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Hi I'm Russell Wadsworth

I'm a missionary serving in Knoxville, TN. I love theatrical arts, the outdoors, and sharing the Gospel! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have served in the Tennessee Knoxville mission since December 31, 2014. I love my mission! Before this, I went to college at Brigham Young University (Provo) where I studied Computer Science. I love acting, singing, and dancing, especially Shakespeare. I worked at a movie theatre as a Projectionist before my mission because I love Disney Movies. (Consider me a Disney fanatic) I love physics and math, reading and writing, telling stories/parables, & voice acting. I love serving people and helping them taste of the delicious fruits of the Gospel, especially in helping them learn about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I love to swim, hike, and play football, basketball, and soccer in spare time, though I am DEFINITELY not great at it. I also like trying new things. I love the LDS church, and I have been a life-long member. This church, and all it entails, is the center of my life, and I am grateful to my family for their support.

Why I am a Mormon

"Yea, I know that God will give liberally to Him that asketh" (2 Nephi 4:35). I have been a lifelong member, and I have always seen the blessings that come from living the principles of the Gospel. However, I had my doubts arise, like all people do, and I had to make my stand. By the time I was 14, I had a big choice to make: continue or stop going. So, knowing that the Book of Mormon is the keystone of the church, I read it cover to cover. I spent many days and nights laboring in prayer concerning the Book of Mormon. When I came to know by the still, small voice of the Gospel, my mind and heart were set on living according to how God wants me to live; in other words, "not my will, but Thine." Through keeping God's commandments, we change our lives little by little, and through that change, we become more perfect. Perfection will not come in this life, but it will be by God's grace, after all we can do, that we will finally be saved (see 2 Nephi 25:23). I have learned a lot about the gospel, and I have a lot to learn still, but I know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives. He runs the church. He is the chief cornerstone. He loves us. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and it is true. President Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet today, and revelation from God continues through him. Christ strengthens me through trials I go through in life. I have anxiety and I went through bouts of depression in my life, but through Christ, I found joy in enduring trials and making these weaknesses strong. He does not discourage us in our weaknesses, but rather, His grace is sufficient if we humble ourselves before Him and have faith in Him.

How I live my faith

In the past, I was the President of the young men's groups in the church that range from ages 12 to 16. I served as a Stake Youth Council member where I organized activities for the youth in the stake. I am a full-time missionary in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is my privilege to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel by faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I strengthen my faith by daily scripture reading, including the words of the living prophets in past general conferences, daily morning and evening prayers, and church attendance every week. Consistency is key to strengthening faith, just as a muscle grows with consistent tune-up. You cannot live the Gospel of Jesus Christ without the desire to believe, and when you do, let it work in you by doing these three simple things. If you have a family, hold family home evening. That was something my family strived to do every Monday, and it helped us grow closer as a family. It is the little things that help all of us come unto Christ.

What is faith?

Russell Wadsworth
Faith in Jesus Christ is putting your trust in him and in using His atonement. With faith, you hope for things which are true, but not necessarily visible on this earth (see Alma 32:21). In order to obtain faith, you need to have a trial of your faith, and step out of your comfort zone to receive a testimony that Jesus is the Christ. You will not receive a witness until after this trial of your faith (see Ether 12:6). When you have faith, you put your confidence in Him so then you can go about life knowing you have Jesus Christ helping and guiding you throughout your life. Show more Show less

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

Russell Wadsworth
The temple is a special, sacred place consecrated as the house of the Lord (on the outside of every temple, there is a sign that says "HOLINESS TO THE LORD--THE HOUSE OF THE LORD," reminding us as children of God that we are entering the Lord's house). It is a special place because the temptations of the world are kept out, and the Spirit of God can reside continuously. In the temple, the ordinances made are sealed on earth and in heaven, such as marriages, baptisms and confirmations for the dead, and many other ordinances. This is how a family is eternal--the marriage performed in the temple by a man and woman is sealed on earth (the traditional way to look at marriage) and in heaven (the marriage is eternally tied, and is not "until death separating the couple"). The reason why only certain people go in the temple is because no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. Only worthy members of the church, in both age and accountability, can enter. As one exercises faith, repents of his/her sins and comes closer to Jesus Christ through living His gospel, they will have the opportunity to enter into the temple. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Russell Wadsworth
Mormons are not required to serve in missions, but it is strongly encouraged. Doctrine and Covenants, Section 18, verses 10, 15-16 says: "10 Remember the worth‍ of souls‍ is great in the sight of God; 15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul‍ unto Me, how great shall be your joy with Him in the Kingdom of my Father! 16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto Me into the Kingdom‍ of My Father, how great will be your joy‍ if you should bring many souls‍ unto Me!" It is a great privilege to serve as a missionary, and it increases your love and joy for the church, for other people, and for our Heavenly Father. Bringing souls unto Heavenly Father increases your testimony of the church and it gives you an appreciation of what Jesus Christ went through on His mission here on earth. As an official representative of the church for 18 months (sisters) or 2 years (elders), missionaries are representing the church as they go and do the Lord's work. What an honor it is to have Jesus Christ's name beside yours as you preach repentance unto the people you are serving! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Russell Wadsworth
The Holy Bible testifies of the divine nature and ministry of Jesus Christ. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we "talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and [the prophets] write according to [their] prophecies, that [we] may know to what source [we] may look for a remission of [our] sins" (2 Nephi 25:26). Because the Bible talks, rejoices, preaches, and prophesies of Jesus Christ through the words of the prophets and Jesus Christ himself, the Bible is the word of God. Upon finding the solution to his answer as to which church is true, Joseph Smith read and studied the Bible, and it was only upon reading the Bible that Joseph Smith decided to ask God (see James 1:5-6). Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Russell Wadsworth
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). Our bodies are precious gifts from God. As such, we need to treat our bodies as sacred edifices where the Spirit of God can dwell. There surely is One who knows our bodies more than we do in regards to health, and He is God, our Eternal Father in Heaven. He has given us modern-day counsel, usually called the Word of Wisdom, to give us a road map whereby we can grow healthy and strong. Though it may initially sound restricting and strict at first, the blessings that come from following this wisdom are great. We are promised "health in [our] navel, and marrow in [our] bones," the power to "run, and not be weary" and to "walk, and not faint," and the ability to "find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge" if we follow this health code, and "the destroying angel shall pass by [us]" if we follow this law (D&C 89:18-21). Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Russell Wadsworth
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that [we] must build [our] foundation" (Helaman 5:12). Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and it is His Gospel that will ultimately save us from sin. We live in the time before the Savior's Second Coming. The Last Days are here, and we must be prepared to stand up for the teachings of Jesus Christ, as He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He calls prophets today just as He did in old times, and prophets have taught concerning the evils and licentious displays of such plagues as pornography. Listen to the words of the prophets, and heed their words, regardless of how challenging it may seem to be; you will be blessed with strength against such temptations. Remember the Savior's counsel when He states that "whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28; see also 3 Nephi 12:28). Sexual intimacy is sacred, and in the right time and the right season (see Ecclesiastes 3:1), meaning after marriage, that relationship is okay with that one partner. Otherwise, these feelings must remain protected as sacred. We must "put off the natural man" and "[become] a saint through Christ the Lord" (Mosiah 3:19). Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Russell Wadsworth
Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God, our Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the head of the church (see Eph. 5:23 and Mosiah 26:22) and whose name we take upon. I would compare Joseph Smith to the office and importance that Moses held. We do not worship Moses, but he did all things that Heavenly Father commanded him to do. He had the priesthood authority to perform the ordinances of salvation, such as baptism, and preach the gospel to the people. This is what Joseph Smith did: he re-established the gospel, including the priesthood authority, taught that same gospel, and did all things as he was commanded of the Father to do. Jesus Christ is our Savior, and the church was originally established by Him. Under His direction, Joseph Smith did all he did to build and grow the church. This serves that Jesus is the Christ and He fulfills His purposes through His servants, the prophets. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Russell Wadsworth
The Lord has commanded people in previous times to practice plural marriage; such examples include Abraham, Jacob, David, and Solomon. There was a time where Joseph Smih, Brigham Young, and many other prominent church figures practice plural marriage because of the commandment of the Lord to do so (see Jacob 2:27-30). However, at this time, plural marriage is not practiced in the church and the Lord commands members of the church to be wedded one man and one woman (monogamy). Show more Show less