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Hi I'm Preston

I'm a: Ballroom dancer, Rugby player, outdoors man who loves working with his hands. I can chug 2L H2O in 23 sec. I'm a Mormon!!!

About Me

I am 22 years old, and I am the 6th of 7 kids. I have 3 older sisters, 2 older brothers, and one younger brother. I am studying Building Construction/Restoration while dancing for the Ballroom Company and playing for the College Rugby team. I like to keep myself busy because laziness is depressing! I love all kinds of sports and I am very athletic. I played soccer for 10 years and even a year for my High School. I also love building things with my hands. I am best with wood. I have built two nightstands, a 6-drawer dresser, and a king size bed. I love the out doors: fishing, camping, hunting, star gazing, the whole lot of it. My goal in life is to travel the world making/repairing stain glass windows!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because it brings me true happiness. Knowing that I can live with my family forever in God's presence is such a comfort to me. Knowing I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows me personally and has blessed me in more ways than I can express. My conversion story is not the normal story you would think about. I was a wayward child that lost sight of what was most important to life. I was born into this church and had been going to church every Sunday since the day I was born. I was baptized when I was 8 and received the priesthood at age 12. But, when I entered High School I started making bad choices that separated me from my Heavenly Father. I knew what I was doing was wrong but the sins we love most are the hardest to let go of. One day while driving home in my car, I was listening to the radio. A song came on and I will never forget the inpression and the feeling it left on me. The lyrics said, "My best friend gave me the best advice, today is a gift and not a given right. Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind..." I realized that I had to make some changes because if God wanted me back tonight, or within the next hour I knew I was not ready to go. The Holy Ghost spoke to me through that song and gave me the strength to change my life for the better. Without the Savior and his Atonement, I would be nothing and there would be no happiness in this life. Now that I have changed my life and put my focus on Jesus Christ, I Have more happiness than I ever thought was possible.

How I live my faith

I attend Church every Sunday with my family. I also invite my less active friends to come with me to feel the spirit. I love going to all three hours of Church because it keeps my focus on my Savior and his Atonement. I also would attend my youth activities with all of my friends. It was great to have all of your friends in one location building unity in the ward. We would regularly go out into the community to serve those who are less fortunate or who are unable to do it for themselves. It is amazing how much yard work you can get done with a group of 20 young men. I always feel so good when I serve others and I know they feel good as well.

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

Preston
What kind of message are you sending to others when you wear clothes that barely cover your body? What do you think is going through a young man's mind when he sees a woman that is dressed immodestly? I was a young man once and I know what goes through our minds. Those kind of thoughts degrade women, it destroys the respect that all men should show to women. Now how does this relate to chastity? All actions have to begin with a thought, then actions bring habits. If we are thinking about immodest women, we will soon want to be around them. Once we have put ourselves in that situation, many temptations will come and they will be near impossible to resist. Those temptations could have been avoided if everyone would've dressed modestly. Dressing modestly shows respect for your body and for others. The best way to teach your children is by example. Children look up to their parents no matter what age. If your child buys immodest clothing have them exchange it or buy something to go over it to make it modest. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Preston
We do not worship the Prophet Joseph Smith, the reason he is talked about so much is because without him the church of Jesus Christ would not have been restored to the Earth. We respect him no more than the Prophets of the Bible, through which God restored his gospel many times. Men like Noah, Abraham, and Moses, all received the Gospel from God as did Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Preston
Without the grace of God no one would make it to heaven. Grace makes up the diference after we have done all that we can do. But that is the key, we must first do all we can before grace will take effect. In all reality we are saved by grace, but we are accountable for our sins. Grace does not take away our personal responsability to repent. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Preston
A testimony is a personal belief aquired by your own study and personal revelation. Bearing testimony is to make a declaration of truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Preston
Death is an essencial part in our Heavenly Father's plan. With death, our spirit leaves our bodies and goes to Spirit Paradise if we have been righteous, or Spirit Prison (hell) if we have not lived the commandments of the Lord. There we will wait until we are resurrected, which is the reuniting of the spirit and the body in its immortal and perfect form. This is a blessing given to all of God's children whether wicked or righteous. We will then stand at the judgement bar of God and be judged according to our works here on Earth. We will then be placed in one of 3 kingdoms or degrees of glory. Only in the highest kingdom can we live in the presence of our Heavenly Father and have our families forever. In order to live in the highest kingdom we must live all the commandments of God, it's that simple. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Preston
We believe that the message of the restored gospel is for everyone and shouldn't be witheld from anyone. Missionaries knock doors to find those people that are willing to follow Jesus Christ. Just like in ancient times, the church had missionaries to proclaim the gospel and bring all who inhabited the Earth to a knowledge of our savior Jesus Christ. This is what we are trying to accomplish now. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Preston
There are many ways you can get in contact with a member of the church. The easiest way is to drop by the chapel Sunday afternoon and meet with them yourself. Another common way is to get on the website www.mormon.org and request the missionaries to come visit you. If you have any friends that are mormon, I'm sure they'd love to talk to you about what we believe in and even take you to church with them. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Preston
The Book of Mormon is a record of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas while the Bible is a record of the Jews in Jerusalem. God loves all of his children so he called prophets in Jerusalem as well as in the Americas to lead and direct his children down the path of righteousness. The Book of Mormon doesn't in any way replace the Bible, but is another witness that Jesus is the Christ. Just like when we received the New Testament, the Old Testament didn't lose it's truth or its validity. It strengthened the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is what the Book of Mormon does, it supports the Bible and doesn't take anything away, it strengthens it. Joseph Smith received the golden plates from an angel. This angel was the very same prophet that wrote in the Book of Mormon and hid them in the Earth to preserve the record until God willed us to receive it. You will see a similarity with Moses, he received stone tablets on a mountain from a burning bush. Joseph received the gold plates on a hill from an angel. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Preston
The Law of Chastity is a commandment pertaining to the purity of our bodies. Our bodies are temples to the Holy Spirit and the Spirit will not dwell in a dirty temple. This commandment prohibits any relations that are sexual or arousing before marriage. God has granted us the power to create life and it is very serious when we abuse this power. The Law of Chastity is an extension of one of the 10 commandments, and that is, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Preston
The Holy Ghost is the warm fuzzies you feel when you do something right, it's the peace of mind and comfort that comes after the death of a loved one, it's the joy you feel when you serve others, it's the understanding that just comes to you when you read the scriptures, it's the love of God that seems to explode your heart, it's the calm assurance that everything will be ok. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Preston
Baptism is essential to enter into the kingdom of God. Many people have lived on this Earth and never had the chance to hear the gospel or be baptized by someone holding the proper authority. Without it, they cannot enter into the kingdom of God. For this reason we perform baptisms for the dead. Once their work has been done, they then have the choice to accept it or not. Someone has to do it, or all of our ancestors would be lost. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Preston
Without a Savior there would be no afterlife. "No unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God" so the very first sin we made would cut us out of his presence forever, unless there was someone to pay the price and take the punishment for us. This life would be meaningless without a Savior. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Preston
Eternal life simply means to not only live in God's presence but to progress and learn forever. It is the greatest of all of God's blessings. God told Moses, "This is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Preston
We live like many other people do. We have dreams, support our families, hang with friends, and use electricity. In everything we do we strive to live the commandments and put our families first. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Preston
Ultimately, all blessings can come to us through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the comforter, the still small voice of warning, and the messenger for God. Basically, the Holy Ghost will guide us and be our light if we are willing to listen. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Preston
We believe that baptism is the gateway to the celestial kingdom, not the golden ticket. Baptism by the proper priesthood authority cleanses us from sin and we are reborn spiritually. Without it we cannot access the Atonement of Jesus Christ in its fullness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Preston
God sent us here so we could experience happiness and joy, without sadness, joy would be meaningless. The purpose of life is to prepare to meet God. We are being tested and if we only put in 50% we will obviously fall short in the end. So it is our duty to always be living his standards so we are ready. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Preston
First off they will want to get to know you a little, it is hard to teach a brick wall and especially if you know nothing about it. Missionaries share a special message of our Savior Jesus Christ that brings hope and happiness to all who are willing to listen. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Preston
The church is open to all races, colors, countries, tongues, however you want to say it. We are all God's children and he wouldn't exclude anyone from joining his church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Preston
Without the Bible there would be no knowledge of Jesus Christ and his personal ministry. The Bible gives all Christian churches a foundation to build upon. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Preston
It is the power that Christ used to create the world, heal the sick, wounded or afflicted, give sight to the blind, caused the lame to walk and all other miracles he performed. It is the power of God given to man to go and do likewise. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Preston
Without the authority of the priesthood all you are doing is saying a prayer and getting wet afterwards. Jesus showed us the example by traveling a great distance to be baptized by John the Baptist instead of any other Rabbai or priest that he passed on his way. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Preston
It is a serious sin and is not pleasing to God. Abortion is Satan's way of "excaping the consequenses" of your actions. The only time it could be permitable is in the case of rape or if the mother's life is in danger. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Preston
He has a body of flesh and bones that is perfect and glorified. He is loving and patient. He is merciful but also just. He rewards the righteous and punishes the wicked. We are created in his image which means that we look like him. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Preston
No, but they encourage all members to vote for who they think will have high moral standards and lead the country well. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Preston
They are divisions of a geological area where the members who live within that area congregate together. It provides order and a less congested chapel. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Preston
YES! The name of our church is "The church of JESUS CHRIST of latter-day saints" not the Mormons. He is our savior and redeemer and all our doctrine in centered around him and his teachings. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Preston
Our bodies are gifts from God where we have the potential to become like him and house our spirit while we are on the Earth. Spiritual things are considered sacred and our bodies contain our spirit so they should be considered sacred as well. This is why it is referred to as a temple, the temple is the most holy place where the spirit of the lord can reside. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Preston
The priesthood was given to man because it helps us to love and serve one another. Mothers have a divine talent to show love and appreciation so God had to provide men with a responsability to keep up with the women. Women can be called as teachers, they have their own organization, and support the men in their priesthood responsabilities. Show more Show less

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

Preston
We believe the Bible to be the word of God so far as it is translated correctly. 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.

Preston
When Christ established his church he called Apostles to assist him in spreading the gospel. The church has been and always will be founded with Prophets and Apostles at the head. When Judas betrayed Jesus and killed himself, he was replaced with a man named Matthias. This implies that Apostles were meant to continue after the death of Christ. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Preston
God. Always has, always will. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Preston
Joseph Smith was a farm boy who was concerned about the welfare of his soul so he prayed and received a revelation where God called him to be the Prophet and restored the true church back to the Earth again. He dedicated his life to serve others and spread the truth to all the world. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Preston
Mormons are members from the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. It is a nickmane people give us because we read the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

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

Preston
The Atonement is the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus had not done so we would all be cut off from the presence of God forever becuase no unclean thing can dwell with God. The Atonement is what allows us to receive forgiveness from our sins and be saved. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Preston
Palmyra, New York in the year 1820. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Preston
To provide for those in need who don't have the means to do it themselves. It is what our Savior asked us to do. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Preston
The best way is to read the word of God (Bible and Book of Mormon) and pray to know that it is true. You can also pray to have your faith strengthened and God will test you. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Preston
Church is where we congregate to partake of the Sacrament and be nurtured by the good word of God. The temple is where we perform odrinances for ourselves and those who have passed on from this life. The temple is the house of God. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Preston
It is a law of health. If we abide by its council we will be healthier and live more spiritually enriched lives. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Preston
First, never have a computer behind closed doors. Second, teach children at a young age that it is unacceptable and habit forming. I would also suggest using a parental internet block for added security. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Preston
Jesus Christ himself is the founder but he called Joseph Smith to lead his church in the last days. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Preston
Faith is to act on a belief that is true and leads us closer to God. Faith is to have hope and trust in God. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Preston
Jesus Christ and yourself. It's hard to follow Christ if you don't first have faith in yourself. Show more Show less

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

Preston
Is God a changing God? How can you not?! Yes, I do. Do you? Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Preston
We believe that families are eternal and it only makes sence to place greater importance to things that are eternal rather than things that will wither away like money, pleasure or careers. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Preston
The undeniable spirit they feel that comfirms to their hearts that this is God's church. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Preston
The Book of Mormon is holy scripture that was written by ancient prophets in the Americas that testify that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. It supports the Bible and contains as does the Bible, the fullness of the gospel. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Preston
You'll know why we are here and what God expects of you. It will bring joy and true happiness into your life and it will emulate to all those around you. All blessings will be yours as you keep all of God's commandments. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Preston
Thomas S. Monson is the living day prophet and he is supported by 14 other prophets, seers, and revelators. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Preston
Our services are reverent where the Holy Spirit may be present and touch the hearts of all who attend. We sing hymns and listen to a couple prepared sermons from member in the congregation. Visitors are always welcome! Click on the "meet with us" tab to find the closest chapel near you! Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Preston
It is the oldest women's organization in the world. It was created to do just what the name implies, provide relief. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Preston
Fist of all it's a commandment. If God promised to "...open the heavens and pour out a blessing so much that there won't be room enough to receive it" wouldn't you? Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Preston
They are to work hand-in-hand to rear their children. They should set the example for their kids to follow. They are equal partners even though the husband is the "Head of the Houshold". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Preston
Jesus is the literal son of God, the only begotten, and it is only through him that we can be saved. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Preston
It is used to sustain the church, build more chapels, print all materials, and bless the world. Tithing is never put into the pocket for personal gain. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Preston
All those who keep God's commandments and are willing to make covenants with him may be sealed not only for this life but for all eternity. After this life we will be united and live in happiness forever. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Preston
It must be done by someone holding the priesthood of God and worthy to do so. We are baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Baptism is to cleanse us of our sins and is a promise we make with god to follow him always. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Preston
3 simple steps: read, ponder and pray. Listening to the missionaries and attending a church service will also help. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Preston
It is a nickname others gave us years ago because we read the Book of Mormon. The real name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Preston
Anything addictive robs us of our agency which was one of the first gifts God gave to man. We are all encouraged to eat healthy with lots of grains, fruits and vegetables. Meat should be used sparingly. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Preston
Can science create a seed; the source of life for the entire tree? How is it that this Earth is placed in precisely the perfect orbit around the sun to sustain life? Show more Show less

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

Preston
We do not condone it but that doesn't mean that we don't love them. We want to help them repent and find comfort through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Preston
No, service comes from the heart and can only be done willingly. Although, all are encouraged to serve and bless the lives of others. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Preston
The first time Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Preston
From their own pocket by hard work and smart budgeting of their income. Generally years of saving up, putting other desires aside for what is more important. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Preston
The quickest way to our father is to drop to our knees. Prayer is direct communication with the Father and he is ready to answer. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Preston
In order to honor the 4th commandment we shouldn't work on Sundays. If clergy are paid for preaching the gospel that would be considered a job and therefore we would obligate our leaders to sin in order to lead us. Show more Show less