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Hi I'm Woodruff DeFriez Skinner

I grew up in Hermiston Oregon. I like to ride bicycles a lot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to ride mountain bikes down a trail as fast as I can on a bike with lots of suspension. I love pretzels, and I love milk, and I love things with sugar in them. I love anything with an engine, (especially motorcycles and 4 wheelers and fast cars etc. I love to swim and be outside and do fun things with fun people. I love to shoot guns and bows for target practice as well as for hunting. I have no idea what I want to do for college or what I want to do for a job for the rest of my life. All I know is I want it to be something that I will enjoy. I have been camping and hiking numberless times and I love the outdoors with a passion. I love being in nature surrounded by trees. I am an eagle scout and I love the things that I learned in the scouting program and all the memories that I have from that. I have played soccer, baseball, and tennis and done some downhill mountain bike racing had fun competing in those sports. I have played basketball and football and rugby with friends and enjoy those so much. I love hanging out with my friends and watching movies and playing video games.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the joy that being a part of this church has brought me and for the joy that it brings to every soul that will hear its message. I love that the church is so central to family and that we have the opportunity to live with our family members for the rest of eternity. I love the Book of Mormon and that it is another witness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that if you read it with the desire to learn, you will feel the spirit of God testify to you personally that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Jesus Christ is the savior of all mankind and that Joseph Smith was called by God to be a Prophet with the duty to Restore in its fullness the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are so blessed to have another witness of Jesus Christ. I know that you will find happiness just as I have by reading the Book of Mormon. That is the first step.

How I live my faith

I have always been active in the scouting program and with that have done a lot of community service. I have been a teacher in my ward and had the experience of being the person who is in charge of leading a discussion in a class which is a lot harder that I had previously thought. I love being a part of something good that has the objective of helping others. The scriptures tell us that when we are serving our fellow man, we are serving God also.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Woodruff DeFriez Skinner
Family relationships can last forever—not just for this life. Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows. Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. These ordinances seal a husband and wife together for all eternity and children to their parents as an eternal family. (See: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”) Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

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The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original church established by Jesus Christ exists in the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints today. The church is directed and led through this authority. All male members of the church who are prepared and worthy receive the priesthood in order to help the church and serve heavenly fathers children. A man with the priesthood might serve in some of the following ways: Leading congregations of the church. Performing the ordinances of the church, such as baptism Blessing those who are sick God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

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Missionaries share the message about Jesus Christ and His atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Fathers great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less

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

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Mormons believe, revere and love the Holy Bible. We see it as a powerful, important, and sacred holy record which serves as the bedrock of all Christianity. The Bible is rich in history, doctrine, stories, sermons and testimonies, all of which witness that Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of our Heavenly Father. The Bible is the word of God and came from the writings of holy men of God as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost (see 2 Peter 1:20-21). Through the same process we have additional Holy Scripture, including the Book of Mormon, which supports and exalts the Bible. Show more Show less