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Hi I'm Michael

I love participating in musical theatre. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm studying economics at BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that this is the Lord's church. I followed the council given by Jesus Christ Himself when he said; "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself (John 7:17)." This is a gospel of action. It requires effort to find out if its true. Its takes a desire to follow Christ and unshaken faith in Him to find out if its true. I did my very best to learn of the truthfulness of this message by going to churh, reading scriptures- especially the Book of Mormon (makes sense since the validity of this church hinges on whether or not it is inspired by God and written by His prophets), obeying the commandments- including the ones that have been revealed by modern prophets, and going to my Father in Heaven in prayer because, as the scriptures say; "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God... (James 1:5-6)." I lacked wisdom (and still do :p) but I have learned through my own experience that this really is the Lord's church.

How I live my faith

I try to become more like my Savior everyday. When I fall short I ask for His help, get back up and go back to work. I do my very best to love Him and serve Him. I share the message of His gospel with everyone I meet and invite them to follow His example.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Michael
Because we believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's church that contains all revealed truth. It has been restored to the earth after centuries of not existing in its fullness. We know that we experience blessings from this gospel-- blessings that include living forever with our Father in Heaven and with our families. What kind of a person would want to keep that to himself? The obvious answer is no one. Missionaries want you to know about it so bad that they will come to your door to tell you all about it and help you come to know for yourself that the message we share is true. It will bless your life as well as the lives of your loved ones. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Michael
Even if you were to live a perfect life you wouldn't be able to make it back to the presence of our Heavenly Father without the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Can you make yourself rise from the dead? Nope. Because of Him, we will all live again as immortal beings. We call this the resurrection. Resurrection is a free gift given to all men regardless of faith, works, etc. Even the wicked will be resurrected. Sounds pretty merciful, huh? That's grace if I've ever heard it. However, we believe that God has a greater plan for us than just to live forever. He wants us to live in His presence with our families and be happy. You have to love God in order to even want to live in His presence. How do we love God? Jesus taught "if ye love Me, keep My commandments." Can you keep His commandments without ever acting or working? No. You have to do things. Righteous works help us increase our love for God and help us become more like Him. After a life full of service to Him and His children- refraining from any immoral practices and repenting when we make mistakes (More grace. We will be forgiven when we mess up and repent)- then and only then will we be able to stand before the judgement seat of Christ and feel worthy of Him telling us, "well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Michael
Question: Why did we need Jesus to take upon Himself our sins and be our Savior? Answer: We couldn't make it to heaven on our own. Question: Why do we need to be baptized? Answer: God has commanded it. Even Jesus, the only perfect person to ever live, needed baptism. Question: Who needs to be baptized? Answer: Jesus taught that all must be baptized to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Question: Does that mean everyone? Answer: Yes. Question: But so many people have lived who didn't have the chance to be baptized. Is God really that unloving to not give everyone a fair chance? Answer: No. He provides everyone a chance. Even those who can't be baptized themselves. After they are dead, its pretty safe to assume they won't get baptized on their own. That's why, in our temples, people are baptized in proxy for those who have already passed on who didn't have the opportunity to be baptized themselves. Everyone needs to be baptized to get to Heaven. Not everyone gets baptized. Christ performed His atoning sacrifice for us. If we accept His work on our behalf He can save us and we can reap the blessings. We perform proxy baptism for others. If they accept our work on their behalf they can reap the blessings. Question: This makes sense doesn't it? Answer: Yes it does. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Michael
Mormon women are awesome!!! They inspire me to become better than I am. I hope to be married to one sometime in the future. We will definitely be equal partners in everything that we do. Our roles as man and woman will be different but that's a good thing because they complement each other perfectly. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Michael
There are two different groups of people who refer to Mormonism as a cult: 1) People who are against the church because a) they are afraid of it because it is unfamiliar or b) they are opposed to it because their beliefs contradict ours. Labeling us as a 'cult' makes us look bad and that's their intent. It gives them an excuse to not honestly find out if its true and deters others from doing the same. 2) People who go along with what the first group says in order to fit in. Are either right in their intent or in their conclusion? You decide. Show more Show less