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Hi I'm Adam Christensen

I'm a military brat. Did some zoology for college in PPCC. Martial artist. Eagle Scout. Drawer/Painter.

About Me

Enjoy physical activities. Brown belt in Gojuryu karate, orange in Judo, studying Kendo. Work well with animals and children. Enjoy creating and viewing others' art.

Why I am a Mormon

For the ability to understand good values and respect for other people. To be independent of worldly things. To look at the world and the future with hope. To believe in a better world.

How I live my faith

Part of the activities comity of Young-Single-Adult ward. Was president of different youth groups. Became part of many meetings and organizations for the church. Currently serving mission in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Through my faith I have done much community service. I strive to be an example to others not only in what I believe but also as a moral compass and an optimistic friend to those with less fortunate and struggled backgrounds.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Adam Christensen
The Atonement. I enjoy the parable of olive oil. Olive oil is obtained by crushing the olives under a grinder repeatedly. This oil was often used as fuel for lamps, and usually a cooking ingredient for bread. In this way, Christ was crushed under the weight of the sins, pains, afflictions, and grieving that the world has, and would experience, all done in the Garden of Gethsemene, then later crucified. The olives are also preferably wholesome, and full of good oil. So should Christ be, being the only one we consider pure and sinless, thus being the only acceptable offer. How this is relevant to us, is that this Christ is the only one who's really "seen it all", being the only one to suffer these terrible experiences of life all at once, and also fully overcoming them by his rise from the grave. Thus He being the only one we can look to for our "salvation", He knowing how and willing to fix our mistakes and to comfort our pains, mainly because He perfectly knows how to do so. We believe salvation does not come by the Atonement alone, but with work on our end as well, through faith in Christ and His Atonement, full repentance of sins, partaking of the covenants of baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost by one holding the authority to do so, and enduring to the end through keeping commandments and covenants made with the Lord. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Adam Christensen
The Law of Chastity is a law of strict abstinence to sexual relations with other people, other than your spouse, of which is required full fidelity. This is not commonly popular, considering this relationship between couples is natural. This law is not to demean or to make these feelings and relationships seem evil, but rather it is to keep them in their sacred place and purpose. The powers of procreation is surely the closest thing to godliness that has been given to man, and thus should be treated so. This law is also for the well being of all mankind, in following this law one learns the highest forms of self control and self respect, along with happiness and peace in the family, especially between parents and couples. Show more Show less

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

Adam Christensen
The Holy Ghost is a being, which is in the same purpose as God the Father and Christ, differing from them by not having a physical body. Thus this member of the God Head is capable of dwelling within our own souls when needed, this way God and Christ are able to dwell in us indirectly while still having tangible bodies. The Holy Ghost is known as the Comforter, forebearer of truth, and the witness of all things, for through the Holy Ghost we can know the truth of all things. Show more Show less

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

Adam Christensen
A good way to address this would be through the same logic and message of the Law of Chastity, which has the purpose of keeping the powers of procreation given to us in their sacred place and purpose, for rearing families. References in the Bible consider homosexual behavior a sin, although not the tendencies themselves. Thus we must affirm that we do not condemn these people or think that they are a lost cause, for there are many with homosexual tendencies and are still attending our churches, even our Temples, and we are happy to recieve them, but rather the act itself is a sin. I certainly believe the Atonement is applicable to them as much as anyone with a Law of Chastity problem, and as such we will love them with a Christ-like love. Many people feel wrong even to condemn the act itself, especially considering recently revealed policies on homosexual families, but we even as Christians cannot deny the laws given anciently and today, and thus should act this way lest we are blamed for hypocrisy. Even so I can testify that the current policies are out of love for these families, who would grow in contention and confusion if otherwise, and not out of any sort of redicule for the children or parents alike. We love, we help, we act. This is my knowledge regarding the matter Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Adam Christensen
The priesthood is used as a service oppurtunity wherein men can use the authority of God for the salvation of souls concerning baptism and other ordinances. It is His work and by His authority that brings to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, so it is important that His followers have this same authority as well in order to build up His church and administer His ordinances to those who need it. We often refer this priesthood to be the same which was given to the Apostles during Christ's mortal ministry. These same Apostles used this heavenly authority to spread the gospel, build churches, perform ordinances, and assign new Apostles and church leaders. As history states an Apostasy occurred after the death of the Apostles and many followers, in which the priesthood was lost. Without the authority of God to guide, the remaining followers did there best to use the records and scripture they had to continue the church. As a result one broke off another, and eventually many different churches were built, one reformed from the other, and the argument and confusion of doctrine caused much Apostasy. Until what we believe to be a restoration of priesthood through Joseph Smith as the first Prophet of the last dispensation before the Second Coming. The LDS church today is lead by Apostles and a Prophet, being what we believe to be the Lord's final attempt to gather His sheep into one fold and one shepard. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Adam Christensen
It is different with its geographical origin - the ancient Americas - and some small time period variance (600bc-400ad). The record starts in 600bc with a prophet in Jerusalem named Lehi (in perspective of his son Nephi). Lehi is commanded by God to warn the people of Jerusalem of the inevitable invasion of Babylon in which would destroy and take the people in captivity. Lehi afterwards was rejected and threatned. God then commanded him to take his family and leave. Eventually they were lead to the sea, and sailed to the American continent. The rest of the record is the history of that people written by other prophets in that same nation, and also a witness of Jesus Christ and his teachings. The prophet named Mormon was the one to abridge multiple records and write the actual Book of Mormon on the gold plates from which they were translated, hence the name. This record was buried by his son Moroni, the last prophet to hold and finish the record before it would be lost to the then apostate nation of the ancient Americans. The record was finally revealed and given to Joseph Smith by Moroni himself, whom translated it into English by the power of God given him. This record was not meant to replace the Bible or to overshine it, but rather to work with the Bible and to be a reaffirming wittness of Christ and his teachings, of which much has been lost eversince the death of Christ and his Apostles. The publishing of the Book of Mormon is a message of God's hand in full work today. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Adam Christensen
We believe in eternal progression. God's desire for all mankind, as our Heavenly Father, is for his children to gain all that he has. So after the death of our physical bodies, not only does our spirit live on, but in the spirit world there is more to learn about God and the gospel of Jesus Chirst. Because of Christ's victory over death, everyone that has lived or ever will live will eventually become resurrected, meaning our spirits will be restored to our bodies in their perfect frame. After the resurrection we will all be judged and rewarded according to our desires, works, and oppurtunities taken both in mortal life and in the spirit world. 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?

Adam Christensen
Temples are considered a House of the Lord. Normal chapel buildings can be visited by anyone at anytime the building holds gatherings either for sacrament on Sundays or other events throughout the week. We consider Temples more sacred rather than "secret" places of worship, where higher forms of doctrine are learned, both by collective instruction and individual meditation. Nonmembers and even members who are not prepared for this higher form spiritual learning and understanding, would find no worth in Temple attendance. Consequently some come and leave in vain and receive no benefit. Worthiness to enter the Temple consists of repenting of sins and committing to keep all the commandments. The law of Tithing is indeed also included; a common misconception is the perspective of this law being the "Temple admittance fee" as it can easily be seen as a kind of income tax, being 10% of all income. In the Temple all saving ordinances such as baptism are available to those who have passed on without them. According to their acceptance of the ordinances on the other side, all who have passed on without such opportunities finally can live together forever equally in Gods presence again. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Adam Christensen
We do not believe that death should have power over the relationship of marriage and family. Mathew 22 gives an interesting conversation between Jesus and the Sadducees, in which Jesus explains that married people actually aren't married in the Resurrection. This is true for a worldly marriage or marriages performed by man's authority. We believe Christ had given an official "sealing" auhority to Peter in Mathew 16, being that whatever he would bind on earth would also be bound in heaven. By this sealing power marriages could be lawful both on earth and in the heavens after death, given they have kept true to their promises to eachother and to the Lord. We believe this authority was lost after the deaths of the Apostles, but later restored through Joseph Smith. Sealings are now performed in the Temples of the church all around the world along with many other important ordinances available for both the living and those passed on without having such oppurtunites. We believe that these ordinances and marriages are essential to living in the fullest way and in the greatest joy in the many kingdoms of heaven. Show more Show less