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Hi I'm Cort

I'm a Country boy. I love to ride horses and work cows. I grew up in a small town. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an outside kind of person. I love both the desert and the mountains. I grew up on the back of a horse and have a passion for horses and cattle.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but that doesn't mean that I didn't have to find out for myself if it was true or not. When I was a senior in high shcool, one of my religious leaders challenged me to read The Book of Mormon in a short period of time. I did ithis, and afterward I took the challenge given at the end of the book by the last person to write in it to pray and ask God in the name of Christ if the book is true. I did it as soon as I was done. I didn't get any kind of answer that night, but I knew that God would answer in His own time, so I continued to have faith that He would answer my question. The next day I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that The Book of Mormon is true. I have never forgotten that feeling. Now that I am a missionary, I come in contact with people from all kinds of denominations. I always find out what they believe and then share what I believe. After finding out what they believe, I have gained an even stronger testimony of the fullness of the Gospel restored through Joseph Smith. Other churches have really good people and some of the doctrine that was in Jesus Christ's original church, but I have learned for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has everything in Jesus Christ's Church. I have come to know both spiritually and intelectually that this Church is the one true Church with the authority to baptize and perform other saving ordinaces. I am a Mormon because I want to be in Jesus Christ's Church so that I can return to Him with my family and be with them forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on every day of the week and not just on Sunday. I constantly try to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ, each day. I am now serving the Lord for two years of my life.

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

Cort
Just like only certain people were allowed into the Taberanacle and the Holy of Holies in the Old Testament, only those members of the church who are living worthily are permitted to enter into the Temple, because it is literally the House of God. There is absolutley nothing secret in the temple. Everything that happens in the temple is in the Bible and the Standard Works of the Church. The temple just helps "point them out." The temple is, however, very sacred to us and therefore we do not talk about it causually. As members of the Church and those who have been to the temple it is very special to us and therefore we treat it with respect and sacredness. In the Temple eternal truths about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going are taught. As well, eternal ordinances are performed such as eternal marriage and baptisms for the dead. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cort
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ are not required to serve missions. It is a choice that every missionary must make for their self. It is strongly encouraged because of the commandment that Jesus Christ gave to his apostle's in Matthew 28 to "teach all nations." I chose to go on a mission for my Savior because I am indebted to Him and wanted to give Him something in return. As well, I've seen the joy in my life from living the Gospel and want to share it with others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cort
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship our risen Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ and God our Eternal Father. We hold Joseph Smith in the same regaurd that the Children of Israel held Moses in the Old Testement. He is a great man, and we love, respect and look up him as a Prophet of God, but he can not bring us salvation. That is only done through our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the head of this, His true Church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Cort
In John 3:5 we read, "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." This means that baptism is essential to enter into the Kingdom of God. However, not everybody on Earth has had the oportunity to be baptized by the proper authority, or be baptized at all. In order for God to be both a merciful and a just God, he has to let everybody have the oppurtunity to be baptized. For those individuals who haven't had this oppurtunity, baptism is done vicariously by someone on Earth in Holy Temples, just like Jesus Christ suffered for us vicariously. Those who's baptism has been performed on Earth then have the oppurtunity to accept of reject that ordinace. Proxy baptism is proof that God loves all of His children and desires their salvation. Show more Show less