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Hi I'm K. Cook

I'm a 7th generation Utah Mormon.

About Me

I've had a lot of formal schooling and I love to learn. My motto is, "If I can't put it in my head or my heart, I don't want it."

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Mormon. I've chosen to continue to be Mormon because I believe this Church IS The Church of Jesus Christ for these latter-days - the modern day restoration of his original church that he personally established in New Testament days.

How I live my faith

I try and volunteer my talents and my skills in whatever way I can for the Church, my family, my friends, my community and my acquaintances. Heavenly Father blessed me with aptitudes and talents. I've tried to to develop them into skills that can build his Church and bless other people's lives. Most people are astonished that I do this for free. I do it because I believe that is what Heavenly Father wants me to do.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

K. Cook
Originally, our enemies started calling us Mormons as a pejorative term. It was "hate speech." It has evolved into a relatively neutral identifying term now. We don't mind being called Mormons by outsiders and we even use the term ourselves. A more accurate term is "L.D.S." which stands for Latter-day Saint. This is a short way of saying we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the official name of our Church. When I know people understand the term L.D.S. I use that term instead of Mormon. The down side of the "Mormon" nickname is that people sometimes don't realize that our beliefs are founded on Jesus Christ and that he is the true head of our Church. This is distressing because people erroneously conclude we are not Christian when we are. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Mormon was a prophet on the North American continent who abridged and compiled the records and history of the people that lived here. This includes a record of Jesus Christ's visit to the Americas after his resurrection. While here, he established his Church just as he had done in the old world. The Book of Mormon documents this just as the Bible documents the old world. The Mormon nickname resulted from misunderstanding these basic facts. To use an analogy, It is a little like calling modern Christians "Paulites" because Paul wrote so many of the epistles in the New Testament. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

K. Cook
In academia, we use the scientific method. This does not work with spiritual knowledge. Spiritual knowledge has to be learned in a spiritual way. If you want to know if what we believe as Mormons is true, you first have to find out what we believe and then ask Heavenly Father if it is true. He will make it known to you in a spiritual way. You won't be able to convince other people, or prove to them that you know, but you will know. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

K. Cook
People seldom ask why women are assigned to some responsibilities that the men are not allowed to do. I think this is because the society we currently live in values the men's roles more than the women's. We do not believe Heavenly Father values women's roles differently then men's. Since there is no paid clergy in the Church, everyone has some responsibility, male or female, young or old. We all have jobs to do that get done by paid clergy in other churches. We all do what we are asked, or assigned to do. We all cycle in and out of these responsibilities over time and we all seem to end up with leadership responsibilities at some point, large or small. Jesus' example is that true leaders serve others so that is what we all try and do -- serve others. Show more Show less