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Hi I'm Adam

I am from a big family. I am an Economics Major at college. I am a big sports fan and a movie buff. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a Utah State Championship Wrestler in High School. I participated in Model United Nations (similar to debate) at a Regional competition in San Francisco and a National one in New York City. I love the outdoors, watching Football, and I'm a movie enthusiast. I am also an Eagle Scout. I love animals. I have a dog and a cat and several chickens, and even four horses. I graduated High School in 2014, where I spoke at the ceremony, and I served Mormon mission in Recife, Brazil for two years. I returned home in August 2016, and am now in school at Utah State University. I love sports and movies and will gladly debate anyone on either topic (and will usually win).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. Firstly, because I know that the church is the only true church on the Earth. I know that the Doctrine we teach is true. I know that we have a loving Father in Heaven who loves and cares about each one of us and wants us to come unto him that we might have joy. Second, I am a Mormon because I have partaken of that joy. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest source of joy that exists in my life. Many would say that it is difficult to be a Mormon because of all the rules we have to follow. They say it's so restrictive and even oppressive. Yet I find that staying away from all these damaging practices in my life sets me free from the guilt, emotional pain, and sorrow that come from sin. I find joy in not going to crazy parties, drinking alcohol or doing drugs. It really is a fantastic way of life. I think everyone should try it:)

How I live my faith

Anyone who knows a Mormon will notice that they are a bit different. We have values and morals that we live. Sometimes it can be awkward to tell an old friend you can't go get coffee with them, but it's a great opportunity to talk about why! My faith gives me hope and strength to face the world and the uncertainties of my future. It gives me a sense of purpose as I move through on phase of life to the next. I love serving others and making people feel welcome in the house of the Lord. I am careful not to judge those who don't share my lifestyle, but enthusiastically invite them to join me all the same!

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
Men have the responsibility to be the Priesthood leader who presides over his home. Women are primarily responsible to nurture children. That's God's plan. God's plan, however, is NOT to have men dominate women. Priesthood holders are commanded to give nothing but the highest respect to women and girls. Any man who abuses his position or practices unrighteous dominion over his wife is not considered worthy of his authority. Women are equal to men. They are partners to love and cherish one another. In truth, Priesthood power does not belong to men any more than it does to women. Priesthood power is from God. Men can only act with the Priesthood if said actions are in accordance with the will of God. The presence of the Priesthood in homes and wards blesses the lives of not only the men, but the women and children as well. We have our roles in the church. The men hold the Priesthood, the women raise children and participate in church functions as equal partners to the men. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Adam
Polygamy was an ancient Biblical practice and was introduced in the early years of the newly restored Church. However, the church ended the practice well over 100 years ago. Cult-like offshoots of the Church, known as Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints or FLDS, still practice polygamy today, but ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (known as the Mormon church) have been severed. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Adam
Jesus Christ our Savior, who provides the only way we can return to live with our Father in Heaven. We do not encourage, as many mistakenly believe, faith in Joseph Smith any more than any other Christian sect would encourage faith in Moses or Noah. Show more Show less

What are Mormon temples used for?

Adam
You may have heard this common question posed to Christians who preach that the only path to Salvation is through Jesus Christ (a belief we hold as well): What about the man in Africa who died a thousand years ago and never heard the name "Jesus" and had no opportunity to accept his gospel? The answer to this question is temples. In the temples, we perform ordinances such as baptism for the dead that gives that man an opportunity in the afterlife to accept Jesus Christ. We also perform other ordinances in the temple that we as a church hold too sacred for detailed public discussion. I have participated in these ordinances and can say that they are not "secret." They are, for the most part, found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. They just involve such a personal connection to God and to Heaven that detailed discussion outside of the Temple is inappropriate. If you really are curious about what goes on in the temple, I'm sure that the Missionaries will happily help you prepare to enter and see for yourself some day;) Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Adam
I think gay rights and gay marriage draw an important distinction. Should gays be given basic human rights and respect and dignity as human beings? Yes, they should. Should they be loved and cared for, and not judged or looked down upon because of their decisions? No, they should not. Is homosexuality viewed as a sin? The actions are, the feelings are not. But, many things are sinful. Many things that church members participate in are sinful. It doesn't warrant hate. It warrants compassion, and the extension of a helping hand, and continued love and acceptance if that hand is rejected. Christ did not look down on anyone in his life, but showed the worst of sinners his same great love (See John 8:1-11). We do teach that you should always ask yourself what Jesus would do, and he would love everyone. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Adam
Moroni 10:4-5. It's a verse in the Book of Mormon that urges all who hear the words of Christ to get down on their knees and pray, asking God if the words are not true. All those who ask in faith and with real intent are promised to receive an answer. The Holy Ghost will testify to you of its truthfulness. It may not come immediately, but it will come in a time best suited for you to receive it. I have received this confirmation time and time again in my life and can attest to the power of the Holy Ghost. I invite anyone reading this to listen to Missionary lessons and do the same. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Adam
Well, that´s what it is all about. The Atonement. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the center of our religion, and everything else is just details. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. That is an absolute truth. His Atonement was his perfect and infinite sacrifice for us. It included His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, His death, and his Ressurrection. Through the Atonement, we can be made clean and be forgiven of our sins, receive strength and guidance in time of need, overcome our weaknesses, and someday live with God again. That is our religion. We are fallen, imperfect, sinful beings. We all are. But God still loves us. So He sent His Son to die for our sins, taking upon Himself all of our pains and afflictions, suffering all that we might not need to if we will believe in Him and take His name upon us through important ordinances such as baptism. Christ paid the price, and so, we are indebted to Him. We owe it to Him to live His gospel. However, a true follower of Christ follows Him not because it is owed, but because he is filled with a love of the Savior that motivates Him to follow Christ. He follows Jesus because he WANTS to. That is Christianity. As the Apostle Paul said, "as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" Show more Show less