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Hi I'm Elijah

I love to play racquetball and rugby. I'm a full time missionary representing Jesus Christ. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 9 children, born in Vermont and living Oregon after having moved about for some time. After graduating High School, I am currently serving a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, learning to speak Haitian Creole. I’m nationally ranked in high school racquetball and I'm gonna be playing rugby at college! My most prized possession is my guitar that I absolutely love to play. Anything on the mountain such as hiking, biking, motorcycling, and snowboarding are things I take ahold of any opportunity that I get. I worked on a farm before my mission and as such love working with my hands.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a mormon because of the testament that I have personally received through the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Christ, the messiah of the world who indeed suffered for the sins of all mankind, so that we may have the opportunity to accept His atonement, and be able to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. This church teaches faith in Christ, which ultimately has affected every aspect of my life from what I eat, to how to treat others, to the value of life. I was born into the church by parents who were converted in adulthood, but I have gone through my own trial of faith as I searched diligently for the truth. I kept on coming back to the peace that the gospel of Jesus Christ offers freely. This gospel is a source of pure truth and love that cannot be found anywhere else. Other creeds and beliefs offer some truth and often are held by fantastic people, but I have heard and felt for myself that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. Through his boundless love for each person, we can all come to feel eternal, uncorrupted happiness and peace on Earth and in the world to come, with all of the ones we love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving for a full two years to preach the good word! I’m fully paying for this opportunity to serve Jesus Christ and my fellow man. I'm doing this to serve others and to bring them to a knowledge of Jesus Christ who will bring hope, peace, and joy into all the lives that are willing to accept him. When at home I tried to participate in the community in any way that I could. In the church I have served in numerous youth leadership positions in helping my peers with whatever problems that I was able to. Doing this has given me a much greater love for my fellow man and sympathy for people that are so much different from me. I’m also an Eagle Scout who lives true to the oath taken to practice my faith in God through service to others.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Everything on the Earth has a purpose, and as such there is nothing inherently wrong with coffee or tea or even alcohol for that matter. But people are so very quick to abuse the blessings and useful tools that the Lord has given us, and as such can be very destructive in so many people's lives. I view it also as a test of faith- if I can't give up something so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, such as coffee or alcohol, how can the Lord be expected to trust me with any large or significant thing? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We absolutely believe the Bible to be the word of God! The bible is holy scripture as recorded by God's prophets of old from Moses down to the last apostles of Christ's time. While it is the word of God, we do believe that through translation over time that it was changed and altered to not fully portray all the truth, that is why we have more sacred scripture to supplement the Bible such as the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, all which testify of Christ and His divinity and help to clarify and support the Bible. Many people bring what John wrote that nothing was to be added to the Bible, but the scripture we have received by no means adds, only strengthens! Show more Show less