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Hi I'm Isaac

I'm from Nebraska. I love science, especially chemistry. I read a lot. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am presently a senior in high school. I am planning on going on a mission, and going to college for chemistry. I know a bit of Spanish, and have started learning Czech. I like reading, and also music. I play piano and violin. I love climbing mountains, and the outdoors, though I am rather unfond of spiders. I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and am glad to have grown up in it.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the church all my life, but it has only been in the last few years that I've really believed in the church. I was very unhappy, primarily because I was lonely. There was no one I was very close to. Then I met a friend, and grew close to her. She was a member, and through her help, I got through a lot of problems, and started to gain a testimony. Her and her family have been great examples for me, helping me to understand parts of the gospel I had trouble with. What this got me to see is that God knows us, and loves us, and provides for our needs. He helps us during our darkest times. I've also learned that the difficult times in our lives, our trials and troubles, are for our benefit. They are to help us grow, and learn, and strive to be the best people we can be. I've acted both in righteous and unrighteous ways. I've seen what happens when I follow the commandments, as presented in the LDS church, and when I haven't, and I know that my life is better when I follow them, and that I am happier. That is why I'm LDS, why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be kind to others. The knowledge that everyone is my brother and sister, and the potential that everyone has, helps me to care about others, even though they may be strangers. I struggle sometimes to follow all that God has commanded, but I am continually striving to be better, and the struggles that I've had help at times to give me insight into what others might be experiencing, and ways in which I might help them. I know that all that when God commands something, it is not as a dictator, trying to control us, but as a loving parent, trying to help us know what will be good for us, and to warn away from that which is harmful to us, and of the consequences of some actions. I value truth and understanding above most anything else, so I try to help others to understand the world around them, whether it be in matters of math, science, what someone else means when they talk, or the religious perspectives of my church. Since I've only recently developed belief in the church, I've had trouble in the past talking about church despite that I've grown up in it. I've also had trouble integrating that part of me with who I am outside of the environment of the church, but I'm starting to be able to do so, and discuss what I believe and what matters to me. Helping others to understand what the church teaches (and doing so without trying to impose those beliefs on them) is a frightening thing, because I'm never sure what others think, but it is also a blessing to do, whether those beliefs resonate with them or not. It is a blessing to be able to help others to see more accurately who I am, and also learn to see more clearly who they are.

Are Mormons Christians?

Isaac
I would consider mormons christians, but the answer to that question really becomes a matter of how we are defining christians. I would say that a christian is someone who believes in the divinity of Christ, and in His teachings, and strives to follow those teachings. Even this definition is somewhat narrow, because it supposes that people who simply think He was a good teacher are not christians, but if they follow His teachings, they could legitimately be called christians. We believe in Christ, that He is the Son of God, and that He died to make recompence for the mistakes we all make, and to also allow us to further progress. The particular beliefs that we don't hold, that others do, are that Jesus and God are the same person. We do not believe in the trinity, but rather that Jesus, God, and the Holy Ghost are all separate beings, though unified in purpose and goal. There are other differences in belief about who Christ is, but they are, as far as I can tell, consistent with the teachings of The Bible. We believe in Christ as depicted in The Bible. One problem is that The Bible isn't always clear, but can be interepreted in multiple ways, and also comes in multiple versions. While we believe in The Bible, we also believe in The Book of Mormon, which exists in only one version, and provides extra details, helping to clarify. This leads at times to different conceptions, but wholly compatible ones with what is depicted in The Bible. Show more Show less