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Hi I'm Hank

I am happily married. Our children are all grown up, we have four daughters, one son and 11 grandchildren and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and grandfather. I am self employed, I have a lawn care and snow removal service My wife and I live in a large Victorian era home (which is a work in progress) We are also members or The BrassGears Adventurers Society (which is a Steampunk group in Iowa) We enjoy the period attire of the late 1800's- the 1940's. We enjoy entertaining and sharing our home which also allows us to share the Gospel when prompted. We love living in Iowa, it is a slower pace than most areas and it is so beautiful all year long. We live just a few blocks from the Mississippi river and it is an awesome sight with a lot of history. I like living near the water however, a funny thing about me,........ I was raised in Maine and I have never liked seafood!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my desire to have my eternal family and to have a testimony and belief of being reunited with all of the people that I have loved and who have loved me. I am a Mormon because I know that my wife and I are united way beyond our civil wedding phrase "til' death do you part" I know that my family will be forever together with me in eternity with our Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and have prayed that God's Holy Spirit would (and did) show me that it is true and because of that, I am a Mormon because I have my testimony that Jesus Christ is the true Son of Almighty God and He is the only way to the Father. I know that this is the restored church of Jesus Christ. (I know that I am exactly where my Heavenly Father wants me) and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

I was not raised in the church, all I knew about "religion" was what I remember growing up. My mom told me about God creating everything, Jesus is His Son and that the Holy Spirit was real, I was told that Jesus died on the cross to save mankind and rose again three days later and lived with God the Father. We had different folks come by the house to talk about their churches but mom always asked them to leave. I thought I was a "good" person and I did not need "saving" so I went on with my life until November 1st, 1982 when my eyes were opened at 7 o'clock that night I realized that I was a sinner, I knew that I needed to be saved, I cried out to the Lord for forgiveness and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I started to attend a church and received the "believers baptism" and thought that was all to it. After attending several churches over the years, I learned a lot about my Father in Heaven but there was always something missing. In August 2015 the Lord instructed me to "get out of the organized church" so with much prayer I decided that my wife and I would do as we were told to do. All this time we had many LDS friends who are very dear to us and have always been there for us and never changed. In June of 2016, family came to visit and we took them to Nauvoo. That was the start of a change for us. I KNOW that Heavenly Father speaks to us each personally, He spoke to me during the Pageant, after attending (for the 13th time in two weeks) the Holy Ghost reveled to me that Joesph Smith was a true prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon was true. I broke down and wept! This happed in front of hundreds of people AND in front of the man who portrayed Joesph Smith! My wife and I were baptized into the church on 24 July 2016. I give you my testimony that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. Jesus is truly the one and only Son of God and that He is the only way to the Father and the book of Mormon is true in the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Hank
After the last Apostle died, we had no authority within the church, this was known as "the dark ages" To put it plainly, many churches were started because one would not have some of the teachings then others were started because that one did not have all the answers and so on. Even today, different denominations have some different doctrines or (opinions) than others. The Apostles prophesied of the falling away or Apostasy. One example is Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 2:3). 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; The Apostle Peter prophesied of the “restitution of all things” before Christ’s Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21). 19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Having been lost because of the Apostasy, Christ’s Church and His authority were to be restored to the earth. This Restoration would make available the opportunity for all to receive once again all of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ "restored" His priesthood and reorganized His church for the "Latter Days" Show more Show less