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Hi I'm Chad

My name is Chad. I joined the church when I was about 18 years old and have been a member for about 25 years now.

About Me

My name is Chad. I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which means I wasn't born a Mormon, but chose to become one once I learned all about it. I'm really happy I did too, it's been a great 25 years! Being a member has helped me to learn more about Jesus, and about Heavenly Father's plan. This plan is comforting to me. I believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he is my Savior. I've been married almost 22 years, have a 15 year old daughter and an 18 year old son. I'm proud of all of them. The gospel helps me to be a better husband and a better dad because I know my family and I will always be together. I work in public affairs for the police department, own a small business, and my hobby (think passion) is keeping marine fish and corals. I like to make YouTube videos about my reef tanks and help others to learn the hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was around 16 years old I felt that something was missing in my life. I felt directionless and pretty empty. One day I realized that what was missing was religion. I believed in God and Jesus, read the New Testament everyday, but really didn't understand it all. I began a journey of discovery that took me into the church houses of just about every Christian denomination, and ended when I was around 18 years old and discovered a book. It was called the Doctrine and Covenants and it taught me all about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lead me to another book, the Book of Mormon. After reading these two books I knew what church I would join and that I had found what I was missing. It's been about 25 years ago and I really can't express what the Lord gave me when he lead me to the Church. I met my wife, married her for eternity in the temple, and have two wonderful children with strength of morality I marvel at.

How I live my faith

In the 25 years I've been a member of the Church I've had the chance to do many things. My favorite calling is any calling that allows me to teach, such as Sunday School teacher, or the two and a half years I served as a counselor to the Bishop. For me serving in the Church has given me much more than I gave to anyone else. Things like confidence, maturity, and caring for others. The other members of the church are really patient and supportive so if I can't do something well at first I don't have to feel embarrassed about it at all. You really come to love the people you go to church with whenever you have a chance to serve them. I don't think I would be able to do that if it wasn't for the Church. I'm not the kind of person who would do these things on my own without help and encouragement.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Chad
Yes, absolutely! I am a convert to the Church and grew up reading the New Testament a ton, and the Old Testament a bit less (harder to understand). When I joined the Church I didn't have to get rid of my bible, I just also read the Book of Mormon and other books the Church uses. I have found, with my background in reading the bible, that the Book of Mormon simply adds clarity for me and helps me to understand the bible better. They don't cancel each other out. I like how the Book of Mormon is called "another testament of Jesus Christ" because that's really how it fits, the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Other Testament. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chad
I remember the first time this question came up after I was converted. I knew the answer was no but I decided to perform an experiment using observation. For two months I counted the number of times Joseph Smith was mentioned. Most Sunday's went by without the name ever being brought up. He's an important figure in church history, and when you understand what he did, in world history as well but we think of him as a man only and not divine. Jesus, and Heavenly Father, were mentioned time and time again during those two months of counting. They were brought up with reverence and worship. A very different treatment than the times Smith was mentioned. That was when I was a new convert, 25 years has passed since then and the same holds true. We bring up Smith when appropriate to do so but there are many prophets that came after him, and many before, we mention them as well. We have a current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, whom we love, but do not worship. Our worship is not wasted on a mere man but reserved for God the Eternal Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less