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Hi I'm Adam

I'm half Canadian, half American, and I worked at Kal Tire. Oh yeah, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

To be short and sweet, I'm a Canadian and I have family in Canada and the US. I've had the opportunity to travel most of the western side of the North American Continent, visiting family, and meeting people everywhere I go. I grew up in the southern interior of BC, and I lived on Vancouver Island for a couple years, but currently I am serving in the Canada Winnipeg Mission and I'm really enjoying it. I love technology, automobiles, and music. If I can combine them, it makes life just that much better. I worked for Kal Tire, which I loved so much. I did a little bit of everything there. I sold tires, I changed tires, I got to go out on service calls, and I also was able to tinker in mechanics a little while I worked there. To be honest, I haven't a clue what I want to do with my life however, with my desire to know how everything works, I'm thinking about a carreer in auto mechanics. Last but not least, I've been a Mormon since I was 8, and I've loved every minute of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a rule that applies to everyone in the church, whether or not they grow up as a member, or if they joined at a later date. And that is, that every member should be a convert to the gospel and by extension, the church. This means, that you should search for yourself to find out if what this church teaches is true. You can feed off of others beliefs for so long, before you have to search for yourself. But when the time comes that you need to know for yourself (and it will), and you haven't recieved a confirming witness that this church is true, chances are that you will fall away. I did the work for myself. I searched. I pondered. I prayed. And after a lot of searching, and practicing, and praying, I found my answer. I found for myself that this church is true. That this church is the one and only Church that contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, meaning that it contains everything that Christ taught while he was on the earth. It also means that this Church is lead by a prophet, someone chosen and ordained by God to be his spokesperson on the earth. People will continue to attempt to prove time and time again that this Church and the Book of Mormon is false. That will never change. But I know, for myself, that it is Christ's Church, and no one will ever change that. No one will ever convince me otherwise. "I know it, and I know that God knows it, and I cannot deny it."

How I live my faith

One of the important parts about living your faith, is having the integrity to do it when no one is watching, and when you're put under pressure to go against the things you believe in. Working in automotive shops doesn't make living your faith any easier especially when you're around people who don't have the same beliefs and standards that you do. It takes work, determination, and a firm resolve to live what you believe, but I've found joy that comes from "practising what you preach". Since I'm a jack of all trades I do whatever I can to help out, whether that's at home, at church, or at work. I try to look for ways to help people out at work, whether that's going the extra mile to show the customer that we care about them as a person, and not just about their business. I lend an ear when a co-worker needs to vent. I volunteer to teach classes at church as a substitute and I accept speaking assignments whenever church leaders need someone to fill in. Last but not least, I love to help the missionaries (which is an odd coincidence, since I am one now. :P)

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Adam
Since the primary role of a missionary is to, "Invite others to come unto Christ...", missionaries will help help all who come into contact with them develop faith in Christ, and help them develop or strenghten their relationship with him, and in turn, our Heavenly Father or God. At least, that's what I do when I knock on your door! Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Adam
As far as this Church is concerned, all worthy male members are allowed to hold the priesthood. This means that the only restriction on who can hold the priesthood is a restriction placed upon yourself by yourself, and that is personal worthiness. Why? As stated in Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants, mens' "...hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and (they) aspire to the honors of men..." Since we, as humans, like to get worldly gain, or worldly treasures, we tend to forget "... that the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness." If we would remember this, then we would realize that the only restriction placed on the priesthood is whether or not we are worthy to hold it. That is where the power of the priesthood comes from, is from our personal worthiness, which is why I stress it so much. Its also the only requirement that God has, is that we be worthy to hold it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Adam
A three word answer to this is, It better be! I love the Bible. My favourite section of scripture is out of the Bible. It contains a lot of information, and I enjoy studying it. My new testament is mostly underlined and highlighted, and I quote scripture from it as much as I quote scripture out of the Book of Mormon. Actually, Matthew and Isaiah are some of the more well marked books in my Bible, and i'm working on marking up the rest of my Bible too. It is just as important as the Book of Mormon to me, and I think all should take a closer look at the Bible. There is a lot to learn from it. That being said, do I value it less than the other books that we as Latter-day Saints hold as scripture? No. I value all equally, because they are all the word of God, and they all help us draw closer to Christ. It would be like saying, do you regard the Old Testament or New Testament as scripture? I hope the answer is yes, because there is a lot we can learn from the Old and New Testaments. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Adam
In a nutshell, we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, otherwise known as the doctrine of Christ. This is the same Gospel that has been taught by Prophets of old such as Abraham, Issac, Jacob and Moses. Jesus Christ taught this himself when he was on the earth. While the messengers have changed, the message is still the same. The Gospel of Jesus Christ consists of faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Repentance, Baptism by immersion, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Each of these steps help to bring us closer to Christ, and help us become the best people we can be. Every step is essential to return to live with God again. Once we develop that faith, it will lead us to repentance or a changing of the parts of our lives that aren't in harmony with Christ's teachings. This will lead us to be Baptised, which is followed by the gift of the Holy Ghost. Once we have that, we need to continue to strive to follow the teachings of Christ, and keep our lives in harmony with those teachings. This is called Enduring to the End. "... This is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen." 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?

Adam
As in times past, God has commanded his people to build temples. These temples are places where He can reside if He chooses to do so. This means that there is a standard of worthiness that must be kept for one to enter the temple. This standard however, is nothing new. The Israelites had temples such as the Tabernacle and the Temple of Solomon made available to them that also had the same standard of worthiness that must be met before one was allowed admittance to the temple. It is the same today. There is a standard of worthiness that must be met before one is allowed to enter the temple, and there will always be a standard of worthiness that must be met. Inside temples, we have the opportunity to recieve ordinances that are held sacred, such as marrying for not only time, but for eternity as well. We also provide this opportunity to our ancestors by proxy for those who have already passed on from this world. On top of that, it provides us with a safe haven from the constant bombardment of distractions, influences, and chaos of the world today. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Adam
Nope. Not one bit. In fact, I worked for a company that wasn't founded by a mormon, and the company's primary goal, was to exceed the customers expectations by providing them with a level of service that exceeded that of the competition. What that meant to my coworkers and I, was that we would do the best we could to help everyone who walked through the door. Whatever they needed, we would do our best to help them or at least point them in the right direction. And if a company, who's primary goal is to stay in business was able to provide an excellent example of service, just imagine what a church of over 14 million members, each doing their best to emulate Christ can do. I personally look for every opportunity to help people whenever I can, in whatever way I can. I always have. Its a part of me that I learned from my father, and it's a part of me that I treasure very much. My most favourite thing to do is to witness people's expressions after you serve them. To see the shock and confusion as they try to figure out why you did what you did. It's the best feeling ever. That's part of why I love to help people as often as I can. The other part is because it can change someone's day for the better. By a small simple act of kindness, it can change how someone looks at their day, and it can mean the world to them. That's why I try to help as many people as I can, no matter what they believe, or what walk of life they're in. Show more Show less

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

Adam
The question that is really being asked is, "Is the account given in the Book of Mormon true?" If the Book of Mormon is a historically accurate account, then the account of Christ visiting America after his resurection is true and correct. Just for the sake of argument, lets say that it isn't accurate. Lets say that it is false. Then what happens? Did Christ actually come and visit the people in North America? Let me answer this question with another question. Did Christ pick and choose who he taught? No. Did Christ value one people over another? Of course not. He wouldn't have sent his Apostles out to all the world if Christ valued one people over another. Using this logic, if there were people on the North American continent who had faith in Christ, do you think that He would have visited them? Yes. Why? Just like Christ taught everybody who was willing to listen, He would also have visited all the people who had faith in Him. Just like He visited his Apostles after he was resurrected, He would have visited the people on the North American continent. This conclusion prompts the question, "Is the account given in the Book of Mormon accurate?" I can personally guarantee to you that it is accurate, that the people of Lehi did leave Jerusalem, that they travelled to the Americas, and that they became a great civilization. Christ did visit them, and did teach His Gospel to them. I know this because I have read, pondered and prayed about it, and I did recieve an answer. Show more Show less

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

Adam
Yes, I do. I do believe that President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet, seer and revelator, just as Moses was chosen by the Lord to be His prophet, seer and revelator. Why? Well, why not? The Lord is no respector of persons. He doesn't like one group of people more than the other, He loves us all. So why wouldn't he call another prophet? If "... His work and His glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man", why wouldn't He want that for each of us? If "...God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son...", then why wouldn't He call another prophet to ensure that we understand His gospel the way He intended it? Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Adam
Joseph Smith or more specifically, Joseph Smith Jr. is the man who's behind it all. He is the one who asked the question that started the Latter-day Saint movement. He's the man who God chose to restore the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. It has been said of him that he, “has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. The third President of the Church, John Taylor had this to say about Joseph shortly after he and his brother Hyrum were martyred. "In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fullness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!” Show more Show less