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Hi I'm Casey

I am a fire fighter in training, I love my family, I love my God, and I am a mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah. I love all kinds of sports and ran cross country and track in high school. My favorite things to do in the world are backpacking in the mountains and fly fishing. I became a state certified EMT and plan to go to Utah Valley University to become a firefighter and a paramedic when I complete my mission then commissioning in to the United States Air Force after I graduate.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this religion, I did not understand it when I was a kid though it made all the sense in the world to me. When I got into my teens and lost sight of the importance of a religion I strayed and got into some trouble, nothing serious but enough that I realized that something was amiss. I started to pay more attention in church and doing deciding for myself if I really believed. As I prayed, studied and pondered what I had read, what I had been taught and How those things made me feel, I became happier. I had less problems in school, I became more centered on the well being of others rather than myself. I had found a deeper love for my family, those I spent my time with and those that I met. I am a Mormon because i love it and I have come to know that the doctrine and teachings that are of this chrurch are correct and true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith to the best of my ability. I had a few years where I didn't care so much, but as I became older and more mature, I grew closer to God and realized the importance of living my religion and not just being part of one. That being said, I put my God and my religion first, then my family, then myself and everything has turned out pretty well so far!

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Casey
This is a question that I think many people have. First, lets look at the definition of what a "cult" is. 1. "A system of religious veneration ad devotion directed towards a particular figure of object." 2. "A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regard by others as strange of as imposing excessive control over members." 3. "A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular thing." 4. "A person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society." As you can see, there are many things that can fall under the definition of a "cult." Anything from celebrity and sport fanaticism, to so called workaholics. There are reasons why many might have the impression that we are a cult. One might be our respect for and belief in Joseph Smith as instrumental in restoring the gospel to the earth. He was very important but we do not worship him nor give more attention to him than we do Jesus Christ, quite the contrary. Another reason why some might belive that we are a cult, is because we have beliefs that break from general Christianity such as Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate and distinct individuals, additional scripture and living prophets. Some also may view that the church imposes too many rules or too strict of rules. Yes, there are definitive lines and there certainly are boundries but for the most part, living our faith is very individual and up to us to live it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Casey
I love grace! Grace is something that is somewhat misunderstood by many people, including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am serving my mission in Texas in the United States and there has been many an opportunity for me to learn and teach about our beliefs on grace. First and foremost, we believe that it is "through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah" that we can dwell in the presence of God, our Heavenly Father. We also believe that there are commandments that God has given us. If you read the Bible or the Book of Mormon you know that God gives His people commandments. But why? If we are saved by grace, why do we need to obey commandments? The answer is this: we need to be changed to stay with Heavenly Father forever. We need to live in such a way that we will be comfortable to live with Him. Simply professing belief is not enough, nor is accepting Christ as your Savior. This is certainly a fantastic place to start, but it is not all. If you truly believed that Christ was your Savior, then you would do all you could to get to know Him and show your love for Him. He said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." The ultimate way that we can show our love and appreciation for what Jesus Christ has done for us, is to keep His commandments. Keeping the commandments does not make us return to our Heavenly Father, only Christ can do that. Keeping the commandments helps us live in such a way that we can stay with our God for eternity. Show more Show less