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Hi I'm Ian Conlee

I'm from the Pacific Northwest, I'm a musician, a casual gamer, and most importantly I'm, wait for it... Wait for it... a Mormon!!

About Me

I am a musician and I love learning new instruments and writing songs. My three main instruments are guitar, clarinet and piano, but I can play just about anything you could find in a typical rock band, including singing. Yeah, I sing. I also enjoy other kinds of art. I enjoy drawing and writing stories and making short films. I especially love making music and short films with my friends. Some of the best times I've had have been with my friends making movies and writing songs. I enjoy casually playing video games even though I'm awful at most of them. Except Guitar Hero. I will take anyone on at Guitar Hero. I served a mission in th Las Vegas West Mission and I am currently attending BYU, studying music, but that'll probably change pretty soon. Starving artist is sounding less and less appealing by the minute. I am also an Eagle Scout and enjoyed every moment of my scouting experience. Well... Ice caving was a heck of an experience, but I loved every other moment.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, the first in my family to be born and raised in it. A lot of people think that I would be LDS because it's how I was raised. And that may have been true for the first 17 years of my life, but since then I have learned what it means to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have gained my own testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Plan of Salvation. I have witnessed miracles. Not only in my life but in the lives of the many people that I have taught while on my mission. I know that God continues to speak to us through Prophets and Apostles as he did in times of old. I know that there is power in prayer and in the Holy Priesthood of God. I know that God lives, and that he is our father, and that His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, is our brother, Savior, and Redeemer, and I know these things because the Holy Ghost has made them known to me. I am a Mormon because I have felt God's love. The simple things have made me so much stronger, and I've noticed the change in the strength of my testimony and my willingness to share it.

How I live my faith

There are many ways that I try and live my faith. I do my best to love everyone. I try to help people as often as I can, be it simply holding a door open for someone or be it helping someone move. I study the scriptures as often as I can (generally every day). I try and be a better person than I was the day before. I try to make someone's day by making them smile or laugh. These things aren't always easy to do, but they are always worth it.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ian Conlee
We believe God to be an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent being. We believe that he is our loving Father in Heaven and because of this, we are his spirit children and he knows each one of us individually. We believe that he has a body much like ours, but perfected. A body of flesh and bone, not of flesh and blood. He has a plan for all of us to return to him someday. Through the love of God, the sacrifice and atonement of Jesus Christ and the divine help of the Holy Ghost, we can all live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Ian Conlee
Jesus taught that "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter in to the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) What this means is that no one can hope to attain to the kingdom of God without being baptized. There are a lot of people that have lived on the earth and never heard of Christ. It seems a little unfair that those who have never heard of Christ should be condemned for it. We believe that when people pass on, they go to live in the spirit world where they are given a chance to learn of Christ and his Gospel. Baptisms for the dead allow those who have passed on to have a chance to accept Christ as their savior. We are baptized for and in behalf of a family member, friend, or name given to us. From there, they (as spirits) are allowed to make their choice as to whether or not they accept the teachings of Jesus Christ and are given a chance to enter the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Ian Conlee
The First Vision is the beginning of the Restoration of Jesus Christ's Church. A young boy named Joseph Smith was surrounded by many churches saying they had the truth. But if each church is proclaiming to have the truth, how can one be sure if any of them are right? Joseph Smith read the scripture "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." (James 1:5) So he followed James' advice and went to ask God which of all the churches was true. On a Spring morning in 1820, 14-year old Joseph Smith went to a grove of trees and knelt in prayer. The answer came to him when God the Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to him in a vision and told him that none of the churches were true. Joseph was told that none of the churches had the priesthood authority as did the church that Jesus Christ organized during his earthly ministry. Joseph Smith's own account of the event is a powerful and wonderful thing to read. Show more Show less