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"Each of us [from various religious denominations] believes in the fatherhood of God, although we may differ in our interpretations of Him. Each of us is part of a great family, the human family, sons and daughters of God, and therefore brothers and sisters. We must work harder to build mutual respect, an attitude of forbearance, with tolerance one for another regardless of the doctrines and philosophies which we may espouse." President Gordon B. Hinckley

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in all that God has revealed, all that he does reveal and all that he will reveal through his servants, the prophets.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Polygamy The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. At certain times and for His specific purposes, God, through His prophets, has directed the practice of plural marriage (sometimes called polygamy), which means one man having more than one living wife at the same time. In obedience to direction from God, Latter-day Saints followed this practice for about 50 years during the 1800s but officially ceased the practice of such marriages after the Manifesto was issued by President Woodruff in 1890. Since that time, plural marriage has not been approved by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any member adopting this practice is subject to losing his or her membership in the Church. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Blacks and the priesthood The Book of Mormon teaches that “all are alike unto God,” including “black and white, bond and free, male and female” (2 Nephi 26:33). Throughout the history of the Church, people of every race and ethnicity in many countries have been baptized and have lived as faithful members of the Church. During Joseph Smith’s lifetime, a few black male members of the Church were ordained to the priesthood. Early in its history, Church leaders stopped conferring the priesthood on black males of African descent. Church records offer no clear insights into the origins of this practice. Church leaders believed that a revelation from God was needed to alter this practice and prayerfully sought guidance. The revelation came to Church President Spencer W. Kimball and was affirmed to other Church leaders in the Salt Lake Temple on June 1, 1978. The revelation removed all restrictions with regard to race that once applied to the priesthood.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Modern-day revelation and guidance from God through prophets

My Faith History

I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) (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 Our beliefs are the same. Our practices are quite similar, but some have changed slightly as we live and gain experience in different parts of the world. Most the differences deal with small differences in the observance of certain holidays like Christmas and Easter.

How I Practice My Faith

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. My wife and I do have slightly different backgrounds and traditions. These differences are usually easily rectified.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It can be hard at times. As a business professional, I travel a lot and meet people from all around the world. Many social activities revolve around alcohol. Though this has provided many opportunities for me to share a little something about what I believe, it can be hard at times. For the most part, I find that the principles I follow and practices I hold to provide me with great joy and freedom from addictive and harmful substances.

Religion & the Public Square

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 Yes. People often fear what they do not understand. Provide the opportunity for young people to understand and explore different faiths, even if only from the historical perspective.
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 It's tough because it is hard to give equal time to each. And what about religious texts of Hinduism and Buddhism. It gets pretty complicated rather quickly. Maybe in a world history or comparative religion class it would work. The biases of the teacher will definitely be present, but that can hopefully be mitigated. There is also the issue of the parents. These types of classes would likely need to be elective classes where parents and students understand the objectives of the course.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator YES! Many issues in countries around the world, including in the US, stem from intolerance and misunderstanding. Religion is a very important part of the lives of billions of people across the world and it influences the way they look at the world. If you can take a little time to learn something about the way someone else thinks, you will be better able to understand their positions.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator For the most part. If there is one thing I love to talk about, it's my love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing will put a smile on my face as quickly. I am, however, mindful of the crowd and try to judge their openness and willingness to listen. I don't like to be preachy, so I typically only speak about it when asked.
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 feel that I have been greatly blessed in many aspects of my life. Though we are not rich by most standards, we have been blessed and prospered over the years. I now feel it is my responsibility to be an instrument in God's hands and bless the lives of others with some of what He has given me. We try to give generously to humanitarian and missionary programs. I also feel that I have been blessed with a beautiful message of peace in the Gospel. I have a desire to share that message.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Sometimes it would seem so. This is a question I have not fully been able to come to terms with yet. It seems that politicians, if they wish to do well, must please different parts of their constituency. This seems to lead them to say things they normally wouldn't say. I've seen good and religious men in politics. The verdict is still not out yet for me. Check back in a few years.
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 don't think it was 9/11 that did it for me. Maybe it all links back to it. I was already, however, quite interested in other faiths and had studies several while serving as an LDS missionary. I wanted to be able to understand the perspective and faith of others. More recently, however, I've had a greater desire to understand the faith of my Muslim friends. I have taken classes and read parts of their holy works. I feel like there is still a lot to learn about our brothers and sisters of all faiths and those who proclaim no faith at all.

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