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Hi I'm Richard

I lived in 6 states&19 houses; from the desert of AZ to the lakes of OH. I love games and friends. I'm a DeMolay and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play games and to hang out with my friends. I have friends from all over the united states. I have lived in California, Texas, Utah, Arizona, and Ohio. All of this moving is from my dads occupation. No he is not in the military, but a funeral director. I don't plan on that being my career, not that dead bodies bother me, but it just doens't suit me. I plan to be a Mechanical Engineer. I have earned a years worth of credits through technical shool. Currently, I have put my education on hold as I am serving as a missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ in the Washington Spokane Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Latter Day Saint for two reasons. 1. I was born into the church. 2. I have received a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true Scripture, That Joseph Smith was called by God to be His prophet in these last days; and that Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet today. Even though I was born into the church, I still had to gain my own testimony. I could not use my parents testimony as my own. While growing up I had always believed that the church was true. You could even say that I was active in the church. I attended most of my meetings and I knew the teachings of the church. However, as I got older I questioned them because I didn't have a sure foundation. So i decided to pray to God to ask him if what I was doing was right. The answer I received is that this is His church and that it has been restored. That Christ is the head of it and not man. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be respectful, friendly, and non judgmental to others.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Richard
In the book of St. John (3:5), Jesus said "...Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Without baptism, we "cannot enter into the kingdom of God." We preform proxy , or in behalf of, baptisms for those who have died without having had the chance to be baptized by the proper authority due to various circumstanses. Such as, living in a time when Gods authority was not on the earth, or living in a part of the world where following Christ is not allowed, etc. If God did not allow for such a thing He would not be a just or merciful God therefore ceasing to be God. The concept of Proxy baptism or ordinances of any kind is not made up by the LDS church. In 1 Cor 15:29 it states "what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" Also, Christ preformed the Atonment in behalf of us all. He suffered for our sins so that we could be repent of our sins and return to live with God. If you believe that Christ suffered for you, you must therefore believe in proxy ordinances, such as baptism. Show more Show less