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Hi I'm Kevin Richard Cope

I'm a college student, a husband, and an aspiring scientist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I cherish spending time with my family and seeing my children learn and grow. They are the light of my life. To provide for my family, I am currently pursing a Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology. In time, I want to become a professor at a university where I will conduct scientific research and teach people about how plants work and why they're important. In addition to family and a professional career, I spend a lot of my time being actively engaged in my local church congregation. I serve as the president of the Young Men's organization and help the youth grow and develop spiritually, mentally, and physically. Whenever I find free time, I enjoy biking, gardening, and playing chess.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the church, I had to receive my personal witness from God that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints is where Heavenly Father wants me to be. I have received that witness countless of times. Each time it comes by the power of the Holy Ghost, and it comes as a result of a question being asked in prayer. I remember the first time I felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that this church is true; it came when I was reading in the Book of Mormon about the pure love of Christ. The scripture I was reading rang true in my heart and a warm, undeniable, and unearthly feeling came over me. It was not self caused, it was divinely sent. As I've involved myself in the many good things that the church offers I have felt that divine feeling again and again. Each time I feel it, it brings me greater peace and happiness, and I so I continue seeking it out. There is no place that I have found that feeling as strong as I have in the LDS church, and I've attended many other churches. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive my best to take advantage of every single blessing that Heavenly Father has provided me with as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The greatest blessing I've received as a member of this church is a complete understanding of the plan that God has for me. I know who I am; where I came from; why I'm here; where I'm going, and what I need to do to get there. One of the key parts of my life is studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the scriptures, whether it be the Bible or the Book of Mormon, the message is the same. Along with that, I pray often to my Heavenly Father. I know that He lives and that he plays a very intimate role in our lives. He wants to speak to us, but he can't unless we open ourselves up to him through prayer, through scripture study, and through attending church. As I've done these three things (among other things) I've seen God's hand active in my life, and I know that because of the many blessings I've received.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Kevin Richard Cope
When you read in the Bible, you learn about the different ways that people have worshipped God throughout the ages. You read about Abraham who built an altar to the Lord; Moses who was called to build a tabernacle; other prophets who sought out the Lord in high mountain tops; temples built, such as the Temple of Solomon; etc. Why did people worship the Lord in so many different ways? Because God commanded them to, and there was a purpose behind each mode of worship. Today, God has commanded through a living prophet that we worship in a particular way. One of the ways He asks us to worship Him is through attending church. Throughout the world there are thousands of LDS buildings called chapels where members of the LDS church gather every Sunday primarily for one purpose: to partake of the Sacrament. The Sacrament is symbolic of Christ's body and blood which He sacrificed to pay the price of each of our sins. When we partake of the sacrament, we are renewing a covenant, or promise, that we made with the Lord when we were baptized. That covenant consists of showing our willingness to take upon ourselves Christ's name (meaning act as He would act), keeping His commandments, and always remembering Him. Nobody is perfect, and so it is important that as we make mistakes due to the weakness of the flesh that we renew that covenant after baptism by partaking of the sacrament each week. That is the main purpose for attending church on Sundays. However, we also sing hymns, pray, study the scriptures, learn to apply gospel principles in our lives, etc. Now, the temple is a holy place dedicated to the Lord; typical worship does not take place there. Just like in the Old Testament where only the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies, only those who are prepared and worthy to enter the temple are able to. Those who enter go for one of two reasons: one, to make higher covenants with the Lord for themselves, or two, to help others do the same. The greatest blessing that can be found in the temple and the ultimate blessing God provides us with here on the Earth (perhaps second only to forgiveness of sins) is the opportunity to be able to be sealed to our spouse for both time and for all eternity. In a typical marriage ceremony (whether civil or religious), the words " 'til death do you part" are frequently used. In the temple, those who have done as the Lord has asked them and have prepared themselves to be in the temple have the privilege of being married together for not just time, but for all eternity. This doctrine is pure and beautiful and was taught clearly by Christ when he gave power to His 12 Apostles by saying unto them: "Whatsoever thou shalt bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven." Marriage is one of those things that authorized representatives of Christ can "bind" both on Earth and in Heaven. This "binding" can only take place in the house of the Lord, or the Temple which God has placed on the Earth today. All are invited to come to the temple; however, they must prepare themselves to enter (kind of like a High school student prepares himself to enter college). But the preparation brings about greater purity and sanctity within one's self than any other earthly process. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kevin Richard Cope
Many people confuse the fact that because Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon he must have wrote the Book of Mormon. Some people even believe that he wrote it as a commentary to the Bible, or that it is his translation of what the Bible really says. All of these theories are not true. Joseph Smith simply translated the Book of Mormon from an ancient record which was written on gold plates by various ancient prophets. The names of these prophets are unfamiliar to most non-mormons because they aren't found in the Bible; they in fact lived on the ancient american continents and wrote a history of the people they lived among, basing the history mostly on the things God communicated to the people through the prophets he called. Joseph Smith was led to the gold plates which were buried in a hill in New York 1400 years before Joseph's time. The final prophet who wrote in the Book of Mormon (Moroni is his name) sealed up the record and buried it in the Earth and dedicated the burial site to the Lord. He returned as an angel 1400 years later and led Joseph Smith right to the plates. In time, and by the power of God, Joseph Smith was able to take out the plates and translate them from Reformed Egyptian to English. Since that time, it has been translated into hundreds of languages so that all can benefit from this "other testament of Jesus Christ." The Book of Mormon is a divine book, and you could really say that it was written by God. Show more Show less