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Hi I'm Logan Ostrom

I'm a student studying biology at Southern Utah University. I love cold cereal and the ocean. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, and absolutely love it. I served a mission in the South Dakota Rapid City mission. I'm currently attending school at Southern Utah University. I'm studying biology and hope to eventually attend medical school.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ, but did not always believe for myself that it was true. I had grown up hearing that I needed to gain a testimony of the truth for myself, but never really bothered. Then, one day, I was reading Joseph Smith's account of the first vision. As I read it, I felt an overwhelming feeling come over me that what I was reading actually happened. That Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ, and that they told him not to join any church, because His church was no longer on the earth. Ever since that time, I have continued to read the Book of Mormon, pray to my Heavenly Father, and do the things I know he wants me to do, and these things have increased my testimony so much! I know that our Heavenly Father loves us, and that He wants us to live with him forever. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that we can recieve answers to prayers through faithfully reading it. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that he restored Christ's church to the earth. I also know that we have modern day prophets on the earth to lead and guide us in these confusing times. I am so grateful for, and have a strong testimony in, Christ's Atonement. I know that we can repent and be free from sin because of the sacrifice he made for us. He knows exactly how we feel, and loved us enough to go through incredible pain, so that we can live with God again.

How I live my faith

I have loved the service opportunities I've had in the church. I have had the opportunity to serve with other young men and young women. I was also able to teach Sunday school for 6-7 year-olds and my testimony grew as I began to realize what the Lord meant when he commanded us to become like a little child. The pure and simple testimony that children have is incredible. As well as serving within the church, I try to look for opportunities to provide small acts of service to those I come in contact with.

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

Logan Ostrom
As a missionary, I know first hand what we talk about as we meet with those interested in the church. Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ. Our messages revolves around building a stronger relationship with our Heavenly Father, and the lasting joy that comes as we accept Christ's sacrifice in our own lives. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Logan Ostrom
Yes! Without a doubt Mormons are Christian. There are many who often confuse us as a non-Christian church. There are several differences between our church and other Christian churches, but one that impresses me the most is our claim to divine authority. God’s authority descends in an unbroken chain from Jesus Christ, down to the prophet Thomas S. Monson, who righteously exercises that power as a prophet of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church on the face of the earth that houses Christ’s authority. We are often not considered Christian because of our lack of belief in the traditional views of creedal Christianity. We do not base our beliefs on the councils of men who gathered together years after Christ’s death to debate what it is that people should believe. We take Christ at His word, and He continues to speak to us today. We have His authority, and He leads His church today. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Logan Ostrom
A minister once asked the prophet Gordon B. Hinkley why our temples and chapels are absent of the cross. President Hinkley responded, and told the minister that the lives of the people in our church is the symbol of our worship. As members of Christ's church, we strive to parallel our lives with Christ's. We cast off our will, and replace it with the Lord's will. We strive to take upon ourselves His name, by following Him and keeping His holy commandments, so that we can call ourselves Christian. By doing this, in the end, we are happy. The Lord blesses us with incredible blessings as we keep His commandments, and we find joy and comfort in life despite the troubling times that we all face. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Logan Ostrom
The Book of Mormon is very comparable to the Bible. It, along with the bible, was written through inspiration by prophets. The gospel of Jesus Christ is found in both books, and the Book of Mormon does not change the doctrine of Christ found in the Bible. The key difference between the Book of Mormon and the Bible is it's setting. The Book of Mormon, unlike the Bible, was written in the ancient Americas. Joseph Smith was visited by an angel named Moroni. Moroni was the last prophet in the Book of Mormon to keep the book. He instructed Joseph Smith in finding this ancient record which came to be known as the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith translated the record through the inspiration of God so that all could read the sacred record. A person can get nearer to God by following the teachings of the Book of Mormon than by any other book. The Book of Mormon has since been translated into over 80 languages so that all of God's children can grow closer to Him. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. There are many who would attack it, but all it takes is a sincere desire to know if it's true. As we pray, God will answer our prayers! Show more Show less