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Hi I'm Sheldon Moss

I'm Native American. I'm a philosophical thinker, disc golf player, scouter, blogger, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

My life began in a very unique way. I was placed into the foster care system at an early age, and bounced from home to home. Finally when I was six, I was adopted. From this point on, I grew up primarily living in the culture of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Some would say I have lived a rough life. However, I am greatful for the lessons and experiences I have obtained. I have gained a new found respect for the culture I grew up with, and desire to aid in its preservation. I love to expand the borders of my current limited knowledge concerning science, math, and philosophy. I have had a ton of life experiences, and I love to share what I have learned and experienced with anyone who will ask.

Why I am a Mormon

From the ages of 9 to 14, I practiced the traditional religious ceremonies with other members in my tribe. It, however, did not answer all of my questions pertaining to things of a spiritual matter. I learned about other religions in 8th grade. I saw pieces of religions began to fit together perfectly. I came to the conclusion all religions have some truth in them, and we can learn from each. I branched away from my traditional beliefs, but kept some of the customs. I guess you can say I had a "frankenstien-ed" belief. As my life continued, I saw many of my beliefs had similarities to those in the "Mormon" faith. The only, and largest, difference was that I didn't believe in Christ. This changed when I read the Book of Mormon. I reflected on the spiritual truths I knew, and the Spirit pieced together missing links. At that point, I knew Christ was my Savior. The Book of Mormon testified of that truth. It also testified of a Prophet. I, now, know Christ lives, and He has a servant even a prophet on earth today. One thing lead to another, and I soon found myself in the waters of Baptism. You can read more here: http://lds-native-american.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-foundation-small-biography.html

How I live my faith

My past experiences fuels me in my callings to serve. I have made a resolve to be more like my Savior; to give as He gave; to serve as He served; and to love has He loved. One of the ways I reach for that goal is to do my absolute best to learn more about what I believe, and what others believe. I desire to understand the situations they have experienced, and I do my best to relate to them. I want the best for all of my brothers and sisters. I have found my life seems to have more purpose as I serve those around me.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Sheldon Moss
The main belief is Jesus Christ restored His original church through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the Proof of it, is "The Book of Mormon". Today, we are lead by a prophet who is lead by Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Sheldon Moss
It is necessary to return to Heavenly Father, and must be done by immersion; which is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection into a spiritual life, dedicated to the service of God and His children; and be done by God's authority (the Holy Priesthood). Children do not need baptism, until they understand the difference between right and wrong. They are “alive in Christ” and redeemed through the mercy of Jesus Christ. So we must become as little children "for such is the kingdom of heaven," and become alive in Christ through following His example of being baptized. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Sheldon Moss
The simple answer is God. All flesh is in His hands. When one prophet passes away, the most senior Apostle is ordained as the president of the church, and the Lord's prophet. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Sheldon Moss
Faith consists purely of the assurance of true things hoped for; the evidence of which not yet seen. It is a cycle which propels itself to expand. Hence, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains. True faith consists of three principles: 1.) assurance, which leads to number 2.) action; which, then, leads to 3.) evidence. After the evidence is given to someone, it leads to a stronger assurance later, and produces an everlasting cycle until he or she has perfect knowledge. One cannot receive evidence before the action, nor could you act without some sort of assurance. One cannot receive any witness until after the trial of his/her faith. "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?... Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only... For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." (James 2: 18, 22, 24, 26) Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Sheldon Moss
At church, we usually wear our “Sunday best,” which is the best clothes we have to wear. We do not refuse anyone to come into our congregation who doesn't wear the same "best" as us, however. We celebrate Christmas and Easter, because they celebrate significant times in the history of mankind. concerning other holidays, we also celebrate other holidays in the countries where we live, including birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Sheldon Moss
The term, properly used, is that temples aren't "secret," but "sacred." Jesus Christ taught, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." (Matthew 7: 6) We keep sacred the experiences and ordinances performed in the temple because we don't want anyone "trampling them under their feet," or make fun of them. We take what we learn in the temple seriously, including receiving ordinances, and providing those ordinances for those who have past on without the opportunity to receive them. There are blessings which occur with the knowledge and covenants in the temple. I would like everyone to experience and learn the sacred things in the temple. Show more Show less