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Hi I'm Calvin Simmons

I am California grown. I love ice cream. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California. I am the third child of five, and my loving parents put up with all of us. I am studying psychology in college, and am loving it. I love ice cream, in fact that is the first rule in the family, you must love ice cream. I enjoy many other things as well, from studying for my classes (though at times it is definitely a chore) to watching silly videos on the internet. And from playing the piano to playing basketball. Oh, did I mention that I love ice cream? Because I do.

Why I am a Mormon

It is difficult to explain why I am a Mormon. My parents raised my siblings and me in the church, but I cannot say that is the reason I am a Mormon. I am forever indebted to my parents for showing me the gospel of Christ, but in the end I must admit it was I who chose to follow Him. Such is the case with all of us, no one can force us to believe. My parents could force me to attend church but it was my choice to believe in Christ. I must say that I do believe with all my being in Jesus Christ and His church. I recall and important event in my life that helped me to develop my faith in Christ and the Mormon church. I was raised in the church, though my belief in the message was not as complete as it is now. Strong doubts and questions continued to flood and drowned my faith. I realized that there are two alternatives, either it is true or it is not. My task was to find out the answer, but how? In The Book of Mormon, which is a book of scripture, a prophet of God gives the promise that if we will read the book and pray to God about its veracity He will make it known to us. All my life I had been hesitant to follow this simple promise, but I resolved to accomplish it. After reading I knelt down to pray. My doubts continued to pester my mind as I tried to express my sincere desires to God. 'What would become of my life if I received no answer?' 'How would I recognize God's response?' 'Is it possible that my desires for it to be true would cloud what was reality?' But eventually I was able to offer up my meager petition to my Heavenly Father. I remained on my knees waiting for a response when suddenly, like a warm ray of sunlight on the bleakest of days, it came. I felt a calm voice come to my mind. It told me that I did not need to doubt. God spoke peace to my heart then. Since then, and even previously God has answered my prayers. On that day however I gained a clear knowledge about the reality of God and his Church. I know God loves me and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending all of the fabulous church meetings we have. It honestly teaches me so much. With all that I learn in church, I try to do my best in applying it in my interactions with others and God. Such lessons include service, reading the scriptures, praying and simply loving others. I love to see people smile. It truly is a wonderful sight, to be able to feel what others feel with just a simple smile. A few years ago I had the extraordinary opportunity to serve as a missionary in Mexico. This singular event in my life has greatly influenced everything I've done since. I love the people I was able to serve and I loved the chance I had to teach people the glorious message of Christ and his Church. Living the Mormon faith means constantly striving to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Calvin Simmons
There is a large difference between attending church and the temple in the Mormon faith. The church is typically comprised of three one hour meetings and is open to all. Church meetings are when members of the church gather together weekly on Sunday to worship God. In church meetings members of the church teach one another about the gospel and how to live it. An important part of church meetings is when we partake of the sacrament, that is to say we partake of the emblems of the Last Supper to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The temple stands apart from other church buildings. There are no Sunday worship services provided in these buildings. Similar to the temples found in the Bible, they are very sacred buildings. Only those members of the church who are determined clean and worthy enough are permitted to enter in. The purpose of the temple is very different from that of other church buildings. In the temple sacred ordinances are performed. Also sacred ordinances such as baptism, are done on behalf of those that have pass on without an opportunity to receive the gospel of Christ. Show more Show less