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Hi I'm Cory J. Pritchard

I was a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce for 7 years and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a patriot, I serve my county protecting it from the evil people of the world. I do this because I believe it is my duty to contribute to society and because there is nothing more rewarding than serving your fellow man. I love to entertain people. The Lord has blessed me with talents of acting, dancing and singing. I love being on stage. As I look back at the many parts I have played on stage there is no doubt that my favorite was Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. I love video games, movies, and Sci-Fi, I collect Star Wars Legos and other Star Wars Toys, and yes I do go to Sci-Fi conventions, but I do not wear costumes. I love Star Trek as well. I love playing pretty much every sport, i consider my self in a unique club of "Athletic-Geeks". That's right, we do exist! I also love to fish, hunt and do pretty much anything that has to do with a boat. I love working with youth both in the church and the community. I coached youth football from ages 7 to 14 for 10 years with a lot of success, went to 6 championship games and won 5 of them. I also coached youth girls 13u softball for 3 years To this day I am in contact with many of the players and love them with all my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church on the earth that is lead by the Lord Jesus Christ. I know this because I have received several personal witnesses from my Heavenly Father through the power of the Holy Ghost. The most profound witness came while I was in the Missionary Training Center while I was preparing to serve my mission in Pusan, South Korea. It was at that time that I came across a powerful scripture in the Book of Mormon. In the book of Moroni chapter 10 verses 4 and 5 a promise is given by the Lord to all who read the Book of Mormon. It says that all who read the Book of Mormon and ask Heavenly Father with a “...sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Jesus Christ...” can know through the power of the Holy Ghost if the Book of Mormon is true. So I did exactly that, I knelt down and asked my Heavenly Father in prayer to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I thought that this knowledge would be important since I was about to go half way around to world and teach and testify to that fact. During that prayer I felt a comforting spirit that was unique to that of a Heavenly Father's love and heard in a whisper that pierced my very heart, “Yes my son, it is true.” From that moment forth I knew the Book of Mormon was true, which further means that Joseph Smith, the prophet who brought forth the Book of Mormon is a prophet of God. Throughout my mission and my life since then I have had countless other witnesses of the teachings of restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has blessed my life to have a knowledge of the truthfulness of this Gospel and I cannot stray. I wish I could share it with everyone; so that they too can feel the joy and fulfillment I cherish.

How I live my faith

I live my religion to the best of my ability. I am proud to profess that I am a Christian. I confess however that the words Christian and Perfect are not synonymous. I often make mistakes. Heavenly Father sent us down here to this earthly life as a learning experience to help us to grow and become more like Him. Often times I make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes are large. Unfortunately I may hurt other peoples feelings, I may offend my fellow man and God. But I am grateful to have an understanding of the sacrifice of my Savior Jesus Christ. Through his sacrifice I can repent and receive a forgiveness of those sins, and though my sins may be as scarlet, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can become as white as snow. While I am mormon and live my religion, I also respect others and their beliefs. I do not ever try to impose my beliefs on others. When I go out with my friends and colleagues they often drink and will ask if I want a beer or other adult beverage, and I say no thank you. If they ask why I tell them it is because I am LDS, or Mormon. More often than not it works out great for me because I get chosen by default to be the designated driver and get to drive some really cool cars. There are times my friends want to do some activities on Sundays that I do not feel comfortable participating in, and I have found that my friends and non-mormon family members, respect that and actually try to schedule things accordingly. My Heavenly Father is my priority, and I cannot deny that he loves me and cares for me, and the best way I can show my love for him is to obey his commandments to the best of my ability, and repent when I make a mistake.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Cory J. Pritchard
I want to share with you some of my own tangible experiences to demonstrate to you how mormons not only believe, but enforce equality in men and women. The first experience I would like to share happened in about 1995 when a General Authority (one of the primary leaders of the LDS Church) came to one of our Stake Conferences to teach us how to be more effective in our local leadership meetings. During the hour and a half meeting he spent the entire time impressing upon us the importance of having sisters (women) in those meetings and paying strict heed to their counsel and influence. That this was the “True Order” set forth by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself from the beginning in his Gospel and hence should be mirrored in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The next fact I would like to share is that every six months in the Church we have a General Conference where we as members of the Church have the opportunity to hear from our Prophet, the Apostles and other General Authorities of the Church. In every single General Conference that I have listened to, there has been at least one talk where a leader of the Church has emphasized the loving equal treatment of his spouse to the male members of the Church. At the same time has chastised those male members who are guilty of behavior unbecoming of a disciple of Jesus Christ and admonishes them to seek out the necessary help to resolve those issues and to seek forgiveness from their Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Cory J. Pritchard
I do believe that there is a prophet on the earth today just like Moses. I have received a personal witness from my Heavenly Father and have a testimony that the living Prophet Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ. Additionally, I recognize that now just as in ancient times the Lord loves and cares for his children and needs there to be a prophet on the earth. Look at all of the confusion on the earth regarding religion, morals, and hopelessness. The Lord in these latter-days has provided us Prophets and Apostles to lead and guide us and give us instruction to lift us up and help us to be better disciples that live according to the teachings of our Savior. He will also help us understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it applies to our modern day and age. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Cory J. Pritchard
It is difficult for us to understand the love our Heavenly Father has for us. It is even more difficult to understand the many ways that our Heavenly Father wants to bless us. But one thing is for sure he wants us to be happy. Finding truth and escaping from the cloud of confusion is one way in which the Lord can help us feel joy on this earth. Through faith and prayer we can know the truth of all things through the power of the Holy Spirit. My recommendation for determining if mormonism is true to read the Book or Mormon. My reason for this is because at the end of the Book of Mormon in the book of Moroni chapter 10 versus 4 and 5 it contains a promise to all those who read the book and ask with a sincere heart if it is true. This promise is fulfilled by the power of the Holy Ghost giving you an answer that will let you know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it is the word of God. If the Book of Mormon is the word of God, then the Prophet Joseph Smith who brought forth the Book of Mormon and ushered in the Restoration of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is a true prophet. I have done this myself and received and answer and I know the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of our Heavenly Father just like Moses, Abraham and Jacob. I know this of such a surety that I live my life according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and do so in such a way that I am not ashamed and wish to share the joy I feel for doing so with others. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Cory J. Pritchard
As part of my career for the past 10 years I have been recognized in the State of Washington, the State of New York and in Federal and Military Court as an Expert Witness in the field of Digital Forensics several times. What does this mean? It means when it comes to matters of digital evidence in a court of law I can testify regarding my findings in a forensic analysis of data from say a hard drive, cell phone, digital camera, or other digital device. I can do this because through my training and experience I can demonstrate competency in that field. This is similar to my testimony in the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith the Prophet, and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. I have read the book, studied the scriptures, lived its teachings, prayed and received an undeniable witness to the truthfulness of these things. And just as I can sit on the witness stand and tell a jury under oath, without a doubt that my findings are true, I can tell you the same regarding my testimony because of these witnesses. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Cory J. Pritchard
Our church's name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Book of Mormon is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”. Each Sunday we partake of the Sacrament in remembrance of the atonement of Jesus Christ. The First Principle of the gospel is Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We teach that we should follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. When we pray we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. We believe and teach that Christ is the head of the church. We are in every since of the word are Christians, everything from our belief in Jesus Christ being our Savior and the only means whereby we can receive salvation, to the imperfection of all other Christians. *How can your talents and gifts bless others. Show more Show less