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Hi I'm Adam

I'm a big brother, a chess player, a disciple of Jesus Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Duchesne Utah, but I have lived all over the inter-mountain western United States. I have loving parents and two wonderful little brothers. We are a very happy family and we love each other very much. I recently graduated from High School with an associate's degree of science from Utah State University. I love running, golfing, debate, theater, singing, drawing, government, engineering, playing with Legos, chatting with friends, tactical combat games, and being a missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it's the right thing to be. There's nothing in the world I'd rather be. Compared with living the gospel, everything else in my life seems relatively unimportant in the long-run. The most important things in my life, other than the church, are my family, my education, my good friends, my health, serving other people, and wholesome recreational activities. All of these are things the Church of Jesus Christ of focuses on, so I kill two birds with one stone, as they say.

How I live my faith

It's my philosophy that you don't have to be miserable to do what's right. In fact, it's quite the opposite. If you want to be happy - truly happy - in this life and the next, you have to make the right choices now. It doesn't always seem like making the right choice is fun in the moment, but in the long-run. People who make right choices are happy. I live my religion by being happy - truly happy; that is, by making choices that bring real, true happiness; and then just letting joy fill my life. That, and gratitude to God for the blessings you receive, is all it takes. That doesn't mean I'm rich or successful in the world's eyes, but it means I am happy, and that's what we're all searching for, isn't it?

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Adam
Everything I am, I pretty much owe to my family. I am so grateful to them for the great example of Christian living that they set for me. They taught me to love and serve others, to be honest in all my dealings, to repent of my wrongdoings, to work hard, to worship God and his son Jesus Christ, and to be grateful for the blessings I've received from them. The best place to learn to be the person God wants you to become is in the family. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Adam
Come visit us! Because the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought us so much peace and happiness, we want to share it with everyone - including you! Non-members and visitors are always welcome at any of our sacrament meetings and Sunday School classes. You can find a church close to your home using this website by going to the "Worship with us" tab at the top of the homepage. After the services, you can ask any member of the church and they can get you into contact with the full-time missionaries (The Elders), who can teach you about getting baptized and how to do it. It's very simple and it will change your life forever. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Adam
A very good friend of mine once said it like this: Your life is like a road trip. The Holy Ghost is a person you can ask for directions from on your road-trip of life. Anyone can stop and ask the Holy Ghost for directions and I think everyone has heard his voice at least once in their life. Having the Gift of the Holy is a gift from God that allows you to have the Holy Ghost as your copilot, so to speak. Instead of having to stop and ask for directions, you've got somebody in the passenger seat who knows the way perfectly. We have a promise from God that he'll be with us and help us all the time. The Gift of the Holy Ghost is conditional though. First of all, you have to receive it by the "laying on of hands" by someone who has the Melchizedek Priesthood and is authorized to give you the gift of the Holy Ghost. Secondly, you have to listen to what the Holy Ghost tells you to do, and follow his advice; IE: keep the commandments. If you don't follow his advice, he'll leave you. That's why it's so important to live right. 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?

Adam
The Bible is the inspired writings and history of the people who lived in ancient ISRAEL. The Book of Mormon is the inspired writings and history of the people who lived in ancient AMERICA. Both are testaments of the reality and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and teach His gospel - instructions for how to find lasting peace in this life and eternal life after death. The Book of Mormon is the convincing evidence to the world that Joseph Smith was a prophet, called of God, and that, through him, Christ restored the fullness of His gospel to a misguided and sinful world. The Bible and The Book of Mormon took place on opposite sides of the world in an age where intercontinental communication was impossible. The fact that they teach the same message proves the validity of both books. You too can know of their validity through earnest study, pondering, prayer, and application of the principles taught by these sacred books of scripture. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Adam
The Temple is the House of the Lord and only those who have been properly prepared may enter His holy house. It has been that way since the beginning. God gave instructions to Moses that only those who had been cleansed and set apart could enter the tabernacle and, later, the inner courts of Solomon's Temple. The Temple is a place where we learn eternal truth that helps us live a better, more Christlike life. We learn of God's eternal plan and make solemn covenants (or promises) with Him. We also assist others who have already passed from this life to make these covenants in the temple by performing ordinances like baptism in their behalf. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Adam
Yes, The Book of 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon talks about Jesus Christ's personal ministry among the ancient inhabitants of America soon after his resurrection. These chapters are some of my personal favorites from the Book of Mormon because Jesus teaches, very plainly, what we must do to be forgiven of our sins and be perfected. I find it very interesting to compare the teachings of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, as recorded in the New Testament, to his teachings in America, as recorded in 3 Nephi. They are very similar, and it's comforting to note that God loves all of his children alike and teaches the same truths to one nation that he does to another. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and the Book of Mormon and the witness it gives of Jesus Christ is the evidence of that. I know that it is true because the Spirit has witnessed that to me. Show more Show less