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Hi I'm Henry

and... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a mathematics major in college. But, what I really love is playing my trumpet or violin, spending time with people I love (preferably around a dinner table with a delicious meal before us) writing or reading poetry, and singing karaoke! The absolute most important thing to me is my relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ, and my relationship with my friends and family. If I lost all my earthly possessions, I'd be okay with it, as long as I still had those people in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Mormon church teaches a person how to get closer to God than is possible anywhere else. They teach you how to make sacred covenants with Heavenly Father, that unite a person with Him and His Son forever, and they have the Priesthood authority through which a person can make these covenants. I am a Mormon because they teach the secret recipe for LASTING happiness! What is that recipe? "Mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and stand as witnesses of God at all time and in all things, and in all places whatsoever ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God and numbered with those of the first resurrection" They teach that to be happy, you must pattern your life after that of Jesus Christ. He was our great example. So there are probably lots of Churches that teach something along these lines: what's the big deal? Most uniquely, I am a Mormon because I feel something here that I feel nowhere else. I feel the Spirit of God when I read the Book of Mormon, and when I associate with these good people. I know that this Church has been put on the earth by God, so that we can make covenants with Him that will allow us to return to him someday. I know that these covenants can be made nowhere else. I feel like Peter in the New Testament, when the Lord asks the Apostles if they'll ever leave him. "Then said Jesus unto the Twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." I know that this Church teaches the words of eternal life, so why wouldn't I be a Mormon?

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping those in need. Whether it be the old widow who lives on the other side of campus, or the young people who live right here in my apartment complex, I live my faith by reaching out to people who need a little cheering up. We all need a little company, and I feel like I am serving others, serving God, and serving myself all at the same time, when I go and have a good laugh with somebody who's having a bad day. In my ward, I am in charge of finding work for people that are out of a job. This can be a difficult task sometimes in this economy. I rely on the Lord, and the spirit guides me to leads and resources that help me help those in need. It is truly miraculous the ways the Lord leads people to jobs, and to all other good things that will bless their lives.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Henry
What goes on in the Temple is extremely sacred. This word sacred is not to be confused with secret. When I say sacred, I mean extremely special, so much so that even talking about it outside the walls of the Temple disrespects its extremely holy nature. Just as you wouldn't wear a beautiful white, silky suit or dress when walking through a mud puddle, we don't talk about specifics of Temple services outside of the temple. But generally speaking, everything that goes on in the Temple has to do with forging eternal families. The temple is a place where we make covenants with God to serve Him. If we are faithful in keeping these covenants, we are enabled to walk back into the presence of God after the resurrection, together with our family, and be together with all of them, forever! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Henry
Being a member of this church is wonderful. I wonder sometimes how I would ever meet people, and find friends if it wasn't for the Church organization of wards. A ward is a group of Mormons that all live in roughly the same geographic location, who attend church meetings together on Sundays, and engage in other social and religious activities throughout the week. I love being part of a ward, and having a group of people there that I can serve and love, and that I can rely on and feel loved by when I am in need of help. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Henry
We believe that God is our Father in Heaven. He is an Exalted Man. He is perfect, and has risen above all things until now He has reached a point where He can turn around and reach out to others, in love, and help them achieve the same level of happiness that He now enjoys. That's where we come in. We are His children. He loves us more that we can possibly comprehend. He has sent us here to the earth so that we can learn how to become divine ourselves! We learn how to do this by patterning our lives after the perfect life of the Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less