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Hi I'm Adam

About Me

First and foremost, I am a husband and father. My family always comes first to me. I love to ride my bicycle, dabble in computer programming, web design, and spending time with the Boy Scouts.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born as a member of the Church. This, however, is not why I am a Mormon. It is simply how I first was exposed to the Church. Frequently, both members and non-members are encouraged to seek a testimony of the gospel for themselves through study and prayer. I have taken this challenge to heart. As a teenager, I spent time studying the scriptures and the doctrines taught. Whenever I sought the Lord through prayer to know , the answer was always the same. What I have been taught is true. Jesus Christ loves us enough to suffer all for us, and because he loves us, He has sent prophets again. The love that God has shown me throughout my life is overwhelming. Whenever my life seems overwhelming, all I need to do is attend my church meetings, read the scriptures, or seek Him through prayer to find the peace that I need to make it through the good times, but especially the bad.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is more than just what deeds I've done, but more of who I've become. I live my faith by trying to better live the example set by Jesus Christ. I seek to be kinder to others, more honest in all my dealings, in being more loving to my family and neighbors. I live my faith through teaching my children the plan our Heavenly Father has for us. I try to serve others as often as possible, and help bring them to a higher level of spirituality. How do I live my faith? By always trying to change my heart and soul into something better... something more like our Lord.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Adam
There is a lot of vocabulary that is unique to Mormonism, including the terms we use for our congregations. A ward is a local congregation, usually made up of between 200-600 members. Wards have specific geographic boundaries, so which ward you attend would depend on where you live. A ward is presided over by a lay priesthood holder called a bishop. A branch is similar to a ward, except it is smaller. They range in size from a single family to the size of a small ward. Generally, branches are in areas without a significant Mormon population, specific to a language, or for individuals who are single. Branches do not have bishops, but are presided over by a branch president. A stake is a larger organization in the church. Several wards and branches, frequently around 12, will comprise a stake. The stake is able to support the wards and branches through additional resources and leadership. Stakes are presided over by stake presidents. Show more Show less