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Hi I'm Noah

Aloha, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I was born, raised, and reside on the Big Island of Hawai'i. I like nature, working, sharing time with family and friends, cruising outdoors, running, biking, CTF, etc.... and other less exciting things. I love my family immensely. Though I'm not perfect and have a lot to work on I'm grateful for the life and blessings that Heavenly Father has given me.

Why I am a Mormon

To know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly the True Church, one must experiment upon the word and do what is required to receive an answer from God. In short, I have done that and my answer has been received. The Holy Ghost has born witness to me that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, that He performed the Atonement, established His Church, and that, after a period of apostasy and rejection, His Church has been restored again. I have gained a knowledge of these things by the power of the Holy Ghost throughout my life. I have seen and felt the Gospel bless my family, neighbors, and friends. For that I am grateful and have hope for the future. All people can gain this knowledge and these blessings for themselves if they do those things required to recieve the specific blessings.

How I live my faith

I strive to keep the commandments and follow the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Nope. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is politically neutral in respect to political parties, candidates, and platforms. Members of the Church are, however encouraged to fully participate in government and community affairs, which we strive so to do. Principles of righteousness are important in any society and the scriptures testify of the blessings that nations and peoples receive when they love God and their fellow men. 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.

We have 12 Apostles now because when Jesus Christ restored His Church, a Prophet was called and, among other things, the Holy Apostleship was restored. Based solely on information found in the New Testament the 12 Apostles were not to only last the duration of time during the Christ's mortal ministry. Having authority given them by the Savior, Jesus Christ, they were authorized to perform miracles and administer to the ordinances of the Gospel (Matthew 10). These 11 remaining Apostles under the direction of the senior Apostle, Peter, chose Matthias to fill the vacancy in the Quorum after the death of Judas Iscariot. As we continue forward we additionally find that Paul was called to be an apostle. Many of his epistles (letters) are contained in the New Testament. The apostles continued in their responsibilities for years. In time the apostles were, like the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, rejected and killed. The earth entered into a period of widespread spiritual darkness which continued for centuries until the long-promised ushering in of the dispensation of the fullness of times (Ephesians 1:10). The fullness of the Gospel is now on the earth today and Apostles who have the same authority as that which was given by Jesus Christ to Peter and the apostles of ancient times speak the words of the Lord. The Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible are two witnesses of the blessings of having prophets and Apostles to lead and guide the inhabitants of the earth. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are no restrictions on race nor color concerning those whom can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Similarly, all worthy, faithful men in the Church may recieve the holy priesthood. Please see Official Declaration 2 for more details. Show more Show less

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

Depending on where you live the dress may vary, but the principle is the same. On Sunday we wear our "Sunday best" to Church. For men, this connotes a white shirt and tie, suit, sport coat, dress lava-lava, etc... For women, a modest dress or skirt/shirt or blouse combination is nice. Note: If you live in a place where it is freezing cold, bring a coat/cold weather gear so that you don't freeze coming to Church [common sense :)] It is usually a good temperature once you get inside the meetinghouse. I enjoy observing Easter and Christmas, remembering the birth, Sacrifice, and Resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Members of the Church observe and celebrate national and regional holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries and similar events. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

One word: Misunderstanding. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, all Mormons are Christians. Simply said, Christians are all those who believe that He is the Savior and strive to follow Him. Fortunately a growing number of people are realizing that. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

In serving others we can express Christ-like love and we will be blessed by our Father in Heaven. When Jesus Christ established His Church, He established it that way. Would it not make sense that His Church today would be organized in a like manner? Show more Show less