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Hi I'm Colton Kunz

I grew up in Rigby, ID, I am an avid wrestler and team roper, I'm a missionary in Jolly Old England, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I enjoy all forms of outdoor activities. I like team roping, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, biking, boating, snowboarding, and a plethora of other words that end with ing. I just graduated from high school, but while I was in high school I was involved in many activities. I was the Editor in Chief of the school newspaper, captain of the wrestling team, I played football for a couple of years (before deciding to focus on wrestling), and other such activities. I am a huge Sci-Fi and Fantasy fan. Some of my favorite books are Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Leven Thumps, etc. My favorite movies are: Avengers, The Iron Man Trilogy, The Hunger Games, the newer Star Treks, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and anything with Clint Eastwood in it. I am an aspiring archaeologist and will study to become such starting fall 2015 at Brigham Young University after completing a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South England.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church and was fortunate enough to have parents that taught me the gosple. However I would have never been able to survive just on my parents testamonies alone. Through praryer and studying both the Scriptures and the words of the modern prophets I gained a testamony of my own. One of the things that I often think about to help me stay strong in the gospel is a passage from The Book of Mormon. It is found in Alma chapter 48 verses 17 and 18. This passage refers to an army general of ancient people who's name was Moroni, and it talks about how strong in the faith he was and how much he valued liberty and all that is good. At one point it makes the statement, "... if all men had been, and were, and every would be like unto Moroni, behold the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever." When I first read that passage I took it as a personal challenge to become a man like unto Moroni so that we may someday stand together, shoulder to shoulder, and watch as the very powers of hell shake before us and all those who will stand with us. Last summer I was able to catch a glimpse of what that might look like. I got the opportunity to impersonate Moroni at a youth conference for our local young men and women. As I rode out on a "great white steed" to deliver a speech Moroni had given anciently, I saw marsheled before me, not just 200 kids with fake swords and shields and matching t-shirts, I saw an army of youth ready to do battle with the adversary. I saw I sight that I believe quite literally shook the very powers of hell and caused Satan to quake in his boots at the thought of having to do battle against these fine warroirs of truth. This was truly a sight I shall never forget, and now I go about my life I truly hoping to be able to see such a sight again someday. And that is why I'm a Mormon

How I live my faith

I think the better question is how I would live without my faith. Faith means everything to me because without it there would be know hope for a better tomorrow. That is the glorious message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that because of what He did 2000 years ago, we can change and become better today. Having come to the knowledge that these things are true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the Earth, all that is left for me to do is to live my life as closely to the example of Jesus Christ as possible. That means developing Christlike Attributes such as faith, hope, charity, love, patience, obedience, and diligence. There are many ways to develop these things but all of them involve putting myself second and other people first. I current do my best to live up to what the Lord expects of my by serving as a full-time missionary in the England London South Mission.

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

Colton Kunz
Absolutly we believe in the Bible. We happen to believe that through the faults of men and other causes, some parts of the Bible were not translated exactly as they should have been. However we do believe that most of these mistakes were corrected by the Prophet Joseph Smith through divine revelation. Show more Show less

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

Colton Kunz
Men and women have equal but very different roles in the Church, family, and life. It is the man's job to to provide, preside, and protect. However, the woman's role is to nurture and to raise children in righteousness. Neither one of these roles is any less important or meaningful than the other, they are simply different. It is the same as on a football team, the quarterback and the receiver have two different but equally important roles. The quarterback can throw the ball as far and as hard as he wants all day long, but if there is no receiver to catch the ball he is just out there making his arm sore. Same with the receiver, he can run as far and as fast as he likes down the field but if there is no quarterback throwing him the ball he is just wasting his time and energy. So the relationship with men and women is the same as between the quarterback and the receiver. In both instances both parties need the other because they have skills and talents that the former doesn't possess, but that are necessary to reach the end goal. Thus in the church we believe that men and women have equally important, but different and distinct roles from one another. Show more Show less

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

Colton Kunz
TALK TO THE MISSIONARYS!!!! If you feel as if you have interest in the Chuch, find the missionsaries in your area. They will teach you all you need to know and guide you throught the conversion process Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Colton Kunz
No. Nobody is required to do anything in the church. The church is 100% voluntary. Young men have a priesthood duty to serve a mission (young women have no such duty but we love when they do choose to serve), but we do not hold it as a condition for membership or anything like that. Missionary should feel it a pleasure to be able to serve the Lord full time for those two years (18 months for girls) Show more Show less

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

Colton Kunz
When Christ was on the Earth he set up the church as it should be run. He made Peter the President of the Church and gave him all the necessary keys and authority to run the church on the Earth. After Peter and the other Apostles' deaths there were still men on the Earth that held the Priesthood authority of God, but they did not hold the Keys needed to operate the church as a whole. So they did the best they could with what they had, unfortunately there best wasn't good enough and eventually all priesthood authority was lost and through the faults of men many of the basic doctrines of Christ were either skewed, modified, tampered with, or simply thrown out altogether. This confusion and alteration continued through the centuries until 1820 when God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and started the restoration of the Gospel as we have it today. Show more Show less

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

Colton Kunz
Yes, after his crucifixion and resurrection Jesus Christ visited his "other sheep" on the American continent. He gave them a discourse similar to the sermon on the mount along with other council and teachings (found in the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi chapters 11-28). While he was there he called 12 disciples to manage the affairs of the church on that side of the globe. Show more Show less

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

Colton Kunz
Yes with all the certainty of my soul I believe that there is a prophet of God on the earth today. Starting with the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1820, there has been an unbroken line of prophetic leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This follows the divinely established pattern set forth in both the New and Old Testament. If there is one thing that the Bible proves it is that when direct revelation from God through his prophets is not to be found, the people in their confusion will deviate from the coarse established by the prophets that came before them. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Colton Kunz
Absolutely not. We only worship God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, The Prophet Joseph Smith is one of Their called servants in these days. We honor Joseph Smith in the same way we would honor Moses, or Abraham, or Noah, by expressing sincere thanks that they were worthy and wiling to receive revelation directly from our Heavenly Father. Joseph Smith, while being one of the greatest men to every grace this planet with his presence, is just that, a man. And while we hold him in highest regard there is a difference between honor and respect and worship. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Colton Kunz
I find that the words such as "cult" and "Gnostic" are often applied by many people to simply dismiss anything they don't agree with. This attitude is one of the reasons there is so much misunderstanding in the world, that because we believe in something different than the mainstream of Christianity automatically we become a cult. I would remind you that using this definition, the Jews at the time of Christ would have considered Christians a cult, as while they both professed belief in the coming of a Messiah, "Orthodox Jews" did not accept Jesus Christ as such. In the same way, Mormons are sometimes called cult because we believe that Jesus is the Christ, but we also happen to know that He has called a modern day prophet who has given us additional scripture and revelations, which according to some Christians is not "Orthodox." 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?

Colton Kunz
There is nothing secret about what goes on in temples, only sacred. In temples we make sacred covenants with God beyond that of baptism. Baptism is a covenant in which we promise to live our lives according to the will of God, and in the temple we make further, more specific, and more binding covenants to God for the same purpose. We also learn eternal truths of the Gospel as restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I think that one of the reasons that we regulate who can enter the temple is the same reason that we don't allow 16 year old kids that just passed their driving test behind the wheel of an 18-Wheeler, because they are not ready to for the things that are entailed. The things that we do in temple put and added weight and accountability on us because knowledge is power, and to quote Spiderman, "With great power comes great responsibility," and honestly it would be a great detriment for someone to learn the things that are taught in the temple before they are ready and worthy to do so. It follows the principal of "milk before meat," and without the proper preparation the "meat" of the temple would be pretty difficult to swallow. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Colton Kunz
A testimony is the conviction a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has received by the witness of the Holy Spirit of things that are true. Mine goes something like this. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, Redeemer, Mediator, Elder Brother, Friend, and Lord. I come to know more and more every day that Atonement He performed almost 2000 years ago in a Garden and on a Cross outside Jerusalem has made it possible for every single person who has ever lived to be forgiven of their sins and to live again with their Father in Heaven. I have also gained the conviction that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and that in these last days he was the instrument in the Lord's hands to usher in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. I know this because I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God and is the Most True of any book on the face of the planet. I know that there are Prophets, Seers and Revelators on the Earth again today, I have heard them speak and have received the witness that they are Men of God. I know this because of the witness of the Holy Ghost that has born witness to my soul in ways that I cannot deny, and I know that if I were to deny it I would stand accountable before God someday for doing so. I bear this solemn witness of the knowledge that I have in the sacred name of The Holy One of Is Israel, even Jesus Christ, amen. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Colton Kunz
In the spring of 1820 after having investigated various denominations in an effort to determine which of these faiths held the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, 14 Year old Joseph Smith Jr. was reading the Bible in the Epistle of James, Chapter 1, Verse 5 which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Now this struck Joseph with great force for he felt that if any man needed wisdom from God, he did for he hadn't a clue about what he should do in his present situation. So with a determination to put James' promise to the test he found a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, NY and knelt to pray as he prayed he had the following experience which I will relate in his own words, "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith Jr. and told him that he was to join none of the Churches and that they were going to call him to be a Prophet and to Restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the Earth again with all the necessary, priesthood authority and ordinance that had been lost over time. Show more Show less