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Hi I'm Christian

I'm an aspiring writer in a wheelchair. I'm an optimist and love life and living. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived with a debilitating genetic disease called Muscular Dystrophy all my life. Without going into details, this disease has robbed me of my mobility and left me in a wheelchair. While some people may say this is terrible, I decided a long time ago that I wasn't going to let it get me down. I keep my focus on what is good and beautiful in life and live my life the best that I can. I love to read! When I was little, I would read anything and everything that I could. When I had devoured everything I could get my hands on, I thought I would try my hand at writing. With support from a teacher and my family, I have written a few things and discovered I have a smidgen of talent. With a little hard work and dedication, I hope to cultivate that talent into a skill to better the lives of other people. I believe in service to others, and while I cannot do as much as some who are more physically capable, I do what I can. I am currently serving as a service missionary for my church, and am grateful that I was given this opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a loving and active Mormon home, and was taught by my parents about the gospel of Jesus Christ. And when I was young, I believed what I was told simply because it was what my parents believed and because it was enough for me. I was satisfied with my life and didn't think I needed anything else. But as I got older and my disability continued to worsen, I began to have some questions about the Church. Everyone around me said they knew that the Church was true and that they had a loving Father in Heaven, but how did they know? And why did they know it, and I didn't? These concerns and others drove me to search out whether it was true or not. I studied the scriptures and the story of Joseph Smith with the intent to find out for myself. While I was reading in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, I came across a challenge to ask God if what I had read was true. And if anyone knew if it was true, I figured that my Heavenly Father did. And so I prayed and asked him for a witness that the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ that it contained were true. While I was doing this, I felt an overwhelmingly strong flood of emotion within me. It is difficult to describe what it felt like, but at that moment I knew, I KNEW that it was true. God had fulfilled his promise, and had given me the witness that I had asked him for. I knew, and still know, that the Book of Mormon is Christ's gospel restored to the earth. I know that I have a Father in Heaven who loved me enough to tell me that it was true in such a way that I could not deny it. I am a Mormon because I asked to know for myself, and my prayer was answered.

How I live my faith

I continue to study the gospel found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I try to apply what I read to myself and my own circumstances. I then do my best to live it. I listen to the words of modern prophets and try to live the principles that they teach. I say try, because I understand that I am not perfect, but if I have the faith to give it my best shot, I will become better. And when I give in to my imperfections, I know that I can always try again. I can do better and overcome whatever is holding me back. I can do this because I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, and that through his sacrifice I can be forgiven. And because he suffered for me and for all men, I can go through life with all its difficulties and disappointments and know that there is somebody who understands what I am going through. I can have a terrible illness and still have a smile on my face because I know that there is someone to turn to when times get tough. I am also currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or Mormon church) in the Ogden Utah Mission. You might not see me out on the street, but I still help people come unto Christ by directing them to those who can. And I seize every chance I get to share my witness that God lives and loves his children.

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

Christian
If you're on this site (mormon.org), then you're already half-way there! At the top of the page, there is a link called VISIT US. If you click on that, you will be able to find local congregations, request a visit from missionaries, or locate a nearby visitor's center to get more info. And wherever you are on the site, you can click on the pink CHAT WITH US tab and have an on-line conversation with a missionary who can tell you more about what we Mormons are all about. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Christian
Jesus Christ, as the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, directs the appointment of the next prophet. It was He who called Joseph Smith to restore his church upon the earth, and He is the one who has called each of the modern prophets that has filled that position. Following Joseph Smith's death, Brigham Young became the leader of the church and its next prophet. Following his passing, John Taylor, the senior Apostle of the Twelve, was called to be his successor. And that process has continued until the present day. Thomas S. Monson, the current prophet, succeeded Gordon B. Hinkley following his death in 2008. He is the Living Prophet on the earth today and is an inspired man who was appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ to be his mouthpiece to all the world. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Christian
We believe that the Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, which also includes Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Godhead is one in purpose and goal, but the Holy Ghost is an individual being, just like the Father and the Son. He does not have a physical body but is a Spirit, so that he can dwell with us and fulfill his mission to guide, comfort, and sanctify us. The Holy Ghost witnesses to us of truth, and is the means by which we receive our knowledge of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his Restored Church. He delivers this message to us when we ask in faith if God is there and if he has restored his Gospel to the earth today. When we feel a warm, peaceful feeling within us or a thought that testifies that what we are learning is true, we can be sure that the Holy Ghost is speaking to us in his still, small voice. Show more Show less

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

Christian
Yes, we do believe and cherish the Holy Bible as God's word to his people. It's value has not been diminished with time and it is just as vital as it was when it was written. We believe that the Bible was written by inspired men who recorded God's dealings with his children upon the earth. It also testifies of Jesus Christ, that He suffered and died for us, and that He lives, and as such is something that we treasure. We believe that it is holy scripture. We also feel the same about another inspired work entitled the Book of Mormon, which testifies of Christ in the same manner as the Bible. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Christian
A testimony is a word that members of the Church use to say that they have a personal witness that something is true. This witness is something that is received individually from the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less