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Hi I'm Nephi B.

I live in Nevada. I enjoy photography, pole vaulting, and playing tennis. I love the scriptures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from high school. In school, I enjoyed photography, tennis, track and field, and forensics (speech and debate). Outside of school, I spent time weightlifting, hanging out with friends, drawing, doing photography, and riding dirt-bikes a little. I pole vaulted in track. I wasn't all that great, but it was fun. I was mainly there to support a friend who was really good. During the last two weeks of my last year, I improved a lot. I stopped stick-vaulting and improved my PR by 3 feet (in practice). I made it to regionals, but didn't do as well as I was hoping to. I finished 8th in the region. My friend went on to take the state championship. In photography, I most enjoy nature and fine art photography, but I decided to learn portraiture as well. I started a small business doing it and saved up money to serve a mission and go to college. I am preparing to serve a mission right now. On the mission, I will spend two years inviting others to receive the restored Gospel. I will be serving in Argentina! I'm super stoked! I don't really know how to speak Spanish, but I know God can help me learn. I took Spanish class in high school for a little while, but I forgot most of what I had learned. I have a part-time job and use the rest of my time preparing for the mission and hanging out with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because God has told me that this is where I should be. Growing up in a Mormon family, I had read The Book of Mormon twice before I really wanted to know whether it was true or not. At the end of The Book of Mormon, a promise is given that anyone who reads the Book of Mormon and asks God in prayer if it is true, shall receive a manifestation of the Holy Ghost and can feel that it is true, so long as they shall "ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ." (Moroni chapter 10, verse 4. see also verse 5.) I began to desire to know for myself whether it was true or not. One night, after reading that promise, I felt that I should try it. I knelt down on my knees and asked God in prayer if the book was true. I felt a powerful feeling within myself. I am not capable of describing accurately what that feeling is like. It was a soft, warm feeling, and I felt the words, "it is true." It was the holy ghost bearing witness to me that The Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Jesus Christ did atone for the sins of the world, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God on the earth today. Throughout the years since then, I have felt that same feeling often when I read the scriptures, during church, while singing hymns, when I think about the gospel, and when I do good things to help other people. Feeling the Holy Ghost makes me happy. The word of God has become delicious to me, and when I go a while without studying the scriptures, I feel a spiritual hunger, that something is missing from my life. I know that God lives, loves his children, and has restored the fullness of His gospel to the earth through The Book of Mormon. Jesus gave his life to save us from spiritual and physical death, that through him, all mankind might be saved if they receive his gospel,and keep the commandments. I know that if you desire to know for yourself, read The Book of Mormon, and ask God, you will receive the same witness.

How I live my faith

I live in a valley where the majority of people are Mormon. I've heard the number 80% given a few times. Nearly everyone knows about the LDS Church and some of our beliefs. Also, pretty much everybody knows everybody else. I try to do at least one good thing everyday. I participate in mutual, (a church youth activity), every Wednesday. I go to church on Sundays. I try to help other people. I study the scriptures every day. Once you get into the scriptures, it is not hard to keep reading them. In fact, one begins to look forward to it. It may not be what many would consider "fun" but it brings peace and makes me happy.

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.

Nephi B.
We believe that Jesus established His church the way He wanted it organized. In Ephesians chapter 4, verses 11 through 15, it seems apparent that apostles are needed until the followers of Christ become perfect. In the first chapter or Acts, Matthias was chosen as a new apostle to replace Judas. This suggests that apostles were meant to lead the church not just while the original 12 were alive, but until Christ says otherwise. Never at any time has Christ said that we should no longer have apostles. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Nephi B.
God is your loving Heavenly Father. He wants you to come to know Him and and love Him. The Apostle John recorded the Savior's teaching, "and this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Those who live righteous lives of obedience to God will live in the presence of God after they depart this mortal life. However, God does not want us to wait until we die to come to know Him. The invitation "come unto me" is ever extended to all who are willing to do so. He has asked that we pray to Him, learn His word, and keep His commandments. God has promised that He will always answer the sincere prayer of faith (see Mathew 7:7 and James 1:5). We are taught to feast upon the words of Christ for "...the words of Christ will teach you all things what ye should do" (2 Nephi 32:3). Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). As you act in faith and do these things, that faith will become stronger. As you draw near unto Him, he will draw near unto you. Your desire for good will increase. You will find peace to your soul and you will find yourself coming closer to Christ and your Father in Heaven. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Ether taught that "...faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me-- the fountain of all righteousness" (Ether 12:28). Lastly, see 3 Nephi 14:23 or Matthew 7:23. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Nephi B.
Faith is a principle of action. It motivates us to act. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Alma teaches what Paul taught in Hebrews chapter 11, that faith is a "hope for things which are not seen which are true" (Alma 32:21). It is a belief in that which we cannot plainly see, but Faith is more than just a belief. Paul described it as a "substance" of things which are hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). When we have faith, we are willing to act; to let that faith yield fruit through the way it influences our actions. If one has faith that the scriptures are the word of God, then they will read the scriptures. If one has faith that obedience brings blessings, then they will try to be obedient. To gain faith, one must act in faith. When faith is tested or put into action, it becomes stronger and more developed. When a person stops exercising their faith, it grows weaker over time. This is comparable to physical activity. When an athlete stops working out, their muscles slowly become weaker and smaller, but if they will keep putting their muscles into action, they will maintain, and even obtain their strength. So it is with faith. Faith is exercised through prayer, repentance, studying the scriptures, keeping the commandments, being baptized, and daily good works. Show more Show less