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Hi I'm Michael Caratenuto

I have prayed much about and am a baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am a son of parents who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am an Eagle scout and scout leader. I am a college graduate. I am a Mathematics teacher. I am a husband and a parent of two-children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon in their entirety. I have prayed about the principles of the Gospel, as taught by Jesus Christ, that is shared therein and by the power of the Holy Ghost, I have learned that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on earth that follows all of these principles. I have also received a testimony of how families can be together forever which is very important to me. I love my Heavenly Father and I am grateful the atonement of Jesus Christ for my sins and tribulations in my life. I am blessed as I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Many years ago my father passed away suddenly due to health complications attributed to undiagnosed pancreatic cancer. Having an understanding of God's plan of happiness and an understanding that families can be together forever, gave me strength, hope, and peace after losing my father and best friend. I now try to share these principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with other people so that they may experience the same comfort that I have come to know. I also do my best to be a partner in marriage with my wife. She now is my best friend and confidant and we work together and support each other through our family goals and challenges. I don't drink, I don't use drugs recreationally, I try to eat healthy and exercise daily to keep my body healthy as the scriptures teach us. I try to read the scriptures every morning and pray often. It is our family goal to not watch rated R movies or read books that might have questionable or suggestive contexts or topics. We spend more family time together than doing a bunch of individual activities. We attend church every Sunday and we try to refrain from shopping, traveling, or watching entertainment on Sundays to help keep our mind on God. My wife and I do these things together so that we can provide an example to our children on how to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I try to be grateful to others and especially to our Father in Heaven for my many blessings and gifts.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Michael Caratenuto
In the New Testament, in the book of Mark, chapter 12, verse 31 Jesus Christ says, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." We believe that this unconditionally means that everyone on the planet is considered our neighbor. If we believe in Jesus Christ, then we should follow this commandment and help anyone whom may be placed in our path, if we can, regardless of their membership in any religion or no religion. This may mean to simply listen to someone for a while, paying for someone's groceries or mowing their lawn, or donating money or service, to help people affected by a natural disaster in some other country. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Michael Caratenuto
The Mormon church is officially called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ is the center of all that we believe and do. Since we believe in Jesus Christ, we are by definition, Christians. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Michael Caratenuto
A branch is a small congregation where a ward is a larger congregation. A stake is group of congregations that are in proximity to each other. Some stakes are small in geographical area because the congregations are very close. Some stakes are large in geographical area because the congregations are spread out. Each branch or ward is made up of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their families who believe in Jesus Christ and desire to worship together and support each other with their problems through service. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Michael Caratenuto
In the New Testament, in the Book of James, chapter 1, verse 5 it 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." Only through prayer may we know the truth of anything, including whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church here on earth or if the Book of Mormon is a testament of Jesus Christ, or if Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God. Your answer may be a vivid image in your mind or a dream, a feeling in your gut, or a feeling of joy and peace in your heart. This will be the Holy Ghost speaking to you about the truth that you are seeking. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Michael Caratenuto
God created the earth and everything on it. Every food that we grow, the wool or cotton we make our clothing with, and every other thing we use for barter or legal tender is a product of what God has provided for us. God asks us to give 10% of our increase for two main reasons. First, this tithe goes to support the activities of the Church like paying for utilities, building places for worship, and printing the scriptures. None of this money goes to pay for any of the clergy of the Church, since they are all volunteers. Second, it requires us to live within our means and not go into debt. As we put God first in our finances, we are less likely to overspend on entertainment or luxuries that we may not be able to afford. As we are live within our means and pay 10% to the Church, we are blessed beyond measure. Show more Show less

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

Michael Caratenuto
If you visit the website: http://www.mormon.org/missionaries and submit your name and contact information, you can get in contact with people who are willing to speak with you more about the Mormon religion. They would also help you find a local place of worship that you can visit. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Michael Caratenuto
The Law of Chastity means that if I am not married that I refrain from having any sexual relations with anyone and if I am married, then I only have sexual relations with only my spouse. Show more Show less