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Hi I'm Parker

I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary in the New Hampshire Manchester mission... and I'm a Mormon ;)

About Me

Currently serving a mission in the land of the rich and famous: Wolfeboro, New Hampshire! My number one priority in life is ensuring that I can be with my family forever, both the one I have now, and my own future cute lil' babies that I'll get to raise (with a freaking hot wife!) ;) I know that the only way to make that possible is by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which I have been blessed to know of for my entire life. I KNOW that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, families can be together forever! Hanging out with my family is my favorite thing to do and home is my favorite place to be.

Why I am a Mormon

Previously, I was a Mormon simply because my parents raised me to be one. So, it was just what I ended up becoming. I was basing my faith off of my parents' faith. Now that I'm serving a mission for my church, my testimony has become a lot more meaningful to me personally. I've gained a deeper understanding and gratitude for it. I have begun to see the big picture of what it's really all about. My biggest priority in life has switched from Xbox, money, and making sure I look cool, to FAMILY. I'm so grateful to be a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ and have the reassurance that God's, our Heavenly Father's, number one priority is His children's (us) eternal happiness and that He knows each and every one of us better than we know ourselves. He is the perfect dad! I hope that I can follow His example as a father when I have my own family, and ensure the happiness of my kids and spouse as well as He has ensured the eternal happiness of His family as we make correct choices in our lives. I'm a Mormon because with Mormons, families are FOREVER! I will be with, and live with, my family just like I am with them now, even after we all pass on to the next life. How could a loving God send us to Earth and allow us to nurture such strong, loving family relationships only to have them all taken away when we die? And not just because we say so, but because we KNOW how it is made possible! It is all made possible by living the Gospel and fully relying on the Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

What would Jesus do?

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

Parker
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead (Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost). The Holy Ghost, or the Spirit, as many members of the church call it, is given to us as a gift after we are baptized into the church, which is normally at the age of eight for members who grow up in the church. This is called Confirmation. The Holy Ghost is a constant companion to us when we live righteously but will leave us when we do things that are not righteous. The Holy Ghost is a comforter for us when we are in need of reassurance. It can give us answers through our thoughts or feelings we get when we are pondering the scriptures or praying and asking for answers to our questions. It can warn us of danger. It can reveal truth to us. It is the greatest literal gift anyone could ever receive while here on Earth. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Parker
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are often nicknamed "Mormons." Members of the church usually refer to it as "the LDS (Latter-Day Saints) church" while non-members tend to refer to it by the more common, well known nickname of "the Mormon church." The nickname of "Mormons" came because of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a scriptural record, like the Bible, that was revealed to the first prophet of the church, Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon teaches the fundamental doctrines that the church teaches and is based on, as well as what is required in order for anyone to obtain salvation. It is very central to our church, therefore, it is often referred to as the "keystone" of our religion. It is physical, tangible evidence that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, called and chosen by God, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church once again established on the earth in these modern times. Indeed, any and all of the church's credibility and legitimacy as the true church of God is trusted in the witness that The Book of Mormon provides openly and freely to the world. Joseph Smith founded the church in 1830, under the authority of Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ stands at the head of the church, leading it today. Today, there are over 15 million members in the LDS church. The headquarters of the church is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Parker
We consider a Temple to be the best representation of what Heaven is like here on Earth, besides the home. In the temple, we perform sacred ordinances that everyone must do in order to be able to obtain the highest glory that the Father has to offer, the Celestial Kingdom. We also do those same ordinances for those that have passed on and never had the opportunity to participate in those saving ordinances. We do this vicariously. One serves as proxy for the deceased person. Some of these ordinances include baptism and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. In the temple, families are bound together for all time and eternity through the power and authority of God: The Holy Priesthood. That is the same power that the original disciples of Jesus Christ, during biblical times (Peter, James, John, etc...), used to perform miracles, baptize, give the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and other manifestations of Godliness. The ceremony, or ordinance, in which families are bound together for time and all eternity is called a sealing. Another ordinance that is performed is the Endowment. Just as it sounds, it is literally a gift of knowledge that we receive inside of the temple. It is an essential knowledge that every person must have in order to enter into the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Parker
Mormons performs baptisms for the dead so that everyone who never had a legitimate opportunity to be taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ will have the opportunity to choose whether or not to accept the true Gospel in the next life. A dead person can't be baptized... Therefore, we baptize someone who is still alive, vicariously, in the deceased person's place, so that that person can have the opportunity to be baptized. It is up to the deceased person's choice, however, of whether or not to accept the baptism. There is no forcing. God gave us our agency, and we do not believe in taking that away, otherwise, we would be going against God's way. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Parker
By reading the scriptures, you can strengthen your testimony in Jesus Christ, and in the love that God has for all of us. Moroni 10:5, in The Book of Mormon, teaches us that the Holy Ghost testifies of truth. The scriptures are one of the purest sources of truth that we have access to in this world. By reading them, the Spirit of God is summoned into our lives, and we literally come closer to our Father in Heaven, and come to know Him better. We gain more belief, hope, and faith in Him. You can learn how to cope with problems that life throws at you. You can find peace and happiness. When we are seeking guidance, whether it be with daily toils or life changing situations, one of the first things we should always do is turn to the scriptures. In The Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 19:23 teaches us that we should "liken," or relate to us personally, all scriptures. By doing so, we can personally gain much more from the scriptures. The scriptures invoke personal revelation from Heaven into our lives as we combine the study of them with sincere, earnest personal prayer. Anyone who will read The Book of Mormon with a true desire to come closer to God by doing so, and then pray to God to ask if it is true or not, will come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ restored on the earth today, by the power of the Holy Ghost (Moroni 10:4-5). Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Parker
There are many things that you can do to come to know your Heavenly Father better. We chose to come into this mortal, imperfect life in the life before the one we're currently in, when we were in God's presence. We are to walk by faith, not by sight, as was the agreement that we all made. It is a growing experience. It was not meant to be easy, but if we keep the commandments that God has set for us, we can overcome mortality and ultimately, enjoy it. The first step that anyone must take in order to strengthen, or regain, their relationship with their Heavenly Father is sincere, earnest, persistent communication with God. We must pray to Him often. Just like if we desire to know a person here in this world better. Probably the best and most effective way to do that is by simply engaging in conversation with that person. As we continue to communicate with that person, one-on-one, we come to know them better. If we discontinue communicating with them on a consistent basis, then our knowledge of that person and our relationship with them will decay. The same principles govern our relationship with God. God is ultimate supremacy and perfect, unconditional love in its simplest form. It is simple. Speak to Him often and consistently. And yes, God can communicate to you. God's mouth cannot be shut by the false philosophies, doctrines and teachings of man. He is your Father. Speak to Him, and you will know that He is real. That He is watchful over you and cares for and loves you. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Parker
Mormons are Christians. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. The most prosperous way of living is by constantly striving to follow Jesus Christ's example. He is our Savior and our Leader. It is because of Him that we will all be resurrected someday and have the potential of obtaining all that the Father has. We should have faith in Christ always, and worship Him with full purpose of heart. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Parker
The only person/power/idea/influence that man can place total confidence, or faith, into without ANY reservation is that of Christ. He has shown the world that He is perfectly trustworthy, due to His perfect attributes of love, power, knowledge, honesty, humility, consistency, virtue, obedience, mercy, justice, (etc...) and that He is the only person/power/idea/influence that can enable one to attain to eternal life, that is, just as the wording implies, being able to live in the same state that we live now, for eternity, only it will be "coupled with eternal glory." If we place more faith in anything else other than Christ, we will find that our faith in that particular thing will not yield the desired results. Alma, a prophet from The Book of Mormon, taught that faith must be exercised in something that is true, not false (Alma 32:21), otherwise you won't reap the fruit of your labors, because your efforts have been invested into something that deceives, due to your belief in that particular thing which is false. Nobody else besides Christ is perfect, so if you do try to place total faith in anything else besides Him, without reservation, that thing, whatever it may be, will not consistently express the same attributes which Christ has, meaning it won't have the capability of supporting you, or producing the desired, wished for results, and therefore can't make you happy like He does :) Have faith in Jesus Christ, cuz nothing else is gonna be able to pull ya through. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Parker
The experience of being a Mormon and faithfully living the standards taught by God through His prophet is the closest you can come to obtaining a fullness of joy while living in this mortal, imperfect world. It is the truth, and in order for one to obtain a feeling of total peace and reassurance, they must assimilate their life into the truth, and not fall into the trap of trying to assimilate the truth into their life. The truth will continue on for eternity. It will never end. It will never disappear. It will never cease to exist. All intelligences that ever have, do, or will exist must make a choice to either submit to and embrace the truth, or to resist and fight it. All intelligences are acted upon by the truth. You cannot escape or avoid the truth's influence, therefore the truth will always act upon you, for either your own well-being or for your own misery. God has restored His true church in these modern times. That church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormons. We have the truth and we know we have the truth. We don't just preach what we're told to preach. We preach what we know to be true. That is: The truth. If you accept the truth and allow your life to be swallowed up by the truth, then you have no fear, doubt, or worry. God is the source of truth, and this is God's true church. Anyone who will follow after the truth will be reassured of eternal life and exaltation. In the end, it is all because of our Father in Heaven's love for us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Parker
We believe that everyone lived in God's presence before this life, and that we are all His literal sons and daughters. He created our spirits before we came to this world. Our spirits consist of our true identity, personality and characteristics. God is literally our Father. Ultimately, the entire human race, those who ever have, do, or will exist, are all part of God's family. Us mortals here on earth are siblings to each other. Part of God's plan is for us to also establish our own families while we are here on earth in preparation for us to become like Him someday. God established laws concerning how that would be accomplished. The creation of a family is only to take place between a man and a woman whom are lawfully wedded. The family is to be nurtured and raised in love towards all those who are involved. Parents are to love each other and their children. Children are to love each other and their parents. God knows that as we participate in this creative process, and do so properly, whether we are the parent or child, we human beings would create some of the deepest and most powerful relationships that we will ever experience. God loves us, and He will not allow those cherished relationships to ever be ruined, destroyed, or limited in any way IF we do what He asks us to do and follow the plan He has established. He has promised us that blessing. Indeed, the family unit can and will continue to exist beyond this life, even after death, just as it exists now. 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.

Parker
Why would the true church of Jesus Christ not have twelve apostles? If He established His church that way when He was actually here on Earth, then what foolish notions influence people to think that it should be different now? Simple as that. Paul taught in chapter 2 of Ephesians that the church was established on the foundation of "...apostles..." If you claim that the Bible is the word of God and still don't believe it'"s necessary to have apostles in the Lord's church, then you should reconsider your beliefs. Paul also taught that the purpose of the Apostles was to teach and instruct the saints. They still serve that same purpose today as well. They have authority given them from God to have the right to receive revelation that pertains to the welfare of the entire world. They then teach what God teaches them to anyone who is willing to listen, so that those listening may be blessed and protected by the Lord if they give heed to the apostles' counsel. Show more Show less

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

Parker
Yes, I know there is a prophet of God alive today. You can know as well by reading the Book of Mormon and then asking God, through prayer, if it was really translated by a modern prophet of God. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Parker
God chooses who the Mormon prophet is. If anyone else did, then it wouldn't be God's church as we claim it is. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Parker
After Jesus Christ was resurrected, He continued His ministry to the people of the Middle East for forty days and then ascended into Heaven. The Book of Mormon does the same thing as the Bible, that is, testify of Jesus Christ. We have the "Old Testament" of Jesus Christ (as the pre-mortal Jehovah), the "New Testament" of Jesus Christ (as Christ in the flesh), which are both found in the Bible, and "Another Testament" of Jesus Christ (as an immortal, resurrected being), which is found in the Book of Mormon. The crowning event of the Book of Mormon is when Christ actually does appear to the people in the Americas after His ministry amongst the people of the Bible. He descended from Heaven and ministered unto them very similarly to how He did so amongst the people in Jerusalem. He healed them. He blessed them. He performed miracles. He also conferred authority to twelve men, similar to the Bible, so that they could perform saving ordinances, such as baptism, in His name and have those ordinances recognized by the Almighty God. For if these people were not visited by Him so that they could receive that authority, none of them would have a fair chance to obtain eternal salvation. The people in the Americas are referenced to in the Bible by Christ in John 10:16. "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." The "other sheep" referred to are the people of the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

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

Parker
The Atonement of Jesus Christ constitutes His pain and agony that He experienced in the garden of Gethsemane and His death on the cross. No unclean thing can be in the presence of God, and we have all, as mortal beings, made many mistakes. Because of Christ's sacrifice, we have the ability to be forgiven of those mistakes, or sins, and once again be able to enter into the presence of the Father. Show more Show less