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Hi I'm Hyrum

I grew up in Utah. I love family, friends, and pretty much everyone. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, right now I am actually serving a full time mission (2 years) for the church in New Jersey. I am loving it out here. I have witnessed so many blessings and miracles from our Heavenly Father while I have been out here and throughout my life. While I have taught people the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have really seen it change peoples lives. Not only are other people able to change for the better, but I am personally experiencing change as well. I love being around people. While I have served in Jersey, I have met a lot of people from all around the world from Africa to China and Switzerland to South America. I love seeing all of these people and getting to know their stories. I feel truly blessed to experience other cultures and the diversity in religion, food, and way of life. One of my biggest hobbies is eating food. I can go on and on about it. If im not doing something, you will probably find me eating. I also love the outdoors and am a huge sports fan! Go Cardinals!!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. It has always meant alot to me knowing the Jesus Christ is my saviour and that through Him and following His gospel, I can live with my family forever. That has always been a fact to me. I never really questioned the existence of God, I just always felt and had a sense of knowledge that he was there for me. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to Guyana. What a wonderful place that is. My brother had served his mission there several years ago and wanted to return to provide service for them. He put a humanitarian group together and he saved up for a trip for the two of us to go down and give service for a couple of congregations of our church down there. There was one day we were down there sitting and conversing with a couple of the members of the church on their porch. While talking, a lady came down the road and we engaged in conversation. She had a bit of background knowledge of the church and had shown interest. We were talking about what happens after life when the topic of baptism for the dead came up. This is a doctrine that is only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. She did not agree with the doctrine and said she only believed in the Bible. So I read to her 1 Cor 15:29 which reads: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all, why are they then baptized for the dead?" The moment I looked up from the Bible, she was just staring into my eyes for the longest time. I cannot explain to you the feeling that came over me at that time. An overwhelming emotion came over me and if filled me up from within. The truth of what I just read what made known to me through the spirit of God. I am so thankful that God can communicate to us in this way. It has played a huge role in my life. I am also thankful that a loving Heavenly Father has provided ways for those who did not get a chance to hear his name in this life to accept him afterwards.

How I live my faith

One of the great blessings of the Church is the opportunity given to provide service. I love the fact that nobody in the church is paid, but all of the callings are volunteer. Before I chose to serve a mission, I had the chance to serve as a teacher in Primary. It was a great opportunity to teach children the simple truths of the gospel. I enjoyed it a lot. Now, as a missionary, I get to serve everyday. I love the feeling that comes to me when I share truth with people and see how it effects their lives. The gospel has really made an impact on my life and that is why I chose to share it with others. Also as a missionary I have had the opportunity to provide a lot of community service. After Hurricane Irene last year, we spent several days cleaning up houses and providing needs for individuals who were affected. It really impacted me. I also get the opportunity to serve at a food bank every week. I have come to love serving others. So to put it short, the way I live my faith is by serving and loving those around me.

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

Of course!!! I love the Bible. Some of the most inspirational scriptures to me are found in the Bible. The Bible contains writings of Prophets who spoke and communicated with God. These Prophets lived in the Middle Eastern area. Those prophets wrote down what they knew to be the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is also the Word of God, given to the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. That is the only difference between the two books. We beleive that God still communicates to prophets today, not only in history. Gods word will never end, and it can not be contained or limited to one book. As long as there is a true prophet on the earth, his word is Gods word. Show more Show less