far, all I have seen of any temple is the baptismal font used for Baptisms for the Dead. But this isn't because there are terrible secrets meant only for special ears. It's because what is done and learned in them is special and needs to be given to those who will take it seriously, and become better for it. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Trey
The scriptural definition of "faith" is things which are hoped for, and not seen, which are true. For instance, I have never been to or seen Thailand, so for all I know, everything said about that country could be a lie. However, I still firmly believe and have faith that it is a real country. The same thing applies to Heavenly Father or any of the principles taught in the Church. I haven't seen Heavenly Father, or where we go after death, but I firmly and totally believe that our Heavenly Father exists, loves us, and watches over us, and that we will go to the Spirit World when we die until we are resurrected. Some principles in the Church may seem odd at times, but I have faith that everything we are supposed to do is for our betterment, and we will eventually learn why and how they helped us. Until then, I have to continue to have faith in those principles. Faith is very important in our eternal progression. This entire earthly life is based on faith, and how we act on that faith. If Heavenly Father or Jesus came down all the time in a cloud or just appeared in front of everybody, then faith wouldn't exist. The entire reason we agreed in Heaven to go down to the earth is to show we could act in our Heavenly Father's best interest without seeing or remembering Him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Trey
Nobody is ever required to serve a mission. In fact, some people are, unfortunately, unable to go on a mission, for various reasons. It is a choice for everyone wether they want to devote two years of their life to the Lord. However, modern day prophets have said that they want every able-bodied young man to go on a mission. And since the prophets speak for the Lord, it would be the Lord's wish that every able-bodied young man go on a mission. That right there should be enough for anyone to want to go. If the creator of the earth, your body, nature, and everything else in the known and unknown universe wants you to give up just two years of your life to teach people about him, wouldn't it be in our best interest (not to mention those that we teach) to serve Him? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Trey
The terms "eternal life" and "immortal life" can often get confusing. Most people use them interchangeably. However, many times in scripture, the Lord makes a point of separating the two. For instance, in Moses 1:39, "For behold, this is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". Immortal life is simple enough to understand: never ending life. We exist and are alive forever, which to us is incomprehensible at this time. Eternal life, on the other hand, is to live with God, to be with our families for all of our immortal life. Eternal life is the reason we came to this earth. Eternal life is why we follow the "strict rules" set down by our leaders and previous prophets. Eternal life is our goal, and we hope to make it the goal for everyone else, otherwise it might get really lonely in the highest degree of heaven, and the life of those we didn't help will be almost for naught. And Heavenly Father doesn't want to make it as hard as he can for us to be with Him again. On the contrary, according to the verse I quoted above, He's trying to help us achieve eternal life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Trey
Each individual's existence can be summed up in three basic parts of a timeline: 1. Pre-mortal life 2. Earth life (right now) and 3. Life after death. The pre-mortal life is where we decided to come to earth because we listened to Heavenly Father's plan instead of Lucifer's, which would take away our ability to choose. Everyone on the earth has chosen this way, so there is obviously some amount of intelligence in even the least educated or poor learner out there. We agreed to come to this earth life to decide what would happen to us in our lives after death. How much of God's plan we learn, how well we listen and obey His teachings, and how much of His gospel we teach to others, all of these and more factors affect where we end up in our Post-mortal life, and how joyful we will be in that life. Thus, the plan was nicknamed, the Plan of Happiness. We also came to Earth to acquire and learn to take care of a physical body, since we didn't have any physical ANYTHING in the Pre-mortal life. This is important, because it is one thing that is necessary to become like God. And that in itself is the purpose of this life: to become more like our Heavenly Father in looks, thoughts, actions, and desires. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Trey
Simply put, a testimony is knowing without any uncertainty that some aspect of the gospel, or even that the general topic of the gospel, is true, through inspiration by the Holy Ghost. There are many things you can and should have a testimony of in this gospel, such as having the knowledge that the Book of Mormon is true, Christ is the Savior of the world, Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God, and that there is a prophet leading this church with direct inspiration from God today. Not everyone in this church knows these things, or other aspects of the gospel, to the same degree. Children, in fact, usually rely on the testimonies of their parents while growing up. Investigators in the church usually learn from and rely on the testimonies of members that they know. But it is important that every person acquire and keep a testimony of their own, and add to it all the time. We add to our testimonies by studying the scriptures, listening to and reviewing talks from general conference, attending and paying attention in church, and so on. And it's always possible to add to your knowledge about the gospel. I like to think I have a strong testimony, and that I know a lot about the gospel. However, I recently started a Book of Mormon class, and I have noticed my own testimony growing by leaps and bounds studying things I had previously read and learned about. This gospel is truly amazing. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Trey
The priesthood is one of the greatest parts of this church, in my opinion. It is the power and authority given to us by Heavenly Father to do what He would have us do. I have been blessed with this power and authority very recently at the time of this posting, and already (in less than a month) I have felt it's effects in my own life, and I have used it to help others. With the priesthood, and faith in the Lord, one can do anything that we need to (as long as it really IS what we need, not just something we THINK we need). And by anything, I mean anything, even perform miracles. I have heard a man tell his experience with using the priesthood to heal his newborn child of blindness. This isn't a "I heard of a guy who was told by some guy who said his cousin...", the one who performed this miracle told me. But there is so much more you can do with it, including giving comfort, performing baptisms and other ordinances, and so on and so forth. There may be some confusing things about the priesthood, such as how it works, or why only men are allowed to use it. But the great thing about this gospel is that I know answers about those specifics will come with time. Until the answers are revealed, we just have to learn to use it to its full potential. And when you consider that this was the power that made the universe, or parted the Red Sea, that "full potential" is staggering. Show more Show less