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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 70 years old. I retired four years ago from the insurance business. I also worked for 25 years in the grocery business. I graduated from college in 1965. I enjoy fishing, golf, and travel. I also enjoy researching my family history. I have a wife, three children, and seven grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a member of the Church her whole life. Her father was a patriarch in the Church. My father coverted from Catholicism at the age of 25 before he and mom got married. I was born into the Church. During my early years growing up in Idaho, our family wasn't active in the Church, because mom and dad owned and operated a drive in restaurant, and it required their attention 24/7 during the nine months of the year that it was open. Consequently, the family only went to Church during the three winter months. At the age of 16, I began to become very interested in religion. I decided to read the Bible, so that I could learn more. At the age of 17, after graduating from High School, I went off to college at BYU in Provo, Utah. When I got to the Y, I discovered that everyone had to take one religion class per term. That was a blessing to me, because I came to know the Church, and to develop a testimony of it. At the age of 20, I decided to serve a 2 1/2 year mission for the Church. There my knowledge and testimony continued to grow. When I got back from my mission, I got a job with a grocery chain, and continued to pursue my education at the University of Utah. I graduated in 1965. I got married in 1964. In 1966, I had the opportunity to go into management with the grocery chain. As I worked my way up, I finally became the Assistant Store Manager. In that position, I had to work six days a week, and every other Sunday. I was working between 70 and 80 hours per week. I loved the outdoors, and didn't want to spend my two free Sundays per month at Church. I prefered to golf, fish, and ride my motorcycle in the mountains. One day my son, who was four years old, asked his mother why he had to go to Church. "Why can't I stay home with Dad?'' That was a wake up call. Previously, I had told myself that the only one this was affecting was me. How wrong I was! I then determined to become active in the Church again, and I am so glad that I did! Some of the features of the true church are things like: (1) being built upon a foundation of apostles and prophets; (2) having the Holy Ghost present and functioning in our lives; (3) having the priesthood of God, coupled with the keys of the priesthood; (4) modern day revelation; (5) additional books of scripture that support and clarify the Bible; (6) modern day miracles, and (7) the spirit of testimony. I can't consieve of life without the Church. It has been such a great help to me, my children, and now my grandchildren.

How I live my faith

I am convinced that surrounding yourself with good people makes you better. I enjoy attending Church every Sunday. I enjoy socializing with the members, and I also enjoy the lessons, and being able to participate in classes. The Sacrament service is always good. It gives me an opportunity to partake of the sacrament. I also have an opportunity to listen to two or three talks. During a service there are at least three hymns, and sometimes there is a choir number or a special number by members of the Church. Going to Church becomes a habit after you've done it for awhile. It is a good habit to develop! I have served two missions for the Church. The first was a Spanish speaking mission as a twenty year old young man. The last was with my wife in Minnesota. We were the Office Couple. It was a great experience! I was not active in the Church when I was a young man. My parents were members, but less active. I became active at the age of 17 when I went to BYU. I fell into inactivity once again for a few years as a young father as I was trying to establish myself in the grocery business. I worked 70 to 80 hours per week, and didn't see much of my family, and didn't feel like I had time for Church. One day my four year old son asked his mother why he had to go to Church. "Why can't I stay home with Dad?" That became a wake up call. I have been active ever since. I have served in numerous positions in the Church in both the ward or branch level, and also on the stake level (a church unit with 6 to 10 wards). Serving is great! It is a win - win situation, and you grow to love those you serve, and those you serve with.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mike
We believe that the atonement was provided for us through the grace of God. There are two aspects to the atonement. The first is resurrection. That is a free gift, as all will resurrect. The second is eternal life with Heavenly Father. That gift is not free and does require some effort on our part. We have to repent of our sins, and try to do our best each day. If we do our best, Christ will make up the difference for us, and we will be able to have eternal life. All of this is through the grace of God. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Mike
We should have faith in Jesus Christ and in His Father. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Mike
The Church was organized according to the laws of the land in Fayette, New York, April 6, 1830. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Mike
They are used for sacred ordinances for the living and for the dead (vicarious or proxy ordinances). An example of these ordinances would be baptisms for the dead, eternal marriage, etc. To enter the temple you need to be a member in good standing represented by carrying a current temple recommend. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Mike
Thomas S. Monsen is our current prophet. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Mike
Baptism is one of the essential saving ordinances of the Gospel. To be effective, it must be done by immersion, and performed by one hold the priesthood authority of God.   Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Mike
The father is the patriarch and head of the household, but husband and wife should be equally yoked. They should make decisions together in love and kindness. Nothing should be handled in a dictatorial manner. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mike
We believe that it is the word of God, so far as it is translated correctly. It is Holy Scripture, and it does contain the word of God. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Mike
There are absolutely no restrictions based upon race or color. The only restrictions are based upon personal worthiness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Mike
We are here on this earth to gain a body and to prove ourselves. As we overcome sin and repent of them, we can draw closer to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

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

Mike
They will talk about various dispensations that have existed over time. They will talk about the Savior and His Church. They will talk about the great apostasy. They will talk about the restoration of the Gospel. They will talk about Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. They will talk about how families can be together forever. They will address any questions that you bring up. They will talk about the Book of Mormon - where it came from and what it talks about. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Mike
There is a scripture in John that states, "...and this is life eternal, to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." The Spanish scriptures are even more explicit. In the Spanish language there are two verbs for "to know." One is conocer. The other is saber. Saber means to know like a fact. Conocer means to become intimately acquainted with. The verb used in John is conocer. So how do we become intimately acquainted with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. First of all, we need to read the scriptures daily. Set up a regimine, so that you can read a chapter or more per day. It will bless your life, and allow you to come to know Heavenly Father better. Another way is through prayer. As you pour out your heart to Him, you will come to know him better. Another way is to attend His Church to hear his Gospel and to participate in the sacrament service. Yet another is to obey His commandments. Jesus Christ is often referred to as the good shepherd in the scriptures. We are also told that His sheep know His voice. How can we know His voice unless we have done the things that I have outlined above? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Mike
Baptism is the gateway to the Kingdom of God on the earth, and also the gateway to the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus Christ, even though he was perfect and without sin, He was baptised to "...satisfy all righteousness..." We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. We also believe that Heavenly Father has authorized us to perform sacred ordinances such as baptism. Therefore, it is important that we baptize our new members. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mike
We believe that families are central to Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. There are family links that go back generations in the past, and will go generations into the future. All of these links are important. They can't be saved without us, and we can't be saved without them. Families are divine institutions. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Mike
The humanitarian arm of the Church responds to natural disasters around the world. We are often first responders to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. We have also participated in a wheel chair project for several years. We have provided about 400,000 wheel chairs throughout the world. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Mike
For one thing, the scriptures state in John, "... and this is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." One blessing is eteral life. Another is that we can come to know and understand the plan of salvation. We can understand why we're here, and where we're going. It gives us an appreciation for those who have preceeded us. It helps us develop a deeper love for Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. It teaches great lessons that we can still benefit from. We should set up a regimine of reading in the scriptures every day. We should try to ready at least one chapter per day. It will bless our lives! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Mike
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. All three members are seperate and distinct individuals. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ both have glorified and perfected bodies of flesh and bone. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit, because of His role in the Godhead. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Mike
Our faith will grow as we show it; as we test it; as we perfect it, etc. We can also increase our faith as we accept His will in our lives. We need to plant that seed of faith in our heart, and as we nourish it, it will grow. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Mike
Yes we do! There have been numerous prophets over time. The Lord doesn't love us any less than those people, so why wouldn't we have a prophet? We sustain the Presidency of the Church, as well as the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. There has been an unbroken line of succession ever since the Prophet Joseph Smith organized the Church in 1830. The current Prophet and President of the Church is Thomas S. Monsen. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Mike
Priesthood is the authority to act for God - performing ordinances, etc. It is bestowed by someone holding the priesthood authority, and under the direction of someone holding the keys of the priesthood. There is order in God's kingdom. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Mike
Yes, that is true. Jesus said often that he had other sheep, which were not of "this fold," and that he must visit them. After he was crucified in the old world, he came to the new world, and spent several days with his disciples here. He taught them and organized His Church. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Mike
The quick and easy answer is because it is true. If people go into this with an open mind and a sincere heart, and if they will pray about it, Heavenly Father will reveal the truth of it through the Holy Ghost. As people hear the doctrines of the Church, it seems to resonate. Almost intuitively they recognize these things as being true. Because of the truth factor, and because we are a missionary minded Church, with upwards of 50,000 full time missionaries in the field at any given time, many have the opportunity to hear our message, and many accept it. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Mike
Many of the missionaries fund their own missions. Some are funded by their families. Others are funded by missionary minded benefactors. While others are funded with funds donated by their Ward or their Priesthood Quorum. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Mike
We believe that Jesus Christ was the first born spirit child of Heavenly Father. He was also the only begotten in the flesh of Heavenly Father. We believe that from the very beginning He played a very important role in Heavenly Father's plan of happinness for us. He was selected in the pre-existense to be our Savior and Redeemer. He was to provide the atonement for us. We believe that He died for us. He was resurrected, and that He stands today at the head of His Church. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Mike
We do not believe in abortion - only in the case of rape or incest, or if the mother's live is in peril. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Mike
We believe that the Holy Ghost can visit an honest investigator of the Gospel to declare the truth of it unto them, but he won't remain with them. On the other hand, if you have been baptised by someone holding the priesthood authority, you then have the opportunity to have an authorized priesthood holder or holders lay their hands upon your head and give you the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe that if you remain worthy, the Holy Ghost will be your constant companion. He will guide you, direct you, warn you of danger, etc. He will testify of the Savior. He will call things to your remembrance. The scriptures outline many other gifts of the spirit. Show more Show less

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

Mike
In the Church, the Sunday services are on a three hour block. There is some flexibility on which order the meetings are held, but generally, the first hour is Priesthood for the men and boys age 12 and above; Relief Society for the women of the Church age 18 and above; Young Women for the girls between the ages of 12 and 18; Primary for the children ages 3 through 11; and the Nursery for the children younger than 3. The second hour is Sunday School. There are different classes for the different age groups, and those in Primary continue their meetings. The final hour is Sacrament Meeting. We usually have an opening hymn, a sacrament hymn, and a closing hymn. Sometimes there is also a rest hymn. Our meetings are all opened and closed with prayer. We have two or three speakers, who treat Gospel subjects. We also have the opportunity to participate in the sacrament service. Anyone who is not disruptive to our meetings is welcome to attend. We will usually have a broad cross section of people at our meetings - those who are very active, and attend every week; those who are less active, and only attend on occassion; some who have been inactive for years, and decide to come back; others who are not members of the Church, but may be investigating it to determine if it is true or not. In most locations throughout the world there are three Church units that occupy a single building. On Sunday, the first unit may meet from 9am to noon. The second unit may meet from 11am to 2pm. The third unit may meet from 1pm to 4pm. If you are traveling across the country, or in your place of abode, you will find someone to welcome you anytime between 9am and 4pm. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Mike
Tithing provides the funds for the building of Chapels and Temples. It also provides for the maintenance and operation of the Wards and Stakes. The amount funded back to the units is based upon their average attendance at sacrament meeting. The Fast Offerings provide funds for the needy and the poor. Members can donate directly to other funds and have their money earmarked for them.   Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Mike
The presiding counsels of the Church are comprised of the First Presidency (President, 1st Counselor, and 2nd Counselor), and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We sustain those 15 men as prophets, seers, and revelators. When the President dies, the First Presidency is disolved, and the two counselors go back into the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. They are all seated on a seniority basis. The choice for the next President will be the most senior apostle. That is confirmed by prayer and a unanimous vote by the fourteen remaining. We believe that if a person is not to be the Prophet, that the Lord will take them first. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Mike
If we have faith in Jesus Christ, our lives will be centered around Him. We will keep His commandments. We will want to please Him. That will set the tone in our relationships and in our friendships. We will want to associate with people of similar faith. If we associate with good people, it will make us better. We will also teach our children and grandchildren by both precept and example. That will make them better. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mike
When you're donating to an organization or a cause, you want to know how much is going to the cause, and how much is going to over head. Most of the really good organizations transfer at least 80% to the cause - cancer, etc. In the Church 100% goes to the cause - building church buildings, temples, and for humanitarian causes. We feel that the true church, including the primitive church didn't have a paid clergy, so we don't. Also, we utilize the lay membership much more than any other church. In a ward of 300 members - possibly 100 to 150 adults - almost all of the adults will have a calling or an assignment. We feel that that is how we grow! The teacher usually learns more than the student as he/she prepares a lesson. Show more Show less

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

Mike
We believe that the family is central to Heavenly Father's plan. The family is most important! The family goes to Church together on Sunday. We have special family time on Monday, which is referred to as Family Home Evening. We believe that we should have a date night with our spouse each week - usually on Friday. We should do things as a family. We should have personal interviews with our children from time to time. The father of the home should be living worthily, so that he can give his family priesthood blessings as needed. Mormons believe in a strict work ethic. We believe that we should stay out of debt, with the exception of the two big purchases - home and auto. We believe that we should live within our means. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Mike
The Book of Mormon is composed of fifteen different books, each written by at least one prophet, and some books have several authors. The Book of Mormon was translated from reformed Egyptian by the Prophet Joseph Smith during the time frame of September 1827 and March 1830. Joseph Smith translated the book through the gift and power of God, and with the help of holy instruments referred to as the Urim and Thumim. It is the scriptural history of the ancient americas, and God's dealings with His people through His holy prophets. It is a second witness of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Mike
It is important because it is one of the saving ordinances of the Gospel. Throughout the scriptures it is illustrated that it is important. The baptism provides entrance into the Church, and into God's Kingdom here on the earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mike
We don't worship Joseph Smith anymore than we would worship Moses or Abraham, or any other prophet. We recognize him as the prophet of the restoration. He was a true and an honorable latter-day prophet. Because of what he did through revelation from our Heavenly Father, we have the true Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. We have the authority and the keys of the holy priesthood. We have the Book of Mormon, which is another witness of Jesus Christ. We have living apostles and prophets. Joseph Smith sealed his testimony with his blood, as some of the other prophets throughout the ages have done. I can testify that he was and is a true prophet of the Lord, but I don't worship him. I worship Jesus Christ and His Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mike
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Heavenly Father's true Church. We believe that we are authorized by and through Him to perform sacred ordinances including baptism. Because we believe that these things are true, we want to share them with our brothers and sisters throughout the world. It has blessed our lives, and we believe that it will bless yours. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Mike
We believe that marriage was ordained between a man and a woman. God performed the first marriage between Adam and Eve. We came to this earth to gain a body and to prove ourselves. Adam and Eve were commanded to "multiply and replenish the earth." As married couples today, we still fall under that devine instruction to "multiply and replenish the earth." It is impossible for a homosexual couple to do that. They can parent children who were brought into this world by others, but they will never be able to multiply and replenish. On the other hand, we should not judge those who are homosexual. We should treat them with kindness and love. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Mike
The Book of Mormon is holy scripture revealed through prophets who lived upon the American Continent. It talks about at least three seperate groups, who were led to this land of promise. The first group lived during the time of the Tower of Babel. The second group came over just before the destruction of Jerusalem around 600BC. The third group came over around ten years after the second group. It is a second witness of Christ. It covers the time frame previously mentioned and up to about 421AD. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Mike
The scriptures are repleat with scriptures about eternal life. We believe in a pre-existence, when we lived with Heavenly Father as His spirit children. His plan was for us to come to earth to gain a body, gain experiences, and to prove ourselves worthy. If we endure to the end, after we are resurrected, we can live with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and our families forever. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Mike
Traditionally, women have not held the priesthood in the Lord's Church. They do hold very important callings and leadership positions! The organization for the women in the Church is called the Relief Society. Women may serve as president, a counselor, a secretary, a member of the board, or as one of the several teachers. They may serve on either the Ward level, the Stake level, or the General Church level. The organization for the young women in the Church, ages 12 - 18, is appropriately called Young Women. The women in the Church serve in leadership positions here as well. The Primary organization is for the children in the Church, ages 3-11. The women run that organization as well, although men can be teachers in addition to the women. Both men and women may serve as teachers in the Sunday School. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mike
That is a nickname for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The nickname came about because of a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon talks about Gods dealings with his people who lived upon this North/South American continent. He talked to prophets who lived here, and they taught their people. One of the last prophets before the righteous branch was destroyed was a man named Mormon. He wrote his portion of the book, and abridged the rest. Because of what he did, the book is called the Book of Mormon, and because we believe that it is an additional book of scripture, we are often referred to as Mormons. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Mike
I love being a member of the Church. It's not a holiday only thing, or an occasional thing, or even an every Sunday thing, but it is a way of life. It has blessed my life, and the lives of my family. Because of my callings and assignments, I spend about five hours every Sunday at Church. (The normal member spends three hours.) I also spend two or three hours every Tuesday, while the Branch President interviews members and non-members. I work in the Bountiful Temple for seven hours on Wednesday, and six hours on Thursday. Besides this, the covenants that we have made guide our lives. The Church helps us teach and train our children and grandchildren. We live at a scary time in the earth's history, so it is nice to have that extra help! We also subscribe to one of the Church magazines, The Ensign, which comes monthly. It has articles from various leaders of the Church on various topics. It also has a special message from the First Presidency every month. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Mike
That is a plague on society, and a difficult to one to control, but there are some suggestions. First of all, place your computer in a high traffic area of your home, so that everyone can see it. Place restrictions on computer use, and sites that are authorized. Set the proper example yourself. Attend Church regularly - which usually means weekly. Read the scriptures daily - at least one chapter would be great. Insist that your children pick good friends. Do things together as a family - weekly or more often. Hold a Family Home Evening for an hour or so, once per week. Pray together as a family at least twice per day. Hold your individual prayers daily. These are just a few ideas of what you can do, but don't sucomb to curiosity even once. You will be sorry if you do. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Mike
Joseph Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, December 23, 1805. His family moved to Palmyra, New York, when he was a teenager. He was serious minded and wanted to know which of all the churches was true. Four or five of his family joined the Presbyterian Church. He was leaning towards the Methodists. He had been directed to a scripture in James 1:5, which states, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to man liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given them." He determined to find a private place, and to pray vocally to inquire of God. There was a grove of trees by his families home. One morning he retired to the grove to pray. As he did, a vision opened up to him. He saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. When he recovered his senses, he inquired of them which church was true. He was told none of them. He was told many other things. This happened in the spring of 1820, when he was 14. He was visited over the period of time by other heavenly messengers. He was instructed to organize the Church, which he did on April 6, 1830. He was the first Prophet, Seer, and Revelator in this dispensation. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mike
A testimony is a firm belief or knowledge that something spiritual is true. After much study and prayer, the testimony is confirmed spirit to spirit - from the Holy Ghost to your spirit. 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?

Mike
The Prophet, Joseph Smith, received a revelation from God, which became part of our scripture referred to as the Doctrine and Covenants. It specifies that we shouldn't use tobacco, alchol, certain hot drinks, etc. It also specifies certain things that we should eat - wheat, certain grains, meat in moderation, etc. Further, we are told that we should use wisdom in ALL THINGS. That would include keeping our weight under control, exercising, etc. This is called the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Mike
We should keep our bodies clean both physically and spiritually. There are many scriptures that refer to our bodies being the "temple of God," and if it is the temple of God, then we should keep it clean. A clean temple will allow us some day to be in the presence of God. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Mike
Faith is a strong belief, coupled with hope. Faith should be centered in Jesus Christ. With that kind of faith, any thing is possible! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mike
Absolutely. The name of the Church is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Our focus is upon the Savior. All of our scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price are all centered around Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mike
No. We believe that our first priority is our family. The second priority is members of the Church. But we believe that we should love our neighbors as ourselves, whether they are members or not. The Church is highly involved in humanitarian projects throughout the world. We are often first responders to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Mike
Joseph Smith was the first President and Prophet of the Church. It was organized in Fayette, New York, April 6, 1830. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mike
10% is the figure mentioned in the scriptures, and the figure which is most commonly known as tithing. In fact, in Spanish the word for tithing is diezmos, which means one tenth. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mike
No. The hope is that all of our young men, who turn 19, will be worthy and able to serve. The young women who turn 21, and who would like to serve, and who are worthy and able to serve, may be called. Older members of the Church, who retire, and who are also worthy and able to serve, may be called. We believe that it can and will bless our lives. At any given time we may have more than 50,000 full time missionaries in the field. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Mike
The atonement was a two step process. First, in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior took upon Himself the sins of all the world. That process caused him so much pain that he bled from every pore. Second, was on the cross, when he was crucified and died for us. He was the only perfect man, and therefore, the only one eligible to atone for our sins. Because of what he did, we will ALL resurrect. Because of what he did, we MAY regain His presence through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. We must endure to the end. The first is a free gift. The second requires our effort. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Mike
We are instructed through scriptures and through latter-day prophets that the family is central to Heavenly Father's plan. We can't obtain our maximum potential with out the family. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Mike
Modesty and chastity are very closely related. If you dress immodestly, sometimes that will give the other person an incorrect impression. They may assume with immodest dress that you are a person of easy virtue, while that may not be the case at all. You are just safer to dress modestly. The parents need to be the parents. They need to set the example, and to set the standards for their household. There are entreprenuers who have stepped forward, and have provided modest wear that looks cool, sharp, trendy, etc. I think that if the kids know that this is the standard that you have set, and that the clothes look good, they will go along. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Mike
A ward or a branch is a local congregation of latter-day saints. To qualify as a ward, it usually requires at least 300 members. A stake or district is a larger unit in the Church. It usually requires about 3,000 members to form a stake. A stake is usually composed of six to ten wards (or sometimes more). The stake gives guidance and training to the wards. Branches and Districts are smaller than Wards or Stakes. They usually exist outside of the main population areas of the Church. In new areas, they are beginning units of the Church. When they grow to the appropriate size, they are then made into Wards and Stakes. Show more Show less

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

Mike
The first step would be to contact the full time missionaries of the Church. There is a series of six or seven lessons (sometimes more) that they would teach you. They would ask you to pray about these things. When you received an answer to your prayers, and knew that the Church is true, then you would be baptised, after accepting the requirements of membership. Show more Show less

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

Mike
Yes, if they are worthy to hold a temple recommend, and if they have been sealed in one of the temples for time and all eternity by one who holds the priesthood authority, and is authorized to seal both in heaven and on the earth. The families born to that union, or who are sealed to mother and father at a later date will be with their families forever. Even though the priesthood ordinance has been performed, things still boil down to personal worthiness. You have to endure to the end. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mike
The Bible was written by holy prophets as they were inspired by God. It is also replete with information, prophecy, etc., regarding God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. It contains the Ten Commandments, which are still in force today. It is full of counsel and guidance in our every day lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mike
There is a scripture in the book of Corinthians that talks about baptism for the dead. Baptism for the dead wa spracticed anciently, and is practiced today. We believe that families are central to the Gospel. We believe that we should link our families back as far as we can provide the proper research to verify their existence. When we die, our spirits go to either Paradise or the Spirit Prison. The Gospel is being preached in Spirit Prison. People there have an opportunity to accept it or reject it. We believe that baptism is essential to enter into God's presence. If we do the proxy baptisms for our deceased ancestors, they will then have the opportunity to accept or reject it. If they accept it, it is as though they were baptized themselves on the earth. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mike
Mormon women are spiritual. They are loving and nuturing to the family. Many of them work because of our economic climate, but we believe where possible, their preferred place is in the home. The father is the patriarch of the home, and presides, but he and his wife are "eqully yoked." They should make decisions together. We denounce things like spouse abuse and child abuse. The husband should never be a dictator in the home. We do believe that men and women are equal. In truth, in many respects, women are superior! Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Mike
The Word of Wisdom is found in one of our books of scripture referred to as the Doctrine and Covenants. It is a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith regarding things that we may eat or ingest into our bodies. There is a list of things that we shouldn't partake of such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, certain hot drinks, etc. We are told to eat meat in moderation. We are told that wheat and grains are good for the body. We are told to use wisdom in all things. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Mike
We believe that God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ both have glorified and perfected bodies of flesh and bone (not flesh and blood). The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three seperate and distinct individuals. God the Father is the father of our spirits. He is indeed our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ is the first born of the Father in the spirit, and He is the only begotten of the Father in the flesh. They are indeed father and son. Jesus Christ is our elder brother. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Mike
Because of the atonement all of us will live forever. Eternal life, however, means life with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and our families. That will occur if we have faith, repent, are baptized, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Mike
We have approxiamately 50,000 full time missionaries around the world. There should be full time missionaries in your area. You can find the Church in the telephone directory. The best bet would be to call on Sunday, and someone should be able to help you. If you leave your name, address, and phone number, they will have the missionaries call you. They will then set up an appointment at your convenience. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Mike
The tithing is used to build Church buildings including temples. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Mike
We believe that we should only have sexual relations with our spouse, with whom we are legally and lawfully married. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Mike
No, Mormons have not practiced polygamy since the late 1800's. It was not done as a whim, but per a revelation from God authorizing the practice. At no time did more than about 10% of the membership ever practice it, and then only under direction of the Prophet. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Mike
No. The Church maintains neutrality as far as parties and candidates are concerned. They tell us to study the issues - become informed - and then make a decision. The Church does take a position on what might be referred to as moral issues, and that is as it should be. Show more Show less

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

Mike
The Book of Mormon follows principally three groups of people, who came over to the new world under the direction of God. They were being led to the promised land. One group came over around the time of the Tower of Babel. A second group came over around 600BC before the destruction of Jerusalem. The third group came over around 10 or 20 years later after the destruction of Jerusalem. The book deals with God's revelations to his prophets here on this continenent. Because it deals so much with Jesus Christ, it is also referred to as a second witness of Christ. Joseph Smith obtained the golden plates, which contained the Book of Mormon, written in reformed Egyptian. He was able to translate the book with the help of Heavenly Father, and the Urim and Thumim. It began in 1823 when he was visited by Moroni, who was the last prophet in the new world - who died around 421AD. Moroni revealed the presence of the plates, and revealed many other things to Joseph Smith. He went to the location of the plates in the Hill Cumorah in New York. He was told to return to this spot each year for the next four years to be tutored and taught before he would be allowed to take the plates. He finally was allowed to take the plates in September of 1827. The translation was completed, and the book was published to the world in 1830. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Mike
People who don't understand us or the Church like to lump us under that heading. To us it is offensive. To me a cult is a fake or a forgery. It isn't the real thing. A cult is often indentified by being very small, and probably very radical in beliefs. Our Church has over 13,000,000 members worldwide. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Mike
Anyone with the right attitude is welcome to attend one of our Church meetings - either member or non-member. To attend the temple, you have to be a member in good standing, who has been interviewed by his/her Bishop and Stake President, and who has answered the questions correctly - such as do you pay an honest tithing, etc. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Mike
Through the scriptures we know how important it was to have 12 apostles. When Judas killed himself, that left just 11 apostles. The remaining apostles go together and chose another to replace him, therefore, we know that the number 12 was important in the apostleship. The Book of Mormon indicates that when the Savior visited the new world that he organized 12 disciples to head his Church here. In latter-day revelation recorded in the Doctrine and Covenenats, the Prophet Joseph Smith was directed to select 12 apostles. They form a quorum and they are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mike
We believe in God the Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that God the Father is the father of our spirits. We believe that He loves us. We believe that God has called prophets in various ages or dispensations to teach His word, and to keep us all on task. We believe that the two great commandments are to love God, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We believe that it is the glory of God to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Mike
It is to provide commodities to needy members of the Church. It is also used to provide for humanitarian projects throughout the world. However, it goes deeper than just commodities. The Church also provides counseling and other services. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Mike
The correct name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "How will it be His Church, if it is not called after His name?" The last part of the name, "of Latter-day Saints," is just to distinguish the Church today (latter days), from the Church in Christ's time. We are often called Mormons, because of an ancient book of scripture translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith, which is called the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon talks about several migrations of people from the Holy Land to the new world. It deals with them, their prophets, wars, etc. One of the last prophets in the Book of Mormon was a man by the name of Mormon. Not only did he write his part of the book, but he also abridged the rest of the book. Because of this the book is named after him - the Book of Mormon. Because of our belief in the Book of Mormon as an additional tome of scripture in addition to the Bible, people refer to us as Mormons, but that is not our correct name, as earlier stated. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Mike
We believe that the steps for carring for the needy is first with the family themselves (or the individual if there is not a family). Next the extended family - parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc - should step up to the plate. Following that, the Church will step in. The last choice should be the government. We believe that self-reliance referrs not only to food storage, but also to the job you have - maybe you should upgrade your employment, and you should definitely prepare yourself, early on, to become educated and well prepared. It also applies to mental and emotional health. We should prepare ourselves and our families every way that we can. From the standpoint of food storage, we are told that we should have a year's supply of food and clothing. What if you lost your job? What if there was a trucking strike, and the grocery stores didn't receive any supplies for several weeks or several months? What if there were a natural disaster - flood, earthquake, etc? What if you became seriously ill, and could no longer work? There are many good reasons to have food storage, and one of the best is that our latter-day prophets have counseled us to have a one year's supply. Show more Show less

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

Mike
When we die, our spirit goes to God, who gives us an intial judgment, and we are assigned to either Paradise or Spirit Prison. While in one of those two places, we still work. We still progress. The Gospel is still preached including to the spirits in Spirit Prison. As they accept the Gospel, they will then have an opportunity for additional glory. At Christ's second comming, the resurrection of the just will swing into full tilt. During the 1000 years of the Millenium, when Christ will personally reign upon the earth, those who die "will be changed in the twinkling of an eye" (resurrected). At the conclusion of the Millenium, Satan will be loosed for a season, then there will be the resurrection of the unjust (everyone who has lived on this earth will resurrect). After we resurrect, we will receive our final judgement. The possiblities are going to the Celestial Kingdom (the highest degree), the Terrestial Kingdom (the middle degree), or the Telestial Kingdom (the lowest degree). We are told that this earth life is somewhat like the Telestial Kingdom. The scriptures compare the Celestial Kingdom to the sun in brightness and glory. The Terrestial Kingdom is compared to the moon, and the Telestial Kingdom is compared to the stars. If we want to be with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and our families, we must work to qualify for the Celestial Kingdom. There are even several levels within the Celestial Kingdom, so you pretty well get what you deserve. There is no "one size fits all." There is a fourth possibility, which is called Outer Darkness. It is reserved for the sons of perdition - Satan and his angels. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

Mike
The scriptures talk about a falling away - that the purity and fullness of the Gospel would be lost. If that was the case, then it would be necessary for it to be restored. The scriptures also talk about a restoration of all things. There have been at least seven major dispensations during the lifetime of the earth - a period of time when the Gospel is on the earth, and at least one prophet authorized to speak for the Lord - Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, and finally Joseph Smith. The dispensations have lasted different lengths of time, but they are characterized by first a prophet and the fullness of the Gospel - people are living the Gospel; then that is followed by sin and a falling away from the Gospel. That is followed by Heavenly Father withdrawing his priesthood authority and the Gospel. Over time the people repent and turn back to the Lord. He then chooses a prophet, who is His spokesman, and restores the Gospel again. That cycle of faithfulness - sin - repentance - and faithfulness again has happened at least seven times that we know of. The Bible as we know it has really only existed since the invention of the printing press in the 1439. Until then monks and priests would copy the scriptures during their stay in the monastery. The King James version of the Bible was produced in 1611. It was only after that date that the scriptures came to be possessed and used very widely.   Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mike
The Temples are the most sacred places on earth, where we can come to make eternal covenants with Heavenly Father. Because of that, there are certain standards that we must all meet to be elgible to enter the temple. That eligibility is determined through a private interview with our Bishop and then our Stake President. If we pass the interview, the authorities sign and date our recommends. They are then good for two years. At the end of two years, we need to be interviewed once again. There is nothing secret going on, in fact, before a temple is dedicated, there is usually a public open house for several weeks. After the temple is dedicated, then only those members who qualify and carry a current temple recommend may enter the temple to participate in sacred ordinances. They are SACRED, not SECRET! Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Mike
That occurred in 1820. Joseph Smith was a boy of 14. He wanted to find the Lord's true Church. He read a scripture in James 1:5, which stated, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." He decided at that point to go one morning into a grove of trees close to his parents home. He knelt down and prayed vocally. In answer to his prayer, God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ appeared. Joseph asked them which Church was true. He was told that none of them were true, "They worship me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." That was the first in a series of events that paved the way for the restoration of the Church April 6, 1830. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Mike
You should read the Book of Mormon; study the Church; and pray about it. If you do this, you will know. We have full time missionaries throughout the world, who can help this process. They have standarized lesson that they can present that will help you gain understanding. Study, pray, and attend Church. Pray about it, and through the power of the Holy Ghost, Heavenly Father will reveal the truth of these things. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Mike
Relief Society is the organization in the Church designed for all women from the age of 18 and up. It is the compassionate arm of the Church. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mike
We wear what we would term "our Sunday best." That usually entails dresses for women, and suits or sport suits and ties for the men. However, if you wear the best that you have, even though that doesn't include a suit, you're just fine!  We are pretty traditional. We celebrate all of the major holidays - Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Mike
Jesus Christ was sinless, and was the only begotten son of the Father in the flesh. As such, He was the only one authorized to save us. Since we are all sinners, we can't save ourselves. We must have the Savior's atonement. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Mike
I've read the scriptures numerous times. They declare that there is a God. I look around me at the beauty of nature and at the beauty and complexity of our bodies, and I know that there is a God. Our human senses of hearing, smell, touch, taste, sight, etc, can be fooled. One thing that can't be fooled is the Holy Ghost bearing witness to your spirit that things are true - including the existence of God. We also have prophets, both former-day and latter-day, who declare to us that God lives! Show more Show less