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Hi I'm Quinn

I'm a reader. I like logic and finding the sense of things. I like the outdoors and going out to have fun... and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a college student. I love to learn and to read, but I am also very outgoing and active. I love the outdoors and nature. I like to camp, hike, run, swim, longboard, and just go out with friends. And... I love answering questions about what I believe!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon mainly because of what I feel and because of what I know. There is no mistaking what I feel nor mistaking from Whom those feelings come whenever I read the Book of Mormon, listen to the Lord's living apostles, or am inside those beautifully peaceful temples. And what I feel is so desirable! It is so worth it! My invitation (and my highest recommendation) is for you to investigate and experience this for yourself. Investigate and experience all that the Church of Jesus Christ offers you!!! If I knew that a church wasn´t God's church, what obligation would I have to it? Whatever obligation I might have with a man, my obligation to my God is higher. The same goes for churches (churches of men vs. the church of God). There is a contradictory chaos of churches. And I don't want to form part of yet another man-made Franken-church (a hack-job of half-truths sown together into an organized abomination). There are too many of those. The reason I'm still a Mormon is because of my surety that this is His church. I became a Mormon leaning heavily on my faith... At first, I merely wanted and hoped for it all to be true. Then I believed it all to be true. And now, I finally know it all to be true. My knowledge is now perfect in this truth: This is the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

To start at the basics: Do I pray? Yes; many times each day. Do I read the scriptures? Yes; I try to study and search them (at least a little) each day. Do I go to church? Yes; whether tired or not, in rain or shine, I go every Sunday. In short: I adopt all the official beliefs, statements, standards and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as my own... knowing the gospel and church of Jesus Christ to be true and knowing them to constitute the only way to attain eternal life. That's why I share with others the truths of Christ's restored teachings (aka: His gospel) and Christ's restored organization that protects, preaches, and administers His gospel (aka: His church). His gospel and His church, together, provide me with the truth, the strength I need to live the truth, and the way to live the truth. People need these things! They need the truth. They need the strength to live the truth.

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

God has laws on health for the same reasons he has laws on everything else. God's laws define and separate that which is good from that which is bad. God's laws on health make sense as long as someone recognizes that some substances are good for our health (fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains -all in moderation) and that others are bad for our health (ie: alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, illegal drugs). Why wouldn't God command us to do that which is good? Why wouldn't God command us to deny ourselves of that which is bad? Is that really so surprising? Good parents are good at parenting. And isn't God our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Parent? If we parent our children saying, "Eat your vegetables first"... how much more will our father in heaven parent us with His good instructions? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We baptize our new members because we know that authoritative baptism is necessity to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5; Mark 16:16). An authoritative baptism implies an authoritative church. Thus, the reason we baptize our new members stems from our doctrine of the existence of a true church of God. We all know that there are false prophets and false churches that administer false baptisms (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). The important connection to make is that the true church of God, true prophets, and true priesthood authority to baptize also exist. If you believe in a true church, you believe in a true baptism. This is why we "re-baptize" members who were baptized by other organizations. Even Paul had to "re-baptize" certain believers in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6) because their baptism wasn't completed by the proper authority. Show more Show less

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

Well, have you ever heard of the Book of Mormon? Mormons are called Mormons because they believe in the Book of Mormon. "Mormon" is a popular nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The official name for the Church is a long name for a church... but it's also the shortest and simplest summary we can present the world of what the church is and Whose it is. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Short answer: The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets of the Americas. Joseph Smith later translated their words into English. Show more Show less

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

I do. Why wouldn't God have a prophet today? Don't we read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and that he doesn't change? God has said, "I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived..." So, what is one of the patterns to discern God's church and not be deceived by all of the look-a-likes? God "[reveals] his secret unto his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7)." Does that pattern still apply today? Yes. To paraphrase ancient scripture, "He who denies the prophets of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no prophets, has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them. For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of prophets. But behold, I will show unto you a God of prophets, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can have no prophets, I would ask of you, has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, No; and God has not ceased to be a God of prophets (Mormon 9:7-11)." Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons are people like me. We're members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So, obviously, we believe in Jesus Christ, and that He has His own church, and that it is here on the earth today. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Short Answer: No. There is a distinct difference in the scriptures between the righteous practice of "following the prophet" and the sin of idolatry. The scriptures demonstrate that God uses prophets. Prophets have always directed our worship to God. They let us know what and how we should worship (better put: who we worship and how we should worship Him). The scriptures never demonstrate that we should pray to prophets or worship them. Prophets recognize that the glory and thanks and prayers go to God. We do NOT worship prophets. By worshiping anyone other than God... are we not assuming that they want our prayers and thanks and worship? That they don't want us to direct that worship to God? I, for one, cannot imagine any prophet of God, or Mary (the mother of Christ), or any other disciple of Christ saying, "Your prayers and thanks and worship belong to me. The glory is mine... worship me!" That would be blasphemous and sacriligious and not very saintly. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Short Answer: The Book of Mormon is similar to the Bible, but from a different part of the world. Similarities: Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon were written by many prophets. Both are ancient records. Both give testimony of the same God, the Eternal Father, and the same Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Both contain the word of God. Differences: The Bible was written in Europe and Asia. The Book of Mormon was written in the Americas. The Bible was translated through series of councels of men. The Book of Mormon was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. I, personally, find the Book of Mormon much cleaner of a text; much clearer in points of doctrine. As sample reads, I'd reccomend these favorite chapters of mine: (Moroni 7), (Mormon 9), and (2 Nephi 2). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

The key concept to understand here is "proxy." If you believe that Christ atoned for your sins (that He suffered on your behalf so that you wouldn't have to suffer if you follow His commandments), then you already believe in the concept of a "proxy." Using Google's dictionary, proxy means, "the authority to represent someone else..." and "a person authorized to act on behalf of another." We know that baptism is one of God's commandments; it is essential to salvation in the kingdom of God. So what happens to all of those people who never had the opportunity to be baptized by the proper authority? The LDS church asserts it's authority to perform baptisms by proxy (meaning that a living person is baptized in behalf of a deceased person) for such individuals. This is a unique practice/ordinance that I haven't heard of in almost any other church. I think that it's a beautiful principle. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

I think it's great. Sure, some of the standards are difficult to live by... but they all make sense; they are all how I definitely SHOULD be living... and how I TRY to live. Sometimes it's not easy. But why should a righteous life be easy when salvation is not a cheap experience? My life has direction. My family is happy. I'm happy. I don't know what else to say... I like being a Mormon. I sometimes struggle to live it... but I love it. Show more Show less