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Hi I'm Chad

I'm a digital content coordinator and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married father of three boys. My wife and I married in 2001. Raising three boys is a lot of fun and quite a challenge. I grew up in West Virginia with four sisters and no brothers, so having some boys to play with is great. I graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2004 and I am a magazine editor.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life, but that is not why I am a member of the Church now. There comes a time in everyone's life when he or she needs to find out important truths for himself or herself. When I was a teenager, I more sincerely began to search to find out for myself if the teachings of the Church were true. Through a lot of prayer and study, I have come to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" Hebrews 13:8. He loves us as much as He loved people long ago and He continues to speak through prophets to guide us.

How I live my faith

I spend a few minutes every day reading from the scriptures and praying about them. I read from both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. I keep a journal of my thoughts and impressions as I read. I have family prayer in the morning and in the evening with my wife and three boys. We also will take about 10 minutes in the evening to read the scriptures together as a family. On Monday evenings we have a family night during which we discuss upcoming events, such as baseball games, practices and school activities. We also will typically have a short lesson about scripture principles or living modest lives and then play board games, watch movies or do whatever else we might like to do. It's a good time for us to enjoy being together. I am very involved with the youth in the LDS Church in my community. I am an assistant scoutmaster and I spend one evening a week working with young men ages 12-18. I also periodically attend youth outings with the youth in my area. On Sundays, I teach a class for youth at Church during which we discuss topics such as scriptures, living moral lives, making good media choices, and serving God.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Chad
No. I respect Joseph Smith as a great man and a prophet. Mormons do not worship him. I worship God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. Mormons believe that salvation is only granted through faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Chad
It is great. We believe that family is central to the Lord's plan for us, so we spend a lot of time with our own families, cultivating relationships and trying to help one another. Members of the Church spend a good bit of time volunteering to work with youth, serving as Sunday School teachers, assisting the needy and helping people in general. Life sometimes gets busy, but it is all very rewarding. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Chad
Yes, it is true. Christ speaks of "other sheep" in John 10:16. In the Book of Mormon, we read about Christ visiting these "other sheep," which are the people on the North American continent. The things He taught those on the North American continent are in accordance with the things He taught in Jerusalem. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Chad
A ward is made up of a group of members of the LDS Church within a specific area. In some areas, there are several wards in a city. In other areas, there are members from several cities in a single ward. It depends on how many people are within an area. A stake is a group of several wards within a certain area. A branch is like a ward, but is in a smaller area where there may not be a lot of members of the LDS Church. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Chad
The relationship between my wife and I is founded on faith in Christ. By building upon that foundation, we have found that we are able to communicate better, are more understanding of each other and care for each other. Because Jesus Christ taught us to love one another, His is the ultimate example of how we should treat one another. I believe the world would be so much more civil if more people simply tried to live in accordance with Christ's teachings. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Chad
The Relief Society is the organization of women in the LDS Church. In addition to meeting on Sundays and discussing scriptural topics, Relief Society members care for the needy by making food, preparing emergency kits, helping out with babysitting needs, making quilts, etc. It is all on a voluntary basis, but the women in the Relief Society seem to take a lot of joy in helping others. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Chad
Just as Jesus Christ was baptized by one with authority to baptize, specifically John the Baptist, we also must be baptized by one who has authority to baptize. Just as I don't have authority to give someone a driver's license or enact a new law, a person without authority from God cannot validly baptize another. The apostle Paul taught there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" Ephesians 14:5. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chad
No. All young men, when they turn 19 years old, are encouraged to serve a mission. I served as a missionary in Russia. It was a choice I made on my own. It was one of the best choices I ever made and my time serving as a missionary was an amazing time in my life. I have never regretted serving a mission for a second. I attribute many of my blessings in life to serving a mission. I'm so happy I did it. Some young women serve missions and some retired couples also serve missions. Everyone who serves a mission does so voluntarily. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Chad
Mormons live much like most people. I go to work every day, come home, spend time with my family, and go to bed. My family and I spend a few minutes a day reading from the Book of Mormon and Holy Bible. We also have family prayer in the morning and evening. I also take a few minutes each day for my own personal scripture study time and personal prayers. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Chad
My wife and I work as partners. We have been blessed enough to allow me to have a job that is secure and pays well enough to allow my wife to stay at home with the kids. She enjoys that and we both believe that our children greatly benefit from the nurturing influence their mother provides throughout the day. My wife and I pray for our children and seek understanding of how we can help them. I look to my wife to provide strength and support to me, and I know she looks to me to provide strength and support her. We believe as a unified husband and wife, we can positively affect our children. Show more Show less