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Hi I'm Adam Small

I'm 19, I'm from Maine. I love sports and weight lifting. I'm serving a mission in San Fernando, California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with only one parent in a small town in Maine. I've never met my biological father. I have lived with only my mom since I was 6. My mom is a convert, she was baptized when she was pregnant with me, so I was blessed to be born into the church. When I was 1, my step father, my mom, and I all went to the Washington D.C. Temple and were sealed as a family for time and all eternity. I have been involved in the church my whole life. I am currently serving a full-time mission in the California San Fernando Mission, the northern area of Los Angeles and LA county. I am a sports fanatic, mainly baseball, but also basketball, football, hockey, and soccer. I also enjoy weight training. I love being active and involved in sports myself. Before my mission I played soccer, basketball, baseball, and track and field. I did well on the academic side of things too. After my mission, I look very forward to being with my mom again after a long, but rewarding 2 year separation. I will be attending BYU-Idaho pursuing a Psychology degree, and then a masters in social work afterward. I am excited for the day I can go to the temple and get married. I want to be a therapist when I'm out of college, and I want to counsel domestic abuse victims.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon, but I have been to a couple of different church services, and I know it is not the same and full truth I know the LDS church to be. I have received a witness through the Holy Ghost that this is the true church. I know that this church is the same gospel Christ taught during his ministry on the Earth. I know that The Book of Mormon is anther witness of Christ and another testament, and I know it is only meant to complete the messages taught in the Bible. I have chosen this church because I cannot ever receive the full knowledge in any other church. This church teaches why we are here, where we come from, and where we are going. This church has the Priesthood, the same power and authority Christ gave unto the apostles in the bible. This church has modern day revelation, from newly called prophets and apostles. Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson, and I know that he and his fellow apostles are looking out for the members and leading them back to our God. I know that this is the only true church, and it has been restored by Joseph Smith. I know that Christ has given his blood and everything he is made of to us, and the gift to be forgiven of our mistakes and shortcomings so we can live with him again. He never touched an unclean thing, and he is my savior and my redeemer, and he fulfilled the most important ordinance known to mankind in the Atonement. I know this is his church, and I am grateful I know his truth, and I am grateful I have been called to serve him.

How I live my faith

I am serving a full time, two year mission in the California San Fernando area. I have been out on my mission for a little over a year now. I left at only 18 years old and freshly graduated from high school. This calling could have seemed scary for someone like me, but I knew I'm ready, but it was a huge act of faith. From the time I was 12, I have assisted in the different groups in the Priesthood, or simply the groups of the men in the church. I have assisted the bishop and others in the church through my callings, and home teaching. I have also gone out and taught with the missionaries in this area. I have never been shy about letting others I am on a mission and that I am a Mormon. The experience of being able to teach and invite others to come unto Christ, has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had in my short time here on Earth.

Are Mormons Christians?

Adam Small
Seeing the name of Christ in our official church name, answers the question very directly. Christ is not only the head, but the centerpiece of our religion. He is the reason we go to church; to remember his sacrifice, and worship him and our Heavenly Father. Many people believe we worship Joseph Smith, when we really just appreciate and remember him for restoring the gospel into the world today. We worship our Father in Heaven as well as Jesus Christ, and we do so through the companionship of the spirit. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Adam Small
It can only be understood through faith. We learn in the scriptures that "man cannot comprehend the things which The Lord can comprehend." God has made it so that only worthy men can hold the Priesthood, which is something that is very humbling for me personally. Women are no where near behind or under men; just because men hold the priesthood, doesn't mean they are anywhere close to more powerful or more important. Women are part of the oldest and largest women's groups in the world; the Relief Society. They play a huge role in the church, helping people from the very top to the last person in the congregation in the church, as well as elsewhere. Women are the Matriarchs of our homes, bring children to this world, and do things that we cannot continue on without. The priesthood is a very sacred calling that has remained the same since the time of Adam and Eve. Only God knows why he has chosen only men to hold the priesthood, and he is in control. I know that I have been extremely blessed to hold this divine authority, but I also know that with all the amazing things that women do for the church and for the entire human race, we could not go on without their presence and contributions. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Adam Small
To stop the spread and influence of pornography all over the world altogether is most likely impossible at this point. But organizations such as "Fight the New Drug" have done everything they can and will continue to show the world that pornography is a serious matter. Scientists have shown that pornography is just as, if not more addictive, than crack-cocaine. Pornography is one of the utmost evil influences in the world today. Using this highly addictive material over a long period of time, makes overcoming a narcotics addiction look like a picnic. Pornography dulls the mind and senses, and it causes chemical releases that are released during intimacy. Long term exposure to pornography has caused many men to not have the ability to have normal relationships with others; most saddening of all is their own wives. Even when addiction doesn't seem to be present, over time, those chemicals released during intimate relations, will only be because of images engraved into ones mind from viewing pornography. I can testify that this is Satan's most lethal weapon in the world, and this seemingly harmless curiosity, ruins not only relationships, but what is one of the most essential parts of God's kingdom; families. This material needs to be displayed for what it really is, and organizations such as Fight the New Drug need to be more recognized. This material can be very much slowed down through public exposure, but it is up to everyone to make it happen. Show more Show less

What are Mormon temples used for?

Adam Small
Temples are the most sacred houses of God. They are the places where we perform sacred ordinances, as well as makes covenants (two way promise between us and God). Temples are separate from what we do at our meetinghouses; they are where we can be sealed together as families for time and all eternity. We can also perform baptisms and confirmations for those who have passed away and did not have the opportunity to do those ordinances themselves. These temples are very sacred, and we do not discuss the things done inside them, or let anyone else besides worthy church members inside. Keeping the temples sacred and performing miracles and or saving ordinances are the top priority. Anyone who is not a member of the church is more than welcome to attend the temple visitor center. Here anyone can learn more about temples and why we do everything we can to keep them sacred. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Adam Small
It is another testament and witness of Jesus Christ. It is a record of early inhabitants and prophets in the American continents. The book is the fullness of Christ's gospel, and it is meant to help us understand furthermore the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many wonder if or why we read the Bible if we have the Book of Mormon, but I assure you we read the King James version of the Holy Bible. The Bible in it's earliest translation, and The Book of Mormon are the fullness of the word and doctrine of Christ. This book is also a convincing witness and evidence of the Restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. Through prayer we can know if it is true, and as the prophet Moroni said, "By the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:5). It is the keystone of our religion, and as Joseph Smith said, "The most correct book on Earth." Everyone can know of it's divine truth through sincere and earnest prayer. Show more Show less