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Hi I'm Khail Ballard

I love to draw, read webcomics, make music, cook, and think. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always wanted to be involved in the arts. I think that a culture is enhanced by artists and can only benefit from having people wanting to express ideas and feelings through an artistic medium. With any luck I'll be able to make a career out of drawing. The college I'm currently attending is Brigham Young University, where I will hopefully get my bachelor's degree in illustration. Maybe. I'm also serving a mission in the Las Vegas West area, where I hope to be able to teach the gospel. There's nothing wrong with appreciating art in many of it's forms if it isn't abominable to God. Being able to take in a book, a movie, or even a video game and to enjoy how it was made and to really recognize it's worth is something I value. My ultimate goal in artisticness is to have a webcomic of my own of minor renown.

Why I am a Mormon

Life can be hard. Sometimes things get thrown at me that seem almost unbearable. There are times when all I can do is to say "I know my faith is well-founded in a true God". As I get older and I learn more about what God wants of me, I can see that falling back on faith is a blessing. Being able to always say that life has a meaning and that if I stay true I will always have someone to go to is a really powerful feeling. I call my beliefs my "core" of knowledge. Even when adversity begins to chip away at my shield of friends and comfort, I know that no firey dart can damage my core. I believe in Jesus Christ as my savior and God as my father. I believe Joseph Smith was a Prophet called of God. I believe the Book of Mormon to be a true testament of the Divinity of the Lord. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've been called in teaching positions in Sunday School as well as classes for adults in church. Sometimes I wonder why the Lord would want me, a shy young man, to teach men and women older than me. However, I've realized that sometimes it's not just to help clarify the gospel to them, but to help me to understand it better myself. I've also had leadership positions since I was very young. Sometimes I don't always know who I am helping or why I get called to do certain jobs in my church, but I have faith that I'm doing the Lord's work and that if I fulfill my calling there will be blessings.

What is being a Mormon like?

Khail Ballard
Being a Mormon is an interesting, and rewarding, experience. It should almost be needless to say that associating with other Mormon's will be different depending on what area someone lives in. What can be interesting is realizing that just because people share the same faith and beliefs doesn't mean that they will like 100% of all other Mormons. Being a Mormon is a blessing because we can learn that faith in Jesus Christ unites us with people who normally we wouldn't care to associate with and learn things from them that we might not have if we stuck only to our social ""comfort zone". Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Khail Ballard
The idea that after this relatively short sojourn on Earth, we're entirely left without a choice as to how we'll be judged is ridiculous. God wants as many of us back and has allowed for that even when our mortal life is finished. Baptisms by proxy for the dead by those of us who are living is only one way that we help people come to live with our Heavenly Father again, who may not have taken the chance prior. While the idea seems a little odd that we're baptized for others, it's only strange if we want it to be. Opening our minds a bit to it allows us to realize the miracle it is that those who are dead can still receive salvation. Show more Show less