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Hi I'm Adam

I'm a professional web developer, a freediver and a father to 3 awesome children with my beautiful wife.

About Me

I'm also an outdoor enthusiast--especially in extreme sports. I read, write and speak Biblical Hebrew and have studied some ancient Greek; both of which, have been a huge source of understanding and spiritual strength. I also study Book of Mormon archaeology/sociology and ancient Sumerian & Egyptian cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

This is primarily founded on two things. One, is my study of the scriptures; and two, a clear witness from the Holy Ghost/Spirit. I have carefully studied every word of all of the scriptures--and some multiple times--including the Old/New Testaments in English, Hebrew and some Greek, The Book of Mormon (written about the same time in the ancient Americas), the Pearl of Great Price (newer translations of some of Moses' writings and earlier history of Abraham's life) and the Doctrine & Covenants (very modern scripture by the most recent prophets). My last several years of study have been focused on the Old and New Testaments in the Holy Bible, and no other church I've attended or read about contained all of the doctrines in the scriptures--even just in the Holy Bible alone; most notably, the understanding and purpose of temples, grace, priesthood, ordinances, the nature of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, our relationship to God and eternal potential, general church organization, and revelation through prophets and apostles as being the source of past and present scripture/doctrine. The scriptures repeatedly talk about "witnesses" of the truth and those come in a great variety of ways, but all ultimately point to the personal testimony & knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer of the world. I have felt that witness, both explicitly--but more importantly--in the incomparable feeling of pure knowledge & love in my heart and mind.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures every day, and follow after the principles I learn from them. It strengthens my love for people and makes me a better husband, father, friend, co-worker and son. The grace that comes from my Savior Jesus Christ brings me joy that nothing else can compare with, and I try to be an example of that love in all my actions at home and abroad.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Adam
I study the Old Testament in Hebrew and am also learning Greek for the New Testament and couldn't imagine missing out on that critical doctrine, and especially the prophecies and actual life of our Savior. 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
Temples have been around since the beginning of time, but few references explain the qualifications to enter them, however, some do note that certain laws of purification must be met. Many members of the church cannot enter them for these same reasons. In the scriptures, the Lord requires that some things be kept sacred, which is the same reason the Old/New Testaments, and other scriptures do not give all the specifics of the temple, mostly just materials and layouts of them. There appears to be much more information in the Old/New testaments than there are in the Book of Mormon about the temple, and if read and understood in the Hebrew and Greek languages, you find a clarity of these throughout time. Ordinances in the temple include the sealing of families and marriages together for time and all eternity and others using the authority of the Priesthood as in ancient days. Ordinance work if performed on behalf of the dead to perform the physical ordinances that they can no longer perform for themselves. Likewise, the Savior Jesus Christ performed a vicarious atonement for us saving us from physical and spiritual death. The concept of vicarious proxies is a core doctrine of any church founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Adam
Why wouldn't we? I study and read the Holy Bible every day, and also study the Old Testament in Hebrew. Clearly no other church includes all of the truths found in the Old and New Testaments but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are life changing truths I receive regularly in studying the Holy Bible. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Adam
Are we saved by grace? Yes, of course. We can't atone for our own sins. The Lord has commanded us for 6,000 years to repent else His grace will not cover our sins. Like children, we all make mistakes, but like any loving parent, if our child is trying to do what is right, we constantly give them grace in their lives to allow them to progress and become the individuals we hope they will become. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Adam
Like certain commandments of the Lord, polygamy has been implemented and removed since at least Abraham's time. Others include Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. Obviously it was brought back for a short time about 170 years ago. Other examples of commandments which were necessarily changed are when the Lord didn't allowed the Gentiles to receive the gospel until after a revelation to the ancient apostle Peter, and when sacrifices were no longer required after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Revelation through prophets has thus been critical throughout time and remains so today. An important change happened with the Law of Moses, and later the higher law when the Savior ministered on Earth. Show more Show less