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Hi I'm Britton

I grew up as a Southern Baptist, but in 2009 things changed, now I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm married to a beautiful wife and the father of 3 wonderful daughters. I work in the technology department for a major communication company. I enjoy a variety of sports, playing board games, spending time with my family,construction activities and movies, not in that order of course. I enjoy a great joke and do my best to have fun in all things, I'm easily entertained.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't start off looking or wanting to be Mormon. A couple of years ago, our youngest daughter who was 17 began talking to a high school friend who was Mormon. She started spending time with her family, attending church and activities. The lessons soon followed and then the day arrived when she wanted to be baptized and join the church. My wife and I had been inactive from church for about 10-12 years. We stopped going to church because we simply could not find answers to the questions we had and simply had gotten to the point where it appeared that God just wasn't as in charge as we had been taught. During this time we were building a house and dealing with my wife's mom being in the hospital from a serious fall. We consented to our daughter being baptized and joining the church, but my wife was determined to sit down with her and help her to understand the false teaching of this doctrine. Our daughter convinced my wife to sit down and ask all her questions with the missionaries. She spent the next 3-4 months with multiple sessions each week, asking and discussing all topics that she could question the young men on. I wasn't an active participate in any of this....I was too busy. Much to my surprise at the end of a 4 month period she was baptized and joined the church. In the next couple of months her sister followed. I will admit that the changes in them were pretty amazing, but not enough at this point to move me in that direction. The turning point for me was going to support my wife when she was to share her testimony at the stake conference, this is where several of the wards or branches in a geographical area will meet twice a year for a conference. So, there are several hundred people that attend. My wife wouldn't get up in a room of 5 people and want to share. What I witnessed that day was someone who knew that their Heavenly Father was with them, providing strength, confidence and assurance that what she was doing was needed, guided by His Spirit and He would take care of her and the results. I was amazed at what I saw from my wife, such a thing I had never seen nor been a part of in my life. Her words, touched so many people that day, that even 2 years later people still talk about it and remember. I realized that day, something powerful had changed my wife, I didn't understand it, but realized that I needed to find out if this was true and could affect me as well. We had searched many different churches during our marriage, because we felt that there were things missing from our church lives, especially this evidence of the Holy Spirit. I began to read some books and eventually the Book of Mormon without my wife knowing anything about it. I had to do some personal research without her coaching me or influencing any of my thinking or feelings. I soon came to the conclusion that I would have to ask her some question to try and understand some things better. She was patient with me, but most importantly she told me to start praying about my questions and ask our Father in heaven. I spent about a month praying about these things I was reading and noticed that my heart was changing, that I was leaning towards this new information. I became worried, but kept asking until I finally came to a point of just making a statement to God, "if you are all this great and wonderful power and if these things I'm reading and feeling in my heart are not true, then stop me right now, immediately, if you don't this is where my heart is taking me and if you love me, you will not let me follow this path if it is wrong or misguided". After much more prayer and no stop signs or warnings, this is the path that I choose. It was little over a year after my wife joined that I was baptized and became a member. I did think in the beginning that Mormon's were not christians, thought like others it was a cult, much of this being what other christian leaders had told me. I have witnessed some of the most lovely and devoted people in my life, striving to serve our Father in heaven and live by the commandments given to us by Him and His son Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father fears no one or thing, he is the creator of all. He can and will show us the truth, it just requires asking with a sincere heart and being willing to listen, allowing him to guide us, not man. Don't be afraid to ask, seek and it shall be given you, knock and the door will be opened. God leads us down a path of rightousness and happiness. He loves his sons and daughters. His Holy Spirit is there to guide us, if we will ask and listen, not tell him what we want it to be.

How I live my faith

Wow, living my faith starts very simply. It begins with reading and studying the scriptures along with prayer. The greatest leaps, the most personal experiences start there. I work to prepare myself for the coming opportunities in life. The scriptures tell us we all have a work to do, and the church is very active in helping to fulfill this great commission we are to follow. I became ward mission leader in our ward (local church) serving in our community. When I was younger, I thought a missionary was someone that was sent to some remote place on earth. After joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I learned that we are all suppose to be missionaries where we are living. So, through reading, studying and prayer I was able to prepare my heart for this opportunity. It has been very challenging but also a great blessing in my life. I continue to grow and have such a desire for my brothers and sisters to come to understand this great love and gospel that our Father has given to us. Our loving Father showed me that the mission field is where we are at, right now. I have never experienced such great joy and happiness as I do today. He has changed my heart and focus. I want others to see God in a new light, to have the Holy Spirit as a very personal part of their lives. I'm able to be a home teacher and care for others, learn how to reach out and minister in ways that I've never could have done before or even desired. It doesn't mean that we are not faced with challenges or temptation, but the beauty is there is the great Comforter and companionship of the Holy Spirit with us. I have a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father that didn't truly exist before. I live my faith one day at a time, knowing that it will grow and mature if I continue to do my part through scripture study and prayer. None of us will grow in any relationship or knowledge without putting in an investment of time. The investment seems so small compared to the great benefit we receive from it down the road. Make and take the time to build yourself for the greater blessings to follow.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Britton
I certainly thought that the Mormon's were a cult, so I've provided the definitions from Webster. : formal religious veneration : worship 2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents 3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents 4: a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator health cults 5a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b : the object of such devotion c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion Based on the definitions above any church could fall into one of those descriptions, but in most cases we assume its a group of people that are led by a person, who tells them what/how to think, act, live, and takes away all of their personal choices or freedoms. What I discovered in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that they teach and encourage free agency. The church teaches each person that they should ask God, if this doctrine is true, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them through this journey. The church teaches that each person can receive personal revelation from our Heavenly Father, not just the prophet of the church. I still think for myself, I have agency to make decisions, the beauty is that I have the Holy Spirit to help guide me in those choices. The Bible has opened up a new whole level of understanding because of the Holy Spirit. Reading the Book of Mormon has also opened up a new level of understanding. The bottom line is, no church, preacher, pastor or minister can manage your spirituality, that is between our Heavenly Father and you as free thinking individuals. One must ask with a sincere heart, and I testify that our Father in heaven will reveal the truth to you without a doubt, I know this to be true. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Britton
This is one of those questions that most people don't think about as much as they react to based on what they've been told. This was true in my case, until I truly looked into myself. One starts by studying, which means you will have to open up the Book of Mormon. Our God, the Father of Jesus Christ is able and willing to instruct those that have a sincere desire and heart to know the truth. There are those that simply believe that God was limited to the Bible, that there were no other works. This is the limitation that man has placed upon him. Our God is limitless and infinite in his scope. We must allow our Heavenly Father to manage our spiritual well being and growth, not a minister or preacher. So, kneel before your Father and ask for his guidance, that the Holy Spirit will speak to you personally concerning the words you read. Put aside your fear or doubt. Our God is powerful. Allow Him to guide you concerning the decision about Mormonism, not man. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Britton
The first time I heard the missionaries give their testimony they mentioned believing Joseph Smith as a prophet. I even asked them afterwards did they worship him. It took some time and praying to finally receive an answer to my question that brought understanding and clarity. The answer is NO, he is not worshipped at all. He is revered just as Moses, Abraham or any other prophet in the Bible. As with the other great prophet in the Bible, people referenced them during their life times and beyond because of the message that they brought forth. Our Heavenly Father views us as important now as the people in any other ages. Joseph Smith ushered in a restoration, to restore that which had been lost for a time. There are those that ask how can you believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet, how does one believe that Moses or Abraham was a prophet or that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. You are influenced by the Holy Spirit to know the truth. Ask God to know the truth of these things, not man, not the internet or even a church or minister. Our Father in heaven is very capable of letting you know what is true, if you simply ask with a sincere and open heart to His guidance. Show more Show less