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Hi I'm Ricky Bernet

I grew up in San Antonio. I'm a student at a community college. I love the violin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am going to school at a community college and I hope to transfer to a four year university this fall. I'm studying political science and plan on attending law school. Some of my hobbies revolve around music. I play the violin, a bit of piano and I try to sing. I love to read. Sci-fi and fantasy are my favorite genres.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but I believe that everyone needs to go through a conversion to stay in the church. My conversion took many years, but it started when I was about 13. One of my Sunday school teachers challenged us to read three pages from the Book of Mormon every day. I took that challenge to heart and as I read the book, I would pray to know if it was true and the Lord blessed me with an answer that it is. I gained a testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith while I was in high school. I was in a scripture study class called seminary studying church history. I was trying to memorize a scripture about Joseph Smith and the Lord again blessed me with the knowledge that he was a prophet. It is this reason that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have an assignment to teach 12 and 13 year old boys in my congregation. I love it. They can be kinda rowdy at times, but they are a lot of fun. I also get to participate in the Boy Scouts of America as an assistant scout master. I attend a scripture study class twice a week called Institute which is tailored for college students. I love learning about the scriptures and spending time with others who share my faith.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Ricky Bernet
When we say the name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we mean that it is literally the same church that He set up while on the Earth. This means the organization that Christ set up then is the organization that is set up now. This is why we still have 12 Apostles. Although there are not many mentionings of Apostles after the death of the Savior, there are a few. In Acts Chapter 1, the apostles all get together to fill the vacancy left by Judus Iscariot. There were two men that were considered and Matthias was the one that was chosen. When an Apostle dies today, the same process is used to select a new one. Ephesians 4 says that a function of the Apostles is to bring us to a unity of the faith. Apostles will be around for a very long time because there will always be a need to help bring our brothers and sisters to a unity of faith. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Ricky Bernet
The priesthood is God's permission to man to do the things He would do if He were here. If there was a sick person that needed to be healed and Christ was there, He would do it. If Christ was not there, some one with the priesthood could do it. The priesthood is God's power that he gives worthy and righteous men in the Church to do the things He wants done. It is a tool to help bless the lives of those around us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ricky Bernet
No. Mormons do not practice polygamy. They have not for over 100 years. From studying the Bible, we know there have been times when God has allowed polygamy and times when He has not. King David and King Solomon both practiced polygamy that was sactioned by the Lord. In the early days of the church, God once again commanded that some practice polygamy. This is God's church; the same church of the Bible. Polygamy has been part of His church in the past and it was so again in the days of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. In 1890, the Lord comanded the stop of this practice through revelation. If a person believes that prophets can receive revelation for the entire church then this will make sense. If there is still concerns about the start and stop of any practice in the church, I would suggest praying about whether or not God stil has a prophet on Earth and if that prophet can recieve revelation. Show more Show less

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

Ricky Bernet
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We read and study the King James Bible because the Prophet Joseph Smith said that it was the most doctrinaly accurate version of the Bible. I personally love the Bible. I have read all of it and paritcularly love the gospels. Show more Show less