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Hi I'm Hugh Christensen

I grew up in Southern California, served a mission in Brazil, retired CPA, enjoy music and history — and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I was often told, “You’re not the typical CPA.” I took that as a compliment. While I was trained as an accountant, my life experiences go beyond crunching numbers. I am a student of history and early Christianity. I love the Bible and I believe the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. I am also a student of the teachings of the apostles and prophets of the Restoration. My interests include music, astronomy, family history, and fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon Church – one of seven children. My parents were both born in very humble circumstances; they worked hard to provide a better life for their children. My father’s favorite scripture was John 7:16-17: Jesus said, “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” The application of this scripture has been as a compass to me. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has borne witness to me of several truths: that Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son; that the authority of God (the “priesthood”) was restored to the earth; that living apostles and prophets guide and direct the affairs of Christ’s church today; and that my Heavenly Father hears and answers my personal prayers.

How I live my faith

I strive to be a genuine, committed, word-and-deed Latter-day Saint: • I try to be a helpful, patient, and supportive husband. • I am an interested and involved grandfather. • I try to be a good neighbor and exemplify the teachings of Jesus Christ. • I work with the Boy Scouts of America to prepare the rising generation. • I am a Home Teacher; I watch over several families every month. • I study the Bible and the scriptures of the Restoration. • I support the member-missionary program of the Church. • I am a Family History Consultant; I help my family and others with genealogy work. • I am a member of my city’s Community Emergency Response Team. • I pray to my Father in Heaven to guide and direct my life.

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?

Hugh Christensen
A passage in the Book of Mormon states: “he inviteth all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). Accordingly, there are NO restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood. Show more Show less

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

Hugh Christensen
Through the grace of God and His blessed plan of salvation, the atonement of Jesus Christ provides the means by which salvation is made available to all of God’s children: 1. We believe all mortals are saved from the permanence of death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). 2. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 3. We believe we are saved when we enter into a covenant relationship with our Savior by being born of water and of the Spirit and by taking upon us the name of Jesus Christ; through the grace of God, we are born again as new creatures with new spiritual parentage and the prospects of a glorious inheritance. 4. We believe that the teachings of Jesus Christ save us from the darkness of ignorance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and of the purpose of life, and of the destiny of men and women. 5. We believe that virtually every person who ever lived on the earth can be saved from spiritual death by assurance of a kingdom of glory in the world to come. 6. We believe that salvation also means exaltation or eternal life. This salvation requires the making of sacred covenants, including eternal marriage, in the temples of God, and faithfulness to those covenants by enduring to the end. (see Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Have You Been Saved?” Ensign, May 1998) Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Hugh Christensen
Here are five scriptures that will guide you to know that Mormonism is true: 1. BELIEVE. “Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend. And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.” (Mosiah 4:9-10) 2. STUDY. “Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” (2 Nephi 32:3) 3. PRAY. “When ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:4-5) 4. LISTEN. “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” (D&C 8:2) 5. OBEY. “Jesus said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:16-17) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Hugh Christensen
Our third Article of Faith declares: “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” Accordingly, we join our voices with those who plead to the Father, “O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mosiah 4:2) Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Hugh Christensen
“Mormonism” is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our beliefs are summarized in 13 “Articles of Faith” written by Joseph Smith. A few of these Articles of Faith are: 1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression. 3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. 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. 9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. 13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Hugh Christensen
NO! Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Mormons worship God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. However, Mormons revere and honor Joseph Smith as the Prophet of the Restoration. In one of our hymns we sing: “Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah! Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer. Blessed to open the last dispensation, kings shall extol him, and nations revere.” (Hymns, no. 27) John Taylor, a close friend of Joseph Smith and a witness to many events of the Restoration, wrote: “Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood.” (D&C 135:3) Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Hugh Christensen
YES! Mormons are Christians. We collectively and individually profess our Christianity in these words from a song we teach our children: “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ. His truth I will proclaim.” Moreover, we joyfully declare: “We are made alive in Christ, we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we believe in Christ, we worship him with all with our might, mind, and strength, and our whole soul” (The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:25-29). Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Hugh Christensen
“EVERY MEMBER A MISSIONARY!” This simple, four-word phrase is part of the consciousness of every faithful Latter-day Saint. We are always serving as missionaries . . . we hope and pray that our lives emulate the example of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. As far as being called to serve as a full-time missionary, that is a matter of voluntary choice and joyful service . . . whether as a young adult or as a senior member of the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Hugh Christensen
Mormons believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and, by the power of his Spirit, omnipresent. We believe that He has a glorified body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s. We believe that He is a personal Being in whose image man was made. We believe that He is our Heavenly Father and we are His spirit children. Mormons believe that our relationship with our Heavenly Father is supreme, paramount, and preeminent over all others. My Heavenly Father knows and loves me and I love Him, too. Show more Show less

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

Hugh Christensen
YES! Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God. The Bible is a testament of Christ; the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ. We are specifically commanded to teach the principles of the gospel which are contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon (D&C 42:12). Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Hugh Christensen
The Old Testament prophet Malachi prophesied of the return of the prophet Elijah for the purpose of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers (Malachi 4:5–6). This prophecy was fulfilled in 1836 when Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Elijah restored specific powers of the priesthood by conferring them upon Joseph and Oliver. This power makes it possible for families to be sealed throughout generations. Through family history work, we can participate in the continuing fulfillment of this prophecy. We learn about our ancestors and increase our love for them. In turn, we provide ordinances such as baptism in our temples for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Hugh Christensen
YES! We believe that there is a living prophet like Moses in this day and age. The Bible teaches that Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites out of slavery in ancient Egypt. The Bible relates the ministry of subsequent prophets including Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Through these prophets of old God gave commandments and revealed His will to His children. In one of our hymns Mormons sing, “We listen to a prophet’s voice and hear the Savior too. With love he bids us do the work the Lord would have us do.” We rejoice that God again reveals His will and love through living prophets. In the words of another hymn we invite everyone to “Come, listen to a prophet’s voice, and hear 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.

Hugh Christensen
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, just as the Church of Jesus Christ in ancient times, is founded upon a foundation of apostles and prophets. (Ephesians 2:19-20) Modern-day apostles are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators. They have the power and the authority to declare the mind and will of God. The President of the Church is the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator for the whole Church. The Savior reveals His will and doctrine by His own person, by messengers, by His own voice, and by the voice of the Holy Spirit—a communication that may be expressed in words or feelings that conveys understanding beyond words. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Hugh Christensen
Mormons believe that the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead and that his chief mission is to testify of the Father and the Son. We believe he is a personage of Spirit; he does not have a body of flesh and bones. We believe that he provides comfort and dispenses spiritual gifts to the faithful. Mormons believe that those who have received the gift of the Holy Ghost have the right to his constant companionship. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Hugh Christensen
The resurrected Jesus Christ appeared to His apostles and commanded them to: “Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). Pursuant to this Great Commission, our missionaries today go throughout the world preaching the message of the restored gospel to both believers and unbelievers in order to make an important addition to their knowledge, happiness, and peace of mind. Our missionaries preach to both believers and unbelievers because they cannot tell the difference between them. (see Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Have You Been Saved?” Ensign, May 1998) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Hugh Christensen
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is a member of the Godhead. We believe that He organized His Church during His mortal ministry. We believe that He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, gave up His life on the cross, and took up His body the third day. We believe that He has a resurrected, glorified body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s. We believe that through Joseph Smith, He restored His Church and that He is the Head of His Church today. We believe that He is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. He is the Light of the World. Indeed, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Holy Son of God. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Hugh Christensen
Our fourth Article of Faith states that the FIRST principle of the Gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Hugh Christensen
I believe that tithing is paid with faith . . . not money. The following guidance was given by early Mormon leaders: “Let us here observe that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things” (Lectures on Faith, 6:7). The tithing funds of the Church represent the collective faith of the Church membership and are consecrated for spiritual purposes. Tithing funds are used for: • Constructing temples, chapels, and other buildings. • Education. • Funding the Church missionary program. • Preparing materials for Church classes and organizations. • Providing operating funds for the Church. • Temple and family history work. • Other Church functions. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Hugh Christensen
The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that the marriage of one man to one woman is God’s standard. However, there are specific periods when He has declared otherwise. In the early 1840s, Joseph Smith received a revelation from God instituting the practice of plural marriage—the marriage of one man to two or more women. Thereafter, for more than half a century, plural marriage was practiced by some Latter-day Saints. In 1890, the President of the Church, Wilford Woodruff was inspired by the Lord to issue a statement (the “Manifesto”) that led to the end of plural marriage. Today, Mormons do NOT practice plural marriage. If any person is found to be practicing plural marriage, he or she CANNOT BECOME OR REMAIN a member of the Church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Hugh Christensen
Mormon theology proclaims the doctrine of equal partnership between men and women. Equality, however, does not mean that women and men are the same. Mormon doctrine teaches that women are beloved daughters of heavenly parents. God has given women the responsibility to provide physical bodies for His spirit children and to nurture those children. “The errand of angels is given to women … to do whatsoever is gentle and human, to cheer and to bless in humanity’s name.” (Hymns no. 309). Mormon doctrine also teaches that men are beloved sons of heavenly parents. God has given men the responsibility to administer the ordinances of the priesthood. They are also charged to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Fathers are charged to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. These responsibilities are equally sacred and important both in mortality and in the eternities. Mormon women and men are bound together in our love for our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are profoundly grateful for the Atonement. We mutually strive to obey all of God’s commandments. We find joy in serving our families, our neighbors, and our communities. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Hugh Christensen
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that marriage is ordained of God. We believe that marriage is the union between one man and one woman. Our support for traditional marriage has nothing to do with homosexuality or gender attraction. Rather, it is based on the law of chastity: we believe that we are not to have any sexual relations before marriage, and we must be completely faithful to our spouse after marriage. Our support for traditional marriage is based on the long-established belief that it is right and good for children. By extension, what is right and good for children is also right and good for families and society. Our support for upholding traditional marriage is based on the need to protect and nurture vulnerable children, families, and society. We believe that we are all the sons and daughters of loving heavenly parents. We were sent to earth to pass through the trials and temptations of mortality. Even as we all struggle with our personal challenges, we must bear in mind the commandment of our Savior, Jesus Christ, “That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Instead of adding to the burdens of our brothers and sisters, Latter-day Saints are under covenant to willingly “bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” (Mosiah 18:8). Instead of being threatened or distracted by popular headlines, our mission is to invite all to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him” (Moroni 10:32). Show more Show less