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Hi I'm Boyd

I'm a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I have been married for 37 years and I am still married because I have a very forgiving wife. I have 5 children and 7 grand children. Unfortunately they are scattered all over the US and I am unable to see most of them as frequently as I would like. Fortunately there are a few children in the LDS/Mormon ward that I live in who have adopted me as a grand father and made it less difficult to live so far away from my own grand children

Why I am a Mormon

I am a follower of Christ because I have a testimony that he is the Son of a living God and my Savior. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because I have a testimony that God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate and distinct beings and the 'Mormons" are the only Christian Church that teaches this doctrine. I believe in the principle of resurrection, as taught by Christ and his Apostles, and I believe that resurrection makes it impossible for the three beings who are members of the Godhead to be part of the same being. Christ was resurrected, he is a tangible being with a physical body and it makes no sense that His father who is also a God would not have one or would make resurrection part of our plan if a physical body had no purpose in the next life and wasn't necessary to help us become what God already is.

How I live my faith

In my spare time I work with the full time Missionaries in my ward as a Ward Mission Leader and I volunteer one evening each week at the Dallas Temple. I recently wrote a short book sharing my perspectives about the purpose of religion and life which is titled "People, God, Religion, What's the Point?".

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Boyd
I believe we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints are considered a cult by some who don't understand us because of the perception that we believe Joseph Smith was something more than what he was. Sometimes we foster this belief because many of us appear to be obsessed with the man and his accomplishments. Joseph Smith did not atone for my sins, he is NOT my advocate to God the Father, and as a result he is virtually irrelevant to my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and completely irrelevant to my personal salvation. Joseph did accomplish many great things but he did not accomplish anything on his own other than to use his free will or agency wisely and as a result allowed himself to be used by God and Christ to restore great truths. Joseph did not write the Book of Mormon, he translated the writings of others, he did not restore the Priesthood, God and Christ restored it to this earth through John the Baptist, and Peter James and John. We as Mormons sometimes forget these truths and tend to focus on the messenger rather than on the message as did the ancient Jews when Moses became a stumbling block for some in being able to accept Christ as their Savior and understand Christ was much much more than Moses was. Show more Show less