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Hi I'm Grant

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California. I go to school in Idaho studying psychology. I own a small record company.

About Me

I was married in August of last year. I live in a small apartment with my sweetheart, scraping out our existence while my wife and I go to college. I decided recently to become a clinical psychologist, because I've always wanted to help people since I was a little boy. That means that there will plenty of schooling ahead of me, but that's OK because, so far, I've loved my experience being a college student. I love the outdoors: hiking, climbing, canoeing, camping, skateboarding, etc. I've always been a bit of an outside person. I'm also a musician; I play mostly bass guitar, but also play guitar, piano, sing, and play a bit of drums. I own a small record company with my younger brother, which we've just started.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I gained a witness directly from God that God exists, that Jesus is the Savior of the World, that the Book of Mormon is true scripture and that Joseph Smith really was chosen by God to bring back the church of Jesus Christ to the world. When I was eighteen, I had a period of time when I was very depressed, which caused me to question everything I believed to be true. Through a series of experiences where I prayed to God for answers, I came to know these truths by the voice of the Spirit. God spoke directly to me through the Holy Ghost in a way that I would understand, bringing thoughts to my mind and speaking peace to my heart. Since that time, I have had countless other experiences that have confirmed the experiences I had when I was eighteen. Because of these experiences I know that God loves me, and all other people. I know that he has a plan that will allow us to come back to Him, and that Jesus Christ made that plan possible. I know that because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice and resurrection I can be forgiven for all the mistakes I make in my life. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been brought back to the earth, and that Prophets speak for God again today.

How I live my faith

In the Church, I've done a lot of different things. I've worked as a teacher for a sunday school for the men, as well as other positions of a similar nature. Currently, I don't have a responsibility because I've just moved to a new place, but I expect that that will change, and I hope it will. I love doing things in the Church; performing ordinances in the temple, doing service for community members, visiting the homes of fellow members, etc. It makes me feel like I am doing what Jesus would do when I go around trying to do as much good as possible in Church and in the community.

What is the First Vision?

Grant
When LDS members refer to "the First Vision", they are talking about an amazing spiritual experience that Joseph Smith had. When Joseph was a boy, all of the churches in his hometown were trying to get as many members as possible, and they were all teaching their doctrines and attacking the doctrines of the other churches. Joseph wanted to know which of the churches to join, so he went to the different churches and studied the Bible seriously. Joseph wasn't sure how he could know which church was right, though, because the different churches would take the same verse of scripture from the Bible and say that it meant completely different things. When reading the scriptures, Joseph found a scripture in the book of James that told him that "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God", because God would give "liberally" to the person who would ask. This scripture gave him confidence to ask God which church he should join. Joseph went into a secluded place behind his house so he could be alone to pray. When he tried to pray, there were evil forces that opposed him. He kept praying, praying with all his might to be delivered from the evil powers and to know what he came there to know. Joseph was suddenly delivered from the evil powers and surrounded in a pillar of light. In the pillar of light, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Him. They taught him that the Church of Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth, and that they would use Joseph to bring it back. 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?

Grant
Temples are very sacred places. This means that they are incredibly holy and special. Inside of temples people perform holy ordinances. Ordinances are ceremonies, like baptism, that allow people to make special promises with God and gain access to divine power. The ordinances in LDS temples are the ordinances that are most important to us, and most sacred. Because they are so sacred, and because God requires us to make covenants (sacred promises with God) to be righteous with these ordinances, the temple is only open to active, commandment-keeping LDS members. A person who hasn't made the covenant connected with baptism won't be ready for the covenants that are connected with the ordinances of the temple. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Grant
Most of the time when people call the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a cult it is because they don't really know about the church, or have been told by others that the Church is a "cult". This is a way for them to attack beliefs of ours that they don't understand or have been taught to them incorrectly. Show more Show less