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Hi I'm Buhler

I'm a Missionary, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a full-time mission for the Church in the Oregon, Portland mission. I am the son of loving parents and the oldest of four sons. I have been a student, a waiter, and a customer support agent. I love sports, especially BYU sports, music, books, computers and people. I play soccer, football, basketball, softball, volleyball, frisbee, and just about anything else that allows me to run and compete. I plan to return to school following my mission, studying something with a business emphasis, perhaps finance or accounting.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because of the peace and joy that the Gospel of Christ has blessed me with. The blessing of knowing my Eternal Father, of His plan, and of my role in that plan has given me guidance and direction in my life. The knowledge that I can spend eternity with my family provides motivation to use and apply the Atonement of Christ and to do my very best to live according to the teachings of our Lord and Savior. I love knowing that God has called prophets on the Earth again, to provide us with instruction and counsel pertinent to the issues of this time. I am so grateful for this gospel, and for the opportunity to share it with those I come in contact with.

How I live my faith

I am currently living my faith in the most complete way I know how, by serving a full-time mission. I have the opportunity to devote my entire life for two years in service as a representative of Jesus Christ, my Savior. As I do so, I am constantly reminded of the hand of God in all things, and I am blessed to see the miracles that can occur when the Gospel is introduced into the lives of those who have been looking for it.

In whom should we have faith?

Buhler
As the scriptures teach, we must have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As we develop this faith, we feel the desire to act and to do what we can to bring ourselves and those around us closer to our Savior and our Heavenly Father. We cannot have faith in ourselves alone. Without Christ we are nothing. Recognizing that everything we have is a gift from God, including our talents and abilities, allows us to remain humble and to put our trust in the Lord, not in ourselves. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Buhler
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the single greatest and most vital event in history. Through this selfless and loving act, each and every one of us who have, do, or will ever live on this earth can overcome death. Christ's Atonement is comprised of two major parts. First, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He took upon himself the suffering and pain of the sins of the entire world. He suffered to the point of bleeding through his pores. Second, Christ allowed Himself, the Son of God, to be crucified on the cross. He willingly gave up His life as he felt the weight of our sins a second time. Only Jesus Christ was capable of completing this magnificent task. He was the only perfect man to walk the Earth, the only one capable of enduring the pain he felt, and the only one with the power to overcome death and be resurrected. Through Him, we can all overcome the effects of both physical and spiritual death. We will all live again and we can all have our bodies reunited with our Spirits after we die. However, in order to fully incorporate the blessings of the Atonement into our lives, and return to live with Him in heaven forever, we must follow the teachings of the Gospel he established while on the Earth. We must have faith in Christ, and show that faith by repenting of our sins. We must be baptized by His Priesthood authority and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. We also must obey God's commandments and truly change our lives to become more like Christ Himself. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Buhler
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a divinely inspired witness of His life, His Ministry, and His Atonement. It supports and verifies the doctrine of the Bible, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He lives again, and that He is the only method provided to us that we might be saved in the Kingdom of God. Much like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a record of ancient prophets. The first of these prophets, Lehi, left Jerusalem with his family 600 years before Christ was born. He and his family were led by our Heavenly Father through the wilderness and across the sea to the American continent. The Book of Mormon is a history of the descendants of this people, culminating in the appearance of the Resurrected Christ shortly after His death in Jerusalem. He taught them His gospel, the same that He taught to His disciples in Jerusalem, and He organized His Church among them. The Book is named after Mormon, one of the last prophets of its records, who combined and abridged several hundred years of writings. Due to the wickedness of the people of that time, his son Moroni buried the records to protect them from destruction. They remained hidden until the prophet Joseph Smith was led to them and translated them through the power of God. The Book of Mormon contains the promise that any who read it and sincerely pray to know of its validity will come to know of the truth of it by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Buhler
As the Book of Mormon teaches, 'it is by grace we are saved, after all we can do.' Regardless of how closely we follow the commandments of God, we are all imperfect, and we know that were it not for the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we could not be reconciled with a perfect God. Through His grace we will all live again and overcome death as He did. By showing faith in Him and repenting of the sins we do commit, we obtain more of the blessings of Heaven that our Father has in store for us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Buhler
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints strongly emphasizes the family as the central social unit on Earth, as well as in Heaven. As outlined in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” we believe that family relationships can continue through this life and into the eternities beyond. Jesus Christ gave to Peter the power to seal things, both on Earth and in Heaven. The same power was restored to the Earth in these days, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. We believe that through that power we are sealed together as families, enabling us to live together forever. We are so blessed to have the opportunities to be in families. As we develop the relationships of love in our own families, we receive glimpses of the charity and love that our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ have for each of us. As we feel more love towards our families and in turn Heavenly Father, we recognize the need to show that love to each of His children that we interact with. Show more Show less