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Hi I'm Elder Mosteller

I'm a Utahn, born and raised; a musician from the age of four: violin, mandolin, guitar and piano; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always feel slightly selfish when writing about myself. It's not that I don't enjoy sharing my experiences, I just don't want whomever is reading this to think "Wow, this guy loves himself." Some people live in a world of mirrors where all they see is themselves and anyone who gets in the way of one of their beautiful reflections "is just like, ugh, please." Ya know? I'm not one of those people. In fact, as I write this now I can tell you it is about 2:00 PM and I have spent approximately two seconds on my physical appearance for the day. I haven't even consulted a mirror yet. So, without further ado, here's the general plot of my life. I was born in Utah into a Latter Day Saint family. I've been a successful student so far (when I have applied myself). I love music and the ability it has to touch the soul. The violin and the mandolin are my weapons of choice, but I occasionally jam on piano and guitar. I am not a blameless person and have made many silly mistakes in my life so far. I have attended a semester of college and am now preparing for a mission. I love to read literature and other enriching works. I'm not much of a pleasure reader, I like to learn for my efforts. I'm generally outgoing, but I like peaceful solitude and family activities as much as friend gatherings. I really love my family, so I can't complain when family activities usurp friends. I have a passion for life. Above all, I have a love for my father in heaven. That keeps me going.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in absolute truth and I have found that in Latter Day Saint doctrines. No promise God has made has ever nor will ever go unfulfilled. I have learned this through my experiences. When I pray and live my life according to gospel principles, the lord blesses me and progresses my soul. I have an undying testimony of the Lord, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith and modern day prophets. I know that God's plan is perfect and is the only way to achieve eternal happiness. I know the Atonement of Jesus Christ was a perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind and through it we can be redeemed from our imperfections. I know that Jesus Christ's life was exemplary and blameless. I now that if we follow Christ's example we can live with our Heavenly Father once more. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and was commissioned to organize God's church here on earth. I know that he truly did translate the golden plates into the Book of Mormon. I know that the book of Mormon is essential scripture for living a life fulfilled. I know that all prophets following Joseph Smith have been ordained of God and that their works have progressed the church in the manner that God has seen fit. I persist in following the gospel of Christ because it has never ceased to bless my life. I would not be who I am today were it not for obedience to gospel principles. I love my fellow man and hope that as I prepare to serve on a mission I will come to understand the needs of present day individuals so that I may bless them with the good news that "He is risen." What I know, above all things, is that "love prevails" and that "God is love" and he will prevail. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by having courage: the courage to stand up for what I believe in; the courage to share the gospel with coworkers and friends; and the courage to be one among a small but powerful multitude. I have served in many callings so far in my life. Through those callings I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience. Being able to hold the priesthood keys given to the leader of the deacons quorum gave me a stronger testimony of responsibility, duty, and love. Holding other priesthood associated quorum positions has enlightened me as to the ultimate goal and purpose of the priesthood in the church. The priesthood serves as a blessing to the individual, the family, the quorum, the ward, the stake and the church as a whole. For me the priesthood has inspired much personal growth. In my family the priesthood has kept us extremely close to one another and has strengthened our relationship with God. In my quorum the priesthood has been a facet of much spiritual discussion, often being a tie in to many lessons and carrying enough impetus to encourage the quorum members' desire to live the lessons taught. Finally, in the church, the priesthood serves as a source of divine authority through which we justify our prophesies and works. I support this divine authority by trying my best to live the priesthood covenants I have made. I would like to bear my testimony of the importance of having the courage to live a priesthood oriented life; it will bless you in all that you do.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Elder Mosteller
Because that would be priestcraft. See Alma 1 in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Elder Mosteller
Us missionaries proselyte and declare the gospel because we know deep down in our hearts that the message of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ is true. God has commanded us to preach the gospel and also said "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Any good member of the church who professes a love for Jesus Christ and has righteous desires should serve the Lord by sharing His precious truths and the blessings that come by the understanding and application thereof. It is simple why we preach: because we love. Show more Show less

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?

Elder Mosteller
A common thread I have seen among the unbelievers is that there have, in the past, been restrictions on who can join the church. This assumption is entirely false. All worthy people may join the church. The priesthood misconception, on the other hand, is more touchy, but is no real problem when you look at the Bible and the history of the 12 tribes of Israel. Before I go into that I'd like to state that all worthy men can hold the priesthood in our day and age. Back in the time of Moses, however, only those from the tribe of Levi could hold the priesthood! Lucky we didn't live back then. it is marvelous that all men can now hold the priesthood. That's really all that matters anymore. The history is past, the revelation is now, and the church moves on. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Elder Mosteller
Baptism itself is a covanent with God. It is like a contract between you and the Lord. You promise to do certain things and in return the Lord promises to give you an added measure of His spirit. When we participate in the ordinance of baptism our signature is the act of being baptized: being immersed under the water. That is a valid signature of our own. Now, the Lord very well wants to give you his signature, but he also does not want to allow those who are living a life of sin to waste the blessings He promises to give them. To save people from themselves and allow for a proper system where His will can be done His way, He gives authority only to individuals who have reached a certain level of spiritual discernment and brightness. When men in authority baptize an individual under the commision of Jesus Christ it is as if He Himself is signing the document of blessings. All mankind should seek authoritative baptism, as it truly does bring greater progress and understanding to those with broken hearts and contrite spirits. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the sacred vessel of authority that the Lord has set up on the earth today through the Prophets, Seers, and Revelators He has called. I know with all of my heart, might, mind, and strength that this is the truth. I have experienced these blessings first hand. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Elder Mosteller
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints definitely emphasizes and understands the importance of grace. Grace is not something that can be earned or sought after, it is something that exists outside of mankind's acting sphere. Jesus Christ, through the will of the Father, introduced grace to the world by his atoning sacrifice. Now, not to be misquoted, grace is not a chronological entity enjoyed only by those born after Christ, it is as timeless and infinite as the atonement is. The grace of God is there to make up the difference of our actions. We cannot, of ourselves, do anything perfectly. If we are, however, living our lives with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and glorifying God with our works, then grace will manifest itself through us while we seek righteously to build ourselves. Grace is the living impetus that drives hope and miracles. It is the gift of the one true God. Those who call on grace call upon God for repentance. The importance of grace to a Latter-day Saint is that of a constant reminder to be humble and submissive before God. Of ourselves we can merit nothing. Of Jesus Christ we can merit everything. Jesus Christ's grace is manifest through the law of the gospel. If we live according to His teachings, Him being the one carrying us through trial and tribulation, then "it is by grace we are saved, after all we can do." Show more Show less