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Hi I'm Masen

I like to draw. I am from Utah, serving a mission here in Indiana. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy doing art. I've done that since I was a little kid because my mom would draw stuff for me (always monsters) and one day I decided I wanted to do it myself. Now I draw my own monsters. I enjoy trying to do something that no one has done before, but also make it so that it's not scary, but interesting and perhaps even funny. I grew up in Utah. I did lots of other forms of art (ceramics, painting, photography, and poetry). I grew up in a pretty normal family, no sisters though. I am the oldest of four brothers and I love to play with my now four year-old brother. When I was growing up I had a very wild imagination. If I had something that I was imagining in my head I would act it out and do all the sound-effects. As a result, kids picked on me and I was bullied. It really effected me as a person, but it also made me very humble. I didn't always have the faith and beliefs that I do now. It was about when I was 12 years old that I realized that something was missing in my life, but I wasn't sure what. I am college age now and I'm serving a mission for the church in Indiana. I've also worked at a few jobs before I left to Indiana at Wal-Mart, Target, and Taco Time. They were great!

Why I am a Mormon

I have held to this faith because, growing up, the church was around me, but it wasn't a part of my life. Due to my bullying and low self-esteem I was able to be ready to hear the message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It all started when I turned 14 years old. I still went to church, but didn't really believe in what was taught at the time. One of the things I did do in the church was something called home teaching. This is where young men of 14 years of age or older teach with another person in the homes of those they are assigned to in a local congregation. The man I did hometeaching with just had a very happy attitude and loved to teach those we visited. He loved to have fun, joke around, and he really loved being with the kids of our families that we taught. It was his example that helped me to want to change. Soon I realized that the church was the only thing that seemed to make a difference with everything that I was going through. After that it did take several years for me to finally start living the way I was supposed to, but when I finally changed my ways I was so much happier. This church has made me free because it has brought me to Jesus Christ. He is the biggest part of being able to overcome my sadness and my past addictions. By knowing that He lives and knowing who God is I am at peace. I know that God and Jesus Christ live and that they love everyone. This church is true. The Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith is a prophet. I know this because I have prayed to God and asked Him. These are a few things which add joy and peace to my heart that nothing else could duplicate.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching others about Jesus Christ and the church he organized as a full-time missionary. I strive to be an example of the standards that God wants me to follow and I strive to love everyone. I am not perfect, but I give it my best. I also try to help others who need every-day assistance.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Masen
Only some Mormons are allowed into temples because we have to be prepared to do the things that go on in a temple. Without being qualified and baptized we would not understand all that goes on in a temple. In temples we learn sacred truths and perform ordinances for ourselves and our deceased family that unite all of us forever, like baptism for the dead and marriage. Before a temple is dedicated anyone can come into it during a temple open house. Anyone may walk around the grounds and go into the visitor's center. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Masen
We are all humans and we make mistakes. It is normal, but these mistakes (called sins) cause feelings of guilt or shame. This is the result of breaking one of God's commandments. We cannot be free from the feelings of guilt on our own. That is why our Father in Heaven sent His Son Jesus Christ to suffer for all our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. We can be forgiven for our sins because of what Jesus Christ did by repenting, which means to change. Here is how: A. Admit to God that you made a mistake. B. Be sorry to God and anyone harmed, too( ask to be forgiven) C. Correct any damages to others you may have hurt. D. Don't repeat mistake (keep commandments) Repentance leads to hope and peace. I know it does. It allows us to access the mercy of Jesus Christ because of what He did. Show more Show less