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Hi I'm Rich

Idaho boy through and through, Eagle Scout, College graduate. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have grown up in the "yours", "mine", and "ours" type of household of which I am the "ours." I was raised in Idaho, I enjoy most outdoors activities hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc. and enjoy participating in most sports. I earned my Eagle Scout before graduating high school and have since attended BYU-Idaho and earned an Associates of Science Degree in General Studies. I served as missionary for two years in the Greater Houston area and have since continued my education at BYU-Idaho and am currently majoring in Biochemistry.

Why I am a Mormon

I for the most part grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I kind of just went through the motions until I was in middle school, when my peers starting asking questions. It bothered me when people tried to tell me what I believed, when they didn't know what the church teaches. So I finally, in High School, decided to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. My answer came as I was reading the last chapter of the Book of Mormon and I was overwhelmed with peace and serenity. At the time I expected to pray after finishing the Book and to get my answer. So when I finished I knelt down and did so. I came to realize while I was praying that God had answered my prayer before I asked it vocally, he answered the prayer of my heart. Of course as we all do, we sin, make mistakes. I was no different a few years later I found myself in dishonorable behavior and was trying to fix it on my own before asking for forgiveness but it came with no avail. I finally came to the conclusion that I must turn to God for help. At that time it was the most earnest I had ever prayed in my life. Unknowing if God had heard my prayer and had forgiven me but knowing that God answers prayers through the scriptures I turned to my daily reading of the Book of Mormon and came to 2 Nephi 4 and while I was reading the Spirit overwhelmed me letting me know that I had be forgiven and that the Lord understood how I felt and would help me overcome my sins. Through these and many other life experiences have helped come to know God, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ more and more. The convictions of Faith given to me from God led me to Serving as a missionary teaching the Gospel Full-time. As I have said before I served in Houston, Texas. There I went through the hardest and most rewarding 2 years of my life. My level of Conversion and understanding of the Gospel and Atonement deepened so much that I can say undoubtedly that this is the Lord's Church re-established on the Earth.

How I live my faith

I try to center how I live my faith on service. Whether it be donating blood, food, books, or even helping clean up the trash in the community. My Eagle Scout Service Project was organizing a food drive for a local food bank. I have served in my church in many capacities teaching, and helping people from all walks of life increase there faith in Jesus Christ. I love being in the service of our brothers and sisters even if I am using hard physical labor to help them out or just being a listening ear for them to talk to. I love being engaged in the work of God.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Rich
The Temple is a place where we encourage all people to prepare themselves to enter. We desire all to receive the blessing from attending the temple. There we make additional covenants and promises with our Heavenly Father and unite our families throughout all generations through God's binding Priesthood power. There the spiritually prepared will learn Eternal Truth's and be able to meditate and ask God questions without the distractions and worries of the world. Answers through my own experience have come more clearly as I have regularly attended the temple. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Rich
The Priesthood is the authority God gives man to act in His name for the benefit of His children throughout the world. Only through the Priesthood Power can a person enter into eternal covenants with God, most notably baptism. This was why Christ sought out John the Baptist to baptize Him. It is also through the priesthood that miracles of healing the sick and afflicted are realized.The priesthood has been present on the Earth as long as there has been righteous men chosen by God to use it. It is only through the priesthood power to make covenants that opens up the possibility to receive eternal life (see Hebrews chapter 7 in the New Testament). We cannot receive a fullness of the Atonement and grace of Jesus Christ without making these covenants. A church without this power and authority cannot be Christ's true and living church on the Earth. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Rich
The Atonement is the culmination of Christ's Suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, His Death on the Cross, and his Resurrection from grave. God sent us to Earth to experience mortal life, gain experiences, and learn to become like Him, but in our mortal state, we fail to keep the commandments of God either willfully or out of ignorance on a regular basis, we make mistakes in this learning process. These mistakes are what we refer to as sin. Sin makes us unclean and unable to live with God. As a result we separate ourselves from Him and His love He has for us, but our Heavenly Father provided a plan in which He would send Jesus Christ, who never sinned, to willingly pay the price for our mistakes. That price was for Him to suffer the penalty of our sins so that we wouldn't have to and return to live in Their presence. But this is not all; Because of Adam and Even partaking of the Forbidden Fruit, all of us will die, we are mortal. One of the purposes of this life was for us to gain a body, but because of death there is no way for us keep those bodies unless we conquer death. Jesus Christ had to die so that he could conquer death, live again, and enable us to retain our Physical Bodies, without imperfections and immortal. Everyone will be Resurrected, It is a free gift from God, but only those who accept Christ and heed His Plea for us to Repent and change our ways away from sin and toward godliness will be able to return to live God again. Show more Show less

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

Rich
The donation of 10% or tithing as it is more regularly put is a commandment that has been observed even as far back as when Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20). The main purpose of tithing is faith-building. Turning people to trust in God. He has given us everything and the act of giving some back to God is an expression of Faith and Knowledge that He is the source of all that we have. The act of living the law of tithing prepares one to live a consecrated life, a life in which all the time, talents, and resources that God has blessed or continues to bless us with will be used in furthering God's work. It is the life we will live when we return to live in God's kingdom. Show more Show less