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Hi I'm Corey D. Harper

I'm a student, a basketball player, a runner, a servant of the Lord laboring in the California Ventura Mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing basketball, running, listening to music, hanging out with my friends, laughing, dancing, singing, and having fun in general. I was born in Provo, Utah and was raised in the Utah Valley. In my childhood years, I participated in several activities, including clogging, acting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and fencing. I have worked for a construction company, a water park, and yes, even McDonald's. I graduated from the Utah County Academy of Sciences in 2013 in conjunction with an Associate of Science degree from Utah Valley University. I departed for my mission to Ventura, California less than two weeks later in June. I love representing the Lord and helping others develop their own relationship with Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because God has directed me there. I have found more happiness in my life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ than by any other means. As I have grown up in the Church, I have had many opportunities to reach out to others and to serve. Through those experiences, I have gained a deeper love for God, my family, and the people I have had the privilege to serve. The Church has taught me how to love, serve, and to be selfless. This Church has increased my testimony of and has improved my relationship with Jesus Christ. That is why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I believe that I owe my Heavenly Father so much. He has given me everything I have and everything I can perceive. Why can't I serve Him for two short years of my life? No matter how successful I am on my mission, I will never be able to repay the Lord for the bounteous opportunities and blessings which He has provided me with. I know that I am doing it for the right reason and will do this not only for Him, but also for me, my family, the investigators I will be teaching, my future eternal companion, and my future children and grandchildren. I live my faith by always keeping "a prayer in my heart" as Alma describes. I begin each day with a prayer, and ponder about life with an eternal perspective. In the Gospel, and throughout my missionary service, I have prayed fervently for opportunities to reach out and serve others and show Christlike charity. When I see or meet somebody who expresses a need or concern, and is looking for peace in their life, I thank the Lord in my heart for providing me that opportunity to show love and charity. I feel good when opportunities like this arrive, because I know that God answered my prayers, and that He trusts me to help one of His children. I do everything that I can to help this person, and I try to convey to them God's love for them. As I listen sincerely, I develop a love for the person and I feel God's love for me. That's probably the way that I live my faith the most.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Corey D. Harper
God has always reached out in love to His children by sending prophets to minister to His children. He has done this all throughout time starting with Adam. Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Moses are other examples of prophets. Whenever God calls a prophet, He gives them special authority called the Priesthood. Sadly, throughout Biblical history, people have rejected the prophets and what they teach. They even rejected the Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. After Jesus Christ was crucified, and His apostles were killed, the church that Jesus Christ established became corrupted over time through the false teachings and precepts of men. The truth was lost, and it could not be found upon the face of the earth (see Amos 8:11-12). In 1820, God reached out again in love to His children by calling Joseph Smith to be a prophet. Since then, there has been an unbroken chain of prophets. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today, being the sixteenth prophet in these latter days. He leads and guides the church today, under the direction of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Corey D. Harper
The Priesthood is the authority of God given to man to act in His name. Throughout Biblical history, prophets have used this priesthood to accomplish many mighty miracles, such as Moses parting the Red Sea or Elijah calling down pillars of fire from heaven. Jesus Christ also performed his miracles by priesthood power. Jesus Christ gave the Priesthood to His Apostles by the laying on of hands before His crucifixion. Unfortunately, the Apostles never gave the Priesthood to anybody else before they were killed, exiled, etc. There are two types of priesthoods: the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood. Both priesthoods were restored to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the 1800s. John the Baptist gave the Aaronic Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery; and Peter, James and John gave the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as well. That same Priesthood has been passed down from person to person and it still exists today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less