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Hi I'm Emmett

I grew up in western Montana, I was baptized right before my high school graduation. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my early 20's, born and raised in the big sky country of Montana. I grew up watching and playing sports, as well as hunting both rifle and archery, fishing and camping. In High School I played basketball, ran track and cross country and I love to Frisbee golf!!! Just about anything else that happens outdoors, I'm probably well acquainted with... Although I'm not actually a 'Cowboy'... sorry to disappoint. I have 7 brothers and sisters. I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ along with my three older brothers. Two of which served full time missions. The blessings I've seen come into my life because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have been immeasurable!

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because I found out that the book of Mormon is the word of God. The last chapter contains a promise that if anyone has a desire to know, then they can ask God and he will make the truth of it known unto you by the Power of the Holy Ghost. I felt the Spirit of the Lord testify to me that it was the truth, and that this church re-established by Joseph Smith is his restored church in this day. The comfort that has come from that has been amazing to see. I know more now about the plan God has for me, and I hope everyone else gets the opportunity to find out what a difference it can make in your life.

How I live my faith

Since my Baptism, I've been in 3 different wards in 3 different stakes. The majority of the time I have been where I am now but for the summers I work in different places around the country. This makes it difficult to get a calling and hold it, but I spend a lot of my time helping people in the ward when they are moving or cutting wood. I try to do whatever I can to serve the members of the ward because when you're in the service of your fellow man you're in the service of God.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Emmett
Similar to the bible, which was written by a number of different prophets. Or at least a record of what those prophets said while they were alive, the Book Of Mormon happened in the same way. A prophet named Lehi, lived in Jerusalem about 600 years before Jesus Christ, but was commanded to leave. The Book Of Mormon is a record of his family and their children from that time until about 400 years after Jesus Christ. Toward the end of that 1000 year period there was a Prophet named Mormon who being inspired of God compiled the different books contained in this volume of Scripture into one book. Hence the name. The Book of Mormon. Just like the Bible testifies of the coming, atonement, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ the Book of Mormon is evidence and another witness that these things are true. And while independent from the Bible in origin, it supports and strengthens a belief in the Bible and in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Redeemer of the World. Show more Show less

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

Emmett
They might start first of all with getting to know you a little bit. But after they find out a little bit about who you are and what's important to you, they will start by talking about who God is. And why that is important to us today, and how it can apply to your life. It's important however to remember that Missionaries are always trying to help, and never trying to take away from what you believe or tear down your faith. They will be fully committed to helping you discover who God is for yourself and they will do that by inviting you to learn more about Jesus Christ, through reading, prayer, discussion and deep personal thought. Everything they talk about relates to Jesus Christ, so bring your faith in him to every meeting with the missionaries. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Emmett
Because our Church claims biblical roots it would make sense that the answer would come from the bible, and it does! In the book of Malachi Chapter three, verses eight through ten we find the answer. But simply put, tithing is how the the Church of Jesus Christ pays for itself. Members are asked and expected to sacrifice 10 percent of their income to help the kingdom of God. It isn't much, but with all members putting forth the same percentage then it is fair and the that is what God has asked us to do. And in return the Lord promises that a blessing will be poured out of the windows of heaven, and it will be so great that there will not be room enough to receive it. So while tithing pays for the church, it's also a way for individuals to exercise their faith in God and his commandments. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Emmett
The blessings offered by regular scripture study are pretty extensive. Guidance in tough times as well as peace in the midst of adversity are a couple of them, But the real blessings are found when we really study the scriptures, and recognize that God does talk to his children. God wants to help us in life and he will give us the guidance that we need, but often times he has already given us a lot of the answers that we want and they are recorded in holy scriptures. So if we want to find ways to be happier in our circumstances or learn how we can become more like his son, we need to search a little bit and recognize in what ways we need to change. But regardless of the question that someone has, or the situations that they find themselves in, there are answers to their prayers and a lot of those answers are waiting for us to read them and ponder them in our hearts. That is where our growth happens and That is another great blessing that comes from reading the scriptures. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Emmett
Mormon Customs include what you'd generally expect from other churches. We gather in congregations (wards) broken up geographically, so that people go to church with people they live close to. Generally on Sundays we wear our 'Sunday best' which can vary greatly for a variety of reasons. Often times you'll see people in suits, jackets, typically ties and a collared shirt for the men and dresses or skirts for the women. We also celebrate all kinds or holidays, from New Years to Easter and Christmas. As well as birthday, anniversaries, Halloween, local celebrations and cultural holidays. Lots of times we have celebrations that are specifically for us or our history as a church, Pioneer days is one of those examples but most of the time we just celebrate the same holidays as anyone else. Show more Show less

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

Emmett
Mormons or Mormonism are nick-names for our church, which stem from the book of ancient scripture (the Book of Mormon) that was restored just before the organization of the church took place by Joseph Smith in 1830. The book is called the Book of Mormon because the prophet who compiled the writings into the book was named Mormon, although the majority of the book is written by other Prophets that were alive before he was. The official name of the church however is the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, which is significant. By bearing that title, we proclaim to the world that we do in fact believe in Jesus Christ as the only begotten son of the God and our Savior. Without Jesus Christ we would have no redemption. This also means that Joseph Smith was just a prophet who bore a special witness of Jesus Christ to the world. We don't worship him, but we do respect him while we worship God in the name of Christ. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Emmett
'The First Vision' is the name given to the first revelation that Joseph Smith had when he was 14 years old. Leading up to this time, Joseph was confused by all of the different churches claiming to be the only correct church on the earth. Puzzled by this he appealed to the scriptures and found no direct answer... but what he read in James chapter 1 stood out to him. Verse 5 says: "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." So Joseph just a teenage boy decided that he would pray to find out which of all the churches was the one that Heavenly Father would have him become a part of. This time when he prayed is when he received the First Vision. He knelt to pray and the account he gave is that: "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!" What Jesus Christ told Joseph was that none of the churches were the true church, but he then called him to be a prophet, and said that he would be responsible for setting up that church again upon the earth. That vision started it all, and that is why it is important and something we remember in our church. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Emmett
Because the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints isn't a religion typically seen as Orthodox, some people have labelled the church 'a cult'. The church didn't reform from the Catholic church like many of the present day Christian churches so that is one reason that people may consider us such. The differences in our church are important, but for the present topic it helps to look at the commonalities that our church has with others. 1 Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. 2 We are all children of God, and He loves all of his children. 3 The family unit is the basic unit of society and one that is strengthened by a belief in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Although the information that people sometimes read about the church isn't always accurate, and that helps to build up the idea that the church is a cult, we believe that by sharing our actual beliefs with others and finding the common ground we both hold dear, that we can learn from each other and have a better, more positive relationship. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Emmett
Being a Mormon is wonderful... having lived the majority of my life thus far on the outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have a somewhat unique perspective on what it is like. There are lots of traditions in the Church that aren't necessarily something the rest of the world does, but besides those minor differences there are just a few larger differences between being a member, and not. The understanding of who God is, helps me to know that no matter what happens in my life, things will work out. He has a plan for each of us, and although in a lot of cases I'd like to know what that plan is, I know that if I'm faithful to him I will always be doing the things he wants me to do, becoming what he wants me to become. Another thing that is very important to Mormons everywhere is Family, the sense of the sacred nature of the Family unit is something that I have come to love about being a Mormon. Members of the church understand that they have a responsibility to help their family to succeed and continue to become more like Heavenly Father. That has always been an important thing to me, and that focus that the church encourages is a great strength to me. The last part about being a Mormon that i'd like to mention is that there is more than just each individual family, when someone becomes a member, they join an extended family of a ward, and stake and one that covers most every part of the world. Family is very very important to Members of the church. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emmett
No, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not require it's members to serve mission's, but it does strongly encourage individuals and couples who have the opportunity to take advantage of those opportunities. By serving a mission, young men and young women learn more about the Savior Jesus Christ because for the time that they are a full-time missionary, they represent him and are asked to do what he would be doing if he were personally ministering to the people whom they have been sent to. They have they opportunity to serve every day for 18-24 months, taking minimal time for themselves and are asked to focus all their time talents and interests on helping others come unto Christ. Truly full-time missionaries are blessed with the Spirit of God in helping them do their work because when they are doing the Lords work, they are entitled to His help. They learn more about their Savior and how to rely on him than they will by doing anything else in their lives. The greatest blessings of a mission come to the missionaries themselves, and that is why the Church encourages the strong tradition of missionary work that is so recognizable in it's members. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Emmett
When reading the New Testament we read about Jesus Christ calling Twelve Apostles, and giving them the Priesthood. After Jesus Christ's betrayal by Judas Iscariot, Judas killed himself, leaving only eleven Apostles. In Acts chapter one we read about the eleven calling Matthias to replace Judas giving them Twelve Apostles again. This pattern was to continue, although we don't have a record of Paul being called as an Apostle, we know he is referenced as an Apostle and that he was closely affiliated with some of the original Apostles. The reason the time of the Apostles came to an end was because the Church was spread over a large geographical area, and the remaining Apostles could not cover this area and still reconvene to call more Apostles to replace the ones who died. There is no place in the New Testament, or in any Revelation that says there were to be 'no more Apostles or Prophets.' In fact just the opposite, in the epistle to the Ephesians chapter 2 verses 19-20 Paul talks about the people being baptised into the church then being built upon the foundation of Apostles and Prophets. Thus, the Twelve Apostles were called and would have in perfect circumstances continued to be organized as such indefinitely. Because the world rejected them the organization of Twelve Apostles fell apart and with it left the Authority given to them from Jesus Christ. That same Priesthood authority was restored through Joseph Smith in the nineteenth century. Show more Show less