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Hi I'm Lance Finn Helsten

I grew up in Holladay, Utah. I have a deep love of mathematics, science, and critical thinking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I can change a diaper, solve equations, analyze new problems, fix a fence, fly an instrument approach, program a computer, build a wall, ski with a free heal, pitch manure, ride a horse, design a shed, shovel snow, and cook tasty meals. I have earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Computer Engineering and am working on a M.S. in Computational Engineering Science. I am a Utahn who is married to a Puerto Rican with three fiercely independent daughters. I served my country in both the United States Army and United States Air Force as a non-commissioned officer.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the church, my parents and I were Mormons in name only as we rarely went to church. When I was 15 I was hit by a car while I was riding my bike home from the library, and I spent a week in the hospital. After being released I started praying, and to this day I do not know why I even started. The following year I was at a Seminary opening testimony meeting where I received my first of many witnesses of the Holy Ghost about the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored church. This initial testimony grew over the next two years in high school, in my first two years of college, and while serving in the Air Force by reading the Book of Mormon and attending seminary and institute. Eight months after my 19th birthday I was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a two year period. During this time my testimony was challenged many times, and from that much of the non-essentials were burned away from my testimony to the point that I only have a few key beliefs on which everything else is based. I have a testimony the Jesus Christ is our Great Exemplar who came to this earth and showed us the path that we should walk, that we are able to walk that path, and do everything He did and more: except for the atonement itself wherein he trod the winepress of the wrath of God alone to take upon himself the consequences of my sins so that I may be clean. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and how it came forth, and that it is a witness to stand alongside the Bible in testifying of Jesus Christ. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith restored Jesus Christ's Church on this earth and that the authority to run that Church has been passed down to the current President Thomas S. Monson. I do so testify in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures, I pray daily, and I work hard. I volunteer with Civil Air Patrol (auxiliary of the United States Air Force) as a Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief Pilot (SAR/DR) where I can use my talent in flying to help save peoples lives; I also work to keep up my skills to be used in emergency situations (e.g. first aid, CPR, and lifeguard). I volunteer as a Scoutmaster with a troop of Latino Scouts (I don't speak Spanish) to help them become men through character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. I am politically active as the Precinct Chair of the Utah Democratic Party: many assume that all Mormon's are Republican, but this is not so, because the Church does not tell us what our politics should be. The Church does teach that we should diligently search out honest, wise, and good people to hold political office, and that we should respect other's opinions and beliefs. My political philosophy is libertarian where I want the minimal amount of government that will maximize personal liberty.

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Lance Finn Helsten
Abortion as a form of birth control is wrong. Abortion in the cases of an unviable fetus, the life of the mother is in danger, or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest are acceptable. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Lance Finn Helsten
The definition is given in the Bible: Acts 11:26 says that the "disciples were called Christians first at Antioch", and then in John 13:34-35 Jesus Christ gives the commandment to "love one another as I have loved you…By this shall all men know ye are my disciples". Therefore, all true Christians are known by how they love one another, and if they don't love one another then they are not Christians. There may be those who place requirements on what a Christian is, but other than the definition given above there is no scriptural basis for those requirements. So to answer the question "Are Mormons Christians?" all one needs to do is look at how Mormons in general treat others. Take a look at the church's welfare program, employment program, humanitarian services, and LDS Philanthropies and determine for oneself if we are Christians. Show more Show less

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

Lance Finn Helsten
No. The Church does encourage every member to be politically active, if allowed in their country. The principle guidance we have is to search for honest and wise men or women (Doctrine and Covenants 98) to be our political leaders. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Lance Finn Helsten
A man shall have sexual relations only with his legally married wife, and a woman shall have sexual relations only with her legally married husband. Anything else is a violation of the Law of Chastity. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lance Finn Helsten
No. We worship Heavenly Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was given an assignment by Jesus Christ to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. President John Taylor said that only Jesus Christ has done more than Joseph Smith for the salvation of mankind (Doctrine and Covenants 135:3). Show more Show less