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Hi I'm Keith

I'm a Mormon and I grew up in London, Ontario.

About Me

I'm married and we have four children. I like to spend time outdoors, hiking, canoeing and camping. I have been a French teacher and a truck driver and school bus driver among other things. I have lived in France, and in Moose Factory, Ontario among other places. I want to live in and make friendly acquaintances in many more places, read many more books, sing many more songs, and learn many more things.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in a home where we prayed and read scriptures every day and we went to church every Sunday. They did their best to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teach it to their children with love. I knew I was important to them and I knew the Lord was real and important to them too. So when the time came for me to choose for myself whether to listen to my doubts or follow the path of faith, I tried what they had taught me to do, which was to pray to God myself to see if He would tell me what was right and true. I asked if there really was a living God, if Jesus of Nazareth really was His Son and the Saviour of the world. I asked if They really did visit Joseph Smith to call him as a prophet to re-establish the full and true Gospel of Jesus Christ. I asked if the Book of Mormon really was a sacred and historical record compiled by a man named Mormon on the American continent several centuries before the European colonies were founded. God answered my prayers affirmatively with intense feelings of love and peace and joy and confidence. I know from this experience that God is as real as I am, that He loves me and that Jesus is my Saviour. I know that Joseph Smith saw and heard the things he said he did. I know that the Book of Mormon is what it says it is. Knowing these things has not made me or my life perfect, but I definitely am a better man and I definitely have a better life over all as I have tried to live true to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I pray and study the scriptures every day to try to keep my thoughts in tune with what my Father in Heaven would want me to be. I look for ways to be helpful and encouraging to people around me, especially my family and neighbours. I go to church meetings every week to share the light and strength of the gospel with others. When we lived in Moose Factory, my family and I were the only members of the church for hundreds of kilometres in every direction. We read scriptures and prayed and sang together every day to keep Jesus Christ and His Gospel in our hearts and minds. We kept in touch with clergy and other members by telephone and email, and we visited and worshipped with them once or twice a year. Now that we live closer to other members of the church, we worship and visit with them every week. Now I lead a small but growing congregation in Bancroft, Ontario. As always, I continue to pray to my Heavenly Father and work every day to contribute as much as I can to my family's and neighbours' health, comfort, and well-being.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Keith
The Word of Wisdom is health advice from the One who knows best how to keep our bodies best. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Keith
We know Jesus taught by word and example that baptism by immersion is required for each person to enter the kingdom of God. We also know that many people have not had a fair chance during their lifetime to be baptized. We believe that those people pass on to the next life and discover that without proper baptism, they have yet to enter the kingdom of God, which means their spirits are unable to return home to the presence of their Father in Heaven. These people look forward longingly for the time when someone who is still on earth and who can still be baptized with water will do so for them. Proxy baptism for the dead affords those spirits a real baptism they can choose to claim as their own, thereby acquiring access to the kingdom of God and the ability to go home to their Father in Heaven. We perform proxy baptisms for the dead as an expression of love for the deceased and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Keith
Jesus Christ is literally the Son of the living God. He was with God in the beginning, and was chosen to accomplish God's will and to create the earth under His Father's direction. Before His birth, He communicated God's instructions and teachings to holy prophets including Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and so forth. His mortal life and ministry fulfilled the scriptures concerning a Messiah who would save God's chosen people and lead them to overcome the world of sin and death. After His death and resurrection, He has continued to direct the work of salvation through His authorized servants including Simon Peter, James, John, Paul and so forth. Through faith on His name and obedience to His teachings, the power of the Atonement (His sacrifice in Gethsemane and on the cross) can save us from the eternal consequences of our sins. We can be forgiven only when we repent, and only because of His mercy. Through the power of His resurrection, all of us will one day be raised from the grave to immortality. He will then be our Judge, to decide which of us is worthy to enjoy eternal life and exaltation with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. He has taught clearly that He will choose us then only if we choose Him now by doing all we can to follow His perfect teachings and example. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Keith
No, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse political parties. The Church teaches the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and encourages the members to engage fully in political, governmental, and community affairs. It seems to me that if the Church were to endorse specific political candidates, platforms, or parties, it would contradict certain fundamental principles of the gospel and could potentially undermine the virtue of democratic process. Show more Show less