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Hi I'm Lief Nielson

My interests are: musicals, ultimate frisbee, laser tag, Weezer, and Diet Coke. You already know that I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in the booming town of Henderson, Nevada. I was born into THE best family who taught me the best moral values of how to live my life. You can often find me blasting a good ol 90's alternative jam, or at the gym. Or both. My hobbies include laser tag, spending all of my money at In-N-Out, and making Spotify playlists. I've put this all on hold so that I can serve The Lord in the Washington Vancouver Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Church. I love everything that it does for me, my family, and the world. Mormonism is centered around the love that the Savior had for others and I find no greater joy than that which comes from serving others. I was raised up in the church but was only partially active. I went to church and early morning seminary, but not because they were what I wanted to do. One day when I was about 16 I had a life changing experience that brought me to my knees, to ask my Heavenly Father what I should do with my life. The next morning I found my self in seminary again, looking for answers. The scripture I read that changed my life was D&C 18:10-13, which reads 10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; 11 For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. 12 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. 13 And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth! And since then, I have held an unwavering faith in the Gospel. It's led me to know that Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith was His prophet, and that the Church is true. There is no greater peace in life than repentance and the joy it brings.

How I live my faith

My faith is centered in Jesus Christ. I am a strong believer in His teachings to love one another. Loving others unconditionally like the Savior would is a very major portion of me living my faith. I've served as a home teacher, a Sunday school teacher, and am now currently serving as a full-time missionary for the Church. There is no greater joy than serving in Christ's church!

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Lief Nielson
The word "founded" is a little stark in this usage. It goes more like this; Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, lived on this earth and established His church. He established His church, taught His doctrine, and baptized with His priesthood authority. This Church that was established by Jesus Christ was, after a period of time, distorted and changed, and the original Church that Jesus Christ Himself established was gone off the face of the earth. Now, how can God reestablish that church that Christ established back onto the earth? Answer: calling a Prophet. (Amos 3:7, Luke 1:70...the list goes on.) Joseph Smith was that Prophet. In the spring of 1820, God called Joseph Smith to be a Prophet, and to reestablish that Church that Jesus Christ established. Its a pretty bold claim, but that is why we have The Book of Mormon. It is evidence that God called Joseph Smith to be His prophet in 1820. Show more Show less

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

Lief Nielson
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most beautiful act of selflessness to have ever been performed on this earth. The Atonement is the means by which we as humans can overcome our weakness and become more like our Father in Heaven, who is perfect. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind will overcome death and The Fall and will be able to reside in God's presence for eternity, if they so choose to follow and obey the commandment's of God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Lief Nielson
To me, everything in its existence denotes that there is a God. Stop what you're doing, look at yourself, and think about what you're doing. Look where you are, where you've been, and where you wanna go. You are where you are, and doing what you're doing, for a reason. To me, looking at myself and all of my life circumstances denotes to me that there is a God who created us and gave us life for a reason. It wasn't just a random cosmic blip in the system that made us pop up and do what we do. We are here because God loves us. We are here to find our divine potential and fulfill it. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Lief Nielson
TURN IT OFF Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Lief Nielson
Because their best friend's aunt's cousin's great uncle's former roommate said so. Certainly not because they chose to come check it out for themselves. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Lief Nielson
Jesus said all people need to be baptized to be saved. What about people who weren't baptized? Are they doomed forever? Baptism for the dead is not new, refer to 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 Verse 29 Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Lief Nielson
Think of it this way. If an ice cream truck pulled you over on the freeway, would you accept a ticket from the guy driving it? No, he doesn't have the authority. Is he trying to do a good thing? Yes absolutely! But no authority to do so. Until the restoration of the gospel, ice cream trucks were out trying to pull people over (men without authority were baptizing) but because of a loving God we have tons of highway state troopers anywhere you go (Priesthood holders.) Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lief Nielson
No. Joseph Smith can't save us. Only Jesus can. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Lief Nielson
If you believe in the Bible, your church practiced it too. Show more Show less