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Hi I'm Max

I'm a dad, a husband, a creative enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of three little boys. I work as a creative director and owner of a communication group. I love to read, play music, mess with tech gadgets, write run-on sentences, and a rare dinner out with the wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of this church. As time goes on I see more and more its true value to me and my family. I'm convinced that there is nothing else on earth quite like it. Through many years of trying to implement the teachings of ancient and living prophets I have become a certain witness of the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I value the fact that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly a lifestyle. I appreciate the opportunities to integrate matters of faith into all aspects of day-to-day life. It helps make faith a highly practical matter.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Max
In one sense, the only real difference between the two is circumstantial. The idea that God's communication with man—specifically regarding Jesus Christ and his covenants with the House of Israel—is a shared attribute of both books. They are both collections of writings from chosen prophets, seers, and revelators who witness of Christ and his mission. They differ in geography, individual characters, and situational contexts, both in terms of content as well as how and when each collection of writings was made publicly accessible. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Max
We don't consume those types of things partly because we believe we are responsible to take care of our bodies as well as our spirits. We believe we will be held accountable for mistreating, or neglecting, the bodies we've been given. Another part of that is the importance we place on agency and our responsibility to act according to our own free will. In being influenced by or becoming dependent on these types of things, we essentially lose our agency or ability to make good choices. A final aspect is the issue of faithful obedience to the living servants of God. By refraining from things we are told to refrain from, and by doing the things we're told to do, we qualify for the natural blessings or consequences that come as a result of true and good choices. This is not because we follow blindly, but because we have individual witnesses that prophets see a bigger picture than we do. And, who doesn't appreciate the advantage of good inside information? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Max
We believe God is literally the father of our sprits, in very much the same way that we may become fathers or mothers to his children here on earth. This is a wonderful and fundamental doctrine of the restored gospel. It helps give us meaning and guidance about the purpose of this life and the opportunity to reach a potential far greater than we might otherwise aspire to. By using parenthood as an archetype, it is easier to see how our Father in Heaven may desire for us to progress to become like Him, that we may enjoy what He enjoys, just as we would hope to provide every means for our own children to succeed and be as happy as possible. Show more Show less