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Hi I'm Earl

I'm an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I finished my PhD in engineering and recently moved across the country to New Jersey to start work. My wife and I have been married for five wonderful years. We have two boys, 3 years and 10 months. I enjoy music, dancing, and the great outdoors. I also read anything I can get my hands on about history, finance, and current events.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because God wants me to be a Mormon! God wants me to live my life according to His design. He and I both know that I am happiest when I live his commandments and follow Jesus Christ. Being a faithful member of His church is the best way for me to learn and follow Jesus Christ. I know that what the church teaches genuinely comes from God. I know this because I have prayed and asked Him. I have asked about the origin and teachings of the Book of Mormon, the mission of the prophet Joseph Smith, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and even God's love for me as His son. Through the Holy Ghost he has answered my prayers and told me that these things are true.

How I live my faith

I serve as the secretary to our local bishop. If someone needs to visit with him I schedule the appointment. I also help him keep track of the business in our congregation by setting the agendas for our meetings with other church leaders. I love this chance to serve because I feel that I help the bishop as he helps the members of our congregation and community.

Are Mormons Christians?

Earl
I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the savior of the world. I believe that through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross He paid the price for my sins. Since He was resurrected and conquered death, I will one day be resurrected. I try to live my life according to His teachings. I think that makes me a Christian. 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?

Earl
Only Mormons who are in good standing with the church are allowed into temples. Temples are very sacred places. We believe they literally are "the house of the Lord." Since they are so sacred we need to live our lives according to God's commandments in order to enter. In the temples we make promises to the Lord, we are promised certain blessings if we keep our promises, and we learn about God's plan for his children. There is nothing secret about the temple. I invite you to learn about the church, live your life according to God's commandments, and prepare yourself to enter the temple. Show more Show less

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

Earl
The Mormon missionaries will share with you what they believe and why they believe. The first time they visit they will typically explain our relationship to God, and the mission of Jesus Christ. They also teach that God reveals these truths to us through His prophets. Then they will relate the experience of Joseph Smith who was called to be a prophet in modern times. God gave Joseph Smith The Book of Mormon to translate and bring to the world as evidence of his calling as prophet. Most importantly, the missionaries will teach you how you can investigate and learn for yourself that these things are true. To do this you read the Book of Mormon, think about its teachings, and pray to ask God if it is true. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Earl
A ward is a congregation. All church members living in a certain geographical area are members of the same ward. These members meet together weekly to worship. They also work together to serve others. A stake is a collection of about 10 wards. A branch is a congregation which is too small to be a ward. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Earl
Definitely not! We only worship God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet, on par with ancient prophets like Moses and Abraham, and apostles like Peter and John. Like those ancient prophets, Joseph Smith spoke with God and Christ and transmitted their messages to us. Show more Show less