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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Missionary, a Mentor, a Musician, I do a little of everything and a Mormon. :)

About Me

I'm just a guy from Utah. I like to learn and I like to teach. I really want to accomplish something great. I have goals just like anyone else. There's no limit except for the limit you give yourself. I want to become someone who my Savior would be proud of. I am a Instructor and Mentor. I was assigned to the West Virginia Charleston Mission part of the vineyard to do my part in the mission of the Lord. I love music, almost as much as I love to make it. I love to do all sorts of outdoor activities, and having fun. I'm also a technology enthusiast. I enjoy progress. I like to see things work, and to understand. So I get into a little of everything. We only stop learning when we stop trying. If we apply ourselves, and keep our eyes open we'll see things that we would never have imagined. I believe that we have to live for something. I believe that nothing is impossible with Faith in Jesus Christ. In all things there are opportunities to serve people. I'm grateful for the part that I get to play. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I started out life as a mormon. I went to church, went to some of the activities, participated in many things. But for a long time, my heart wasn't in it. I didn't know what it really was. Through a long process and my battle with sin, trial, and life, I eventually decided that I had to know. I thought I was doing was God wanted me to do. He then asked me to be more sincere and do things His way. He taught me the way to be, the way to pray, and He teaches me everyday I'm humble enough to listen. I sought my Heavenly Father to know what He would have me do. He required that I do my part to find truth, and seek His will. So I did. The Lord knows how to make us more than we are. My personal journey is still ongoing. I do my part to seek Him, and He takes me where is best for me. I found this path after I did my part. I had to choose. My parents had desires, but they didn't make me. I was lazy, and now I see more reason for life. I look forward to each day and for what can come. I'm grateful to my Father and my Savior. My parents have made a huge difference. They have supported me and were a cautious voice of warning. There are messages waiting for us all around us, but often we are too blind, or distracted to see what really matters. I know that my Redeemer lives. There is a plan, and I know it. I'm learning what my part in it is. I'm a Mormon, because I choose to follow Jesus Christ. I choose to become something that will allow my family to experience ultimate joy. I love my Savior. Prayer works, and He led me here. I'm a Mormon because of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taught me how to discover who I really am. I now know who I am. I know these things from my own experience and my personal relationship with my Father in Heaven. This relationship and knowledge is available to all those who desire it. You just have to know where to look. I found it, and I wouldn't trade the things I've been given for anything. :)

How I live my faith

There are so many choices we have each and everyday. I thank the Lord for allowing me to have an opportunity to choose. Living as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly a lifestyle. What I've learned affects how I make decisions every single day. I have goals, and things I want to accomplish. The Gospel helps me get there. I know that by learning and teaching, I can grow and progress. I live by following Jesus Christ. I try to do things as He would do them. Although I'm not perfect, His grace and love help my get back up on my feet, dust off, and get right back on. Even if doing what I feel is right is against the stereotype. The only person we truly have to impress is God. And if you can do that, then you can do anything He wants you to. But that's a process in and of itself. That's why there's repentance. It takes all of us to accomplish the work of the Lord. Because His work helps us become something. So if we do nothing, then nothing happens, we have to do something before something happens. He will help us, He helped me get out a hole, and now I feel confident in taking steps in faith. :) Everyday we have a new opportunity to learn, to grow, to become, to serve, and to live. I live my faith, by living in a manner that pleases my Heavenly Father. Not being perfect, I have to make adjustments and try even harder to be better. But because of the Grace of God, I can have new day each day to be the best Son I can be. If we trust Him, he'll deliver us to a higher place. A place where we can never get on our own.

Are Mormons Christians?

Paul
Absolutely! Jesus Christ is the very center of our church and for many of us our lives. His atonement has the ability to solve any problem. The Savior loves everyone. He wants the best for each and everyone of us. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. Were it not for Him, we would all fall short of the glory of God. We must repent and follow Him in order to return to Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Paul
I think this is the point that sets our church apart from most. The only true way to understand and experience and come to the knowledge that the church is true, is by exercising some faith. We are asked to read from holy scripture laid before us, from a prophet He, Himself called, and to pray about it. The promise of truth will come. However, the answer doesn't just float into our lives. We must seek the truth, study it out in our minds, and then ask with a sincere heart, and real intent. Which simply means to truly and honestly want to understand and know the truth, and then be willing to act on it. By the power of the Holy Ghost we can know the truth of all things. (Moroni 10:3-5) Show more Show less

What is faith?

Paul
Faith is a belief in things not seen, which are true. Alma from the Book of Mormon teaches us this. Faith is a principle of power and of action. When you sit in a chair, you exercise faith that it will hold you up. When you stand, you exercise faith that your legs will support you. When we want to obtain faith, we must do something one or more times to develop that faith. Once we have developed the faith in something, we can believe in it. This faith is based upon a prior level of knowledge. It may be large or it may be small. But when we put our faith in true principles, then the desired results come. Our Faith to be true faith, must cause us to act, and be doers of the word and not hearers only. This faith must be based and founded in Jesus Christ. For He is the source of all truth, and all power. So if our faith, is because of Christ, then we will only live and be of Christ. Faith requires sacrifice. In order to fully exercise our faith, we must understand the nature of God. Knowing this allows us to exercise faith unto repentance, power, life, and salvation. Faith allows us to accomplish anything that is expedient in Jesus Christ. Faith is the reason we do anything. Why would I act, or do something unless I firmly believed that it would accomplish what I desired. Often times people place their faith in things that cannot bring happiness. Addictions are often the result of placing faith in temporal things. We have to have faith in things that are true and eternal. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Paul
We as members of the church, give 10% of all our of increase, because that is one of the many ways we can give back to our Father in Heaven. He has given us everything we have, including life, freedom, our homes, and even down to the computers we have. He has given us so much, it can seem difficult to find a way to properly repay Him for everything he has and continually gives to us. So one of the best ways is tithing, that ten percent. We are not forced to do it, but as we do we can all say in one way or another the blessings have poured out among us. The amazing part of it is: the Lord only asks for 10%. He allows us to keep the other 90%. That's a lot for us to keep. So It's really not so much to give back to the Lord. The gospel affects every aspect of our lives. The Law of Tithing teaches us how our relationship with Things should be. If we are tied up to things upon this earth, then we probably have other gods. So Tithing is a great opportunity to Learn how we should treat things of this earth. They are there for our benefit, but they should not run our lives. We should be able to part with them, and use them in the proper way. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Paul
Missionaries are sent out among the world to do what the Savior commanded. But it goes deeper than that for me. Missionaries are members of the church. As members and as Human Beings we experience life and how the Lord blesses us. When we have good experiences and learn from life, we grow. When we do good things we gain happiness. When life is rough, we often times are sad. But once we get through the hard times, we often are happy again, because it is over, and we learned something from the experience. It is this our experience and the happiness we find, is the reason why many of us go on missions. We go out among the people of the world to tell them about the happiness that the Savior can provide. Gospel means good news. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. He has set forth the ability to be better than we are and to improve the quality of our lives through Him. We go out on missions to help people understand that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and want the best for us, and that they too, can be happy. If you are happy, then your happiness can increase. We go out on missions to share the good news, that everyone can be happy and receive Joy in their lives. :) Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Paul
No. The church aides many people throughout the world, regardless of gender, race, religion, etc. The gospel of Jesus Christ says that we should serve. It doesn't say we should just serve mormons. We are all God' children, therefore we are all brothers and sisters. We're supposed to love and help our family. Therefore, everyone is included! :) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Paul
We don't work for Grace. We Work because of Grace. Grace is a very powerful concept. It helps us get up in the morning and accomplish something in a day. That day will come no matter what, so why not use it to become something? The Atonement works much the same way. It's there, we can ignore it, or use it to become something more. Jesus Christ gives us the ability to change by allowing us to repent. So If we will humble ourselves before God, and repent to go from a bad person to a good person, and from good to better, and from better to best, there is nothing that Grace can't do for you. All He asks us to do is Humbly Repent, and Come unto Him. He will lead us safely home, if we do it His way. If we follow this then truly, His Grace is sufficient. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Paul
With the membership of the church being above 15 million members, it is difficult for one or even a few people to manage every single person. So they church has a line of authority to make sure everyone is taken care of. These are broken down into wards and branches. Typically of a few hundred members, a ward or branch attend church in their own building near their homes. A stake is an area that is made up of a group of wards and branches. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Paul
Our appearance affects what we think. If we are dressed with low standards that are revealing or cause a certain mindset, we cause people to think thoughts about us. Thoughts lead to feelings which lead to action. So eventually when we dress to the form of we don't respect ourselves or we don't regard our bodies as sacred, thoughts of self and of others cause things to happen. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Paul
We don't worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is the prophet of the Restoration. He had the what we refer to as the First Vision. We call it that because it was the first in the latter days. He is only the prophet ( like Moses or Noah) that guided the church. Show more Show less

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

Paul
When the missionaries come to your home, they will talk about Jesus Christ, His mission, His doctrine and gospel. Simply enough. He is the way, the truth, and the life. So our message is truly about His Atonement, and our opportunity to repent and become like Him. He knows what we need, and He's willing to help us get there. The Missionaries are called and ordained to share with you this message, and how to repent so that you can rid yourself of unnecessary burdens that you may carry. Do as they ask, Pray and Read. The Lord will not abandon you. There is light and joy waiting for you. We want to give it to you, and it's found in Christ. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Paul
In order to become a member of the true church, you usually meet with missionaries. They help you understand the beliefs and the laws governing The Savior's church. They will help you understand what we do and what is required. To become a member, baptism by immersion under the proper authority is required. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Paul
Baptism is a commandment. Therefore everyone must be baptized. So for the people who have died before being baptized and receiving the truth, we do baptisms for the dead (proxy baptisms) because we have the physical bodies to participate in the physical ordinance. Without bodies, spirits do not have the capability of being baptized. The Spirits that have passed on before, without being baptized, cannot be saved. So we do baptisms for those who have not yet been baptized. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Paul
The Savior, Jesus Christ. It is through faith in Jesus Christ that drives us to improve and repent. It is only when we have faith in Him that allows us to receive answers and blessings. Our faith to really be beneficial for us, must be placed within truth in order to bring the desired results. If we have faith in something false our faith becomes shaken and we lose faith and fall. Jesus Christ is the rock of our salvation. If we learn of Him, understand Him, and get to know Him, then our Faith grows stronger in Him. It's difficult to trust someone you don't know. We must also have a correct view and understanding of Him. For we don't, then when all is said and done, our faith wasn't in something true and sure. We must seek the Life of the Savior, in order to better understand who He is. His Attributes, Character, and Nature are all of vital importance. Show more Show less

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

Paul
Yes! It's so great to understand what happens after the Bible. That's why the Bible and the Book of Mormon go so well together, because they compliment each other and tell of the truth about the Savior. He came and unified the people on this the American continent just like he did in the middle east. We gain another dimension on the love of our Redeemer. He teaches them in a way that completes what they need, and gives them a way to gain salvation. He is the God of all people not just the Jews. 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?

Paul
The temple is the most sacred place on earth. In the temple we learn things about the gospel and take part in sacred covenants with out Heavenly Father. We can be sealed and married in temples is an example of such covenants. Only some members, those with a Temple Recommend, can enter into the temple, once it has been dedicated. To enter the temple one must live a higher standard of living to be worthy to take part in these sacred ordinances. So we must first obtain this recommend to enter in. 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?

Paul
Absolutely not. The Church is for everyone. It can benefit every person on this earth in one or many ways. The priesthood is given to all worthy male members of the church. The priesthood can only be used in ways of service and righteousness. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Paul
Families are based on equality. The husband and wife should function as one. They are a team in raising the children and both should be involved. The husband does not rule over the home. The parents in the home should counsel together and assist each other in making decisions. Refer to the Proclamation of the Family. Show more Show less

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

Paul
The name Mormon comes from the "Book of Mormon". The Book of Mormon is a record of scripture originating in the North American Continent. From Journals and writings of ancient prophets and residents of this area, Mormon compiled these books into an abridged version. Then Joseph Smith after receiving the visit from Moroni as a resurrected being, received this record that Mormon compiled and translated it by the power and authority of God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Paul
Because our church teaches self reliance. We realize that in times throughout our lives we're going to need help. So the church has a welfare system set up to help us get back on our feet. It's not to replace the need for work. It's a very temporary thing to assist us in learning self reliance. If our clergy were paid it would be disobeying this principle. All of our leadership in the church have and do provide for themselves through the work that they do. The church service is simply that, service. Something our Heavenly Father asks us to do, and when we do it faithfully we receive blessings that He has promised us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Paul
The Temple is used to help us learn. In the temple we are married and sealed for time and all eternity. We also perform proxy ordinances for the dead, so that those who have passed on and no longer have possession of their bodies can experience the joys of making and keeping sacred covenants with the Lord. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Paul
We are all children of God. We are all one giant spiritual family. Following this pattern, God put us here in families and gave us a built in support system. Our families is one of the few things that if we live worthy and keep our lives solid in Jesus Christ, we can be with them forever in the Celestial Kingdom. Our families should be our most priced possession. There is nothing save our Father in Heaven that stands above our families. Family is the one things that God gives to us that can and will last depending on our choices. The Family unit is eternal. Without family we don't have anything really. It is the basic unit in time and in eternity. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Paul
The Lord does. He has everything under control. He has a specific system that allows us to know how prophets are chosen and called. This is called Revelation. The prophet doesn't just stand up one day and claim he is the prophet. We have the twelve apostles to help us guide the church so one man cannot cause it to fall. And Heavenly Father will not call anyone to be the Prophet if they have intentions of trying to destroy His church. We all as individuals can pray and ask Heavenly Father if, our current prophet or when a new one is called, if he is truly called of God. And if he is a true and real prophet. Our loving Heavenly Father will not lead us astray we can always depend on Him. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Paul
We believe that we must work for what we get. Work is a righteous and eternal principle. Adam the first man on the earth was taught to work, and then to teach his family to work. Self reliance is so very important as an individual. If we get handed everything then we don't truly appreciate anything. That's why we have to go through a process and work for the answers we receive from Heavenly Father. He's not going to just give it to you, you have to have a sincere desire, and real intent. Nothing in this world is free. Someone somewhere has to pay in one way or another for it. So it's important that we uphold our own personal value and those you pay for the freedoms we enjoy by working to do our part as a part of the human race. Our value and view of ourselves increases as we work and reap the benefits of what we sow. There are and will be times that we need help, and the Lord understands that. But it's important to get back on our own feet so we can all pull our own weight. We can't serve and help other people if we can't help ourselves. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Paul
Nephi Jacob Enos Jarom Omni Mormon Mosiah Alma Helaman Nephi Nephi Mormon Ether Moroni Prophets and Kings who lived on the American continent from about 600 B.C. to 425 A.D. The book itself was compiled and abridged by Mormon. Hence the name. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Paul
In my life, I've experienced a ton of blessings from the scriptures. They are all necessary for our learning and understanding. Throughout the scriptures many prophets have been taught or experienced lessons from life. They were commanded to write them down so that we could profit from them. A smart person learns from their own mistakes A wise person learns from others mistakes. In a similar manner, we can learn from the positive experiences of others. I've felt great peace and instruction when I am lost, confused, angry or frustrated from the scriptures. They have changed my life ways that I can't even explain. The scriptures allow us to learn of the teachings of prophets and the Lord. We grow closer to Him by seeing who He is. Especially in the New Testament, we can see a better view of who the Savior truly is. Reading the scriptures will improve not only reading skills, it will help you to expand your mind in both temporal and spiritual ways. The Scriptures especially have a tools within them to allow us to be self reliant in finding our answers between prayer and study, not just simply reading them. As we dig deep within ourselves and dig into the scriptures, we'll find ourselves picking the Mind of the Lord and He will teach us all things through the Holy Ghost. Doing this will give us a sort of self perpetual motion effect in our own lives, and allows for progress everyday and the spirit to lead us to new revelation every single day. :) Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Paul
Jesus Christ did. All of the doctrine came from Jesus Christ original church. The Lord has explained and helped us, in modern time through revelation, to understand the eternal laws and commandments we are expected to live and keep. The Savior established His church just under 2000 years ago. Through the prophet Joseph Smith, He restored the true principles as a whole to create the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Paul
The Priesthood is a commission to serve, and handle each situation as Jesus Christ, Himself would handle it. It is the authority to govern God's church upon the earth. The priesthood is a responsibility and a resource for us to be able to serve each other on a higher plane. With the priesthood we can give blessings to help people when they are stressed or struggling in anyway. All of the covenants and ordinances we participate in, like the Sacrament, are directed and run through the power of the priesthood. Baptism is another example of an ordinance that requires the correct authority of the priesthood from Heavenly Father. The power that Jesus Christ had is an example of priesthood power. We as mortal imperfect beings have to live worthy in order to hold this priesthood, the things that can be done with the priesthood, are directed by the Lord's will. That's why it's the authority to act in God's name. We can use the priesthood to serve other people in many ways. The priesthood is only used in an outward way in service to others, like the ordinances. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Paul
With this commandment especially the gospel teaches us how our relationships within our lives really should be. The Law of Chastity really gives us a view of how we should respect one another. Our relationships can be very powerful, and helpful in our lives. But when it is soured with false, and improper applications then the relationship fails. So we are given rules, for our benefit, to help us govern the relationships that we have, so we get the most out of them. This law basically consists of 5 things: 1. Abstaining from Sexual Intimacy with anyone before marriage. 2. No Homosexual relationships. 3. Avoiding all forms of Pornography. 4. No masturbation or sexual activity 5. Keeping your thoughts pure, clean, and virtuous to avoid all of the above. These things sound foreign especially in our day and age. But the respect of men and women alike, and for our selves grows much more when we obey this commandment from our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Paul
By the members or the missionary. As a missionary you or your family pay for you to go on a mission. It's not free. We live in a world that has a price. The price is insignificant. But the sacrifice and the work of members and missionaries alike is priceless. In this world, nothing is free, so the funds come from donations from people all over the world, members and non-members of the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Paul
The term "Eternal Life" is a phrase used among church members to mean: living with Heavenly Father. In the scriptures we read often phrases similar to this, such as: everlasting life. We know that each person who comes to this earth will be resurrected, making them immortal. So everyone who comes here, will live forever. The difference between immortality and eternal life, is whether that life of immortality is spent with Heavenly Father and our families. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Paul
Being a Mormon is just like being anyone else, really. We have trials and problems too. We all have to work, provide, and live. There's really not too much, other than the church details. Like choices we choose to make. We can go anywhere in the world and have a ward family that believes and teaches the same thing you learn in your home town. Being a Mormon isn't a race. It's not a different species. It's a difference of choice that allows me to be happy, without a lot of fear in my life. As I eliminate things that could potentially make my life more miserable, than I can be be more fully aware of the Joy and the Happiness that is to be had in my life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Paul
The Bible is where we learn in depth of Jesus Christ and his true gospel and the events leading up to it. The history of the world is so very important for us to understand where we came from. It also allows us to see the pattern of life, and to learn from generations past. It's also one of the biggest record of genealogy. The Book of Mormon and the Bible complement each other and support one another. The bible is doctrine and won't be thrown away. In the articles of faith, which are simple statements of our beliefs, tell us about our belief in the bible. Article of Faith 8 - We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. 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.

Paul
The role of the 12 apostles in the time of the Savior is the same as it is now. The twelve allow the true gospel of Jesus Christ to be spread more fully. With many hands working together we can accomplish so much more. Heavenly Father doesn't expect us to just be able to know and do everything. So he sends us a prophet for the whole world. As wonderful and experienced the prophet is, he is still one human being. So with his counselors, and the quorum of the twelve apostles, the work can be made light, and actually progress a lot further than otherwise possible. The current members of the Quorum of the Twelve do the very same thing, with the very same responsibilities as the original 12 apostles. Those original are no longer here. So why wouldn't we replace them? It's important to remember the things they did for us and taught us. But we all need as much help as we can get. So the calling is still the same, just the name is what is different. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Paul
1. Law. the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court. 2.evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof. 3.open declaration or profession, as of faith. 4.Usually, testimonies. the precepts of God. 5.the Decalogue as inscribed on the two tables of the law, or the ark in which the tables were kept. Ex. 16:34; 25:16. Those are the dictionary definitions. A testimony is what we receive when we ask Heavenly Father a question. Doctrine and Covenants 67:4 And now I, the Lord, give unto you a testimony of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you. It's a statement of what you know. We often share these with each other, and ask people to pray about specific things, so they too can receive a witness. As we share it, it strengthens because a testimony is how we can declare the truthfulness of what we know. You can have a testimony of anything. :) But a testimony and the miracle only come after a trial of your faith. That trial causes you to do something so you gain experience and thus a testimony. :) Today's trials, are tomorrow's Testimony. :) Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Paul
Thomas S Monson. He is such a great man! He leads and guides us. He clarifies things we don't fully understand, and tells us how it really is! We should all listen to his words of wisdom. :) Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Paul
Because we all make mistakes. We all experience pain, and sadness. People can cause harm to us. The law of mercy can then be supported. The law of justice demands that when something is done wrong, there must be a punishment. The punishment is often the same or a more intense consequence. So our loving Savior took all of the punishment and suffered for every sin, pain, afflictions, wrong-doing, we, or anyone else, no matter the source, and satisfied the laws of justice. However, He did not eliminate our responsibility. Because Justice also says that the person who did the act must suffer. So when the Savior stepped in and took the blow, he did the hard part. All He asks of us is to repent and to follow His example. When we repent and are forgiven of our sins, the law of Mercy then can take effect, and both the Law of Justice, and the Law of Mercy can be completely satisfied. See Alma 42: 19-25, 2 Nephi 2:10 There is nothing that we as mortals can do alone to qualify for the Kingdom of Heaven. We must rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is only through Him, that we can be made perfect and clean. Everyone falls short of the Glory of God. So we must have help. That help is available through Grace and repentance. Heavenly Father will not take away our agency. We must choose to accept Christ as our Savior. Then we must use the Atonement in our behalf in order to be forgiven and be clean. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Paul
No. It is recommended for all worthy, able male members of the church who are between the ages of 18-26 to serve a two year mission. Women of the church also have this choice. But it is not as expected. Women can go when they are 19. They serve for 18 months and can go on more than once. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Paul
Our bodies are a gift from our Heavenly Father. He gave them to us for our spirit to dwell within. He's given us it so we can progress. Heavenly Father has a body as well much like ours, made of flesh and bone. His body is perfected and immortal. Our bodies have the potential to become like this. Whereas our bodies are gifts we should take care of them so they function properly. They are not things to break and then just fix it. Our bodies are tools given to us so that we can learn and grow. Not a toy. There are certain things we give to children that they have to learn to use before we just set them loose with it. For example: If I give a 6 month old my phone, the baby will probably chew on it and possibly damage it indefinitely. Maybe not. I'm not willing to take that chance. When a child grows up they learn to use a phone in a more proper manner and then can use it to benefit them. Our bodies are much the same way. We have been given them, and we need help to learn to use them. But if we use it wrong and damage it permanently... we can't just ship it back and get another one. Our bodies are sacred gifts. Something we use to benefit our own lives and the lives of others. It houses our spirit. We must take care of it, if we are to keep it. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Paul
They are great!! The biggest difference we have in our services, is that the entire block of meetings is three hours... And most people are utterly shocked at this concept. However when we look at the individual pieces, it's really for our benefit. We start with Sacrament Meeting. This is where everyone meets together and we listen to speakers selected prior to the meeting from the congregation. They usually take a week or so to prepare for a specific topic. But most importantly this meeting is where we partake of the Sacrament. Just as the Savior implemented it during the last supper, we renew our covenants that we've made with our Heavenly Father, and remember His Son, and the sacrifice made by Him. The next hour, is called Sunday School. Here everyone is separated into different age groups, to learn about gospel topics. The third hour, we are then again separated into different classes for each part of life. Primary for the children, Young Mens/ Womens for the youth age. Relief Society for the Women, and Priesthood for the Men. We go to each of these places to learn more about gospel topics, and how to best implement them in our own lives, as individuals. We are separated into these groups, because each of us has different roles at different parts of our lives. So we gather together separate, but united to learn how to, and become better at living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyone and Everyone is invited to attend our services. :) Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Paul
The church services held each Sunday are for partaking of the Sacrament and renewing covenants. The temple is where we go to make and help others make and keep these sacred covenants. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Paul
Everyone has hard times. We all need a helping hand periodically. So when we fall short, or life gets the best of us, the Lord has provided a way for us to sustain and help one another. When we give service to help others, we also receive blessings, and learn quite a bit while doing so. When we receive this assistance, we are then given the opportunity to give back and in turn help another in need. The Lord has never abandoned His children. He never leaves, we draw ourselves away from Him. So it makes sense that He would set up a way for us to return to strength not only spiritually, but also temporally. Show more Show less

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

Paul
Absolutely. :) Our Heavenly Father saw fit to call prophets in the days of old. Those people needed some guidance as we read from the scriptures. Are we any different? Do we not need just as much or more help? We have challenges today that are different than ever before. A prophet gives us up to date information and how we can apply principles of old to times of now. We absolutely believe in a prophet. We believe that He is called of God. Not just anyone can be a prophet, the Lord calls and chooses His servants and gives all who are willing assignments. As a prophet is here on the earth, we are invited to heed his counsel, by proving it. Test it out and pray about it. The Prophet being led by Jesus Christ will never lead us astray. We can always trust in him, as we maintain our relationship with our Heavenly Father, and His son Jesus Christ. Between these two things, we have a dual witness of what we need to do in our everyday lives. :) Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Paul
There are many things that denote the existence of God. The world has just too many things that work out correctly. Isn't convenient that our bodies just naturally heal themselves, or that plants grow, or animals follow their instincts? It wouldn't make sense that these things just came into existence like that. Or they just somehow figured it out. I've seen too many things "just work out" for there not to be a God. I've also prayed. Having answers to my prayer in a way that is so perfect that I couldn't have even thought of it, must mean that someone up above loves and cares and is watching over me. As we look around, there are too many things about everyday life, that is proof that someone must have put it together. So much leans upon a creation of a greater being, who is orchestrating the universe. I know because of my experience seeking guidance from above. He's spoken to me on many occasions through my thoughts, feelings, and impressions. He cares, and He'll listen to you too. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Paul
The Word of Wisdom is much more than a health code, or a list of dos and don'ts. The Word of Wisdom is a way to connect yourself with the Spirit more abundantly. You can't listen to many other people while you're under the influence of something that causes a change with your person, let alone the still small voice. Many think that it's too strict and doesn't allow true freedom. Well it is the definition of true freedom. Following this great word of wisdom from God, is something that allows me to enjoy every moment while being completely aware of what I'm doing. The Savior was always close to the spirit. He learned some pretty intense things, and progressed very quickly. So when the blessings of the word of wisdom include treasures of knowledge even hidden treasures, that should be a hint. There is great learning when we have full control of our beings. The Word of Wisdom can help us learn more about us. It will help us know and create a lasting relationship with our bodies, that will give us more to be able to accomplish in the future. I know that the Word of Wisdom is an inspired commandment. If you don't believe it, try it. You'd be amazed at the difference. If you're not willing to try it, because you don't believe it then you haven't truly lived. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Paul
There are answers here. My own father is a convert to this church. The growth of the church is directly related to it's truth. The principles taught here are what bring true happiness, and success. There are divine laws that must be followed. In order to follow them they must be taught, they must be experienced. These are not things that can just come out of no where. Nature is governed by something, or Someone. Growth of an organization often depends on what is provides, all people herein, and here out are or can benefit from it. Hence the reason why it continues to grow, because it adds the things that the world lacks. It gives a place to progress, with Joy and Happiness rather sorrow, or uncertainty. This doesn't mean we can control everything, or decide every outcome. But it gives us the tools to make a come back, to get back on the horse, and ride into the sunset. Here is where the tools of life exist. There is only one way to truly live, and that is through Jesus Christ. The growth of the Church wouldn't happen with divine guidance, or divine order. There are many many reason why the Church continues to grow. It will continue to grow, because here there is a place for everyone. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Paul
The Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost are both priceless and irreplaceable gifts from our Heavenly Father. Everyday, I learn something. As we ponder, think, and study truth the Holy Ghost can enter in and add those pieces that we're missing. Often He'll be present and we may not even realize it, unless we're looking for Him. He's always available to us to guide us, but the real question is are we always available... When we make poor decisions, our focus changes. The Holy Ghost really is the way anything we need can be accomplished because He has access to all truth. He knows everything. John 14:26 says: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. He will teach us everything we need to know. He will remind of us of this that are important for us. He can lead us anywhere that is safe, and will lead us out of places that are unsafe, both spiritually and physically, if we are listening. But He will not make decisions for us. Sometimes we may not recognize the fact that He is prompting us. Thoughts, impressions, and promptings are ways that the Spirit will speak to you. Whether He's leading you, guiding you, or teaching you, we must be sensitive to His influence. Through Faith all things are possible, if we place and exercise that faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Paul
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is fully sustaining. As we follow and learn of the Savior and His teachings, we will be influenced. His example, His life, and His power all become manifest as we follow Him. This influence, because in essence a part of us. As we learn of His attributes, and do all that we can to take those attributes upon ourselves we become like the Savior. Now, Obviously this is not an overnight process, but a life-long process. Joseph Smith said: "A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." When we are cleansed by the power and love of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, it is a natural desire to bless those around us. When we turn outward to focus upon other's needs, especially a spouse, or our children, and they do the same in turn, that is where true happiness lies. That is where Zion is built. We become so much involved and concerned for their well being that we often forget completely about ourselves and find ourselves in their service, and a life focused on others is truly fulfilling. Once you've been there, it's not really worth living any other type of life. In all relationships, Christ should be involved. If we simply try to cut the Savior out of the equation, eventually the solution will always be zero. We will have nothing. If we share our relationships, and we focus them on the Savior then we experience true and lasting happiness. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Paul
Baptism is a sign that one has repented of their sins, and has a desire to follow Jesus Christ in word and in deed. Baptism is essential, in order to be saved in the Kingdom of God. It is symbolic of Death of our old life, and the rebirth of our new life - as taught in Romans chapter 6. At baptism is where we make our first covenant with Heavenly Father. We promise to keep the commandments, and to take Christ's name upon us. We are then promised to be forgiven of our sins, as we repent. Also we are given the gift of the Holy Ghost for our personal guidance and blessing. This covenant can be renewed each week as we partake of the sacrament, prepared and ready to keep the covenants we have made. Any one may refrain from taking the emblems of the Body and the Blood of the Savior, if they feel that they must further be prepared before making a new commitment to follow in the steps of the Savior. We each have to come to a point where we desire to know and follow Jesus Christ. Baptism is our way of entering in and allowing the Atonement to fully play a major role in our lives. A covenant life is only way to receive true and lasting cleanliness as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When we fail, we must repent and begin again. That is part of the covenant, to be forgiven as we repent. Baptism is the gate, to the narrow way to eternal life. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Paul
The church follows two guidelines, and it teaches it's members to follow the same principles. 1. Live within your means. Which means don't spend more money than you have or than you earn. 2. Save for emergencies, and avoid unnecessary debt. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Paul
Joseph Smith is the prophet of the "Dispensation of the Fullness of Times." Being one who was called of God, Joseph was the instrument in the hand of God in restoring His true church upon the earth. Joseph Smith as a man just an any one else is or was. He tried everyday to follow Jesus Christ, and he made mistakes. But he repented and was able to learn of the truths and teach them to his fellow men. Joseph Smith was the first convert in this dispensation, and he is the reason we know all that we know, and have in this the time of the everlasting restoration. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Paul
The Family is the first and foundational unit in eternity. Everyone comes into this world by means of a family, in or out of wedlock. God has established guidelines to help us be successful in these families. In the home, built upon principles of Righteousness, is the best and most meaningful situation for the rearing of children. In the ideal situation, children are raised with love, hope, testimony, and learning. Understanding that not every situation is so grand, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is there to fill in the gaps. The teachings help us unify and protect the family. As we protect and begin family relationships, we must follow and build them around true gospel. In so doing, we build a family that can be eternal. An eternal family doesn't come without effort on our part. We must make covenants by the power of the Priesthood Authority. In so doing, and in keeping said covenants, the Lord promises us eternal life as a family unit, and eternal progress. The Lord gives us a family who loves and cares for us. Where there is an absence the Lord sends someone to fill those gaps, many times He fills them Himself. It would be cruel, for us to take and develop and do all that we can to strengthen a family, and become ever so close, in love and in truth, for Him to just take it all away in the life hereafter. Families are meant to be together forever. It is by obedience to the Laws and Ordinances of the Gospel that this is possible. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Paul
Authority is a divine guidance to allow the proper conduct is ensured. If there is no authority then there is chaos, disagreement, and contention. If everyone has authority, then it is as if there is no authority. But this authority must be governed also. No one on earth is perfect. We tend to exercise unrighteousness when we get some authority. So the Lord has established Priesthood Keys. Keys unlock doors. Door allow us to receive revelation. If there is not authority there requires no sacrifice. If there is no authority, then we are either saved in our sins, and that would make God a liar, OR we are all damned. Authority to baptize, in the proper manner makes the ordinance and the covenant sealed in Heaven. God doesn't work by magic. He works by faith, and through the authority of the Priesthood. It is by this Priesthood, that makes each of us improve so that we may be worthy to partake in such blessings. It is by this Priesthood that God can and does exalt man, but only on His terms. So we must raise ourselves to His standard of living to experience the full amount of blessings. Ordinances and Covenants are made and directed by virtue and power of the Priesthood. Baptism is an Ordinance that allows us to be saved in the Kingdom of God, and there is an accompanying covenant, and blessings attached to it. But if just anyone can give it, then what's the point of the ordinance? Show more Show less