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Hi I'm Will

I am a Mormon. A husband and father of two. An operations management professional. An avid fan of sci-fi/fantasy and a news junky.

About Me

I've recently married the love of my life. I am currently a full-time grad-student working towards a Masters of Public Administration.

Why I am a Mormon

The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church have brought immeasurable good into my life. I remember as a teen praying to God and seeking my individual answer from Him. I wanted to know for myself the truth of what I'd been taught. My answer came as I felt His love wash over me. I saw and remembered all the good that was already in my life because of His Church, His gospel, and through all the members in my life who were living the best they knew how. As I was touched by His Holy Spirit that night, I was reminded of all the blessings I already had in my life. It was reaffirmed to me what I already knew and had already experienced. I am a Mormon because this Church and this gospel belongs to Christ. They supply the best way to live, bring the most happiness, and provide access to the sweetest blessings God can give His children. Life is never easy for anyone, but the knowledge I've gained helps keep me moving forward and moving up.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my family comes first. Right now this means loving and serving my wife, as well as us preparing to bring children into this world. It also means working on strengthening our relationships with our siblings and parents. We also are always looking for ways to help and assist others in our day-to-day lives. Living my faith means actively following Christ's example of serving others, and setting a good example of my own. We take an active role in our local congregation where can as well. We visit and teach others, looking for ways to be of service, strengthening our brothers and sisters, and opening ourselves to others. My faith requires me to involve myself and participate in my community.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Will
No. We honor Joseph as the man God called as His prophet to restore Christ's Church and gospel on the earth. We only "believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name" (2 Nephi 25:16, Book of Mormon). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Will
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ being the other two. The Holy Ghost does not have a body, but is only a spirit (Doctrine & Covenants 130:22). This allows the Holy Ghost to connect directly with our spirits. The Holy Ghost communicates truth directly to our souls, testifies of Christ, answers prayers, comforts, brings the love of God, and so much more. Everyone experiences this slightly differently depending on his or her own needs, situation, or personal individuality. General similarities include feelings of enlightenment, love, optimism, clarity, and faith (Galatians 5:22). Communication from the Holy Ghost is rarely jolting and usually requires our attention to notice it. After baptism into the Church, a person is given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. This a promise from God that as long as the person remains worthy—meaning earnestly and sincerely trying his or her hardest—he or she can have constant companionship and direction from the Holy Ghost. This requires effort and is something to be developed over time. The Holy Ghost is another evidence of God's love for His children and His desire to help us in every way He can. Everyone has an inborn ability to feel the Holy Ghost if we allow it. It is our choice to open ourselves to this influence of light and truth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Will
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not support or condone polygamy and any members found practicing are excommunicated. At one time Mormons did practice polygamy with the blessing of the Church, but this was ended over 100 years ago. There are some groups who currently practice polygamy and call themselves "Mormons," but they are NOT affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Will
"Mormon" is a nick-name for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We also identify ourselves as Latter-day Saints or LDS. We get called Mormons because we read from and share a book of scripture titled the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is an abridged record of some of God's dealings with His people in the ancient Americas. The Book of Mormon is central to our unique message to the world regarding the Restoration of Christ's Church to the Earth. We talk about it a lot which is how the name stuck. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Will
While we do have a great support structure within the Church, Mormons by no means limit what we do to only helping other Mormons. On an informal and daily basis Mormons help lots of people all around them as they are inspired or see a need, from mowing a lawn to watching kids to quick thinking in an emergency. Mormons are also strongly encouraged to be as active in their community as they can. This includes voting and being politically active, supporting and helping in community events, and working for or even organizing humanitarian aid projects. The Church as an organization has also spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help millions of people all over the world regardless of their faith. The Church operates thousands of employment resource center all over the world that help people get training and find the jobs they need. In coordination with other aid organizations the Church helps get needed supplies to disaster areas anywhere in the world as quickly as possible. There are many ongoing projects the Church is working on as well including providing wheelchairs, bringing clean water to remote areas, and providing medical training. Best of all, 100% all donations made go straight to good causes because administrative costs are covered by other sources. Mormons clearly try to make a concerted effort to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ to help all those that are in need. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Will
Absolutely! The myth that Mormon's aren't Christian probably stems from some differences in beliefs regarding some traditional Christian doctrines and simple misinformation about what we truly believe. Here are some reasons why we definitely are Christian: The official name of the Church carries the name of Christ (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). We pray to God the Father in the name of Christ. We read and study from the Bible and believe it to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ (Mosiah 3:17, Book of Mormon). We rely upon the Atonement of Jesus Christ and know that He is the "author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). The list goes on, but the simple answer is what was first given: Mormon's believe strongly in Christ and absolutely are Christians. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Will
Joseph Smith was called by God to be a prophet. In answer to sincere prayer he was visited by God and Christ and was given answers and direction. He was visited later by angels and received authority from God to do His work. Through Smith lost truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ were revealed, Christ's true and living Church was resorted, and the priesthood of God was again given to man. Smith also was led to a book of scripture that had been buried in the ground, which he translated by the gift and power of God. This book is the Book of Mormon and it is evidence of Joseph Smith's calling and work. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Will
In the spring of 1820 a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith entered a grove of trees near his family farm. For quite some time Joseph had been searching for truth and understanding. His family was religious—Christian—but didn't belong to one church. In his community there had been something of a religious revival. Yet, with the many churches and preachers openly arguing and contradicting each other he was confused as to who to believe. Joseph read and studied the Bible on his own, seeking for answers to his questions. Eventually one scripture struck out at him: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth[scolds] not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering..." (James 1:5-6). With inspiration from this scripture, he decided to set out on his own and pray to God for answers. Joseph knew that his Father in Heaven would provide for him what he needed if he asked sincerely (see Mathew 7:8-11). Joseph Smith simply wanted to know which church he needed to join, which church was right. In answer to his honest prayer Joseph got something he could not have expected. In his own words he recorded: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air..."(Joseph Smith—History 1:16-17). These beings identified themselves as God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. When Joseph was able to collect himself he asked his question: which church should I join? He was told to join none of them as they all were lacking. This experience Joseph had is known as the First Vision. It shows us the some of nature of God and our relationship to Him, as well as God's great love for us. The First Vision is the beginning of Mormonism. Later Joseph was given authority and called by God to be His prophet and to restore Christ's Church and gospel to the Earth. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Will
A lay ministry allows every member to participate. Everyone gets to serve, teach, and support one another. We all gain from this experience and become stronger in our love, knowledge, and service to Jesus Christ. "[When] ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17, Book of Mormon). Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Will
Prayer, I've learned is the number one way to develop a real, meaningful with God. Reading and studying the scriptures and the words of living prophets also helps, but prayer is the only way to make that all come alive personally. Pray regularly, pray in earnest, pray often. Just like getting to know anyone else it requires time and effort. The plus side is God is our Father and he already knows us quite well. Show more Show less