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Hi I'm Kaden

I wear a name tag that says 'Elder Bolkcom'. I'm a punch dancing fool. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the wind and snow of the fertile mountains of Idaho. I believe that idle hands are the devil's playground, so I enjoy staying busy with activities that include paper machè crafts, competitive cup stacking, and putting on dinner theater puppet shows for the neighborhood youngsters. My dream is to become a professional tow truck driver; that, or a look-alike/decoy for somebody famous, depending on how cookie crumbles I guess. I believe in looking for the good in everyone and I try to be a friend to everyone I come across.

Why I am a Mormon

For as long as I can remember, I've always thought of myself as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. But why do I continue to follow this church and live it's teachings? The answer is actually quite simple. I know it is the only true church on the earth. I know I'm not striving to follow the Church's teachings, but rather the Savior's teachings. The LDS Church is the only church with the complete and full gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I love being a Mormon. I love feeling the Spirit of God and His love when I live the way the Savior and the prophets teach us to live. That brings me to another point; God has called a prophet to lead this church. This prophet, who is currently President Thomas S. Monson, speaks with God and then tells us as members of the Lord's church, as well as everyone else in the world, what He says! How cool is that?! I know that being a Mormon, which means faithfully living the Gospel of our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ, brings such a light into my life that can be found no place else. There's just so much peace and joy in knowing who I am, where I come from, what I'm doing here, and where I'm going. I'm a Mormon because it's awesome.

How I live my faith

It's been said, and I hold it to be true, that the best and most clear indicator of our faith in Christ is the way we treat other people. I try to live my faith one day at a time with the hope and intent to lift up somebody else. The Church provides me with numberless ways to help others, and better myself all along the way. Currently, I'm serving a 2 year, full-time mission in beautiful British Columbia! I love having the privilege of giving all my time and attention to helping others to develop or strengthen their faith in the Savior Jesus Christ!

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kaden
We surely do not worship Joseph Smith. We are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints, and we only worship Jesus Christ and God the Father. However, like any Prophet of old or latter day, we do revere Joseph Smith and bear testimony that he was called of God to restore Christ's church to the world. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kaden
The Lord has asked through the Prophets of the Church that all able, worthy young man serve a mission. Young women are welcome and encouraged to serve as well, but it is not their duty. So no, not all Mormons are required to serve. While I know that missionary service will bless a young person's life forever, many do not have the opportunity to serve or choose not to. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kaden
Unfortunately, not all people are able to hear the gospel in their lifetime. But God the Father loves His children and wants all to have a fair opportunity to be taught and partake of some of the crucial ordinances necessary to return to him, including baptism. He made it possible for the deceased to have their chance through baptisms for the dead, where a living individual is baptized vicariously for a deceased person, and that person, waiting in the after life, is then given the choice to accept the ordinance and follow Christ or not. No corpses or anything are involved in the baptism. We are simply baptized in behalf of someone to give them a fair chance. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Kaden
Well as a preparing missionary, I had to do a lot of work and save a lot of money to help fund my own mission. The church encourages missionaries to do all they can to fund their own missions, giving the missionary a sense of ownership of his or her time. Families of the missionary also often contribute to help support the missionary. Show more Show less