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Hi I'm Vaun

I live in California and I work at a maximum security prison. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I told my wife if someone calls for me during the day, just tell them: "he is in prison," can I take a message? When someone asks what I do for a living I can tell them one of three things. I am a dentist. Certainly not very interesting. My response becomes more interesting if I answer: "I work for the State of California," or "I am a civil servant." The conversation then only becomes compelling if they ask what department. Which of course is The department of corrections and rehabilitation. The third way I might respond nearly always elicits follow-up questions. That is, "I work in a Maximum security prison." Can a Mormon serve in a prison? Should only questionable people help the wayward?

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young my mother taught me about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember her excitement when she explained the "plan of salvation." It was many years later when I decided to find out If what my mother taught me was true. I had read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. That same feeling I had when my mother taught me was my answer to prayer. I too felt that same excitement, and I knew that what I had felt, and was now feeling, is the influence of Holy Spirit. It let me know it is true. "And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Book of Mormon | Moroni 10:5)

How I live my faith

One of the things I have seen in the inmates at the prison is a sense of entitlement. Around the Holiday times the warden puts out a notice to watch for suicidal tendancys. Many inmates become depressed. Their big issue I see is truly materialistic. Just like kids, their main concern is (not) getting, and not about giving. I believe the more we serve the better we can feel about ourselves.

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

When a co-worker said she saw a statistic that the Mormon Church was the fastest growing religion and that it included many successful people, the first thing that came to my mind was to tell her about the name of the Church. I told her that when Jesus lived on the earth he established his Church, with Apostles and Prophets. I then testified that His Church has been restored in these Latter Days with Apostles and Prophets. This allowed me to relate that His restored Gospel now present on the earth is named The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is to distinguish His Church of the Earlier-Day Saints from His Church now re-established. I then told her of the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Christ and how the Church received it‘s nickname, “Mormon Church.” A great prophet found in the Book of Mormon relates very well our feelings of Christ: “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 25:25 - 26) If the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints truly is His Church, is it not fitting it be the fastest growing religion with many successful members? Show more Show less