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Hi I'm Eli Klein

I play the Saxophone. I'm from Indiana. I LOVE whales. I am a missionary in Everett, Washington. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved being with friends and just having a good time being social. Some of my fondest memories are just hanging out late at night at a restaurant with some friends or hanging out after institute (a church class for college students). I really love the ocean and all ocean life! Anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy about whales!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to church every Sunday and having supportive, loving parents. My father was Jewish, but despite not sharing the same beliefs, he always encouraged his children to choose the right, to go to church and live our faith. I am grateful to have had such amazing parents who both helped me to feel the spirit in my life and to come to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true. Jesus is the Christ. The Gospel has been Restored. Joseph Smith was a prophet called to restore Christ's church to the Earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true and living church on the Earth today--living because it is lead by Jesus Christ himself through a modern-day prophet. I have come to know these things for myself by the power of the Holy Ghost. This happened over time and I can't pinpoint a specific one experience that helped me know that. Despite that, I will never doubt the truthfulness of the Gospel and it is no less real. The assurance I have received has come from many experiences that I can never deny. I urge all to earnestly seek to know if the things I have said are true for themselves.

How I live my faith

I love opportunities to serve! Before I left on my mission I spent a lot of time helping the missionaries by going to teaching appointments with them, talking to people at my college campus with them, and by knocking doors with them. I loved the amazing spirit that came from being around missionaries and hearing such powerful testimony. Something about being with missionaries brought the spirit strongly into my life. I also had great experiences by sharing the gospel with my friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. I was the only active Mormon in my high school growing up, but I had the amazing opportunity to share the gospel with one of my close friends I went to school with over a year after graduating! He was so prepared to hear the wonderful message of peace and hope that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings into one's life. He was baptized a little over a month after first coming to a church class with me and meeting with the missionaries afterwords. Now, as a full time missionary I have the amazing opportunity to share the gospel with even more people than I did before! I have a bigger role in the teaching process and I am able to see people filled with such joy as they apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ more fully in their lives and grow closer to their Heavenly Father. I love being on the Lord's errand!

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Eli Klein
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints performs baptisms for and in behalf of those who have died without the ordinance of baptism by proper priesthood authority by way of proxy. It is for those who never had an opportunity to hear the Gospel, for those who didn't have a baptism by the proper authority, and for those who never received an answer that the Gospel was true in this lifetime. For me, I'm very grateful that we have this ordinance for our loved ones to have an opportunity or a second opportunity to accept Jesus Christ into their lives. My father was Jewish and he passed away without ever receiving an answer as to the divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but I am grateful for the knowledge that he will have another chance to do so and I firmly believe that he will do so because of the kind of life he lived and for the example that the rest of our family has been to him in our devotion as disciples of Christ. Show more Show less