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Hi I'm David.

Born and raised in Roy, Utah, I'm currently attending Utah State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and loving it!

About Me

I'm 21 years old and attending Utah State Engineering. I served a full-time mission in the great state of Wisconsin and learned a ton there. My hobbies include, but are definitely not limited to: playing soccer, woodworking, amateur gold-smithing, and trying to be an awesome oldest brother to my 5 siblings.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I continue to do so because what the Church teaches, what Christ teaches, makes sense to me. What Jesus has taught through our prophets of today makes me feel safer in knowing that we do live after we die, that I can be together with my family for forever, and that my mistakes can be forgiven. These truths have been rooted even deeper in my mind through the witness that I've received through the Holy Ghost. I CHOOSE to be a Mormon, because it makes sense and feels like God wants me to be in this Church.

How I live my faith

Living a faith is something that's a dying trend in the world today in my mind. A faith should be something that inspires people not only to come to church on Sunday, but really to practice what's preached. I love being a Mormon because it's done that for me. Not only to I avidly believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his Father, but I also believe that He gives us prophets to lead and guide us because he loves us. This is a vital part about how I live my faith, things like tithing, the word of wisdom, and serving in church callings all came from God giving revelation to his servants on the earth. I live each one of those things because I know that it will be a blessing to my life. I live my faith but attending weekly church meetings, going throughout the week looking for opportunities to serve everybody and anybody, loving my neighbor, daily scripture study, daily prayer, and other things that draw me closer to God. Am I perfect at this? No, far from it, but I'm doing my best and believing that God will forgive me for my faults as I come to Him and ask for the strength to keep doing better. Now that I'm in Wisconsin I walk through the streets of the cities and try to tell people about this wonderful truth that I've found in my life so that they can have it in theirs too.

What is the Book of Mormon?

David.
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and is something that our world needs with all the confusion about religion. Some question why we need the Book of Mormon, and the answer is simple. It re-establishes the pure Gospel truths found in the Bible, and gives us answers to questions that were lost in the many translations of the Bible. To me, the Book of Mormon is central to my testimony, I know that it is true and because of that everything else falls into place. While we cannot archeologically "prove" that the Book of Mormon is true, we can support the events that take place within its pages with archeological finds. To me, that is enough, and to God, that is enough as well. He has given us the opportunity to find out for ourselves if the Book of Mormon is true, and He has given us the promise that if we read it, ponder the message in our hearts, and then pray with real intent and desire, that we can know for ourselves the truth of the message that it brings to our confused world. I leave my testimony with any who reads this that I know that the Book of Mormon is true, there are no doubts. Anyone can gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon if they just read it and desire to know if it is true. Show more Show less

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

David.
Yes! With all my being I believe that God has called another Prophet to lead and guide His people! The Bible and the Book of Mormon are very firm on the topic of the role of a Prophet, and to me, it wouldn't make sense if there wasn't to be any more Prophets in the world today. God, throughout the Bible, called Prophets as the leaders of His people for their benefit. To lead them and to counsel them in what God wanted them to be doing. God has always loved and still loves His children and wants to us to be obedient to His commandments in the same way that the Israelites were years ago, and it was and is through Prophets that we are sure of His commandments. Following the Prophet has made my life a happier experience and I know that it is the will and wisdom of God that He has called another Prophet for His children today. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

David.
The Word of Wisdom is basically a law of health. It's almost like a check-list of blessings, the more thoroughly you follow it, the more blessed you are. The Word of Wisdom counsels us against the usage of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. Some of these things are a no-brainer why you would not use them, but some of them really raise peoples' eye-brows. People have asked me why I don't drink coffee, or tea, and sometimes even alcohol and my answer to them is quite simple. "God has asked me not to, and so I don't." I know that the Word of Wisdom was given to Joseph Smith, a Prophet of God, not to limit the things that we can do in this life, but to give us the opportunity to do so much more! With a healthy body and a sound mind, the things that we're able to do as humans solidly outnumber the things that we can do without them. Try it out, the blessings of the Word of Wisdom isn't just given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it's a promise to everyone! Because we're all children of God and He loves us all! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

David.
Being a child of God we all have the opportunity to pray to our Father and ask him for the truth of all things. Joseph Smith took the council of James 1:5-6 and he came to know that the Church that Christ had organized here on the earth in Jerusalem needed to be restored, that simple truths of the doctrine he had given to his disciples had been lost. We too can take the council of James, and that of Moroni as well, and pray to know what is true. You can know that Mormonism is true by sincerely praying to God after thoughtful study of the Book of Mormon, taking time to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Ghost, and then, showing God that you really care for the answer He's given you, acting on the impressions that you receive. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

David.
When Christ appointed his apostles, the original 12, he never paid any of them. Their service to Christ was just that, service. They didn't apply for their position, they didn't know who Christ was or what he was about to do when they were first approached by him, and since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church again on the earth today we follow the same pattern that he gave us when he was here. Unpaid clergy provides an opportunity for everyone to learn, to grow, and to serve under the guidance of God. Just like it says in 1st Corinthians 12:25. "That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another", everyone in the church should and has an opportunity to serve each other in a multitude of ways. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

David.
The purpose of life is simply this: To prepare to meet God. The steps to get there is where it gets a little bit more complex. We came here to earth to gain a body, through the fall of Adam and Eve we then gained the ability to choose between good and evil. This allowed us to go through trials and tests, not because God likes to see us suffer, but because He loves to see us grow and learn so that we can become more like Him. All this growth and learning is best cultivated in the family, this is where we learn best what being the parent of another life really entails, so that when we grow up (spiritually) and become like our Heavenly Father we can have all that He has and know what to do with it. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

David.
The first vision is what we like to call Joseph Smith's face-to-face experience with God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. When Joseph was a young boy, living in Palmyra, he was faced with a question. Which church is true? There was a great religious excitement taking place where he was living, some preachers saying come to my church, and others saying come to theirs, but Joseph wanted to know which of these churches was God's church. So he took the counsel of James 1:5 which says: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" and prayed to our Heavenly Father to know which church he was to join. Joseph was told that Christ's church that had been organized on the earth centuries before had been lost. Through the lack of communication and the deaths of the apostles, the authority to organize God's church had been lost, but that through Joseph Smith it was going to be restored. A bold claim, but a true one, as many gospel truths that can be found in the Bible were restored to this modern day through the Prophet Joseph Smith. You don't have to take our word for it though, read the fruit of Joseph's labor, the Book of Mormon, and pray to find out for yourself if it is true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

David.
Family is central to the plan that God has given us to be a part of. It is soooo important that God gave us the opportunity to be with our families for forever, through priesthood sealing and by following God's commandments not only can we live with our families for forever, but we can live AS a family forever. The principles that Christ taught when he was on the earth are core elements in a, not perfect, but successful family. Those are love, faith, patience, forgiveness, charity, diligence, just to name a few. All of them are the foundation that we can build our families on to achieve happiness in this life, and, happiness in the eternal life to come. I know that this is the plan that God wanted us to have. Marriage, being key to a family, can last forever. No longer is it "til death do you part" but we can be married for time and all eternity, forever sealed to our spouse and our children, and our children and spouse forever sealed to us as well. I leave my testimony with you that I know that this is a true principle of God and that it is a blessing that all who are willing may partake of. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

David.
We perform proxy baptisms, or baptisms for the dead, in our temples to extend the blessings that are connected with baptism to our ancestors and those that lived before us that might not have had to opportunity to have been baptized while they were living. The connection that this gives the living to the dead is one of the eternal nature of the gospel, it connects generation to generation and the "hearts of the fathers to the children" and vice versa. In 1 Corinthians 15:29 Paul says: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?", in the which he states a rhetorical question. He's pretty much saying that it would be pointless for people to be baptized for the dead if there was no resurrection, but since Christ was resurrected there's going to be one and that the people that are being baptized for the dead are engaged in a glorious work. This truth is alive and well in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less