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Hi I'm Chad

I was born and raised in Colorado. I like playing guitar and snowboarding. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied Computer Science for 2 semesters at Brigham Young University before coming out on my mission to England. I like snowboarding, playing guitar, and I played soccer in high school.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for 2 reasons. 1: I know it is true, by learning + praying about the things I learn in church, I have felt a witness of the Holy Ghost telling me that these things are true in my mind and in my heart. 2: It makes me happy! I have found that by doing more than just knowing the principles taught in the church, but by living them, I find more happiness in my life. Not the short-term happiness that comes through what the world has to offer, but lasting happiness that I can find hope in at all times in my life.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving as a missionary in London, England! With this I get the opportunity to meet a lot of new people and share my beliefs with anyone who wants to learn more.

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

Chad
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most amazing thing anyone has ever done. It includes his suffering in the garden of gethsemane and on the cross. Jesus atoned, or paid the price, for our sins. To me I once had the question, what does Christ, suffering and dieing on a cross do? Why do we talk about it and why was it important? The answer is that Christ payed for our sins and through that was able to help us overcome 2 barriers that we could not overcome ourselves. Because he died and was ressurected we now can all one day be ressurected. Also because he paid the price for our sins we can one day return to live with our father in heaven. Christ did these things out of love and he did it for each and every one of us, to make full use of it we must have faith in Jesus Christ, repent, be baptised by someone holding the priesthood authority of God, recieve the gift of the holy ghost, and edure to the end in following his perfect example. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Chad
The Book of Mormon is Another Testiment of Christ and is a companion and second witness to the Bible that says that Christ lived and is the son of God. Like the bible it has writtings of different Prophets who were inspired and recieved revelation on what to write from God. The cool thing is that the prophets who were writting what is now in the Book of Mormon were living on the opposite side of the world from Israel, in the ancient Americas. It is called the Book of Mormon because Mormon was one of those prophets and he was one of the last prophets to write and he compiled the records of what different prophets had wrote about Christ over the course of about 1000 years (from around 600 bc to about 400 ad). The book came forth when Joseph Smith, a man born in the year 1805, was guided to this ancient record by God, a man named Moroni, Mormon's son, had buried it in the ground to preserve the record. By the power of God Joseph translated the work and today is published as the Book of Mormon. The book has a promise at the end from a prophet of God that says that if you read and pray sincerely about it you can know by the power of the holy ghost that it is true. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Chad
We believe that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon church) is led by Jesus Christ himself. Because of that the choice of the next prophet is not ours to make but is God's choice. In the past the way this has worked is that when the prophet has died the most senior apostle has become the next president of the church, or prophet. The prophet leads the church with the help of the 12 apostles. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Chad
There are 5 basic steps to be baptised and become a member of the church, first, develop your faith in Jesus Christ by learning about him. Good places to learn are the Bible, Mormon Missionaries can also teach and help you learn about Jesus Christ, they will also teach you about a book called the Book of Mormon which teaches more about Jesus Christ. The next step is Repentance, this means changing and following the example Jesus Christ set by following the commandments, the missionaries can teach more about what repentance entails if you get confused. The next step is Baptism, What! wait! that's only 3 steps. Well we believe baptism is a gate into membership in the church and recieving a remission of sins and must be performed by someone who holds the priesthood authority of God, but that after that you aren't quite finished. The 4th step is to recieve the gift of the holy ghost and be confirmed a member by someone who again holds the priesthood authority, and this is given through laying their hands on your head and giving you a special blessing that you may recieve the Holy Ghost. Last of all is endure to the end, which means continually trying to improve and obey the commandments. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Chad
Jesus taught that baptism is essential for salvation in the kingdom of God. This "rule" seems to make God look very unfair. What about all the millions of people who were never even given the chance to learn about Christ's teachings? Mormons believe that baptisms for the dead is the solution to this problem. This means that we perform proxy baptisms, meaning that a person alive today can be baptismed in place of a dead ancestor. Baptisms for the dead were performed in the new testiment times and are spoken of in the bible (1 corinthians chapter 15 verse 29). The people baptised in baptisms for the dead do not have their names added to church records, but a record is taken so that these baptisms are not duplicated (1 person being baptised multiple times). These people who are dead then still have their agency, they can either choose to accept or reject the baptism performed for them here on earth. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Chad
Faith is to have hope, and it is acting upon that hope. When we have faith we believe and are willing to act on the message that God is giving us. To have faith means we trust God and have confidence in him. The way to gain faith is 2 step, in the book of mormon it describes step one as planting a seed in your heart (learn about god) and see if the plant grows, by nourishing it by comming to church, reading scriptures, etc. The second step is to never give up. Even when things are hard and you are finding your faith, or trust in God shaken, don't give up. The Book of Mormon says that a witness will come only after a trial of our faith (Ether 12:6 Book of Mormon). Sometimes God gives us tests to our faith as a chance for us to strengthen our trust in God (and our faith). Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Chad
Joseph Smith stepped into a quiet grove of trees almost 200 years ago to pray about which church was true, as a result he was called as a prophet by God to restore many doctrines which were lost or changed through small changes and missinterpretations of the Bible. He had hands laid upon his head by those who held authority and was given the priesthood, or authority of God (permission to act in God's name). That authority has been passed down to today and there is a living prophet on the earth today, his name is Thomas Monson. We also believe that with this restoration of all these lost doctrines that God instructed Joseph Smith to once again call a quorum of 12 apostles and that there is a quorum of 12 apostles on the earth today to lead and guide the church with the prophet. Show more Show less

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

Chad
Yes we absolutely believe in the bible as the word of God, we also believe that God has more to say, as a companion to the Bible we believe the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel, or in other words the Book of Mormon contains everything necessary to our salvation, as does the bible. But if they both have everything we need then why do we have both? The answer is that the book of mormon provides a second witness that Jesus Christ is the son of God and is the record of the people anciently living in the Americas. It shows that God is the same throughout the world and backs up the bible. Another key reason we have it is that many people have many different interpretations of the bible. With the Book of Mormon saying basically the same thing in a different way, it helps us to understand more fully the bible and what the people were truly saying. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Chad
The church opposes abortion. There are rare exceptions to this where if professional medical advice has been given that says the mother's life is in danger, or if the pregnancy was caused by rape, and has given the woman emotional trauma. Even in these rare situations it is a very big decission that should not be made until after speaking with local presiding priesthood authorities and praying for confirmation on the decisions. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Chad
There is no other way, or name under heaven that can allow us to return to live with God except Jesus Christ. This, however, does not take away our personal responsibility to follow the commandments. We are saved by grace after all that we can do. In other words Christ has paid the price in full for our sins, but it does not take away our responsibility to allow grace to change our natures. Jesus has paid for our sins, but has changed the terms of our debt, we don't have to live a perfect life to return to live with God, but we do have to have faith, repent, be baptised, recieve the holy ghost, and edure to the end by continually trying to improve throughout our lives. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Chad
The church does not endorse political parties, the church does encourage us as members to be active participating in political and community affairs. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Chad
We must have faith in Jesus Christ. To have faith means more than just belief, it means that we trust him and have enough confidence in him that we are willing to act on that belief. When we have faith in Jesus Christ it means we act on his teachings because we are confident that through him we can be saved. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Chad
We have had the Bible yes, but if you look at the world today, every church seems to interpret the Bible differently. Which church has the fullness of the gospel? When Christ was on the earth he taught his gospel, but after his death and resurrection, he left his apostles to carry on the work who he had given authority to act in his name. They taught the people and wrote a lot of letters to the people to help them to stay on the right path as they often got confused or twisted doctrines. With the death of the apostles, the authority to act in Christ's name was taken from the earth and with that, many of the doctrines were slowly twisted to the point today where so many people have so many different views on the Bible. A restoration was needed to restore the authority on the earth, Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and was given revelation from God restore the fulness of the gospel, which over time had been lost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Chad
There are several reasons why God has seen fit to have us live a mortal life here on earth. One reason is so that we can recieve a physical body, another is to learn to choose between good and evil, the goal here on earth is to learn how to become more like our heavenly father. There are many reasons why we are here but the last one I want to mention is that we are here to form family relationships that we can make eternal if we live in harmony with the gospel. For me this brings a lot of hapiness, The Book of Mormon tells one last purpose to life, it is this "adam fell that man might be, and men are that they might have joy" Heavenly father's plan for us was designed to bring us, his children, lasting hapiness. This lasting hapiness is only possible through following Christ and his teachings. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Chad
In 1820 Joseph Smith was a 14 year old boy who was very concerned for the welfare of his soul. His parents taught him to pray, read the scriptures, and he was brought up in a christian home. He wondered which of all the many denominations was true, so he prayed and asked God, in answer to this boy's humble prayer, he saw God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. He was told that a great work would be done through him and that many doctrines about God that had been changed our lost, would be restored through him. He was called as a prophet by God just like Moses, Isaiah, and other biblical prophets. He recieved revelation from God on how to restore Christ's church and acted as a mouthpiece for God. One of the evidences of this is the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was lead to and translated this ancient record of the people who lived anciently in the Americas by the power of God. By reading and praying about the Book of Mormon you can know it is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Chad
At times God does allow and even commands his people to have plural marriages, hard as that is sometimes to believe the easiest example is in the Bible. Examples of times when God has allowed polygamy are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and moses all had multiple wives. At other times God has commanded strictly against polygamy. An example of this is in the Book of Mormon a prophet named Jacob very specifically commands the people not to practice polygamy. But he also explains that there are times when the Lord allows it. I don't understand the reason why God does everything that he does but one reason he may allow polygamy at times is in order to raise up seed (have his people multiply). At the current time the Lord's law is monogamy and polygamy is strictly commanded against. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Chad
Men hold the priesthood, but that does not make them in any way above or better than women. Women have their own organization inside the church. The relief society was initially created to administer help to those in need. Interestingly we also believe that the priesthood is there for us to serve. Women in relief society have their own offices, their own presidency, etc. Men hold the priesthood yes, but it not that men are put above women in the church, men and women are given roles to serve, men in the priesthood, and women in the relief society, and they are co-equals in this life. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Chad
the church helps many people throughout the world. Christ taught how important it is to help those in need and so the church is a direct reflection of that teaching. The church charity organization is involved in helping people by, distributing food, helping clean up after disasters, teaches self-reliance, and helps people begin small businaesses in their homes. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Chad
the main way the church finances it's operations is through tithing. Tithing is a commandment from God that asks that we pay 10 of our increase (or income) to move the church forward. Tithing is not about money. Tithing is all about faith, it is trusting that God will bless you if you offer up 10 percent of your income. When I pay tithing I have seen so many blessings that I know I can't afford to not pay my tithing God always blesses me far more than 10 percent of my income could have ever done for me. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Chad
We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that he is our leader, our king, our savior and redeemer. He is the only perfect being ever on earth and is the source of our salvation. In the book of mormon there is a story of a group of people that are persecuted because they believe in Christ in this manner, the people persecuting them begin to call them Christians, they gladly take this name upon themselves and we do the same, In this sense we are christians. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Chad
Authority is so important for baptism. It is the permission to act in God's name. So in order for our baptism to be sealed in heaven and on earth it needs to be done with his permission (authority). Christ's authority was given by ordination to his apostles he chose them which is important because today men do not chose who has God's authority, God choses them (john 15:16). Joseph Smith recieved the priesthood authority to organize Christ's church from heavenly messengers sent by God who had this authority, he recieved the authority from John the Baptist to perform baptisms. Because John clearly held the authority from baptising Christ, he was able to pass that authority under the direction of Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Chad
AWESOME!!! I love being Mormon. Life is best when you know that you are guiding the course of your life to be in harmony with what God wants for you to the best of your ability. I find peace from knowing that God has a plan for me, that Christ is my savior, and that my family can be forever, and this all is a blessing that came from the restoration of the gospel by Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Chad
After Christ died and was ressurected the Bible records how he showed his ressurected body to his apostles and many others. He also appeared to the people living in the ancient Americas as he had prophecied to them for hundreds of years which prophecies are recorded in The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon describes his short ministry among them where he healed the sick, taught the gospel, and organized his church on that side of the world as well. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Chad
so short answer... no, slightly informative answer.... no, it is directly against what the church teaches and those who do practice polygamy are excommunicated, the biggest penalty the church is capable of giving. long answer.... no, interestingly, the bible has quite a bit to teach us about polygamy. From it we learn that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon all had multiple wives (in case your wondering still what polygamy is, it is exactly that, having more than 1 wife at a time) So we can see that sometimes polygamy is allowed by Heavenly Father for various reasons. At other times the scriptures are very specific in condemning the practice of polygamy. The Book of Mormon has a prophet that specifically teaches the people that unless the Lord commands differently, polygamy is a big no no. Some people criticize the church because early in church history the Lord commanded some of the early saints to practice polygamy. Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and many other prominent early leaders were given this by command from God. In 1890 the current prophet, Wilford Woodruff recieved a revelation that it should be stopped. To see some of the reasoning you can read the statement he made after recieving the revelation it is called official declaration 1 today. The Lord's law is 1 wife today, and it will be this way unless he specifically tells us otherwise. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Chad
The first vision is a term you will hear many members of the church use. When we say this we are refering to the first vision that Joseph Smith had when he was a boy of 14 years old. He was searching for truth at this time in his life and was searching the Bible and attending church as much as he could in order to find which church was true. He prayed about it and had a vision where God the father and Jesus Christ both appeared to him. He was told that none of the churches had the priesthood authority necessary and that none of them had the fullness of the truth. This vision is important because it marks the begining of the restoration, the evidence of these things is the Book of Mormon, it's a bold claim that Joseph Smith made, but God has left the invitation, if you pray and read about the Book of Mormon, you can know the book is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Chad
Tithing is when we give 1/10th of what we earn back to God. It is a law found throughout the Bible, the money that is donated is used for constructing temples and chaples, it gives operating funds for the church (keeps the lights on in the chapels), Funding the missionary program (This does not include individual missionary expenses.), lesson materials for church classes, temple work, family history work, and education. Those who pay their blessings are promised huge blessings by God, i know personally that from paying my tithing that the blessings i recieve are worth far more than the money i donate and I really don't think I could survive if I didn't pay my tithing. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Chad
no, the church spends large amounts of recources on helping people all across the world, christian, non-christian, mormon, non-mormon. We do our best to follow the savior's counsel in serving our neighbors, and we know that our neighbor is anyone that is need of help. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Chad
Our bodies are a huge blessing that God has given us, he expects us to do our best to take care of them. Joseph Smith was given a revelation from God that we should abstain from tea, coffee, alcohol, tabacco, and harmful, addictive, and illegal drugs. In that same revelation God counseled us to eat ballanced diets of fruits, grains, ect. While when the revelation was released there was no scientific evidence that smoking was bad for you. Today many of the things included in this revelation have been found to be bad for your health. God promises both physical and spiritual blessings for keeping this law. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Chad
Jesus Christ was baptised by John the baptist in order to "fulfill all righteousness" (matthew 3:15) we believe that John the baptist help special authority, or permission to perform baptisms. We often call this authority the priesthood. Hebrews teaches that no man takes the honour of the priesthood to themselves. God chooses those who hold the authority to baptise. Joseph Smith asked the question, about baptism and in response, John the baptist came down and gave him the authority to baptise. This authority has been passed down to today. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Chad
Christ was baptised to fullfill all righteousness. Despite the fact that he was perfect, he still had to be baptised because it was a commandment. If Christ was perfect and he needed to baptised how much more necessary is it for us as imperfect people to be baptised. Baptism is symblic of Christ (his death and ressurection) and through repenting and being baptised we can have our sins washed clean. Each week we are able to renew this through going to church and taking of the sacrament (also symbolic of Christ). Little children are not baptised because they are uncapable of commiting sin. They don't need baptism until they understand the difference between right and wrong. Baptism is a promise we make with God that we will do the best we can to follow his commandments. It doesn't make sense for a person to make that promise if they don't recognize the difference between right and wrong. The Lord has revealed that children should be baptised at eight years of age. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Chad
We believe that the family is an eternal unit that is of great importance to God for us. Our families can be forever when founded upon principles of the gospel and sealed together by the proper priesthood authority. Our marriages do not have to be "till death do us part", they can be eternal. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Chad
Faith in Jesus is to trust him and have confidence in him. By following Christ's teachings we will have healthier, happier relationships with those around us. By following this you can have more trust in God and in the people around you, especially when you know those people share your values. in a successful relationship with anyone, you trust them. Any strong relationship is built this way, as you follow Christs teachings you will be more trustworthy for the people you are fostering relationships with. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Chad
To have a testimony means that you have had a witness given to you by the Holy Ghost of truths about God. As mormon's we know that Heavenly Father lives, Jesus Christ is his son and our redeemer, and that Joseph Smith is a prophet and was called by God to restore Christ's church to the earth. This knowledge is something that cannot be given or taken by another person. You gain a testimony by prayer and through living in harmony with what God would have you do. By comming and seeing the Joy and feeling the peace it will bring to your life you can know it is true. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Chad
Modesty is so important. It is very related to the law of chastity. The way we dress, is a reflection of how we see ourselves. Our bodies are a gift from God, we are here on earth and given the chance to show God that we will make good decisions with this gift he has given us. Respecting this gift by reserving physical intimacy for marriage is sooooo important. Dressing appropriately and using respectful language will help you recognize how incredible this gift which God has given us is. By doing these things you can have the Holy Ghost with you through following God's will for you. Parents can teach this mostly through example, but also can teach these principles so that their children understand the reason why modesty is important. Show more Show less

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.

Chad
The 12 apostles where men chosen by Christ to help him establish and spread the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ. He also gave them special authority, or permission to act in his name, called priesthood. With Christ's death and ressurection, they were left to maintain the church. because at the time there were only 11 (Judas was now dead) the apostles met together to pray about who should be the new apostle. The decision was Matthias. This was clearly meant to continue but because the apostles spread out to spread the gospel, they were slowly killed off one by one and never had the chance to meet back together to choose new apostles. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Chad
The Book of Mormon focusses on a time period from about 600bc to 400ad. It holds history of a people that anciently inhabitted the ancient America's. It was written on plates of ore and handed down from generation to generation by prophets who wrote what God inspired them to record. A man named Mormon abridged the record, the prophets who wrote the Book of Mormon records the profecies, and evidences these people living on that side of the wold of Jesus Christ. They too knew that a savior would come, that he would die for our sins, and that he was the son of God. Joseph Smith translated what had already been written and abridged by Mormon and other prophets into English by the power of God. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Chad
Self-reliance is very important because it helps us to be prepared in emergency situations. Disasters happen all the time which are out of our control of stopping, but we can be prepared to react to these situations. Also by being self-reliant we will have more self respect and be in a greater positions to help others at all times. Show more Show less

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

Chad
Studying the scriptures is Great! But I wouldn't have given you that same answer 2-3 years ago. I must admit I have often found much of the scriptures the be quite dry and boring to read. However, more recently I have begun to aply the scriptures to my own life, when I read a story about a kid who defeats a giant in battle with a sling I see the connection of standing up for what is right in my own life. When I read about Christ and his teachings, I find it helps me to be so much of a better person and to make important decisions when I aply those teachings to myself. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chad
We don't worship Joseph Smith, we only worship God the Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. We do however acknowlede Joseph Smith as a man who has done much good for the salvation of man (just like all prophets hopefully do, Moses, Abraham, Ect...) and that as the prophet who restored the gospel to the earth after a long period of time without the fulness of the gospel, we recognize his important role and respect him as an instrument in God's hands. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Chad
Baptism is essential for us to be saved (john 3:5) not everyone that comes to earth has the opportunity to be baptised, or even to hear Jesus Christ's name for that matter. We believe God is perfectly just and that he has provided a way that those who have not been baptised who are dead can have that opportunity after this life. Those who have passed on can choose to accept or reject the proxy baptism, it does not take away that persons personal responisibility to follow Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 you can see that baptisms for those who are dead was performed back in the original church Christ set up. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Chad
The church has a organization and has leaders, teachers, and other positions inside the church. Those who are in leadership positions (and all callings, or positions of responsibility, such as teachers, youth leaders, clerks, and other positions) are chosen by God (a leader will pray and recieve revelation and then give the assignment to whoever God has chosen). The leader of a congregation is chosen this way, he will be someone that lives locally, and someone in a higher leadership position will pray about and make the assignment. He is not payed for his service but like in all callings he donates his time to serve the congregation. Having these responsibilities given to us from God is a huge blessing as they allow us to grow and strengthen our testimonies. Also in that service we recieve a far greater reward than that of money, God will always bless those who serve him. Also by serving others in the ward we lighten everyone's burden and express our love to them. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Chad
We increase our faith in Jesus Christ by trusting him, take one of his teachings and try to follow it more closely than you have in the past. For example, by reading the scriptures daily, going to church more regularly, or praying daily, you will see from personal experience that God will bless your life if you follow his teachings which will cause your trust in him to grow stronger. Repeat this process with what Christ has taught and you will continually be able to strengthen your faith. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Chad
We need a savior because God is perfect, and so no unclean thing can enter his presence. Because of our personal sins we are all imperfect and thus unable to return to live with God. Christ has suffered the punishment for our sins so that when we repent those sins can be wiped clean. Repentance is essentially humbling yourself and changing so that you do the best you can to not do the thing which you've done wrong again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Chad
God is our heavenly father, by this we mean that he is the father of our spirits. He is all knowing, all powerful, just, merciful, loving, and perfect. We are created in his image, he has a body, so it's not that God looks like us, but we look like him. His body, however, is perfect, immortal, perfect, and not suseptable to sickness or pains. He is glorious beyond all description. He wants us to return to live with him again. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Chad
Family is soooo important. In todays day and age the family is under attack more than ever from all sides. The family is a fundamental unit that God has given us. Families are many different shapes and sizes, but at the end of the day a family provides an atmosphere for a lot of the things we learn and experience here on earth. God's plan is for us to return to live with him and our families, as well as the people we love. While we may not get to chose our families, we do get to chose to make the decision, if we chose it, to make our families happier. By learning to get along with our families it helps us learn how to get along with others as well. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Chad
The Book of Mormon is a record of a people who lived in the ancient America's. it was written by many prophets who lived in the America's from about 600bc to around 400ad. Mormon was a man who was one of the last prophets who wrote in the record, and he compiled and abridged the writtings of the prophets who had lived in the America's. The prophets, by inspiration from God, taught the people about the savior, Jesus Christ. They taught them that he would come and redeem his people. The climax in the book is that after Christ had lived his mortal life in and around Jerusalem, and died and was ressurected. Jesus also showed his ressurected body to the people living in the ancient America's and had a short ministry among them. Mormon's son Moroni, buried the record in the earth and centuries later, God guided Joseph smith to the location where these gold plates had been buried. The promise of the Book of Mormon is that if you read and pray about the Book of Mormon you can know that it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Chad
The priesthood is permission to act in God's name. The priesthood was given by Christ to his apostles, after Christ's death and ressurection, and later the death of his apostles, the authority was lost. Many people still wanted to follow God but didn't know what to follow. Without priesthood leaders such as these apostles, there were many disagreements that they were unable to settle. because of this many churches where formed with varrying doctrines. God has once again restored that authority to the earth, and it exists today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church is led through the priesthood today. All worthy male members of the church are able to hold the priesthood, some examples of use of the priesthood in the church today include, blessing the sick, leading congregations of the church, and performing baptisms. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Chad
Sooo..... A ward is the term we use for a local congregation (it's a group of mormons who go to church at the same time in the same place). A branch is the same thing as a ward but we use the word branch for smaller congregations. The leader of a ward is called a bishop, or a branch president if it is a smaller congregation. The bishop is someone from the congregation who has been asked to volunteer in this position. Wards are organised geographically, in other words you go to church near to where you live. A group of wards forms a stake. The leader of a stake is called a stake president who also serves as a volunteer. Show more Show less

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

Chad
Throughout the scriptures you can see a patern, where God will call a prophet, and the prophet will preach the gospel to the people. Hopefully they listen to what God tells them through the prophet. Eventually though, there is a pattern where the people fall away and stop following God and they don't listen to his prophets. When this happens they often persecute and kill the prophet, because God loves his children, in the scriptures he would always call another prophet eventually. We believe that when Christ died he left his apostles to spread the gospel, these men were called of God as prophets, seers, and revelators. Eventually the apostles were killed as well. Because God loves us, he has once again called a prophet, and the same organization that Christ's church originally had is now once more on the earth. We believe that we have a prophet of God that leads and guides his church, and that there is a quorum of 12 apostles on the earth as well once again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Chad
The temple is a special building that is often refered to as the house of the Lord. They are the most sacred places on earth to members of the church. Only worthy members of the church are allowed inside of temples, but we welcome non-members to visit them, most have visitors centers that explain more about them. The reason only members can go in is not that it is a secret, but rather that it is sacred to us. In the temple we learn more about God's plan for us, recieve sacred ordinances (such as temple sealings, where families are sealed together eternally by priesthood authority) and baptisms for the dead. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Chad
The law of chastity is basically a law that prohibits sexual relations outside of marriage. keeping the law of chastity brings so many blessings. I recognize that through living the law of chastity I have safety, happiness, peace, and self respect. The law of chastity is one of the biggest blessings that has come into my life through being a member of the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Chad
Eternal life.... Well basically we believe that after this life, at some point or another everyone that has ever lived will be ressurected. This is a free gift that is given to us all, and is a result of Christ's ressurection and breaking the bands of death. Then after being ressurected we will also all be judged, where we go from there depends. We believe that heaven is not so simple as some people believe. Many have a concept of heaven and hell. We believe that there there are many kingdoms in heaven and that God will reward everyone according to what they have done in this life. Those who obey God and follow the savior will be worthy to return to live with God for eternity and learn to become more and more like him. Those who do not will recieve according to what they have done, but they will not live with God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Chad
Mormon women.... well I pretty much have nothing but good to say about them. I'd also be willing to bet that you know a Mormon woman, the fact of the matter is on first impressions they are very normal. We believe in equality of men and women, they church has actually released several statements about the importance of a family having a father and a mother as equal partners. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Chad
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is largely funded by a tithe of it's members. This means that we are expected to pay 10 percent of our income to move forward the work of God. I think it may surprise people to know that we actually pay it! This is because we see it as a commandment and as such a blessing. Whenever God gives any commandment, along with it he promises blessings. I don't think I could go withouth the blessings of honestly paying my tithing. Show more Show less

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

Chad
They teach about Jesus Christ! (I guess that's a bit obvious though) they will also talk about God's plan for us here on the earth, and they will talk about the Book of Mormon and why it is so important. All this though directly connects to the center of the message, that Jesus is the son of God, and atoned for our sins. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Chad
Mormons are people that are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, around 14 million people worldwide. We are called "Mormons" as a nickname because we believe a book called the Book of Mormon is the word of God along with the Bible. The name Mormon comes from the prophet who compiled the record that has been translated into what is today the Book of Mormon. 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?

Chad
No not at all. There is no color or race restrictions to joining the church, and all worthy men can recieve the priesthood. Show more Show less