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Hi I'm Isaac

I have been called to serve in the India Bengaluru Mission. I love tennis, speech and debate, and anything outdoors. I'm a mormon!

About Me

I am eighteen years old and I love to be active! My favorite hobbies are tennis and speech and debate as well as anything outdoors. I played singles on my high school tennis team and qualified to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in June of 2015. I love school, especially reading and writing. I also love Boy Scouts and I have earned my Eagle Scout Award! During the summer I usually spend time up at my family's cabin at Hebgen Lake which is near West Yellowstone Montana. There we waterski, kneeboard, go boating, ride four-wheelers and motorcycles, lay on the beach, play volleyball, hike, bike, fish, and spend time in Yellowstone National Park. I even worked at an ice cream parlor up in West Yellowstone one summer. I have also worked on a potato farm three years back in my home town. I've done everything from moving pipe to driving tractors and potato trucks. I went on a MesoAmerica tour with BYU-Idaho down to Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala and had a blast! I love speaking Spanish, and loved learning about the cultures down there. I also love my family. I am the oldest of five boys, meaning I have four younger brothers. I also love my parents so much who have taught me everything I know. I have also been called to serve in the India Bengaluru Mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church and Gospel of Jesus Christ MAKES ME HAPPY! Isn't that what we all seek for in this life? Happiness? Life can be so full of hard things such as when your girlfriend breaks up with you or even the death of a loved one in your family. These things can make us so devastated and even depressed. When these things happen it is easy to say: why am I even alive? Why do I have to suffer this pain and sorrow? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides answers to these questions. I have had some hard things in my own life during high school, however I have been able to make it through because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is because we believe that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and pain, died for us, and then was resurrected and lives again. Because of my faith in this truth, I have hope that I will live again with a body that is free from sickness in a world that is free from sadness. This hope gives me something to look forward to, strive for, and it gives me purpose. Because I have something to believe in and hope for, I can conquer the challenges of every day knowing that one day it will get better. However the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn't just about finding peace, hope, faith, and joy for ourselves... it is about giving those things to others. I have found even more joy in my life by trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ by reaching out to others by complimenting them, giving them a kind thoughtful gift, saying hi to people who look lonely, and sending a text to someone who I think might be having a hard day. By serving, loving, helping, and taking care of others I have found so much joy and purpose. I know that God and Jesus Christ live. That is what gives me hope, peace, and something to believe in so I can remain happy when life is difficult. It is what encourages me to bless the lives of others. This gospel promises happiness in this life and eternal joy after we die. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been in multiple leadership positions in my church young mens' groups. I have helped organize weekly activities, plan meetings, give talks, teach lessons, and perform sacred responsibilities in my church. The other leaders of my young mens' groups and I strive to include everyone and plan positive, uplifting, fun and educational activities. I have also served in Boy Scout leadership positions. I also go with another man from the ward and we are assigned to teach two families in our ward about the gospel and just visit them and make sure they feel loved and included. I also play the piano every Sunday in a meeting of only boys and men in our church. Another way I live my faith and contribute to my church is by paying what we call tithing. I pay 10% of all of my income to the church, however that money isn't used to pay church leaders. It is used for the poor and needy, humanitarian aid, to build church houses and temples, to help missionaries, and to produce and purchase Books of Mormon and other church texts. All of the leaders of our church, include the service that I give, is completely voluntary and non-profit. I have also engaged in numerous service projects for widows or elderly couples in our neighborhood such as raking leaves, shoveling snow, doing yard work, or even just visiting them and taking them a plate of cookies. I try to attend our holy temple every week and perform special service there away from the distractions of everyday life. These are just a few of the ways that I live what I believe and contribute to the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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

Isaac
We are taught in the Book of Mormon that "every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God" (Moroni 7:16). Therefore I believe that any positive thought, any idea that encourages you to compliment or serve or bless the life of someone else, and anything that helps you become a person is sent from God. The most common way God sends these ideas or thoughts to do good are through the Holy Ghost. When one is confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ one can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost if one is worthy and obedient and pure. Those who qualify for that constant companionship can be continually prompted daily with good thoughts that help them become better people and bless the lives of those around them. The Holy Ghost can be characterized by emotions of love, joy, happiness, peace, calm, reassurance, or clarity. The Holy Ghost is that warm fuzzy feeling we get inside when we listen to testimonies, serve others, or read the scriptures. The Holy Ghost is the peace we feel when we believe that everything will work out even in times of difficulty. The Holy Ghost is the understanding we feel when we learn concepts or principles of the gospel. Obedience and worthiness bring even more and more of these feelings. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Isaac
The purpose of the welfare services of the Church is based on Christ's example of loving, serving, healing, and blessing the sick and afflicted or the poor. Christ loves all of His children and wants to relieve their suffering. However Christ also taught the importance of hard work and self-reliance in the parable of the ten virgins. Therefore, Church welfare strives to alleviate suffering and bless the lives of others while teaching them and helping them be able to help themselves. The saying: "Give a man a fish to feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish to feed him for a lifetime" accurately conveys the principles that govern Church welfare. The Church helps out the poor and needy and also helps them to help themselves and eventually others as they become self-reliant. Show more Show less

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

Isaac
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the center of the gospel. It is the reason for our faith. Without it we could not return to life with our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ needed to sacrifice His life because after the fall of Adam, all mankind had become mortal. Everyone from Adam on would make mistakes and sin, but no unclean thing can enter into God's presence, so there was a paradox. Christ suffered for our sins and gave His life to overcome the fall, sin, and death. Because of Him we can be resurrected as He was. Because He lived a sinless life and atoned for our sins, we can be made perfect through faith, repentance, baptism, confirmation, and enduring to the end. Because of Him we can have eternal life. Without His sacrifice all of us would forever remain guilty of our many sins and could have no exaltation. I am forever grateful for Jesus Christ and what He did for us. I know the Atonement is real and necessary for our salvation. It is the core of the Plan of Happiness and makes it all possible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Isaac
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was an incredible man who was an instrument in the hands of God to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ. We respect him as a prophet, the prophet who restored the Church in the latter days. However we only worship God our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Isaac
Imagine that you are speeding through a school zone and all of a sudden a little school bus starts blaring its horn and following you trying to pull you over! Are you going to pull over? Probably not. What if that school bus driver tried to write you a ticket? You probably wouldn't pay it either. That's because the school bus doesn't have that authority! The ticket isn't valid because the school bus doesn't have the authority or power to pull you over! However if you see red and blue lights in your rearview mirror and a police officer is trying to pull you over and write you a ticket, you are going to pull over real quick! Police officer's have authority to write tickets and those tickets have power and are valid. Similarly, baptism has to be by proper authority in order to be valid in Heaven. Not just anyone can perform a baptism. Only someone who has been given the same Priesthood authority that Jesus Christ held during His mortal ministry can perform a baptism that will qualify you for eternal life if you are faithful. Jesus Christ gave the priesthood to His apostles, but once all the Apostles were killed the priesthood authority was lost on the earth for a time. John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John however returned to the earth as Heavenly Messengers and conferred the priesthood authority on Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith gave others the priesthood authority, and so on. All members of the church today can trace their priesthood back to Joseph Smith, and then Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Isaac
All the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are organized according to inspiration and divine guidance. You do not have to hold a certain amount of religious education or special qualifications in order to be called to serve in a position in the Church. Rather, if you are a worthy and faithful member of the Church you could potentially be asked to serve in various positions by another leader who has been chosen in a similar fashion. You can accept or decline this calling and so all positions in the Church are volunteer. Wards, branches, and stakes are organized geographically, so people must be chosen from within the ward or stake boundaries. All of the leaders, teachers, clerks, and other positions of the church choose to devote their time and talents in their position to serving others and building up the Kingdom of God out of love for God and His children. There are no monetary or worldly incentives to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From every bishop down to every Sunday School Teacher, the leaders and other positions in the Church are filled by people who believe in God and have a desire to do His will without pay or compensation. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Isaac
Faith in Jesus Christ means to believe in Him... it means we believe that He was the only perfect person to walk the earth, that He really did atone for our sins, and really did become resurrected. If we believe in these things we will also believe that we too can one day be perfect, as we apply the Atonement, and that we will one day be resurrected and live together with our families forever. Faith in these truths will make us want to strengthen and build our family relationships on earth. Faith in Jesus Christ will make us want to treat our family members how Christ would treat them. Faith in Jesus Christ can help us be forgiving when our family members make mistakes. Faith in Jesus Christ will make us want to emulate Him in all of our relationships, including friendships, and will give us hope for a resurrected future where we all live together in peace and harmony. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Isaac
Men and women each have special and unique roles given to them before we came to earth. They work together has equal partners even though they have their differences. Just like men cannot have children, women cannot have the priesthood. It is simply part of God's plan for the family unit. However even thought women cannot hold the priesthood, they still have access to all of its blessings and power. You cannot use the priesthood power to bless yourself, only to bless others, so through the power of the priesthood a husband or father reaches out and blesses his wife and family members. Also, there are more organizations in the church than just priesthood organization. Women lead in Relief Society and Young Women's organizations. They can serve as presidents, counselors, teachers, and secretaries over their own spheres just like men can. Women do much good and bless the church in many special and distinct ways that organizations of men could never accomplish. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Isaac
God has said that His work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. But Christ taught that except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, in order to gain eternal life and exaltation we must be baptized by the proper and restored priesthood authority. Because God loves His children and wants to save as many of them as possible, he provided a way to do "baptisms for the dead" so that people on earth can get baptized for and in behalf the deceased, especially their ancestors. Baptisms for the dead in our temples also provide opportunities to reflect on our own baptismal covenants and the beautiful symbolism of the ordinance of baptism. Our loving Heavenly Father has organized everything to help His children return to Him. Show more Show less