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Hi I'm Chad

I grew up in Colorado and enjoy playing basketball, and hiking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student who is taking a break from school to serve a 2 year mission. I am also a racquetball player and love playing people with my left hand and then if they start beating me, I switch to my right hand and use the line from Princess Diaries of "I'm not left handed". I also love Basketball. I enjoy pushing myself to be better especially in keeping my body physically fit. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family. Family trips have enabled me to grow closer to each of my siblings and to my Mother and Father. Life is fun and I enjoy activities that allow me to progress towards my goals (having an eternal family, a good job, and time to spend with my family). Spending my time wisely has keep me on track for achieving these goals and has helped me to be happy as I seek to accomplish the desires of my heart. I like to joke around and enjoy myself. Having a good time, and helping others to have fun and love life is important. I love to eat food especially chocolate chip cookies. I also love to read Books like the Hobbit or Elantris.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church for my whole life. Yet my testimony has come as I have gone through the personal experience of feeling Gods love for me. I continue to follow the gospel because of the continued witness from the Holy Ghost, which comes to me when I read the scriptures every day and ponder the words of the prophets. I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon is true. As I have read the Book of Mormon I have felt it change my life. The principles and doctrine that I read feel right and give me good feelings about myself and others. My testimony of the Book of Mormon has come as I have studied the word of the prophets. Each time I read verses and really ponder what is said I grow in faith. As I have read and as I repent each and every day I feel my faith in Jesus Christ grow. I have a hope for the future that someday I will be able to be married for time and all eternity in the temple. The Church of Jesus Christ is true. I know that my experiences in this life are for my good and help me come closer to God. I love how being a Mormon helps me grow closer to my family and to my friends. All who really seek after God and follow his doctrine will as they pray receive awnsers from God. I know this because he has always awnsered my prayers.

How I live my faith

Right now I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This means that I spend all my time teaching the restored gospel. I go and visit ward members who aren't coming to church and try to become there friends and help them come back and endure to the end. I know that as we really change our lives by following Jesus Christ to the best of our abilities, we will grow in faith, with a hope of a better world. I know that good works enable us to come closer to Jesus Christ and returning to live with our Heavenly Father. We all have trials and tribulations in this life. We can look at anyone we know and think there life is perfect, but I am sure that they have many trials as well. Some trials are easier to see like an addiction to smoking. Others are more hidden. That is why I live my faith best by loving all others, no matter what. I have no idea if my fellow human beings are hurting inside so i try my best to smile often and help them be happy by joking around or making sure that they are okay when there hurting. A kind word and a smile can do a lot more then a frowny face and sad words.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Chad
We can increase our faith by serving others. The best way to gain faith is to act and then see what comes of your actions. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Chad
Mormon missionaries proselyte because Mormon missionaries love others. They want the best for the neighbors and friends. They don't do it to annoy of to be mean. They do it out of love. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Chad
We baptize people because we know that baptism is central to returning and living together with our famalies in the celestial kingdom. We know that as we are baptized and follow Christ we can have a remission of sins and return to our heavenly father with our famalies. No unclean thing can into into the kingdom of God. Baptism cleans s and as we continue to follow gods commandments we will keep that remission of sins as we take the sacrament each week. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Chad
We are Christians, we live our lives centered around Jesus Christ. The reason mormon missianries go around knocking on doors and talking to people in parking lots, isn't because they want to. Its because they have a faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ and in his teachings. The atonement and following Jesus Christ is central in being a Mormon. Saying Mormons arn't Christians is like saying the Sun isn't hot. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Chad
The first vision is God the Father and Jesus Christ appearing in a grove of trees to the young Boy Joseph Smith. This event happened and even the powers of hell could not stop God and his son Jesus Christ from coming and teaching Joseph that he was not to join any of the chuches on the earth at that time. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Chad
Yes, I know that there is a prophet on the earth today just like in times past. Why would God stop revealing his secrets to his children. I know that God loves us so much that he has called a prophet to help us in these last days. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Chad
Mormons pay tithes in order to be blessed. Mormons also pay tithes out of obedience. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Chad
Faith is a belief in something that is real, that cannot be seen. Faith leads to action. If you have a faith in something like God, then you will do your best to follow God out of your love for his creating you. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Chad
No they are encouraged to help in there communities and to do service for others. Mormons also serve missions where they go out and serve members in the community and try to help them come closer to Jesus Christ which is a very important way of helping non Members be happy in this life and in the eternities. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Chad
We don't want to be people that just do stuff for money. We want to help others because we want to help. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Chad
As you care for yourself, you will be able to help others more. If you are stuck in a hole you can't help someone else get out of the hole that there stuck in. Emergency preparedness is important to members because the prophet has asked us to be prepared, as well as if there is a big storm you want to have food to survive, or if you lose your job. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Chad
The Temple is a place where we do ordinances for people who have passed on, who cannot do the ordinances for themselves. These Ordinances are needed for helping us return to live with our Heavenly Father. The Church is a place where we go on Sundays and take the sacrament and where visitors can come and learn about Jesus Christ with us. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Chad
Sometimes we are refered to as Mormons because we believe in a Book called the Book of Mormon which is about ancient prophets in America. It makes me feel good to be called a Mormon because it can bring the attention of the person to what that word means. That it is in fact a name of a prophet. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Chad
Well there are Mormon missionaries all over the earth who would love to talk to you about the Mormon religion. I would suggest flagging down a couple of guys in white shirts and ties as they bike and ask them what they believe. Or go and visit a local church meeting house and ask anyone there what they believe. They would love to awnser you. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Chad
Jesus Christ is the founder of Mormonism. Show more Show less