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Hi I'm Gabriel

I'm a Christian, a college student, a prospective Army chaplain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Washington D.C. area. I am currently a university student studying philosophy, French, and Arabic. I am preparing to be a chaplain in the US Army. I recently completed Airborne training. I work as a lifeguard during the summer and I volunteer as an EMT at a local volunteer fire department. I've always appreciated opportunities, big or small, to serve others, which is why I'm getting involved with the fire department, and why I want to be a chaplain. I most enjoy associating with those who, regardless of their level of education, give thought to what they believe.

Why I am a Mormon

Some come to first know Jesus Christ in very brief, powerful experiences, such as that of Paul of the New Testament who went from being an enemy of the Church to being one of its most stalwart champions. For me it was more subtle. I have been blessed to have a loving, righteous family, with parents who taught me of the Gospel both verbally and by example from a very young age. There comes a point, however, when one must gain one's own personal witness of the truth, independent of others, reliant only upon God. During my teenage years, over the course of study, prayer, and even the investigation of other churches and faiths, God testified to me of the truth of this Church; that it contains His Restored Gospel. My aforementioned mission gave me later opportunities to bear witness of this, and strengthened the witness I had received by seeing others develop the same testimony through direct communication with their Creator, as I had. I know that this church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is not just a true church. It is the organization that God has personally established to ensure the safekeeping of His children in these difficult times. Its members are not perfect, but it is invested with the power and authority of God, the same power and authority given by Jesus to His disciples when He walked the earth. I know that God has not ceased to work among His children in our day; He affords us the same concern and offers us the same blessings He has always offered in times past. I know that He has not ceased to speak to us. He has given us proof of His continued love for us in providing us with The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and a living prophet. I know that Jesus Christ personally sacrificed His life for me and for all of humanity, so that I could become pure and clean, and also that I could triumph over every difficulty, trial, and even injustice that I may face in my life. He has never failed to be there to support me in my life. When it really comes down to it, I am a Mormon because I know that God loves me, and I love Him, and I know that this is what He has asked me to do.

How I live my faith

God has privileged me with many choice opportunities to serve and be enlightened by others. It's a choice conversation with a fellow passenger on an airplane about how God is transforming her life, or a newfound friend who sees God in every leaf, cloud, and sunset. I live my faith by doing my best to appreciate what God has given me in the world around me, my family, my friends, and His constant assistance. I also try to reach out to others and lift them up, giving them strength in hard times, and encouraging them to live up to their infinite potential as sons and daughters of God, because that is what God has done and is ever doing for me. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have also had the opportunity to serve a two-year mission in Florida. There I had the privilege of meeting a vast spectrum of God's children, including many Haitians, whose language I learned, and whose culture I came to love.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Gabriel
One of the most comforting scriptures in the Book of Mormon, which happens to address this subject, is found in Alma 40:11: "the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life." The author (named Alma) goes on to explain that those who have done righteously will enjoy paradise while those who have been wicked during the course of this life will live in a state of guilt from the evils they have done. We know from modern-day prophets, however, that this is only a temporary state, and that it is also a time when those who never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel will learn of it, and be given the choice to accept it or reject it. Ultimately, the day of judgment will arrive and God will grant to men the greatest glory He can bestow upon them. Those who, despite many flaws and sins, never ceased to repent and turn to God with all their hearts, will receive the highest place in God's kingdom. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Gabriel
Mormons, or in other words, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are by definition Christians. When I am asked if I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, if I've been born again/saved I can answer yes with full confidence. Jesus is at the center of God's plan for us; He made it possible! He created the earth, He came here as a mortal man, died for our sins, was resurrected, and now stands at the right hand of the Father. He urges us to follow Him. Mormons believe in doing our best to be Christlike by endeavoring to embody virtues He lived perfectly in this life such as Charity, Humility, Patience, Righteousness, Faith, and so forth. A good Mormon will love and serve others, and try not to be judgmental of them or slight them in any way. A good Mormon will repent of his own sins, and ask God in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness, which is made possible by the atoning blood of Jesus. By any definition, Mormons are Christian. Show more Show less

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

Gabriel
Having been a missionary myself, I can tell you that they will probably talk about how the Church Jesus established and the Gospel He taught have been restored or brought back to the earth once again. They will probably mention the Book of Mormon, the prophet Joseph Smith, and will bear witness of Jesus Christ. They may also talk about God's plan for us, or about what some of the basics of the Gospel are (such as Faith, Repentance, etc). Feel free to ask questions, especially sincere questions that you may have had difficulty answering yourself. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Gabriel
Jesus Christ. "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." -Helaman 5:12, The Book of Mormon Show more Show less