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How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is literally our father. We lived with him before coming to earth. He loves us more than any earthly example of a father could portray. He has a specific plan for us and is actively involved in every detail of our progression to become like him.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God sent his son to atone for our sins that we may be worthy and ready to return to God's presence.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I attended the Mormon temple in Mesa Arizona
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Before I started learning about Mormon doctrine.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator How in tune I am with the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, who communicates directly with every individual in God's behalf.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That there is anything negative about Mormonism or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 1) Jesus Christ, 2) The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That God loves me, wants me to return to him, and has a plan to make that happen that is his top priority.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As a child, I believed what my mother and church teachers taught me about Mormon doctrine. As I grew older, I had my own spiritual experiences that confirmed these beliefs. I've had doubts and been given a hard time by friends as a kid for being Mormon. Now I believe the Church is exactly what it claims to be and nothing less.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A long series of confirmations by the Holy Ghost that what I'm hearing at the Mormon Church and reading int he scriptures is true.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Mormon.
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 My Father was an Atheist growing up and through my college years. Now he watches Joal Osteen on TV and claims to believe the Bible, but does not like any religion.
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 Becoming a parent made me want to live my Mormon faith even more for their sake.

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 Church every Sunday for three hours. I also separately attend the temple once per month which is a five hour commitment usually on Friday's for me. I also volunteer in Church assignments up to 10 hours per week.
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 No, we're all Mormon. My wife and I and four children.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I am constantly challenged to do a better job in my church assignments. There are many prohibitions, commandments to keep, and good deeds to do. However, the more I do of them, the happier and easier life becomes.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The picture of Christ calming the sea on our living room wall.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "I Believe in Christ"

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 No religious or anti-religious views should be supported by government. However, people should vote according to their conscience which has been shaped by religion. For example, the Mormon Church and Mormons should continue advising and voting against gay marriage.
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 No, this would inevitably support one religion over another. However, when teaching history, the intense religious persuasion of most of the significant western and american contributors should not be ignored.
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, this would inevitably support one religious view over another.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, it helps us understand our neighbors and our own place in the worlds beliefs.
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 feel confident in what I know to be true. I feel everyone needs it. People will always learn something they didn't know before, but that is true, if they talk to me about faith.
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, to keep the commandments and do missionary work for the living and the dead. I need to be an example of Christ to my family and fellow Church members also.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, absolutely not, even if an elected representative leader's constituency ask's him to vote in a way that goes against his faith. His job is to represent the people and God will not hold him accountable. He can try to persuade the people, but it is OK for the leader to let the people's will prevail.
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 I went into widely searching the internet about Islam for several weeks after 9/11. I didn't get any work done. I wanted to learn about Islam and if it really teaches violence. I studied other religions and read many books on them. I made many significant discoveries about other religions and my interest has not died down. It led to me reading the Koran; I have an self-annotated copy at home now. I feel just as comfortable sharing my religious beliefs as before.

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Published October 11, 2010

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