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Hi I'm Nate

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate. After graduating from college I moved to South Carolina to pursue a graduate degree and a career in coaching basketball. I also own a small business running summer basketball camps around the country. In order to make ends meet on a meager coaching stipend I work for a landscaping company during the day. I am also the oldest of four brothers. I'm very happy to have their support as I chase my dreams.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been Mormon since my great-great-great grandfather joined the church in the 1840s. Although I have a lot of family tradition in the church I have had my own journey trying to discover my own religious beliefs. Growing up in Utah, most of my friends shared my family's religious beliefs and there was a lot of social pressure to maintain the values I had been taught growing up. These values were not negative in any way, but I always wanted to forge my own path and have views independent of others. I met with leaders of the Mormon faith in my area and asked them difficult personal questions about our doctrine and beliefs. I read the Book of Mormon from front to back. I prayed. I guess you could say that I did my homework. Throughout that process (which is ongoing) I have come to feel confident, peaceful and excited about being a Mormon. In fact, my journey has resulted in deep, abiding happiness that I want to share with others. Although I still have unanswered questions about life, the more time I spend in prayer, reflection and study the more answers I find. There are few things more exciting than finding personal answers and application in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I am getting to know Him better each day. He loves me and because He loves me I love Him. I want to be like Him someday. Living His gospel brings me great happiness that provides my life with consistency.

How I live my faith

I am doing my best to live my faith everyday by emulating the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I do my best to treat others along my path the way He would treat them. Often these people bless my life more than I am able to bless theirs. The church I attend is specifically for young single adults who are ages 18-30. I attend several church activities each week including firesides, dances and sporting events. I serve in our congregration as a "teacher development coordinator." I am responsible for helping our volunteer Sunday School teachers improve their teaching skills. I couldn't ask for a more fulfilling responsibility! My teaching and coaching background lends itself perfectly to this opportunity and the teachers and I have a lot of fun! There is no doubt that I am learning and growing as much or more than the volunteer teachers I am responsible for.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Nate
You have probably seen our missionaries riding on bicycles, walking door to door or engaged in service activities in your community. These missionaries have volunteered 18-24 months of their lives to seek out people who may be interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and His plan for them. Part of our church's mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. We want to share the joy and happiness we have found in His gospel with others. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Nate
It is challenging to come to know someone that you cannot willfully see or call on the telephone, but in some ways our Heavely Father is easy to get to know because He is willing to let us know Him without reservation. He speaks to us in many ways including through everyday miracles, our thoughts and feelings and the words of others. One of the most effective ways to get to know our Father in Heaven is through prayer. As we pray to Him we will feel His love and come to know of His nature. Another to know Him and what He is like is to study His words and actions in the scriptures. He wants for you to know Him intimately. If you will take the time and effort to do it you will be rewarded with the deepest joy. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Nate
Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost allows us access to the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost performs many roles. He can guide us, teach us, warn us, testify of truth and cleanse and sanctify us. Whenever we feel the Holy Ghost's influence in our life we know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is working in our life. The fruits of the Holy Ghost are always positive. Sometimes Satan will try to counterfeit some of the feelings of the Holy Ghost's influence, but if we honestly seek the Truth, God will send it through His Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

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

Nate
Mormons usually refer to 'modesty' as dressing standards that are conservative and cover our bodies appropriately. There are other types of modesty as well. We can be modest in our speech, attitude and diets. However, dress and grooming standards are probably most closely tied to chastity. Whether we like it or not, how we dress sends a significant impression to others about who we are. A man in a uniform may be assumed to be a police officer, a suit and tie says 'businessman,' wearing an all black formal wear can signify mourning or a attendance at a funeral and running shorts and a tank top could denote you as someone who exercises regularly. Not only does our dress send messages to others about who we are, but it also can attract or detract certain types of people. Dressing provocatively or even baring too much skin can arouse others sexually. It can provoke lust to perculate to the top of another's emotions and their behavior will often follow. Rather than attracting people of virtue and innocence into our lives we may be surprised to find just the opposite. Dressing modestly is a principle of protection for us and others. Parents can teach their children to modest in dress, language and behavior out of example. If parents lead out and then point the positive effects of their choices out to their children, they will much more likely to follow their example. Positive reinforcement for their children's good choices can also be an effective teaching method. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Nate
Mormons believe that the family should be the fundamental unit of society. We also believe that family is where ultimate happiness and joy is obtained. Part of the reason for this is that we believe families can be united for eternity through sacred ordinances performed our temples. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Nate
Mormon temples are used for sacred saving ordinances for both living church members and those who have passed on. By participating in these ordinances we learn more about who Jesus Christ is and what His plan for us is. Oftentimes Mormons will go to one of the temples to reflect and receive comfort, peace or revelation about a challenge or decision they are trying to make. We believe that temples are the House of the Lord. Show more Show less

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

Nate
When you read the scriptures, you are reading God's word. As you read from the the scriptures you can expect to feel God's love for you. If you search the scriptures with a sincere desire you will find answers to your questions and life problems. The Bible, Book of Mormona and other scriptures were written for us in the modern day. Most of the scriptures we have now were not available, especially in their entirety, to the general body of the church, much less the general public when they were written. God has reserved ancient scripture to bless our lives. Although it may be challenging we will find real direction, peace and comfort from the Spirit of God when we study God's word. Show more Show less

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

Nate
The Mormon missionaries are ordained to represent Jesus Christ and share His gospel with everyone they meet. When they visit your home they will share His love for you and ask for an opportunity to teach you about Jesus Christ and His plan for each of us. Although they may not know the answers to all of your questions they will be willing to do their best to answer them. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Nate
The Book of Mormon is holy scripture written by ancient American prophets. It's primary purpose is to testify of Jesus Christ's divinity. The Book of Mormon compliments the Holy Bible and gives clarity to some ambiguous principles in lacking clarity in the Bible. I have read the Book of Mormon in its entirity and believe it to be the Word of God. Show more Show less

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.

Nate
The New Testament tells of the apostles meeting to select a new apostle to replace Judas. Jesus Christ called 12 apostles to lead His church in His absence. As apostles pass away they must be replaced to maintain the inspired organizational leadership set up by Jesus Christ. Our church believes that we are the restored church of Christ with all of the same gospel principles of His original church including being led by prophets and apostles. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Nate
I am not yet married, but I come from a wonderful family where I was raised by loving parents. The family is one of the most important gospel principles to Latter-day Saints. We believe that husbands and wives are to be equally yoked in their responsibilities in the family. Fathers are to provide, protect and preside in their homes while mothers are to nuture their children and support their husbands. These are not exclusive roles, but helpful as spouses work together to create balance in their homes and successfully raise their children. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Nate
The Word of Wisdom, as Mormons refer to it, is a health code given to our church's first leader from God. This health code forbids members of the church from smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, coffee or traditional tea and using illegal drugs. The Word of Wisdom also encourages members to eat lots of grain and fruit. The exact wording of this health code can be read in Doctrine and Covenants 89. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Nate
Mormons believe that "men are, that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). The purpose of life is to prepare ourselves to receive eternal joy. God, Himself, is the bearer of this joy and it is our purpose to become like Him so that we may enjoy it as well. This life is an opportunity to become more like Him. Before we came to Earth we were spirit beings. Here we gain a physical body and learn to master it. We also have experiences that help us learn to use our agency more correctly. Because we can't remember living with God before coming to Earth we must develop faith and learn to trust God. We also have an opportunity to build family relationships that will continue for eternity. 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?

Nate
Although there are moral standards and commitments that are required to be met before an individual can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church does not discriminate against anyone wishing to join based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or marital status. In our church's history there have been times where non-White members of the church were not allowed to receive the priesthood. However, the Lord has revealed that "every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood,...Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color." Some of my dearest friends in the church who hold the priesthood are African-American, Asian, African, and Latino. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nate
We revere Joseph Smith the way that the children of Israel in the Old Testament revered Moses as a prophet. We think highly of him, we respect him, we celebrate what he did and who he was. However we do not worship him. We worship the Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Savior of the New Testament. We worship and pray to our Father in Heaven who is God. We also seek for the companionship of the Holy Spirit. Although divinely led and inspired, Joseph Smith was just a mortal. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Nate
This is an interesting question. I recently went to thecirculation desk at the library to find a copy of the Book of Mormon and was asked who the author was. I didn't know what to say. Asking who wrote the Book of Mormon is like asking 'Who wrote the Bible?' Certainly God is behind the inspired words that testify of Him and His Son. However, the actual authors of the Book of Mormon are ancient American prophets. The book is named after the prophet who was primarily responsible for abridging an assortment of ancient writings into one book. His name was Mormon. In the early 1800s God led Joseph Smith to this record and helped him translate it into English. Since then our church has translated the book into more than 100 different languages. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Nate
Mormons believe that baptism is necessary for anyone to enter the kingdom of God. It can be discouraging to think of all of the billions of people who have lived on Earth without knowing Jesus Christ, let alone the essential ordinance of baptism. But Heavenly Father did not send us here to fail. He sent us to Earth to succeed. Every person who has ever lived will have the fair and full opportunity to either accept or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ whether in this life or the next. These people will also need to receive baptism. Mormons perform proxy baptisms for those who have passed on so that these people will have the opportunity to accept this ordinance and progress toward Heavenly Father's kingdom. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Nate
Mormon women are some of the most beautiful, intelligent, faithful women on Earth today. I have had the privilege of knowing and becoming close friends with many of them. My mother is one of my important role models. I am currently dating to find a young women that I can marry in one of our temples and begin a family with. Throughout the dating, engagement and marriage process I will cherish her and treat her as my most prized possession. I expect for us to share responsibilities, make decisions together and eventually share joy in raising our children. We will strive for equality in our marriage and before the Lord. No doubt we will have many differences, but I hope that our children, friends and church leaders will see us as equal partners who love each other very much. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Nate
At first thought eternal life sounds like immortality--life without end. Although this is true Mormons believe that eternal life is more than merely existing forever. We believe that eternal life is the quality of life that God Himself lives. Eternal life means living in God's presence as families. Each child of God has the opportunity to receive eternal life based on their faith in Jesus Christ and compliance with His commandments. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Nate
Each Mormon missionary works as a volunteer and is asked to finance his or her own missionary efforts. In some cases the missionary and his or her family is unable to finance the entire missionary expense and donations from other church members is used to subsidize these efforts. In all cases missionaries work on a volunteer basis and are not paid for their efforts. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Nate
Mormons believe that after we die we continue to exist as spirits without bodies. After a period of time we believe that our spirits will be reunited with a perfected form of our physical bodies and we will be resurrected like Jesus Christ was. Our ancestors and deceased loved ones are all living as spirits. When we die we will also be reunited with these people. I was named after my great grandfather who died just six weeks before I was born. I look forward to meeting him in the life after. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Nate
The first and best way to increase our faith in Jesus Christ is simply to desire it. The more we desire greater faith the more we will be motivated to seek it. Not only that, but God grants the desires of our heart. "Ask, and ye shall receive." (John 16:24) Coming to know Jesus Christ in a personal way through studying the scriptures and following His example will also stregthen our faith in Him. For me my faith is strengthened most by personal prayer. I feel God's love in that way and am always strengthened when my prayers are answered. However, "great faith has a short shelf life." (Henry B. Eyring, Oct 2005 General Conference) You might think of the great prophet-king David who had tremendous faith in God and Christ. Only great faith could have preceded the miracles of victory over Goliath, military battles and a divine appointment to the throne. However, David's faith expired when he stopped nuturing his faith and he fell from his place as one of the great Israelite kings. In order to preserve and sustain our faith in Jesus Christ we can record God's tender mercies in our lives and look back at them and remember His great mercy in our lives. This will strengthen our faith as well as the faith of those who read our experiences. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Nate
The Relief Society is an organization for the women at least 18 years old inside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is actually the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Each adult woman in the church is a member of this organization. The Relief Society and it's members have provided countless hours of instruction and service to individuals around the world. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Nate
To me, faith is more than just belief. Faith is action. Faith is also power when it is placed in Jesus Christ. Faith starts with desire. It is a desire to believe, act and know. As most of us who have sought faith know, it has a short shelf-life. Unless we nuture it, pursue it and recapture it each day it will weaken and eventually expire. Part of it's power comes in it's consistency. Faith's power is enduring and enabling. Those who possess it have a foundation that buouys them up in times of distress and difficulty. 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?

Nate
Mormons don't drink coffee, tea or alcohol because our first prophet, Joseph Smith, received a revelation from God forbidding the internal use of these substances. In the same revelation the Lord told Joseph Smith that we should eat meat, grain, fruits and vegetables. At the end of the revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, God promises great blessings to those who are obedient including stamina, wisdom and alertness. I obey the Word of Wisdom and have experienced these blessings and more. Show more Show less

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

Nate
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded in 1830 in Fayette, New York, by a 24-year-old man named Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was commanded by God to organize this church as His restored church here on the earth. Joseph Smith continued to lead our church until he was martyred in 1844. The church's leadership was then transitioned to Brigham Young who was the most long-standing apostle in the church. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Nate
Joseph Smith Jr. was born in 1805 in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. He had 10 brothers and sisters. His parents taught him to pray, read the Bible, and to have faith in God. At age 14, as an answer to fervent prayer, Joseph saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in his First Vision. At age 17, Joseph began to receive visits from heavenly messengers who prepared him for his role in the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. He was a prophet, just like Moses, Isaiah and others in biblical times. We revere him as the first prophet and president of our church. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Nate
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes a consistent large global humanitarian effort. There are thousands of facilities around the world owned by the Church that are dedicated to blessing the lives of those who are in poverty, unable to provide for themselves or suffering from major natural disasters. Mormons around the world volunteer their time and resources to these facilities in order to bless the lives of their brothers and sisters around the world. The assistance provided by the Church is not limited to Mormons. The Church freely gives of their resources to those in need regardless of their religious preference. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Nate
In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Nate
You can know that Mormonism is true by trying the principles of the gospel out in your own life and then praying with sincerity to know if it is true. Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to come to know the Truth. In my experience it is most effective when I do my homework, so to speak, and then ask God whether the conclusions I have come to are actually right and true. When He confirms those answers to me through feelings of peace, hope, comfort, happiness and encouragement I know that I have found Truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Nate
I am indebted to God for all of my happiness, achievements, accomplishments and life because of His divine grace. His grace enables me to be and do more than I can do by my own power. Truth be told I am nothing without Him. Because He is merciful to me and grants me His grace I choose to do my very best to be the best disciple and follower of Jesus Christ that I can be. I certainly come up short, but His grace makes up the difference for which I am so very, very grateful! Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Nate
Having authority to perform a baptism is important in the same way that having authority to drive a car is important. Citizens are allowed to obtain a drivers license from the government after they have met predetermined qualifications. This drivers license grants an individual the privilege of driving an automobile on public roads. In the same way members of our church who meet predetermined qualifications can receive authortiy to baptize new members into our church. This ensures that baptism is performed in God's prescribed way and provides order to His church. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nate
Not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. All single young men ages 19-26 are asked to serve a one-time two-year mission. There are exceptions for those young men who are not physically, mentally or emotionally capable of serving a two-year mission and they are often asked to serve in other capacities. Mormon missionaries are volunteers. They also don't choose where they are to serve. After they submit their application to serve as a missionary they receive an assignment in the mail. Each assignment is made by a prophet of God and we believe that they are inspired assignments. It's an exciting experience to open that letter and find out where you've been assinged. I was blessed with the opportunity to serve a two-year mission in Japan. It was an incredible experience that prepared me for life and brought me closer to Christ in a very special way. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Nate
New members in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are baptized to follow Jesus Christ's example and command (Matthew 3:15, John 3:5). They are also baptized as an official demonstration of their new life and commitments to God. This commitments are called covenants which are sacred promises we make with God. Mormons baptize their new members by immersion using a specific rote prayer and wearing white clothing. Much of the baptism ordinance is symbolic of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Nate
Baptism is an foundational tenet of the Mormon faith. We teach that baptism is essential for an individual to enter into the kingdom of God (see John 3:5). The only exception to this are children who are have not yet turned eight. Little children cannot sin because they do not understand the difference between right and wrong and are thus unaccountable for their decisions. At eight years of age children are eligible to receive the baptism ordinance. We also teach that there is a specific method that must be followed for the baptism to be efficacious in God's eyes. First of all baptism must be done by immersion. Immersion means that the individual being baptized is lowered into the water so that their entire body is underwater or 'immersed' and then brought back up out of the water. This is symbolic of death and resurrection. Secondly, the baptism must be conducted by someone who has authority from God to perform it. This authority is called the priesthood and only worthy men who have been ordained to the priesthood are qualified to perform this ordinance. We also use specific words for the baptismal prayer when someone is baptized. Traditionally both the person being baptized and the person performing the baptism dress in white clothing as well. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Nate
We can have faith in a number of people. As a child I had a lot of faith in my parents in particular. However, mortals are imperfect and as hard as they try, inevitably they will let us down even if it is unintentional. I remember staying after school one day for band practice. I waited for my mom to pick up at our usual rendezvous place. I waited and waited and waited. The sun was setting before my mother pulled up. She was over two hours late! She explained that she felt so bad because she had forgotten about me. I was shattered and resentful. Even those who care the most about us are unable to perfectly keep our faith. This is just the nature of mortality. However there is someone that can perfectly deliver on our faith in Him. That is Jesus Christ. Not only is He a perfect, immortal being, He is our Savior and has paid the ultimate price that allows us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. There is nothing and no one else that can deliver the power of salvation to our souls (see Acts 4:12). Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Nate
Having a living prophet as the president of our church who communicates with God just like Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Moses is an important tenet of our faith. Just as these men communicated with God and received direction and commandments from Him the Mormon prophet is lead by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head of our church and we worship Him as such. Jesus Christ directs the calling of each Mormon prophet. After the death of our prophet and church president, the most senior Apostle becomes the next President. The current prophet and president of our church is Thomas Monson. He is the 16th prophet of our church. Other well-known prophets in our church were Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Joseph Smith was the first prophet and president of our church and Brigham Young succeeded him. Show more Show less

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

Nate
We believe that the Bible is the word of God. We read both the Old and New Testaments. We believe that both testify of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is not a closed canon of scripture. We believe that God still speaks to His prophets today. He is no respecter of persons and loves each children as much as He loved them in the time of Moses or Christ. He wants to comunicate with us and help us return to live with Him someday. We also believe that there are some parts of the Bible that have been lost through mistranslations, human error in transcription and duplication of the Bible. As far as it is translated correctly we believe it is the word of God and cherish it as such! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Nate
Jesus Himself, though without sin, was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Thus, baptism is essential for salvation in the kingdom of God. We learn in the New Testament that baptisms for the dead were done during the Apostle Paul’s time (see 1 Corinthians 15:29). This practice has been restored with the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Prophet Joseph Smith first taught about the ordinance of baptism for the dead during a funeral sermon in August 1840. He read much of 1 Corinthians 15, including verse 29, and announced that the Lord would permit Church members to be baptized in behalf of their friends and relatives who had departed this life. Because all who have lived on the earth have not had the opportunity to be baptized by proper authority during life on earth, baptisms may be performed by proxy, meaning a living person may be baptized in behalf of a deceased person. Baptisms for the dead are performed by Church members in temples throughout the world. People have occasionally wondered if the mortal remains of the deceased are somehow disturbed in this process; they are not. The person acting as a proxy uses only the name of the deceased. To prevent duplication the Church keeps a record of the deceased persons who have been baptized. Some have misunderstood that when baptisms for the dead are performed the names of deceased persons are being added to the membership records of the Church. This is not the case. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Nate
Just as there is a moral standard that new members must commit to live by in order to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is a moral code that members must abide by in order to enter Mormon temples. We revere our temples as especially sacred houses of God and ask our members to live up to their commitments made at baptism in order to enter the temple. Most Mormons prefer not to think of our temple rituals as secret although they are not open to the public like our weekly church meetings are. We think of these rituals as sacred ordinances that must not be defiled by those who are not living in congruently with God's commandments. There is also a level of doctrinal understanding that must be acheived before it is appropriate for a member to participate in the ordinances inside the temple. Inside the temple we perform ordinances including baptisms for those who have died and marriages. Mormons are taught more about God and what is required to return to His presence inside the temple. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Nate
When most people hear the word 'testimony' they think of a witness being questioned in a court of law. The meaning behind the word is the same when Mormons refer to it. A testimony to us is our witness of things we have come to know are true. This can be confusing to some people because this knowledge comes in different way than we learn things are true in school. The scientific method or trusting our physical senses are not very effective when it comes to obtaining spiritual knowledge. I can't speak for others, but my testimony was born out of a desire to know spiritual Truth. I then studied God's words in the scriptures, meditated on what I studied and then prayed to Him to know whether what I was feeling was correct or not. I believe the feelings in my heart were the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it is my sure witness or 'testimony' that this is God's church and the it's espoused teachings are true. Show more Show less

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

Nate
We need a Savior to make up for what we cannot do on our own. "No unclean thing can enter the [God's]kingdom." (3 Nephi 27:19) This means that only those who have never soiled themselves with sin may live with God again. This would be incredibly discouraging if God had not prepared a Savior for us to make up for the mistakes we make. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be forgiven, resurrected, saved and exalted. As hard as we try on our own we cannot be or do enough. But Jesus Christ's grace and Atonement will make up where we come short, even woefully short. He requires us to have faith, ask for His grace and repent and He will enable us. Show more Show less