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Hi I'm Raymond Cook

The Gospel, Music, Mechanics, and Family are what make me Happy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to listen to Music, run, and Hang with my friends. I was working for Construction company. I learned how to build Log cabins/ homes. It was a great experience. It is great being a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I chose this Church is because I know its true. I came to understand this about two and a half years ago. When I was about sixteen and a half, my grandma, became to sick to go to church. I had went a little bit with her before that time, but it was mostly to get out of work. After she became sick, I started going to church for her, I don't know why I did, who likes going to church by themselves, but I did it anyways. I made a few friends, and was starting to love the church. I had been previously baptized at the age of 10, but I fell away not long after. The way my new ward was, I felt accepted to the church, I made even more friends, and I started to learn more about the church, and I found out more things that I started to like. My grandma didn't get better, she passed away on her birthday, 64 years of age, on Febuary 3rd. I started going to church even more, because I knew she would want that, it seemed to make her happy that I was going to church. Eventually I came to understand that this was for me. I turned my papers in at the begining of August, but it took a little while for them to come back, I was excited to hear where I was going, but I was working the day my call came. I was currently working up in Wyoming, so when it came, my mom called me and read my call to me, I was quite excited to hear that I would be going to South Dakota, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Right now, I live my faith, by being a missionary for the Lord. I can't wait to share the gospel with others, and let them see how it has changed me.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Raymond Cook
The Book of Mormon was written by those who were commanded of God. They were ancient inhabitants, who had initially come from Jerusalem. The Father being named Lehi, was commanded to leave by the power of God. One of his son’s (Nephi) was commanded to make tablets in which he was to make a record of the people, and the dealings in which they had with God. Over time, Nephi of course died, and the Records were handed down from one person to the next. Each person that received the Records was commanded to write the things which God had commanded them. Though this is a brief summary, the Book of Mormon has its own summary of where it came from right at the beginning of the book. Just Read the Introduction, it also asks us to do something. That is, to read it, pray, and to ponder the message in which it says. After reading the Book it asks us to do the same thing in the Versus Moroni 10: 3-5. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Raymond Cook
At a young age Joseph Smith, grew up surrounded by a multitude of Churches. Confused at which church he should join, He took the bible and began to study it. He finally came upon a scripture that truely touched his heart. That scripture is James 1:5, which reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Joseph did as this scripture states, he asked of God. As he was out in a grove of trees, he knelt down and began to pray. There while he was Kneeling in prayer came a Light above the brightness of the Sun, it fell gradually until it fell upon. When it had rested upon him, he saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above him in the air. Then one of them Spoke unto him calling him by name and Said "Joseph this is my Beloved Son, Hear Him." What Joseph saw was the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, Which Through Joseph Smith, Christ has Set his True Church upon the Earth Today. This Church "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" is His church which He set up in the New Testiment times, and it has been Restored. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Raymond Cook
Well first off What I want to say is that in Our Church all visitor's are welcome. We love to meet new people. Just hopefully we don't scare you off with all of us coming up to meet you all at once. Service's usually last 3 hours, with it split into almost 3 different hourly classes. In most Churches, not all of them. They start with what most churches call Communion, we call it Sacrament. We have a few Hymns that are placed through the meeting to start and end, and also one in the middle while the bread is prepared. Then we have two or three speakers chosen earlier in the week from the congregation that give talks based around what they were asked to talk on. We then have Sunday school, where we gather with those that are around our ages, to talk and learn more about the gospel. Then we Seperate into our Young Women (ages 12 to 17 years) Relief Society ( women of 18 years and older.) and Priesthood Meeting for all of the Men (ages 12 and up.) Where we learn more about the gospel, and how it can help us in our lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Raymond Cook
The reason we have baptism is because it is taught in the Bible that it is a comandment of God. In Matthew 3:15-16 that even Christ was baptized, to fulfill all righteousness. We also read in 2 Nephi 31 (Of the Book of Mormon) Where Nephi tells about the reason for Baptism is essential to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. We are to be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood authority of God. We then are baptized by Fire or the Holy Ghost in simple terms, for the remission of sins. Baptism allows us to become members of the Church and to enter into the Kingdom of God. Through the Ordinance of Baptism, we make a promise to God that we will take His name a upon us and that we will go and do as the lord commands. We also promise to follow him to the best we can. In return, our Heavenly Father Promises to forgive us of our sins, and lets us return to live with him, and he also will provide much more with blessings in life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Raymond Cook
First off my answer in turn would be a question. What makes you a Christian? Is it simply living a good life or does it mean believing in Jesus Christ? I Do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of a living God, and is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that believing in him requires that I live a life as close to his as I can. Though I’m not perfect like Christ is, I know that through him that I can continue to become better and overcome those challenges that I face from day to day. So my answer to “Are Mormons Christian?” I say yes, and you can come to find that out yourself by reading the Book of Mormon and seeing how much is Testifies of Christ and then ask God if it is true, and see then if we believe in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Raymond Cook
To me Faith is more than a belief. As it says in the Book of Mormon (Alma 32:21), "Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." That when we believe, that we have a hope for something. Where Faith is the belief and the Action in which we do to show our belief. In most religions, we do simple acts such as Baptism, or Comfimation, to show our Faith in God, and Jesus Christ. I know that when we have Faith in Jesus Christ that our Faith becomes true Faith because Faith must be in something That is real. I know that my faith is made stronger as I make and keep Gospel commandments. And when I struggle, I know that my Faith in Jesus Christ can help me to Repent and seek forgiveness in which Jesus Christ will forgive because he Truely does Love us. Show more Show less