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Hi I'm Kyle Benjamin Lind

I'm 22; I'm going to college; I'm really trying to figure out my life, just like everybody else; and yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For some reason, people think I'm smart. For some reason, most of them like me. I don't really know why. I don't really like myself a lot of the time, but I try to do my best for other people, so I guess that's what they see. You might think, from this, I'm not a very confident person. I don't think it would really be true to say that. I'm a pretty talented guy. I could do any thing I want--ANYTHING -- (except surgery; seeing other people hurt bothers me, and a lot of blood makes me sick) and I'd succeed at it. It's not even a boast: you see, I don't really don't get anything done at all, right now, because that very fact scares me. I wonder how many other people are stuck in a situation like that. right now, I'm stuck in that spot in your early twenties, trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. what job? where to live? who and when to marry? what do I want, and do I care or not what other people think, or want from me? Being able to do things isn't really important if you don't know what to get going on.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember when I was younger, my sister talking about Jesus Christ. About what he did; how they stood him up on the cross; nailed his hands to the wood so that he would not fall. She talked about how she saw the same thing done to someone very close to her. (she works in theater. One of her friends played the roll of Christ.) It means something different when you see someone you know, you love, up there dying—so you don't have to. I asked myself, 'is there anyone in my life, that would be willing to do this for me?'—and there he was: though I sat still in my seat, I could see him. In my minds' eye. My older brother, nailed to the cross. He would not hesitate. I realized that in a very real way, as Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, is the firstborn of the father, and we are called the children of God, he is our older brother. Only after that did I actually needed to repent. THAT was a very difficult experience. But instead of describing it, I will give you a metaphor: As I go through life, I feel as though I stand on a glass floor beneath this floor is an infinite abyss. An empty hole. An oblivion. An abyss that will open in your heart as well, should you ever fall in When I keep the commandments of God, I am safe And I am blessed with the spirit of the Lord When I do not, the floor disappears My entire life falls into that infinite hell; nothing else stands steady Personally, I like the atonement of christ Personally, I like Repentance It puts steady land under my feet

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be close to God. He is my friend, and sometimes my only support. I want him to trust me. yes, that includes going to church. yes, that includes "being nice" even when I'm upset with people. and the commandments. but we're really not scratching the surface here. I know my father in heaven loves me, but I'd like to know he trusts me too.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kyle Benjamin Lind
No. It is a common misconception, but really the idea seems quite silly to me. Worshiping Joseph Smith would be like worshiping Paul, or John the Baptist, or Abraham. Honestly, they're all great guys, but their real job was to teach us about Christ, teach us His gospel. And even Jesus Christ himself instructed us; "worship the Father". That is what we do: worship God, The Eternal Father. Joseph Smith is one of the best teachers we have, to tell us about who God is, who his son Jesus Christ is, and how we can come closer to them. God also entrusted Joseph with the Priesthood--the authority of man, to work in Gods name, on Earth--and with the ancient mantel of a prophet, both of which have since been passed down to other men. That certainly makes him worthy of our respect, but certainly not our worship. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Kyle Benjamin Lind
If you go out and ask any pastor of any christian church "who is your favorite apostle, from the New Testament?", what do you think they will tell you? My guess: 50% of them will say, "Paul". Paul was not an Apostle when Christ was alive. Paul was not even a christian, when Christ was alive. Evidently, he was called later. After the death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Jesus visited his remaining apostles, taught them, instructed them to continue the work of spreading his gospel to all the world. We have the account in Acts, chapter one, of the very instance when another apostle was chosen to fill the space left absent with the loss of Judas Iscariot. the apostles prayed, and did their best to judge, among the followers of Christ, who could fill this role; when they had narrowed the decision to only a few men (in this case 2) they prayed to god to ask if their judgement had been correct, and to ask who among these men should be chosen. God gave his answer. as time went on, many of the apostles died, and by means similar to those described above, new apostles were chosen. The same is done today: just as the church was administered under Jesus Christ himself, so is it done today, under his direction. see Ephesians 4:11-14 and Acts 1: 16-26 Show more Show less