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Hi I'm Ryan Baxter

I'm from Louisiana. I love playing sports and hanging out with friends. I'm studying Computer Science, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love Video Games, Sports, hanging out with friends, spending time with family, but probably not in that order. I've been playing video games since I was a kid, and my family has always loved getting together. Since there's nine of us in the family, it's easy to get someone to play a game with you. My family has always played any game together, board games, talking games, sightseeing games on vacations, anything. I probably got caught up mostly in the games, but the real important thing was spending time with family. I tend to be a competitive person and love playing a game of football, American football, ultimate frisbee, tennis, whatever anyone really wants to play. For me, it's mostly just about having fun, but also doing the work that should be done.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've grown up being taught about Joseph Smith being a prophet and The Book of Mormon being holy scripture just like The Holy Bible. A more interesting question is, "Why am I still a Mormon?" I don't like taking things at face value, I really enjoy looking deeply into things, especially things that will impact my life. I've looked at a lot of things that argue Joseph Smith wasn't a prophet, because I really want to know. I think the way I live because I'm a Mormon is better than just about any other lifestyle I would pick, but my desires go deeper than that. I really like truth, and I like ideas to make sense and flow into bigger pictures that make a difference. That's what I feel the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is. It explains why we live, why we suffer, why we just have rotten days every once in awhile. The gospel doesn't sugar-coat life, but it does explain why we should get up even after we fall and why we sometimes have to roll with the punches. I'm a Mormon because my daily life and my wildest aspirations take form and context from doctrines and principles that matter to me, and make sense to me. I don't have an answer for everything, and I don't mean to be utterly convincing, but I know what I've found feels right and makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Right now I am a college student, and I live my faith by trying to help people out in the small things day to day. For me it's really just being a nice person and doing good.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Ryan Baxter
Cult to most people is a strong word, but some people use it to label any church that doesn't seem inspired of God, or doesn't follow a preconceived idea of mainstream religion. If to be Christian is to believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and that he lived a perfect life and died on the cross for us, but was ressurected, then we are absolutely Christian. We do not teach everything other churches teach, and we teach things other churches do not. We do stand out from mainstream Christianity in the same way that Christianity stood out from the Jews; new ideas and different doctrines stemming from the same root truths (the Christians and Jews both believed in a Messiah, they disagreed on who and when, however). For example, we believe that Christ has chosen a man on Earth to be a prophet. To some the idea of a living prophet may be new, strange, or even in some cases heretical. The last group would be the general group that label "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" as a cult. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ryan Baxter
Joseph Smith is not a person or object of worship. He is a hero, a person to respect and praise like our parents, good friends and other role models, but Jesus Christ is the One who holds the name of the church and the focus of our worship. Joseph Smith did a lot of good, important, even miraculous things, but it was all to serve Jesus Christ, just like Moses and Noah and Elijah did some wonderful things, but not for their own glory. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Ryan Baxter
Well, even when Moses led the Children of Israel he eventually insituted 12 judges for the 12 tribes to help and assist him in his work of leading the 12 tribes. It was an organizational help for him. Likewise, Jesus said that the harvest was great, but the labourers were few. If we look at why Jesus even called 12 Apostles, it was to assist in his work, which continued after his death. We believe the truths the 12 Apostles in Jesus' time have been restored to the Earth again, and so labourers are needed again and why would he change the format? I guess another part that helps me understand that the 12 Apostles are more than just those 12 guys Jesus liked is that Jesus also sent 70 other men out just like his apostles, but they did not become apostles as well. Jesus held the number at 12, and when the number was reduced to 11 by Judas' death, they filled in the slot with someone specially qualified, who was a witness of most if not all of the Saviours Earthly ministry. It seems to be the will of God to have 12 righteous and specially called men to assist in the efforts to teach his gospel across the Earth, in Biblical times as well as in modern times. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Ryan Baxter
Mormon women are great, they're an example to me almost everyday. Why? Because I have 6 sisters and a mother that firmly believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and they live their life the way I think Jesus Christ would want them to. Women in the church have every value and merit a man has, and if they didn't I would ask why. The entire focus of the church could be summed up in saying it helps us move towards perfection, becoming more like God and being a better person. Mormon women work to be the best they can be, and we guys need to do the same if we can keep up. Show more Show less