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Hi I'm Kyle

I grew up in Washington and these pretzels are making me thirsty. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am a very simple guy and I am very, very easily entertained. Consequently I am pretty much happy doing very simple things. I enjoy watching movies, video games, and I love playing basketball. I played 3 years Varsity for my high school and played for 3 summers for traveling team. While I don't enjoy it a lot, I have done a lot of camping with my church friends. I have done a 50 mile hike, mountain biking, white water rafting and a lot of hiking. I attended one semester at BYU-Idaho before leaving on my mission. I am majoring in accounting and love doing math. I enjoy working on cars with my grandfather and uncle. I have worked with my father in his construction repair business for a few years before I left on my mission. I have learned things from how to paint a house to build a deck to how to correctly roll up a pressure washing hose. I do not like shopping and my parents are divorced. My pet peeve is blatant stupidity, and people who use their wipers to much on their car. Those are the negative things but other than that I enjoy doing basically anything. I am currently serving a mission in the Virginia Chesapeake area for about the next two years. since February of 2013. Yup. Dats me. "These pretzels are making me thirsty."

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the church. It is all I have ever known. Until about 13 or 14 years old I was just going through the motions and not giving any thought. Then my parents got divorced. I had to take a look at I was going to with my life. If I was going to stay a Mormon or not was one of the questions that I had asked. Then that summer I went to a week long camp called EFY (Especially For Youth), this is basically a week long camp for Mormons. This week long camp is just all about the the Gospel. I learned that week that the gospel was true through a bunch of small experiences. I learned that Joseph Smith was a called prophet of God, and if that is true, it just makes sense to me that everything else about the church is true because everything about the church basically stems from that one event. I have seen the gospel work in my life and have felt the hand of God in my life and know that is the true church of God restored to the earth. The more I strive to increase my gospel knowledge, live the commandments, or anything that points one to Christ, I am even more convinced that this is the true and living church.

How I live my faith

I have grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have served as a 1st counselor and secretary in a few different groups in my ward. I have taught a few lessons in Sunday school throughout my youth years. I have done a lot of community and service work. I have done services like clean up the local park, to the Christmas tree pick-up to even some caroling. I have enjoyed doing these activities. I have also done a lot of Boy Scout activities as well. Personally I read my Scriptures everyday, I keep the Sabbath day holy and strive to all the commandments and covenants that I have made. Most importantly I am currently serving as a full time missionary in the Virginia Chesapeake mission and have been since February 2013. :)

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.

Kyle
In Acts, 11th chapter, verses 23 through 26, we read that when a member of the original 12 apostles that Jesus establish had died, it must needs be that another be appointed to keep the full 12 on the earth. This pattern resumed until the church eventually got wiped off the earth due to unrighteous people. Thus, in the restored Church, it is natural to find 12 apostles, just like Christ had. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Kyle
We should have faith in Jesus Christ. Simply put by Paul in Acts 4:12 "there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Therefore, without faith in Him and what he has done for us, there is no other way to obtain the salvation you desire. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Kyle
The established way put forth in the Doctrine and Covenants is that the senior apostle will lead the church as the prior one passes away. Since the church was restored in 1830, there has been an unbroken line of prophets using this method. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kyle
No. We worship God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, by the power of His Holy Spirit. We simply hold in reverence Joseph smith's name, for the work he did is of monumental importance to our salvation in the fact that he was the instrument in God's hands to bring saving ordinances back to the earth. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Kyle
The church wasn't merely founded, more it was more like restored. Just like an avid car fanatic will restore a car back to it's original form, so did Joseph Smith when he was called of God to restore the church. In the spring of 1820 Joseph Smith had the question of which church do I join. He went out into a grove of trees and offered a prayer to God to know the answer. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him and told him to join none of them and that the true Church of Jesus Christ (as it is rightly called) will be restored through him, just like in times of old. This thing he did do and it should be testament enough that you are reading this right now. Funny to think that a boy of 14 years old almost 200 years ago caused the chain of events to have you read this. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Kyle
Missionary work is one of the biggest expense of the church. teaching people and sharing with them the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is of utmost importance, therefore, young people such as I and others save money to pay for our own missions. Where financial situations heed a willing volunteer missionary, the church has a missionary support fund, which consists of contributions by members of the church may help out. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Kyle
God's house is a house of order (D&C 109:8), and no where will you find more order than the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. A ward is the local congregation where we meet each Sunday and is presided by a bishop.A branch is simply a small ward. This is presided by a Branch President. A stake is a combinations of many wards and/or branches. This is also headed by a stake president. Each one of these presidents or bishops have counselors and other leaders to assist in the carrying out of the work in their area. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Kyle
The scriptures consists of writings from the prophets of old. They are the ones God has seen fit to preserve through the many years. These sacred writings can be read, studied and pondered about to bring additional light and truth to your life, as well as guidance and revelation. Stated simply there are some blessing to which only reading the Scriptures can one obtain. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kyle
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God had a prophet in the Old Testament days. Among other things Christ did for us, he established the church and was the prophet figure for those people at that time and today is no different. We have a prophet today just like in times of old. His name is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kyle
Contrary to popular belief, being Mormon is just as normal as anyone else with a religious background. I love to play sports, I love to hang out with friends, play video games, eat, swim, play, anything everyone else does. The thing that sets us apart is through the knowledge we gain at church, we believe God would have us live high moral standards to keep ourselves clean and to not lead us into struggly situations and sin. Therefore, we don not drink alcohol, do drugs, we pay tithing, and obey other commandments he has given us. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Kyle
A basic belief in the church is the fact that families can be sealed together forever. Knowing this fact alone can lead one to appreciate more the importance of family in God's plan. They are indeed ordained of God. Show more Show less

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

Kyle
This question has been one that has been most misunderstood, as I have come to realize on my mission. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is literally is how we are reconciled to the father. Since no unclean thing can enter into God's kingdom, and no person that has existed on this planet ever was perfect, (aside from Jesus Christ) There needed to be someway for us to be able to go back to God's presence. In the Garden of Gethsemane, and on the cross Jesus Christ suffered for our sins. In some way incomprehensible to us mere mortals, Christ voluntarily took the punishment for our sins, so when we follow him and do what he says, we can one day live with the father in heaven. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Kyle
This website is a very helpful place to start. You can send missionaries for the church to yourself on this page http://www.mormon.org/missionaries . This best place to here it is from the members themselves. The church is a world-wide church. There are members everywhere. If you run into one, I encourage you to ask them more. Say you have visited this website. I am sure they would be more than willing to help you out with any question that you have. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kyle
I like to think of it this way. It's an analogy i have used throughout my mission and I am sure other missionaries have as well. If you were speeding down the road, going 90 mph in a 65 zone, and an ice cream truck comes up behind you and tries to write you a ticket, what would you do? you'd probably prompt him to leave and that he can't right you a ticket. But if a state trooper starts flashing his lights at you and tries to pull you over, you know darn well you better pull over or you'll get a heck of a lot more than a speeding ticket. The same with baptism. God needs an authorized servant to organize and build his kingdom here on earth. And not everyone can be an authorized servant. To hold something as sacred as the priesthood (which is the authorization from God to perform baptism) is a sacred responsibility and shouldn't be treated lightly. Show more Show less

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

Kyle
From the stars at night, to my dog, to the weather, to the shoes that I am wearing. It's is weird to think that all of this happened by chance. While there are many physical proofs that there is a God, the most powerful experience to me is the one by the spirit. Quick lesson, you are a dual being, made up of a physical body and a spirit, combined to make who you are now. The spiritual part of you can reach much much deeper than the physical part. When you have a spiritual experience, It's significantly stronger than a physical one. When the holy spirit told me there was a God, i can't deny it because it witnessed to my spirit so strongly. That's how I know there is a God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Kyle
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. I myself hold the priesthood. I am authorized to stand in for God if need be. I can trace this authority back in an unbroken line all the way to Jesus Christ himself. This priesthood is necessary because God won't recognize an ordinance, such as baptism, as fully binding without it done by someone with his proper permission. This priesthood is used in a variety of ways such as leading congregations of the church, performing ordinances, and blessing and healing the sick. It is a sacred responsibility, one that shouldn't be taken lightly. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kyle
Just as the subtitle says, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. All throughout the Bible, especially the Old Testament, you have prophets prophesying and preaching about Christ. That is exactly what is contained in the Book of Mormon as well. The prophet Lehi, who lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. was the first prophet of the Book of Mormon. His son, Nephi, was the first to write in the book. Back then they didn't have paper and such like we do so they recorded their happenings and prophecies on metal plates. These plates were handed down from generation to generation until the last prophet of the people, Moroni, sealed them in the ground for Joseph Smith to find. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Kyle
God laid forth a plan for all of us to follow on this earth in order to prepare for life after death with him. Things such as faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost are necessary for us to be able to live with Him, meaning God, one day after this life. In relation to baptism specifically, we believe that one must be baptized by someone holding the priesthood of God and be authorized to do so. We believe that one must be immersed completely into the water and then brought up again, symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and in the being spiritually reborn. We also believe that little children under the age of 8 don't need to be baptized, for the are alive in Christ (see Moroni 8). Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Kyle
As a missionary myself, I know exactly what they will be talking about. They will be sharing a message centered on Jesus Christ, about God's plan for us, and what we need to do to live with him one day. It's a glorious message, one that everyone will have an opportunity to here. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kyle
Because all who have lived on the earth have not had the opportunity to be baptized or even hear the name 'Jesus Christ', the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints perform what has been called 'baptism for the dead'. This is when, in the Holy temples of the Lord, we stand in as proxy for deceased ancestors or others and are baptized for them. God is no respecter of persons, and therefore, everyone that has lived, is living, and will live will have the opportunity to be baptized. This does not eliminate their personal agency for they can still reject this ordinance. Every last person will have this opportunity. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Kyle
Jesus Christ is the literal son of God. His life, ministry, atonement and death fulfilled many many prophecies in the Scriptures. He created the earth under direction from God. He fulfilled the atonement enabling us to be able to repent and be reconciled with him. He overcame death and thereby enabling us to be able to overcome death as well. He is our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Kyle
God is the essence of perfection. He possesses all power. He has a perfected body of flesh and bones. His glory is such that us mere mortals can't begin to describe it. He whole purpose in being is to help us become like him. Every attribute that is worthy to attain in this life, such as mercy, kindness, humility, etc. he possesses is the soul distributor and proprietor of it. Even with all of that, he is still aware of the fall of every sparrow and knows you and me perfectly to be able to help us out in any way that we need. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Kyle
Everything we have on this planet is given to us by God. That includes our bodies, in fact our bodies might be the best thing God has given to us. Therefore, we probably should take pretty good care of it. Through a question asked by Joseph Smith, God revealed to him a principle and commandment called the Word of Wisdom. This outlines certain things that God has deemed not good for the body or the belly. Things such as tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs are things that we are asked to stay away from to keep our bodies clean and pure. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kyle
The word is used in a lot of different things, but essentially means the same thing. I have a testimony that working out and eating right will help you lose weight and/or get stronger. But a spiritual testimony, which is what I think this question means, is a spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost that some piece of spiritual truth is indeed true. I know, for instance, that daily morning and evening prayers will help out your day. The basis of my testimony that Jesus is the Christ and that he restored his church through Joseph Smith in these latter days. Show more Show less