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Hi I'm Chris

I'm an Eagle Scout, a martial artist, and I study physics at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I don't do many sports, but I love playing soccer and ping pong when I get the chance to. Camping is one of the greatest things in the world. Boy Scouts was some of the most fun that I've ever had, and I'm not saying that just because I'm an Eagle Scout. I love to read books, especially science fiction and fantasy. I just got back from serving the Lord for two years in Alaska. Now I get to go back to BYU and reconnect with people.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised as a Mormon, there were times when I wondered if what I had been taught about the Book of Mormon was true. I consider myself a scientist, so I like it when I can experiment on something to find out how accurate it is. That's what I did with the Book of Mormon. I read it and prayed about it, like it challenges you to do. I felt an overwhelming feeling that witnessed to me that it was true. I feel a similar witness when I listen to the prophet and the apostles speak, so I know that they are called of God. That's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

I always do what I know is right and I stick for my beliefs. I don't curse, or drink, or smoke, or do anything like that. I'm honest at all times. I've found that just doing the things that I know to be right just makes life so much easier than not. It also helps that I have good friends with high standards, both that are and aren't Mormon. They accept me for who I am and my standards for what they are.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Chris
Yes. The Jews being led from Egypt needed no more guidance or direction from God than we do today in a world full of confusion, doubt, and lies. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chris
Male members of the Church who meet the Church's standards of worthiness and health and are at least 19 are highly encouraged to go on a mission. Many do. Female members of the Church who are 21 and meet the standards can also go, but they aren't as strongly encouraged to do so. The Church also asks for seniors and senior couples to go on a mission when practical. No missionaries are paid for their work. Instead, they pay for themselves to go serve for 18 to 24 months. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Chris
After the Crucifixion, there were only eleven apostles. However, we see that right after Christ ascended into heaven, in Acts 1, the apostles chose Matthias to replace Judas as an apostle. That was clearly right after the time of Christ's mortal ministry. This act shows that apostles are to stand as witnesses in all times, not just those of Christ's mortal ministry. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Chris
We believe that grace and works are both vital to salvation. As nobody is perfect, except Christ, everyone needs grace. However, it is after all that we can do that we are able to accept grace. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Chris
We believe that God is no respecter of persons. As such, he has a way for those who died without a knowledge of the gospel to accept it. However, one must be baptized, like Christ was, in order to become a member of His gospel. Seeing as these people have passed on, they can't physically be baptized for themselves, so they have to have a proxy, or stand in, do it for them. The doctrine of baptism for the dead isn't new to this dispensation. In 1 Corinthians 15:29, Paul mentions baptism for the dead. Show more Show less