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Hi I'm Tevin.

My name is Tevin. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Tevin. I grew up in Laie, Hawaii, and moved to Utah when I was eleven years old. I love music. I am an avid reader. I love the outdoors. At the present time, I am a missionary for the LDS church, and will be for the next two years. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to spread the gospel to anyone I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but that is not the reason I am a "Mormon" today. To make a long story very short, I am a Mormon today because if it were not for the gospel, I would not have the knowledge of our Heavenly Father's love for his children that I do today. I did not always have this knowledge, nor did I always want to be out here serving a mission. However, I know now, through the adversities that have passed in my life, that the Lord is ever on our side, and I am currently serving for the purpose of proclaiming that message to the world.

How I live my faith

For the next two years, I am living and will be living my faith by serving as a missionary. People have asked me in the past why I am serving a mission. It is a legitimate question, especially considering the fact that my family and I are responsible for providing the finances to get me through. Why would I sacrifice two entire years of my life to do that? I could get a degree in two years! For a long time, I couldn't give a solid answer. I knew why I wanted to serve a mission, but I couldn't ever put it into words. Then some experiences happened that gave me my answer. I am serving a mission for this simple reason: my belief in Christ, and in this Gospel, has come to be the best part of my life. It has come to define me, and has even saved my life a few times down the road. I want to share this part of my life with everyone I possibly can. That, my friends, is my answer.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Tevin.
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of the writings of prophets in the ancient Americas, written by many different people called of God, and abridged by a prophet named Mormon, as the Book is entitled. Their purpose in writing this record was very simple: to invite others to come unto Christ. We are blessed to have this record with us today for that purpose. I promise that any person who reads it, if read with a desire to know what the Book entails, will come to know that truth of it, and will come to understand the very simple, but very beautiful message it shares: that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, and that through Him, all things are made possible in our lives. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tevin.
We believe that the Bible is indeed Holy Scripture, and is indeed that word of God. Research the history on how the Bible came to be, and you will find a beautiful, yet tragic, story of many people who sacrificed much-sometimes even their lives-to bring the word of God to us. The Bible contains many beautiful things that can and will enrich our lives, and teach us how to be better people. The reason we believe in the Book of Mormon is not because we think it replaces the Bible, but rather it proves it. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and supports and uplifts the Bible in many ways. The Book of Mormon is not meant to black out and overshadow the Bible. Rather, the Book of Mormon is a magnifying glass, through which we might look and better understand the teachings of the Bible, and through which we might better see how best to conduct our lives. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tevin.
Members of the church are asked to give 10% of their income to the Church because we believe that we are commanded of God to do so. However, because this sacrifice is a commandment of God, there are also promised blessings associated with this commandment. In the book of Malachi in the Old Testament, the Lord commands the people to bring their tithes, or their 10%, to Him, and then offers them the great promise the he will "open the windows of heaven, and pour [them] out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it." We give of our income freely to the Lord both as a way to show our faith in Him, and to also allow the Lord to bless our lives in great abundance. You may ask what the Church does with these sacred funds. The Church uses these funds for the building of Church buildings, such as chapels and temples; for the support of missionary efforts around the world; for the printing of Church publications and texts; for the giving of relief to those in need, including those that have been effected by natural disasters; and other such pursuits. The Church does not pay any of its clergy or leaders in any capacity. Those who serve in leadership positions do so completely voluntarily, and receive no physical benefit from the Church for their labors. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Tevin.
There is a very simple answer to this question. Obtain a Book of Mormon for yourself, read from it, ponder the things you have read-or, in other words, think about how the things you have read could apply to you-and then, finally, kneel down, and sincerely ask God if these things are true. Each step is critical to finding these things. It might sound almost too easy, but I promise that if you follow the advice given by James in the New Testament-that is, to ask God, with a true intent, holding nothing of yourself back, and being willing to act on the answer that you receive-you will receive a sound confirmation of the truth of this work for yourself. Millions of people around the world have received this same answer, and you can receive as well. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tevin.
If you're familiar with any LDS people, you may have heard this word thrown around a few times. A "testimony", with regards to the gospel, is a witness and a knowledge that something is true. A testimony, however, differs from most other types of knowledge. A testimony cannot be researched. A testimony cannot be borrowed or lended. One cannot be taught in the traditional sense on how to have a testimony. A testimony is a spiritual witness that God's way is the correct way on how to live our lives. As such, a testimony can only be truly gained in one way, and that is through asking God. God is really the only person that can give another a testimony. There are no strict formats or steps to follow to obtain a knowledge that these things are true, because a testimony is personal and intangible. Ask God how to find a testimony, and he will guide you in the road to receiving it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tevin.
Grace is indeed a beautiful doctrine. Grace is indeed the thing that saves us in the end. Grace is the mode by which our sins are erased, and our mistakes are reversed. When a person sins, they add to the burden they carry on their shoulders. As they make more mistakes, that burden becomes heavier to carry. However, this person has a dilemma: even when they stop committing sin, and start being obedient, that burden does not go away. Try as the person might, by their own strength and ability, they cannot remove this burden, and are thus encumbered, unable to return home to their Heavenly Father. This is where grace comes in. When we have done all we can do, and exhausted every resource, and expended every ounce of energy to change and to repent, Jesus Christ steps in. Through His sacrifice for us, we can be completely free of our burden of sin, and progress to our eternal home in the end. Our responsibility is to press forward, striving to keep His commandments, and be the best people we can be. If, however, we make a mistake, Christ is always there to alleviate our burdens if we so turn to him. After all we can do, Grace is what carries our burdens the rest of the journey home. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Tevin.
Many people go throughout this life not knowing where they came from, why they are here, or where they are going after this life. Yet worse, some people believe that life has no purpose, and that the only thing we are here to do is to live and die. In either state, these people at some point have asked what the purpose of life is. We believe that before this life, we lived with our Heavenly Father as his spirit children. We learned and gained experience and progressed, just as we do here. However, without a body, we could only progress to a certain point. Because God loves us so much, he sent us here to the Earth to gain experience and to grow as his children. Our purpose in life is to learn how to exercise our agency, or ability to choose right or wrong, to do the things that make both us and our Heavenly Father happy. As we do these things, God blesses us in our lives with peace, happiness, and the opportunity to learn and to grow. Eventually, our purpose and goal is to return back to Him to live with God and to have an eternal happiness after this life, through our faithful choices and reliance on our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Tevin.
We believe that this Church is the same church that Jesus Christ established during His life, restored to the earth, never to be taken away again. As such, we believe in the same organization that existed in that primitive church as well. This structure included apostles and prophets. It is the same structure that Jesus established that we continue today, for the purpose of bring about a "unity of the faith", as stated in Ephesians 4: 11-14 in the Bible. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Tevin.
The official name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jesus Christ was, is, and ever will be the center of our religion. We believe that He is the literal Son of God, who came down to this Earth to provide the perfect example for us, to establish His church, and ultimately to suffer and die for us. We believe that through his eternal sacrifice for us, we can be made clean of our sins, and come to be worthy of whatever blessings our Heavenly Father has for us. Simply put, we believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that only by and through Him can we return to live with our Heavenly Father once more. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Tevin.
Many of the reasons that the Church is growing so rapidly are the same reasons I love this Gospel so much, the same reasons I am out sharing this Gospel right now. For one thing, it gives me purpose. Because I am a member of this Church, I know where I came from before this life, I know what I am doing here, and I know where I am going after I pass from this life. I know what I need to do to find happiness in the next life. For another thing, it provides a solid foundation for building a family, something that many people of this world so desperately need. Although I do not have a family of my own, I can look back, and see the many ways that my parents used Gospel principles to teach us many important lessons. This is something the world desperately needs right now, and one of the few places to find it is within the Church. Perhaps there are more reasons to be found, but those are the ones that matter most to me. If you are currently searching for that purpose in your life, we invite and encourage you to search here. I promise that if you search with a sincere heart, our Heavenly Father will show you that purpose that you are so looking for. Show more Show less