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Hi I'm Enoch

I'm studying English Teaching at Brigham Young University. I love music, books and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student majoring in English Teaching. I like to read and write, and do things outdoors like rock climbing, camping, water sports, etc. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, especially with my little nieces and nephews. I really like music and enjoy playing the violin, the piano, and participating in singing groups.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there came a time in my life when I needed to know for myself if it was really true. When I was 14, I decided to read the Book of Mormon for myself, and to ask God if it is really true. That choice was the best decision I have ever made. Reading and praying about the Book of Mormon helped me to come closer to God than anything I could possibly have done. It taught me about the attributes of God--particularly His justice and mercy. It helped me to realize how much He loves me, and it gave me the desire to repent of my sins and strive to follow Him. The words of God in the Book of Mormon sank into my heart and gave me a stronger desire to do good than I had ever before experienced. Throughout my reading, I prayed to know if the book is true, and eventually I came to know in my mind and in my heart that it is. I found irrefutable evidence of its truth and power in my own life: reading the Book of Mormon enabled me to change--to repent, to come to know my God, and to have strong desires for Eternal Life with Him. I committed to the Lord that I would do my best to follow Him throughout my life. Since the day I decided to follow God, I have always noticed that life is better when I am true to that commitment. I'm not perfect in doing all the Lord asks, and even when I am doing my best, I still have challenges and problems, but I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He has spoken to us in scripture--both the Book of Mormon and the Bible--and that he continues to speak to us today through living prophets and apostles. The Book of Mormon contains a promise that if you will read it, ponder it, and ask God of its truthfulness, He will tell you that it is true. I have done that, and know that the Book of Mormon is true, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom on the earth, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer--the only Way to salvation.

How I live my faith

Every week, I worship with a group of Mormon young single adults. I enjoy going to church each week because it reminds me about the commitment I have made to serve the Lord and His children. Going to church also strengthens my resolve to become a better person, and gives me lots of opportunity to interact with people who have the same goals and devotion that I do. During the week, there a lot of church activities I participate in and help with. I currently share responsibilities with a few other members to make sure that members of our congregation receive spiritual strengthening, as well as invitations to participate in our activities and services. I also visit a few members each month to share a spiritual thought with them, befriend them, and help make sure that their physical and spiritual needs are met. In addition to my regular assignments, I strive to live my faith by reading from the scriptures daily, by serving other people, by praying for myself and others, and by sharing my joy.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Enoch
There are kind of two answers to this question. The term "Mormon" comes from the Book of Mormon, which is a book of scripture translated from an ancient record. The book was first published in 1830, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized in Fayette, New York shortly thereafter. From a doctrinal standpoint, however, the church is much older than that. An official doctrinal statement of our church reads, "We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists and so forth" (Article of Faith 6). We believe that the Church established by Jesus Christ in the meridian of time was changed and corrupted over time. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is simply a re-establishment of that original church begun by Christ Himself. It is no different in organization or doctrine from that primitive church established in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. So while the Church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-day Saints) was re-established in New York in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ goes all the way back to Jesus Christ himself. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Enoch
Young men and women planning to serve missions are generally encouraged to save up money so that they can support themselves as they give all their time to serving the Lord. If they are unable to save enough for the two years or 18 months they will be serving, they are generally supported by the generous help of family members and/or other Church members throughout the world. Show more Show less