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Hi I'm Dax

I've lived in Utah for most of my life, and I'm now serving in the Knoxville, Tennessee Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in northern Utah, my family has been Mormon for a few generations now. I lived off of my parents beliefs until just a little bit before my mission, when I decided I needed to KNOW if the church was true. Through prayer and scripture study, my own testimony slowly grew until I was confident that I could say with a certainty that I know God lives. I enjoy origami, reading, astronomy, swimming, and trolling my siblings all day. I am currently serving a full-time mission in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm the kind of person who is really shy and quiet until you get to know me better, and then I never stop talking as long as I can think of something to say. I also love watching Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to be a Mormon just because my parents are, but over the years my testimony has grown. I have definitely had some trials in my life, but the Lord has been there to help me through each of them. I can say with certainty that God answers prayers and that the Bible and Book of Mormon are the true word of God on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I was the Young Single Adult Representative (which is basically a leader for the youth 18 and older) for my ward for several months before my mission. I had 2 families I used to home teach once a month. (This ended as I left to serve) I attend church every week to partake of the sacrament, and I used to go to the Regional Dances (These are dances that are held once a month to help in different wards to mingle and have fun). As a missionary, I am up early every day, reading my scriptures, saying prayers, and looking for people who are searching for the truth in their lives, even if they don't realize they are. That is what missionary work is about. It is about finding the people who are ready to accept that there is more, and who are willing to do what is right.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Dax
Asking "Who wrote the Book of Mormon?", is kind of like asking "who wrote the Bible?". It, just like the Bible, is a history of people and prophets. One of the last prophets to write his history on the ancient plates took all the records, and made a condensed version of what was important. And that prophet's name was Mormon, thus The Book of Mormon. 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?

Dax
Well, Anyone, member or not, can walk the grounds of the temple, but only members who are keeping all of God's commandments, and have been interviewed by their bishop are allowed to go into the temple. Nothing secret goes on in the temples, but a couple of the things we do are so sacred that we don't discuss them outside of the temple out of respect. What goes on in the temple is fairly straight forward. We do "baptisms for the dead", where someone will stand in for a deceased ancestor who never had the chance to learn about the gospel. We have temple sealings, where husband and wife are sealed for "time and all eternity", not just until "death do you part". Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dax
Well, there are a lot of nasty, untrue rumors that are spread around by people who don't like the church. Honestly I don't know why some people dislike it so strongly. As a missionary, I have run into people who have called us a cult, but they only did so to make us leave. They wanted us to argue with them. We didn't argue, and just told them politely we wouldn't be back to see them if they didn't want us to come back. Many people have heard rumors from people who don't like the church and gain preconceived notions about what it is. Speaking with someone who is an active member though, will put to rest all those misunderstandings. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Dax
The scriptures say that everyone needs to be baptized in order to be saved, so in the temple, we do "baptisms for the dead". In which we can stand in for someone who never had the chance to be baptized with proper authority, or perhaps never was taught about Christ at all. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Dax
We believe that the Holy Ghost is a member of the "Godhead". He is a separate being from God and from Christ, and he does not have a body. The Holy Ghost offers us comfort, peace, confirms the truth, and gives us warnings in dangerous situations. He usually speaks as a "still small voice": often as an impression in our mind or in our heart. The feeling of the Holy Ghost is hard to describe, and I've heard many people try to explain it in different ways. Frequently it is described as a burning in your heart. As a missionary, I can testify that without the Holy Ghost, no one would be an active member of the church for very long. The Holy Ghost is central to keeping our faith strong. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Dax
I think the biggest part of it is security. People want to feel secure, to have friends with similar standards, and people they can rely on. The church focuses heavily on the importance of families, and freedom of choice, both of which are under attack today. The church brings warm reassurance to those who are in need and the blessings from living the gospel are unparalleled. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Dax
The bible tells us about the law of tithing, in which the people were required to give 10% of all their earnings. That law was never changed in the scriptures, and we believe it still applies today. The LDS church has a completely unpaid ministry, and all the funds given from tithing are used to either; help pay for churches and temples, help to fund missionary work, care for people in need, or support a program the church is providing. This may sound like a hefty commandment to obey and, at times, it is. But I have seen and heard, and experienced for myself the miracles God provides to those who pay tithing. We may earn a little less money, but the blessings far outweigh that. It often requires a leap of faith to pay tithing, but it is worth it, because God will "pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it." Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Dax
Our churches are much like other churches. Anyone is able to attend our sacrament services and Sunday school classes, where we talk more in depth about scriptures and their teachings. A temple, however, is where we make sacred promises with God. Only members who are worthily living all the commandments and have been interviewed by their bishop may enter the temple. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Dax
Absolutely not! We believe in "doing good to all men". As Christ said, "By their fruits ye shall know them", (Matthew 7:20) referring to how you can tell if someone is a true follower of Christ. We try to be friendly to everyone we meet. In addition, the church has many programs for helping people who can't help themselves. We have an education fund, a welfare program, and many others. One of my neighbors in Utah actually oversaw the church's programs in Ghana. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Dax
The LDS church is incredibly organized. Branches and wards are just names given to a church congregation. Whether it's a "branch" or a "ward" depends on the size of the congregation, Branches being anywhere from 3-100 people, and wards being 100+. A Stake oversees multiple branches and wards. They are just terms used for sectioned areas of the church. Show more Show less

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

Dax
This is a difficult topic for me, because I have had friends who struggle with this. As a church, we believe that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. God designed the family, and there has never been a better, more effective way of raising children. There are members of the church who struggle with this, just as there are members who struggle with any point of the gospel. We ALL struggle with something, but we try our best. While we certainly disagree with gay marriage, we also believe that every one of us is a child of God and should be treated with respect. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Dax
The Holy Ghost is one of the most important things in our lives. It is what gives us our testimony that this is the true church. It offers comfort, answers prayers, testifies of truth, warns us of danger, compels us to do good. Most people have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost at one point in their life, even if they did not recognize it. It usually comes as a quiet thought in your mind, or a feeling in your heart. Baptized members of the church recieve the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which allows us to have the spirit with us at all times, as long as we are worth to have it. This gift can only be given by someone with the priesthood authority from God. Show more Show less