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Hi I'm David

I was born in Claifornia, but grew up in Utah. I love to sing, act, and to all around just have a good time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For me, I wasn't good at a lot of stuff. I had tried out for everything and pretty much failed. Then I auditioned for a play in Jr High and fell in love with it. I moved on through school to do many different plays and musicals and even though I wasn't always the lead character, I had the most fun being around my friends and being able to pretend to be someone else for a while. I love to do all sorts of things! I enjoy sports, reading, doodling, singing, acting, and learning. I do enjoy camping the most I would say. I find that being in the woods, away from civilization and being able to listen to nature and gaze at the beauty of the world are the times when I come to appreciate life most. I absolutely love to rock climb, even though I'm pretty much terrified of heights. I love to swim and see how long I can hold my breath for. I enjoy playing around with my nephews and nieces and my dog. I love my family most of all.

Why I am a Mormon

The main reason I would say I am a Mormon is because I was raised in the church. Now that doesn't mean I didn't have to come to my own conclusions about everything. I wasn't going to let my relationship with God be solely based on something that someone else had told me. I had to gain my own knowledge of the truth. As any person does, I came to a point in my life where I really didn't know what church was true. I questioned the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I always remembered, though, what James 1:5 says. "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him." I took that challenge and turned it to God. There is no question in my mind that this church is the true church of Jesus Christ. It is where He want's us to be and where we can best grow our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm living my faith by serving a full time mission. I am going out and preaching the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to those in Missouri. I am striving to be better at this calling by giving everyone a chance to hear that message so that they can come to know the blessings that can come from living it. I am also giving service to all who need it. I am here to help and I always pray that as I go out, the Lord will bless me with the strength, courage, and love to keep going.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

David
The best way to know whether it is true or not is to ask God. We pray to God with full intent to act on the answer He will give us and with the faith that He will give us an answer. I know that he always answers our prayers, even if at times we do not feel like it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

David
Life is a time for men to prepare to meet God. It is a time where we can come down to this earth and recieve a mortal body of flesh and bone. We go through trials throughout our life that will test our faith. Through these trials, we can become closer to and more like our Heavenly Father. By following our Savior Jesus Christ's example, when we die, we can all come live with out Heavenly Father and our families for all eternity. Show more Show less

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

David
Yes, I do. In fact I don't just believe that. I know that to be true. I know that the prophets today are just like the prophets of the Bible. I know that they receive revelation from God according to the needs of the people. I know that they are called of God and given His authority, as was Aaron (Hebrews 5:4). I know that all throughout the history of the Bible, God continued to call new prophets to lead and guide his people. The same continues on today. I would love for you to listen to the words of the prophets in these days and contemplate how they can help you in your life. I know that you too can know that we indeed have a living prophet on the earth today. 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?

David
The Book of Mormon isn't really all that different from the Bible. Both of them contain the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The only real difference is the setting and people. The Book of Mormon has also gone through only one translation through the power of God while the Bible has been translated many different times according to the knowlegde of man. The Book of Mormon is a lot more simple in the way that it presents doctrine. A lot of people say that the Book of Mormon is our 'Bible', but it is in no way meant to replace the Bible. All the Book of Mormon does is provide an added testimony to the Bible that Jesus Christ is our Savior. That's it. a Book of Mormon prophet named Mormon, where the book gets it's name from, abridged the records of the people according to the guidance from God onto plates of gold. He gave the records to his son Moroni. At the time, their people were beginning to die out due to war and they knew that they had to protect the record of their people. Moroni traveled many miles and eventually buried the gold plates in the hill Cumorah. Later, after Joseph Smith had had the First Vision, he was led by the resurrected prophet Moroni to where the gold plates, the record of this ancient people, were buried. Through the power of God, Joseph Smith was able to obtain these plates and translate them into english. If you have any questions about it, simply pray to ask God if what I have said is true. I know He will tell you by His Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

David
Yes. It is true. I don't really know what else to say besides that. I don't think it takes some big fancy explanation on why other than that God let me know through the Holy Ghost. I know that He created a gospel for everyone, not just the people in Israel and that He shared it with everyone. I also know that you can gain this knowledge for yourself. Just pray and ask God if Jesus came to the America's. That's what I did. And it worked. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

David
We believe the Bible to be the word of God. It testifies of Jesus Christ and provides us information and revelation from our Heavenly Father. We believe the Bible to be true as far as it is translated correctly. In other words, We believe what is in it but we also know that there have been some mistakes in the translation through human error. That made it so that some of the plain and precious truths of the Bible were lost. I'm reading through it cover to cover and there is a whole lot of information in it. I find it fascinating to read and to learn a little bit more about the history of the people of Israel. I know that the things written in the Bible are just that, a history. Everything in there really did happen. I know it. And I know that people can come closer to God and learn how to be more like Him by reading it. The Bible helps me come closer to God. It is a record of Gods dealings with the people of Israel. It is holy scripture. It and the Book of Mormon were created by the hand of God to testify that Jesus is the Christ and that He is our Redeemer and Savior. They work hand in hand with each other, not instead of each other like many people think. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

David
In the 1800's there were a whole lot of different churches around, all saying that they were God's true church. A yound man named Joseph Smith saw all these and pretty much said that they can't all be true, so which one is it? He was reading in the Bible one day and he read James 1:5 which said, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Joseph read this and knew that instead of asking all of the preachers which church was true, he needed to ask God which church was His. That was where he was going to get a perfect answer. So Joseph went out into a grove of trees, knelt down, and prayed to God. Boy did he get his answer. He wrote: "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other- This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith. They told him that none of the churches on the earth were true, but that they were calling him as a prophet to restore the true church to the earth. From this vision, we learned that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate individuals, that they both have perfect bodies of flesh and bone, and, most important, that revelation has not stopped. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

David
We pay our own way to serve our missions. Now, some of us get a little bit of help... but it is usually through our work and the love of others that we are able to have the money to pay for a mission. It goes to our housing, vehicles, and such things so that we don't need to worry about working while we are on our mission. Because of that we are able to devote all of our time and attention to serving the Lord and sharing the message of the restored Gospel with all people. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

David
We know that Christ was baptized to "fulfill all righteosness". We also know that baptism is essential to enter the Kindgom of Heaven (John 3:5). So what happens to those people who live their entire lives without even hearing anything about Jesus? They don't have the chance to accept Him and be baptized and die that way? Are they just messed over because they were born in the wrong place or the wrong time? I don't believe so. We believe in a loving God, a God of second chances. He loves His children so much that he is willing to provide a way for those who did not have a chance to accept the gospel to do so. All that happens is that we are baptized in behalf of an ancestor who is dead. They then have an opportunity to accept that ordinance or to reject it. It is completely up to them. All baptism for the dead does is provide those who have passed with an opportunity to enter into the kingdom of God. Don't we want that for as many people as possible? Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

David
Nope. I respect Joseph Smith for the trials he went through and thank him for being worthy to be called as a prophet, but in no wise do I worship him. I will only worship God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David
Why do we proselyte? Because we know that what we have is true! I know that the true Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth! We missionaries know that it has blessed our lives and we want to share it with all we can so they too can be blessed! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

David
Yes. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. He is the way to salvation. He is my King. I will worship Him and trust in Him until the day that I die. Show more Show less

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

David
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did. Joseph Smith was simply the man through which They worked. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

David
Nope, it is completely voluntary. In fact, I paid to come out here. We choose to go on our missions starting when we are the age of 18. The only reason we should go is because we feel a desire to serve the Lord and want to bring the message of the restored gospel to as many people as will accept it. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

David
The 'Mormon lifestyle' is pretty much just to be the best person you possibly can. We live some high standards to acheive that, but ultimately living this way brings true joy into our lives and we can feel a greater unity in our families. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

David
As missionaries, We share with you things that will help you strengthen your testimony in Jesus Christ, because that is our main purpose. We bring with us the message that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the Earth along with the authority to act in God's name, the priesthood. We will show you the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which solidifies the teachings of Jesus Christ so that there is no room for misinterpretation and helps us to draw closer to Him. We teach what we believe and we let you make the ultimate decision about what you want to do. We will often share our testimonies, how these things have helped us in our lives and how they can help you in yours. The only thing we really ask in return is that you pray about it so that you can find the truth from God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

David
Why should we have paid clergy? What I mean by that is shouldn't the people who are a part of leading us do it because they want to, not because there is money involved? What greater blessing can you have besides just serving God? It is a great sacrifice on the part of the members because they donate so much time to their callings, as we call them, but in the end God blesses them so that they are able to live and fulfill their responsibilities. I guess I draw a part of my reasoning from when the Savior told the Apostles to go out into the world and to not worry about money, or food, or clothing, but that it would all be taken care of for them. Another good verse is in the Book of Mormon. It is Jacob 2:17-18. Look it up. It's a pretty good one. We trust in that same promise. The people who lead and guide us are normal people like us, only God called them to fullfill a certain task and He sustains them for that. Show more Show less

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

David
I think about this question actually quite a lot. Not in the way that I question or anything, but just how on my mission I have run into many people who do not believe that there is a God, so I wonder about it. My mind always first goes to the world itself. Just how amazing it is that this planet is even here and that it works so perfectly. The fact that we have everything that we need to survive and just how perfectly everything interacts, from tiny atoms to the animals in the forests. It just baffles me about just how... perfect it all is. I ask myself, 'How could this have been created by an accident? How could something this complex and perfect have been created by a chaotic explosion? There had to have been some guiding force behind it.' I love God and I am so thankful for His marvelous creations. Everyday He allows me to enjoy it all and everyday I come back satisfied and thankful. I know that He watches over me because many miracles have happened in my life that I know that if they had not happened, I would not be alive right now. I don't believe in coincidences, I believe in miracles and I have seen God's hand at work throughout my life. I have felt His guiding influence and can now see that path that He has taken me on up to this point. Show more Show less

What is faith?

David
Faith is such an interesting word to try and define. The most simple way I have found to help me understand is that faith is acting on something that you cannot see that you hope to be true. For instance, you always hear about the 'leap of faith', to take a leap in the hopes that you make it to the other side. It is the same with God. When we act on the things that maybe we read in the scriptures or follow a prompting from the Holy Spirit we are exercising our faith. As we do that, God will prove to us His words and help us to know that it is truth that we acted on. When we have faith we trust His guidance, we have confidence in those things that we learn, and we wtrive to incorporate those things into our lives. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

David
Ward is the term we use for a local congregation. Which ward you go to church with depends on where you live. A stake is a group of wards in an area. All are used so that everyone has the same organization. All have a persont hat they know and trust that they can go to and ask for counsel and direction. All are run the same way and all have authority pertaining to their respective needs. All these are just the places where the members can go an receive fellowship as we all move down our journey of life. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

David
I've always loved the expression 'Prayer is how we speak to God and the scriptures are how God speaks to us.' I have come to learn the truth of this. When we read the scriptures, our minds are focused on the things of God and we are more able to receive direction from Him through the Spirit. we can always find something that can help us in any given situation if we look for it with an open heart. That is a key though, truly studying the scriptures. if we are just kind of skimming through not really paying attention then we are not going to receive as much revelation. If we read with real intent and turly search out the answers to the questions of our heart, God will give them to us. That is how God works. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

David
We baptized because baptism is essential to enter the kingdom of God! (John 3:5) Even Jesus Christ Himself was baptized, so it must have been an important thing for Him to do. Now we believe that we must be baptized by one holding the priesthood authority of God. When we do so, that ordinance is binding in heaven. When we are baptized we make a covenant, a promise, with God that we will accept Jesus Christ, follow Him, and keep His commandments for the rest of our lives. In return, our Heavenly Father forgives us of our sins and provides us with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. It really is a great blessing to be baptized, because it is a new start to life. It is a burying of the 'old man of sin' and a raising up of a new life. A fresh start. Something that everyone longs for. it is possible through baptism. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

David
When we attend chruch meetings, we try to wear the best that we have. We want to show that respect for our Heavenly Father and take the time to prepare to go worship Him. I want to look as clean as possible and as nice as possile for my Heavenly Father. Certain holidays have different meanings to me. For instance, Christmas and Easter always turn my thoughts to the Savior and helping my fellow man, while I view Halloween and New Year's Eve as simply a fun time for my family to get together. I love the 4th of July because I love the great country that I live in. God wants us to enjoy life, so I try to take every moment I can to enjoy life. Show more Show less

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

David
We refer to our main meeting as Sacrament Meeting. This is the main time when we worship God. We sing hymns, we pray at the beginning and end, we partake of the sacrament (the bread and the water), and we have members of the congregation who are called to speak on a certain topic to edify and help us to come closer to Heavenly Father. Alongside that, we have Sunday School classes for groups of all ages so that we can continue to learn and grow. And of course visitors are welcome to come! We love all people and are always ready to fellowship and help each other on our journey to come closer to Christ. So don't be shy! Come on by! I can guarantee that you will get smiling faces and a lot of hellos! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

David
Our bodies are gifts from God and we need to strive to take care of them. As such, we strive to stay away from those things that will harm us. Joseph Smith was revealed something we call the Word of Wisdom which is God's direction on what things are and are not good for our bodies. We try to eat healthy, balanced meals and stay away from specifically tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. In return, God promises us great blessings, both physical and spiritual. I have been able to see a difference in my life and the life of those who do partake of these things and it makes me want to strive more to live a healthy life. Want to see if it is real and if there are blessings you can receive by following the Word of Wisdom? Then try living it for a while and see how you feel at the end. I promise you that you will notice a difference. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

David
We help anyone who is in need of help. We feel strongly that we are all brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ and that we need to do what we can to help each other throgh the tough times of life. We have resources and are always looking for ways that we can help. Something I want to strive for in my life is always being able to help someone in need. I have received a lot of help through my life and i want to be able to pay that back in full and then some. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

David
If you want to come to know our Father in Heaven better, then you need to talk to Him. He wants to hear from us and we can come to trust Him as we pour out our hearts to Him. After you pray, then read His word, the scriptures. They help us to understand who God is and what our relationship with Him is. They help us to receive the answers to our prayers so that we can know that He listens to us. We need to do the things that He has asked us to do, like keep the commandments. We need to listen to those who do have that knowledge and try to learn from their experiences. As we do all of these things with the real purpose of getting to know Him, we will find ourselves come closer to Him. I have felt it in my life and I know that the same can come to you. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

David
Honestly? Because I believe it to be the restored Church of Jesus Christ, I would have to attribute it to Him. I truly feel like He has guided this church and helped it through a lot of tough times. Anyone who knows about our history knows that at many times the church should have crumpled, yet it didn't. I know that it was the hand of God. That the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in it's fulness and that God has made sure that it's message of hope is able to make it to all of His children in this time. Ultimately, in my opinion, it is not due to any one person's efforts. It is due to God. All the people have done is to have enough faith to rely upon Him. I mean, we strive to live the Lord's teachings and be good citizens, neighbors, have good families and all that, but ultimately we wouldn't have any of that without God. He has provided a way for us so far and He will continue to do so, because this is His church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

David
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets on the American continent long ago who were inspired by God, as were the prophets in the Bible. They wrote down their interactons with God and what they felt inspired to by the Holy Spirit, as was the Bible. They wrote it so that we could gain an even stronger knowledge of the Savior with no real room for misinterpretion. It is named after a prophet named Mormon, who took all the records that the prophets had written and compiled them into this one book for us to have. I know this to be true and I would definitely advise you to look into it yourself! It's worth it if for nothing more than to gain a stronger testimony of Jesus Christ. It has helped me and I know that it will help you. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

David
Hmm... Now that is a good question. I guess I never really ever doubted that the Bible was true. The message that it contains about Jesus Christ and what He has done for us has given great peace and direction to my family in times of need. I guess I just saw those blessing as a child, that they were the result of living the principle taught in the Bible and having that faith in Jesus Christ, and that has stuck with me as I have grown up. As I have studied it on my own, I have felt myself draw closer to the Savior. I see his example and I can see how He can act the same way towards me. It gives me a lot of confidence in what I am doing and helps me to not be confused when things aren't going quite the way I want them to. All in all, I have come to know my Savior as I have read the Bible, I have seen that as I follow the things taught I am happier, and it gives me so much peace. How could something that does all of these things possibly be bad? Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

David
Nope. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

David
That is a good question, to answer it, I am going to use a little analogy: Let's say that you went out to purchase insurance. You talked to a man who said he was an agent of a company and he had a good deal to offer you. You had no complaints, so you took the deal and paid the man. Later an accident happens and you go in trying to get the insurance money you need. Well, when you talk to the people, you find out that the man you talked to was not a licensed insurance agent, that he was a normal man that you gave your money to, not someone authorized to represent the insurance agency. Well if you bought insurance through someone who was not an authorized agent, are they going to honor that insurance policy? No, they won't. It was not approved by them and thus they will not honor it. It is the same with Priesthood authority. It is necessary to be someone who is authorized to represent Jesus Christ in those matters. They need the same authority that was given to Peter in Matthew 16:19, the priesthood authority of God. He has an organization. He is not a god of confusion. He has given His authority to men on the earth today so that these ordinances can be done and be valid in heaven. I know this to be true and I would invite you to search the scriptures and to ask God about it. He will guide you to the truth if you follow Him with full purpose of heart. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

David
We should have faith in Jesus Christ, in His atoning sacrifice, that He loves us, and that the promises tha He gives to us are true. "There is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12) Having faith is more than just merely believing in Him. Faith leads us to act on our tesimonies knowledge. We need to trust in His promises. As we act and obey, we will know that we are on the right path. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

David
Our bodies are a gift and we need to treat them as such. We should respect our bodies and only do things with them in the bounds that the Lord has set. That means that we should save intimate relationships for those to whom we are legally married. When we dress immodestly, it sends the wrong message to people. It shows that we don't respect our bodies as much, that we don't care if we show off some of it and that can lead to breaking the law of chastity, to doing those things outside of marriage, which is not ordained of God. We need to teach people this through our examples. We need to show them that it is important to dress modestly and, when they are mature enough, tell them why it important. If we show them that it is important to us, then they willbe more willing to take it into their own lives. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

David
The priesthood is the authority given to man to act in the name of God for the salvation of man. This is the authority that Jesus Christ gives to his prophets in the Bible and the authority that Jesus Christ gave to His Apostles. That same authority has been restored in these days through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Any man in the church can hold the priesthood in order to serve others. We use this authority to lead congregations, to perform saving ordinances such as baptism, and we lay our hands on those who are sick or otherwise afflicted and bless them. The priesthood is a great responsiblity. Those who hold the priesthood need to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is not to be used to control others or to get your way. Rather it is a way to help others through this difficult journey of life. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

David
We believe that we are all brothers and Sisters in Christ. As such, we believe in taking care of our brothers and sisters when they need help. Now, we don't just want to give people all the things that they need. There's always that phrase that says 'If you give a man a fish then you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish then you feed him for a lifetime.' We take that same look towards our welfare services. We want to help out wherever we can and a lot of the time that is just helping them to get to a point where they can sustain themselves. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

David
We believe that the same church that Jesus Christ established when He was on the earth has been restored in it's fulness by a prophet of God. We believe that along with that came a restoration of the priesthood, the authority to act in God's name, to the earth. We believe that God and Jesus Christ called a man by the name of Joseph Smith to be the man through whom They would restore the gospel to us in these latter days. If you want more than this, then look up on this website or lds.org the 'Articles of Faith'. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

David
Nope. We are all children of our Heavenly Father. We all have the same possibilities. Thus, we are all treated equally. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

David
To get a better answer than I can give at this time, I would advise you to look up a video called 'The Mediator' on lds.org. I feel it very clearly displays why we need a Savior. Show more Show less