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Hi I'm Cooper B Rutan

I'm a band geek. I'm a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from the great North West. During my youth the things that filled my life were band, school, family and church, and it actually is band which has helped me get through my Senior year. At the end of my Junior year, my Mom remarried to a neat guy after being single for 10 years. This meant I had to move my Senior year. Through it all I have been glad and joyous at the help and grace God has given me trough this year of struggle, trial, and sorrow. I now am serving a mission in Santiago, Chile. It is a wonderful chance to see God's hand in my life and the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I could say that I am a Mormon because both my mom and dad were converted when they were in their 20's, but from what I have see, Mormon parents don't always yield Mormon children. However, my parents have been strong, faithful and successful in teaching me how to live a righteous life, my mom especially. I am always amazed at the wonderful example my mom spent those 10 years as a single working mom. She has always be able to put a special emphasis on family and the gospel which as truly given my sister and I a strong base to build our own testimony off of. My mom had definitely been on of the greatest examples in my life. When it gets down to it however, I guess it really isn't my mom who is the real reason I am a Mormon. The thing that keeps me Mormon, that I cannot feel with any other religion, is the Spirit. The Spirit is that warm feeling I get every time I am at church, do something good and pray to God my Heavenly Father. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate being who testifies of the truth of my religion. It is because of the Spirit that I know that my redeemer lives and that all, through him, have the wonderful opportunity to repent and return to live with our Heavenly Father in eternal glory and happiness.

How I live my faith

I am a priest in my ward. Most young men become priests when they turn 16. As a priest, I participate in the sacramental ceremony by blessing the bread and water to make it holy. I also am an assistant to my wards Bishop. I also am lucky and blessed to go home teaching with our Bishop. We visit an elderly couple who are surprisingly healthy and fit for their age (One is a POW from WWII!) We also visit a family who lives on the near by military base. We usually try to trade off who makes the appointments and who prepares the lesson we will teach. Also, a youth, I participate in weekly activities with other young men and young women in my ward. I also will be going on my mission next year for two years. During my mission, I will go to another part of the world and teach others about the gospel. I am very exited and can't wait to share this wonderful aspect of my life.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Cooper B Rutan
Put simply, everything testifies to the existence of God. Living in western Washington, I have the wonderful privilege to view the beautiful creations of God on a daily basis. When I stand in my backyard, I marvel at the wonders which God has given us and marvel that people could possibly doubt that there is a God. This then leads me to feelings of gratitude that I have been blessed with the knowledge of God's existence. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Cooper B Rutan
The official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but we most commonly are refereed to as Mormons. The name "Mormons" originated from the book of scripture which was unique to the church, The Book of Mormon. The term started as a derogatory term used by enemies of the church. When people would jeer at the early saints of the church using the name, the saints would proudly proclaim that they were indeed Mormons, and adopted the name. There is one thing which should be made clear, however, that there is no "Mormon Church." We do not worship Mormon, though he was a great prophet. We worship Christ who is the true namesake of the church and the center of our lives. Show more Show less

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

Cooper B Rutan
The atonement (the name we give to the event when Christ suffered, died and was resurected for us) is often known as an "enabling power". Many times people have problems and trials in their lives and don't know how to get out or how to progrress. Some will say that all one needs is sheer force and power of will, but there is a better, easier option: The Atonement. Christ's atonement alows us to leave behind past mistakes and to heal the scars cause from past experiences. It gives us strength and energy to keep going and alows us to do things we couldn't imagine doing before. If you need help, ask God. If you feel week, ask God. If you feel like you can't take another step, ask God to take it with you and he will. He will because he loves you and wants you to keep going and be the best you can be! Show more Show less

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

Cooper B Rutan
We TOTALY believe in the Bible! It's awesome! In a matter of fact, for us, understanding the Bible and what it is, is important to understanding Christ's gospel. The Bible was writen by many ancient prophets who talked with God eace to face. As they preached the word of God, they also recorded it for more widespread use. God also called ancient profets here in the Americas many years before Christ. These profets also preached and recorded the word of God and now we have the Book of Mormon wich is a seprate testiment of Christ and does not replace the Bible. Show more Show less