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Hi I'm Isaac

I'm a sophomore in high school, I'm a classical and jazz pianist, I'm an aspiring businessman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music in any form, I play piano and ukulele, although I've tried drums, guitar, and viola. I sing in a professional choir, and I compose classical music. I'm only a sophomore in high school right now, but I'm trying to graduate early so I can get to college sooner! I want to get a degree in business, or at least that's the game plan right now.

Why I am a Mormon

I deal with depression, which comes in intense but infrequent bouts. I was reading my scriptures on the 4th of July of 2013, while I was in the midst of one of these periods of trial and pain. My self esteem was plummeting as depression distanced me from my friends, family, and responsibilities in and out of school. I thought to myself, "Why am I experiencing this pain? Shouldn't God love me more than this?" I'd been reading the Book of Mormon for the first time, and I had reached the last chapter; Moroni 10. Within this chapter is a promise that if you pray to know if the book is true, you will receive an answer. I partook of this promise and prayed to know if the book was true. No answer. I was frustrated, angry, bitter for a second. But I waited for a minute or so in silence, contemplating, pondering. Then the most clear and profound thought entered my head, in a voice I could so clearly understand, and what it said changed my life dramatically. It said: "You have a Heavenly Father who loves you, and knows you. He loves you in all your imperfections, trials, and mistakes." Tears rolled down my face as I considered the message I had just received, and how in my time of most dire need, that I had received not the message I was asking for, but the message I needed. I realized that I didn't need to know if the Book of Mormon was true; I needed to know that there was a God at all that was looking out for me. By knowing that, I knew that the Book of Mormon had to be true, for its message is the same; come unto God, for he loves and knows you, and he will make you perfect in him. Depression is simply an imperfection, that I am overcoming through faith, perseverance, and the redeeming and purifying power of the sacred Atonement of Christ.

How I live my faith

I attend church every sunday, as well as seminary daily, which is a religious class you can take at just about any high school. Through seminary, church, and weekly youth activities called mutual, I'm involved in faith-based activities basically every day of the week. I participate in my church's local Boy Scout troop, and do all sorts of service around the neighborhood with my fellow scouts. I try to serve others as much as I can! I read scriptures including the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other church texts nightly to better understand the teachings of Christ. I pray night and day and try to live my standards the best I can to stay healthy, happy, and spiritually in check!

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Isaac
If you're religious at all, you probably can relate to the fact that there are some sacred things in your religion that you probably don't want people talking about casually, because they're special to you. The temple is the same way for us. It is not secret, rather, sacred. Out of a love for the closeness with God that the temple provides, we don't openly discuss the temple, or at least, what's inside. It's our sanctuary from the world, we want it to be just for us. Saying "only some" Mormons are allowed inside makes it sounds very exclusive. It's not; anyone who lives the standards of the church, and is 12 or older can enter with what is called a temple reccomend; simply a card that states that we live the standards of the church and are worthy to enter the temple. In the temple, we can be baptized for our ancestors, we can be married for time and all eternity, make covenants and receive blessings, and perform proxy sealing for our ancestors as well. The temple concerns the eternity; each sacred ordinance we perform there is meant to last forever. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Isaac
Baptisms for the dead aren't a new thing at all, it's mentioned in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 15:29! We believe that in order to obtain the happiest and most blessed place in heaven, that we must be baptized. But just because you die, you don't miss out on these blessings. Not everyone has heard about the Gospel, and it would be unjust of God to punish these souls for circumstances they can't control. We do baptisms for the dead, because we believe that these souls have the chance to learn about the Gospel in the after-life, and decide for themselves whether or not to accept it. When we do baptisms for these people, they can choose whether or not to accept it. By doing the baptisms, we're basically ensuring the same blessings for our ancestors that we have today by being baptized. Show more Show less