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Hi I'm Florent

I love my life, I love to have fun, I love to be a Mormon!

About Me

I am 20. I currently live in Belgium... (wheeere?) [Belgium is a small tiny (but pretty) country between France and Nederland]. I have a little really cute sister that is called the same name as me -for girls- Florence. I cannot wait to be a husband and a father! I just served as a missionary for two years in Greece and Cyprus, and thus, I learned the Greek language! I LOVE listening to music. I play piano and I want to learn saxophone. I will soon go to uni and I want to work in the media business as a technician, but my ultimate dream and goal is to imagine, write and direct my own movies!

Why I am a Mormon

I had the chance to be sent to good parents that had already found the Church of God on earth, so I grew up in the faith of my dear parents. When I was 8 years old, my parents told me that if I wanted to, I could be baptized and walk one more footstep closer to Father in Heaven and Jesus. They said I should say a prayer to ask if that was the right thing to do, so that's what I did. I said the prayer, and then I felt a big sensation of warm in my back. Telling my parents about the feeling, they said it was an answer from God. I was baptized by my father soon after. Now, I still had to build my own relationship with God, my own knowledge of the scriptures and my own testimony of the teachings. I couldn't rely on my parents forever! That came slowly and still comes. I learned of the truth of the message by living it and by NOT living it. By my mistakes I saw where was the best way of life to choose, even if it doesn't look the most pleasant at first. That's why I'm a Christian. I realized why I should be a Mormon when I was a missionary in Nicosia, Cyprus, in December 2012. I attended a different Church with some friends we were teaching. The people were as nice as any Mormon people, the songs were as nice as the one we sing, but when the pastor started to preach I saw something I had that they were missing: The pastor took all his teaching from the Bible. I NEVER had realized before how different that would be! I had the chance to have the Book of Mormon and the revelations of the prophets of the Latter-days, and the difference became so obvious listening to that wonderful priest, who unfortunately only had the Bible to take his sermon from. So that is why I am a Mormon, I grew up in it, God told me it is true and I saw for myself that it was the happiest way of life! I am happy and proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I just lived my faith full-time for 2 years as a was a missionary and representative of Christ and His Church. I have been blessed for the chance I had to help people get closer to Jesus and thus get closer to their family and themselves. It was the greatest joy of my life to see hearts changing, healing and smiling. I had great benefits from those two years. I came closer to Jesus, others and myself as well! I came to know more about the love of God and Jesus for all of us, and I tried to share that love around me as I walked the streets of Greece and rode a bike around Cyprus in a shirt and a tie -t'was hot!

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

I love our church meetings! They usually last about 2 hours and a half and are separated in 3 classes, or meeting. 1/Sacrament Meeting. It is the most important meeting because we take the Sacrament, that is, we eat and drink symbols that remind us about the Atonement and sacrifice of Jesus for us. We also sing hymns! Since I play piano I often play for everyone to sing. Members of the congregation are chosen to say prayers and give us talks, or speeches, about religious subjects. 2/Sunday School. It is a scripture class. Every year we change the book of scripture. That gives me an opportunity to learn more about the teachings of Jesus and the prophets. 3/Priesthood and Relief Society. Men and Women separate and have a class focused on their role in the community and in their family. What I prefer in our church meetings is that every one can be part of it. It is not one man that preaches, every one does his/her part. There are also classes for children and youth from 12 to 18 so that the class is adapted and appropriate for the age and the comprehension of everyone. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

I was a missionary in Greece and Cyprus, and I went from house to house to share the unique message we have: that God in His great love called an other prophet in 1820 to bring back His Church that had been changed and lost. We also taught other things, such as the Plan of God for us, how can we receive the blessings from the Atonement, how can we live according to God's teachings, etc. We basically did all what we could to help people come closer to Jesus and God and know more of their teachings. That's what all missionaries do :) Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Our ultimate goal is to be with God and Jesus forever after this life. They are both pure and perfect. The scriptures tell us that nothing impure can be in the presence of God. We are children of God, and like all children, we learn by making lots of mistakes, or sins. God knew that. He knew He had to make a way for us to "erase" those mistake so that we can be pure like Him and live with Him. So in His perfect plan, He chose Jesus to come on earth and live a kinda normal life, except that He never sinned. He was the most pure person to live on earth and thus was able to make the Atonement. The Atonement is not really possible to describe, but I put it like this: Jesus went thought all the sufferings and punishments WE should have as consequences of our mistakes, so that we don't have to suffer them. He basically paid the price for our sins. It is a great act of love, in fact, probably the greatest we will ever know about. He loved us so much that He suffered more than we will ever imagine and eventually died. He "resurrected" as well, that means, He came back to life with a perfect body that will never die anymore. That doesn't mean we can make all the mistakes we want and then think God will automatically forgive us. We have to do our part as well and suffer some of the consequences. But Jesus made it possible to erase our sins if we do our part, meaning, if we truly change and ask God for forgiveness. But all of that would be impossible without the Atonement of Jesus. Show more Show less

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

The real name of the Church is "the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". This is the Church of Jesus Christ, not of Mormon, nor of Joseph Smith, nor of any one else. We believe that we have another book of holy scriptures called the Book of Mormon. Since it is shorter and unique of us, others always have referred to us as "Mormons" and we accept that. That is why this website is called "mormon.org" is is easier and shorter for me to say "I am a Mormon", and as well, many people do not know the real and complete name of the Church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon, like the Holy Bible, is a compilation of a lot of smaller books written by prophets. Some prophets that wrote in the Bible are: Moses, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. Some prophets in the Book of Mormon are: Nephi, Alma, Mormon, Helaman, etc. The two books are both written by prophets and thus give a supporting testimony and teaching about Jesus Christ. Mormon was a prophet that was called by God to write his own book but as well to act as an editor and compiler and make ONE book out of all the little ones. That is why the book he made is called the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

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

God created us and our bodies. Our bodies are wonderful, we can do so many things because we have a body. We can see, hear, smell, talk, eat, move, swim, run, hold, work, think, grow, etc etc etc! I just have to look to other people that had accidents or have some body problems to see how great a body is, especially if it works correctly. Our body is even able to heal itself! Since God gave us this body here on earth, He wants us to take care of it. Like if our dad would give us a expensive car or if our mother would give us a beautiful jewel, they would want us to take care of them, and they would be very sad if we would dirty, damage or destroy them, especially if we do it on purpose. Believe it or not, that is what we can do with our own body. There are many ways to damage them, and one of them is to put bad substances inside. God gave a revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith in 1833 called the "Word of Wisdom", that tell us about what is good for our body, and what is not. At that time sciences did not see all the problems that come from smoking or drinking, but God knew it and gave us His knowledge. If we follow His divine advises, we will have a good health and a strong body for long! Show more Show less