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Hi I'm Doug

My name is Doug and I live in North Mississippi, I am a Mormon and I know the Gospel is True.

About Me

I'm single, active in the temple, and I work for Dollar General and I found the church in 2005 and joined in December 2007. I have had many struggles and trials in my life and only one thing has kept me going and brought me where I am now. The love and forgiveness of the Savior and the Restored Gospel. I am a Eagle Scout and I have lived basically all over the USA. I was born in NW Mississippi and raised in Baptist faith but I never quite felt right about it. It was not until The Lord led me to the doors of a small Northern Nevada ward that I realized what I was missing. It took me a while but through study and prayer I was baptized in late 2007. Now I visit the temple as much as I can to continue the learning experience. I was born with a health condition that through the blessings the Lord has given me have been able to stay healthy and afford my medications required. I am a prime example of His love and forgiveness due to all of the trials that have been placed in my path to lead me here. I know that no matter what comes my way He will always be there and will help me when i stumble. The Book of Mormon is an amazing book and if you read it you will know the truth the Heavenly Father loves us and how to follow His plan for our lives. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because God called me to be of course. It wasn't an easy road to get here and I know it will be a harder road ahead. However no one ever said it would be easy and knowing the truth is as easy as reading and asking Him to make it known. As the scripture says in James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up. He lifted me on more than one occasion and continues to do so daily. James 1:5 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. That means ask with a humble heart and ask for true understanding and He will give you wisdom to know what is right. He also as the phrase says that we have heard alot. " wake up and smell the Bacon". He told us to wake up and listen through the Old and New Testament and the Book of Mormon and the into the D&C. 3 Nephi 20:36 " Awake, awake again, and put on thy strength ( faith in the Lord), Oh Zion ( people of God); put on thy beautiful garments ( temple garments), Oh Jerusalem ( all of us), the holy city, for henceforth there shall no more come unto thee the uncircumcised and unclean. He is telling us to have faith in the lord and attend the temple and be worthy. That is why I am a Mormon because I know He Lives and loves us and wants to bless all of us not a select few but every single life on this earth and every life in the endless universe that He and our Father have made. It is up to us to follow the Plan we Agreed on before we were born. He even reminds us in Job 38:4. We were with Him and He asks us to learn and come back home. I don't know about you but I am dead set on going Home.

How I live my faith

I read my scriptures daily as well as having other books and literature at my disposal provided through the church. I also look for opportunities online and in my personal life to share the Gospel. Some people I have met are afraid to put work and church in the same category but my life has no separation of church and state. I have no problem reading my scriptures or a book written by an LDS author at work and if someone asks me what church I belong I kick that door wide open and I shout at the top of my lungs I Am A Mormon. I am proud to be a member of the fastest growing religion in the world. I know of the false messages that others try to spread about the church but I tell you this. If the Church website doesn't have an answer to the issue then the issue is not true. I don't consider myself better than anyone else and I am not perfect by any means but I do my best to make sure the work is done on my part. When I die and go before the Lord I will honestly be able to say I tried. If I feel I need to go to the temple I arrange time off to go. I don't let time go by where I cannot remember the last time I went. The Lords house is as important to me as breathing and so are the Scriptures and the words of the Prophet and Apostles. Hear their words and let them reach your heart. They love you and care about you even thought they do not know you personally. Each message in the Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with its counterpart the Bible. All these things are meant to help us grow and teach others. We cannot do so if we dont make the effort.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Doug
The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you. Also refer to the New Testament Matthew 17 verse 20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief : for verily i say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. This means if you follow the commandments and teachings of the Father with all your heart and have faith in Christ Jesus then you be able to overcome all things through HIM. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Doug
Jesus Himself, though without sin, was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and to show the way for all mankind (see Matthew 3:13-17; 2 Nephi 31:5-12). Thus, baptism is essential for salvation in the kingdom of God. We learn in the New Testament that baptisms for the dead were done during the Apostle Paul’s time (see 1 Corinthians 15:29). This practice has been restored with the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Prophet Joseph Smith first taught about the ordinance of baptism for the dead during a funeral sermon in August 1840. He read much of 1 Corinthians 15, including verse 29, and announced that the Lord would permit Church members to be baptized in behalf of their friends and relatives who had departed this life. He told them “the plan of salvation was calculated to save all who were willing to obey the requirements of the law of God” (Journal History of the Church, 15 Aug. 1840). Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Doug
One definition listed for ‘cult’ in Webster’s Dictionary is “a religion regarded as unorthodox.” Since the roots of Mormonism are not a break off from the Catholic or Protestant churches, it is seen by some as “unorthodox.” For example, the LDS definition of the Godhead differs from the Nicene Creed accepted by most Catholic or Protestant churches. The “cult” label is usually applied by Church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church. However, sometimes it’s simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by the lack of understanding. Such misunderstandings often vanish when people begin to realize the commonality of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches and believes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people begin to see and recognize these things about Mormons, then their opinion of the Church usually changes, and old beliefs are replaced with new understanding. Show more Show less