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Hi I'm G. McIntyre

I grew up in Austria, joining the Church when 21 via sister missionaries.

About Me

I'm married with one son and one daughter. The son is quadriplegic, but doing well. The daughter is preparing for college. I'm a programmer by profession--love the work! I used to love reading thrillers by authors like Allistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley, Helen McInnis. Now I enjoy reading non-fiction like Benjamin Franklin's biography and books by conservative authors on the New York Times Bestseller list. I like camping, but don't get to do that very often. I took up golf a couple of years ago, and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Knowing what I know now, I would not rest until I were a baptized member of this Church. When the sister missionaries knocked on my door, I told them I didn't feel that Religion had any useful answers to any questions, and that Science was a better bet. I also told them I doubted they wanted to hear my theories (I said that hoping they would go away), but they said they'd love to! I plied them with literally hundreds of questions, from simple ones like apparent Bible inconsistencies, like "Adam, where art thou?" to odd-ball para-normal questions. As we discussed these questions, as well as the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I found that religion, or at least the Mormon version of religion, was much more plausible and logical than science. While I excitedly read the Book of Mormon and listened to their message, I didn't feel like I was getting any answers from God to validate their message (by the way, I had never prayed before). Then, one evening, out of the blue, I suddenly realized that I didn't know if God even existed or, if he did exist, if he cared about one tiny individual on one tiny planet in a gigantic universe. So I asked "Are thou up there?" And I got my answer! Simply knowledge in my head and a warm feeling in my heart. (There was also a tinge of a guilty feeling for having doubted so much). I was so surprised, that I asked a second time, and got an identical feeling, although less strong, and I even asked a third time, with the same sensation, but much less stronger. I had gotten my answer. After that, everything else clicked into place over time. The Holy Ghost testified to me about many other things, like the Book of Mormon, the Church itself, that Joseph Smith was indeed called of God, etc.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in lots of ways, or at least I hope I do! I make sure I pray, kneeling, in the morning and in the evening at least. I try to focus on heavenly Father, but might not be always successful in that. Many times during the day, I try to look up (in my mind's eye) towards heaven and say a prayer in my heart. I read the scriptures on the bus on the way to work. While I love all of the scriptures, I've discovered that reading the Book of Mormon, especially the books of Mosiah, Alma, and Helaman, seem to bring me closest to the Lord. I typically read the scriptures cover to cover and start over again. About once a month, we travel to the nearest temple. You probably do not know much, if anything, about LDS temples yet. They are beautiful, restful places. Last time we went, I felt very close to the Lord. Recently, I was asked to substitute for the 11-year old class during Sunday School. The topic was Moses before Pharoah, and leading the house of Israel out of Egypt. The kids were very attentive and excited to be in the class and very much alive. It was so fun to teach them (the M&M's helped, too!) I felt the presence of the Holy Ghost the whole time, especially at the end when I told them that I knew the Exodus really happened, that it was not a made up thing. I am currently working with the 14 and 15 year old boys, helping them advance in scouting and prepare for a mission after high school. I'm still learning what that entails; they're a great bunch of boys. Sunday evenings my family has a Gospel lesson. Who gets to teach it rotates. Monday nights we have an activity, like playing a game. I expect to be learning all my life how to apply the eternal and infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ to improve myself. I realize how important it is to love everybody, even and maybe especially those who are less lovable: Jesus is pulling for them, too, and has paid the infinite price for them, too, so I need to honor that.

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

G. McIntyre
Sunday services: Sunday best is the norm. For men, that's at least a white shirt and tie and dress pants and shoes. For women, a dress. However, nobody's ever been thrown out for coming in jeans and tennis shoes! In the United States, we celebrate all holidays, including and especially Christmas and Easter. (We are sometimes confused with another denomination that does not celebrate Christmas nor Easter or other holidays). I joined the Church in Austria; all holidays were observed and celebrated there, too. I am not aware of any Church/Gospel restrictions regarding the celebration of holidays. Customs: While Mormons are regular people and put their pants on the same way as anybody else does in the world, there are perhaps some distinctive customs. For example, Mormon families try to reserve Monday nights for family night; we attend Church services religiously (a little pun there); we support the scouting program (it's the activity program for the Young Men); Mormons world-wide observe July 24th (the day Brigham Young, an early Church leader, and his group entered the Salt Lake Valley on their exodus from Illinois)--in Utah, there are fireworks and parades and celebrations). One custom many people find especially peculiar: we don't use the symbol of the cross, as we feel the cross is more a symbol of a method of execution, rather than a symbol of the everlasting Life and Atonement of Jesus Christ. Mormons are noted for not drinking coffee nor tea nor alcohol, and do not use tobacco products. Mormons are also noted for not swearing or for telling dirty jokes. Good, clean living! Every child in Primary (the 3-12 children's organization) get a so-called "CTR ring", which many proudly wear. "CTR" stands for Choose the Right. Mormon youth are taught not to date until 16, and even then group dates are encouraged; "real" dates are for later. While this custom may seem extremely restrictive to many outside the Church, there is great wisdom in it: youth get to meet many different kinds of people before they start getting really selective. It's kind of like buying your first car: you don't want to buy the first car you see! The risk of early dating is youth tend to pair off with somebody they wouldn't normally select. Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
Yes! and Yes! Marriage is eternal, or it can be at least. Adam and Eve were married by the Lord in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. There was no death. Their marriage would have lasted forever. Then the Fall happened. Death entered the world. It seems that all was lost. However, our Father in heaven had a plan, and that plan provided us a Savior whose eternal and infinite Atonement would completely negate the effects of the Fall: we would be resurrected, thus eliminating physical death. The marriage of Adam and Eve, having been done by the Lord, would still be valid in the hereafter. Similarly, we can enjoy the same blessing by being married ("sealed") in the temple by an authorized servant of the Lord. Children in such a family are also "sealed" in that family unit. I think it's only natural that our Father in heaven would provide a means by which we can continue the family unit in the eternities. Really, is there much else to live for? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

G. McIntyre
"Eternal Life" might have a couple of different meanings. In the simplest form, eternal life means we shall live forever, that death is merely the separation of the spirit from the body, to be united together again in the resurrection. There are probably hundreds of scriptures on this topic, but John 5:28-29 might be a good start. The resurrection is a free gift of the everlasting and infinite atonement of Jesus Christ. (Grace, if you will). All that ever lived will be resurrected. Another meaning of eternal life is, besides merely being resurrected, becoming "joint heirs" with Jesus Christ and returning to live with our Father in heaven. It is only natural for children to grow up and become like their parents. What more natural thing than for our Father in heaven to provide a means by which His children can become joint heirs with Christ? Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
You sure can! Visitors are very welcome! And I hope you feel welcome when you attend: after all, this could be your future church! Sunday services are--hold on to your hat--three hours long. But don't be discouraged! Let me explain! First, there is what we call Sacrament meeting. We meet in the chapel, children included. You can sit on any pew you want. On the stand, the Bishop and his two councilors are seated, often with a 12-year old deacon to attend to any errand. The speakers are also seated on the stand, along with the chorister and organist. All are dressed in Sunday best. There are announcements, for example of upcoming events, there is an opening prayer and an opening hymn. There may be some sustainings of people receiving callings after that. Then the sacrament hymn is song; the bread and the water is blessed and passed by priests, teachers, and deacons (typically young men age 12 to 18). While the sacrament is a renewal of the baptismal covenant, and is meant for the general membership of the church, it is left up to the visitor whether he or she partakes. The first speaker is often a youth speaker. After the second speaker, there is a rest hymn. After the 3rd speaker, there is a closing hymn and prayer. Those speaking and offering the prayers are chosen previously from members of the congregation. Speakers are to rely on the spirit of the Holy Ghost to bring life and meaning to their words. (However, communication is always a two-way street! Listeners have an obligation to "tune in to" the Spirit to be edified, too). Note: so-called "Fast Sundays" are quite a bit different. Once a month, typically the first Sunday of the month, instead of 3 speakers and a rest hymn, individuals from the congregation can speak for a minute or two regarding their feelings about the Gospel. (Mormons call that "bearing testimony"). Although not common, visitors sometimes also participate. It's called "Fast Sunday", because members fast for 2 meals. The sacrament meeting lasts 70 minutes. After sacrament meeting, there's Sunday school, which is by age group. There is usually a special Sunday school called "Gospel Essentials" for visitors. After that, there is an additional form of Sunday school called "Priesthood" for the guys, and "Relief Society" for the gals. While the material is a Gospel topic (Sunday School follows the scriptures), the format is a bit more conversational. The advantage of this 3-hour block time is there is no Wednesday night (or other night) bible study class. It's all one-stop shopping! Note: depending on local scheduling, the sacrament meeting might be last. In such cases, Priesthood and Relief Society classes are first. Oh, another note: the "Primary" (children younger than 12) meet separately by age group during Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society. Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
The Law of Tithing is well known since Old Testament times. Church leaders, whom we hold to be prophets and apostles just like in times of old, have taught that the Lord expects us to abide by that law. Does 10 percent seem a little steep? Maybe at first it might seem like a giant leap of faith. But the promise in the 3. chapter in Malachi is quite clear: we get back more than we give, and if we don't give the Lord his due, the "destroyer" takes it away anyhow (unexpected bills, expenses). If it helps any, nobody in the Church gets paid one cent for Church work. There is no paid clergy at all. No Bishop, no nobody. (However, the Church does employ people, like Janitorial services, office staff, etc. and they are paid. Also, Church leaders travel expenses can be reimbursed). Tithing funds such expenses, and is used to build chapels, temples, schools, vast humanitarian efforts, etc. Bottom line: we believe the Lord wants us to pay tithing and blesses us accordingly. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

G. McIntyre
No. Young women, if they wish. may serve a mission when they turn 21. All young men, if they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually able, are expected and encouraged to serve a full-time mission. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

G. McIntyre
A very fair question. Let's start by asking a question: how do you know anything is true? For example, think of the things you already know to be true: perhaps the Bible, the existence of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the value of prayer, or whatever. By what method did you come to know these things are true? Do you think the same method will work in this case? One more question: is there a difference between pure knowledge and mere conviction? Or faith? That's an important question, because I think some people confuse conviction for knowledge. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon provide several ways for you to find out for yourself and state with certainty: "I know". For example, James 1:5: "If any of you lack wisdom [or knowledge], let him of ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." Then the scripture adds: "But let him ask in faith, nothing waivering" That scripture is expounded in the Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:3-5 (I'll let you look that one up; go to LDS.ORG or try this link: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/moro/10). What does that translate to? If you ask your Father in heaven a from-the-heart question, you will get an answer. As you study the Book of Mormon and the Bible, listen to the missionaries, and do your homework ("ask, and you shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"), you will feel the influence of the Holy Ghost on your heart and on your mind, and you will come to know, either gradually, or sometimes instantly, that what you're studying and wondering about, is true. Sometimes, as it was in my case, I had a bunch of questions I had to clear up first. For example, at first, I didn't even know God existed or, if he did, if he cared about me. Once I got that essential question answered and out of the way, the rest was relatively smooth sailing. Other people frequently feel the Lord can't love them because of all of their sins in life. Often, people need to understand first that the arm of the Lord is not shortened, and that he is mighty to save, before they can move on to other questions. One additional thought: just shooting the question upstairs with no real thought or effort will likely not be met with an answer. In my experience, the Lord rarely, if ever, answers mere curiosity questions. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

G. McIntyre
The short answer: by keeping His commandments. All of them. To the best of our ability. "Seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you". As we pray with real intent, read and search the scriptures, the Spirit of the Lord will touch our hearts and our minds. That will increase our faith in Christ. Then as we help our family members, our neighbors, and strangers as best we can, the Lord will further bless us. A useful analogy of faith growing in us can be found in Alma 32:26-43. (That's a bit of an extensive scripture. I'll let you look up that one! You can find it on lds.org. Or try this link: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/alma/32 Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

G. McIntyre
A ward is a congregation. The leader of a ward is called a Bishop. It is not uncommon for 2 or more wards to share the same building. Sunday services for one ward might be at 9 am, for another ward it might be 11 am. Scouting and youth nights might be Tuesday nights for one ward, Wednesday nights for the other. A "Stake", as in "stake of Zion", is a geographic area consisting of several wards, and/or branches or districts. It could be considered roughly equivalent to a catholic diocese. The leader of a stake is called a Stake President. A branch is a congregation that is too small to form a full ward. There might not be enough membership to staff all the positions a full ward might have. The leader of a branch is called a branch president. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

G. McIntyre
Lest you think this might be something macabre, don't worry, it's not! In our temples, there are baptismal fonts, typically (or maybe in all cases) placed on the backs of 12 oxen, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, where we perform proxy baptisms for deceased ancestors. (i.e. I would be baptized for and in behalf of a deceased ancestor). We don't know, of course, short of revelation, if the ancestor wants the ordinance of baptism performed in his behalf. So we go ahead and offer the ordinance for all identified ancestors. They, of course, are free to accept or reject the ordinance performed in their behalf. There is never any compulsion in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On a few precious occasions, I have felt an overwhelming, yet gentle, feeling that the ancestor in question was there and accepted the ordinance. I felt that way with my great grandfather. When you feel like that, it sure makes it worth it! That's why we do baptisms for the dead: to give people a chance to get baptized, even though they're in the spirit world (baptism is a physical ordinance). There is a single, obscure reference to baptisms for the dead in 1. Cor 15:29. In this chapter, Paul is reasoning with the Saints in Corinth, who evidently had doubts about the resurrection, that if they were performing baptisms for the dead, why bother, if the dead don't rise at all? Yet they were performing such ordinances precisely because of their belief in the resurrection. Mormons are the only people I know of that know what to make of that one verse. Bottom line: we believe that the Lord through modern day prophets has restored the practice of baptisms for the dead. 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?

G. McIntyre
Very fair questions! The first question is perhaps the simplest to answer. A "temple recommend" is required to enter the House of the Lord (i.e. temple). A Bishop and a 2nd ecclesiastical leader interview members for a recommend and determine a person's worthiness to enter the temple (a recommend is valid for about 2 years). You don't need to be perfect, but there are some basic tenets one needs to be abiding by, for example, belief in God the Father and in his Son Jesus Christ, attendance, tithing, etc. I like to say the temple is sacred, not secret. I would like everyone, including you!, to prepare and enter the temple. However, to enter the temple unprepared would be of no benefit, and would not be a spiritual experience. It would be like sending a 7th grade student to a college calculus class--it just wouldn't work. Temples are not for Sunday services, and are therefore not to be confused with chapels. The first time we go to a temple, we make special covenants with the Lord. Really, nothing different from the baptismal covenant, just a little more detailed. After the first time, we go in behalf of--by proxy that is--a deceased ancestor. There are three types of ordinances, all of which we believe are essential to salvation, in the temple. One is proxy baptisms for the dead. Another is something called the "Endowment". The endowment is an audio-visual presentation that teaches us things about the creation and related events, among other things. The third ordinance is something called "sealings". Husband and wife are sealed (i.e. married) for time and eternity, and children are also sealed to their parents. This thumbnail sketch doesn't do the temple justice. The temple is just plain beautiful. There is a great spirit there. You just plain feel good going there. I've felt so close to God our Father and his Son Jesus Christ there. (Not all the time. Being human, I suppose, sometimes I arrive with more a sense of routine, or maybe I'm distracted by worldly cares, in which case I'm more distant from God than I should be) If you're lucky, there might be an open house of a new temple in your area you can visit. Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
The LDS Church encourages all of its members to be politically concerned and active, and to exercise their right to vote, while obeying all applicable laws in their respective countries. We are encouraged to be involved in our communities, as well. Church leaders do not endorse any political party nor candidate ever. That choice is left up to the individual. The Church does on occasion speak out on some political topic or the other if it's a moral issue. For example, in the U.S. when the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was being discussed, the Church issued press releases regarding its stand on the proposed amendment. Another example: the Church is well known for its position on the issues of abortion, homosexuality, and pornography. In Utah, where a relatively high percentage of the population is Mormon, there have been accusations made that the Church formulates state politics. However, it is individual members of the Church who choose to be involved in politics that help formulate Utah politics. The Church is politically neutral, with some few exceptions as noted above. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

G. McIntyre
While many Christian denominations believe that people are saved by grace only, Mormons believe we are saved by grace, after all we can do. In other words, the Lord helps those that help themselves. We believe in the scripture contained in James 2:14-18. I think a very brief passage in the Book of Mormon says it all in just a few words: "We are saved by grace, after all we can do." (2. Ne 25:23) I think common sense might provide a bit of an answer here: Does it make sense that somebody can simply "accept Christ" one day and "be saved", and then live a life of unabashed sin? And still be saved in the end? Your call. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

G. McIntyre
That's a very fair question. Assuming a Christian is somebody who believes that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, and that through his infinite and eternal atonement we may return to our Father in heaven, the short answer is "Yes!" Hands down, absolutely, take-it-to-the-bank Yes. Yes, there are some that make the claim that Mormons are not Christians, or the Christ we believe is not their Christ. Some of this confusion may stem from the fact that many Christian faiths hold the Athanasian and Nicene creeds dear, while Mormons generally feel these two documents are confusing. I believe in Christ. In fact, I'll go further than that: the Holy Ghost has many times confirmed in my heart and in my mind that Jesus is the Christ, my savior, and that his arm is mighty to save. In short, I know that Jesus Chris is real and that he lives. The Book of Mormon (if you don't have a copy, try this link: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/bm/contents ) teaches of Christ abundantly. In fact, I'm not sure you can find a chapter that does not refer to Him! Here are some brief excerpts which I think you may find prove the question. Your call! "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." (1. Article of Faith). "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel." (3. Article of Faith) "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. ... And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2. Ne 25:23, 26). " And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews, that Jesus is the very Christ, it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God; And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith." (2. Ne 26:12-13) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

G. McIntyre
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God, insofar as it is translated correctly". (That's one of our articles of faith, one of our most basic tenets). There are several reasons why Mormons believe the Bible to contain the word of God. The primary reason is, reading it brings us close to God and increases our faith. In addition, Church leaders and fellow members consistently testify of the truthfulness of the Bible. Finally, a basic tenet of our Church is that the Bible is part of our "Standard Works", i.e. authoritative scripture. You might find it interesting to look at the "Joseph Smith translation". LDS versions of the Bible (English versions are the King James Version) have extensive footnotes. Some of those footnotes contain Joseph Smith's corrections and additions to passages of scripture that had been corrupted. For example, in Exodus, the Bible several times states that the "Lord hardened Pharoah's heart", but a footnote says "Pharoah hardened his heart". Most such footnotes are just a word or a phrase; Genesis has several corrections; an appendix of some 16 pages contains excerpts too lengthy for footnotes. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

G. McIntyre
While I think people generally help people they're acquainted with, I've found Mormons to be the most outgoing and helpful and nicest of any people I've ever met. I also know that the Church's humanitarian department is often the first responder in disasters all over the world. Typically, the bulk of such people helped are not members of the Church. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

G. McIntyre
An excellent question. To put some perspective in the matter, the presiding officer of the Church, commonly called the President of the Church or "The Prophet", is as important to Mormons as the Pope is to Catholics. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the leader of His Church and that he speaks to us just as he did in days of old, through prophets. In the New Testament, Peter became the presiding officer of the Quorum of the Twelve; in modern times, the Lord has revealed that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is equal in authority to the First Presidency (the prophet and his two counselors), so that when the prophet passes away, the First Presidency is dissolved, the two counselors return to their places in the Quorum of the Twelve, and the ruling body of the Church is the Quorum of the Twelve. The president of the Quorum of the Twelve then becomes the next prophet. I suppose the Lord could call a different person, for example, if the president of the Twelve were very infirm. In any event, all members of the Quorum receive revelation confirming the new calling. I might add that I'm not aware of any decision the First Presidency or the Quorum of the Twelve have made that was not 100 percent unanimous. Compare and contrast that record with other groups, the United States Supreme Court, for example. I believe that the unity and harmony among Church leaders is evidence that the LDS Church is exactly that what it claims to be: the Lord's Church. Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
Well, it's easy. And maybe not so easy. I'll try to stumble through an explanation. I think some Christian denominations have quite simple membership requirements: you simply show up. In New Testament times, the pattern for joining the Lord's Church was roughly 1) you first heard the word taught by authorized servants of the Lord; 2) you gained a testimony of the truthfulness of their words; 3) you felt a strong, yet simple, desire to do right by the Lord and accept the Lord's invitation to be baptized, thereby taking upon yourself the name of Christ and promising to always follow him; 4) you receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost (i.e. confirmation). The method of joining the Lord's Church is essentially the same today.1) two authorized servants of the Lord, most typically young, full-time missionaries, meet in your home or with you in a member's home; 2) they have 6 or 7 lessons to share with you, designed to help you understand the Gospel and how it applies to your life, thus enabling you to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of their words; 3) you discover in yourself--with the help of the Holy Ghost--the knowledge that their message is true and a strong desire to do right by the Lord and get baptized by immersion by his authorized servants; 4) you are interviewed by a missionary that did not teach you to ascertain your understanding of the Gospel and to make sure you know what you are doing (don't worry, the interview is easy and there are no harsh lights!) 5) at a baptismal service, in front of your friends and family and whoever else you invite, you are baptized by somebody of your choosing (typically somebody in your future ward or one of the missionaries, but it has to be somebody holding the priesthood); 6) by the laying of of hands, and by the proper priesthood authority, you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and you are confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--this ordinance typically takes place during the next Sacrament meeting at Church. There, you see: not too terribly easy, but certainly not hard, either! In fact, it's quite fun and exhilarating! I hope you're considering this wonderful move. You'll never regret it! Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
While the missionaries do have prepared talking points to present to you, enough for about 6 or 7 meetings, they are more than happy to discuss any gospel topic and answer all questions you have. I had literally hundreds of questions for my missionaries! Some basic topics are: 1) Jesus Christ, 2) the plan of salvation, 3) the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and 4) the prophet Joseph Smith. Some of life's most essential questions, where do I come from? why am I here? and where do I go after life is over?, along with what's my purpose in life? are discussed and answered. Exciting stuff! Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

G. McIntyre
In the 89th Section (i.e. chapter) of a book called the "Doctrine and Covenants" (a book of modern day revelation held to be scripture) the first verse starts out with "A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit ..." It is for this phrase that the teachings of this section are known by. If you will, it could be termed a health code. In this section, the Lord, the designer of our bodies, gives us some great tips on how to take care of it. For example, it says "wine or strong drink...is not good" and "tobacco is not for the body". Regarding some of the stuff that is good for us, it says "all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man" and "All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life" Wheat receives special mention: "All grain is good for the food of man .... Nevertheless, wheat for man, corn for the ox ..." While this short section of scripture (just 21 verses) lists some dos and don'ts, I think the overall tone is we should take good care of our bodies and be always thankful for the things God gives us. Perhaps more importantly, out of the 21 verses, the last 4 verses, or almost 20 percent of the text, lists amazing blessings for those who abide by the Word of Wisdom. But I won't mention them here. I'll let you look them up! Try this link: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/89 (The full text of this section is included here). I think another way of looking at the Word of Wisdom is it's a means by which we keep our bodies pure and clean so the Holy Ghost can be with us. Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
Absolutely! While Christianity (unfortunately) has taught that there are no more prophets, no more revelation, when you stop and think about it, why not? Did the revelations God gave to Adam help Noah build the ark? Did Noah's revelations help Abraham in his day? Did Abraham's revelations instruct Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph in their days? And so on. Even after the death and resurrection of the Savior, many revelations were received by the Lord's authorized servants. For example, Peter was instructed to take the Gospel to the Gentiles; Paul, himself an apostle who replaced one who had passed away, is legendary, or John, whose entire book is entitled "revelation". Are things really any different today? Do not God's children continue to need help and direction? Many people today have expressed a desire for prophets, saying: "Oh, if only there were somebody today who could say 'Thus saith the Lord!'" One might ask: "why, then, is there no reliable record of apostles and prophets after, say, the 2nd century a.d.?" (Short answer: the world rejected the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. It's members were severely persecuted and the apostles were murdered.) Are there any scriptures in the Bible that point to prophets in the latter days? Yup, several. I'll mention one of them here very briefly. But I think it's important to mention (perhaps again) that I know that the Lord has called prophets and apostles in our day because I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me of that truth. The scriptures are most helpful in pointing the way and presenting the truth, but it's prayer (and the Holy Ghost) that causes us to move from "belief" and "hope" to knowledge. Eph 4:11,13 for example suggests a continuous need for prophets. It might be of interest to note that the "First Presidency" (as the Prophet and his two councilors are called), as well as the Quorum of Twelve make all of their decisions unanimously. Compare/contrast that with any other body of distinguished people (like the U.S. Supreme Court)! As you continue to study this question, your thoughts and prayers will be enhanced by the Holy Ghost, and will cause you to also know for sure what's up with modern day prophets. Show more Show less

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

G. McIntyre
That's a very fair question. Well, we didn't always have a Bible. I think that's why the Dark Ages were called the Dark Ages. Prior to the 17th century, the Bible wasn't really a common possession. In fact, prior to the Gutenberg Bible, the Bible was virtually unknown. If the Bible is all we need, then why are there about 1,500 different Christian denominations in the U.S. alone? Where is the "unity of the faith", the "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" that the Bible speaks of? The early day apostles were all rejected, killed, by people that hated the Gospel. The world rejected the Lord (not the other way around) and executed the Saints (members of the Lord's Church). Although it is evident that some apostles were replaced (Paul himself was a replacement), that evidently came to an end, perhaps as early as the 2nd century. Simple Gospel principles and teachings and ordinances were changed. The doctrine of the nature of God and our divine origin was changed or lost. Churches that had little, if anything, to do with the Lord's Church, were formed. Baptism lost its original meaning, along with the role of priesthood authority, repentance and forgiveness. "Ravenous wolves entered in" and destroyed the Church. Therefore a restoration had to be done. A simple reformation would not suffice. Show more Show less