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Hi I'm Dex

I'm from Northern Utah and love the outdoors. I love cars, snowmobiling, 4wheeling, fishing and camping. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Dex, I lived in Cache Valley Utah all my life until I left to serve as a missionary in West Virginia and was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love being outside: riding four wheelers, snowmobiles, dirtbikes; camping, fishing...i even enjoy doing yard work. I love hanging out with friends and family and working on cars. I'm restoring a 1964 Jeep CJ5 and can't wait to take it up in the mountains around my house. I'm adopted, I love my family and friends. I couldn't have better people in my life. I love music, but I can't play any instruments. when people ask I say I play radio :) I'll listen to anything once. I also love to dance-even though I'm only so-so at it :) I'm enjoying life as a missionary in West Virginia.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. My ancestors crossed the plains in covered wagons in the 1840's and helped settle Utah and Idaho. I was raised in an active Mormon family who rarely missed church or church related activities. I was Baptized when I was 8. And even though i didn't fully understand the significance of baptism then, I understand more all the time. That's how I came to be a member of this church, but if that was the only reason, I doubt I would still be an active Mormon. I continue to be an active Mormon, and I am a missionary, because I know this church is THE Church of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon several times and I have taken the challenge in the last chapter to pray sincerely to know the truth (Moroni 10:3-5) and my prayers have been answered. I know without a doubt that Jesus is the Christ, my personal Savior. I know God, my Heavenly Father, knows me and loves me. I know that He called Prophets to lead and teach His children in ancient times. I know He called a Prophet in modern times to restore His church, and the Gospel in its complete form. I know there is a Prophet today, called of God to lead and teach His children. I know he hears and answers prayers. Even though I can't pick out a single moment or event when I came to know this is the Church of Jesus Christ, I do know that. And that is WHY I'm a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my Faith in many ways. I pray often and study the scriptures on a daily basis. I serve others in any way I can. Currently I am serving as a missionary. I share with people my testimony of what I know to be true. I am always trying to be better; trying to be a better person today than I was yesterday; trying to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. That's how I live my faith.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dex
To know the truth of anything you have to study it. For the LDS Church you need to read and study the Book of Mormon and attend worship services. Then pray to God and ask if it's true. He is the source of all truth and cannot lie. Then 'listen' for your answer through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Dex
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere and respect him as a great man and leader. We worship only God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Dex
In very basic terms, Tithing is used to fund the Church. Tithing is used for: -Constructing temples, meetinghouses, and other buildings -providing operation funds -funding the missionary program (not including individual missionary expenses) -Preparing materials used in Church classes and organizations; such as teaching manuals -Temple and family history work and other functions -education. we do not have paid clergy so it is not used to pay leaders or members of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Dex
The First Vision was the event when God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith, as a young man in the early 1800's, was interested in religion and in the salvation of his soul. All of the religions disagreed on the meaning of Bible scriptures. In his confusion, Joseph turned to the Bible. He read in James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him". Joseph knew he lacked wisdom so he went to a secret place and prayed to know what church he should join. In answer to his prayer, the Father and the Son came to him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Dex
As a missionary myself, I choose to proselyte because I know that the knowledge I have can and will bless the lives of others. I have seen it bless my life and the lives of my family and friends. I want to give others the chance to allow the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bless their lives as well. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dex
No, there is no requirement to serve a mission. I believe it is a commandment, but one doesn't get excommunicated from the Church because he/she didn't serve. It does bring great blessing to the one serving and his/her family that are missed otherwise. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Dex
Temples are Houses of the Lord, making them the most sacred structures on earth. There is nothing secret going on inside, just sacred. There are 3 main things we do: 1) Learn eternal truths; such as the answers to questions like "Where did I come from?" "Why am I here?" and "Where do I go after I die?" 2) Receive sacred ordinances like sealing which is the binding together of families for eternity. and 3) Providing Ordinances for those who died without the opportunity to recieve them for themselves; these include baptism and sealing as well as others. Once again, the reason only some people are allowed inside is not because something secret is happening, it is because what is happening inside is sacred and those who enter need to be worthy. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Dex
The Word of Wisdom is the Lord's law of health. It prohibits Tobacco, Alcohol, Tea, Coffee, and Illegal Drugs which can be harmful to our bodies and/or addictive. It also encourages us to 1) eat healthily and 2) use moderation in all things. It also promises great blessings both temporal (worldly) and spiritual. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Dex
A ward or branch are our local congregations organized by geographic area. A stake is a group of around 10 wards and branches. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Dex
We believe that families are the most important social unit in life and in eternity. We believe families can be together as families after death. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Dex
There are several ways to learn more about us. If you know a Mormon, ask that person. They can have missionaries visit with you or they can answer questions. Also, on this site you can find the time and place to come to a worship service, you can chat through instant message, or you can request a missionary visit (see the home page). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Dex
We are taught in John 3:5 that without baptism-or birth by water-no one can enter the kingdome of Heaven. So what happens to those who didn't have a chance to be baptized? In 1 Corinthians 15:29 Paul mentions baptism for the dead. The reason we continue this practice is to allow those who have died the opportunity to accept this essential step toward salvation. Please notice that we do not baptize the dead. We baptize FOR the dead. Someone who is living and worthy finds the name of someone in their own family (or a name from someone else's family is given to them) and that living person is baptized "for and in behalf of" (or as a proxy for) the person who has passed on. Here are three examples: 1) As I am doing my genealogy, I find that my great-great-grandfather was never baptized. I find some specific information about him and submit his name to be baptized. I then go and I am baptized for him. 2) As I am working on my Great-great-grandfather's information I also find that his wife (my great-great-grandmother) also was not baptized. I do the same things for her, and then ask my friend Darcy to be baptized for my great-great-grandmother. I would do this because I cannot be baptized for someone of the opposite gender. 3) My friend Billy is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but his father wanted to be baptized into the Church before his death 1 year ago or more. Now that one year has passed, Billy asks me to be baptized for his father. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Dex
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, it is a witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior, the Son of God, and that He came to bare the sins of the world. Both are the word of God written by men who were called by Him to be His servants on the earth. It differs from the Bible in at least one main way. First, it was written by a different people. The Bible was written in the "Old World", in what we now call the middle east. The Book of Mormon was written in the Western Hemisphere; in the Americas. The Book of Mormon begins with a family in Jerusalem in about 600 BC (about the time of Jeremiah in the Old Testament). The father of the family, Lehi (Lee-Hi), saw a vision in which he was shown the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. He was instructed to call the Jews to repentance. He did so and consequently the Jews wanted to kill him. The Lord instructed him to take his family and leave Jerusalem. They were led to the Americas and the Book of Mormon covers the History and dealings between God and this people. It goes through about 1000 years. The climax is the visitation of Jesus Christ the Savior and Redeemer of the world to this people after His resurrection. Show more Show less