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Hi I'm Zen

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, popularly called the Mormons.

About Me

I am an accounting professional, that mixes in some scouting into my schedule, along with my church and other activities. I am also fascinated with the old West, I guess you could say I am a cowpoke wannabe. I love the thought of working the land (flora) and working with animals (fauna). It is what mankind has always done. My heart is American but my soul belongs to Brazil where I served a mission for my church. I love God and His true church. I love the teachings that are inspired therefrom. Having already done my searching, I know I cannot find peaceful happiness anywhere else.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents that are members of the Mormon faith. During my late teenage years and early 20's, I went through my period of rebellion and discovery. I studied many faiths (Christian, Jewish, Islam, Zoroaster), non-deified philosophies (Hindu, Tao, Shinto, Buddhism, Zen), and atheism, I only found half truths or no truths. My age of discovery lead me back to the foundation of my parents. That foundation is God, and Jesus Christ. Their truths are never changing, only man's understanding changes. Science is constantly reinventing itself, and struggles with truth when its foundations are shattered, the facts of evolution are still evolving. When man is ready to abandon old scientific assumptions and ready to accept new scientific assumptions, God leads him to it. I still study sciences and other religious beliefs to broaden my understanding. I know when evolution eventually meets creationism, they will be perfectly in tune with no mysteries. More simply, I believe in God. I believe in Christ, He is my King, He is my Redeemer, He is my Savior, He stands Supreme, He said 'come follow me' and I am trying very hard. I believe in Christ, so come what may, in Him lies my salvation.

How I live my faith

Some people think living by faith is easy. I find it hard. I try to live my life so that it is in tune with the way that Christ taught. I think living a perfect life is hard, it requires constant vigilance, and of course receptivity to hearing the will of the Lord. Hearing the word, could be reading and understanding the scriptures, or listening to Prophets speak, or feeling the promptings of inspiration in your soul as given by God. I think the best way to live my faith is to serve God first, then others second, and then serve myself. I find that hard to do, even when concentrating on it. The single most important thing is Love of the Lord. The kind of love that motivates one to seek to know His will, to do His will at all times and in all things, and to seek to please Him for that reason only. Serving people is a key element in living my faith. Without it. my words are empty. Serving lifts others, and helps them realize their potential.

What is faith?

Zen
Of all the definitions of faith I have read or heard, I add the simplest and most complete to me, which is the Love of Christ. I cannot think of a better way to describe faith. Love of Christ is the substance of hope in something evident we can not see with earthly eyes (Diety). It is faith in Christ or the love of Christ that enabled Able to make a more perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 11:4). That love is why we believe in Christ, it is why we have grace, it is why we have works, it is why we have belief, it is why we have hope, it is why we have charity, it is the very essence of faith, and faith is the very essence of the Love of Christ. True faith, true hope and true love and obedience in Christ are inseparable, you cannot have one without the other. The atonement could not have been effected without them. Perfect knowledge is worthless without faith. For instance, most of us have perfect knowledge that applying a pointed pencil to paper will cause a mark. That knowledge will not make a mark if we do not exercise the elements of faith called works (picking up the pencil, applying it to the paper, and making a mark), belief (that doing so will make a mark), and hope (that it actually will make a mark). It is my desire that you would exercise works to find out about Christ and study Him, that you would believe on His words and His life and His sacrifice, and that you would hope that He would have an effect in your life. If you exercise this faith, you will truly come unto Him. Show more Show less

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

Zen
The atonement is the single most important event in the history of the world, and it defies adequate description and human understanding. Christ suffered for each one of us, and all of His creations. His suffering in Gethsemane for our sins, our sicknesses, our heartaches, our imperfections, and our injustices, caused Him to bleed at every pore, but He was ministered to by His Father's angels. Could anything after that be so excruciating? He was already spent before the scourging and the crucifixion. Yet, in His final moments of pain, agony and suffering on the cross He cried out 'My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me', as he passed through those final moments without His Father's ministration. So we too must suffer alone at some point. Yet, because of the atonement, He has already paid for our suffering, a ransom to save us from the same, if we have complete faith in Him. Faith so strong that we can be relieved immediately. That is not usually the case, as suffering is necessary to humble us and teach us, and when we have been humbled and taught the things that we need to learn, then is His grace sufficient to heal us. This gets us to one other element needed, His Will. When His Will is satisfied, we are freed from that suffering whether it be unto continued earth life or joining Him in His Kingdom. Faith in the atonement is worth more than any any possession or knowledge that any of us can have. Show more Show less