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Hi I'm Timothy Ray

I'm a Latter-day Saint Christian Apologist

About Me

I am currently a student pursuing an Associate of Technical Arts degree in Alcohol and Chemical Dependency. Also, I am a stay-at-home dad who also is working on building his own writing career. Currently write for the Seattle Multi-Faith examiner and the Marysville Parenting Examiner at Examiner.com. One of my main interests is writing, and I love studying the scriptures. The deeper the doctrines, the deeper the questions that I have. The more I study, the more I am amazed at the many depths of revelations and dealings that our Heavenly Father has for each and every one of us.

Why I am a Mormon

Around the age of 23, marriage having fallen apart, and a shattered faith, I had left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bitter, angry, and distraught, I thought I had a testimony of the Church. It was not until the age of 34 that I met the person Heavenly Father placed in my path to be a wife, a mother, and a friend. Her faith, her devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ helped bring me back from the road of apostasy to full activity within the Church. Today, I am a Mormon because of the reality and testimony of the Book of Mormon. Having sat down and really reading the Book of Mormon, and talking with our home teachers, and going into prayer to receive my own personal confirmation of the truthfulness, I have received the many answers to my prayers that I had long been seeking after. It took faith on my part to allow myself to be open and honest, it took the love of Heavenly Father to show me the full capacity of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon today because of the faithful testimony of those who helped guide me back into the safe harbors of love, peace, and truth.

How I live my faith

My wife and I are co-teachers for the course 15 Sunday School Gospel Doctrine class. I also serve as a Ward Missionary and work with the full time missionaries. Outside of this, I maintain a blog Mormon Apologetic Research studies where the premise is to focus on defending the Latter-day Saint Christian faith from an objective and reasonable observation.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Timothy Ray
The best way to know if the Mormon faith is truly the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be sincere, having real intent, and humbly coming before Heavenly Father and asking Him. This is the promise found in Moroni 10:4-5. Our Heavenly Father loves us, and he does answer our prayers. Sometimes, it may not be in the way we thought, or in a manner in which we were not expecting, but the answer will come. Because He loves us, he will reveal to us His will and desires. Even Nephi records that when he went to pray, the Lord did soften his heart (1 Nephi 2:16) and that he - Nephi - was blessed by the Lord because Nephi sought after the Lord with diligence and lowliness of heart (2 Nephi 2:19). When we humble ourselves and become like a little child, approach our Heavenly Father in such humility, believing that He will reveal the truth unto us, we can know of a surety that when we ask Him, having faith, believing on Jesus Christ, the answer will come to those who truly seek after Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Timothy Ray
According to the 4th article of faith, "We believe that the first principles of and ordinances of the Gospel are First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ second, Repentance third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." One of the best examples of this ordinance being practiced in the Early Church, under the authority of Peter, the Apostle, we find the following in Acts 237-41 where Peter had just finished preaching his first sermon. This occurred at the event of Pentecost. Those in attendance "were pricked in their hearts" and asked Peter and the rest of the apostles that were with Peter "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Peter answers this question by stating the following 1 Repent 2 Be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the Remission of Sins 3 Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 812 where Philip baptized both men and women, in the name of Jesus Christ. Saul, who persecuted the early Christian Church even was baptized himself by Ananias - after his sight was restored See Acts 917-18 Jesus Christ himself was baptized by John the Baptist, and in the great commission to his disciples, Christ commanded that they go into all the world and preach repentance and baptize in the name of the Father and Son, and Holy Ghost, making disciples for themselves. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Timothy Ray
Yes. While there is varying criticism's that will say Mormon's are not Christians, the reality is that Latter-day Saints believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior of mankind. While we do not embrace particular doctrines of modern Christiandom (Sola Gratia - by grace alone), we accept that it is by and through Jesus Christ that we are able to receive salvation. We also believe in the Bible as the word of God. We believe that we are not only to have faith in who Christ is, but also believe that we ought to live in a manner that is reflective of Christ's example. Being compassionate to those who are hurting, lost, injured, or broken. Provide necessary sustenance to those who stand in need of sustenance. Bless those who are lacking out of our blessings we receive from Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

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

Timothy Ray
There are many blessings that one can receive when they read the Scriptures. 1 Nephi 19:23 expresses one aspect of how we can receive blessings from reading the scriptures. Nephi expresses that when we "liken the scriptures" in our lives, we grow in knowledge and understanding. There, we find our answers to life's problems, they provide the necessary spiritual enlightenment as to how we ought to present ourselves. Another one of my favorite passages is that of Romans 12:1-2 where the Apostle Paul states that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, this transformation occurs when we come to the scriptures with sincerity, and humility. Psalms 1 shares that when we learn from the scriptures, we are planted by the living waters, where we prosper and grow. We are strengthened, encourage, and our testimony grows. Our foundation is built upon the reality that Christ is our personal Lord and Savior. Finally, Christ himself stated - while being tempted by Satan - that man should not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of our Heavenly Father. These words come to us in the form of instruction from those called by God, and from our own personal scripture reading. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Timothy Ray
Latter-day Saint Christians believe that the Family unit is central to the plan of salvation, as well as the most important part of society. In the 1971 issue of the Ensign, then President Joseph Fielding Smith stated that "the primary function of the Latter-day Saint home is to insure that every member of the family works to create the climate and conditions in which all can grow toward perfection." Families is where children first learn social interaction, taking on responsibilities, and are educated in the ability to one day function on their own. Referring back to the January 1971 issue of the Ensign, we are taught that Parents are to provide for more than their child's physical needs, and that children learn how to develop an unselfish attitude toward others. Throughout the course of the LDS Family life, there are programs specifically designed to encourage the strengthening of marriage, upbringing of children who develop a strong disposition of character that shows forth respect for those in authority, as well as being successful in their own lives. The family unit is important in the Mormon Faith because the family unit is important in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Timothy Ray
Mormon's not only regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the Word of God, we study from it and are admonished to read from the scriptures on a daily basis. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Timothy Ray
Many who refer to Mormonism as a cult do not fully understand the term, or even the etymological understanding of the term "cult". The word actually refers to a form of worship. It is how we get the term culture and cultivate. Yet, today, those who refer to Mormonism as a cult, do so because they view Mormonism as a heterodoxy religious belief system. This belief system, according to the counter-cult ministries, is not founded upon the principle doctrines they the counter-cult movement state should be part of a true orthodox Christian faith. In its purest form, Christianity is seen as a cult because many people put their faith and trust in a charismatic leader. Thus, on the classic definition aspect of it, Mormonism is considered a cult just as much as Protestant, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and any other branch of Christianity is considered a cult. Even denominations could be rightly referred to as cult movements within Christianity. From an academic standpoint, many scholars and historians utilize the term cult in referencing particular religious belief systems in the Ancient word. Show more Show less