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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married man and the father of six and the grandfather of six, soon to be seven. Four of my children are married and one is engaged to be married. My wife and I have been married for over 30 years and she is the reason my children are so wonderful. I attended University two years before entering the Army which included service in Vietnam. We have lived in several cities over the years now and have come to love this area and the wonderful people we have gotten to know here.

Why I am a Mormon

Most simply, because it's true. I have studied the scriptures, listened to the doctrines, and prayed to my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ for a witness from the Holy Ghost as to whether what I have learned is true. Now, the Lord expects an open mind and a sincere desire to know and understand the things of God and we have to work in the Lord's time. I was raised in another church, but I grew up in Salt Lake City Utah. Most of my friends growing up were members of the Church. When I came home from the Army and a stint in Vietnam I met a girl. She was different and she was just like all the other Mormons that were my friends. As we dated she asked the questions about what I believed and told me more about what she believed. It was like someone had turned on a light switch. I prayed and received a witness; this was important to me because of my feelings for my girlfriend. I needed a witness from the Lord as to what I should do; and He did and I did on April 24, 1970. The funny thing is I never married that girl. So you see, it was important that I did receive a witness of the truth for me and not so I could marry the girl. Somewhere along the way, in a quiet time, in a quiet place I received that witness so sweet and so strong that Jesus is the Christ, and Joseph Smith was the Prophet of this dispensation, that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints is true. And I have joy.

How I live my faith

I'm involved in many ways. Membership in the church goes beyond merely attending services on Sunday, living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is part of every day. Presently, I serve as the Executive Secretary in our Ward (congregation). I set the appointments for those wanting to visit with the Bishop (Minister) or one of his two counselors (Asst. ministers) as well as the prepare the agendas for a variety of meetings. I'm also a Home Teacher. All of the families in the ward (singles too) are divided into groups of about 5 or 6 families and assigned to teams of men in the ward who try to visit each of those families and bring a brief lesson or maybe talk about kids or the local football team. But over time a relationship is formed of love and trust. As we visit, we notice when there is illness, unemployment, a new baby, stress between members of the family; anyplace where we might be of service or where the ward can help. Our charge from our Savior Jesus Christ is to love one another, that means being willing to help bear one another's burdens. We also have the full time missionaries serving in our ward over to dinner each month and then I spend an evening with them as they teach those who want to know more about the LDS Church. Because we have no paid ministers in the church we have many different assignments over the years that challenge us to grow and to serve others. In the 40 years I've been a Later Day Saint I've served in many ways. I've been a scoutmaster, a youth leader, a teacher of children, president of the Elders Quorum (the younger adult men), and counselor to several different bishops.

Are Mormons Christians?

David
The complete name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe this is the Church of Jesus Christ, established by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the concluding act of His earthly ministry. I find it hard to understand how anyone can question whether we are Christians when Jesus Christ's name is in the name of the church. Anyone who faithfully reads the Old Testament will come to understand that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Old Testament and that many of the events in its chapters foretell the coming of of Christ and His mission to save all from sin. Revealed scripture ("The Pearl of Great Price") adds more information to the story and describes the council in heaven where two plans for the children of men were presented, one by Lucifer, a "Son of the Morning" and one by Heavenly Father's firstborn. That story tells of Lucifer's anger at his plan's rejection and how he led a third of the host of heaven away and into war with God, becoming Satan the devil. I believe that the Later Day Saints must be the most Christian people around, striving to live as He lives and helping those around us in any way we can. Oh, we're not perfect we fail in ways big and small every day but the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in Gethsemane and on the cross gave us the gift of repentance. We can repent of our sins and be better people reaching for perfection a little bit at a time. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

David
As a Mormon for over 40 years this is what I know of Jesus Christ. All of the things we find in the Bible, particularly the New Testament teach us of who Jesus is and what He did for the people of His earthly ministry and the example he sets for us today. He was born of a virgin, as was prophesied. He healed the sick, raised the dead, taught the multitudes a new way to live and to serve. He organized His church during this time calling twelve apostles and organizing them to go forward to preach as He preached. Jesus Christ is also Jehovah of the Old Testament. He created the earth and stars and all that is. By assignment from His father in keeping with the plan laid down before the world was created, He foretold of His coming. He gave the law to Moses and inspired the prophets of the Old Testament because the Old Testament prepared us for His earthly ministry and His sacrifice for us in Gethsemane and on the cross to suffer for our sins. Jesus is the only name under heaven wherein we may be saved from our sins and have a hope for redemption. On the question of whether Mormons believe that Jesus is the son of God, I find kind of silly. If all that I have just mentioned is not proof enough let us turn to the Bible and Jesus coming out of the river Jordan. The record states that a voice was heard saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Later in the New Testament Jesus teaches us how to pray, "Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name." Because I have prayed for and received a personal witness from the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith is a prophet, I know his experience in the Sacred Grove of the first vision is true as well. Joseph saw the Father and the Son and they called him by name and spoke to him. You, dear reader, can have this witness for yourself. Do as Joseph and I have done and "ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally . . ." and you can know too. Show more Show less