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Hi I'm Parker

I'm the youngest of 5 brothers. I love my faith, my family, and my native land of western Washington, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the youngest of five brothers, I enjoy most sports but especially lacrosse and wrestling. I love spending time in the Cascade mountains near my home as well as in pretty much any body of water. I am 19 years old and am serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love the sciences, especially physics and enjoy studying many different subjects of interest as well as different cultures. The most important part about me however is my faith. I love my God, I love Jesus Christ, and I love my family. Though many things are fun and bring joy to my life, those three are the most important.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an active, LDS family and my parents taught me about God and his prophets. I always knew the church and the scriptures were a good thing, but I wasn't sure about everything. In my early teen years I starting having questions like, does God really know me and, is all of this really necessary. I had to know for myself if this was all real before I could really dive I and make it part of me. Over the course of about four years I had many personal experiences with my Savior and found answers to many of my questions, though that just bred more questions. By the time I was 18 I was ready and willing to fully give him two years of my life which is why I have committed to service a mission. I have kept to that commitment because I have felt the Lord Jesus Christ with me every day of my life and his love has started to fill my soul

How I live my faith

I love my God, and I love Jesus Christ. The best way I know to live my faith is to extend that love to all of God's children. It is a hard thing to do but He has helped me to do so. One of the greatest oppertunities I have had to share that love was when I served as a leader among my peers in the church youth program. I got to see the growth of so many of my fellow young men and young women, but even better, I got to serve them. Service to me exemplifies the love of Christ, something I learned from my father,but service comes in many forms. The main form of service I participate in now is to teach the gospel as a full time missionary. I love seeing the change that occurs in those individuals I am blessed to teach, they see the joy of Christ and feel his love. That is the best way I can serve, to help others come to know better Jesus Christ.

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

Parker
By nature of being human, no person on this earth today can be perfect. So every one at some point will break one of the laws of god and justice would require compensation. God did not want for us to suffer so in order to have mercy and for justice to be fulfilled, a mediator was necessary. Jesus Christ was that mediator, he suffered to fulfill justice and give us mercy. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Parker
God does not change between ancient times and modern day. There are many accounts of ancient prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The Lord led his church through prophets then and still does so now. There is a prophet of God on the earth today. In every period of time there are unique challenges that are not seen in history. So God calls prophets to help us navigate those waters. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Parker
Faith is to trust when you have no physical, tangible evidence. Faith in God is important to this life because it gives us hope. To have faith in God means we believe He is, we believe He loves us, and we place our trust in Him. Faith is an integral part of our lives on this earth. We are here to "walk by faith, not by sight" as the apostle Paul wrote. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Parker
Before this life we lived with god as spirits. In order to become like him we had to receive bodies, so we were sent to earth. This life is an opportunity for us to learn what is of God and what is not and as such become more like him. The experiences in this life serve to strengthen us and help to perfect us. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Parker
Surprisingly it is a pretty simple process to know if Mormonism is true. The prophet Moroni provides us the way we can know for ourselves in the end o f the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:3-5). All you need to do is read the Book of Mormon, pray sincerely to our Heavenly Father and ask if the Book of Mormon is true. The Book of Mormon is such a great tool in this process because it is either a true record or it is not, and if it is true then it was translated by the power of God. That would mean that Joseph Smith was a Prophet called of God and his account of Christ restoring His church is true. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Parker
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship only our Father in Heaven and our savior Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith is revered and greatly respected as a Prophet of that same Lord we worship, Jesus Christ. He was also a very faithful man to what he knew to be true and endured great hardship and difficulty to do the work the Lord asked him to. Show more Show less