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Hi I'm Anthony

I live in the United States. I am a graduate student. I choose to be a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for about a year. I am looking forward to starting my graduate education in Public Administration. I enjoy learning about people and places. I embrace truth in any form. I love to travel and to be in nature. Religion is a big part of my life, but it is not the only part. I try to keep a balance with family, work, school, and religion. All I want is happiness for me and for others. I've found what brings that joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have asked God, for myself, what is true. I feel He has answered me through the Spirit in a way that was undeniable to me. I also love all of the opportunities to serve others and to do what Christ would do. It makes sense to me that Christ's church in these days would be the exact same as the church in Christ's day with 12 Apostles guiding and teaching. I love having a prophet to listen to.

How I live my faith

I am a youth leader and work with teenage boys in the area. I also volunteer to teach and do service projects. I have served a two year mission in Seattle, Washington to teach and invite others to come unto Christ. I try to read from the scriptures and pray everyday. I attend church meeting each Sunday. Most of all, I work on my personal relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ through faith and repentence.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Anthony
My Mormon lifestyle is very similar to many of my friends who aren't LDS. I love sports. I have a regular job. I listen to music. I like to dance. I enjoy vacations. My family is important. In fact, most Mormons blend right in with people of other faiths in most aspects. Where the Mormon lifestyle might be different is in the things I choose to view, drink, and say. I choose not to view material that would be offensive to God. That includes pornography in any form. I live the Word of Wisdom which includes no drinking alcohol or smoking. I try to keep my speech clean and respectful. Most of all, I just try to follow what Paul taught in the New Testament, that is to seek out anything virtuous and lovely (PHILIPPIANS 4:8) Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Anthony
No. When the chruch was first restored in the early 1800s, God did command some of the people to practice polygamy. Although I wasn't there, I know that that is what God commanded because I know by the spirit that Joseph Smith was a prophet. If you have a hard time with this idea, the first thing you need to resolve for yourself is whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet. If he was, then he was receiving revelation from God. The practice was stopped just as it was started -- when God himself commanded it through his prophets. It is important to undersatnd that if we wish to follow God, we must follow who he sends. Again, it is essential that we pray and ask God if those who Mormons claim to be prophets really are. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Anthony
Yes! For me, it is not about being a Mormon. That is irrelevant if I am not a Christian at the core. Only Christ and his Atonement can allow me to be clean and return to live with God. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith does nothing for my salvation except urge me to come to Christ. Christ has reached out and restored his priesthood authority in these days; the same authority he gave to Peter, James, and John. That same authority is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is available to every one of God's children who will have faith, repent, and come unto Him. Although some people don't always live the way they should, Mormons believe in living as Christ would live in thought and action. We believe that faith and repentance are the first principles of the gospel and that obendience our of love is essential for us to become cleansed from sin through the blood of Christ. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Anthony
The teaching about forgiveness. That doctrine has brought me so much peace and happiness. I realize that I have been asked to forgive everyone and leave the judgement up to God. Also, I plead for forgiveness all of the time. Christ grants it. If I want to be like Christ, learning to forgive and love is essential. Show more Show less