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Hi I'm David

I'm a son, a husband, a father, and a grandfather. And I'm a Latter-day Saint, a Mormon, and a Christian.

About Me

Though not having grown up with computers, I gravitated toward them just like, but independently of my three brothers, and now work as a Systems Administrator. I am grateful to work within a reasonable distance of where I live, which allows me a hearty 17 mile bike ride home (when the roads are dry). While I love to backpack, I most prefer simply staying at home when not working. It's great to be a grandfather, though sad that most of my 19 grandchildren live far away. However, since all my children are grown, it has allowed my wife and I to grow closer together than we have ever been. We are greatly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in an active L.D.S. family, with ancestors among the earliest members of the Church, I greatly questioned the Church, Christianity, and religion in general, while in High School. So I did some research, and thinking, and praying. I came to the realization there is a God; He created us; He created this earth as a school and test for us; His Firstborn spirit child was born on this earth as Jesus Christ, who taught how we can be happy and succeed in this school and test; and if we follow Christ's gospel (teachings and ordinances), then we can experience greater joy in this life and pass the test that will qualify us to have one of the promised mansions in His Father's Kingdom. My life has been exceedingly blessed by following the teachings of Christ and of His living apostles and prophets. I have observed the same blessings in the lives of others, and can testify that Jesus was correct when he said that if we will DO the will of the Father, we will KNOW of Him and that the doctrine is true.

How I live my faith

Just as Christ taught that we should love and serve one another, I serve in many ways in Church and in the community. I regularly help with community programs like "Day of Caring", I give financially to support the less fortunate, I help with Scouting programs, and assist with leading the local L.D.S. congregation I meet with. One of the things I like about the profession I have pursued is how it provides help to others; I often view that as a service.

What is the First Vision?

David
In answer to a fervent prayer, Joseph Smith saw a vision of two beings in human form, wherein one addressed him by name and declared "This is my beloved Son, hear him." while pointing to the personage on his right. Joseph asked which Church to join (which was the purpose for his humble prayer), and received the answer that he was to join none of them, but that the Gospel would be made known to him at a later time. This is referred to as the First Vision. We learn the following Truths from the First Vision: 1. God is REAL and He LIVES 2. We ARE Created in God's IMAGE 3. God Hears AND Answers Prayers 4. God has a Son: Jesus Christ, who LIVES 5. The Father and Son are SEPARATE INDIVIDUALS 6. Jesus Christ Speaks for the Father 7. Christ did organize His Church, but it was no longer on the earth 8. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever 9. There is an EVIL force; Satan is REAL Sample of a few scriptures to consider: Man is in God's image: Gen. 1:26 God has a Face, seen by prophets: Gen. 32:30; Ex. 33:11 Stephen saw Christ at the "right hand of God" (God has a "right hand", Jesus is a separate being): Acts 7:55-56 Resurrection of flesh and bone: Luke 24:36-39 Christ's Church: Eph. 4:11-14 Apostacy: Thess. 2:1-3 God Communicates through Prophets: Amos 3:7 Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

David
When I studied different Christian Churches, I was troubled by the different perspectives about baptism. It clearly showed me a serious problem with interpretation of scripture. They could quote scriptures to support a position that baptism wasn't necessary, or that it was; or it must be by immersion, or not; or who could perform it. Reading The Book of Mormon, I was interested in the appearance of Christ, after his resurrection, to the people in the Americas, as to what he would teach in a few days that might be considered a summary of the most important things he spent three years teaching in the Holy Land. The very first teaching and action Christ did? He ordained some disciples, giving them authority to teach and perform ordinances. Then he taught them how to properly perform baptism by immersion (3 Nephi 11:21-27). In other words, this subject was so important to our Savior that it was his first matter of business. Apparently Christ considered baptism crucial, including who should perform it, and how. Once understanding this truth, it was now easy to realize how the seeming conflicting passages in the Bible supported this perspective; they just were not clear. In math I learned an infinite number of lines could be drawn through a single point, but only one straight line would connect two points. Hundreds of Churches teach very different things from one point of reference (the Bible), but clarity can come from a second, independent witness (The Book of Mormon). Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

David
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is considered a cult by many Christian Churches because we do not accept or believe in the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed defines the Holy Trinity as most Christians claim to believe, but Latter-day Saints view the Godhead differently. For example, the Creed espouses that God is without form, being large enough to fill the universe, yet small enough to dwell in your heart, while being invisible and unknowable. However the scriptures tell us that Jacob and Moses each spoke with God "face to face" (Genesis 32:30, Exodus 33:11), showing God has form -including a face- and can be seen. Additionally, Christ's intercessory prayer clarified that Eternal Life was available to those that _know_ God (John 17:3). One of the great evidences that Joseph Smith's vision was true was because he declared, like Stephen (Acts 7:55-56), that he had seen Jesus Christ standing at the right hand of God (another confirmation that God has form and can be seen). For this Stephen was stoned, while Joseph was persecuted, tarred and feathered, imprisoned, and eventually martyred. In other words, the Latter-day Saints believe in a personal God, a real being in whose image humans are literally made (Genesis 1:26); that Jesus Christ is a separate being, who is living with a physical, resurrected body of flesh and bone (Luke 24:36-39); and the third member of the Godhead is a personage of Spirit, known as the Comforter or Holy Ghost. Show more Show less