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Hi I'm Drew Caruso

Home: North Carolina. Mission: Alberta, Canada. I like bodybuilding, politics, football, Pepsi & Gospel rap...and ima Mormon!

About Me

Born in Colorado, raised down south in North Carolina. Raised in the church but, it took 19 years and a long, hard struggle to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and gain a testimony of His Church. I've always been proud to be an American. Even as a kid I was fascinated by political science and governmental philosophy. I love doing research and I even had my own show at one time. I've also been on the air with several political talk show personalities such as Geraldo Rivera and even Sean Hannity. I'm a big fan of working out. There's almost no place I'd rather be than in the gym. And as Mormons, most of us play basketball so I learned to love it...emphasis on the learned. I never played football but the Saints are my team. Green Bay is #2 I someday hope to have a career in law enforcement. I just feel a sense of duty to give back to my community by making it a safer place. There eventually came a time in my life where I had to dig down deep and decide for myself where I was going to stand. At the time I had so many forces, each one seemed to be pushing me towards another path and because I didn't have a strong foundation it was easy to fall into habits and practices I shouldn't have and that never brought me any happiness. But now, every day is a second chance to enjoy life, improve, and help others. And it's not because of anything I've done, it's because of the love my Savior Jesus Christ has for me. Btw LDS missions is off the chain! Errbody should go!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me a sense of happiness and joy to know that I have a Father in Heaven who loved me so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die for my sins so that I can repent and be forgiven of everything I've ever done wrong. I also gain strength from the fact that my Savior Jesus Christ has felt every pain, temptation, and struggle I have ever felt which puts Him in a position to understand me. He isn't some distant spirit who I'll never know. He's my personal Savior and Redeemer who knows exactly what I'm going through. Alma 7:12 in the Book of Mormon tells us "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people".

How I live my faith

I just try hard to pray and read my scriptures every day. I try to maintain a positive attitude which, for me, is hard to do sometimes...okay, a lot of times. I try to think of the people I'm grateful to and why I'm grateful to them. I developed a new policy for my life as well, it's called "Forgive everybody." No matter who they are or what they've done, forgive them. I spent a large portion of my life being bitter and angry at people and it's a heavy load to carry and requires you to put in a lot of time. And yeah, it's hard. But I figure if Jesus Christ is able to forgive me of all the bad things I've done in my life, why can't I forgive someone else? Right now as a missionary I have the opportunity of living my faith every day and also sharing it with others. Being a missionary, it's very rewarding, it's humbling, sometimes exhausting but every day I depend on the Lord to help me help the work go forward. I once heard a wise man say, "If it is to be, it is up to me!" All I got to say to that is Amen.

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

Drew Caruso
I believe the Bible is the Word of God. Absolutely. It, like the Book of Mormon, contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel. I do my best to try to live by it but being the imperfect man that I am, I often miss the mark. Mormons have always believed in the Bible and known that it is the Word of God and the Church of Jesus Christ would not exist without it. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Drew Caruso
We teach what the Savior taught in the Bible and the book of Mormon. Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16) To the Christians in the ancient Americas, He also said, "This is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me. And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. And whoso believeth not in me, and is not baptized, shall be damned." "...And whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost..." "Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them” (3 Nephi 11:32–35, 39). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Drew Caruso
Because we believe that every person has the right to hear the gospel and have the opportunity to accept or reject the ordinances of it. Baptism is one of those ordinances. An ordinance is something that the Lord asks us to do in order to ensure that we can return to live with Him again. The Apostle Paul speaks of baptism for the dead in 1 Corinthians 15:29 and from the context, we know that it was common place in his era. Now, if baptism for the dead was practiced in the New Testament Church, it necessarily follows that God would ask us to do it in the modern-day Church. But, we also know that baptism for the dead does NOT automatically mean that the person for whom it is performed will "become a Mormon". Those who are in the Spirit World can either accept or reject the ordinance that is performed for them on their behalf. The Lord never takes away our personal choice. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Drew Caruso
Well, the Savior taught His doctrine in the meridian of time, and His Apostles struggled mightily to preserve it against a barrage of false tradition and philosophy. New Testament Epistles cite numerous incidents demonstrating that serious and widespread apostasy was already under way during the Apostles’ ministry. The centuries that followed were illuminated by occasional rays of gospel light until, in the 19th century, 1820 to be exact, a brilliant dawn of Restoration broke upon the world, and the gospel of Christ, full and complete, was once again upon the earth. The First Vision was the beginning of this Restoration. This glorious day began when, in “a pillar of light … above the brightness of the sun” (Joseph Smith—History 1:16), God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, visited young Joseph Smith and initiated what would become a virtual flood of revelation linked with divine power and authority. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Drew Caruso
Because they do not understand the meaning of the word "cult". There are two definitions of the word "cult". One is the sociological definition and the other one is the religious definition. The sociological definition of a cult is any organization that restricts a person's personal liberties by isolating them from the rest of mainstream society. A sociological cult requires total obedience to a single person (not a Deity) and the penalties for disobedience are the loss of property, family, physical punishment, and in some cases, loss of life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does NOT meet ANY of the criteria for being a sociological cult. Our scriptures state this clearly, "We believe that all religious societies have a right to deal with their members for disorderly conduct, according to the rules and regulations of such societies; provided that such dealings be for fellowship and good standing; but we do not believe that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world’s goods, or to put them in jeopardy of either life or limb, or to inflict any physical punishment upon them. They can only excommunicate them from their society, and withdraw from them their fellowship." (Doctrine & Covenants 134:10) The other definition of a "cult" is any religious organization whose practices are not recognized as "orthodox" by the other dominant religious bodies. To them, to believe differently is to be a "cult". Show more Show less

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

Drew Caruso
What are Mormon women like? To really answer the first question I'd cite a quote from former Young Women general president Margaret D. Nadauld: “The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.” Mormon women fit all of those attributes. Tender, kind, refined, faithful, good, virtuous, and pure. And yes, Mormons ABSOLUTELY believe in the equality of men and women. However, we also recognize that we have separate roles and responsibilities in the Church and in the family. The Family: A Proclamation To The World states: "By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners." 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.

Drew Caruso
Ephesians 2:19-20 says, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." If the Church is built on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets, then why would there not be any in the modern Church of Christ? Also, the Bible tells us why we need Apostles. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." Without Prophets and Apostles, the work of the ministry remains incomplete and the perfecting of the Saints unattained. The fact of the matter is that God has always called Prophets and Apostles to lead, guide, and direct His Church through divine revelation. The Ancient American Prophet, Moroni, commented to those who did not believe in continuing revelation in his time: "And again I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations...he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ: yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them....For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever?" (Mormon 9:7-9) Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Drew Caruso
A testimony is what you believe. It's what you know is true. A testimony only comes after sincere prayer, thinking, and studying the scriptures. And it is comes through the power of the Holy Ghost. You know the Holy Ghost has given you an answer when you feel it. The Bible says the feelings produced by the Holy Ghost are "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Ghost is also able to teach us things and/or bring things to our remembrance (John 14:26) Every person's experience with feeling the Holy Ghost is different but they always KNOW when they are feeling it. It's clear as day even if it takes a while to be realized. And once we've received a testimony, we need to act on it. Show more Show less