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Hi I'm Mason

I'm from Durango, Colorado, love reading, theater and my family. I'm an Eagle Scout in the BSA, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in 1993, and for as long as I can remember my life has been about my family. I grew up in a tiny town in Colorado. To give you an idea just how tiny my town is: the population is probably less than 100 and my closest neighbors were my Grandmother and my cousins. My family consists of 13 people; My parents, myself, and 10 brothers and sisters... in case you were wondering, only one of them is adopted. My family is the most important thing in my life and everything I am revolves around them. In High School I found I was always naturally talented at a lot of things, but I often denied myself a lot of the achievements I could have had in order to help and be with my family. I have never regretted it because I know that in the end, no one really cares what you've done all that much. It's people (and especially family) that really matters, not recognition or achievement. As for personal interests, I love singing and musical theater, reading (especially fantasy or fiction), and more recently, the joy of helping others overcome their problems. I've recently returned from serving as a missionary for the Church in the Taiwan, Taipei mission, which has had an incredible influence in my life. Chinese is so much fun to speak! Now that my mission is over, my biggest goal is to prepare to start my own family... but I doubt I'm going to try for beating my parent's record of 13!

Why I am a Mormon

This is not a religion. I mean, it is in the technical sense of the term, but with so many different religions out there now, this religion is very different from any others. It's not just a set of beliefs, or even a way of life that is beneficial to us and will make us happier. So what is it? It is truth. Let me say that again; It. Is. Truth. So what is truth? "Truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come." (D&C 93:24) The principals taught by God's prophets, both now and throughout the ages are true. If God promises and you obey, it will happen. If He warns and you ignore, it's not going to turn out well. I know that this is true, and not only do I want the blessings God has promised... but I also don't want the consequences He has warned of! Over all, this is the most consistent thing you will ever find, whether in this life or out of it, and it will also bring you more blessings than you can imagine. So... why wouldn't I be a Mormon?

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a two year mission for my church, in Taipei, Taiwan, and I always do my best to help those around me and to make at least one person's day better in some way every day. I'm here to serve my fellow men and to help them learn how to achieve greater happiness through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As for simple, day to day life, it's actually really simple. I will explain using the words of on of our Church's children's songs: "The Lord gives us commandments and asks us to obey. Sometimes I am tempted to find another way. When I'm discouraged and think I should not try, I will be courageous and I will reply, 'I will go, I will do the things the Lord commands. I know the Lord provides a way, He wants me to obey!" This may sound like blind obedience, but I would ask you to consider; before any of us have committed ourselves to such obedience we have first tested the Lord on his promises, as well as prayed for Him to let us know that these commandments are right and that the blessings He has promised us for obeying them are true. Our resolve to obey is based on the result of such searching. I am committed to "live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God"(Doctrine and Covenants 84:44); to obey all that He has asked me to do, and I have never been disappointed for doing so.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mason
I hear this question a lot; and it's usually based off of our belief in the Book of Mormon. The interesting thing that I find is that the question often turns into a "which is better/ more true, the Bible or the Book of Mormon" type question. I find such a question somewhat amusing, because to me it's just like asking, "which is better/ more true, the Gospel of Matthew, or the Gospel of John?" My dear friends, the Bible is important because it is the word of God (there's the answer to the question), and the Book of Mormon is also the word of God! Can we say that one word of God is more important than another? Can we say that because God has spoken once, he can not speak again? No, but whenever God speaks, whether in the Bible or the Book of Mormon, it is truth that we must hearken to and obey in order to gain the blessings God has in store for us! Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Mason
Let me answer what I feel to be the root of the question; being one of comparison. If women don't hold the priesthood, then doesn't that mean that Mormons believe that women aren't as important, or that they somehow look down on women? Can you not see that to make that assumption is to base the woman's value off of comparison to a man, and thus imply that you yourself believe the man to be better? Why do we not ask why men are not allowed to be pregnant? After all, with a correct understanding of the priesthood, and of motherhood you will see that they are but different parts of the same great work. As one of the leaders of our church, an Apostle of God said (and I paraphrase, not having memorized it): "Just as a woman cannot conceive and bear children without the aid of the man, so the man cannot fully exercise the priesthood power in the creation of eternal families without the woman." As Paul said in the bible, Neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man in the Lord. Their responsibilities are different, but neither is more important, neither can they be exercised independently. Show more Show less