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Hi I'm Elder Ballard

I am from a small town in Northern Arizona. I love sports, am a rodeo cowboy, am on a mission, and I'm a mormon!

About Me

Hey what up! My name's Elder Ballard, and I am currentlly serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Michigan Lansing Mission. I've been at it for almost a year and a half now, and havin a blast! I come from a real small town in Northern Arizona, where I grew up on a small cattle ranch. I enjoy the kind of stuff, but I also did Rodeo, and played Football and Baseball in High School. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and for all that He has done for me.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Now that's a good question. I wanna share a scripture to help to answer that. In John 6:67 -69, the Lord asks His twelve disciples if they would turn away from Him, as did many of His followers, and I love the answer that Peter gave. He said "...Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, because I know of its truthfullness because of the feelings and confirmation I have received through the Holy Ghost. I don't know to where else I would turn for the answers of some of life's greatest questions. Like Peter said "...to whom shall we go?" I have searched, and studied other religions, and I haven't ever found the fullness of the gospel that only this church, the restored church can offer. I know that it is the church that Christ set up when He walked on the earth, restored once again to the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he did translate the Book of Mormon like he said he did. I know that there is a prophet on the earth today. I know that.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as a full-time missionary in the Michigan Lansing Mission. I volunteered when I turned 19 to serve a mission for two years, sent in my papers, and then the church decides where I will be spending my time. I've been here in Michigan for almost a year and a half now. I've been all over the state, from Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula, to Lansing, and now I'm on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. I love serving the Lord in this capacity. It's an amazing experience to go out and share the gospel, and the peace, joy, and happiness that I have felt come into my life as I have accepted it into my own life, and I'm just grateful for the chance I have to share that with others.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Elder Ballard
I've run into that question alot so far on my mission, and the best way that I can answer that is that yes, Mormons do believe that it is by grace that we are saved. There is nothing we can do to "earn" our way into heaven by our works. The only way back to our Heavenly Father is through the grace of Jesus Christ, and our Faith in Him. But we also believe that "...Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (James 2:17) So our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ, if it is true faith should drive us to action. True faith will make us realize our truly desperate situation here in mortality, and our need to rely on the Savior, therefore we will want to do better. To repent. That repentance leads us to the waters of baptism, the gift of the holy ghost, and then to "endure to the end," which is what Christ himself taught. (2Nephi 31, 3 Nephi 27). My favorite scripture that answers this question is found in 2 Nephi chapter 25 verse 23, which says, "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that is is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Elder Ballard
Eternal Life huh? Well, I would like to distinguish between the difference of "Immortality" and "Eternal Life" which are easy to confuse with each other, and to give them the same meaning. Immortality is a free gift to all mankind as a result of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Because he rose again from the grave and was ressurected, so will all of us. We will receive our perfected bodies after the resurrection and will live forever. That is kinda like Eternal Life, except Eternal Life is living forever with our perfected bodies in the presence of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. (John 17:3) Show more Show less