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Hi I'm Casey

I watch movies. I love lacrosse. I dream of being a helicopter pilot. I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm being a missionary, working hard, loving life, and I'm a Mormon. :D #1 important thing for me is the family. After seeing my Mom pass through broken mairages and having my family affected by it, I have really come to understand and appreciate how important my family is. I love them and while serving a mission here in the Philippines they are always near to my heart. I went to a year of college and studied. I wanted to be a pilot but like most people studying, I think I'm going to change it. I was thinking about getting a degree in making money while playing but I'm still not sure how that will happen. Paintballing is awesome, I want to go skydiving enough times to be able to go on my own, and I want to have enough money some time to go off roading and not worry about hurting my car. :) One of my joys is helping people. Some of my most memorable moments is seeing some one sad or lonely and just talking to them, walking with them, or eating with them. I remember going as a kid to nursing homes and seeing how lonely some seemed and just saying hello and being kind to one lonely soul. And all the time you see people who need a friend or a little food for that day or anything. I mean we are all just people and need a little lift from others some times so why not lift them and make the world just a tiny bit better that day?

Why I am a Mormon

The reason that I'm a Mormon is because of the testimony that I received after many prayers to God. I grew up in this church but just never believed it. I felt that there was no God, that this life and earth are just happenings in a vast universe of nearly unlimited chance, therefore making it perfectly reasonable that we are just here and there is no God, no heaven, and no life after this. I however just had a tiny feeling that there could be a God and this church could be led by Him. That feeling came one day as I listened to a former living prophet and president of this church, Gordon B. Hinckley, speak to the church. I don't even remember what he said, I just remember that I was 15, I was unsure, and I felt some thing different in my heart. My doubts culminated to a time during my last year in high school that I needed to know if God existed or not. However, I knew that people not following God's will don't seem to feel His presence so I began to follow the commandments and I decided I should serve Him and go on a full time 2 year mission. On my mission, I realized it is really hard to serve God if you are not 100% sure so I prayed and searched like I never had in my entire life to know if He was there, if he really talked to a boy named Joseph Smith in 1820, and if Joseph Smith was a legitimate prophet. I read and I prayed and I poured over a book called the Book of Mormon. In the book is found the teachings of Jesus Christ but also, the book is evidence of whether Joseph Smith is true or not. I read and prayed and studied for 4 months. But, one day as I was writing the things I learned from the book that I did and didn't like, I felt I should just close the book, kneel, and ask God if it was true. I did so, felt okay, and went on. Later that day, as I was thinking about that prayer, I felt the strongest feeling that this is true. Now I follow because it is true.

How I live my faith

I serve as a full time missionary, meaning that I go around to those who would be interested in hearing about this church and its teachings and share with them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is hard work and its fun work and I love it! The people where I serve are so kind hearted and friendly. I never go a day with out many many new friends here in the Philippines. I love seeing people's lives change for the better and that is how live my faith. I work hard to share this truth that I found with as many others that want to hear it. I read and I study every day from the Book I once doubted and even hated some times. I love it and I am happy to be a part of this church. :)

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Casey
For me, God's plan for us is about families, a husband and wife and kids. But all people are children of God who deserve love and respect, including those who have different views about same sex marriage. However, when I really don't know, I turn to what prophets of God have said. “People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are. “We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same-sex marriage situation. To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families” (Ensign, Nov. 1998, 71). When I think of how hard this must be for many, I think of our faith in Jesus Christ. He loves us and has given us guidance through prophets, we just need to follow. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Casey
Well, God does. The best way to describe it is that our church believes in revelation through living prophets. The Lord declared a way he does things: "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7) So if God is going to teach the world something or tell us what He thinks, He will do it through a prophet He has chosen. So in this church, the way he chooses a prophet is by inspiring the current ones on who should be called to become an Apostle, just like in the New Testament. Then, in the church we have something called the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. When the prophet dies, the oldest Apostle from that group becomes the prophet. So how the history goes, the first prophet in our time was Joseph Smith. When he was murdered in Carthage Illinois, the oldest Apostle, Brigham Young, became the prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints. After that, God called other prophets the same way. This means that today, we have Thomas S. Monson, a living breathing pile of prophet-iness that is just like the people had back in the New Testament or Old Testament. AND you can pray to know if he is true if you want. In John 14:26 we are taught: "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." He'll teach you if Thomas S. Monson is true! :) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Casey
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." (John 6:35 New Testament, Bible) For me personally, he is the example that I strive to follow, he is the one who gives me purpose and happiness through his teachings and gospel. And yes, he is the literal living Son of the living God. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Creator of the Earth, and the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Because of Him, all who have ever died shall live again. (1 Corinthians 15:22) Because of His Atonement, we can be forgiven of our sins if we sincerely repent. Most of all, He gives me hope. His message to all of us is one of hope, faith, joy, and pure happiness! He just wants the best for us and so He gave is life to pay for our sins, to bring us back to God clean and pure. "...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18) Show more Show less