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Hi I'm Timmy

I'm Timmy, I grew up in southern california, I strive to be a poet and artist, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 14 brothers and sisters. I am number 12 in line. I love my family very much, and have learned countless things from each of my brothers and sisters. I have a big imagination, and love putting it to good use. One way I do so is by projects such as board games or card games. I also love to put art to said things and like to draw, although I'm no michaelangelo. Art has also lead my to want to learn more about 3D animation, and I would like to apply for a career in that in the future. Another thing that, that leads me to is I am a lover of video games. Not for senseless violence or anything, but for the stories told. I believe that relates back to my imagination where someone can create a story for someone else to live through. You might now be thinking I'm getting way into this, but it's true. I love the imagination of others. Another person I love with a big imagination was Shel Silverstien. I can't say I'm an avid reader, but I love his poetry, and I've been known to write out a few silly poems myself. Probably not on par with him, but I strive to better myself always. I'm usually good about trying new things or just daring things, but I'm always willing to learn more and live life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have actually been a memeber all my life, or atleast since I was 8 years old. Being raised in the church, you start to wonder what else is out there and I've found myself applying all I knew from the church. The big turn around around for me though was when I started seeing what's been happening to people I knew and they started ruining their lives. I found myself blessed with the fact that I had been raised in the church, but yet I was reluctant to actually do anything about it. One time I was invited to help out with an activity that our church was holding, and I mainly worked in the kitchen, but when the kids had classes I had to usher them around to them. One of these classes Simply put that how the Joseph smith experiance could apply to us today. After that class, I walked off into the boonies and knealt down in prayer to see if this is the true church, or if I had been wasting my time my whole life. The answer I got was simple, "Yes, think about everything you've done." I was blown away by my answer, I now knew that, that's why I loved my family, that's why I'm happy, I just knew. This gospel blesses families and my Heavenly Father wants me to be happy. I am a mormon because I know my father has a plan for us, and he wants me to be happy and live with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I am called. At the moment, I am serving a mission to bring others unto Christ, in the Salt Lake City Central mission. Now, I know what you're thinking, "That's mormon country.", but I can tell you that it's hard work because of it. Everybody who isn't a member already has their opinion of the church, so it's hard to find those who are willing to listen. Other ways I live my faith are through callings in the church. I have been called to be a great many things in the church, but ones I loved where the ones that put me into a position to teach. I love to tell stories and answer questions. I love to get people to think, and what better way than to stand in front of a class room and ask them questions to get those cogs in the head to start rotating. Through the church I have also participated in Scouting and achieved my Eagle scout award with help from my famliy and friends. I arose every morning at around 6 to go over the church for a class we had, called seminary which takes place thoughout the years of highschool. I have participated in many community projects and even helped in a church program called the Mormon Helping Hands. I love to do work, and have done so by helping the community and anybody who has asked me to be there. Everytime I have applied myself to these, My faith has grown through works.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Timmy
Certainly not! In my living of faith, I mentioned a group called the Mormon Helping Hands. This group just goes about the city cleaning it up. As a missionary, I hardly ever help members, but those on the street who need something. As it says in the scriptures, Charity is the pure love of Christ. We belive that doing charity and working for people will help us grow closer to christ. Not that you have to be a member of the church for you to grow closer that way, but we recognise that you do. Another scripture, Mathew chapter 25 verse 40, says that whatever you do to or for another person, it's like you're doing that for Christ. The church also helps with all these disasters that have been happening around the world. In most cases, if not all, They're the first on the scene. You don't hear about it because that's not what the church is seeking recognition from. We do it to help other children of God, not for people to give us a pat on the back. So no, Mormons mostly help other people. The church of Jesus Christ is not a club. We look out for everybody to share that pure love of christ. I personally believe in the term pay it forward also. If someone did something good for me and I continued that pattern, then wouldn't we all be doing good for eachother? I would like to think so. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Timmy
The word of wisdom, is some modern day commandments that have been given to us for our benefit (As all commanments). It pretty much contains some items that we don't partake of, to help us stay clean and healthy. We don't drink alcohol, use tobacco, drink coffee and tea, and stay away from illegal substances. All of these things will take away our free will, or have hard time removing it. Some even have to go through means of pain to get clean. It helps us stay clean and avoid those problems we can encounter. I also like to think that the the reason why we stay away from illegal substances is just plain good common sense. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Timmy
A testimony is a fact based on truth. In a court of law, for example, when somebody is brought to the stand to testify, "Probably", "Maybe", and "I think" just don't cut it. You cannot make statements without foundation. A testimony to the church is in similar fashion. "I know" or "It is", are the only things that would be counted as a testimnony. For example, I know Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God. Foundation: the Book of Mormon. A boy with little education made up a book in 90 days with several different writing styles? All while people were attacking him? I don't think so. Only with the power of God could he have done all that. That is why I have a testimony of him, but testimony can be for any number of things. A testimnoy is said in many ways, if it be on the Holy Ghost, or how Heavenly Father has blessed their family, members testify of truths made known to them by God. Show more Show less

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

Timmy
We certainly do, as long as it's translated correctly. We in the LDS faith use the king james version of the Bible, seeming to us the most correct translation. The way we see it it, is they are a record of writing of ancient prophets, just as we do the Book of Mormon. Infact if there wasn't so much confusion about the bible, such as many different translations, or different meanings to one scripture, I see that we wouldn't need the Book of Mormon. Now let me explain that. The book of Mormon clarifies what has been said in the Bible, so if the bible wasn't confused with so many different people, we wouldn't need the clarification. Something said in the Bible is "God makes things known to us in the witnesses of two or more", and the Bible is one witness, while the Book of Mormon is our second. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Timmy
No. This, I believe, is why people confuse people of the LDS faith with a cult. We do not worship any prophet, but we acknowledge prophets as such. We worship Joseph Smith no more than we worship Noah or Moses. They were very great men, called of God, who performed many great miracles. We worship our heavenly father and follow in the path that his son, Jesus Christ, has set for us. Our Heavenly Father has called prophets throughtout all time, and Joseph Smith was called to be a prohpet of our time. We recognise him as our prophet of these days just as the people in the old testiment knew of prior prophets, but followed the one God called at their time. We do not worship Joseph smith, but know he was called of god just as those of old. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Timmy
The law of Chastity is something very important to our Heavenly Father. This law prohibits sexual relations before marriage. It also says that after we are married, to stay true to our wife. The reason why we believe this is so important, is because it shouldn't be a recreational habit. Our Father in Heaven has trusted us with the sacred power to bring his children to this earth and build a strong family unit for them to be raised in. When people do such actions and try to ignore the outcome, it shows a great disrespect to our Heavenly Father. Another big reason, is in the LDS faith, we believe a family can be together forever, and if we ignore our children, or go outside the bounds of marriage with such actions, we show that we don't have a love for the gifts God has given us. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Timmy
The way people dress says a lot about them. You wouldn't show up to a buisness meeting in shorts and a tank top would you? It says how much you really care about your surroundings. The same with any other occasion. If you dress like you have no respect for your body, you'll treat it as such. Our body is a temple of God, as stated in the scriptures, and he would like it treated as such. Temples are beautiful, clean, sacred places, and if people dress provocativly, they show that they don't care about that sanctity. Our father in Heaven has given us a great responsibilty with our bodies, and he expects us to make clean healthy choices for them. A great way for parents to teach their children of this, is through there own example. Your children look up to who you are and if you don't show that same respect for your body, they'll have no respect for theirs. Sit down and talk with your kids, and tell them that dressing like that can lead to roads that can cause a lot of problems in their lives. Also, if that's how you dress, that's how people will think of you. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Timmy
A christian is someone who believes in Christ. We very much so believe in Christ. The church's full name is: The church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. Right there it states that we are the church of Christ. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Timmy
Well, we see it as the prohpets in the bible see it. It's a sin. God created man and woman the way they are for a reason. To go against the use of God's creation, is kind of like saying "My way is better" or atleast that's how I see it. Over all, it's unnatural, and nothing good comes from it. Satan will blind the minds of men and women saying that it's alright, and that it's natural, but the truth of it, is that God said no, and Satan is the adversary to our Heavenly Father. Men and Women are part of our heavenly fathers plan, and a big part of that is to have children. The fact of the matter, in homosexuality, you can't have children. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Timmy
First of I would like to break that title down. Our Father in Heaven. We have a father here on earth, though some of us might not always have the best relation with them, our Father in Heaven loves us always. How we can build that relation with our Heavenly Father, is similar to how we build a relation with our earthly fathers. We talk with them, let them know what is bothering us, or what we might need. Though we might not get it right away, our Father in Heaven, with perfect love will give us anything that he knows we need, according to his own time. Also, our Father in Heaven sets bounds that he doesn't want us to cross. By doing these, or in other words, keeping his commandments, we build that trust with our father in heaven and show him that we want to be closer to him, by following our saviors example. There are many ways of building that relationship with our Heavenly Father, but they all require us to act first, then we will recieve. Show more Show less