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Hi I'm Anthony

I'm a first-year law student trying to balance school, family, and work.

About Me

After spending two years at one of the "Big Four" accounting firms I decided to switch careers and start law school. I'm a brand new father trying to find summer work in a less than ideal economy.

Why I am a Mormon

I love how the Mormon Church focuses on participation. Everyone, whether you are a 5 year old or a great grand parent, everyone has a role to play and people to help. To quote James, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only." That's a motto that most Mormons live by. I also love the diversity of people I find at church. My congregation is made up of all kinds of people from so many different backgrounds.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I teach a class for those who are getting ready for baptism or have just recently been baptized. Each week for 45 minutes I lead a discussion on a religious topic. Many people who attend my class are trying to overcome serious challenges, such as overcoming substance abuse, becoming economically self reliant, or trying to repair a broken marriage. It's wonderful to see how the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ can change people's lives helping them regain their dignity, standard of living, and peace of mind.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Anthony
Growing up in Tennessee, I got asked this question a lot. Mormons believe that unequivocally, we are saved by the grace through Jesus Christ. Mormons also believe that a true belief and faith in Jesus Christ will result in a change of attitude and behavior. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Anthony
Mormon missionaries are funded by the following groups: (1) Themselves - most missionaries spend several years saving up money to support themselves. Church leaders encourage missionaries to provide as much money as they can toward a mission. (2) Family members - most missionaries, especially missionaries in their early twenties, can't save up the $10,000+ by themselves. Most often immediate and extended families of the missionary will help them cover what is left. (3) Local Congregations - In some cases, there is no way that a potential missionary or their family could ever provide the $10,000+ it costs to be a missionary. In these cases, members of the local congregation will chip in to cover whatever costs the missionary and their family can't cover. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Anthony
Mormons are not required to serve missions, although if you visit a local congregation you will find that many people have. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Anthony
Of course Mormons are Christians! They believe in Jesus Christ, they believe in the Bible, and they do their best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Mormons believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. Church congregations provide service to their communities, and the church as a whole helps to provide humanitarian aid on epic scales to disaster victims around the world. 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?

Anthony
One of the several reasons why Mormons limit who can go inside temples is that ceremonies, such as marriage ceremonies, are performed there on a daily basis. Because Mormon temples are such iconic symbols of Mormon beliefs, and because they are a favorite venue for protesters, the church has to limit who can enter. Anyone who has been apart of any wedding, baptism, or other similar ceremony can understand the need for privacy and reverence for such occasions. Show more Show less