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Hi I'm David Sagae

I was born in Provo,Utah.I am a mormon and I'm so grateful to gain my own testimony about this church.Temples are so sacred to me.

About Me

I was born in Utah. My parents immigrated to US from Brasil and U.K. I love to play the piano, I love good music, I love to read good books, exercise, and maintain a healthy body. I enjoy playing tennis, volleyball, soccer, swimming, riding motorcycles, cycling, rock climbing, skiing, ice skating, rollerblading, walking, hiking, and spending time outdoors. I enjoy spending good time with family and friends. I love the 13th article of faith that says:"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things". Obedience, Morality, and Worthiness are extremely important to me for temple attendance and to honor the Priesthood that The Lord has trusted me to bless and help others. The secret to feel the Holy Ghost is to do the right things, obey the commandments, read the scriptures, read the Book of Mormon with real pure intent, study, ponder about the book, and humbly ask God to gain a personal revelation and testimony about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. These are the foundations to know that this church is true. If you do not do those things, this church is just like any other church in the world for you. It requires your own efforts/sacrifice to gain a testimony.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was very young, I learned to read scriptures, which in this case was The Book of Mormon and the bible, and I've also learned that I should pray to find out if the book was true or not on my own. The combination of prayer and scripture study are the key for my personal testimony. I have not seen yet angels or heavenly manifestations, but I have felt something very special that I cannot describe, which I know is coming from The Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost let us know the truth of all things. There are couple great scriptures that helped me to learn about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. It essentially said that we must not only read the scriptures but also "study it out" in our mind by "pondering" and then "ask God" if it is true or not. He will cause that our bosom will burn within us and we will feel that is right (D&C 9:7-9 and Moroni 10:3-5). I know it is very hard for anyone to understand how to gain a personal testimony, but this is the only church that tells you how to find out about the truthfulness on your own by asking Heavenly Father and no one else. I have received my answer by the Power of the Holy Ghost. I wish I could describe it to you. It is hard, just like if I try to describe the taste of salt to you. Not an easy task, and I don't think I could do a good job at all to describe the taste of salt. The best way is for you to try/taste it for yourself and then you will know. I pray for you that you can come unto Christ. Please, be humble, meek, submissive to the Holy Ghost. I also pray that I can always have the Holy Ghost with me and remember my testimony. No one here is perfect, You and I are trying to be like Jesus. I am trying very hard to say, act, do, and think as if Christ is besides me, and I am trying to imagine the veil opened and remember the many promises I have made to Heavenly Father and others before I came here on earth so I can try to do the right things.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures every day. Not a single day goes by without reading scriptures. It gives me strength and builds my knowledge and testimony. I love to share things I learn. I am sharing church moments and teachings I get every Sunday with my close friends. It brings a great feeling of peace, edification, and mutual respect. Mission time is coming soon; the word is preparation. I want to be worthy, learn as much as I can, and magnify my callings as I prepare to go on my mission. I just graduated from seminary. I believe in doing good things to everyone. I love to bless the sacrament every Sunday and fulfill my Priesthood duties. It gives me courage and incentive to be better each day of the week so I can come worthy to bless it every Sunday. My motto is to have a positive attitude as attitude determines altitude. I learned one thing: "Never rest till your good is better and your better is best" For those of you who may need to gain a testimony or for the ones who may be wavering, struggling, hesitating, and start shaking your testimony, start doing the right things, stop doing the wrong things. Be positive, do not criticize a person (nobody is perfect,except our Lord Jesus Christ) or a doctrine, but instead, search the scriptures, attend church service and find beauty and words of wisdom, do service to others and as you do the right things, the Holy Ghost will fill your soul, and testify to your mind, heart and soul that the Plan of Salvation is real, that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was chosen to be a prophet to restore this church even with his faults as a human. You will come to know the truth of all things. The meaning of the Temple and the attendance are extremely important to me. It gives me the peace the Lord promised us. I usually invite my friends to go to the temple with me and the experience is always wonderful, rich and memorable. There is no other place i'd rather be than the temple with my family and my friends.

What is being a Mormon like?

David Sagae
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, I am not a fanatic, I am imperfect. I just want to follow the church that has the right authority from God. We believe in being honest - I do not lie, give false testimony, cheat. True - I am a true friend. I do not spread gossip. If we do not have anything nice to say about anyone, don't say it. Chaste - Sexual purity is very important. It defines who I am. Morality is very important. Today pornographic material is available just with a click of a mouse. It destroys the respect, the dignity, the sacredness of marriage and most importantly you lose the companionship of the Holy Ghost and power of the Priesthood. Benevolent - Do the right thing at all times. Help one another, give service without expecting some reward. Treat others with dignity and respect. Virtuous - Be clean, not to use any bad word or have any bad thought. Our mind is like a TV screen. We have to toss the bad things and not allow them to dwell in our minds. I love to be around people that are virtuous. Choose good friends. And in doing good to all men - I am trying very hard to do what the Savior Jesus Christ would do in any situation I face. It helps me to be charitable, humble, meek, give service. Indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

David Sagae
Since an early age, I was taught to be physically, morally, and mentally clean. It is extremely important to be surrounded by people who have the same values. Chastity is very important to me. It is a commandment that we must stay within the lines and not deviate. Being morally clean is so important today as many disregard the sacredness of marriage. I think it is important to set goals to never break the law of chastity at early age. Once a decision is made to obey this law, when time and temptations come, my decision is already made to obey this sacred law and run away from a situation that can compromise my future, my priesthood, my temple recommendation, my spirituality, my dignity, my worthiness, my companionship with the Holy Ghost, and my purity to meet someone who will be my eternal companion, respect her and take her for the sacred covenant of marriage. My parents always told me not to stay with someone alone late at night. It is so important not to give any room for temptation to come. Group dating, or staying with someone else besides my date is a safety net and a reminder for us to stay within the lines. I love the talk from Elder Holland about young men; teenagers, especially at high school age, need to be more worthy and prepare to serve a mission. Sexual transgression will never allow the spirit to be with us unless we repent. I have been taught that the repentance for this sin is a long and painful process and we should think 10 times before breaking this law. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

David Sagae
I love the scripture in the Bible - Ezekiel 37:15-17 that says: "The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand." The bible is one stick and the Book of Mormon is another stick. Both testifies about Christ. There is another scripture in Matthew 18:16 that says: "...in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established" . The 8th article of faith says: " We believe the bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." The bible has been translated and interpreted by many in many different ways. The one that seems to be the most accurate without prejudice or personal interpretation seems to be the King James version. Now, the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith, a farmer boy, who had no knowledge of the language written, but with the power of God, he was able to bring forth the book and I testify that it is the most correct book on Earth. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

David Sagae
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we are taught that our physical bodies are very important. It is the vessel for our spirits. If we keep it clean, our spirits are clean. We need to take care of the body as best as we can by obeying the law that keeps us healthy. I consider my body as the temple of my spirit. I work very hard to keep my body clean. I work hard to keep it healthy by eating appropriately, exercising appropriately. It is extremely important to not take any type of illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea. This law is called Word of Wisdom. I also like to think that any substance that can be addictive is harmful for our brain, mind, and body and diminishes our potential to progress and do the right things. I love the promise that this scripture gives to us on Word of Wisdom: D&C 89:18-20 "And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall‍ receive health‍ in their navel and marrow to their bones; and shall find wisdom‍ and great treasures‍ of knowledge, even hidden treasures; and shall run‍ and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." There are few things we need to heed to our leaders and never deviate. Even though we can repent, addiction is a long process and sometimes requires professional help. The usage of illegal drugs destroy our agency to choose the right, destroy our thoughts, destroy lives, destroy families. Our body is a precious gift from God. 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?

David Sagae
Temples are very sacred. It requires obedience to the commandments, living worthy, morally clean, great faith, clean heart and mind, honoring my priesthood, paying my tithing and having a temple recommendation from church leaders. To go to the temple requires personal worthiness. It is the most peaceful and sacred place on earth. My favorite time is to spend time with my family, friends and talk about things that matter. It is place where I get comfort, peace, revelation, and feel the spirit. It is a place where all my doubts are replaced with certainty, love and eternal perspective of life. It is a place where my testimony grows and hope and faith are replaced with knowledge. It is a house of order, a house to perform sacred ordinances for ourselves and for the dead. It is in the temple where we perform ordinances and covenants of exaltation. This is the place where we baptize the dead who need the ordinance of salvation to enter the Kingdom of Heavenly Father. It is the place where we get our endowments which is a sacred ordinance - a covenant between Heavenly Father and us. It is the place where I will marry my eternal companion and be faithful to her in every way for time and all eternity and be sealed to her forever. It is the most wonderful blessing and can bring so much happiness. My goal is to attend the temple very frequently with my eternal amazing companion. It is all worth it to wait for this great moment, and keep it sacred forever and be worthy for it. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

David Sagae
We all have agency to choose what we want to do. As a young man, and having the opportunity to hold the Priesthood, I am choosing to serve a mission. It is a privilege and a duty to me to share the Gospel to anyone I meet. I am not enticed, compelled or forced by my leaders, parents, or friends to serve a mission. It is something I always wanted to do as I read the scriptures, attend the temple, pray, fast and feel the Holy Ghost. I know it will be hard and difficult. It requires diligence and obedience. Mission is the time we give to our Heavenly Father to help spread the Gospel to everyone with all my heart, might, mind and strength (D&C 4:2). The scripture also says "If ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work" (D&C 4:3). There are other ways to spread the gospel if a full time mission is not something you desire, such as talking to friends and others about the church, inviting them for church activities and meetings, inviting them for choir and musical presentations, firesides, sports, picnic, and even inviting them to your home for a meal, movie, play games, or adding your profile @ mormon.org. Our example is key for anyone to notice something special we carry. I believe I will be blessed by serving a mission in every way. I will be very close to Heavenly Father, I will gain a stronger testimony, I will see miracles and I will become a better man, a better husband and father. I will do anything to honor and use my priesthood to help and bless others. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

David Sagae
The First Vision is the most important aspect of Heavenly Manifestations after Christ's crucifixion and the destruction of Christ's church on Earth. Once all apostles were persecuted and killed, God’s revelation was removed from earth. There was a period of darkness. The Priesthood of God was removed. Then, in the Spring of 1830, a young boy, Joseph Smith, was trying to find which church he should join. All churches he visited claimed to be the true church. The confusion intensified for Joseph Smith. Little that he knew, he was called to be a prophet like Abraham, Moses, or younger prophets in the bible like Samuel and Jeremiah who were foreordained before birth (Jeremiah 1:5 - "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." Joseph Smith was chosen to be a prophet to restore the Gospel, the True Church of Jesus Christ. During a prayer when Joseph Smith asked God which church he should join, he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. (Joseph Smith’s History chapter 1 verses 8-17.) They gave Joseph Smith instructions about restoring the Gospel. It is a testimony Joseph Smith could never deny. I have a firm testimony that Joseph Smith was called of God. He saw Heavenly Father and Jesus. He restored the church and all the appropriate Priesthood and ordinances. This is a church of revelation. God placed a true prophet on Earth, and today we have a true prophet too. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

David Sagae
We have a purpose here on earth. God created us a wonderful plan of Salvation. He wants each one of us to become like Him. We lived with Him before we came to earth. The marvelous plan tells us where we came from, why we live here on earth and where we are going after mortal death. This plan is taught today by the missionaries who have gain their own testimony through personal revelation. Each missionary is so happy to share this knowledge they gain, leaving behind their personal life, family, school, work, friends without any regreat. There is no other church that teaches that we can know the truth of all things but through the Holy Ghost. When we have something so special and precious that goes beyond this life, we want to share it with everyone. The church grows because we stand as example to everyone. We are honest, true, chaste, benevolent,clean, and respect everyone. The Gospel gives us hope, it gives us strength, it gives us a personal testimony and blessings, it makes us happy and teaches us the true meaning of happiness. We can feel the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

David Sagae
As I pondered about preaching the gospel, there are countries and people that may not know much or heard about Christ. While I grew up learning the teachings and life of Christ, how can I influence and help people to increase their faith in Christ? I would believe the same way I learned about Christ applies to anyone. -Teach by the spirit. The spirit testifies about the truthfulness when we bear our sincere and personal testimony about Christ. I am so grateful for wonderful parents and teachers who taught me about Christ, and for their testimonies which I kept with me until I gained my own testimony of Christ. -Help people to come to know Christ - Read scriptures, cite parables, talk about the life of Christ, talk about the miracles. I love the scriptures that talks about all the signs and prophecies of Christ birth. The part that really touches my heart is his ultimate sacrifice for us - The Atonement. When we speak about Christ, we speak with reverence and spirituality. A testimony of the Atonement is very important and sharing some personal experiences help people to understand what it means. -Ponder and pray about Jesus Christ. A sincere and humble prayer is essential for anyone to feel the Holy Ghost testifying about Christ life. I think it is so important to pray on our knees. It helps us to be humble and be more in tune with the spirit. When we draw upon the powers of Heaven through prayer, that is when the spirit will speak to our mind, mind and heart. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

David Sagae
This site www.Mormon.org is a great place to start to find someone and talk about church. There is a chat place here where we exchange some information and provide our address/phone so we can have the missionaries to contact us and teach/talk about our religion. You can also ask on the chat where the nearest church is, or you can look it up on the phone book or use search engines to find the nearest "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Sometimes visiting a church is a great way to find your friends, neighbors and missionaries and then carry a discussion about what we believe. The best way for me to share the gospel is to live by example and be of good cheer. Attitude is a good way to display who you are. I always try to concentrate on good things about people and be good to everyone. I think our actions and the good things we speak about others have an everlasting positive effect on anyone around you. The easiest way to talk about the gospel is with your friends first. I always share my experiences, my Sunday lessons and spiritual moments with my close friends. I noticed that it strengthens my own testimony and I can help others to think of Christ, do good things to others and have a better day. Missionary work can be done The gospel is the great news that change people's lives Having said all that, we are all humans and the church or mormons should never be judged by our mistakes as we do make a lot of them. We are all imperfect trying to do better each time. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

David Sagae
The Priesthood is the most sacred power here on Earth. It is the power of God delegated to man why which man can act in the earth for the salvation of the human family. Few months ago I received the Melchizedek Priesthood and ordained as an Elder. I felt the great responsibility that rests upon my shoulders to be worthy, obey the commandments, follow the prophet and leaders. Men are not the Priesthood. Men hold the Priesthood. I believe in the plan of Salvation. I believe in revelation and I know why I am here on earth. We are sons and daughters of Our Heavenly Father. This is a church of order. The Priesthood is to bless us. I love the quote from Elder Dallin H, Oaks and President J. Reuben Clark: "The greatest power God has given to His sons cannot be exercised without the companionship of one of His daughters, because only to His daughters has God given the power to be a creator of bodies … so that God’s design and the Great Plan might meet fruition. This is the place of our wives and of our mothers in the Eternal Plan. They are not bearers of the Priesthood; they are not charged with carrying out the duties and functions of the Priesthood; nor are they laden with its responsibilities; they are builders and organizers under its power, and partakers of its blessings, possessing the complement of the Priesthood powers and possessing a function as divinely called, as eternally important in its place as the Priesthood itself". Both men and women have a sacred distinct calling. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

David Sagae
As I grew up in the Mormon faith, going to church, attending classes, singing hymns, learning how to pray, reading scriptures were all part of normal life activity for me, I did not know any other religion. Mormonism and Joseph Smith were just a common theme for me, until my parents started talking to me about their conversion to Mormonism. I realized then we have hundreds or thousands of religions, cults and beliefs. Many of the religions and cults preach how to live a better life and help others and many of them claim to be the only true church. If I were to spend my Sundays doing Mormon church stuff, I wanted to know for myself if this religion was the only true religion. I personally wanted to know on my own. As I read the Book of Mormon, studied, pondered, prayed and read about Joseph Smith life, I became very close to the influence of the Holy Ghost. I have no doubts now about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and I know with certainty that Joseph Smith was a true prophet who restored the true Gospel. I understood the plan of Salvation, our purpose on earth, where we came from, why we are here and where we are going, I have gained a great testimony little by little and understood the meaning of the temples and eternity today, and the sacredness of the Authority of God restored on earth after the Apostasy. I know the priesthood is the real power of God, I know that we have today a living prophet who speaks with God and the twelve apostles. Show more Show less

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

David Sagae
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we respect and celebrate Holidays, traditions, events for the country we belong to. I love to celebrate New Years, Independence Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Labor day,Valentines Day, Birthdays, Halloween, Memorial day and many other events including local city events. The majority of the holidays allows me to spend time with my family, relatives and friends. We observe the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ is the central part of my life. As for how we dress for church, I usually choose something modest and clean for church service and meetings, which includes a white shirt, tie, pants and dress shoes, but most important is the reverence and respect that I feel when going to church. We do not look down on anyone who may not have means to have a white shirt or tie, or a shoe to come to church. Dressing modestly to come to church is a way to show reverence, respect and worship Our Heavenly Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ. No one should ever feel unwelcome or feel bad for not having an iron pressed shirt, or a shoe with a hole, or a pair of pants with patches to cover holes. The church is for anyone who is willing to come. You will feel welcome, and quickly find friends and people who will greet you and sit down with you. Church is never a place for fashion show or entertainment, but a place to feel and nurture our spirit, feel welcome and humbly worship our Father who are in Heaven. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

David Sagae
Generally, sometimes being labeled as a Mormon or any specific religion or groups give the general vibe and impression that we just help a specific group that we belong to, but the reality is that Mormons do help anyone in need, regardless of religion, race, color, traditions, culture and beliefs. We are all sons and daughters of God. We are quiet about the service and help we provide. In Matthew 6:3-4 says: "But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." While we do not advertise our cash and material donations, the church has donated over $1 billion to 167 countries in need of humanitarian aid since when we started keeping track in 1985. The majority of the members donate time and work for someone in need. We are not alone here on Earth. We can be the answer to someone's prayer by helping with service, friendship, employment, food and clothing. I always pray to be aware of someone's needs so I can try to help and do my best. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David Sagae
The most wonderful part of being a Mormon is that each one of the Mormons have a testimony of the Gospel. A testimony is a spiritual witness we receive individually by the Holy Ghost. As a personal experience, even though I was born in a Mormon faith, having primary lessons, and songs that always talked about Jesus, as a young boy, during the testimony meetings, I observed that all the members that stood up to give their testimonies have different experiences and different testimonies. They were so spiritual and very personal. I felt so strong to hear their testimonies, but I really wanted to gain my own testimony of The Book of Mormon, of Joseph Smith, and the prophets today. As I pondered about gaining my own testimony, I started reading the Book of Mormon every day. I started praying on my own every day. During my sincere prayers, I asked my Father in Heaven to allow me to gain a testimony. I did not get an answer right away. Sometimes we are inpatient and want an answer right away, but I know He answers our prayers. I remember then that when My Father in Heaven answered my prayers, my heart started beating really fast, I felt emotional and tears came down my face, I felt humble, I felt the Lord's love, peace and comfort. I felt like the big burden of doubt was then lifted up from my shoulders. My mind was filled with joy and certainty. I knew then that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that The Book of Mormon was a sacred book that testifies about Christ in Americas. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

David Sagae
Like ancient times, we follow the law of tithing. We donate 10% of our earnings to the church. It is a matter of faith and trust in the Lord. It help us to share what we have to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. This is a commandment that has temporal blessings for anyone who pays tithing: It allows us to manage our budget, and receive blessings. The scripture in the Bible under Malachi 3-8-11 provides a great description of this commandment: 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. The tithing is a real proof of our faith. It is a hard commandment, but this is a commandment that offers blessings. The promise is real: "pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it". This is a tangible blessing. Furthermore, the scripture gives another promise: "rebuke the devourer". The devourer can be many things today that will consume our finances. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

David Sagae
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. He was chosen to restore the ancient truths of the divine Gospel. I firmly believe he was a prophet just like Moses, Abraham and others. One of the parts I like about the Gospel is the fact that Joseph Smith brought forth The Book of Mormon. We worship Our Father in Heaven and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

David Sagae
Because of our belief in the Book of Mormon, which is a record of the prophets in the Americas, we are called as Mormons. Mormon was a Nephite prophet who abridged records of the prophets and prophesies that happened in the America continent. He later turned this sacred record over to his son Moroni. These plates were part of the record from which Joseph Smith translated and called the Book of Mormon. The official name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints". We believe the Bible to be the word of God from the Old World, and we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God from the New World (Americas). While it is good to read the Book from cover to cover, I love the promise from Moroni who is the last prophet in the Book that said: (Moroni 10:3-5) ..."I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things...and ponder it in your hearts...I would exhort you that ye would ask God,... if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost, And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." The only way we Mormons are converted / join the church is by the power of The Holy Ghost. What is the Holy Ghost? He is the witness that will whisper in our minds and heart testifying that The Book of Mormon is true and we will know without doubt that it is true. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

David Sagae
While the church teaches self-reliance, many of us may face some difficult challenges in life. The Welfare services is to provide care and service for the ones who need help. I think our central theme on Welfare can be compared to the quote: "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". Bless the ones in need. Sometimes we can provide a helping hand for a person to stand on their own. Many times in my life I thought about the ones who need help, encouragement and assistance. There are individuals who need a helping hand to stand on their own and sometimes that can be translated to help them to find employment, help them to look presentable, groomed and clean. Everyone deserves an opportunity to improve themselves and allow them to be self sufficient. A helping hand goes a long way. I always think what Jesus would do and I think that is a great start to help others and help build their confidence, courage and faith. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

David Sagae
Religion is a very important part in our lives. Knowing the plan of Salvation and our purpose on Earth, we try to do what is right. Everyday we face challenges and decisions. Choosing the right may be very difficult at times and sometimes or should I say many times we do make mistakes. It is great to know that our sins can be forgiven because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ who freely paid for our sins if we repent. The scriptures, prayers, parents, siblings, family, friends, church leaders and Our Father in Heaven are our source of strength, peace and help to do what is right and live in peace and have joy and happiness. No one is perfect here on earth, except our Lord Jesus Christ. Our lifestyle is to try to be like Jesus everyday of the week and not only when we go to church on Sundays. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

David Sagae
As I pondered about this question, Prophet is a person who talks to God and receive revelation. Right after Christ crucifixion and all apostles killed, God stopped communicating to us. This period was called apostasy. It was a period of darkness. Then, in the Spring of 1820, God appeared to a person. This person was Joseph Smith. Just like in ancient times like Abraham, Moses, who talked to God, The Heavens was once again opened and God spoke to a young man. Since then, the Church of Jesus Christ was established again. While some people today may call us Mormon church, Mormon prophet, Mormon followers, we are The Church of Jesus Christ with a living prophet. Prophet Thomas S. Monson has been chosen by God to lead His church today. I believe he speaks to God. It is my faith and as I pray to Heavenly Father whether he is a prophet, I always get a confirmation by the Holy Ghost that he is a true prophet and speaks to Heavenly Father and has celestial manifestations. There is a tremendous power when we pray, when we read scriptures, when we obey the commandment, when we fast, when we attend the temple, and when I partake the sacrament every Sunday. The Spirit is strong and testify to my mind and soul about this. I would challenge you to know that Thomas S. Monson is a chosen prophet by God today. Read his messages, read scriptures, and then pray, but pray with real intent. Prayer is the most sacred tool we have, but it has to be sincere, humble and with faith. Show more Show less

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

David Sagae
Life here on earth is a learning environment. Before coming to earth, we chose the path that was prepared to us by By Our Father to come to earth and experience the mortal life. Mortality is very unique experience. There are many things that we could not do before as spirit. Here on earth, we have choices. We can do what is right or do what is wrong. Each decision we take has consequences. We all experience challenges and temptations. Heavenly Father knew that we would face those challenges, but it is by experience that we learn and grow. He has given a way for us to return to Him by repenting from our sins through the Atonement of His Son Jesus Christ. The atonement could only be performed by someone pure and clean. It took place in the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ knelt down and prayed saying, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine" Luke 22:42 and the scripture continue stating that "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" vs 44. This is when Christ paid for our sins. Our Articles of Faith stated clearly our beliefs: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel" (3rd Article of Faith). The Atonement can only be useful if we repent from our sins and wrong doings. This is how we can all be cleaned and purified to return to Our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

David Sagae
When I was growing up, I have learned about the articles of Faith, which gave me a good understanding of the basic beliefs of the church in a simple way. The 4th Article of Faith says: "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." Faith in Jesus Christ is essential for our life here on Earth. In order to receive blessings, overcome challenges and understand why certain things happen whether to us or someone else, faith is the only way to start understanding the purpose of mortal life. As we exercise our faith in Jesus Christ today, we learn the Will of the Father and everything starts getting better, Mortal experience brings us joy, happiness but also brings us some bad times and sadness, but Our Heavenly Father has blessed us with more happiness, joy and great things than sadness during our mortal existence and we should be grateful to Him for that. We obey the commandments because we have faith. We see miracles because we have faith in Jesus Christ. Faith gives and receives power. I love the scripture that describes a woman faith where she said: "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole" Mark 5:28. .and Jesus felt that virtue had gone out of him :"And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague" Mark 5:34. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

David Sagae
Family is the most important unit in the world. The scripture in Genesis Chapter 1:27-28 says: "27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...." The sacredness of marriage between man and a woman is to have a family. It is wonderful to know that families are forever. On September 23, 1995, Heavenly Father reminded us about the sacredness of family: The Family: A Proclamation to the World. I love the declaration that "THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan" The world today distorts all the teachings from prophets and sacred scriptures. God created man and Woman. "THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife to multiply and replenish the earth. The sacred powers of procreation are only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife". When I went to the temple to obtain my own endowments, I made several covenants and promises to my Heavenly Father. I felt the Holy Ghost testifying to me about the sacred ordinances and the true purpose of my live on earth. It was revealed to me the details of the plan of salvation. Family is sacred. Marriage is sacred. No one has rights to change God's plan by distorting, mocking, misinterpreting the simple basic truth about man and woman. Show more Show less