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Hi I'm Ted

I'm a happy camper, I love writing and playing music, I'm not nearly as cool as I think I am, and (obviously) I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born in California, grew up in Bountiful, UT. Now my family is back in California and, recently I spent some time in PA. Life is awesome! I love all kinds of music. I play jazz, blues, classical, ska, reggae, pop punk and tons of other things on the guitar! I played guitar and wrote the music and lyrics in a ska/punk band all through high school. We played a lot of really fun shows. There's nothing better than spending a friday night in a crowded little room playing loud music! I also played in my high school jazz band. Writing/listening to/playing music is really what keeps me going! I played lacrosse in high school...even though I wasn't very good haha. I love girls, and the beach, and concerts, and food (particularly late night burritos) and hanging out with my buddies, I love life, having fun, and being happy, like a typical 20 year old does! I love the Bible and Book of Mormon, they're AWESOME! I love God, I know He's my Heavenly Father. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that They love me back, AND They love YOU!

Why I am a Mormon

The Church is true. I know it and I can't pretend like I don't. There's a way that anyone, who truly wants to know, can find out for themselves. It's really not that difficult. All it takes is a little effort on our part: Read the Book of Mormon, think about the importance of what it claims for you personally, then ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, with real intent, and faith that God will answer you, and He will! It's so simple. I've done this myself. I have a witness from the Holy Spirit that this IS Jesus Christ's Church on the Earth. All churches have some truth, Christ's Church has all truth. If you don't think what I've written here is convincing enough evidence then you're right! Go figure it out for yourself. I promise God will bless you with answers to your prayers if you ask sincerely. It will be the best decision you will ever make.

How I live my faith

I try to be like the Savior, Jesus Christ, and do the things He would have me do, though I'm not perfect. That's what it means, to me, to be a Christian. I don't do this because someone told me I had to. That is not how I operate. I keep the commandments because it is the right thing to do, and it's the only way to ensure that I will have lasting happiness. Christ told us "If ye love me keep my commandments". I love the Savior, so I show Him my love and devotion by keeping His commandments. Simple enough.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Ted
Yes, the Bible is Holy Scripture and the word of God. I love reading, praying about, studying and learning from the Bible. Over the years some parts of the Bible have been altered or lost, it's a miracle that what we have made it through! In the The Church of Jesus Christ we read the King James Version of the Bible primarily. If read with the guidance of the Holy Ghost the Bible is an amazing source of truth and light, and can lead to greater understanding and love for the Savior and His teachings. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Ted
Joseph Smith was the Prophet that God called to restore the church that Christ established during His brief, but all encompassing, and all too important mortal ministry. Joseph saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in vision at the age of 14. Pretty crazy huh? It's actually a very similar story to how God called the boy Samuel to be a Prophet in 1 Samuel 3. He was young, he had very little experience, and a whole lot of faith! Joseph, through Heavenly guidance and ministration, was able to bring back that same church that Christ set up in it's fullness. He is certainly an important person, but he is not the center of our church. We declare to the world that this is JESUS CHRIST'S church. That He is in charge, and that through His chosen servants He still leads, guides, and speaks to us today. I'm grateful that God called the man Joseph Smith to bring back the great blessings that were once available, and are again available to all! Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Ted
God is the one who chooses, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, through the fasting and prayer of His servants on the earth who constitue the Council of the Twelve Apostles. The Council of the Twelve goes through this process each time someone passes away in the Quorom in order to fill the vacancy just as in the case of Matthias replacing Judas(Acts 1:23-26). All of the men in the Twelve are sustained prophets, seers, and revelators, only one is the President of the Church and, Prophet and Seer for all the inhabitants of the earth. He also chooses 2 counselors to assist him in his work (I.E. Peter was the Prophet, his two counselors were James and John.) The one chosen for the position of President of the Church is typically found in the senior member of the Quorom, though a sustaining vote from the other members of the Quorom is required. All of this is done under God's direction, and according to His will. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Ted
Jesus Christ taught: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent," (John 17:3). The key to eternal life is gaining a correct knowledge of who God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost truly are. They are 3, distinct, personal Beings. Heavenly Father has a glorified, perfected body of flesh and bone, as does Jesus Christ; the Holy Ghost has a spirit body. When we understand this truth, along with the fact that "the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God," (Romans 8:16) it makes all of the sense in the world that if we are children we are "then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together," (Romans 8:17). Christ was "appointed heir of all things," (Hebrews 1:2) and so can we if so be that we suffer with Him. God wants us to become like Him and to live eternally with Him. This is eternal life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ted
Grace is the only way to salvation. Some like to emphasize the importance of Grace and it's amazing saving power so much as to de-emphasize the importance of effort on our part. Grace is a free gift to all, but God bestows it upon those who love Him especially. Our works are not our own when we are under the sanction and power of Grace "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me," (1 Corinthians 15:10; Book of Mormon-Jacob 4:7). Grace is the only thing that can save us, as we exert all of our efforts to follow God in order to show our devotion it will be granted unto us. Our works can never save us, but without our sincere best efforts to show God we want to be with Him and follow Him He won't force us to be saved (In the Book of Mormon: Alma 42:27; In the Bible: John 14:15, Matthew 23:37, James 2). This is where that oft quoted verse from the Book of Mormon comes in "For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do," (2 Nephi 25:23). All we can do won't get us anywhere without Grace; Grace is bestowed as we do all that we can, thus making our efforts much more than they ever could be otherwise. Show more Show less

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

Ted
The temple is a sacred house of God. It is a place where God teaches us about the plan of salvation. The purpose of worthiness standards that prevent some from entering is not to keep people out. We must be especially pure and spiritually prepared to receive the knowledge and blessings of the temple. We, honestly, want as many people as possible to come into the temple! The Lord has told us His standards for individuals to come to His "holy place": "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place[IE the temple]? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart" (Psalms 24:3-4). The standards to enter the temple are the same as to hold good standing in the church generally. Prepare yourselves and enter in! Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Ted
The Atonement is the act that allows us to return to live with God. The law and demand of justice states that if we break any law we must suffer the punishment from that law. The plan of mercy allows us to come back. But, mercy can NOT rob justice(Alma 42:16-25). Justice is an eternal law and must be satisfied. Christ suffered the punishment for all of the mistakes, transgressions, sins, shortcomings, and other issues incident to human nature(Isaiah 53). If we repent and come unto Him we become Christ's debtor rather than owing our debt to justice. He paid the price so that we can now come back to live with our Father again. In order to make it we must strive to become like the Savior to show Him our gratitude for the gift of the Atonement. The Atonement allows Christ to suffer so that I don't have to, so long as I take upon myself His "yoke"(Matthew 11:28-30), even the yoke of obedience to His Gospel(2 Nephi 31:10-21). Show more Show less