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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a college student, proud uncle of 13, a ballroom dancer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Robert. A little bit about me, I was born and raised in the South my whole life. I am a diehard fan of Auburn University football. War Eagle! When I am not studying, working, or spending time with friends I enjoy ballroom, country, or latin dancing or find myself enjoying the outdoors. I was the only mormon in my high school. Though the people around me didn't always share the same beliefs & values as me. I did participate in the BSA program achieving the Eagle Scout rank & am truly grateful for the many valuable things that scouting has taught me. Shortly after high school I embarked on a 2 year mission as a full-time missionary for the church in Las Vegas, NV. I enjoyed it very much. I loved the city and the people. It has truly been a blessing to be able to have the opportunity to proclaim love and peace all day everyday and has brought me more joy than I ever imagined up to that point in my life. Not a day has gone by where I haven't thought about my mission and what it means to me. I am attending college where I am majoring Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and minoring in Dance with a Ballroom Emphasis where plan to kick off my career as soon as I graduate & to strive to continue to better myself & take advantage of the many wonderful things that life has to offer.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I've been raised as a mormon my whole life. But just because I was born into the church doesn't mean I'll be a rock solid mormon for life. At one point regardless of who you are you have to find out for yourself if this church is true. Pray, read the scriptures, look at the examples of those around you, does what you are looking into help you to feel good inside? These things are very important and I 've come to know for myself that this is Christ's church restored back on the earth as it has been in days of old with a prophet today just like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isiah, & Amos. And that knowledge and my striving to grow on it has helped me to be a better person.

How I live my faith

I would be the first to tell you that I am not perfect. Like anyone else I make mistakes and I have shotcomings. I've done things in my life that I am not proud of. However I am very much thankful for the Savior's Atoning sacrifice. I'm thankful to know that because of Him and the lonely road He traveled, I do not have to and I am able to be with my Father in Heaven and the people I love again after I die if I try to do the best I can everyday and leave my trust in the Lord. But as to the question of how I live my faith, I try to be good example of what a Latter-day Saint should be to those who are not of my faith. I strive to practice what it is I speak of because actions do speak louder than words. I strive to be a good person who is considerate of others. I strive to avoid being mean to others and treat people with the same respect that I want. If I offend somebody, it's not my intention to do so and would hope that whoever I offend will come and talk to me about it so that I may apologize to them.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Robert
No. If mormons only helped other mormons than it would not be showing the world that we are the Christlike people that we strive to be. We wish to help out in whatever way possible. It's not fair and it is not Christlike to be exclusive to who you help. Many people have tried to tell me that mormons only take care of their own which I know first hand is not true. I've been to the Gulf Coast several times to help with cleanup efforts after hurricanes. The people of whom we reached out to were very much grateful for our services and some have even come to a realization that we are people that try to help make the world a better place. There may come a time when I need someone's help and if I don't start now in trying to help them where possible, then why should they help me? Nobody is to be excluded from help. But that doesn't mean that everything should be done for them. Those who I help must do their part in order to be helped. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Robert
I'm sure it's because people overreact and think we do things that are scary. But really and truthfully we are not a cult. There's nothing secret about us. I can understand having a lack of understanding but I would highly suggest seeing a member of the church to learn more about the church than to another source. I wish people would take the time to just at least learn a few details about the church and know what we're all about. We are a group of people who strive to center their lives around teh Savior, and impress the importance of family, and helping this world be a peaceful place to live in. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Robert
We believe that we are saved by grace after all that we can do. Yes it is true that our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ will always love us regardless of what we do. But because they do does not mean that they favor some of our choices. You can't just say that you are saved and that be it and go do whatever you want. Because the Savior done His part for us we must do our part and do our very best to be better in every way possible. We must continue to repent of the things that we are in error of. We must show our Heavenly Father that we are willing to put forth our best effort. And when He sees our efforts and see that we are doing the best we can to prove ourselves worthy to be with Him again He will bless us. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Robert
Mormonism is either true or it isn't. There is no gray area whatsoever. I would ask those that would like to know whether it is true or not is to inquire of God (James 1:5) of the truth. God will never lie to you and doesn't desire to see anybody stray from the path to eternal life. He will let you know. He will also let you know is His timing and not yours. So the answer might not come away depending on when God decides to let you know so I would reccomend being patient in the meantime and trust that He will make the way known for you. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Robert
No we do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him as a man called of God just like the prophets of old to lead and guide God's children under His direction. The name of our church says "The church of Jesus Christ . . . " NOT "The church of Joseph Smith" The name of our church clearly defines that. This is the Lord's church NOT Joseph's. Show more Show less

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

Robert
The services are quite simple. Our meetings begin and end with a prayer. In our main worship service known as sacrament meeting we have the passing of the sacrament which is bread and water. They serve as a reminder of the Savior's Atoning sacrifice. The bread represents His body and the water represents His blood. When we also take this we renew the covenants or promises we made at baptism to always remember Him, have His spirit with us, and to keep His commandments. The ordinance is similar to that of what some other faiths practice. You are more than welcome to attend our services. Feel free to ask a member of the church and if you don't know of anybody then feel free to located the nearest meetinghouse on www.mormon.org. That will not only tell you the location but will give you the times in which the services start and give you a map of where they're located. Show more Show less

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

Robert
Absolutley, the Bible is so important, it is the word of God, and a very sacred book. We would not have the teachings we have if it was not for the Bible. As far as the English language goes we read the King James Version of the Bible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Robert
There was a time when polygamy was a practice in the church. But the practice was ended in 1890. The practice is no longer in effect to this day and anyone who practices it will have their church membership revoked. There is another religious group that broke away from the church to still practice polygamy but they are in no way affliated with the church. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Robert
Your faith should be in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He came here and walked among us 2,000 years ago and set a perfect example of the kind of people we should be. He showed compassion for all. He did that because of the love He has for each of us. Has someone ever told you "I know how you feel" and you questioned whether they truly knew? Though they may not in reality know how you feel I can guarantee you that the Savior knows how you feel. He understands what it's like to have every kind of pain and hardship there is to have. He knows how to help and wants you to get on that true path to happiness. That's possible not only because of His suffering in Gethsemane, crucifixion, and death on the cross but his resurrection as well. Because He rose again we can too and we can be back with God once more. There is no other way to the true happiness that lasts for an eternity except for the Savior. The way to true happiness is through Him. Happiness is and will always be an ongoing pursuit. Show more Show less