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Hi I'm Michael Barcala

I wasn't born in the church, I was baptized July Third, 2011 and I love every minute of it. I'm currently serving a mission

About Me

I'm now a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. I'm currently serving a two year mission in Florida Jacksonville, and I can't wait to fully serve the Lord for these next two years. I'm really strong in my faith and my testimony of the Church and I love the Heavenly Father soo much for everything He's done to help me!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because when I first met with the Elders, I went home and asked the Heavenly Father if this was the true and right church for me. When I woke up the next morning, I was extremely happy; not like my normal waking up depression I had been feeling the past couple years. Within a month of meeting the Elders, I became baptized and have been loving every minute

How I live my faith

I used to be a home teacher for an awesome family, the Macks, and I used to be a ward missionary, however now I am on a two year mission and am going to be using and growing my Faith in the Lord every day.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Michael Barcala
We do not have paid clergy; nor do the Missionaries get paid, because we believe in sacrifice of time to do the Lord's work. We don't pay the clergy (The Bishop, his Counselors, The Elders Quorum Leadership, etc.) because we don't want them to be doing it out of a desire to achieve a pay check or anything of the such; but rather just because they were called to the work. As it says in the Book of Mormon, we are all meant to 'bear one another's burdens, that they may be light' and that is truly accomplished when the whole Ward (congregation) is all working together and nobody is doing it in a desire to get a head. Show more Show less

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

Michael Barcala
Before I had joined the Church; I did not view the Holy Bible as true scripture from our loving Heavenly Father. I did not believe in the words that it contained; nor did I believe that Jesus Christ was truly our Savior. After having joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have grown an appreciation for all the Scripture that our father has given us, which includes the Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine And Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. I have currently read through a quarter of the Old Testament and Several of the books in the New Testament and I'm not going to stop reading and cherising the words that it contains. Our Loving Heavenly Father has given us the Bible so that we can learn of our Savior and know of the Doctrines and the Gospel of Jesus Christ; He has given us the Book of Mormon so that we can have a further knowledge of what is contained in the Bible. Show more Show less

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

Michael Barcala
We donate 10% of our increase to the Church because to put it the easiest way possible, we'd rather live with 90% of our increase and God's Blessings than live with 100% of our increase and none of God's Blessings. Tithing is an awesome blessing to be able to sacrifice our profit and income to help further the work of the Lord. The money from Tithing goes to financing Chapels and Temples, to paying the light bills for them. None of the Clergy of the Church gets paid from tithing, none of the Clergy gets paid period. Show more Show less

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

Michael Barcala
There are plenty of ways to find someone to talk to about the LDS religion. On this wonderful website there is a link that you can click and fill out some information and a missionary will knock on your door one day and be able to fill you in on all of our beliefs and the such. Or you could go onto LDS.org and use the Tools to find a meeting house near you and the time that it meets for Services and sit down, enjoy a service, and then talk to the Bishop or one of the missionaries (if the ward has any assigned to it). Whatever the manner that you choose to find someone to talk to, it would truly be the best decision you've made to go out and talk to someone and to learn more of the Church, I can truly attest to that with all my heart. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Michael Barcala
The Priesthood is the Authority to act in God's name. It's the same Priesthood that was given by Jesus Christ himself to his Apostles when He laid His hands upon their heads and gave them the authority to act in His name. The Priesthood is what allows the President of the Church to lead it by Revelation. The Priesthood is what allows the Church to claim it's divine authority from Father to properly perform ordinances such as baptism and to allow a worthy holder of the Priesthood to give blessings of healing and comfort to those whom are in need. The Priesthood is held by all worthy male members of the Church and it is expected that he uses that Priesthood for the benefit and edification of others; he is not able to bless himself or to exercise it on himself. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Michael Barcala
We believe that God is perfect in all ways, that He is Omni-iscent and Omni-potent. He is kind and loving, He loves us all uniquely and individually, He knows each and everyone of us. He has a body of flesh and bones just like all of us, except His is perfect and Glorified, He will never feel pain and He will never die, He will never be sick and He wants all of us to become like Him, to live with Him after our Mortal Life. Show more Show less

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

Michael Barcala
The LDS Church was nicknamed the Mormons due to the Book of Mormon, another sacred record. The Correct name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which comes from the following; first and foremost we are the Church of Jesus Christ, He is the head of the Church and He is the one that leads us every day; secondly, we are members of this Church in the Latter-Days, thus Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less