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Hi I'm Neil

I am not a professional athlete, performer, artist, or anything for that matter. I am a simple Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time student in college. I am a Sunday School teacher for the youth. I am married and currently have two children. I served a mission in Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church. Though I was born in the Church I worked to know for myself whether or not the church is true. The truth of it was given to me when I was fourteen. It was then that I learned for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I am Mormon because it brings true happiness in my life and I see how it bring true happiness to others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing the Gospel at every opportunity. I also stay in close contact with the Missionaries in my area. I live my religion through example.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Neil
To answer this question it's good to first understand what we mean by authority. In this context authority is referring to what we call priesthood. We define priesthood as the power and authority to act in God's name. This authority is delegated to worthy male members of the church. There are two priesthoods: the Aaronic Priesthood (also known as the Levitical Priesthood) and the Melchizedek Priesthood. The Aaronic Priesthood is given to worthy male members starting at the age of 12. The Melchizedek Priesthood is given to worthy male members starting at the age of 18. Either a worthy Priests in the Aaronic Priesthood, if approved by the Bishop, or a person with the Melchizedek Priesthood may perform a baptism. The importance of being baptized by the proper authority and the proper manner is to ensure the validity of the ordinance. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Neil
We believe that death is not an annihilation of a person. Rather we believe that death is a necessary progress for us in Heavenly Father's plan. There are two components to a person: 1.) their physical body and 2.) their spirit. Death is a temporary separation of these components. When a person dies their physical body is either buried or cremated. The spirit, unlike the physical body, continues to exist. The spirit after it's separation from the body enters what we call the Spirit World. It is in this Spirit World that the spirits of the deceased wait for the resurrection to happen. We define resurrection as a reuniting of the physical body and the spirit never to be separated again. The resurrection was made possible because of the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that we will once again be reunited with our family members that have died. Show more Show less

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

Neil
Mormon is not the title for our church's name; rather it is a nickname for it. The nickname Mormon was first used reproachfully as is noted in the History of the Church dated August 1835. (History of the Church V.2, page 254) This nickname was given reproachfully by those who were against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. Concerning the nickname Mormon, M. Russell Ballard-- an Apostle of our church--said, "While Mormon is not the full and correct name of the Church, and even though it was originally given by our detractors during our early years of persecution, it has become an acceptable nickname when applied to members rather than the institution. We do not need to stop using the name Mormon when appropriate, but we should continue to give emphasis to the full and correct name of the Church itself. In other words, we should avoid and discourage the term 'Mormon Church.'" (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/the-importance-of-a-name?lang=eng) It should be remembered that the revealed name given for the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." (Doctrine and Covenants 115:4) We are encouraged to use this revealed name when referring to the church. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Neil
A ward is a large body of people, whereas a branch is a small body of people. These organized bodies of people are known as a congregation. A bishop (known also as a President if it's a branch) is the spiritual leader over his congregation. A Bishop or President is selected from among his congregation to volunteer for the position. Since the position is voluntary they are unpaid for their services. A ward and a branch is organized geographically. A stake is a collection of wards and branches within, as a prophet put it, "a specific geographical area." (http://www.lds.org/ensign/1991/01/strengthen-thy-stakes?lang=eng) Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Neil
A testimony is an individual's declaration of what he/she believe or knows. When he/she bears their testimony they are acting as a witness of things they, on their own accord, have come to believe or know through the means of the Holy Ghost. A person's testimony normal contains these elements: 1.) They believe/know that God (Heavenly Father) lives, 2.) They believe/know that Jesus Christ lives, 3.) They believe/know that Joseph Smith is/was a true prophet of God, 4.) They believe/know that the Book of Mormon is a true book of God, 5.) They believe/know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church on the earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Neil
To understand this answer it's best to understand what is mean't by the word proxy. The word proxy means to act on behalf of another person. Thus proxy baptisms are performed by a living person for and in behalf of a person who is dead. Proxy baptisms are performed for those people who died before having received the ordinance of baptism. Proxy baptisms can be performed for one's ancestors or for others not related to them. These baptisms are done because baptism is necessary for entrance into the kingdom of God. Thus these baptisms offer a person the opportunity to accept or reject the baptism and entrance into the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

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

Neil
The Holy Ghost is the third member of what we call the Godhead. Godhead is a term we use when speaking of three distinct members who are one in purpose, deeds, and words. These three members are: 1.) Heavenly Father 2.) Jesus Christ, and 3.) The Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is different from the first two in that the Holy Ghost does not have a physical body, rather the Holy Ghost is a spirit. The Holy Ghost has certain roles that it does. Some of the roles of the Holy Ghost are: 1.) The Holy Ghost is a comforter, meaning that he brings comfort to us when needed. 2.) The Holy Ghost testifies of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 3.) The Holy Ghost reveals to us truths of all things, and 4.) The Holy Ghost sanctifies us, meaning that the Holy Ghost can cleanse us from sin. Show more Show less

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

Neil
Yes. The Bible is considered as holy scripture and the word of God. The Bible is full of important events, stories, and wonderful teachings. Through it we can learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I read the Bible along with the Book of Mormon and other scriptures we use in the church. Show more Show less