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Hi I'm Lachlan

I'm a Mormon Missionary. I was an atheist.

About Me

I was born in 1984. My parents have lived in the same house for my whole life. I graduated from high school with an O.P.1. I attend 4 years of unversity studying a Bachelor of science/Bachelor of I.T. dual degree. I never graduated from that course and started working in retail full time. I spent the next 4 years working until I had the prompting from the spirit that I must go on a mission. That is where I am now.

Why I am a Mormon

I was an atheist. I had some believe in karma (what goes around comes around), but I didn't believe in God. I had been to many christian churches in my youth so I understood the christian belief and doctrine, as well as the stories of Christ. I never felt the spirit in those places. I met a girl in my last year of high school. We started dating. I knew her beliefs and I wanted no part of them. They wern't what I believed and she was entitled to believe what she wanted. One week she came back from a trip to the temple with a hard cover copy of the Book of Mormon with a copy of her testimony inside. Reading her testimony I was overcome by a warm feeling from head to toe and I knew that what she had said in her testimony was true. God lived, that he was watching us and that this was the true church on the earth.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I spend 24 hours a day 7 days a week teaching people of what I believe and Know to be true. Anytime I am not teaching I am studying the Gosepl to understand it better and when I am not doing either of those 2 things I am finding people to teach or serving others in the community.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Lachlan
Tithing is used to fund the church in the building up of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is used for the building of Chapels, Temples, Books, Humanitarian Aid and many other things. None of the tithing that is paid goes to the ministry of the church. The Leaders of the Church are a Lay Leadership. None is paid and all have their own work with which to support themselves and their families. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Lachlan
All people in the world need to be baptised. It is the means by which we can be forgiven of our sins. It should only be performed by someone holding the correct authority of God and the person being baptised needs to be 8 years of age and ready to make and keep all the promises(commitments) of baptism. When we are baptised we promise 3 things. 1. To take the name of Jesus christ upon us 2. To keep his commandments 3. To always remember him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lachlan
We believe in the Bible as the word of God but we also know that it is not the complete word of God. Many parts of the Bible have been lost in translating from different languages as well as mistakes by scribes in copying the original texts. Many other truths have been lost by Priests and Scribes altering the texts to be in line with the belief and practices of the church at the time. The Official translation of the Bible for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the King James version. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lachlan
Yes we do. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Lachlan
God is our Heavenly Father. He is the father of our spirits and we are his children. He has a physical body which is perfect and glorified. He is an individual being seperate from Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. Those Three together are one in purpose working together as the Godhead. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Lachlan
The temples are used for further covenants and ordinances of the gospel. They are of a sacred nature which is why there are requirements for entering them. The covenants include temple marriages or Sealings where husband and wife are sealed together for time and all eternity. Other work is performed for those who have passed on without being able to have the saving ordinances such as baptism, which can only be performed with a physical body. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Lachlan
No they are not. Missions are voluntary service. While the young men of the church are encouraged to serve missions, there is no obligation to serve a mission. But missions are some of the most spiritual years that we will have. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Lachlan
Baptism is something that we need to do in order to return to live with God again. You cannot get baptised without a body. Many people have died without having an opportunity of being baptised. Baptising people by proxy gives those that have died the opportunity to choose to accept that Gospel of Jesus Christ and that Baptism. Just because someone is baptised by proxy does not exclude them from accepting or rejecting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Lachlan
The Book of Mormon is a compliation of books written by Prophets in the ancient Americas. The reason it is called the Book of Mormon is because a Prophet named Mormon took all the records and writings from the previous Prophets of his people and compiled it together into a book including his commentaries. This is the ancient record from which Jospeh Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Lachlan
Mormon missionaries are self funded. All missionaries around the world give the same amount every month to the Church's mission fund. That money is then distributed to each of the missions according to their needs. A poorer country will recieve less of the money for their mission while a high priced area will recieve more of the fund for it's missionaries. That way we are all giving our part, we are all giving the same amount and we are all recieving to our needs. Our families and friends also help out with making the difference between the money we have and the money needed to be put in the fund. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lachlan
No we do not. We revere him as the first prophet of Jesus Christ's restored church. We honor his willingness to do all that God commanded of him and for his supreme sacrifice of dying as a martyr. Through him was the Church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth and the Book of mormon was translated to clarify the doctrines of the Gospel. This is Jesus Christ's church not Joseph Smith's. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Lachlan
The practice of Polygamy is only ever practiced by way of commandment. In Thesecond chapter of the book of Jacob in the Book of Mormon it teaches us about only have one wife. But it also says in verse 30 "For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things." The practice of polygamy was only by way of commandment and not a general practice of the church. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Lachlan
God chooses the prophets. As in days of old men are called to the Quorum of the Twelve as apostles, prophets, seers and revelators. When the President of the Church(the prophet) dies the longest member of the Quorum of the Twelve is called to be the new Prophet or President of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Lachlan
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of the people from the american continent. Joseph Smith was lead to it by the angel Moroni the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon. It was he who buried the record so it would be kept safe. The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith through the power of the God from that ancient record. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Lachlan
The authority to perform a baptism is important because without that authority the baptism will show the person's willingness to follow Heavenly Father but his power would not be manifest in that baptism. It is like a bath without soap. It feels good but it won't get you fully clean. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Lachlan
Mormons are the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It comes from the Book of Mormon which we use in addition to the Bible. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Lachlan
The First Vision is an experience Jospeh Smith had as a young man. He prayed to Heavenly Father to know which church was true. He prayed in a Grove of trees near by his house and he explains he experience in the following way "I saw a pillar of light above the brightness of the sun, which decended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages. Whose brightness and glory defy all description. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other "This is my beloved son. Hear Him!" God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Jospeh Smith in the spring of 1820. That is the First Vision. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Lachlan
We don't have paid clergy because as disciples of christ we believe that by being in the service of our fellow beings we are in service to him. We do not learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ to make money but we do it in order to one day live with our Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lachlan
Baptism is an essential ordinance for everyone. It is required so that we might be forgiven of our sins and one day stand clean and spotless before God. Jesus Christ didn't need to be baptised but because it is so important to get baptised he was still baptised as an example to all of us. We perform baptisms for the dead because they did not have the opportunity to be baptised in life. In the spirit world the dead are taught the gospel and have an opportunity to accept the teachings of Jesus Christ as spirits. Without a body they are not able to be baptised and so we perform baptisms by proxy for them. This does not exclude them from their free choice. Although the baptism is performed they can choose not to accept it. But if they do want to accept the gospel the ordinance has been performed for them and they are able to enjoy all the blessings from that. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Lachlan
No we do not. It was practiced for a time in the early church but was only a commandment for that time. In the book of Jacob chapter 2 it talks about the chastity of women and in verse 30 it says that only when the Lord decrees it man can practice polygamy. So yes it is found in our religious history but polygamy is found in the Bible as well which every Christian denomination uses then it is found in their religious history as well. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Lachlan
The Prophet is Thomas S. Monson the President of the Church. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Lachlan
The church lives by the law of Tithing which is found in the old testament. Where by we give 10% of our income to the Lord or in this case the church since it is the Lord's Kingdom on Earth. In Malachi3:8-12 the Lord promises us to bless us more then we can receive if we pay our tithing. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Lachlan
How can we know anything is true? By asking the one person who knows all truth, Heavenly Father. In the introduction of the Book of Mormon Joseph Smith has written a promise to all those that read the book. It is a promise smiliar to the one given by Moroni the last prophet to write in the book. That if we read the Book of Mormon, Ponder about the message that it teaches and Pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon is true the truth of it will be made known to you by the power of the Holy Ghost. In that introduction it further promises that by that same spirit you will come to know that Jesus Christ is the savior and redeemer of the world, Joseph Smith was his revelator and prophet in these days and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's Kingdom on the earth. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Lachlan
The Priesthood is the Authority to perform the ordinances of the gospel on the Earth. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Lachlan
The law of Chastity is that you will not have any sexual relations outside the bounds of Marriage. That includes before marriage as well as fidelity during marriage. So we are faithful to our spouse always, whether they are a current spouse or a future spouse. Show more Show less

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

Lachlan
The missionaries will talk about many things. They will discuss the Restoration or origin of the church. They will talk about the Plan of Salvation which is the plan that God has for us. The Plan of Salvation tells us where we came from before this life, why we are here and where we are going after this life. They will also discuss the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the things we need to do in this life to return to be with our Heavenly Father. It includes 5 things Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, Recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Lachlan
The short answer: Yes. The long and involved answer: We believe in jesus Christ as the savior and redeemer of the world. That He restored his church to the earth in these latter days by a prophet of God. That he is indeed at the head of this church. That he continues to lead and guide this church by his chosen prophet on earth. We are the church of Jesus Christ. Christrians are followers of Jesus Christ. So we are most definately Christians. Show more Show less