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Hi I'm Vincent

I'm a proud geek and nerd. I'm active in my community. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Canada where I work in public relations for a variety of non-profit groups. All my life, I've wanted to serve others and help make the world a better place, and I'm happy to work in a field where I have had the opportunity to do so. In my spare time, I love tinkering with the latest technologies and seeing how it's able to bring us all closer together as a human family. I'm a lifelong fan of the Disney Theme Parks, having been able to visit almost all of them all around the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While my family were and still are certainly devout Christians, I often times felt that I was just going through the motions of religious faith to please others, rather than out of any real sense of personal belief. I ended up distancing myself from religion when I went off to university, and especially after I came out of the closet shortly thereafter. However, I still had that longing desire to know the truth to the great questions of life: 'What happens when I die?', 'Is there a purpose to my life?', 'Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?'. That being said, I would have never expected the answers to those questions to come from watching a performance of the Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon'. In the programme of the musical, there was an advertisement from the Church directing attendees to Mormon.org (this website you're reading right now!) and inviting people to request copies of the book which the musical was named after. So I did what you're doing, I read this website, the articles here, and I requested a copy of the Book of Mormon, which was brought to my home by two actual Mormon Missionaries. They encouraged me to read it, and to pray to God about it and whether it was a true account. As I did, I realised that the answers to those questions that I harboured had been right in front of my face all along. So why am I a Mormon? I'm a Mormon because I know our God lives, and that He loves us so very much. I know that Jesus Christ is our Saviour, by who our sins can be forgiven. I know that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God. And I know that, while we may not be perfect, God doesn't expect us to be. All He wants is for us to do our best, and turn to Him, our Heavenly Father, for the rest.

How I live my faith

I feel the best and most faithful way to live out my Christian faith is to do as Christ did during His time on the Earth. As such, both in my congregation and in my community more generally, I always strive to lend a hand to the neighbour, the friend or even just the person on the street who looks like they could use a smile and a positive word. In a world as chaotic as that in which we live, it's those little actions, taken together, that can help to make a real positive difference!

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Vincent
Sure! We would be beyond delighted to have you! Our Sunday services will be familiar to you if you've previously attended other Christian services before. And even if this is the first time you've stepped in anything approaching a religious building before, you'll find that it is relatively simple, and at no time will you be solicited as a visitor for a donation, or to publicly address the congregation. The thing that generally sticks out about Mormon services is just how long we go to Church for! Most congregations meet for about three hours each Sunday. While you're certainly welcome to stay for everything, we'll definitely understand if you need to leave early as well. Our main meeting is called Sacrament Meeting. This is the most "Churchish" meeting, where we sing hymns, offer prayers, listen to talks (sermons) and partake of the sacrament (communion). This is followed or preceded by two hours of other meetings and classes, including Sunday School and meetings for children, men and women. Nursery services are also available for toddlers and young children. The exact order of meetings varies between congregations, so you may want to ring your local one beforehand to know their exact schedule. If at any time you feel lost or have no idea where to go, don't hesitate to ask literally anyone around you for help. The Full-Time Missionaries (the people wearing the black-and-white nametags) assigned to most congregations are especially well-equipped to help visitors. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Vincent
Well you're certainly on the right path! I know that choosing to join any large group, but particularly one like the Church, can be a tad overwhelming, to put it lightly. You can read the articles here on Mormon.org to find out more about what we believe, and when you're ready, you can speak to one (or rather two, or occasionally even three!) of our friendly Missionaries, either via chat message here, or they can pay you a visit at your home or anywhere else that works for you. They, and indeed all Church members, will be happy to answer your questions, and help you learn more about the Church, and the promises we all make to God when we become members. I promise you there won't be any pressure to do anything before you're ready. If you do decide to join the Church, the Missionaries, along with your local congregation, will make arrangements to welcome you. All those seeking to join the Church must be baptised by immersion by one who has been designated to do so, in order that their sins are washed away. You'll then receive a blessing in order that you may receive the gift of Holy Ghost, a constant companion sent by God to help us as we strive to choose the right path in our hectic lives. When I joined the Church, I felt as I was coming home to truths that I had somehow known my whole life, even though I didn't grow up Mormon. As you consider joining the Church, I know that God will bless you with that same feeling of warmth and joy! Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Vincent
We're your neighbours, your friends, your co-workers, those people you pass by on the street (and not all necessarily wearing white shirts, slacks, ties and nametags!). More directly, Mormons (a term taken from the "Book of Mormon", a scripture which we hold was revealed to and recorded by prophets in the Americas at the same time as the Bible) are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Organised in 1830 in the American state of New York, our Church, now headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, also in the United States, stretches around the world, counting over 15 million members in communities stretching from Alta, Norway to Auckland, New Zealand, and every point in-between. In common with other Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that by His atonement and sacrifice our sins are forgiven and our salvation assured if we believe in Him. We also believe that God continues to speak to us in this modern age through continuing revelation. We also believe that He has restored, in our Church, the original church established by Jesus during His ministry on the Earth; and that He has sent to us modern-day Apostles and Prophets to lead us in an ever-turbulent world. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Vincent
The good news of the Gospel that Jesus Christ proclaimed during His ministry on Earth wasn't complicated or complex. Likewise, when the Missionaries, acting as Christ's messengers in this modern age, come calling, the message they share will likewise be simple and easy-to understand. They'll tell you about how God is our Heavenly Father. They'll tell you that He sent Jesus Christ to the Earth to make an infinite atonement for the sins of all of humanity. And they'll tell you about how God's great plan of salvation, by which He allows all of us, no matter who we are, the opportunity to one day to return to Him. In short, they'll tell you that our God loves you so very much, and He wants you to be happy, in this life and in the next. That's the simple message that these young men and women spend up to two years of their lives to share in your community and in communities and in neighbourhoods the world over. Show more Show less