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Hi I'm Rocky

I grew up in southeast Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married to my best friend. We love our five children. We have two beautiful girls and three rowdy boys (the youngest two are identical twins). I work in The Woodlands as a Quality Analyst for a small ERP company. I ran cross country and track in college and still do the occasional fun run. I'm also a sci-fi fan.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before I was even born. When I was five, we traveled from Houston, Texas to St. George, Utah to be sealed together as a family in the temple. I enjoyed church and Sunday school as a child. I remember feeling good while singing church hymns, especially 'The Spirit of God', and while learning about Jesus Christ. Later, I realized that this was the Spirit confirming the church teachings and the reality of the Savior. As a teenager, I began to see how living gospel standards, such as being chaste and avoiding alcohol and drugs, kept me out of the trouble that many of my peers were involved in. I did make mistakes as a teenager, but the church taught me how to receive forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus Christ. The thing that got me through high school was the church's seminary program. Every school day I woke up extra early to attend a scripture study class called 'seminary'. I admit to not always staying awake, but it helped me learn the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I was required to read both cover to cover, and I did. I know they are true. That daily shot of Spirit helped me make better decisions at school. In college, I met my sweetheart. We were two of just a few Mormons at our school. We fell in love and wanted to get married, but I had not yet served a mission for the Lord. My sweetheart supported my mission and wrote me while I was gone. I am very grateful for that. I was called to serve in Bolivia in South America. The mission was the hardest two years of my life. But I came to know for myself that Jesus Christ lives. Shortly after returning, my sweetheart and I were married for time and all eternity in the Houston, Texas Temple. We are grateful for the opportunity to make our love last forever. We raise our children in the church as well. We know that the church teaches our children about Jesus Christ and how to live the life that He would have us live. Why am I a Mormon? Because it is true and I know it. Because I am a better man because of it. Because I want my children to have the same blessings I have.

How I live my faith

I participate in the men's auxiliary (Elder's Quorum) as a home teacher, instructor, and lesson coordinator. I enjoy sharing my faith with others and welcome gospel or religious conversations. But mostly I'm a husband and father. Our most enjoyable moments as a family are when we are at home having a conversation about Jesus Christ or some aspect of His Gospel.

Are Mormons Christians?

Rocky
Am I a Mormon or a Christian? It's kind of like when my mom asks if I want cake or ice cream. I reply, 'Yes'. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and therefore a 'Mormon'. Before I became a member at the age of 9 I had to have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of my sins, have a basic understanding of the Gospel, and then I was baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Which part of that is not Christian? I will admit that as a child I did not want to be a 'Christian'. I don't recall the word being used much at church. I knew all about Jesus Christ, but we tended to call ourselves Mormons or Latter-day Saints, not Christians. And then I saw some TV evangelists that called themselves Christians. I knew, even as a child, that if those people on TV were Christians then I didn't want to be. Now, of course, I know better. I've had people tell me that I am not Christian. I try to remind them that they have no authority to decide who is Christian and who is not. Jesus Christ is the Judge, is He not? We can probably agree that Buddhists and Taoists are obviously not Christian because they have no mention of Jesus Christ in their beliefs. But I'll never tell someone that believes in Jesus Christ that they are not Christian just because they believe differently than I do. In my experience, the root of this issue comes from people that believe the Bible to be the only source of Christianity. We believe in many things that are found in the Book of Mormon and in the writings of modern prophets that are not found in the Bible. We do believe that the Bible contains the word of God. So if you used the Bible to draw a circle around what is Christianity, many of our teachings would be outside that circle. But you would also find the words 'Trinity' and 'Rapture' outside of that circle since they are not found in the Bible. Are Mormons Christians? Do Christians believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer? Mormons do. Do Christians believe in helping those in need by providing for their temporal and spiritual needs? Mormons do. Do Christians believe that baptism is necessary to be saved? Mormons do. Do Christians believe that God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our lost and fallen state? Mormons do. Do Christians believe that the Bible contains the word of God? Mormons do. Do Christians believe that the Holy Ghost reveals truth? Mormons do. Do Christians believe that as followers of Jesus Christ they must follow His example and show love one to another? Mormons do. Do Christians believe that Mormons are Christian? Mormons do. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rocky
It is only human to believe what we're told when we know no better. I've met people that think Mormons worship the Prophet Joseph Smith. I had a friend mention to me having seen a pamphlet with a picture of Joseph Smith on the front and a picture of Jesus Christ on the back. Did they happen to open and read it? No, of course not. Too many are willfully ignorant. Too many believe without questioning. I suppose that if your only interaction with Mormons is meeting our missionaries on the street and them asking if you had heard of Joseph Smith, then it wouldn't be a stretch to think we worship him. Having been a missionary myself in a place where the majority were already Christian it was difficult to decide what to emphasize. Often street contacting and door knocking only allows a few precious seconds to pique someone's interest so that a more lengthy conversation might be had. Most had already accepted Christ in their lives, so we would start by talking about Joseph. If anyone thinks that Mormons do worship Joseph Smith, they are welcome to come and see. Attending one of our services should be enough. While we do have sermons, lessons, and hymns about Joseph, every prayer is made to God our Heavenly Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. Every ordinance is done in the name of Jesus Christ. Every testimony and lesson is offered in the name of Jesus Christ. We worship God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. That is what we believe. That is what we do. Show more Show less