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Hi I'm Anthony Caruso

I'm from North Carolina, a hunter, a fisherman, a missionary in the Washington Everett Mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old. I'm a big outdoors guy. I've been fishing ever since I was old enough to hold a fishing pole. I started hunting at 12 and haven't stopped since. I love being active. I ran cross country and wrestled my freshman year of college. I love the gym! I try to lift everyday except for Sunday. Taco bell, spicy ramen noodles, and cheerwine are my favorite foods. I have a hard time being serious. I like to make people laugh and always have a joke to tell. I'm below average height haha. I'm 5'6 and the shortest guy in my family. All of my brothers like to pick on me for that. I have 4 brothers, 2 sisters, a dog, 2 cats, and 10 chickens. I love giving to others. You wont catch me coming home from the store without some sort of treat for my youngest sister and stuff for my brothers. Serving others brings me joy. I don't know how many weekends I've spent helping people move or working in someone's yard. You can't hide from service in this church. Ever since I began my relationship with God my life has been so much happier. I've discovered that He wants to be involved in my life and is actively reaching out to guide me and help me. Some people don't realize how real His love for us is and how actively involved in our lives He can be. That is why I am a full time missionary right now. So I can tell everybody about this awesome truth and help them find a relationship with their Father in Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to doubt God's involvement in our lives. Although I have been raised in the LDS church I never really saw God's blessings in my life. They were always there, but I was just not looking for them. I have always not been very trusting of people and trusting the Lord was very difficult for me. I felt that if I relied completely on him and he turned out not to exist or did not take care of me I would be devistated. Through prayer, studying the scriptures, and faith, I have come to know that I can fully trust in him. I am no longer afraid or doubtful that he has a plan for my life and that my fullest potential can only be reached by following his gospel. The LDS faith has been the only thing that has been able to sooth my untrusting and doubtful heart.

How I live my faith

Living the LDS faith in my town can be stressful at times. The large majority of our ward is military, my Dad is retired army, so people are constantly arriving and leaving. Callings or jobs in our ward switch frequently and we're pretty much moving, mowing, or cleaning for someone every weekend. Recently I have been called as a ward missionary, meaning I am to assist the missionaries in our area as much as possible. I have been out teaching the gospel to people with them so often I sometimes joke and say I am already on my mission. I recieved my missionary call to labor in teaching the gospel for two years starting in September. I will be going to the Everett, Washington area. It is a large commitment to sign over two whole years to only teaching the gospel, but I know that this is what the Lord wants me to do and has a purpose for calling me to that area. My parent are converts to the LDS faith and I just found out that the missionary who baptised them lives in the area where I will be on my mission. I know that missionary work is inspired by God, because so many lives have been touched and bettered because of my parents conversion.

Are Mormons Christians?

Anthony Caruso
Well that really depends on the definition of christian doesn't it? If you define christians as believing that Jesus was the son of God and he came to Earth to die for the sins of all man kind then, yes we are Christians. Our entire church is centered on Jesus Christ, his teachings, and how we can become closer to him. Some believe that we are not christian because we have an additional book of scripture called the Book of Mormon and that we do not believe in the Bible. That is simply not true. The Bible is one of the greatest books ever written and it has played a huge role in building my faith in Christ. I read the Bible daily, both the old testament and the new testament. In fact the leaders of the LDS church have selected 25 scriptures in both the NT and OT and make it a goal for the youth of the church to memorize them all. One of our beliefs that set us apart from most denominations is our belief in a Godhead and not a trinity. We believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three seperate and distinct beings. They are one in purpose and could not function without eachother, but they are not a confusing mistic person that is three beings sometimes and others one. None the less we still believe in Christ and his attonement for us. This is what makes us christians. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Anthony Caruso
The great thing about our faith is that we don't want you to take our word for proof that it is true. We believe that great and only source of truth, God, is available to everyone. To know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's true church restored again through a prophet, turn to the advice given to us through the Bible from God. James 1:5-6. God promises that if we ask him the questions of our hearts, believing we will receive an answer, and are willing to act on whatever that answer is, he will give us the knowledge that we seek. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Anthony Caruso
I would say the reason the church grows at an excellerated rate is because it is totally focused on Christ. Everything in the church is a means of coming closer to him. Those "silly rules about drinking, smoking, and swearing" are to help us come closer to Christ and realize what he has done for us. This draws people. Just like multitudes followed Jesus during his earthly ministry, multitudes flock to His Church. We litterally are the Church of Jesus Christ. He is the leader of this faith. Who wouldn't want to follow him? Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Anthony Caruso
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. God is my eternal father and Jesus Christ is my savior. I worship them and no one else. Joseph Smith was an amazing man who was an instrument in the hands of the Lord in bringing the restored gospel to the earth again. You wouldn't marvel at the strength and power of an axe for cutting down a tree. You would recognize that without the weilder of that tool, it would be completely useless. The same principal applies to Joseph Smith. He was a tool, and instrument, through which God manifested His power. Joseph Smith himself always directed glory to God and not to himself. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Anthony Caruso
I believe that Mormon women are some of the most righteous, caring, and driven women in the world. Their testimonies of their divine nature as daughters of God allow them to see their true potential. They strive to become the best wives, mothers, and neighbors they can be. The women of the church preside over one of the largest women's society in the world. The relief society is a world wide organization for the furtherment of womanhood, motherhood, and sisterhood. They meet together to discuss and share ideas on how to improve their lives. LDS women know that raising and nurturing children is a sacred obligation and honor that God entrusted them with. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints encourages all women to realize how much God loves them and the endless blessings he has instore for them. Some criticise the church because women do not hold the priesthood and cannot be called to certain priesthood callings such as a Bishop. It is my sincere belief that only men hold the priesthood because we are to be equal to the women. Women are honored with the powers of child bearing and rearing. They have an undescribeable influence and power over the rising generations. Future members of this world are shaped and created by them. If they held the priesthood as well men would be pretty useless. Priesthood is entrusted to the men of the church so they can walk side by side with the women with equally important callings from their Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Anthony Caruso
A testimony is a knowledge of truth that you obtain when the Holy Ghost witnesses it to you. The scriptures say that this Comforter will come upon us when we are being righteous or seeking God's will. James 1:5 say "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and ubraideth not, and it shall be given him." When we lack the wisdom of whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's true church established once again on the earth, we should ask God. This is done through sincere prayer, with the intent to follow God's will once it is revealed, and through studying His words in the Book of Mormon. God will never lead anyone astray. If the Book of Mormon is true then he will tell you. My testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith as a prophet came from the Holy Ghost. Everytime I read the Book of Mormon I feel peaceful, happy, and comforted. This is the Spirit confirming the truth of it. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Anthony Caruso
Many people call Mormonism a cult because they do not understand what we believe and why we believe that. According to the definition of cult, "a religion regarded as unorthodox", I guess we would be a cult to some. But if that same logic was applied to everyone then pretty much every religion/faith would be a cult because there are many people who view all faiths as unorthodox. It is important to remember the promises made by Christ and his Apostles in the New Testament. "And by their fruits ye shall know them." The LDS Church is constantly involved in good works throughout the entire world. Show more Show less