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Hi I'm Brett

I play bass, I love music especially Dubstep, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Brett Stewart. I am from Eugene Oregon and I am currently going to college to learn more about design. My current hobbies are: long boarding, listening to Dubstep, playing hackysack, and playing video games. these are my passions I found long boards and Dubstep right after my mission which was awesome! After my mission, I've been going to college and hanging out with my friends. I love music! i can enjoy all kinds of music some more than others. i only speak one language but i do know 1337 which is a script and can be applied to any language.1337 5934 yeah!! I have my share of problems just like anyone elce, but i intend to work through them so that i can be a better person.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(Mormons) because I have felt the Holy Ghost telling me that this is the church that has the fullness of the everlasting gospel. I grew up in the church but I was riding on my parent's testimony for a very long time. I wanted to know for myself, so I searched and searched until I found it. I was attending a youth group called EFY(Especially For Youth) and at the end, we all gathered together and we went up to the front one by one and shared our testimony with the congregation. As I listened to everyone's testimony, the Spirit came over me and I started to cry (I was really balling my eyes out). at that moment I knew that The Book of Mormon was truly what it claimed to be ,that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to restore the church that Christ set up back to the earth, and that there is a prophet living today, his name is Thomas S. Monson. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Back when I was about twelve, the term "I was there" applied to me when it came to youth meetings and to Boy Scouts. I was literally always there at every scout meeting and youth group I could attend even though there were only 4 scouts including me and 3 in every youth group. I felt that if I wasn't there, the attendance would go down 25% to 33% depending on which meeting I went to, so I was there. There is another phrase that applies to me. It is "the spirit of the law not just the letter of the law" which means that I will try to live the letter of the law but if I feel that something does not interfere with my personal salvation, then I can do that thing.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Brett
The LDS church is funded by is members. It's called the law of tithing. As members, we voluntarily pay 10% of our income to the church. No one who serves in church positions, like teachers, Bishops, General Authorities, or even the Prophet get paid one cent. Instead the money goes to building temples and churches. It also goes to humanitarian aid like when hurricane Katrina hit, the LDS church helped get supplies to people who needed help. The reason why members pay their tithing, is because: 1. They know that it goes good causes. 2. There is a promise given in Malachi 3:8-10 that tells us that if we exercise faith and pay tithing, we will receive so many blessings, that there will not be enough room to contain them. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Brett
Why not? We don't just believe in The Book of Mormon. In the beginning of The Book of Mormon, Lehi tells his sons to go get the brass plates from Jerusalem. The brass plates were a record of Lehi's ancestors all the way back to Adam. The brass plates to us is the bible in the making. Since Lehi told his sons to travel 3 days journey back to Jerusalem (where they just came from) to get a book. I would guess that it was very important. So we respect the bible just as much as we do The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brett
No we don't. If we did we would call ourselves The Church of Joseph Smith of Latter-Day Saints, not The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We worship God the Eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ. The prophet is a man called of God who acts as a mouthpiece, proclaiming God's will. Think of it like this, there is a giant brick wall, on one side is God, on the other side is the people. Now God wants the people to know his will, but he doesn't want to just talk through the wall because that would be leading by sight rather than by faith. So God calls one of them to be a Prophet. Now the Prophet is standing on top of the wall. God tells the Prophet his will and the Prophet then tells the people. the people then have the choice to believe and act on his direction or reject the prophet and fall into a state of spiritual darkness. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Brett
Baptism is essential to salvation. But some haven't been baptized before they died. Some even haven't heard the name of Jesus Christ! When judgement time comes, does God say tough luck and send those who weren't baptized to hell? To me that doesn't sound like God. But what if while they are waiting for judgement, they have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ and be baptized, repent, and then be judged by their hearts and their works? That sounds to me like a far more fair judgement. When we baptize for the dead, someone stands in for the deceased as a proxy. He then is baptized for and in behalf of he/she who is dead. Just the name of the deceased is used, nothing else. Baptisms for the dead allows those who are dead to accept Jesus Christ. It is their choice to accept or reject that baptism. Some probably won't accept it, but some probably will. We want everybody to have their chance at salvation. That is why we baptize those who are dead. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Brett
The Holy Ghost is one of the three beings in the Godhead.(The godhead consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ God's son, and The Holy Ghost) The Holy Ghost testifies of truth regarding the gospel. He does not need to testify that 3X5=15 that would be ridiculous. The Holy Ghost, unlike God and Jesus Christ, does not have a body of flesh and bone, but he is a spirit so he can reside in us and testify when need be. When you pray and ask God something, say "Is The Book of Mormon true?" the holy ghost comes and tells you through your feelings that it is true. Some times the Holy Ghost will tell you things though your thoughts with your voice, like"I shouldn't be dating that girl because she is not modest". Sometimes even, the Holy Ghost will tell you straight out like "go do this" but only if you've been living the gospel as best as you can and that thing really needs to be done. The Holy Ghost will not be with you if you are not living righteously. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Brett
We lived in heaven with God before we came to earth. God taught us the gospel. We progressed as far as we could without physical bodies. When all of us could not progress any further, God the father gave us a plan in which we would go down to earth and receive a body. We then would learn and progress further from our experiences and trials. Then after we die, we will be judged by our obedience to God's commandments, our faith, and our works. Then if we prove our selves worthy, we will be welcomed back to live in heaven with God once again. Show more Show less

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

Brett
You have come to the right place! All that you need to do to get a hold of the LDS Missionaries is: Talk to some one you know who is LDS and they will be glad to help you. Or you can click on "Visit us" on Mormon.org then choose "Meet with missionaries". Then follow the guidelines there. Try to give as much information as you can such as your street address, your phone number, and your full name, this helps the Missionaries find you. The more information you give, the better chance that the Missionaries will be able find you. The Missionaries will try to get to you in 24 hours or less. None of the information you give will get on any call list or anything like that. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Brett
the Word of Wisdom is a health code that we live by. In addition to eating healthy, like not so much meat and more veggies, it tells us to stay away from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. This commandment is a revelation given by Joseph Smith so that if we keep The Word of Wisdom, we may stay healthy and feel the spirit more abundantly in life. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brett
Some people call us a cult because they don't understand what we believe. Some even say that we're not Christians. Its because they don't understand. One definition for the word "cult" is: "A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister." One, we are not relatively small. 1 out of every 50 people in the US is Mormon. Two, I wouldn't say that we are sinister. We help people around the world who are in need. Granted we have beliefs that are a little askew from every one else's perspective. But that's because they don't understand what they mean. If you hear any thing that sounds strange or sinister about us, please ask us and we will be happy to explain so you can gain a better understanding about us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Brett
Even though they sound the same, immortality and eternal life have different meanings. Immortality means that life goes on after death, after which we can live forever and ever. Everyone who has ever lived on earth will be Resurrected with a perfect body and will live forever. Eternal life However is a better quality of life that just living forever. It involves living with God the Eternal Father. While we are living with our Father in Heaven we will enjoy his presence and we will continue to progress forever. But we can only do this if we keep his commandments. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brett
No, it is completely our choice if we want to go on a mission or not to. But I can tell you now that a mission has been the most fulfilling part of my life so far. It has helped me to grow so much. I can already tell that I am way different now than I was before. So a good question is why would you not go on a mission to help people to come unto Christ? Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brett
Well, here's what you do. Read The Book of Mormon, don't try to prove it wrong, that won't work. Then think about what you've read, then ask god if it's true. Rinse, lather, repeat until desired effect. I promise that if you do, God will tell you that it is true. I know that it is true because God has told me that The Book of Mormon is true. If The Book Of Mormon is true that means that Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church with the fullness of the gospel here on the earth today and you need to be baptized into it because we love you and God loves you. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Brett
the Book of Mormon was written by multiple people called prophets. Not by Joseph smith. They were written on metal plates over a period of over one thousand years. Mormon, a prophet-historian took all of these records and put them together into one book. Then he gave it to his son Moroni who wrote a little and buried them. Moroni (now a resurrected being) led Joseph Smith to the plates, then Joseph translated them by the power of God. It was then published as The Book of Mormon Show more Show less

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

Brett
Typically on Sunday. you will see us wearing the best thing that we have like a suit and tie for men and for women a modest dress or skirt. some people think that because they don't have a suit they cant come to church. that is absolutely untrue if the best that you have is a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, than that is what you should wear. even if the best you have is a sleeveless t shirt and sweatpants you should wear that. members may ask you if a sleeveless t shirt and sweatpants is the best you have, say yes and they would be very accepting of that. they would not say "well you need to get some better clothes or something." as for holidays, some people say that we don't celebrate any holidays. this is also not the truth. we celebrate national holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other events. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Brett
Being a Mormon is awesome! People say lots of things like "You can't drink. You can't smoke. You can't do marijuana. You can't do anything because of your religion." But its actually the opposite! It's because of my religion that I have high standards. Having high standards is great because it allows me to have freedom. To me, doing drugs sounds like a lot of fun for that small amount of time, but then I ask my self, what are the consequences that are going to come from it? if any bad lasting consequences come from any choice that I am about to make, I turn it away. This helps me to have freedom because things like drugs make you addicted to it and you are almost forced to have more. This takes away your freedom. Another thing that's awesome about being a Mormon is going to church. I love going to church because of a lot of reasons. One is that I can learn so much from a few short hours of church. Another is that Sunday, being the day of rest, allows me to be like "Ahhhhh... I can worship God, rest, read the scriptures, and then start a new week tomorrow." These are just some of the reasons that i am absolutely in love with being a Mormon Show more Show less

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

Brett
We live a lot like every one else. The only exception is that we filter out anything that degrades us or pulls us toward Satan. Another thing that could be different is that we love to learn. The phrase "learn something new every day" comes to mind. I remember one morning I woke up and thought "wow, I don't think that I learned anything yesterday.". It made me feel not so great inside. That just helped me know that learning is a big part of my life. I love how we mix our faith and our life together. It is a wonderful concoction that makes me happy Show more Show less