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Hi I'm Ian Archibald

Longboarding is my life, skate culture is my passion, music saves my soul, I dream of making a positive impact, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm Ian! I grew up in a really small town. No... seriously, it's tiny. Like, less than a thousand people kind of tiny. I grew up a member, but I never really had a testimony. I just ended up going through the motions because it made my parents happy. I've always been a litte bit of an outsider. I mean, I hung out with the guys in the bands I was in, and I used to longboard with a group of kids, but that was about it. I was involved in athletics too, but even though I was a decent enough player, I never really quite fit in. After high school I stopped going to church and started traveling. A lot. I've been across the United States four times, making sure to stop in every major city for a longboarding session. I didn't even think about going back to church! I mean, why would I? I was having too much fun. That is, until I realized something was missing. It went kind of like that for a while, just bumming around the country skating and getting in trouble, until i met a very special friend. A friend that had faith in me when no one else did! Unintentionally, we helped each other back into the gospel and we've never looked back. I mean, I'll always longboard, I'll always love music, and I'll always be just a little bit different, but through good friends and positive influences I've found a balance between my faith and my passions, I'll a;ways love Christ, I'll always search after happiness - real happiness - and I'll always be Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a firm believer in second chances. I also believe that nothing worthwhile comes without a lot of hard work. I've done many things I'm not exactly proud of, but because of the atonement, we're given the chance to repent, and set ourselves right again. The repentance process isn't easy. it takes a lot of heart, and a lot of hard work, but I promise you it's worth it. I'm also thankful that I have a loving heavenly father that is watching over me. I've always had issues fitting in, but we've been taught that we're all the same in the eyes of God, and that whenever we need comfort, or inspiration, advice, or even when we just need someone to listen, all you have to do is pray, and he'll be there.

How I live my faith

I am currently a full-time missionary serving in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission! So, there's that! XD

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ian Archibald
We don't worship Joseph Smith any more than Muslims worship Muhammed! We believe that through Joseph Smith, the gospel was restored to the Earth, but no, we do not worship him. Joseph Smith, like many other great men, was merely an instrument in the hands of God, used to do many great things. We worship our loving Heavenly Father, and the son he sent to die for us, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ian Archibald
Well, either what we say is true, or it's not. It's all up to you to decide for yourself, but the way you learn if what we say is true or not, is by prayer. I'm gonna call you out right here. I challenge you to read the Book of Mormon. Read the entire thing. In fact, I'd like to challenge you to study it. while you read, listen to what your heart is telling you. focus on positive feelings! Then, once you've finished reading the book, pray. Pray to see if what we've told you is true, or not! But here's the catch, YOU HAVE TO WANT TO KNOW! You have to be earnest in your prayers. GOd will only be willing to help you, once He sees you've put in the work for yourself. I know that God answers prayers, and I know that if you ask with real intent, if you really want to know, God will let you know in your mind and in your heart that the Book of Mormon is true! So what are you waiting for?? GO READ! Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Ian Archibald
As missionaries, we teach the gospel of Jeses Christ, and that through faith in him, we are led through a series of steps that will lead us to eternal life in the presence of God. We teach about repentance, and that through the atonement of Christ, we can be cleansed of our sins. We teach about baptism, and that via baptism, along with the gift of the holy ghost, we enter on the path to living with God. We also teach the hardest part of the gospel: Enduring to the end. The things we teach don't end with baptism. Rather, baptism is only the beginning! We teach a life-long system, that if followed, can cleanse us of sin, allow us unimaginable blessings, and eventually, lead us to eternal life in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ian Archibald
NO WAY! I remember back in young mens, we did a service project almost every week! I can think of at least six or seven nonmembers in our tiny town that have new roofs, thanks to the service of the young mens program in the church! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Ian Archibald
Faith is trusting something you cant see. For athletes, this is a really easy concept to grasp. You have your team mates, right? Well, you can't always see them when you're out on the field/court, but you know they're there to throw the block you need, or be on the recieving end of that no look pass, right? That's how faith works! We can't see God, and we can't see Christ, but we do know he's there, and we do know that he blesses us, and that he's looking out for us. Faith is a hope, or a belief in things that you can't see, but you know are true. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Ian Archibald
Well.... let's say an ice cream man sees you speeding and pulls you over. Are you going to pay the ticket? probably not! I mean, sure, his intentions were good, and you were speeding.....but he lacks the authority needed to issue a legitimate citation. Baptism works the same way! Baptism without the proper authority is like a speeding ticket given by the ice cream man. Sure, you need it, but if it's not given via the right power, it really doesnt seem valid to me. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Ian Archibald
We believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and that because He loves us so very much, He wants us to come back and live with him some day. Only issue is, there are a few things that we are required to do bvefore we come back to live with him - one of those things being baptism. Now, what if someone dies before they are able to be baptised? Are they immediatley disqualified? Yeah, that doesn't seem very fair to me, either. Because God loves us, and He wants all of us to be able to live with Him again some day, he gave us the power to baptize the dead, allowing those that died before they were able to be baptized to live with our Father again. Show more Show less

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

Ian Archibald
We talk about Jesus Christ! We talk about how we have a loving Father in Heaven that wants nothing more than to see us live with him again some day, and we share the message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We teach that through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, we can live happy, healthy lives, and one day return to live with our our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ian Archibald
Why yes! Yes we are! If you've ever been to a Mormon church, you've seen the really big sign on the side of the building that says, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". If you've ever seen a copy of the Book of Mormon, you'll notice that the full title is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We are Christians in a very real sense. Everything we do, we do in the name of Jesus Christ. When we perform sacred ordinances, pray, or speak in church, we always end in the name of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ian Archibald
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ! The Book of Mormon actually starts in Jerusalem, where a man named Lehi gets revelation that he and his family should leave, because Jerusalem is about to be destroyed. So they do! They Actually build a boat and sail it to America! The Book of Mormon contains the writings of Lehi's decendents and their dealings with God throughout their entire history, much like the bible contains! Personally, I think it is much easier to understand than the bible as well! Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Ian Archibald
Well, this is something I talk about with investigaters all the time! God loves us, right? Obviously. Because He loves us, he wants us to come back and live with Him. That's where this all gets interesting. No unclean, or imperfect, thing can dwell in the presence of God. WHOA! That's a little brutal, right? Well, no, not really. Imagine that your best friend showed up at your door, covered head to to in mud? Would you let him in? probably not, at least not until he had cleaned up first. It's just like that with God. He really does love us, but he has a REALLY clean house, and lets face it, none of us are perfect. Not you. Not me. Not the president. Not the prophet. Not anybody. Noone is getting in Gods house. Thats where Jesus Christ comes in. Because God loves us, he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for us, and take upon him our sins so that we can all return to live with God again. Now, it's not just a free gift. We have to put in a little effort here as well. We have to sincerely repent. We do that by confessing what we have done to both God and anyone who was directly harmed by the sin. In some cases, if the sin is serious enough, we need to talk to priesthood authority. Next, we ask for forgivenessrom God, and whoever we harmed in our misdoings. If it's possible, you also need to try and repair any damage you've done. After that, there is only one thing left. GET RID OF THE SIN! Thats sometimes the hardest part, but it's definitely worth the work! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Ian Archibald
Well...... it's alot like being anything else. I mean, I still listen to punk music, I still skate, I'm still pretty edgy, and i still love college football, I just know where I'm going in life, and I know how to get there. WHAT!?!?!?! MORMONS ARE REAL PEOPLE!?!?!?! NO WAY! Yeah, we're real people, and we do real things, and we all have real struggles! I still struggle with old problems every day! I have girl problems, just like the next guy! I have self confidence issues, just like the next guy. I break rules once in a while, just like the next guy! However, i know that whenever I fall short - whenever I feel like I've tripped up and fallen - that God is there to help me through. I know that Jesus Christ is there to pick me up again and put me on the right path. THAT is what it's like to be a Mormon. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Ian Archibald
EVERYTHING! Just recently, I've had this completely reaffirmed! Someone explained it to me in a way that finally clicked! Every good thing you love, have ever loved, or ever will love is from God! Simple as that! God loves us, and he wants to make us happy, so He's given us this amazing world filled with awesome colors, beautiful music, delicious flavors, etc. Everything that inspires you to move or to create, the things that make you happy, they're all from God! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ian Archibald
Nope! All young men are strongly encouraged to serve, but in the end, it all comes down to whether we want to or not! Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Ian Archibald
Jesus Christ! Before we have faith in anyone or anything else, we first need to build or foundation of faith on Jesus Christ. After that, the rest just kind of falls into place! Show more Show less