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Hi I'm Cory Mortensen

I'm a drummer, aspiring rockstar, avid gamer, ninja, Duct tape artist, goofball, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

i'm an aspiring rockstar. i play the sax and drums. i love to turn everyday things INTO drums, even though i have a kit right next to me. chair, table, knees, OTHER people's knees..... you name it. i write music. i plan on doing that for a profession. i will be majoring in music with a minor in business (i think. i haven't quite decided just yet, so that is subject to change....)i'm kind of a dork, but who isn't? my randomness and "goofballness" makes me who i am. i love ninja's. (because i am one...) i've been obsessed with them from a young age. sharp things are the best :) anything with wheels, i'm on it. at 100 miles an hour if i can. i make wooden pens. i'm a duct tape artist. my family is the best. wouldn't trade them for the world. i LOVE to eat. Bacon is a food group. I quote Disney movies. if i was a candy, i would be nerds. i make the best "kick in the face" lemonade ever :) i have the most energy in the party, but the least as well. i'm ADHD, which usually makes conversations fun. I act out what i say. I use sound effects in conversation. i don't have experiences. i have epic adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. When i got older, particularly in High School, i questioned the existence of a God. i chose to go my own way and live on my own experiences without the external support of some so-called "God" And then, through a few experiences, i decided to go on a mission, and serve this so-called "God" for 2 years of my life. And, as you can probably imagine, it's changed my life drastically. but definitely for the better. As I was in the MTC (missionary training center) i had the realization that 2 years was a long time to go about serving someone, or something, that i didn't know existed. so i came to the conclusion, that i needed to do what everyone desiring to gain a testimony of God, and earn a relationship with him, had to do. i had to study. i had to ponder, i had to pray. it took several months. those several months were the most trying months of my entire life, but also the most rewarding. over the course of those months, i read the Book of Mormon. i also had been reading the Old and New testament. i thought hard about the doctrines and the principles they both teach, how they both go together, how everything works. and then, through it all, i prayed. i got on my knees, and asked our Heavenly Father if he really was there, if he was listening to me, and if he really cared about me personally. the answer didn't come all at once. through many different small and simple experiences, i gained my own testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. i came to know Jesus Christ as MY personal Savior, and someone who could comfort me at times that nobody else could. i came to realize that everything i had been taught throughout my childhood, wasn't just something that was "a cool story that sounded good" but it really was precious truths, instilled in me at a young age, by parents who cared and wanted to teach their son correct principles on how to live and govern his life. and for that, I am eternally grateful.

How I live my faith

I just returned from Serving a full time mission in Long Beach, California. that was the greatest experience of my life. now as a normal, civilian member, i try to do the best i can to keep up my missionary routine. daily scripture study, prayer, and all the things that originally brought me closer to my Heavenly Father in the first place.

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

Cory Mortensen
well that's simple. there are members EVERYWHERE! and i can guarantee that they would be more than happy to discuss any questions you have about us :) if, for some reason or another, you don't know any members, then there are thousands of missionaries throughout the world. in fact, there are more than likely some in YOUR area! they will be happy to visit your home and talk to you more about the things found here. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cory Mortensen
negative. we simply respect him for the things he did in his mortal life for the salvation of others. we DO, however, worship God our Eternal Father, and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. (hence the name "the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints) :) Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Cory Mortensen
well that's simple. we are somtimes nicknamed "mormons" because of the Book of Mormon. which is, simply enough, 1000 years of history and sacred writings by holy prophets in the ancient Americas. we believe it to be scripture, and that it goes hand in hand with the bible. it's not there to replace it, but to accompany and support it. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Cory Mortensen
of course we do! in fact, that's one of the things i love about the church. throughout history, God chose prophets. our Heavenly Father chose worthy men to lead His people. and if he did it then, why not now? is it fair that the the people of the old testament got prophets and now we're left here with nothing? i don't find that particularly fair. so, to resolve that, God HAS chosen a prophet in these latter days. Heavenly Father loves ALL his people, and he wants to bless all of them the same. i'm so grateful for a prophet today, to tell me exactly what God wants me to do, and how he wants me to follow him. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Cory Mortensen
the Atonement of Jesus Christ is His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, his death on the cross, and his rising on the 3rd day, so that we, may be cleansed from our sin. Jesus Christ, willingly suffered the weight of all of our sins. he suffered so that we could have the chance at repentance. i like to think of the atonement in an analogy. picture our Heavenly Father's house. it's pure white, and very beautiful. well, when we chose to come to earth, we get all muddy (sin) and when we want to come back to our heavenly father, he can't let us in, because we are all dirty, and covered in sin. well, the Atonement of Jesus Christ is like a water hose. he's always there for us, sitting right beside the door, and if we actively use that sacrifice in our lives,(if we take the hose and wash the mud off) we can be clean. and then, we are able to enter back into our Heavenly Father's house, and live with him again. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Cory Mortensen
if an ice cream truck pulled you over, and wrote you a ticket, would you pay it? of course not! you may buy ice cream from him though. however, if an officer pulls you over, you have to pay that ticket, because he has the authority. in conjunction, the authority to perform baptisms is much the same. there will be many who will be police officers, and many who will be ice cream men, trying to all write tickets. so the question is, which ones are valid? only the police officer's tickets are valid in court. therefore, the only baptisms valid in the court of god, are the ones done by His authority. the authority given to joseph smith in 1829. 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?

Cory Mortensen
well let me tell you everything! just kidding. we can't tell you exactly what goes on in the temple, because those things are extremely sacred. the reason only some members are allowed to go in to the temples, is it takes a great deal of spiritual preparation. in the temple, we learn eternal truths, receive sacred ordinances including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents, and to provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. these things require an extremely high degree of worthiness. in fact, ALL members have to have an interview with their local leader to make sure they are qualified to enter. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Cory Mortensen
you better believe it! God loves ALL of his children, and he wants to bless them all. therefore, Jesus Christ personally visited His people on the other side of the globe. he taugh them His gospel, just as he did while he was on the earth. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cory Mortensen
it's kinda one of those things that "is strongly recommended"....... but not required. members of the church who have a strong desire to share the gospel with their friends, take that opportunity to put everything aside for 2 years and serve the lord. we all love doing it. usually, young men and women serve when they are from 19 to 21. however, later in life there is still the opportunity to serve as a senior missionary. Show more Show less