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Hi I'm Gerrit Kay

I'm from Blackfoot, Idaho. I'm a music and movie nut, I love the Lord and participating in His work, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just your average guy, I like to have fun. I play guitar, and I love music. The Lord tells us that "the song of the righteous is a prayer unto [Him]", and music defines me. I ran cross-country and track all four years of high school, which taught me a lot about enduring to the end. I'm currently serving a full-time mission in the Texas Dallas Mission and loving every minute of it!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and for a while, I took it for granted. It's not that I saw the commandments we live by as restrictions or a big list of "do-not"s, but I just was never truly as engaged as I could've been. I was active in the Church, but not as active as I should have been in the Gospel. The change came just before my Senior year of High School as I visited the church history sites in Nauvoo and Carthage Illinois. I gained a sure and unshakeable testimony that Joseph Smith was and is truly a Prophet of God, and that he did see what he said he saw. I am blessed to have such great influences in my life as my Mom and Dad. My family is one of the most important things in my life, and I know that families are of tremendous importance to our Heavenly Father as well. I hope to be able to live up to the example of my dad in my future family. I'm serving a full-time mission in the Texas Dallas Mission, and the experiences I'm having are shaping me into the man that God wants me to be. That's how he works. He gives us challenges and experiences so that we can grow. I know that sometimes it seems like He's not there when life gets hard, but I know that He is never closer to us than when we need Him the most. Life was never meant to be easy, we knew that when we signed up for this, but with Christ, it's not only possible, it's rewarding beyond measure.

How I live my faith

I know that obedience to God's commandments brings blessings. Even though we can't always see the reasons why a rule is there, it's there for a reason, and that reason is to provide a way for us to receive blessings. Is it easier to "go with the flow" and simply do what everyone else in doing? Probably. Is it worth it in the long run? Absolutely not. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has given me an eternal perspective that extends beyond the temporary pleasures of this world. Am I perfect? Not in the least bit. Am I trying? Yes. And that's the important thing. Serving a mission is helping me become better.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Gerrit Kay
The Bible is a collection of inspired writings that were written by apostles and prophets in ancient times in the area around Israel. It was given by revelation, and contains the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible to be the word of God. Just like all scripture, it points the way to salvation and helps us to stay on the right path. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Gerrit Kay
Joseph Smith is a prophet of God similar to Moses, Abraham, or Isaiah. He was called by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, to restore important and eternal gospel truths to the earth. He was the first prophet and leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was concerned about his eternal salvation from an early age, and he was confused by all the conflicting doctrines he found. Joseph Smith Saw God and Jesus Christ in response to his humble, fervent prayer to know which church to join in a vision. This marked the beginning of what Latter-Day Saints call the Restoration. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Gerrit Kay
To that question, I would like to refer to a passage from the Book of Moron. "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25: 26) We are very much a Christian faith, and we strive to follow Him in every aspect of our lives. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind, and I know that because of His great atoning sacrifice, I can be made clean from all of my sins. He is my Lord and Savior, my Master, and, most importantly, my Friend. I love Him with all my heart. Show more Show less

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

Gerrit Kay
Christ's Atonement for all of had three parts; his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, his death on the cross, and his Resurrection from the tomb. Through these events, He took upon Himself the sins of every person who has ever lived and will ever live on the earth, suffered for them, and then, through His death and Ressurection, opened up the way for each of us to overcome death and be ressureted oruselves. He also took upon Himself all of our sickness, weakness, and infrimities, so the He could know how to comfort us. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Gerrit Kay
The answer to that question is absolutely! I echo the words of Jefferey R. Holland, an apostle in this dispensation, that heaven "would not be heaven without my family". Part of God's plan is that we come into this life in family atmospheres, where we can learn gospel principles and grow in a safe, loving environment. God is our loving Father in Heaven, therefore family relationships are of utmost importance to Him. The family is God's ordained pattern for happiness in this life and in the eternities. Show more Show less