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Hi I'm L. LaMar Adams

A retired professor of Math, Science, Statistical Research & Ancient Scripture, I've taught in 5 universities and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a professional teacher and researcher I have enjoyed seeking knowledge in most all walks of life. But my greatest joy has been in a wonderful marriage and family life, with 7 children and currently 21 grandchildren, raising them in the gospel of Jesus Christ by teaching them to come unto Christ through repentance and obedience to the commandments and the Holy Spirit. I was raised mostly on a farm, and in 5 US western states in a very happy and successful family of 9 children, mostly scientists and educators. Our parents were highly educated and enjoyed teaching- mother in grade school and father in high school science, and also a seminary (religion) teacher; and I had each as a teacher for a year. I am one of the original authors of Varsity Scouting and served 22 years in BSA leadership, serving at all levels of Scouting. Other accomplishments include: faculty advisor on an archaeological excavation in Syria; tour director to Jerusalem, Egypt & 6 other countries; author of 6 books & a dozen journal articles; chaired or served on over a dozen university councils and committees; international leading researcher and consultant in Biblical Research; presented many seminars and professional lectures; National President of Sons of Utah Pioneers; and lived in 6 countries and traveled in 21 other countries and islands of the Seas. My hobbies have included sports, camping, bee keeping, translating the Hebrew Bible, writing, many types of research and serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

My first year studying in the university, majoring in math and science, I decided to put a promise to the test which was given by an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon. The promise is that we can ask God the right way, and "he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4, see also James 1:5-6 & Matt. 7:7). Having read the Book of Mormon previously, one night before retiring I knelt to pray according to the promise. But the answer I received was that I was to first read the book. I replied that I had read it, more than once, and then the answer was to read it again. So each night after returning from the university to retire, I would read some and pray for the promise. When I was about half way through the book, the manifestation came. The Spirit of the Lord came upon me with great peace, power and joy, and the word was, “The Book of Mormon is true!” And then the voice added, “And this is the Holy Ghost revealing it to you.” I was filled with such joy that I knew this was pure and absolute knowledge, which has kept me in good stead ever since, never doubting. When I was on my LDS mission in New Zealand more than a year later, a retired minister of a prominent church told me that he used to believe in and preach of Christ, but after he retired he realized that there was nothing to it, and that we were wasting our time on our missions. I testified to him that it was not mere belief I had, but a sure and absolute knowledge by the power of the Holy Ghost, and that I knew Jesus was the Christ, that God lives and answers our prayers with power and perfect knowledge, if we continue to repent and seek to obey Him. He was greatly startled. Studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible daily increases my power over my life, to keep me on the path to true and eternal joy and happiness. It also helps me to follow the prophets, so as to come to know the Savior and our Father in Heaven more perfectly, and to obey in great joy.

How I live my faith

Reading the scriptures daily throughout my life taught me how to live by divine guidance and bless the lives of others. That, together with regular attendance at church and the temple brought joy and love for others and the Lord. These experiences also helped me to be very successful in my careers and research, and accomplishing great things. We taught our children how to solve their problems through using the Spirit of the Lord, and stay on the path to happiness and salvation, by studying the scriptures daily, saying daily prayers and seeking the Lord in most all things. We had weekly family home evenings, regular temple service, yearly family reunions, LDS missions, seeking to keep the Sabbath holy and other types of spiritual obedience to the commandments; all of which provided a life of exceeding joy, great peace, and heavenly love, even through great trials. I became a leader in most every environment and community I was in, church, Boy Scouts of America, politics, university administration, social groups and organizations and employment. I served in several bishoprics, mission presidencies, on an LDS stake high council, and enjoyed giving presentations, lectures and training seminars much of my life. We taught our children that constant and true repentance, with a broken heart and contrite spirit, was the only way to true joy and lasting happiness and success in life’s eternal purposes. The older I get, the more I have great joy in life, in living the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the gospel of repentance. The trials and afflictions I now experience are swallowed up in the joy of Christ, through the Holy Ghost, as I seek the Lord in all things. Seeking to live by the scriptures, and the Spirit, is a joyous successful life in overcoming all trials, and in obtaining spiritual rest in the Lord.

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

L. LaMar Adams
The Church did not practice plural marriage as a church (HC 6:46), but only certain people who were given the commandment as a trial of faith and sacrifice (Harold B. Lee, DSL), as in days of old. It was not a doctrine of salvation as such (Widtsoe, JSST 233), but an element of sacrifice, as was Abraham's commandment to offer up his son Isaac (D&C 132:34-36, 50). Each dispensation, and each individual, has their own specific elements of trial and sacrifice, not required of others, but tailored only to and for them for their individual salvation (Holland, Oct. 2006). Thus, at various times, the Lord has commanded only specific individuals of His people to have plural marriage, such as when He gave this command to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon (D&C 132:1). In this dispensation, the Prophet Joseph Smith and others, such as Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this sacrifice command, but they obeyed it. But it was regulated through revelation and the sealing power of the priesthood (JSST 236). President Wilford Woodruff in 1890, received a revelation that plural marriage was no longer to be practiced by any member of the Church (Official Declaration 1). Thus, the doctrine to the church is, and always has been (Gen. 2:24, Eph. 5:31), that a man is to have only one wife (Jacob 2:27-30). This is the Lord’s law of marriage in the church, and to do otherwise constitutes rejection of God's law and the ordinances of salvation. Show more Show less