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Hi I'm Eric Greene

I love University of Utah football, the band Muse, the Constitution, and the occasional Triscuit.

About Me

I love: Road trips, College, Camping Out, Board Games, Traveling, Hiking, Skiing, Filming, Film editing, Snowmobiling, Fishing, Hunting, Piano, P90X.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, but came to believe and know that the truths taught therein when I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. The book is inspired, and proves that God calls prophets in our day and age, as in days of old. The book is too powerful, too well-written, and testifies too well of Christ to believe it was fabricated.

How I live my faith

I love to get involved in community service groups and organizations! In college, I served as a President of an LDS Fraternity, as well as on the Student Alumni Board for the University of Utah. Besides that, small community projects is what I love!

In whom should we have faith?

Eric Greene
We should have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who saved all mankind through his sacrifice while He lived on the earth. It is only through the name of Christ that all mankind can be saved, so we must put our faith and trust in him, and do what He would want us to do. The Grace of Christ is the only thing that can save us, we cannot save ourselves, how hard we may try. But exercising faith means we not only believe in Him completely, but that we do what He says. Show more Show less

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

Eric Greene
Mormons do not live an extreme lifestyle, as contrary to belief. Mormons do believe in working hard, enjoying family, having worthwhile experiences, drawing closer to God, and enjoying our talents and hobbies. Mormons engage in many activities that non-Mormons do, except those that are against the teachings of the scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Eric Greene
Mormons believe that "Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children." Family is the most important unit of society. It is where character is forged, where life-lessons are learned, and where love is given. There is no replacement for it. When the family deteriorates, society suffers. Mormons also believe that through the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, that Families can be "Sealed" in the temple, which means that they can be a family unit forever. Families don't have to be until "Death do us Part", but the Family and its relationships can continue past the grave. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Eric Greene
They are not. Missionary service is a volunteer opportunity, which is given to young and old members alike. The church has encouraged that all young men around age 19 and older who have a testimony of the truth of the gospel to sacrifice two years to serve the Lord, however, none are required. Only those who wish to serve can give their time to serve a mission. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Eric Greene
The Church leadership for the Mormon Church includes the Prophet, his two councilors, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The Prophet is called to be the leader of the Church until he passes away. When he does, The oldest member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in seniority for how long he has been in the Quorum, not on his age becomes the new Prophet. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Eric Greene
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who lived among a civilization on the American Continent around 600BC-400AD. Their words were passed down and eventually hidden in the earth. Joseph Smith, in the 1800's, was shown by the Lord where these records were, and he translated them by the power of God and published the record as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Eric Greene
Mormons believe that after we die, we "are taken home to that God who gave [us] life"... that the spirits of those that were righteous are in a state of happiness, and the spirits of those that were wicked are in a state of unrest. We believe that all men will then be judged by God, the Perfect Judge, and be placed in different "Kingdoms of Glory" - meaning, Heaven, according to their righteousness or wickedness. Those that disobeyed the Gospel of Jesus Christ will have to endure the consequences of their mistakes, if they choose not to repent. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Eric Greene
We believe the whole purpose of the Mormon Church is to strengthen families in Christ. Families have the potential to bring us the greatest joy in this life. Much of the sorrow that has arisen in the world has come because the family unit is falling apart. Mormons believe that a strong family helps create a strong community, and a better world. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Eric Greene
A ward is a congregation of members who gather on a weekly basis to worship in a local chapel. A ward could be anything from 50-500 members who live in an area. Wards are led by leaders called Bishops. A stake is a group of individual wards who are led by Stake Presidents. Members receive guidance from both their Stake President and their local Bishop who help guide the church in their areas. A branch is very similar to a ward, but the main difference is that branches are usually smaller than wards. A branch is led by a Branch President. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Eric Greene
Definitely not. There may be a perception that Mormons only help those who belong to their faith, for certainly they do help other Mormons. But Mormons are taught to follow the example of Christ, who helped everyone He came across. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Eric Greene
The Mormon Church began in the 1800's in Upstate New York. God, in the past, has called prophets to speak to His children. The Bible is full of men called as prophets to speak for God. In 1820, God called another prophet for our day to help us better come unto Christ and obey his Gospel. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Eric Greene
Mormons believe that there are baptism is a necessary ordinance in God's plan. Christ said, "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5), and set the perfect example by being baptized himself. Because of world conditions, not everyone gets a chance to know that they have to be baptized in this life. It would be unjust to say that God demanded that only those who knew about baptism had a chance of Eternal Life with Him. So, God has provided that those who did not have the chance to be baptized in this life have it done "by proxy" in temples, so that everyone can receive this ordinance. Those who have passed on will have the opportunity to accept this baptism done "by proxy" in the next life. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Eric Greene
Many people may know a Mormon through their work, family, school, or in their neighborhood. Most Mormons are happy to talk about their beliefs, and why they believe what they do... so feel free to ask them why they believe what they believe. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Eric Greene
Mormons, like other faiths, believe that there is a life after death. In this afterlife, Mormons believe that everyone will exist in either a state of happiness or a state or misery, depending on their choices in this life. The term "eternal life" means being able to live with God forever, which is reserved for those who have made correct choices in this life. Show more Show less

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

Eric Greene
The Mormon missionaries will share the basic principles of Mormonism, which are based off the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will teach about Christ's church, and how a prophet has been called by God today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Eric Greene
Mormons believe the bible was written by prophets who testified of Jesus Christ. Because Mormons have another book of scripture (The Book of Mormon), does not decrease the importance of the Bible. The bible is the Word of God, and it gives light and guidance to those who read it. The Bible is part of the scriptural canon that Mormons use. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Eric Greene
Pornography is becoming more popular in society. As parents and individuals, we must take steps to prevent pornography from entering our lives by preventing it through safeguards (Internet Filters), by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and through sincere prayer for protection and strength. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Eric Greene
Mormons do not endorse any political party. In my Mormon family, we have both republicans, democrats, independents, and others. We have many different political beliefs. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Eric Greene
Temples are known as the "House of the Lord", and are considered the most sacred places on earth to Mormons. In Temples, Mormons receive teachings based on the gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as perform ordinances for their deceased ancestors. The Temples are not secret, but sacred. All those who prepare themselves may have the same opportunity to enter the Temple. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Eric Greene
Definitely not. Mormons worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith has played an important role as a Prophet to restore truth about God and Christ, and is reverenced by Mormons as such. However, Joseph Smith was only a man, and he taught himself that God and Christ should be the focus of our devotion. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Eric Greene
We believe that there is a God. He is our literal Father, and that He has a body of Flesh and Bones, like us; except His is perfect and glorious beyond description. He is perfect in his knowledge, and is all-powerful. He is loving, just, merciful, patient, and concerned with every individual on earth. He knows us all by name. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Eric Greene
The Priesthood is the power of God, delegated to man. The Priesthood is the power to administer the ordinances necessary for salvation. Just like a police officer needs authority from the city to give you a ticket, we believe that those who administer ordinances like baptism need to receive that authority from God. Show more Show less

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

Eric Greene
Mormons do believe in the Bible. It is part of their scriptural canon, and they believe it to be the Word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. The Bible testifies that Jesus is the Christ, and that all men must come unto him or they cannot be saved. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Eric Greene
The Mormon Church follows the ancient pattern of having 12 Apostles who guide the church. In the book of Acts, in the first chapter, the Apostles actually replace Judas with Matthias as the 12th Apostle. The Lord intended the 12 Apostles to continue, but they were killed off too quickly to gather and call other Apostles. When the Church was restored in modern times, the 12 Apostles were established and called by the Lord to lead his Church again. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Eric Greene
Tithing is used for various uses in the church. For example, the church uses tithing to build church buildings, chapels and temples, to further missionary work, and to help with welfare projects. Tithing money is precious, and is never used unwisely. The church does not have any paid clergy, so tithing is never used to compensate leadership or members of the church for their time. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Eric Greene
Mormons believe what Jesus Christ taught in the New Testament, that "except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). Baptism is an opportunity to witness before the Lord that we are willing to forsake our previous sins, and live a committed Christ-like life. We are promised that as we do so, our sins are cleansed away by the act of baptism. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Eric Greene
The Lord has commanded, in scripture, that members of His church should give part of their increase back to Him. In the Old Testament, Malachi said, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." The blessings that come from paying a tithing far exceed the amount that we give. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Eric Greene
God is Perfect, and we are His children. God, as our Father, expects us to become more like Him. But as human beings, we all make mistakes, and may sin against God. Because we sin, we cannot return to God, because we are not clean, and "no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God." Therefore, God has provided that Jesus Christ, His Firstborn Son, to be our Savior and Redeemer. He has taken upon Himself all of our sins through the act called the Atonement, and by so doing, can cleanse us of our mistakes so we can return. Only through Jesus Christ can we be made clean and able to return to God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Eric Greene
Mormons believe that only through the grace of Jesus Christ that are we saved from our sins. Grace is God's enabling power to help us overcome challenges, weaknesses, and shortcomings. Some believe that Mormons do not believe in Christ's grace, but we believe that it is only through His grace we have any opportunity to live with God. Christ's grace isn't given to those who don't accept it, but he gives it to those who seek Him as their Savior. As we do our part, Christ does the rest. The scriptures say that we are "saved by grace, after all we can do". No matter how big or little we give, if we give ourselves to Christ, He will do the rest. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Eric Greene
The Word of Wisdom is a code of health given by the Lord in modern revelation to Joseph Smith. The Lord outlined things that are good for us, and pointed out things that are harmful to partake. For example, the Word of Wisdom includes encouragement to eat grains, while it discourages alcohol use. Other things that the Word of Wisdom discourages are tobacco, coffees, and other things that are harmful to consume. The Lord promises that those who abide by the Word of Wisdom will receive "health in the navel, and marrow in the bones" and that they will "walk and not be weary, and run and not faint" D&C 89. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Eric Greene
Sure do. God loves us enough to speak to us through a prophet just as God spoke to Moses. We need specific guidance to help us today just like Moses's people needed the Ten Commandments to guide them. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric Greene
Mormons believe that it is only through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice that we can return to live with God. Without Christ, it would be impossible to obtain salvation, for which He has done for us what we could never have done for ourselves. So yes, we believe that Christ is the "Way, the Truth, the Life". Show more Show less