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Hi I'm Rhett

I'm a communicator, philanthropist, political junkie and intern-extraordinaire. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Capitol Hill intern, Standard-Examiner correspondent, Aggie BluePrint co-founder and editor and former Deseret News and LDS Church Magazines intern. New husband and oldest brother of four. Happy to have been sealed in the Salt Lake City temple. Returned missionary in the New Jersey Cherry Hill Mission. Served June 2008- July 2010

Why I am a Mormon

"By their fruits ye shall know them." --Matt. 7:20 Large families. Fathers knowing their roles. Strong women as mothers. Happiness in simple things in life and quick to serve others. Working hard in this life, but knowing there's so many greater things to come. These are the products of converted Latter-day Saints. They are manifest by living the teachings found in a gospel and Church that ancient prophets foresaw would be established in the days before the second coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Perhaps the great apostle Peter said it best: "...a restitution of all things, which has been spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began." I have seen the joy in my own life, in my family and in the Latter-day Saints, both lifelong and converts. Those elsewhere with similar joys, I often find, share similar values.

How I live my faith

Experiencing the joys of the blessings that result from the suffering, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That has come through a knowledge of my role in God's plan in these last days, of the purpose of families, knowledge and relationships and its association with where the mortally dead are and what will happen to them-- and us-- in the ages to come. This motivates my treatment of others, my internal sociological and political reckonings and my desire to attend weekly services and the temples-- indeed the Lord's houses-- in order to renew sacred promises with God called covenants, as manifest by ordinances.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Just as we remember our promises made at baptism each week at church, in the temples we make higher promises with God. There we are also married for time and all eternity by the authority of the priesthood, which is the ability to act in the name of Jesus Christ and perform an act of the gospel not just on Earth, but for the heavens as well after the Judgment. We also perform ordinances such as baptism on behalf of those who have died, not having heard the fulness of the gospel on the Earth and having received that necessary ordinance by the correct authority, since that authority had left the Earth with the death of Christ's apostles until it was returned to the prophet Joseph Smith in 1829. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Through money saved by the missionaries themselves, and their families. Missionaries don't work while they are on their missions. Also, tithing from the members helps to fund transportation and members can also make special donations to the missionary fund in their fast offering, which is paid on a monthly basis. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Attend church most Sundays if you are active in the Church; set aside usually Mondays as a time to spend specifically as a family; midweek youth organizations at the chapel called young mens and young womens; additionally we may spend time doing media and so forth, but try to stay away from extremely vulgar, profane or violent media material. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Because families, through the temple, can be together forever. Since we are sealed in our marriages, meaning that the relationship will last throughout eternity, our family unit itself will be eternal, in the heavens. For this reason we strive to keep the standards of Christ and His temples so that we will be worthy to keep that chosen family unit intact after we rise again and are judged. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

The organization of the universe! The order of the planets, stars, etc. The fact that scripture- the word of God- has been preserved in large throughout the centuries. Sure, the Bible has lost some truths over the years, but the fact that many essential laws and commandments remain is a testimony that God's word is continual. The way the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, works. The thoughts in our mind that we can't reason ourselves and the feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, etc. that come from the Spirit is the messanger from God that helps us know that He and His Son live. The modern witness of Joseph Smith, who saw Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ, in the flesh, in a grove in New York in 1820. This is a powerful testimony to me that They do live. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We receive the nickname because of the Book of Mormon, which is a witness of Christ from prophets on the ancient American continent. Mormon was one of these prophets and the one chosen to compile the 1,000 year-plus record. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Let me refer to a scripture in the Book of Mormon that I feel describes it best- 2 Nephi 25:23- "by grace we are saved, after all we can do." It is only through the mercy of the Savior because of His suffering for us that we can have the hope of eternal life. We receive an increase of that mercy as we do our very best to live the gospel according to the light that we have. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, those who choose to do so can serve at the minimum age of 19, to the age of 25. Senior couples- married couples over 40- may serve together as well. Of course, there are many families who would be saddened if their child were not to serve, but the choice is a personal one. Show more Show less