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Hi I'm Chaz

I'm friends with Kory Sumsion. I like to recycle. I'm a junior companion. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a decent guy. I'm currently a missionary for the church in the Spokane mission; I love helping people to make changes in their lives and watch them find happiness. I believe everyone is born with the potential to be a good person. I was born in Arizona, but i grew up in Utah. I love my family and spending time with them. Soy Tapatio. I love my friends and the good examples they are. I love sports, especially volleyball and basketball. I like watching football, but was never good at it. I'll pick up a ping pong paddle once in a while. I've been known to move on the dance floor. I love motorcycles and my mom could not hate them more. I like to golf with my father, we're good friends. I like salmon. I love recycling, I believe in taking care of what God has given us. I love the Book of Mormon, followed by hunger games. I like quoting seinfeld and arrested development. I hate how dogs and cats get hair on my suit. I love a good tie and polished shoes. I love listening to Les Miserable, Wicked, Newsies, and high school musical. I'm learning harmonica. At 17 my retinas separated in both eyes and almost went blind. I like living in the moment. I'm happy

Why I am a Mormon

- I read the Book of Mormon, I pondered, and I prayed. My family are also members of the church and have been the greatest examples in my life. There was never any huge answer to my recollection, it came little by little as I lived it. There comes a point where everyone is backed up to that wall of faith and has to make a stand for themselves; it is true or it isn't. Perfect understanding can't come all at once, but I new it was right in my heart. I feel like the gospel has given perspective on what happiness really means. For me it is found in the love of my family and friends. Following Jesus Christ means everything to me. My mistakes are many, but following His teachings gives me hope, and purpose. It gives direction to my everyday decisions; in fact probably affects every decision I make every day. It's my testimony that the doctrine of Christ is happiness with eternal value. I've never been more sure of anything in my life. Being mormon makes me happy

How I live my faith

We believe in being honest true chaste benevolent virtous and in doing good to all men. Indeed we may say we follow the admonition of paul- we believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and we hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous lovely or of good report or praiseworthy we seek after these things. One way i live my faith is currently serving a mission for the LDS church. Serving others has had a big impact on me. I'm not perfect but I feel I am a better person than before. It doesn't cost a cent to be kind. I have the opportunity to share my testimony of the gospel and what it means to me with others. I believe essentially as a missionary I get to share how people can find true lasting happiness and how being a mormon has brought me closer to Christ. Living the faith is such an important part of life. Christ never taught sit back and watch me, but follow me. It is false and a mochery to associate the atonement with idleness. Faith is a word of action, if one has true faith it will inspire him to DO something about it.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Chaz
John 3:5 states that baptism is essential to return to the kingdom of God. However, baptism is something that is done in the physical state. There are many good righteous people in this world who have lived and died without the opportunity to be baptized because of conditions or circumstances that are out of their control. Because God truly loves us as his children we are not condemned for this. In Modern day temples, just like ones of old, baptism can be performed for deceased persons. Those deceased persons then have their own free will to accept it or not; their free will is never super ceded, but still gives them the opportunity. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Chaz
Women in the church do not hold the Priesthood. However, this is not God's way of discriminating between his children. There are certain things pertaining to God's eternal plan that require men and women at each others side. Men hold the priesthood to carry out certain ordinances such as baptism, necessary to returning to God (John 3:5). Women however, have the ability to create life. Pregnancy is an ability god has only given to women. Without women other sons and daughters of god could not come into this world. Women stand at the entrance of life, while men stand at the exit; holding different, but equal roles in god's eternal plan. It's my testimony that god does not esteem men above women, but very much equal partners in life that could not exist without each other. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Chaz
Who founded mormonism? Considering it is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ I would say that the "founder" is Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet of god and played a significant role in the restoration of all things. He was the first prophet of this dispensation and organized the church by revelation from God. I would not say he is the founder though, since it is not a new church but a restored church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Chaz
Services (sacrament meeting) are typically a little more than an hour. The service begins and ends with prayer and reverent hymns about Jesus Christ. During the meeting two or three members of the congregation (asked in advance) give short talks on gospel topics. This is a way we can learn from each other and give everyone a chance to share their experiences and testimony. The most important reason for the service though is to partake of the sacrament (other faiths may call it communion). In Luke Jesus Christ tells the apostles to partake of the bread and cup to remember his sacrifice. The sacrament is passed to the congregation so that everyone may have a chance to take it, no one is forced to. Absolutely visitors are welcome, I don't know of an LDS building without a sign that says visitors welcome. In fact you can contact your local missionaries and they would be happy to set up a time when you can tour the building for yourself with the missionaries. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Chaz
"The love of money is the root of all evil." as timothy warns. I don't intend to mean offense to any person who accepts pay for clergy. Leaders in the church do not accept pay and have jobs outside the church. However I do believe that money has a certain way of corrupting motive. If you just leave it out so that nobody gets any materialistic gain, more assuredly leaders of the church are there voluntarily and out of a love for God and their fellow man. Through service we can uplift and bless the lives of others and show our unconditional love for them. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Chaz
God's house is a house of order. Congregations are organized geographically and population wise. A ward refers to a couple hundred people making up one congregation. The leader of the ward is called a Bishop. Geographically several wards in an area make up a stake. The leader of the stake is a stake president. A branch refers to a smaller version of a ward, in areas where there are not a lot of members. The leader of a branch is a branch president. These are put together because God is not the author of confusion. It organizes us in our faith, understanding, love, and service for the community in which they reside. Show more Show less

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

Chaz
No, but it does encourage everyone to take advantage of the blessing of this country. Be educated and exercise your civil rights. Because there are those who don't have the same privilege. We believe in being subject to kings, president, rulers, and magistrates in obeying honoring and sustaining the law. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Chaz
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly..." I absolutely value the testimony the Bible contains as to the divinity of Jesus Christ. It also contains the testimony of several of God's prophets testifying of the saviors coming, Atonement, and resurrection. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Chaz
It is the church of Jesus Christ, He directs it. He calls and appoints the prophet, the first of which in this dispensation being Joseph Smith. The first presidency along with the quorum of the twelve apostles direct the affairs of the church here on earth. Show more Show less

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

Chaz
We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God. It really comes down to your faith in Jesus Christ. You have to accept that we live in a time of revelation, if you can't accept that Our Heavenly Father still loves us enough to give us revelation then that is your first priority to find out. I believe that God has called prophets, does call prophets, and will call prophets. Because we need them as much today as we did yesterday. Why would one limit how much our Heavenly Father can say to us by saying he can't call prophets anymore? Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chaz
Absolutely not. I don't deify him as anything more than a son of God; but I do acknowledge him as a prophet of God just like any other referenced in the Bible or Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

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

Chaz
Members of the Church of Jesus Chrsit of Latter day Saints "mormon" is derived from our belief in the Book of Mormon another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Chaz
I would never say any person claiming same gender attraction is any less of a son/daughter of God. Every child of god has weaknesses, are subject to temptation. I'm not saying it isn't possible to have same gender attraction. It is a temptation for certain people. Just as if an alcoholic has certain stronger tendancies to drink. I would be lying if I said that I didn't believe the ability to create life and marriage is ordained of God. It is not something to be made light of or used in a manner it was not intended to. I say lovingly that no child of God was given the wrong gender, God did not make a mistake. Gender is an eternal identity. We believe in free will and can't stop anyone from doing anything. But just as any other sin members are subject to church discipline because we can't stand idle and watch as people make a mochery of something so sacred. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Chaz
Faith is a belief in things hoped for and assurance of things not seen. It is also obedience to God when the reasons why are not immediately presented. When the sun goes down at night I don't lose my mind and give up because I can't see it anymore. I go to bed with faith and confidence it'll be there in the morning and life continues. Symbolically compare this to the death, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of the Savior. Faith in Christ is often compared to a seed, it needs to be strengthened and nourished by doing righteous things or it will wither and die. Show more Show less