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Hi I'm Casey Smith

I grew up in Utah. I love to play sports and use computers. I'm currently serving my mission in San Diego, CA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Riverton Utah, (one of the greatest places on earth to be born and raised.) I really enjoy playing sports! They help me have peace of mind, plus they are really fun! I'll play basketball, football - anything that will get my body moving! I also consider myself somewhat of a geek. I really enjoy playing video games, working on computers, and doing anything that involves technology. I'm serving my mission in San Diego California, and I love serving here. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ blesses and changes the lives of those who accept it and live it, and I want everyone to experience the joy and happiness the Gospel can bring into their lives. I've been serving my mission now for over a year, and it has been amazing to see the Gospel change people for the better.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member since birth, but I am so grateful for loving parents who taught me the gospel and how to live its teachings. I've come to learn that that upbringing has made me who I am today. It has also taught me that we must gain a testimony of our own. Asking questions is not a bad thing - as long as we are humble enough to act on the answers we receive. Questions lead to knowledge. As we turn to the source of all knowledge, (our loving Heavenly Father,) with questions we have, we can know for ourselves what is the truth. I strive to become the best that I can possibly be through repentance and keeping the commandments which God has given us. I have seen the gospel influence my life in such great ways. It can bring comfort to those that stand in need of comfort, it can help strengthen those that need strengthening, and it can cause relationships to mend, it can bring answers to life's problems, it can bring the peace and comfort that every man/woman should be able to experience in life. I want to continue to learn what God wants me, and everyone to learn, and I hope that I can share this wonderful gospel with everyone that needs to hear it. I know this Gospel is good, I know it can change lives for the better, and I know the Book of Mormon is indeed true. I've received a witness of the spirit confirming that truth that I cannot deny. Because that book is true, I firmly believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's only church on the earth today that contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why - I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love being involved in the church. There is always that feeling of love and acceptance when I am participating in church activities. I love going to church and hearing the talks and lessons that are given. They help strengthen my testimony and help me become the disciple of Christ that I want to be. Serving a mission for the Church has been quite the experience. I always look forward meeting and helping people, creating friendships, and teaching the people that Heavenly Father wants me to teach. I want to be a tool in his hands in spreading His true gospel, because I know it is true.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Casey Smith
It is used to help build the kingdom of God on the earth today. When tithing is collected, it is sent to the church headquarters; where the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Presiding Bishopric meet together as the Council on the Disposition of the Tithes. They pray and receive revelation from God to know what should be done with the tithing. When they all agree as to what should be done with God's money, they use that money to: "construct temples, chapels, and other buildings; provide operating funds for the Church; fund the missionary program; prepare materials used in Church classes and organizations; and to carry out all other important Church functions." Tithing is God's money. He gives us everything - our food, our bodies, the earth we live on, even the air we breath; and all he asks is that we exercise our faith by giving 10% of our increase back to Him. In turn, he promises that will receive so many blessings, "...that there shall not be room enough to receive [them]." (Malachi 3:10) Tithing is just another way that God has us show our faith; and when we obey this commandment, it is just another way that God can bless us. For a great talk on tithing from Elder Robert D. Hales, read his talk at http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2002/10/tithing-a-test-of-faith-with-eternal-blessings?lang=eng&query=tithing Show more Show less