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Hi I'm Gideon Williams

I am the third of six children. I love to read, and sing, and eat, but not all at once. I am from Wyoming. And I am a Mormon. :)

About Me

I am from Wyoming, but I am currently serving a mission in the Utah Salt Lake City East Mission. I have a bit of a "creative spark," which sometimes gets me in trouble. I play the alto saxophone and the piano, although I am much better at the sax than the piano. Also, I sing. I have five siblings, three brothers and two sisters. When I was young, I used to spend every summer building fence with my grandfather in the Big Horns. Because I am uncomfortable speaking in front of people, my high school guidance counselor made me do Speech, where I competed in Duo Interpretation and Original Oratory. I also did theatre. Our last play was Shrek: The Musical, and I played Shrek. I really like to read, just about anything I can get my hands on, except for sports novels. My favorite food is anything edible. I believe that the world is as good as we make it, so I try to laugh and smile whenever I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but it has not all been roses and kittens. I have definitely had my struggles, but I have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. That is the secret to our religion: the Book of Mormon is true! It is such a great source of strength for me, and I am able to find support from my Father in Heaven within its pages. I also have a strong testimony of the power of music, and I know that the hymns lift me higher than any other music.

How I live my faith

I am serving a mission in the Utah Salt Lake City East Mission. I show my faith by inviting others to come unto Christ, because I know how much of a difference His presence can make. I try to be obedient, because I know that obedience brings blessings, but I also make sure that I am having fun. Our purpose is to have joy, and so I work on finding joy for myself, and also bringing a little bit of joy into the lives of those that I come into contact with. :)

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Gideon Williams
Yes! Absolutely! Definitely! Thankfully! Why would our loving Heavenly Father leave us alone in this dark and dreary wasteland of a world, to wander aimlessly for a couple of decades and then die without any communication with Him? Since the days of Adam, God has provided direction to His children, when they have been willing to accept it. Now, He has restored the priesthood to the earth, never again to be taken off from it. His church is on the earth again, and He has appointed an official spokesperson to lead us and guide us in these dangerous times. I know, without a doubt, that this is the true church of God, led by a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that he receives direct communication from God, guidance to help us as we journey through life, and I also know that God does not just speak to His prophets, but to all of His children, if we will let Him. He is just a prayer away. :) Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Gideon Williams
Not all Mormons are required to serve missions, but all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are expected to share the gospel. Christ has called us, through baptism, in which we covenant to take His name upon us, and set us apart from the world by the gift of the Holy Ghost, and He expects us to always remember Him, preaching His gospel with every word and action. Not every one is a full-time missionary, officially representing the Church, but everyone who has entered into this covenant is a full-time and official representative of Christ, and will be held accountable as to whether we have taken every opportunity to serve our fellowman and help them to receive the joy which comes through following Christ. This is the way that we demonstrate our love to our Savior, and to our brothers and sisters who have not yet come unto Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Gideon Williams
Our ecclesiastical leaders serve for love of God and of their fellowman, not for love of money. Life would be so much easier if we were not all so focused on the temporal, monetary side of things and were focused instead on the spiritual benefits. After all, money cannot buy happiness. True and lasting happiness comes only in and through the Savior Jesus Christ, and we receive that happiness as we serve others selflessly, not dependent on monetary compensation or earthly reward. We are here to love others as Christ would love them. Love is (or should be) the motivation behind everything that our leaders, our missionaries, and our members do. As we build others, we find ourselves being build, and that is where joy comes from. :) Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Gideon Williams
The Mormon lifestyle is one of simple happiness. Because of our knowledge about God and our relationship with Him, we realize that the easiest, and funnest, way to live is to follow His plan and keep His commandments. The reason for this is because God wants you to be yourself, and to be the best you that you can be. However, when we violate His commandments, it creates restrictive habits which prevent us from realizing our true potential, shaping us into beings who are exactly the same as every single other person who rebels against the commandments of God in an attempt to be "unique." So, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we try to live up to the best of our potential, by following God's commandments. This allows us to be free, be ourselves, and find joy. It is pretty awesome! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Gideon Williams
Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon, is awesome! I would highly recommend that everyone try it. Our Father in Heaven has revealed to us a Plan, which, when we live it, leads us to greater happiness than we could ever imagine. I know from my own experience that God is real, this is His true church, and this is the pathway which I must walk to find joy. Everything that I strive for in my life is designed to help me grow closer to my Father in Heaven, and invite others to do the same. I am absolutely not perfect, but I am trying, and the truth that I have found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ allows me the hope that I can overcome my weaknesses, eventually becoming perfect through Him. I am happy, I am loved, I am free, and who could ask for more than that? Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Gideon Williams
Yes we do! In fact, in the Book of Mormon, there is a prophet named Mormon writes of a "record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews," meaning the Bible, and asserts that one purpose of the Book of Mormon is "for the intent that [we] may believe that;" showing that the Book of Mormon testifies to the divinity of the Bible (Mormon 7:8-9). I personally believe that both inspired books, the Book of Mormon and the Bible, were written for a purpose, that purpose being to testify as to the divinity of Christ. However, each testifies in its own way. The Old Testament provides a history of the Jews, written by the prophets, which contains many prophecies of Christ. This witnesses that our loving Heavenly Father has a perfect plan, at which Christ is the center, and shows the reader Christ's role as a god. The New Testament gives an account of Christ's mortal ministry, allowing the reader, through His teachings and miracles, to become familiar with Christ as a man. Finally, the Book of Mormon contains a fullness of Christ's doctrine, developing the reader's understanding of Christ as the Savior. Thus, each of the three work together to complete and complement the others. Show more Show less