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Hi I'm Connor

I like . . . well, storylines of any kind. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello!! I am Connor. I like to read, watch movies, and play games. I was born in Michigan and ended up in Oklahoma. I am apart of a family of seven (one older brother, two younger brothers, the youngest is a sister, and my parents). I like to spend any free time on the above things, but also enjoy many others. I am looking forward to going to school to become a doctor of oncology (cancer). And I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I grew up in the church. I was a person that just went through the motions. I always thought, "Mom and Dad are doing it, so I will too." That's how I was for awhile. But, as time past, it wasn't enough. I didn't have any motivation to do anything. I felt that I was just along for the ride. In school, I was always asked what I wanted to do when I grew up. I couldn't answer the same more than a few times. I felt that I couldn't accept that responsibility of a career. I finally drew a line. I needed to know something about myself. And it was at a pretty young age. At the age of fourteen, I decided that I needed to know if this was indeed true. I read the Book of Mormon and decided to take Moroni's challenge (Moroni 10:3-5). I prayed to know if this was true. The answer . . . didn't come immediately. I continued to pray and ask. Something finally clicked. I realized that I wasn't doing it with real intent. I wasn't willing to do whatever it took to follow the answer I was looking for. I then asked again, but at the end said, "I am willing to follow the answer to the end." I felt something that I can't describe and still can't. All I know is that I knew at that point of time what I needed to do. The career is something that I want to do. I experienced a change of heart and I now know that this church is true. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole world. I know this is true.

How I live my faith

Right now. I am a teacher in the church. I am preparing to go to school. And I am having an amazing time doing it.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. It encourages its members to know what is happening in the world and act on those things that are needed to be acted upon. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

The answer to that is very simple: No. There are way too many people in the world that need help. To just focus on one group of people is to ignore the millions of others. We are going through this life together and need to help each other. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

The easiest way is to find a member of our church. Our members have the answers that you are looking for. We also have missionaries that go around and teach people about our church. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We get the nickname because we use another book of scripture known as the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Mormon was actually a prophet in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. Our church is officially called the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. There is no other way than through Jesus Christ. He is the center of the Plan of Salvation. He is at the head of this church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by several people through out time. Like the Bible, it is a collection of records, writings, and scripture written by prophets. These prophets were in the Ancient Americas and started their writings around 600 years before Christ's birth (600 BC) and ended them around 421 years after (421 AD). A prophet named Mormon compiled all of this onto gold plates and then gave it to his son, Moroni, to carry and keep hidden. Moroni also recorded his experiences and words before he buried them in the Earth. In the 1820's, they were once more taken out by Joseph Smith, who then translated them by the gift and power of God. Show more Show less

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

Yes! Why wouldn't there be? Our Heavenly Father, who is the some yesterday, today, and forever, worked through them in the past. Why would He not do it today? The times that we are going through today are much worse than in the times of old. We need divine direction today. Show more Show less

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

We believe the Bible to be the word of God. It is the writings of prophets, apostles, and historians of the people in the Middle East (Jerusalem area). It is through the scriptures that we understand our Heavenly Father's plan for us. It is evidence that Jesus Christ is the Savior, as is the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

We are called this because of a nickname we were labeled with during the first days of the church. Because this started at such an early period, it just stuck. There actually is no "mormon church." People will mistake it as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel." (3 Nephi 27:8) Since this is His church, it is called the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. 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?

The Word of Wisdom, the law of which the question is speaking about, is a revelation given to us by our Heavenly Father. He, who is The smartest throughout all time, knows the consequences that come from having these things and has warned us about these things to keep us able to do the things we need to. When we have these, we make a choice that will force us to make the same choice in the future. How many people are addicted to these drinks and to the other things that we are asked to stay away from in the Word of Wisdom, tobacco and illegal (or unncessary) drugs? All in all, I stay away from them because God has asked this. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that baptism is essential. Jesus Himself says, "Unless a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."(John 3:5) And what about those that weren't baptized, or never had the opportunity to? Our kind and loving Father in Heaven has not forgotten them. We do baptism for the dead to act in proxy for those that have passed on. We do not baptize the dead. It allows those that have passed on the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ and His gospel where while on the Earth, they did not have that chance. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that the family is made to last. By being sealed in the temple, a couple can experience the joys that last for eternity. Why would our Heavenly Father put us on this earth, tell us to cleave to our spouse and that no man shall separate them, and then after this life, tear them apart? That would be completely contrary to what He had said before. No, our Heavenly Father's plan includes after this life, including continuing the love that we have nourished here in eternal families. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Yes, we have always had the Bible. The purpose of the Bible is the same as the Book of Mormon, to testify of Christ. Although we have the Bible, those that have and only believe in it are a great many people. All of those people have very different views on what the Bible says. In a way, it is like a point a graph, speaking mathmatically. If there is only one point, you can put many lines through it, in fact, an infinite number of them. Like this line, people can turn any verse to mean what they wish it. However, by having another point on that graph, there can only be one line that goes through those two. That second point is the Book of Mormon. This book teaches the same gospel that is taught in the Bible, that same gospel that Jesus Christ taught to those in Jerusalem. The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach this, so that it cannot be turned on its head. The Restoration also had to happen. Throughout the Bible, it told of that falling away. I can testify that the "restitution of all things" (Acts 3:19-21) has come to pass, and the church that was originally organized by Christ is on the Earth once more. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

He is our Heavenly Father. He is the wisest, the most powerful, the most loving and caring person we have ever heard of. He is a Being that is our literal Father in Heaven. He loves all of us. He wants our joy and happiness. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to perform the Atonement. His plan for us is for us to return to Him, as many as will follow His counsel (aka His commandments). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We believe in Christ. He is God's Son. He came to this earth to perform the Atonement. Only through Him, can we live again, and not only that, but be free of the guilt and shame that comes with sin. He lived a perfect life and is the perfect example for us to follow. He stands on the right hand of God, and like the Father, loves us and did everything for us. We invite all to come to Him and follow His example. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

In the Bible, in the last chapters of Matthew, Mark, and John, the Saviour asks His Apostles to "feed my sheep" and "go ye therefore, and teach all nations." He has an opportunity to say something of the upmost importance before He leaves and this is what He says. He has asked us to do this. We do this as a sign for all the world to recognize us as the Lord's church. But that is not all. If you had the cure to cancer, would you keep it to yourself, or would you tell another? Whether on foot, bike, bus, or car, our missionaries will spread the Gospel of our Saviour and our God, which is (and many people will agree) the most important message and news in the entire history of the world, to all the world. It is for this reason that our missionaries proselyte. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority to act in our Heavenly Father's name. It is by this authority that we do the things that we do (to name a few things, baptism, the healing of the sick or afflicted, and the ordinances in the Temple). Would you imagine, for an instant, that you were speeding down the road. An ice cream truck turns on its music and forces you over to the side of the road. He gets out of his truck, has you roll down your window, and then gives you a ticket. Kind of ridiculous, huh? It is like that with our Father in Heaven. He has given His authority to men in the past (prophets and apostles) to do the things that they did. After the apostles passed away, that authority was taken from the earth, until the 1800's, when Joseph Smith received it from John the Baptist, and three of the original apostles (Peter, James, and John). This authority is only in the true church of Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is The most important event that has happened in human history. It is by this that we are able to live, not only again in a perfected body, but with our Heavenly Father once more. When Jesus Christ performed the Atonement, He did more than die on the cross. Before that event, He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane. He bled from every pore. It is by this suffering that we can be with our Father again. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. There is no way that we can fully pay Him back for this. But, that doesn't mean that it is applied to everyone immediately. We have to do our part and do those things which He has asked of us. The next part which He performed in the Atonement was, yes, die. But, that is not where it ends. He was resurrected. He rose again with a perfected body, minus the wounds in His hands, feet, and side, to testify to us that He did, in fact, perform this Atonement, and to fulfill scripture. By His resurrection, we too can live again, and have a perfected body of flesh and bone. We will be free from illness and death. And this gift has been promised to all that come to the Earth. To all of our Heavenly Father's children. I cannot say enough about this great act even if I was to speak on it for my entire life. I know that this occurred and it fills me with peace and comfort. And it can do the same for all, as long as they apply the Atonement to their lives. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

When we go to church, that is where we regularly worship, hold activities, and partake of the sacrament. The temple, however, is the House of the Lord. In the temple, we recieve ordinances of the utmost sacred nature. Visitors can come to our church buildings and join us in any or all the activities there, as long as they respect it as it is a place of worship, but the temple is only for those who are worthy members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That means that we live all of the commandments that Heavenly Father has given us. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

The tithing is used in paying the bills for utilities in the church. No one in the church recieves payment from this tithing. It is used to build temples, church buildings, in helping missionaries (not paying them, they have to pay for their missions individually), in family history work, praparing materials used in the church, and for the overall education of members and nonmembers alike. As we tithe, we recieve blessings, as it says in the third chapter of Malachi. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Many things are touched when we have a faith in Jesus Christ and as we act on it. The love and charity we get from a belief in Him increases our understanding for the relationships in this life. We find that there more love to be had. Recently, I have felt greater love and respect for everyone around me, and I know that that comes from my increased faith in my Savior. I am not married yet, so I do not know the full influence that it will have there, but I do know that it will make my marriage not only eternal, but the happiest decision I will ever make. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

The way we dress for church is "Sunday Best." Meaning that men will be in suits, sports coats, collared shirts, and/or ties and women will wear modest dresses or skirts. We celebrate holidays. I love Christmas, Easter, New Year's Day, and St. Patrick's Day. I celebrate them because it is fun to be able to celebrate all of these holidays. The church also holds activities around these holidays so that everyone can have fun and safe activities. Show more Show less