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Hi I'm Rex

I grew up raising cattle on Bohannon Mountain outside Huntsville, Arkansas. I've been an ER nurse over 25 years, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to play the blues harp. Love to travel. Often been to Puerto Penasco, Mexico and San Diego. Been planning a big trip to Italy for years, studying Italian on my own. Hope to get there soon. Having lots of fun planning anyhow! Love to grow a garden and trees. (Not much call for that here in the city though!) Love history. I think the guys who fought WW II saved the world. Love to eat and to try exotic restaurants. I belong to a group called "Virtual Tourist." We share tips about destinations: things to do and see, places to stay or eat (or not!) My wife's a Special Ed teacher and the best and finest teacher I have ever seen! Got some amazing kids and grandkids, too. Bohannon Mountain in the Ozarks was just our base and our anchor. My dad was a pipe-fitter foreman for a big construction company, so we moved a lot. Been in every state but Hawaii and lived in over 20. Was lucky enough to live in The Hague, Netherlands a year in 8th grade. Spent 2 1/2 years in Germany in the Army. Love movies and music and board games. Favorites are Trivial Pursuit, Balderdash, and Qwelf. I'm a real extreme roller coaster enthusiast! Like to write and to read. I really love books! And football! And the South! I try to find new experiences for my "bucket list" : rode bareback and saddle bronc and bulls in one 3-day rodeo, sailed on a tall ship, tried the 72-oz steak challenge at the Big Texan. Never want to stop learning or trying new things!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon by goodly parents. My great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents were pioneers. They could've been the Steeds in "The Work and the Glory." After leaving New York and helping settle Missouri, Nauvoo, and Utah, they helped pioneer Alberta, Canada. But I'm hard-headed and had to find out the truth for myself. I left the church and was a prodigal son for many years. At the end of a long and broken road I found a testimony of my own. Nobody taught me; nobody can teach you...no man, that is. It has to be the Spirit that witnesses the answers to the questions you have in your heart. I do know that Jesus knows me and loves me and that He knows and loves you just the same. I know I will never comprehend the full magnitude of His love in this life. Some day I hope to. I do know He is the Savior and the Son of God. I know that I am a son of my Father in Heaven. I know He loves me every bit as much as His Son, Jesus Christ, does. I know He is with me always even when I am too blind to see. I know He hears and considers every prayer I utter or even have in my heart. I know He loves me just as much as He does any other of his sons or daughters. I know He sent His only begotten Son to ransom me so that I can return to His presence someday if I desire to. I know He wants every one of us to do so. I know He sent the Holy Spirit to us so we can know the truthfulness of all things. And so we can be guided in the choices we make. I know the scriptures are true and that everything foretold in them must - and will - come to pass. I know that they are an "instruction manual" for us, too, that they are a map we can use to navigate through the stormy waters of this life. I know God has given us everything. He will never waver or fail. I know He has restored His priesthood authority to the Earth once more to bless us and our families. I have felt the priesthood power, have used it to bless and been blessed myself.

How I live my faith

I know that I walk before God each moment of my life. I try to walk uprightly before Him, to live my life in a way that will please Him. I am so very thankful for the countless blessings I've received: life itself, this beautiful world created for us at his direction, good parents who loved God, loved each other, and loved me enough to teach me that I am a child of God, that Jesus knows and loves me personally and every other son or daughter of God, that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God and the Savior and Master of the World. I am very grateful that my Heavenly Father has restored His priesthood to the Earth so we may have the authority to use His power as He inspires to bless the lives of our brothers and sisters as He wills. That is so humbling to me. I strive to try to keep myself worthy to exercise that priesthood whenever and wherever it may be needed to bless the life of any of His children. That is not a responsibility any member of the priesthood bears lightly, I believe. And, yet, it is such a wonderful thing. There is no question of the source in anyone's heart, I think, when one feels that Spirit coursing within them. I know it is of God when I feel that. I believe everyone else knows it as well. Through different experiences throughout my life God has confirmed to me that He is there, that He loves each and every one of us, and that His gospel is true and will be so forever. I have received an unshakable testimony of His truths. I covenant to stand as a witness of Him and His gospel at any time at any place always. There is absolutely no doubt in my heart or mind of the truthfulness of the Scriptures. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is His Son and the only Way to salvation for all Mankind. I know the Bible is the word of God and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God as well. I know all things foretold by His holy prophets will be fulfilled as well. I know Joseph Smith was a great prophet of God.

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

Rex
We are God's children, and He loves us. He wants us to return to his presence, but He is so holy nothing unsanctified can exist in His presence. Since every one of us is tainted by sin, none of us could ever hope to return to His presence unless we were purified and made clean. None of us could do that except through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Here is part of the reason we cannot truly comprehend what this demanded: He has paid the price for EVERY single sin anyone has ever committed OR WILL EVER COMMIT! This alone should help us withstand temptations to sin to keep from adding to His suffering. Through His willing sacrifice on the cross He conquered death and ensured that EVERY person who has ever lived will be resurrected, BUT through His Atonement he made it possible that - only through Him - we can return to our Father in Heaven if we have our hearts right when we pass from this life. We are too limited in this life - on this side of the veil - to even BEGIN to imagine the magnitude of His Atonement. We know it was enough to make Him, the Master of the World, tremble and bleed from every pore, and plead that that cup be taken from Him if possible, yet He willingly drank the bitter cup for us. When I think of what he suffered physically for us from the high priests and the Romans, the beatings, degradation, the thorns and spikes driven into His flesh, the unbearable pain of crucifixion, it makes me weep. But I know the agony of the Atonement was 1,000 times worse! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Rex
The Gospel teaches us that baptism is a necessary saving ordinance: "Unless a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." Many never had a chance to hear the Gospel while they lived on Earth, but it would be unjust for them to be denied redemption through no fault of their own. So God makes it possible for them to have this chance by allowing others to be baptized by proxy, a living person standing in for someone who has already died. Don't misunderstand: free agency (or choice) is a sacred principle, the very reason for the War in Heaven (though the cause was the rebellion against God.) The act of the physical baptism of the water IS NOT BINDING on those who choose NOT to accept it. We have free choice in the next life just as we do in this life. This simply gives each person the chance to make that choice. We are free to accept it or reject it as we desire. By the end of the 1,000 year Millennium that will be ushered in with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ ALL saving ordinances for every person who has ever lived will be completed, so that ALL may have the chance to choose whether they wish to accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and return to our Heavenly Father's presence. This is part of our Father's Great Plan of Happiness. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Rex
Yes, there have been scriptures throughout time that God has revealed to Man to help guide us both in the moment and so that we might find our way back into His presence, which is what He desires so very much, because His work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of His sons and daughters, to have us come back home to Him. This is the heart of His great and wonderful plan! Of course the Bible was written over time through the ages of the Earth, and was not completed, or compiled into one book - made up of the two books of the Old and New Testaments - until sometime after the deaths of Jesus and most of the apostles. After that time the priesthood, the authority to act in God's behalf, which had been on Earth since Adam, was lost from the Earth. We cannot just take that authority upon ourselves. It must be bestowed by one who has the priesthood authority to confer it. Many good and righteous men struggled from that time to live as best they could according to their understanding of what God wanted them to do and try to keep the flame of truth alive - often amidst murderous persecution. Their efforts culminated in making the Earth fertile for the restoration of the priesthood and lost precious truths to the Earth in God's time and His will. I testify that that Restoration HAS occurred. This is joyous news for us all. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His priesthood authority are on the Earth once again and will NEVER again be taken from the Earth! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Rex
Pray with a sincere desire to know its truthfulness, and God will reveal it to you. Each person needs to feel the truth for themselves in their heart and soul. If you seek God, He will lead you to Him. Study the things you learn, ponder them quietly in the privacy of a sanctuary you may have. Invite and be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. If you ever feel a confirmation from the Spirit about any question, concept, or principle you can be certain that it is true. The Spirit will NEVER lie to you. There have been times I have been quietly speaking with someone about something simple and have suddenly felt the Spirit fill my heart and voice and have recognized in their eyes and in their expression that THEY feel the Spirit confirming the truthfulness of what I have said. That is an awesome experience! There is a promise in the Book of Mormon that if you read it and truly want to know if it's true, God will manifest its truthfulness to you. I testify to you that this promise is true. Try it. I would NEVER want anybody to just take my word for it, or anybody else's word for it. You must know in your own heart, mind, and soul that it is true and know it by the witness of the Spirit to you personally. I do testify to you though that I know without a shadow of a doubt it IS true, and YOU can know, too! Show more Show less