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Hi I'm Chad

I speak Chinese. I don't work for a living but rather serve to help others improve living. I'm an avid salsa eater. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah, in the United States, where I enjoyed skiing and snowboarding every winter with my family. During summers I enjoy longboarding, wakeboarding, and hanging out with friends. I just graduated from high school, and because of the recent age changes for Mormon missionaries, I left four weeks after graduation to serve a mission in Taiwan, which is what I am currently doing. Right now I spend my days learning Chinese by talking to random people on the streets and at stoplights, telling them about Jesus Christ's gospel and how it can bless their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, like many people from my area in Utah. However, even though I was born into a Mormon family, I've still had to gain my own testimony and knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which I've come to know can only be found in its entirety in the teachings and organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Through studying the scriptures, attending church, and praying a lot to God, I've come to know that this church is the only church on the earth that possesses the authority of God. Although being a Mormon hasn't been easy, especially being a full-time missionary, I continue to keep the faith because I know that this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind, and that He has bestowed the authority to act in His name to a modern-day prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that through living the principles Jesus Christ taught, every person can find a greater measure of joy and peace in their lives, and that they can learn how to return to God's presence one day.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am giving all my time, talents, and energy towards my religion. As the title "full-time missionary" for the Mormon church suggests, I am currently engaged in spreading my faith and the message of my religion to others full-time! Every day I wake up at 6:30 and spend all day studying, teaching, talking to people, and trying to help others come to Christ and enjoy the full blessings of His gospel. I see miracles every week and feel so blessed to be able to share this amazing message with others.

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

Chad
When missionaries visit a persons home, they will prepare a short, concise lesson about our beliefs which they will present. They will usually start and finish their discussion with a prayer, and the discussion will be very open and friendly. They will ask questions and the people they teach will be encouraged to ask them questions. They may also invite people to do things related with what they have taught you. For example, if they teach about the Book of Mormon, they might end the lesson by inviting the people they have taught to read a specific part or chapter of the Book of Mormon. The missionaries also might be accompanied by a church member who can join in on the discussion and share about how the Gospel has blessed their lives. Missionary visits are very relaxed and the purpose is to help others better understand our beliefs and learn about out church in a very casual and friendly situation, as well as to help them know for themselves if this really is God's church. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Chad
It is instructive to use a parable to answer this question. If someone wants to travel to another country, upon arriving in the new country they must present a legal and valid passport in order to legally enter the country. It is the same with heaven. If we want to enter heaven, we need a "passport" of some sorts before we can enter in. Baptism is the "passport" for heaven.. The reason baptism must be performed by the proper authority is the same reason that a passport or a visa must be issued through the correct legal process. If someone were to simply draw a picture of a passport on a piece of paper and try and use that to get through customs, it would be a no-go. Likewise, concerning baptism, it must be performed by someone who is authorized by God, the legal Ruler of Heaven, to do so. If the one administering baptism does not have this authority from God then God will not recognize the baptism as valid. The authority to perform baptism and other ordinances was bestowed by Jesus Christ upon His apostles in the New Testament times; Peter, James, and John, three of those original apostles, as well as John the Baptist, the man who baptized the Savior, appeared to and conferred this authority on Joseph Smith in 1829. Joseph Smith then conferred it on others, and it can still be found in the church today. Show more Show less