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Hi I'm Chad Flake

I love game shows and music. I'm a top-ranked "Rock Band" player. I'm currently serving in Argentina. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a VHS collection of thousands of hours of game shows. I was one of the finalists in a nationwide contestant search for Jeopardy! Kids Week. My goal since I was 6 was to be a contestant on the Price is Right the day I turned 18 (the age limit they set for audience members). I've made a number of ametuer short films, and I've won scholarships that are helping finance my college education. I'm interested in finding an audience for my own short films and screenwriting. I was an active member of the Rock Band community. I recently was in charge of organizing and running a 24-hour Rock Band marathon for over 350 people! At one time I was #3 on the worldwide RB3 fan count leaderboard. I've spent hundreds of hours mastering every instrument (including the Pro modes designed to simulate real instruments), and they sparked my interest. I've since invested in an actual drum kit and have taken 9 months of lessons. I've also invested in a bass and have spent about 120 hours of self-taught lessons, and am progressing nicely. I worked for a national TV station, and I ran EVS, which means that I was responsible for all the instant replays you see. I did all sorts of sports; basketball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, and football rebroadcasts. It's been a dream of mine to work in professional broadcasting, and I got a job right out of high school! But I'm not doing any of that right now. I've put everything I enjoy on hold for two years, because I got my OTHER dream job.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a personal testimony of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon because I have learned for myself that it is true. If you want to discover truth today, feel the Holy Ghost, know if there is a God and what His will is, or have any other questions, I invite you to follow the example of James 1:5: "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." Pray to God with a sincere heart. Have faith enough to act. Listen for a still, small voice. I promise you, if you are asking in faith with sincere intent to know, you WILL receive an answer. But you must have faith enough to act. If you're here browsing profiles on Mormon.org, and you've stumbled across this one, I believe you have a desire to know. Let that desire work in you, until you are called to action. We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah. I know that this is the Lord's true church on the earth today. I know because I have asked God himself and found out for myself. I know that He has called Prophets and Apostles on the earth today, and they receive revalation directly from Him. I know that we have not gotten where we are today through dumb luck or through decisions of our own. Trust in the Lord, and let Him guide you.

How I live my faith

I've been called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Argentina, Resistencia. I am currently writing this from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, and I will enter the field in little more than two weeks. I am putting every other worthwhile thing in my life on hold for two years so that I can focus on the MOST worthwhile thing: that all people are invited to come unto Christ. While there´s many worthwhile things in this world, the message of the restoration of Christ´s church is a message that can help people more than any other way. His power and authority really have been restored! There is a prophet like Moses living on the earth today! We can receive all the blessings that God has promised us if we are willing to follow his commandments! And the best part is, every person can know this for themselves!

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Chad Flake
Our bishops and stake presidents do not receive any monetary compensation for their services because we believe they will be blessed by the Lord in other ways for their service. As the prophet Alma says in the Book of Mormon: "If we do not receive anything for our labors in the church, what doth it profit us to labor in the church save it were to declare the truth, that we may have rejoicings in the joy of our brethren?" Serving as a bishop or other calling is a great privilege, and that building the Kingdom of God is an incredibly important job, but we do not consider a church calling a career. We expect our leaders in our congregation to find sources of income aside from the Church. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Chad Flake
We have always been officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the "LDS Church" for short. We were nicknamed "Mormons" because we believe in the Book of Mormon. We've grown accustomed to the nickname. Did you know that the word "Christian" was originally used as a deragatory name for followers of Christ in ancient times? Those followers quickly adopted the name for themselves- the Apostle Peter even uses the term in 1 Peter 4:16! Just as followers of Christ don't mind being called "Christian", we'll answer to the term "Mormon". However, we also strive to make known the official name of our church, because it states exactly who we are: Latter-day followers of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Chad Flake
The Book of Mormon was written by various prophets in ancient America. Many of those prophet's writings were abridged and compiled by a prophet named Mormon; hence the name. Mormon gave his translations to his son, who eventually buried them in a hill. 1400 years later, their location was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith, who eventually translated them with help from the Lord. The finished book was published as the Book of Mormon. If you want to know if the book is truly scripture or not, please do not take our word for it. Read it and pray to God that you will know if it is true. Find out for yourself. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Chad Flake
We do not believe that Christ died just so he could save a few of us. We believe that everybody (Mormon and non-Mormon) is entitled to the blessings of the restored gospel, and while faith and living a good life are important, there are certain blessings that can only be accessed through priesthood authority restored through Joseph Smith. We want to reach out to everybody so that everybody knows this wonderful message. Many missionaries make huge sacrifices to be able to serve for two years: I have witnessed this firsthand. Trust us, a lot of the time we feel just as awkward as you do when you find us standing at your front door. But we do it because we want you to know firsthand exactly how wonderful this gospel is. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Chad Flake
When the Church was first organized, some desired to join the church, but they did not wish to be baptised, saying they had been baptised previously. Joseph Smith asked the Lord about this, and the response can be found D&C 22. (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/22?lang=eng) The purpose of baptism is to show God you are willing to "enter in" to a covenant (a sacred promise) to serve Him. You cannot enter into this covenant through "dead works"--in other words, you can only enter and keep this covenant with God's help. He needs to authorize your baptism. God does this by calling worthy men to hold the priesthood--or, permission from God to authorize things on his behalf, if they obey the limitations God has set. If the person who is baptizing was not authorized by God (in other words, they don't hold the priesthood), "although a man should be baptized an hundred times it availeth him nothing" (D&C 22:2) The Apostles had the priesthood, but after their deaths, it was lost to the earth for centuries. There are millions of noble, virtuous people throughout the world who strive to follow Jesus Christ's commandment to "teach all nations, baptizing them" (Matt 28:19). They are a very positive force on the world. However, they are missing something--the priesthood. We are grateful that the priesthood was restored to the earth through the Joseph Smith, and that once more His children are able make covenants with God. Without it, baptism "would avail us nothing." Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chad Flake
We put a special emphasis on Joseph Smith. Sometimes those of other faiths are confused by this, and claim we worship Joseph Smith. However, emphasize does not equal worship. Joseph Smith would not have been able to become the leader he did become, nor do the things he did, unless it were through the strengthening power of Jesus Christ. He was as dependant on the Atonement of Christ as you and I am. As a man, it would have as much sense for us to worship him as the Israelites would had in worshipping Moses, or the early Christians worshipping Peter or Paul. We do believe that God had teachings that He wanted us to know on the earth, and He gave them to us through Joseph Smith. We do believe that Joseph Smith received a special authority from God that had been lost for centuries. This is why we emphasize Joseph Smith, because these things set us apart from any other church or denomination, and we consider the restoration of these things a very important event in history. However, it bears repeating, he was a man. We respect Joseph Smith, but we reserve our worship for God, the source of all that is good. (Exodus 20:3) Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Chad Flake
Dictionary.com lists 8 different definitions for the word "cult". One is "a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies." Most people, whether members or not, would agree that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fits this definition. However, it seems that when people call this church a "cult". they are usually implying it is "a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader." Naturally, we consider these implications inaccurate and quite offensive. So why do some use this word? There are those who misunderstand, who leap to judgements after considering only the things they find strange or unusual about this church. Were they to try to ask a Latter-Day Saint for clarification, or even visit a worship service for themselves, they might realize that we're different than they may be imagining. There are those, who, for whatever reason, simply have an axe to grind despite knowing full well they are misrepresenting how Latter-Day Saints believe and act. Both sorts of these people have been around since before the Church was even founded. Nowadays, especially with the Internet, they seem to do a lot to make themselves heard. Most of us aren't too thrilled about it--it's not fun to be painted in such a negative light. Our response? We do our best to follow the counsel in Matthew 5:44. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Chad Flake
Of course. Why wouldn't we? Show more Show less

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

Chad Flake
Marriage is ordained of God, and God's plan to teach righteous principles typically involves families. At certain times in the Old Testament, men called of God were authorized to take more than one wife. Joseph Smith, upon studying this, asked God for more information on this topic. God's response can be found in Doctrine and Covenants 132. Among other things, it explained the circumstances in which God could justify plural marriage, as well as when it was not justified. If you want a more in-depth answer, studying D&C 132 is the very first thing you should do. Early Church leaders were commanded to enter into the practice, and they did so. Later on, other members of the church were also authorized to practice plural marriage, especially after the Church had emigrated to Utah. During this process, women were free to choose their spouses, whether to enter into enter into monogamous or polygamous marriages, or even whether to marry at all. In 1890, through revelation through the prophet at the time, God commanded that the Church cease practicing plural marriage. This has been the Church's policy on plural marriage ever since. Entering into a polygamous marriage when it is not authorized is considered a serious sin. There were those who did not agree with ceasing the practice of polygamy. They renounced their membership in the church over the issue. These groups should not be confused with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Chad Flake
Short answer: No, we do not. Longer answer: Marriage is ordained of God, and God's plan to teach righteous principles typically involves families. At certain times in the Old Testament, men called of God were authorized to take more than one wife. Joseph Smith, upon studying this, asked God for more information on this topic. God's response can be found in Doctrine and Covenants 132. Among other things, it explained the circumstances in which God could justify plural marriage, as well as when it was not justified. If you want a more in-depth answer, studying D&C 132 is the very first thing you should do. Early Church leaders were commanded to enter into the practice, and they did so. Later on, other members of the church were also authorized to practice plural marriage, especially after the Church had emigrated to Utah. During this process, women were free to choose their spouses, whether to enter into enter into monogamous or polygamous marriages, or even whether to marry at all. In 1890, through revelation through the prophet at the time, God commanded that the Church cease practicing plural marriage. This has been the Church's policy on plural marriage ever since. There were those who did not agree with ceasing the practice of polygamy. They broke off and formed their own groups where they continued to do so. These groups are not affiliated or associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Chad Flake
During Jesus' ministry, there were things kept extremely sacred that He revealed only to his closest disciples. (Matt 17:1-12) We believe that the temple is God's house, and He has the final say over who enters. If He wishes to set prerequisites to somebody before entering His house or teaching things of an extremely sacred nature, it is His prerogative to do so. The intention is not to exclude others from entering. We strive to help others to meet these requisites. We believe that the temple is something of immeasurable worth and we invite all to prepare themselves accordingly. Show more Show less