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Hi I'm Lincoln

I am from Utah. I love running and playing video games. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My home is Utah. I have two brothers, a sister, a mom and a dad. I'm currently serving in the Colorado Denver North Mission as a full-time missionary. I love music, video games, food, people, running, and the gospel. I don't play any musical instruments, but I love to sing and listen to music. I enjoy all kinds of music. I plan on attending college at Utah State University after my mission, and one day becoming a dentist or a doctor. I love spending time with people I love and just being able to talk with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church. I've always appreciated the values and morals that the church teaches. I think being clean in thought, word and deed is a very important part of being happy and living a fulfilling life. I've also always loved the way the church teaches us to serve each other. Growing up in the church we were always given ample opportunity to serve members of the neighborhood, and it has instilled in me a love of serving others. The person I've turned out to be so far in life can be attributed to good examples I've had in the church, my family, and my friends. I'm so grateful for the church and its teachings. It has played an enormous role in my life, and will continue to throughout eternity. I'm grateful for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for me, and I know that this is his restored church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying and sharing the gospel with others every day. This church has helped me more than I can explain, and I want others to be able to experience that as well. I also live my faith by serving as many people around me as I can. I have seen an increase in love and happiness in my life through serving others, and I know that that is exactly how Jesus Christ wants me to spend my time.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Lincoln
If you were speeding while driving and an ice cream man tried to pull you over, would you pull to the side of the road? No. If you were speeding while driving and a police officer tried to pull you over, would you pull to the side of the road? Hopefully the answer is yes. What is the difference between the two of them? Police officers have been given the AUTHORITY to pull you over by the government according to the laws we abide, while ice cream men haven't. The same applies to baptism. In order to have a baptism be valid in the eyes of God and in His heavenly laws by which we abide, we must be baptized by the proper authority. God has given the priesthood, which is the authority to act in His name, to his servants, the prophets, throughout time. Jesus Christ ordained the priesthood upon His Twelve Apostles in His time, and this is how they directed the church. The priesthood authority of God was taken from the earth for a long time after Christ and his apostles were killed, but has been restored in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1830 Joseph Smith organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by that same priesthood authority which was ordained upon him by messengers sent from our Heavenly Father who also held the priesthood. It is by God's priesthood that our church is led, and by which baptisms are performed, today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Lincoln
The reason we perform proxy baptisms, or baptisms for the dead, in our temples is because we want EVERYONE to be able to be saved in the kingdom of heaven, both those who are living and those who have passed on. Jesus Christ taught of how essential baptism is to our eternal salvation, and we believe that it is exactly that: essential. If we are not baptized by proper authority, we will not be able to inherit the kingdom of heaven. As many people have died without being baptized, and many people have been baptized without the proper authority, we wish to be able to share the blessings of baptism by the priesthood of God with everyone who has or ever will live on this earth. Also, contrary to rumor, proxy baptism is in no way forcing anyone to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After a proxy baptism is performed, the recipient of the baptism has the choice of either accepting or declining the baptism done in their behalf. It is still 100% their choice. Everyone has always had and always will have their agency to choose for themselves. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Lincoln
God has always called prophets to lead and guide his church on the earth. In Old Testament times, He had men like Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses guide the people of the church here on earth. Just like then, we have prophets to lead and guide us today. Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. President Monson has been called of God, and operates the church under His direction. He has two counselors, named Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who help him lead the church today. They make up the First Presidency of the church, much like Peter, James and John did with the chruch after Christ's death. Show more Show less