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Hi I'm Michael Terence

I'm a economist; I'm a racquetball player; I'm a law student; I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at a University. I study Law. and I'm preparing for a career in Constitutional Law. I have Cerebral Palsy, but I can still function well. I'm not in a wheelchair or anything, but I still have learned a lot from my weaknesses. In Ether 12, God tells the prophet Moroni that we are given weaknesses from God. I have found, like Paul, that God turns weaknesses into strengths. While not all physical weaknesses are healed in this life, God will heal spiritual weaknesses in his own way and time, if we turn to him and try to live his commandments. I'm a political junkie. I love following the news. It fascinates me every day.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were mormon, so it's no shock that I am. However, as I have grown I have seen God's hand in my life. Miracles still happen today. I live to be a miracle to others.  In this world, most people my age aren't into religion. They question if God exists. I, rather, having been blessed to see God's hand in my life, choose to serve him and work with him. I know he lives and loves me. Jesus Christ truly has a hand in our everyday life-- no matter what our faith. What is unique about Mormonism is the ability to work with God on a more intimate level, and prepare to live with him again--through ordinances and faith/

How I live my faith

Living my faith is helping others. In the church, we have assignments called callings that help others. But, like Christ taught, we are to "go about doing good." I smile at others, go out of my way for a friend, etc.-- Simple things that help others.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Michael Terence
God does. It sounds idealistic, but when you think about it, it makes the most sense. An election-type system imposes the will of men on the church. In our church, the prophet seeks God's will about who should be an apostle, and then the apostles ordain the next prophet based on seniority. Thus, each prophet is called by another prophet, starting with Joseph Smith Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Michael Terence
Please be reflective as I answer this difficult inquiry. Marriage was created for two main purposes. This begins with what God taught Adam and Eve. He taught "it is not good for man to be alone" --or, in other words, there is something inside a man that is, metaphorically, not complete without a woman. While personality types differ among men and women, there is a level of fulfillment, which comes solely from marital bonding, of which sexual intercourse was designed to fulfill. The other purpose is to "multiply and replenish the earth.” This commandment is not about the parents, but rather about raising children who need a mother and father. Just as each gender brings necessary things to a marriage, each gender brings necessary things to a child. As two men or two women cannot, in God’s way, complete each other, nor can they provide a child with the full flavor of father-child and mother-child relations, our church cannot accept homosexual marriage. The reason why we defend our position on homosexual marriage in public is that these truths—which transcend religion—will be harder to pass on when subsequent generations who are taught, either in school or by culture, that men and women are not different, that many expressions of sexuality are acceptable and that children are not entitled to a father and a mother. Because of these issues, as a public policy matter, my church opposes same-sex marriage. We love all, regardless of their position on this or their orientation. Show more Show less