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Hi I'm Casey

I am a family man and teach Arabic and Spanish. I live life the way God wants me to. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a 33 years old, a father and a husband. Learning is my passion as I try to live this life fully and as best as possible. I speak English, Spanish, and two dialects of Arabic fluently. I teach languages at a high school and hope to become a writer. My family and I enjoy cold Lemonade, music, and love popcorn and movies. I range from movies like Star Wars and the Dark Knight to chick flicks like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre mostly because of my wife though I must say. I also am a huge college basketball and football fan. It's my payback for the chick flicks...

Why I am a Mormon

Have you ever just kept asking question after question and always find an answer? This is why I am a Mormon. I believe that God has led me to find the answers to my questions from life's purpose, to life's complexities (like suffering, etc.). Mormon's believe that God can talk to you and I believe in this. If he loves me, then why would he not want to talk to me? I believe that he does.

How I live my faith

I love to study different faiths and cultures in addition to my own. My latest ventures have revolved around topics such as women in ancient societies, Islam, and the historical New Testament. I read and ponder daily scriptures from the Bible as well as modern scriptures. I am a teacher in the church and visit others to check on their well being. I believe that I should not judge another person and that the truth always prevails. It is my responsibility to help others who are in need of my aid. I seek to find the pure love of Christ and the peace of God for all. I refuse to confront another's beliefs as fallicy and hope to sojurn with them in this life through any situation or difficult question for the purpose of promoting faith and peace. I believe that we all should work together to get back home no matter who we are.  

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Casey
 They will talk to you about the gospel of Jesus Christ. There has been much that has happened and that has been lost about the gospel over the centuries and so they will tell you about things that you may have never heard of before such as another book of scriptures, modern scriptures, eternal families, the purpose of the temple and this life, the necessity of prophets and apostles, the true character of God, how we attain salvation, and of course Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer.  There are many things to talk about with the missionaries. The most important thing to remember is that they just want to answer your questions and have you pray to God to see if what we offer is true. We promise that the Holy Spirit will tell you of the truth. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Casey
The question why goes back to Jesus’ life on earth. To answer it, we must ask why he even chose them in the first place. We know that Jesus chose 12 apostles to be with him through out his ministry and go forth to preach the gospel See Luke 9 v. 1. It was to those 12 that Jesus gave authority to govern his kingdom here on earth after his death and resurrection. See John 15 v. 16, Matthew 15 v. 16 It was upon this foundation that the church was meant to be governed and maintained See Ephesians 2 v.19-20, 4 v.10-12. Unfortunately, the killing of God’s people did not end with Jesus on the cross but also continued with his apostles. When one apostle was killed, he would be replaced by another. The New Testament shows several Apostles being called after their predecessor died. Successors were called as required! But, killing the Apostles came quick and soon no one was left with the Authority to declare God’s word. Hence we have an end of the Bible. Revelation was meant to continue but the church would become lost for thousands of years. God knew this would happen. The prophets of old and apostles prophesied of a day when all things would be restored before the Second Coming of Jesus because they would have been lost. See Acts 3 v. 21, 18-24. In a fulfillment of these prophecies and to establish his kingdom again on the earth, Jesus has organized again his church to continue like it had originally in order to prepare the world for his return. This is why we have 12 apostles. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Casey
Being a member of the church is never easy. There are many time when you are faced with difficult decisions. But I can honestly say that becoming a member is the best thing that I have ever done. I have seen the world, developed tolerance and appreciation towards those not of my culture and faith, and grown spiritually in ways that I could never have imagined all because of the teachings of the church. In the church we have normal people from every walk of life. You will find the stereotypical white shirt and tie guy as well as the others. All of us have different perspectives of the gospel but we strive to work in harmony with the Lord's will. As a member, every day I try to be kind to others. I learn to believe in others and treat them well. A member lives a clean lifestyle free from the worldly enticements. We try to be modest and conservative in all aspects of life from entertainment to clothing to food. My membership has caused me to be a better husband, father, friend, and person and this, I believe is because of my relationship that I have with God. I will never regret belonging to this church and hope that one day you can understand this too.   Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Casey
No person is ever required to do anything in our church. Are there directives commandments from above that ask us to do things? Yes. One of those is that we serve missions. Whether old, young, male, female, married, or single, we are asked to serve missions. But no person is ever required to do anything. It is completely voluntary and should be done because of a desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father who expects us all to help each other return home. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Casey
God is just and perfect and is not a respecter of persons who makes exceptions to the rules. So what do you do with those who were not able to be baptized? Should they “get out of jail” for free when others were obedient? 
Even Jesus had to be baptized “to fulfill all righteousness,” See Matthew chapter 3 verse 15. What then happens to good people who have never even heard of Jesus? Should they be condemned? Obviously not. Can God bend the rules? That makes Him imperfect and therefore He would cease to be God. 
This why God, in his infinite wisdom and mercy, allows us to search out our ancestors and perform the baptismal ordinances for the dead. Paul talks about this when he said 1st Corinthians 15 verses 20-29, specifically verse 29. “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” There would be no point. But there is a point, the resurrection happened and everybody has to have a fair and equal chance to gain salvation. 
It is also important to understand that we only stand as proxies for those whom have died without baptism. Even if we are baptized for them, it is still up to them to accept or reject that baptism just like here in this mortal life. By doing thus, God shows his perfection and love and He maintains His justice and mercy at the same time. How great is His wisdom. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Casey
I went on a mission to Lima Peru for a little over 2 years. My parents were kind enough to pay for it all. They gave a monthly sum for my living expenses while I was there. I will probably pay for my children's missions' should they go. Of course not all can afford it so members of the congregation and other people can help as well. Most missionaries pay themselves. We regard it as a great honor to serve at our own expense. But it is important to note that nobody in the ministry of the church is paid for their service in the church no matter what the position held. The church does employ people for professional activities such as accounting, translating, managing stores, teaching in seminaries, Brigham Young University, etc. but every individual in the ecclesiastical work serves without compensation. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Casey
The scriptures give me insight as to how to live and how to act. I know that I am a good person but I can make mistakes and sometimes I discover that I am at the wrong end of things when I read the scriptures. They help me understand how to be a better father, husband, citizen in the national and global community, and how to stand up for the liberties and freedoms we enjoy. Mostly, the scriptures help me “tune in” to God by listening to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost and help me tune out of the chaotic world we live in. They give me hope for the future and a belief in Jesus Christ as a savior and redeemer not as just a historical figure. Through the scriptures I can walk with my family on a safe path back to God and his Son. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Casey
We teach that the Book of Mormon is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” written in the Americas where Jesus actually visited. In John chapter 10 verse 16 Jesus taught to the Jews that he wouldn’t just teach to his followers in Jerusalem but to other sheep as well. “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold Them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice. and there shall be one fold and, one Shepard.” When Jesus had resurrected, he ascended to heaven and then appeared to the people in the Americas shortly thereafter. Whether or not it was in North America is difficult to say as there is no specific place mentioned in the Book of Mormon that exists under the same name today. But his visit was in the Americas since that is where the book was written. To read the full acount about Jesus' visit, read in the Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi chapters 11 and on. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Casey
No. The church has a program set up where people not of our faith can receive help in difficult times and crisis. Most of this help is given in the form of humanitarian aid and relief for larger scale events such as natural disasters or underdevelopment. But to a smaller extent, the church does help local issues with each congregation to get back on their feet or supplement for a short period for those who are going through tough times. Outside of the financial aspect, we do assist in every way as individuals and as a group to assist the needy to provide clothing, food, and support the widow, visit the sick and afflicted, and other things. I, personally, have received many great blessings and have given willingly to those who are in need, especially my friends both member and non-member. And likewise, many of my church have been there for me when I have needed it. We as a church believe that if we help others, regardless of religion, that it is done unto Jesus and in this way we serve him. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Casey
“Be Prepared” is a motto to adopt from the Boy Scouts. We live in a time where uncertainty is everywhere because of the powers that be. In a world of natural disasters, war, economic crashes, unemployment, debt, high food prices, and corruption, the real question is why should we not be self-reliant when all other bodies can fail us in a second? I am not saying that having a food storage will survive a hurricane, but I am saying that being ready to survive for a short or long period of time in case something goes awry is a very reassuring concept. I can personally say that my own preparedness has helped my family weather the difficult times around us. No matter what the circumstances that we have passed by, we have always had food, shelter, and clothing because of our preparedness. I also feel confident that if there were an emergency, we would prevail. It is insurance that we ourselves have created. Preparedness ranges from more than just having food. To be prepared may involve food, water, a rainy day fund, energy sources batteries, gas, wood, etc., clothing, medicine, hygiene items, survival tools cooking, hunting, maintenance, etc., even entertainment if possible. This may be a lot, but rest assured that a person who has all these things is prepared for difficult times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Casey
Yes we do. However, we do not believe that the Bible, no matter how amazing it may be, is inerrant and that mistakes are evident throughout the book. It is a product of people and people make mistakes. Joseph Smith, our first latter-day prophet set the tone as to how we revere the bible by writing, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.” Nevertheless, the Bible contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ and messages pertinent to our salvation. It is also important to understand that even the Book of Mormon should not be considered inerrant also. It has mistakes as well, though they are not as evident as the Bible. A prophet from the Book of Mormon itself, named Moroni wrote in its introduction, “And now, if there be any faults, they are the mistakes of men, wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgement-seat of Christ.” This also applies to the Bible as well as it is of God. But remember, the Book of Mormon ultimately is the word of God written by man as well. There may be flaws. Nonetheless the books are true and serve as companions to testify of Christ and Heavenly Father’s love. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Casey
I think that in a time where it is so easy to lose yourself in the problems that people face, it becomes important to look for sources of happiness. With the hassles of managing a family, work, schooling, or even global, national, or local chaos people feel bogged down and can’t find any hope in things. It is this feeling that motivates people to make a change that leads to happiness. As a member of the church, I have noticed that no matter what happens in this day and age, we tend to be pretty happy and I think this becomes a reason to which the church grows. We are happy and people are willing to give it a go. But then they find out just how amazing the gospel really is and they feel the need to share it with others. I believe that this search for something better is an innate feeling that comes to each one of us through the light and hope found in Jesus. The out pouring of his message through the Spirit causes people to change fast and as a result the growth of the church steams down the road. This life and earth belong in the hands of God after all. By embracing the truths taught, we become converted and desire to stay that way. Show more Show less