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Hi I'm Adam

I'm from a family of 5, I've just completed my 1st year of college, I'm serving a 2-year mission in Taiwan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in several states, including Texas, Louisiana, West Virginia, and North Carolina. I come from a multicultural family of 5: My parents and my two younger brothers. I was also a Boy Scout, and managed to become an Eagle Scout (3 days before my 18th birthday, which is the deadline to get your Eagle Scout rank). Recently, I just completed my 1st year of college as a prospective Chemistry major. I play the piano and violin, and the flute in my school's marching band. I also love watching and playing basketball and tennis. I love science and history (I'm a huge American Civil War buff). I especially like to spend time with my family. Currently, I am serving a 2-year mission in Taibei, Taiwan.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My dad was a member, and my mom was baptized shortly after I was born. However, the testimony that I have of the church is my own. In no place else can the true and pure gospel that Jesus Christ established himself on the earth be found. I have read and prayed about the Book of Mormon, and I know that it is true. It does testify of Jesus Christ and is a companion to the Bible. I know that the words contained in them and taught in our church are true. Only by doing what is taught in these words can we live with our Heavenly Father again. However, we don't only have to rely on what was written in these scriptures. We have a living and true prophet of God, just like Moses or Isaiah, that leads and guides our church. While confusion and distress may be rampant in the world, because there is a living prophet, we will always know what we need to be doing. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church and that it was personally restored by Jesus Christ, who has made our salvation possible.

How I live my faith

Church has always been a huge part of my life. Everywhere I go, I try to conduct myself in a way that is in harmony with a follower of Jesus Christ. I try to follow the Savior's example. I attend church meetings and serve in various positions. Currently, I am helping others to come unto Christ and learn of his gospel by serving a mission in Taiwan.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Adam
We believe that a family is the primary unit of the church. It is central to our Heavenly Father's plan and is ordained by him. We believe that a family consists of a man and a woman, who are married to each other, and their children if they have any. We also believe that families are forever. After death, we believe that we will again be united with our families to live forever. This is made possible by ordinances that take place in the temple. Personally, my family has been the joy of my life. I love my parents and my brothers, and I can't wait to someday start a family of my own. The family has been, is, and will forever be, one of the most important organizations on earth. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Adam
No one is forced to go on a mission. However, missionary work has always been a major part of the church, ever since the time of Jesus. We do believe that young men, usually between the ages of 19 and 21, should go serve missions. However, there is no penalty for not serving one. Many women also go on missions, as do many seniors. I like to compare missionary work to having some really good food, say a cookie. If you found the absolute best cookie in the world, would you keep it secret? Or would you go tell everyone you knew about it? I know that the gospel found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true gospel, established by Jesus Christ himself. The gospel is like the cookie to me, only much better. Because I love it so much, I want to tell everyone about it, so that they too may experience the joy that it brings. This is why I am serving my mission. Our purpose is not to force people to believe. We simply want to let people know about the gospel so that they also may be a part of it if they wish. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Adam
After Jesus' death, his twelve apostles were persecuted, and eventually, all killed (except for John who was promised that he would live forever). With this, known as the apostasy, the gospel was taken from the earth. However, it was restored in the 1800s. To better understand the reason for the restoration, think of a mirror. The apostasy can be likened to the mirror being smashed and destroyed. Eventually, some people searching for the truth tried to piece the mirror back together as best as they could. These were men like Martin Luther and other of the reformation. While some did a pretty good job, it was impossible to find every piece and completely put it all back together perfectly. Then, the original manufacturer of the mirror came to someone and told him exactly how the mirror was built. This was the restoration. Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father came to Joseph Smith and told him exactly how his church was to be. Because of this we now have the gospel in its fullness. Show more Show less