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Hi I'm Tristan

I am a full-time big brother. I act, sing, dance, and rock out on the bagpipes. I am a Mormon! :)

About Me

I love life! I am just a really happy person all around. I act, sing, dance, and play the bagpipes. Without these things, I wouldn't be the person I would be today. Theatre opened me up to the world, and expanded my comfort zone and friend circle. Singing helped me, along with acting, to find confidence in myself and my own "voice." Dancing is more of a hobby than anything else. I like to learn choreography that people have made for different songs and such. I am also glad that I took up the bagpipes; I have been able to bless the lives of so many people through them.

Why I am a Mormon

At eight years old, I was baptized and confirmed a member. My parents were members, their parents were members, etc. I do not just follow blindly though. It has been revealed to me by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. Because of that I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that I am incredibly indebted to Him for pretty much everything I am and have. Jesus Christ is the reason I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be a good example to all my peers who I know are watching. You can't be a Mormon and not be scrutinized. I make a point of being honest and dependable, participating in church and other activities during the week, and treating others the way I would want to be treated. If I were the only Mormon you every met, would it be a good experience or a bad experience? I hope to help others realize that Mormons aren't a scary people/culture/religion. I'm just as normal as the next guy...Okay I'm not that normal. BUT! I'm no more different than you. I live my faith by being the best I can be in any circumstance. I'm not perfect; I'm weird a lot of the time, but I know that by living the doctrines of faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, Jesus Christ will be my savior and I will know in whom I have trusted.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tristan
Definitely, there is so much doctrine in the Bible. Christ's teachings are in there, you just have to look a bit harder to find them. Using the magnifying glass of the Church makes it easier. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Tristan
Generally, the one who has been an apostle the longest takes the place of the deceased prophet. Joseph Smith said this though: "We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophesy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof." So while there's a seniority thing that seems to be happening there, God made it that way and planned ahead so that the person He wants as the prophet will take the place of the recently deceased. He knows what He's doing. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Tristan
All temporal reasons and other things aside: God commanded it. It's not the first time He has either. In the Bible, there are several instances where men had more than one or even many wives (Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Solomon, and others). God has since commanded otherwise and polygamy is now a forbidden practice within the church. Violators of this new commandment are subject to punishment and any member who practices plural marriage is excommunicated from the Church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Tristan
I feel like this question could be phrased: "Why do messengers of Jesus Christ teach and testify of Jesus Christ?" When phrased this way, it seems like a silly question. Jesus said unto all of His disciples "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) Since missionaries are representatives and messengers of Jesus Christ, would not this same commission fall onto the shoulders of His servants (the missionaries) in this day and age? Mormon missionaries proselyte because we know we have a very unique message that can bring everyone closer to Jesus if they are willing to follow His way. This is the way of the Gospel. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Tristan
I direct you to the words of a prophet named Alma whose teachings have been recorded in the Book of Mormon: "All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44) Further, He has made Himself known to me. He did not come down from His throne in Heaven and shake my hand or anything like that, but He has filled me with His love many times in my life and I know that it is Him who has done so because no other person or thing could. Show more Show less

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

Tristan
YUP! The Bible has been around for a super long time. It's definitely older than I am..maybe by a few years. The reason why a restoration of the Gospel was needed was because the authority to run God's church during the "meridian of time" was removed from the earth with the martyrdom of the apostles. (John exempt, but he went away too) The people were no longer worthy to have the priesthood authority (which is God's power lent to man to act in His name) and so God withdrew that authority until the people were once again worthy to have it. This removal of authority brought world-wide apostasy among the church which had begun even before the apostles were killed. This is evidenced by the majority of the New Testament in the epistles (Rom-3John) from the leaders of the church in the apostolic era which were intended to correct false teachings and practices among members of Christ's church. Things got to a point where no amount of reformation could bring back the original true church of God. God had to call another prophetic servant and and give him authority and direction to re-establish His church to the world that had been in apostasy for centuries. This prophet was Joseph Smith, and evidence of this man's prophetic calling through divine revelation is the Book of Mormon. Read the book, ask God if it is true, and if it is, then the restoration of all things is here and Jesus Christ's second coming is upon us. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Tristan
No. Members of the Church are, however, encouraged to participate in the affairs of their respective governments and communities. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Tristan
We should have faith in Jesus Christ. No person, place, thing, or idea is as perfect and unchanging as Jesus Christ is. He is the only one who can redeem us from our sins. Satan (the devil) can't save us, the president of the United States can't save us (no matter who it happens to be), the pope can't save us, the queen of England can't save us. Only Jesus Christ has the capacity to atone for our sins and allow us through the gates of Heaven. The Apostle Peter taught that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tristan
It is only through Grace that we are saved. No amount of anything we do, no matter how good it may be, will ever be enough to earn the Kingdom of God for ourselves. It is impossible for us, as mortal and sinful creatures, to attain perfection in this life. God asks us, however, that we try our best. We show we want His grace by keeping His commandments as best we can. We are not perfect and we will continually "come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), but we are promised that our mistakes and our shortcomings will be made up through the atonement and grace of our Savior if we show God that we are willing to be perfect "even as [our] Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) Show more Show less

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

Tristan
Once upon a time, "Mormon" was used as an insult when someone was referring to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This slander was similar to how followers of Jesus Christ after his death were called "Christians." The nickname "Mormons" came from a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon (Mormon is actually the name of the prophet who wrote the Book of Mormon) which we study and know to contain the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this website you can receive a copy of the Book of Mormon and study it to find out if it really is the word of God. If it is the word of God, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints truly is God's restored church here on the earth and you need to be baptized and confirmed a member of it. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Tristan
Read the title page, introduction, the testimonies of the three and eight witnesses, and the testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith found in the front of any copy of The Book of Mormon. Then read the accounts of prophets that make up the entirety of The Book of Mormon. Do this, and you will know how the book was found, what it is about, and how it is similar to the Bible. When you feel you understand what it is about, ask God if the book is true. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Tristan
"Mormon" is a nickname given to those who have been baptized and confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a "Mormon." I believe the church I am a member of to be the only and true church of the Father and the Son. I believe this because I have asked God and He told me that it His church. As a member of His church, I try my best to be just like His Son. I'm not perfect, but I know that none of my efforts to be my best will go wasted. I also know that He loves me and all of His children, regardless of who they are. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Tristan
Thomas Spencer Monson. Look him up. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tristan
No. Not even a little bit. God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are to whom our worship goes, for there is no other way nor means under Heaven whereby man can be saved but by Christ and our Father. Show more Show less