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Hi I'm Lance

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an engineer who has lived in various parts of the country following my career. I've worked for companies both large and small, and outside of work I enjoy writing, reading, hiking, cooking, and exercise (running in particular).

Why I am a Mormon

My favorite part of my faith is that I know for myself that it is true. I don't have to take anyone's word for it. I have had my own experience with God. I'm not talking about visions or seeing angels or anything so grandiose. Every child instinctively knows the voice of the parent, and as children of a loving Heavenly Father we all instinctively know His voice. I have felt the confirming witness from Him that the Book of Mormon is true, and from that I know that Joseph Smith really was a prophet and that the church he restored -- the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- is true. As I have lived true to that conviction, I have had numerous experiences in which that witness has been confirmed over and over again. And the beautiful part is that ANYONE can know for himself or herself that it is true. Everyone can know for themselves. We can all have our own individual experience with the divine and come to know that the same things are true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the same way anyone else lives theirs -- one day at a time. Yet in another sense I also live with the understanding that I am part of a larger, worldwide community that welcomes me anywhere I go. Moving several times during my career would be challenging without having the support of local church members in each new place. Upon arrival, I had a brand new "family" who helped me move in, learn the area, and get situated. I also had an instant network of local friends even though I had just moved into the area, and so with each new place my circle of friends keeps growing and growing. I had this everywhere I go because we think of ourselves as one church, united with all other church members everywhere else in the world. Of course, I also give as well as receive. I'm helping others who move in or out of the area. Every local congregation participates in regular service projects within the larger community, and in my lifetime I've done lots of different things: pull weeds, dig ditches, help with blood drives, plant trees, even help bake bread. Of course, our service extends to members of our faith as well as to those outside our faith. We believe that when everyone is busy helping their neighbors, then everyone will be cared for because everyone is looking out for everyone.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Lance
We can all know for ourselves what the truth is by going to the source of all truth. All truth comes ultimately from God. He is our Heavenly Father, and because He loves us He wants to help us to find truth and to embrace it. You can know for yourself what is true as you study, pray, and consider the matter with your mind and your heart. I know for myself that Mormonism is true because I have followed these steps. I have read the Book of Mormon, I considered whether what I read was from God or some other source, and then I prayed to God to know what the truth was. Because I prayed with faith in Christ and with a desire to accept whatever answer God would give me, God answered my prayer through impressions in my mind and feelings in my heart. Now I know for myself what is true. You too can know for yourself if you will seek after it. Show more Show less

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

Lance
Absolutely. We know from the Bible that God spoke with prophets anciently. We also know from the Bible that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God cannot be the same yesterday, today, and forever if He speaks through prophets in ancient days but not in ours. But God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He continues to speak to the world through His prophet. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the modern era. His successor today is Thomas Monson. By listening to God's counsel as revealed through His prophet, we can have greater confidence amidst the world's confusion and greater peace amidst the troubles and fears of our time. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lance
No. I have never worshiped Joseph Smith. I revere him, I respect him, I admire him, but I do not worship him. I think highly of him because of what he did. Because of Joseph Smith we have The Book of Mormon, which clarifies the confusion about Jesus Christ and the doctrines of His gospel. Because of Joseph Smith there is now a living prophet on the earth just as in days of old. The heavens are not shut; they are open! And because of Joseph Smith we have Christ's church on the earth with the authority to officiate in God's name. We speak very highly and admirably of Joseph Smith because of what he did. But we do not worship Him. We worship God. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Lance
We give 10% of our income to the Church in order to live the law of tithing. Tithing has been practiced since ancient times. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. The Old Testament prophet Malachi admonished the people for their neglect of this law. He also promised great blessings to those who would keep it. I have seen those blessings in my life as I have honored this law. And it is beautiful because everyone, rich and poor, is paying the same percentage. The amounts paid are obviously different, but the same standard applies equally to everyone. And there is a great sense of unity that comes from that, knowing that we are all doing our part to help move the Lord's work forward. Show more Show less