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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a graduate student and...I'm a Mormon!?!! (Newly converted)

About Me

Graduate student in philosophy, emphasis in Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, and Logic. When I'm not reading, which isn't often, I watch Rugby (Go New Zealand All Blacks!), various TV shows, or play Xbox/Playstation.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted because it felt right. I was impressed by the missionaries that came, and could feel something about them that was powerful. Originally they came over to basically be sources for a research paper, then I got sucked in! But in the good way. The only way to explain it, is the Spirit drew me in. I always had respect for people with powerful faith, but never felt anything like that which the missionaries embodied. In addition, the knowledge they had was astounding--you rarely, if ever, see lay people in other religions (especially other Christian denominations) that have as deep of scriptural knowledge as these guys do, and they're only 19 or 20! I was sure they could have beaten even a Catholic Cardinal at a scripture test. Futhermore, the warm and welcoming attitude that the members of the ward I visited was amazing--that is how Christianity should be, I felt. Even though I was studying them as subjects, they treated me like one of their own, and were respectful. My Brothers and Sisters in my ward certainly seemed to embody the Christian model and virtues of Jesus as is only taught in other denominations. In addition, certain doctrinal issues are solved by the revelations of Joseph Smith, such as the Trinity (different substances/entities, same purpose/intent instead of somehow the same but different but "thus is the mystery of the Trinity" as it says in the Catechism). It just makes sense.

How I live my faith

I live by reminding myself that having received the gift of the Holy Ghost, there are certain ways in which I should and should not act. In addition, I try to forgive others and not judge them, that is neither my job nor my responsibility, it is simply my job to teach when it seems appropriate or when asked, otherwise I live and let live. "Love thy neighbor as thyself" is the ultimate teaching, and I strive to do this--but I'm only human so naturally don't quite always hit the mark, but I try.

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

Whatever you want, insofar as it is religion-related. When they came over originally, I told them to go through their spiel, but they did not have one, we just began a discussion just as I have with friends. They are full of information, or at the very least, they know where to get it and are more than willing to do so. More specifically, they spoke about what we believe the nature of G-d is, and the concept of the Trinity (which Mormons hold a different view of than other Christian denominations), as well as the plan of salvation. As long as it's relevant, they'll talk about whatever you need to know. And I found they even talked about things I didn't know I needed to know until they answered the question! (Yes, that sounds odd, but it's one of those "OH YEAH" sort of things). Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Was Jesus or any of this Apostles and Disciples? No. They took care of each-other, taught each-other, and were brethren in arms of sorts. Since our church leadership is unpaid, one can be sure their actions are from duty and/or from the heart--not for the money. How often do we do things at work because we are paid to, or say "I'm not paid to do that"? The function of the Church, and the desire to be Christ like, means we each take part in running things. Although I have referred to it that way, it is not "THE Church" or "a Church", it is really "our Church"--with the "our" including Jesus Christ and G-d. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

First, every Christian denomination baptizes, this is not something completely unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, we believe that baptism by immersion is the only proper way to be baptized--after all, Jesus was baptized in this manner and He is the paradigm example of how we are to live our lives. Show more Show less