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Hi I'm Chaz

My name is Chaz Nelson, I'm from Florida, I'm awkward and kinda goofy, I enjoy technology, I'm serving the Lord, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mother was reactivated in the church and my father joined just before I was born. Which was an incredible influence in my life. I was taught values that guided my life! I was given the opportunity to be taught through Primary. As I grew older I didn't really follow the example of my Parents too well, I experienced the youth program of the Church, and attended seminary every morning before school, but I never had asked God if this church was true. As I grew I gained an interest in computers and that was my passion. When the opportunity arose to go on a mission, I needed to know for sure that this Church was God's church. I asked God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon was true. I knew in my heart that if the Book of Mormon was true, then the Church is as well. I received the witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. That changed everything, I know why I am here on earth now, and I know that I am working to draw closer to God everyday. I know this church is true! I still enjoy computers, but I have put that and all my other personal affairs aside for a season, as I was blessed with the opportunity to serve a mission. I currently serve the Lord in the Iowa Des Moines Mission. My objective I to invite others to come unto Christ. I want to help them receive the restored Gospel! I love the Church. I love this work, I love Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is Jesus Christ's Church on the Earth today. I know it is true, not because I was brainwashed as a child, but because I heeded the advice of the Book of Mormon Prophet, Moroni, and I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true. I received the knowledge that it is true and through that knowledge I came to know that Joseph Smith was God's Prophet, and he restored this Church through him, that Gordon B. Hinckley was God's Prophet at the time, and I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's Prophet now, and that This Church is God's kingdom on the Earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

I live my faith in serving my mission. I have the opportunity to teach others about the gospel every day, and I share how the church has made me happy, what I know to be true, and how they can know for themselves.

Are Mormons Christians?

Chaz
Well, that question can be simply answered by stating the name of our Church. That is: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe in Jesus Christ in every sense and know that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the World and the personal Savior of every human soul. We believe in God the Father and worship Him in the name of His Son, through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that to be a true principle. I have a testimony that Jesus is the Christ, that He is my personal Savior, and that through Him all things were, are, and ever will be. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chaz
Well, one of the reasons we get called a "cult" because we followed a prophet, Joseph Smith. However, a "cult" dissolves when its leader is taken away. However, we have had 15 other prophets since Joseph Smith, so that defeats that stance. Ultimately, we follow and believe in Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God. So if we are a "cult" then every Christian church is a "cult" not much to argue there. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chaz
Absolutely not! Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, like Moses, or Abraham. He is not the object of the worship of the Saints! We respect Him as a prophet and love what he did to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth in the Latter Days. We worship God the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Chaz
We proselyte to share what we believe and know to be true. When missionaries teach they teach because they want others to have the happiness we have from our knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We don't teach lessons, we teach people. That's what matters, the people who gain the opportunity to draw closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Chaz
"We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." We know that God is our Eternal Father, who is the Father of our Spirits and the Supreme Governor of the universe. He has a body of flesh and bone, and is an Eternal being. He is without beginning of days or end of years. We know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He is also the Jehovah of the Old Testament; He is the creator of all things, including the Earth and the Cyderial Heaven. He came to Earth and lived a perfect life, in which He was rejected and derided. He overcame the sins of mankind through the Atonement which he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and later completed through death on the cross and rising from the dead. He loosed the bands of death which bound His people, and provided a path leading to Eternal Salvation on the right hand of God. Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God on Earth; He is exalted and now possesses a body of Flesh and Bone like the Father. Jesus is the Christ. The Holy Ghost is the comforter promised to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. He is a personage of Spirit and His primary responsibility is to testify of truth and of the divinity of the Father and the Son. He does this by influencing the hearts of men, allowing them to feel a "burning in the bosom" and peace of mind. The Godhead is the ultimate team, God the Father is the Governor of the Universe, Jesus is His Only Begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost testifies of truth. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Chaz
God organized the world and gave the priesthood to Man because that is how he wished to do it. Women are not less important than Men for that fact. Women do not hold the priesthood, but as the scriptures state, the Man and the Woman are one flesh in marriage. So the Man holds the priesthood, and the Woman holds the Man. Man could not exist without woman in the first place. Women in the Church have their own organization that is entirely cared for by the women. It is called the Relief Society, which is the largest women's organization in the world. They have responsibility to take care of one another and every woman in the church is part of it. Men and Women are equal in the church; Men simply hold the responsibility of the priesthood. We walk side by side in proclaiming the gospel to the children of men and pushing forward the work of God here on Earth. Men are not the Priesthood, the Priesthood is the method by which the Lord uses men to lead the Church. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Chaz
I attribute the growth of the Church to the fact that it is true, and is the only Church on Earth that is true. It is God's church in the latter days. He guides it and it is under His divine control. He testifies of it, and allows the investigators of the Church to feel that it is true. Since this Church is true we have answers to many of the questions of the soul, which is a big attractor to those who long to know where they came from, why they are here, and where we are going and the purpose of it all. Ultimately this Church is God's Church, and I attribute the supernal support of God to be the reason for the incredible growth of His Church. 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?

Chaz
Nothing secret happens inside the temples of our God. However everything that happens there is Sacred. We don't share the things we learn there because of how important and special the experiences are. What everyone needs to know is that we do work vicariously for our kindred dead. The ordinances we perform are for the members of our families who never had the opportunity in this life. We also learn eternal truths in temple sessions, which help us, base our lives in the teachings of Jesus Christ. The most special thing that happens in the temple is the temple sealing. It is a marriage unlike any other. It is not for time only, nor until death do we part. The temple sealing is truly for time and all eternity. What can be more special then rendering a marriage relationship eternal! Temples have been part of the worship of Jesus Christ and His Father from the beginning. Moses built the tabernacle; Solomon built a temple in Jerusalem. The Church of Jesus Christ builds temples all over the Earth in these latter days. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Chaz
The Prophet of our Church is chosen by God through the organization set upon the Earth. The First Prophet in the Latter-Days was Joseph Smith, who organized the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles. The President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is the next Prophet after the death of the current Prophet. The members of the Quorum of the Twelve are chosen by the Prophet in Council with the current Twelve, and confirmed through the influence of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

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

Chaz
We are nicknamed Mormons, and we accept the nickname simply because of how much everyone refuses to call us by the proper name of the church! The proper name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The name Mormon comes from the Prophet-Historian in the Book of Mormon named Mormon. He complied and abridged the Book of Mormon in the year 400AD. I prefer to be called a Latter Day Saint. Show more Show less

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

Chaz
The Atonement cannot be defined fully. It was however completely necessary! Christ willingly chose to sacrifice His perfect life as a ransom for many! He suffered for the sins, and experienced every feeling, every sorrow, every pain, infliction, and trial. He chose to suffer under the weight of the wine-press of eternity, and He bled from every pore. He was betrayed by one of His own. He died on the Cross at Calvary, after being left unto Himself by His Father as a final experience, to know the feeling of being separated from the Spirit of God. He was the unblemished sacrifice that was alluded to throughout all of history in the sacrifices of the Jews. He completed the Atonement by rising from the dead and loosing the bands of death that held His people. We cannot describe the sorrow of His life, the incredible nature of suffering, nor the majesty of His death. Christ is our Savior, and that fact is known because He suffered the Atonement of Sins. He became "At One" with each of us. He loves us and suffered because He was willing to do so for us. Christ, our Savior loves each of us individually. He knows us, he sympathizes with us, and He is there for us! Jesus Christ is the Savior because of the Atonement. There was no other way! Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Chaz
Abortion is a serious matter which is opposed by the Church. The only cases in which abortion is acceptable is when, in the opinion of competent medical council, the life of the mother in is serious danger, or when the pregnancy was caused by rape and causes serious emotional trauma. Even when those cases are present, it is only done after counseling with the local priesthood authority, and recieveing divine confirmation through the Holy Ghost. In any other case abortion is termination of life. In other words, Murder. Which is contrary to the commandments of God and against the will of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Chaz
Eternal is one of the names of God. So he uses the term "Eternal Life" to describe the life that He lives. To have Eternal Life is to have a Life like God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Chaz
No, we do not. "The Lord's law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel" As thus, in the beginning of the restoration of the Church God required polygamy to establish the House of Israel. He was the one who commanded plural marriage, and He is the one who discontinued the practice. Today we practice strict monogamy; any who exercise polygamy are excommunicated. The most severe punishment the Church can produce. We DO NOT practice polygamy. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Chaz
A testimony is a witness. When we share testimony, we are witnessing that something is true. We know this church is true, so we have a testimony of that truth. Testimony is a gift from God, it comes when we seek it and pray to know what is true. So as an example, I share my testimony with the world. I know that God is my Heavenly Father, He loves us very much, so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to sacrifice His perfect life, so we can return to our Father in Heaven. They reveal the gospel in every age of history, and they have revealed it in our day through the prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith, under the direction of the Lord, restored the Church that Jesus Christ established when he was on the Earth. This is God's church, and we can know it, because the Lord revealed new scripture through Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, which testifies of Jesus Christ. Since the Book of Mormon is the fruit of the prophet Joseph and prophets shall be known by their fruits, then if the Book of Mormon is true then Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, it has been revealed to me by the Spirit. I know that everyone who asks with a sincere heart and real intent can know what I know. This is God's Church; this is His only true Church. Of this I testify in Jesus Christ's name. Amen. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chaz
No, mormons are not all required to serve missions. However, it is a Priesthood responsiblity for young men to serve a full-time mission. Mission service requires sacrifice, and we must be worthy to serve, so provided young men are worthy, able, and willing, they are encouraged to serve. Young women may serve as well, but it isn't their responsiblity to do so. Their service is welcomed when they desire to serve. Along with the younger missionaries, there are also senior couples who serve in a similar capacity, but with a lifetime of experience. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Chaz
The Priesthood is the Authority of act in the name of God. That authority was present in the original church of Jesus Christ, that was established by the Savior. The authority is active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints now. This Church is led through that authority. All worhty male members of the Church hold the Priesthood. This is taught in the Bible: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. - Exodus 19:6 A kingdom of priests is a kingdom without lay members, none of the active members of the church are without a responsiblity, any Priesthood holder called to do so may: lead a congregation, perform ordinances, such as Baptism, or give blessings to those in need, the sick or distressed. The Lord expects Priesthood holders to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve others. 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.

Chaz
There were a number of Apostles in the time of Christ! After His death and the suicide of Judas Iscariot, the Apostles got together with the body of the Church to "fill up" the quorum. They cast lots and the lot fell upon Matthias, he was ordained and added to their number. Later, Saul was miraculously converted and brought into the Church, he was ordained as a prophet to replace another who had passed away. This pattern was established by Christ, the Twelve Apostles guided the Church under the direction of the prophet. The prophet at that time was Peter. From Latter-Day Revelation we were given the Book of Mormon, which has an account of Jesus Christ calling Twelve Apostles to minister the Church among the Nephites. And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto Nephi, and to those who had been called, (now the number of them who had been called, and received power and authority to baptize, was twelve) and behold, he stretched forth his hand unto the multitude, and cried unto them, saying: Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen from among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants... - From 3 Nephi 12:1 Jesus Christ calls Apostles to minister His church. This has happened again today, there are twelve living Apostles, who are guiding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, under the direction of the prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Chaz
Branch - A smaller group of members who compose a congregation. They are led by a Branch President, and usually number less then 100 people, to as little as 2 or 3. Some of the church programs are administered, but in large branches all church programs can be administered. Ward - Large group of members who compose a congregation. They are lead by a Bishop and usually number in the hundreds. Usually, all the programs of the church are administered in wards. Stake - A group of 8-12 wards and branches. Stakes are lead by a Stake President, who directs the efforts of the Bishops and Branch Presidents. Typically membership numbers in the thousands. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Chaz
The "Mormon Prophet" is God's prophet to the World. He is the Presiding High Priest on Earth who recieves revelation for the entire world. That man is Thomas S. Monson, who is called as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. He is assisted in his duties by two councilors, and a Quorum of Twelve Apostles who are also called as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Chaz
We baptize new members of the Church because we believe that the saving ordinances of the Gospel must be performed by the proper authority. We believe the authority to baptize and confirm was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The proper ordinance of baptism is performed by immersion, a legal administrator of the Gospel, says a special prayer, and then immerses the person completely in the water. This symbolizes death and resurrection through Jesus Christ. Through the ordinance of baptism, we make a special promise, which is called a covenant, with our Father in Heaven. That promise is to accept Jesus Christ, in order to become His followers, and we also promise to keep His commandments until end of our mortal lives. In return, our Heavenly Father promises to forgive our sins and let us return to live with Him, as long as we keep our covenants with Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Chaz
The path to coming to know the truth is simple. Our belief is that the Gospel has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Our evidence of this is the Book of Mormon. When you read the Book of Mormon you will feel the guiding influence of the Spirit. When you act upon Moroni's promise in the Book of Mormon, you pray and ask God if the Book of Mormon is true, "and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." The Holy Ghost will give you an answer, but that answer is given that you may understand. So it is different for each person. However it is usually a calming feeling, one that assures you of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. When you come to know the Book of Mormon is true all the other pieces fall into place. If the Book of Mormon is true, then the Prophet Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, because: 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit... - Matthew 7:16-17 The fruit of Joseph Smith is the Book of Mormon, so if it is true, and it is the Word of God, then the man who brought it forth was a true prophet. If Joseph was a prophet, then the authority of God is on Earth and there are legal administrators of the ordinances of salvation. If the Book of Mormon is true, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's Church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Chaz
President Spencer W. Kimball outlined the three major elements of the mission of the Church: proclaim the gospel, perfect the Saints, and redeem the dead. Baptism for the Dead is part of that three-fold mission of the church. The children of man cannot be redeemed without baptism. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. -John 3:5 We do baptisms for the dead who never received the opportunity to learn, or never even heard the name Jesus Christ, they can then accept or reject that baptism in the Spirit World. Show more Show less