Are you considering becoming a Mormon?
Since its founding in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has invoked strong reactions both on the part of those who believe its teachings as well as those who don’t. This site is not intended to be a deep doctrinal study of the teachings of the Mormon Church. This site exists to answer two simple questions: Why would I want to become a Mormon and how do I become a Mormon?
Why become a Mormon?
The challenge with writing something that is being published to the world is you never really know who your audience is. There are so many ways to answer the question, “Why become a Mormon?” I could talk of my own conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I could write about the joy I feel in the daily tender mercies from the Lord. I could quote statistics about the benefits of the church. But, for every comment I make there are many other voices on the Internet that will tell you the exact opposite. So, you must study and seek and find out for yourself. I hope this site will help you in that effort.
I was born into a wonderful, multi-generational Mormon family in the deep south. My parents taught me about our faith, but they also gave me the freedom to explore and learn on my own. This worked well for me. Even though I’d been raised Mormon, there came a time when I wanted to go beyond following what I’d been taught and discover for myself if it was true. For me that started in my early teens and continues to this day.
Now, as a father of five wonderful kids and as a husband to one amazing woman, I am often asked, “Why be a Mormon?” In the end, the answer is pretty simple. While I am well aware that the leaders of the church are mortal and are as prone to making mistakes as you and I are, I also know that this is the one place on earth that has the authority to allow me to make covenants with God that are lasting not just in this life but in all eternity, which is the long way to say that being Mormon makes me happy.
Being a Mormon isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile is. And, as I consider the rest of the world, the benefits of being a Mormon far outstrip any challenges that may come from being a member of the LDS Church. Being a Mormon:
- Gives me clear, reasonable answers to life’s challenging questions.
- Gives me purpose and reason.
- Pushes me to be a better husband, father, brother, employer, and friend.
- Helps me clearly see and understand the beauties of this world.
And the list could go on much longer. I’ve dedicated my life to this cause, which doesn’t mean I’m blind to all the online naysayers. I’ve spent much time with an open mind looking at all sides of the discussion. I’ve wanted to make sure I was on the right path. The preponderance of evidence and my personal experience tells me it is true.
It may not be an easy decision for you, but if done for the right reason, it will change your life for the better.
How do I become a Mormon?
Joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a simple process to describe, but the individual application can be complex.
As you learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ, you may experience feelings of peace, comfort, or happiness. Some have expressed that they feel a familiarity with the truths they are being taught and feel as though they are coming home. You are feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost telling you that what you are learning is true.
If you have a desire to follow Christ’s teachings and obey His commandments, you are first encouraged to participate in a series of discussions that will introduce you to basic principles of His gospel.
Then, when you are ready, you can become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by receiving the ordinance of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins by one having authority who after the baptism lays his hands upon your head, confirms you a member of the Church, and then pronounces a blessing upon you that you may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (see Acts 8:18-20).
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