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John 15:13-15. "Greater love hath noman than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my firends, if ye do whatsoever I command you . Henseforth I call you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: But H ave called you firends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made know unto you." [My add: Christ laid down his life for us... Greater love hath noone than this! and he called us his friends.]

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is a person of parts and passions; flesh and bones; a glorified, immortal being. He is the Father of our spirits. He loves ALL people, great or small. No matter how insignificant we think his calling is for us, he wants us to do our best at it. That is our test. We all have agency. He helps us as we sicerely ask for it. The help we get is usually not directly from Him, but through someone; allowing them the blessings of serving someone.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 1. God, the Eternal Father; His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2. We will be punished for our own sins, and NOT for Adam's transgression. 3. Through the Atonement of Christ, ALL mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4. People must be called of God, by inspiration of the spirit, and by the laying on of hands by those in authority,to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances. 5. The Bible is the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. 6. The Book of Mormon is the word of God.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I was truely converted; change of heart. I was driving to church one morning and it just hit me. I cannot explain the feeling; but it was just "it is true!" I wept and got a great comforting feeling... Like right now testifying here in writing: Jesus is the Christ!
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't have one.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator EVERYTHING!
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Many STILL think Mormons do not believe in Christ... That cannot be furhter from the truh. He is the foundation of our faith. The Atonement is the cornerstone of our testimony.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Jesu Christ and prophets.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Emphasis on stong families (with a mother AND father). The family is the center of our spiritual, as well as temporal wellbeing.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Basic Christian beliefs -- God, Christ, Holy Ghost,Golden Rule. Respect other's person and property. Do not judge by outward appearances. Try to be kind and serve others willingly, not becasue you have to. The Boy Scout Law (Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, curteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent). I still believe this.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Rocky... I was baptized when I was 11 -- because my older brother wanted to; I didn't have a testimony of the church yet; not REALLY converted. I was a rebellious youth and although I gained a testimony of the gospel, I didn't live up to all that I should have been. When we had children and church members asked what I wanted for my children and what I thought my example was teaching them, I had a wakeup call. I changed for my children. It was harder than it should have been because I had some wrong habits to overcome...
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Non-denominational, attended non-denominational and Seventh-day Adventist (My Grandmother's)services, and then joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints (at age 11).
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, they are the same.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator If anything, my faith has increased. Having children caused me to think about the example I should be and I had to make some changes to fix that. The repentance process I went through and the support I got from those around me helped me gain a stronger testimony and made my faith stronger.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Formally, Bryan First Ward in Bryan, Texas. We have worship services on Sunday and some auxilliaries have meetings during the week. Each day, we should practice our beliefs in everything we do.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My immediate family (me, wife, children) are all of the same faith. My wife is the only memeber of our faith in her family. My brother, and my only sibling, is a member of the same faith. My parents are the only memeber in their respective families. Although some of our beliefs are different than other family members, we respect each others' beliefs and do not "Bible bash" when discussing what we believe.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator EASY. Because I have a very strong testimony of the truths taught in my church and we (the church) are a "family"; and treat each other as precious brothers and sisters. We help each other.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Physically, worn scriptures, pictures of Christ. We try to be as Christ would be when we have people in our home.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Song:There are so many... Two that popped in to my head right off; "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief", "I Believe in Christ". Book: The Book of Mormon Film: The Lamb of God.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In the USA, encourage righteous people to run for office. Urge people to vote. The pulpit should not be a political platform. We do not believe in telling folks how to vote, just do it. We do encourage folks to pray about what they should do. The church does not usually take a stand on specific [political issues; but will speakout about church beliefs.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Courses should be taught about general faiths -- Christian, Jew, Islam, etc -- and should be taught from that faith's materials. There should be no proselyting, just information on basic beliefs. If specific religeous groups are mentioned, only material approved by that group should be presented.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator NO. If the religeous "cannon" of a religeon is mentioned, it should only be informational on the general content. Not as a literature study. There is too much of a chance of trying to bias the class one way or the other -- intentional or not. "Study" of a religeon's scripture, to me, implies that the student is searching for deeper things than just general content. That should be left to private study, not public.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. That is the only way misinformation can be stamped out. Get the facts from the source. Too may religeons rely on the outward appearances and actions of a few "radical" factions of a religeon or the misrepresentation of disgruntled ex-members to identify the whole.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. I am willing to discuss my beliefs but I am a private person and usually do not initiate the discussion.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. I believe that if more people are turned to "Christlike" behavior, no matter what religeon -- treating people and thier property with respect, for example -- the world will begin to "heal".
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Sorry to say, yes. It should not be, but our -- The USA -- political "machine" has gotten very corrupt.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, 9/11 has not impacted my thoughts about religeon. I have always wanted to know the core beliefs of other religeons. I have always been willing to discuss my religeon, although as I mentioned earlier, I am a private person and usually do not initiate the discussion.

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