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Hi I'm Luis Vance T.

I live in Washington D.C. I'm a homeland security consultant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of two beautiful children, I love watching sports, and I'm a political junkie. Originally from Northern California, I moved to Washington, D.C. 10 years ago to work on Capitol Hill. I've enjoyed an inside look into the U.S. political system and am proud to have played my part. I earned a Master's degree in Homeland Security while working full time and starting a family, it wasn't easy, but with the support of my wife and from Heavenly Father, I did it. Now I'm just doing my best to take care of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the age of 12. Though I was young, I approached God in prayer and asked him to tell me whether the principles and doctrines I was learning are true through the unmistakable witness of the Holy Spirit, he told me they are. Since that time, I have remained active in the Church. While life's happiness and challenges tend to ebb and flow, the joy I have experienced as I've kept the commandment and followed the Savior's teachings has consistently grown. Being a Mormon is about more than going to church meetings every week - I'm a Mormon because the gospel truly helps me understand who I am. I know why I'm here, where I came from, and where I'm headed. These truths empower me and my family to live happier, more full, lives. It's priceless.

How I live my faith

Part of living my faith means volunteering to serving in the Church - for example, I am a Sunday School teacher. This year we are studying the Old Testament. It's been great learning with our ward (congregation) family. I also get to visit a few individual families in their homes on a monthly basis. It enables us to grow closer and helps ensure they are supported in their endeavors. Together with my wife and children, I attend regular church services and strive to make Sunday a day of rest. More than anything, I live my faith by being honest in my dealings and trying to honor our savior Jesus Christ in my actions.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Luis Vance T.
Absolutely! This wonderful promise is one of the greatest blessings we can receive. Through proper priesthood authority, families can be spiritually sealed together for all time and eternity. This blessing is received in the holy temple. Knowing that my family and I will be together forever, and that Heavenly Father stands at the head of my household, gives me true joy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Luis Vance T.
No. Joseph Smith was a prophet, which means that like previous prophets (e.g. Moses, Abraham, Isaac), he served as God's mouthpiece on the Earth. Though he was a great man, and we have gratitude for all he did to restore the gospel in modern times, Mormons only worship God the father and his son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Luis Vance T.
The Word of Wisdom is a revelation from God instructing us how to live healthier lives. Simply put, obedience to this instruction means a commitment to abstain from consuming tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, tea, and coffee. Show more Show less