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Hi I'm M@

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young college student working on a degree in marketing and business in Arizona. I moved here only a couple of years ago to marry the wonderful woman I now call my wife. I'm looking forward to the day I can work in a field I love and travel with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't always overly thrilled with the idea of going to any type of church. I didn't always understand why it mattered or what was in it for me. It took some dramatic moments and serious conversations that made me realize that this is where I needed to be, but even after that, I still didn't want to do what I knew I needed to. After weeks of fasting and prayer I finally had the change of heart I felt I'd needed all along. Now I can't imagine my life without this faith at the center. I love to study other faiths and talk to people about what they believe, and am always thrilled to realize that what so many people believe is this perfect and complete faith, things just come in different wrappers. I don't know a single person who doesn't believe they'll be with their family when they die, or that God is looking for excuses to punish us when we make mistakes. I'm a part of this church because it makes sense in my head, and it makes sense in my heart. There's nothing that fits humanity better, and I'm hoping that I can be a part of helping others realize that this is exactly what they're looking for.

How I live my faith

I've wanted to be plenty of things throughout my life, but out of all the hats I've worn the "Mormon" hat is my favorite. I'm a social creature who thrives in environments with lots of people, and love to talk about my faith with those who don't have an understanding of it. It's amazing to me how many people don't realize that this is the faith that fits them, all because they're held up on something that seems strange because they don't understand it. My favorite thing to tell people is that this will piece together all the things they already believe and produce the bigger picture so many people are trying to find. It's a beautiful thing, especially when we realize that we can keep the things that make us who we are and still live a faith-filled life.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

M@
A testimony is simply a statement of belief, something you can verify is true. You might say that you have a testimony that the sun will come up tomorrow, or that snow definitely is cold. I have a testimony that I love buffalo wings. I know that's as much of a reality as I am. So when you hear Mormons say they have a testimony of [insert something here] it simply means it's something they feel is true and real. Most often, they'll testify of the truth of the church, the Restoration, or the importance of the atonement of Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

M@
Of course not! The whole point of Christianity is to help others grow to become something better, regardless of their faith. While it's important to live the gospel once you know it, witholding help from someone who needs it simply because they're not 'the same' as you is wrong. Wherever there's a sincere need of someone who is doing all they can, the church aid programs are there to fill in the rest. The atonement of Christ works the same way; we are to do all that we can and when those efforts fall short, Christ picks up the difference. There's a scripture in the Book of Mormon that says "... for it is by grace that we are saved after all that we can do." Our ability to help is limited by our own weaknesses, but regardless of faith we should help others wherever we can. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

M@
The church welfare system is meant to simply give people in need a hand up. Sometimes unfortunate things happen- people lose jobs, sickness hits a family, or disaster destroys a community. Everyone needs a hand from time to time and the church welfare system is there to catch us all when we need it and get us back on the track to self reliance. It's there to pick us up and get us back on our feet in times of struggle and weakness, not to carry us through life. Other church programs like the Perpetual Education fund work hand in hand to get people in a position where they can help themselves and hopefully give back and help others along the way. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

M@
Wards, stakes, and branches are congregations of different sizes in the church. A typical congregation is a ward (usually somewhere between 150 and 600 people) and a branch is smaller, anywhere from 2 or more people to a couple hundred. The biggest differences between wards and branches are all under the hood, the organization is a little different, but they function essentially the same. A stake is a group of wards and/or branches in a certain area. Sometimes stakes are huge and cover entire countries, but in areas with a large Mormon population they're sometimes only a couple of square kilometers. An easy way to explain it is that wards and branches can be compared to states, each of which has it's own leadership taken from within the ward or branch, but they're all part of a country (or stake), which has a similar leadership structure that oversees that of the wards and branches. The stakes all combine to create the worldwide church. Since it's impossible to know and support everyone in the world or even the church members of wards, branches, and stakes are encouraged to be supportive of those within their ward and stake boundaries as much as possible as these groups become an extended family for many within the church. Ward members often help families move in and out of homes, bring meals when there's illness, and help with other life events, such as weddings. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

M@
Of course not, but we do revere him for all that he did to help make the restoration of the gospel possible. Throughout history there have been people like William Tyndale and Martin Luther who have defied all the norms of their day to improve the religious and spiritual circumstances of the world. Joseph Smith was another like them, but more than simply reforming the church he was an instrument in restoring the gospel as Christ instated it. His work wasn't to fix something he saw was broken, he was God's agent in restoring the priesthood and the organization of the church. Joseph Smith has been equated to a modern day Moses, or Paul. A normal guy who was enlisted into doing some very important work. The attention he gets from people for this work is often interpreted as idolizing him but when you realize how important and how difficult the things he did actually were, it makes perfect sense. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

M@
Why do we need a savior? We hold the importance of Christ in Heavenly Father's plan for us as paramount. Heavenly Father's commandments are meant to make us better in this life and the next, and when we violate those commandments we short change ourselves of the blessings we might have otherwise had. While we're expected to do all we can to make ourselves worthy of returning to the presence of our Father in Heaven, we can't get there without help. We'll all make mistakes (see Romans 3:23), so the atonement of Christ is there to make up the difference we cannot. When are efforts are still not enough, Christ is there to save us. He asks that we improve ourselves, live his gospel and do all we can to be like him, which requires daily effort and not simply saying a prayer and calling it good. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, or the atonement, isn't about protecting us from the wrath of an angry God waiting to punish us for our mistakes. It's about making us better so that we can approach our Father in Heaven as pure as the Savior and with our heads held high. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

M@
Mormons hear the term cult most often from people who simply don't understand them. We don't believe exactly what the rest of Christianity does, we have a different perspective on a number of things because of ongoing revelation and the Book of Mormon. A cult by definition is simply a faith that doesn't jive with the mainstream idea of religion, and by that definition we're guilty as charged. That doesn't mean that Mormonism is anything less than Christian, or that we're weird. We're just different, and there's a list of very good reasons for that. We invite everyone to come see why so that they can understand why we continue to be different despite what is said about us. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

M@
There's as many answers to that question as there are people on this earth. Being a Mormon doesn't mean you need to abandon your culture, your family, or your hobbies. It simply means viewing your world and living your life through the lens of the gospel. It may require passing on seeing a movie that is laden with degrading content, or walking away from a conversation that is pointlessley negative but nothing that you'll miss in the end. Living a Mormon lifestyle means taking daily steps to make yourself better such as studying the scriptures daily, and offering meaningful prayers to God daily alone and with others. It means respecting the sabbath (Sunday) as a day to rest from the daily grind and focus on family, service, and other more meaningful things. It means keeping your body clean from things that would harm it or inhibit your ability to be yourself. Living a Mormon lifestyle means doing your best every day to be the the most virtuous you, the serve others, and to help Heavenly Father in His endeavors here on earth. It means trying to be different in all the positive ways. I love nothing more than to hear people say that the way I live my life is different or weird, but in all the best ways. Show more Show less