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Hi I'm Topher Corbett

Member of the Church of Jesus Christ

About Me

I'm 22 years old. I'm a red head, and all of my hair has always been orange. I write novels and short stories, I play and write roleplaying games, I study politics, economics and psychology, and I record and listen to podcasts as hobbies. I'm keenly interested in almost all entertainment, including TV, movies, video and tabletop games, and especially older fantasy and science fiction. I love to laugh, and I can find humor in almost anything. I've been plagued by anxiety problems and depression my whole life, a sort of inheritance of my mom's bipolar disorder. With the wonders of modern medicine, we can both live normal lives. It's great!

Why I am a Mormon

There's no getting around it - my dad was a bishop, his dad was a bishop, and my parents have both been members their whole lives as well. There have been times when I have seriously questioned my beliefs. At times I am the only one in a full room to believe a certain thing. Sometimes I felt left out and alone, even within the church. The core doctrine is the truth. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End are all steps of the same process of purifying a soul. You can examine the claims of the church and find that they are all true through this. The basis of my testimony is that: 1. The church claims that there are three beings called God the Eternal Father, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Ghost. 2. Joseph Smith, an uneducated man in a rural area, somehow produced the Book of Mormon at a very fast rate and claimed that this was because he was a prophet. The Book of Mormon is a book that specifies the role of each of these beings and how to know them, and what it will feel like to know them. 3. Reading and praying upon the Book of Mormon results in coming closer to Christ, even if one does not fully believe in the Book of Mormon or Christ. The feeling of the Book of Mormon is uniform throughout even in chapters about war, currency, and the other normal things of civilization. 4. Joseph Smith and his successors are prophets of the specified beings.

How I live my faith

I live in a smaller ward, and we share a building with two other wards. We're next to a military base that seems like a community of its own. In the Aaronic Priesthood and the youth program, there were times when I have been the only deacon (deacon's quorum president over myself,) the only teacher (teacher's quorum president over myself,) and the only priest (the "assistant" to my dad, the bishop, the priest's quorum president.) I'm a master at preparing the sacrament and maintaining the chapel, and I can teach lessons well. I go to the chapel so much that it's like my second home. I've bled, sweat, and cried there. The ward feels like my family, and anytime the church is emptier than usual, it makes me feel like people are missing out. Right now I am a missionary and I hold the Melchezidek Priesthood. I'm trying to piece together all the knowledge and doctrine that comes from being a member of the church, so that I can teach wisdom to my children.

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

Topher Corbett
In the truest sense, Jesus Christ founded it. If you go by recorded history though, it will always be Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a great man with a few flaws, chosen to do the work of restoring the church from its New Testament beginnings. An uneducated 14 year old boy, or an uneducated 21 year old man, would not be able to concoct a story and illusion so complex as the church, the Book of Mormon, and the visions and miracles experienced by the saints. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Show more Show less