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Hi I'm C.T.

I am a 40 year christian convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Jatter Day Saints.

About Me

My name is Clarence Theodore, but I go by my initials C.T. I was raised in a small town, on the edge of the swamp, about 30 mile north of New Orleans, Louisiana USA. Some of my hobbies were swimming, fishing, playing my guitar, woodworking, amateur radio, and electronics. When I was about six years old, my father made me a tool box and filled it with real carpenter tools, not toys. He would bring home scrap pieces of lumber from his work for me to make things. Back in the 1940’s and 50’s, our town claimed to be the strawberry capital of the world, and our school year ended in March, so that the kids could work in the fields picking strawberries. We always started back to school on the 5th of July, the hottest part of the summer. It was so hot that we had trouble writing, because our paper would get wet with sweat from our arms and hands. Since there was no air conditioning, the teacher was allowed to install a window fan if she bought it herself. We wore the thinnest clothes that we had, and went barefoot on purpose. The cool hardwood floor felt good and we could walk in the water or mud if there was any outside. At age 13, I sold some hogs, that were raised from one little pig, bought myself a guitar and learned to play it. I played it on talent shows, school events, and the local radio station. When I was a teenager in the 50’s, I made my own solid bodied electric guitar in a woodworking class at high school. There were a number of musicians around so we organized bands, and played for school dances, civic clubs, charity events, political rallies etc. We played mostly country, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and some gospel hymn music. I didn’t like to play in night clubs, but a few times we did, when the money was good. The owners didn’t like it when I didn’t drink up my pay. On June 8, 1958, I played my guitar on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana, which was the biggest country music show nest to the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. I attended college for three semesters. I wanted to get an electrical engineering degree, but I couldn’t afford to keep on going, I stopped and went to work. During the 60’s, I became an amateur radio operator, and I got involved with emergency communications planning for Civil Defense organizations. I worked for state agencies and radio and television stations. I started my own electronics sales and service business in January of 1971, and I joined the LDS church in 1972. My wife had a similar conversion experience to mine. She came from a Catholic family and was about to become a nun when she met the missionaries. She asked her priest about baptism for the dead and he could not explain it. She joined the LDS church a few years before I did and served a mission. We met in a single adult group and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1982. We raised three sons, and so far one has served a mission in Los Angeles, California. I continued to work until I was forced to retire due to medical problems. We celebrated our 28th anniversary this past March. When I think of the many ways that the Lord has blessed me and my family, I am reminded of that old Hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

Why I am a Mormon

The word "Mormon" is a nickname, coined by in the early days of the church, by nonmembers, because they had heard about the Book of Mormon. When I was a child, my family attended the Methodist church. Our minister was a good man who tried to live a righteous life. I knew that Jesus had said that we had to be baptized to go to the kingdom of heaven, so I asked him why he christened people instead of baptizing them by immersion. His response was that he could not perform a real baptism because John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, said that the authority to perform holy ordinances like baptism was lost a few centuries after Jesus ascended to heaven. He explained that we only had a man made church, and when the Lord would restore His real church that we all would unite with it. That was in the year 1947. We didn't know that the restoration had already taken place. As time went on, I attended the Methodist church less frequently and finally stopped going at all. I still prayed and read the bible. Many years passed and, in 1972, I met two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who said that they had a message from God. I decided to here them out, and that's where my conversion started. I had one question that had stumped all the clergymen, of different faiths, that I had inquired of. Jesus said that we had to be baptized, so what happens to all those good people who would have accepted Jesus and His gospel but never had a chance to hear it? They just smiled and said bring us your bible. They had me read from my own bible about baptism for the dead. Then I knew that I was on the right track to finding the truth about the gospel. They taught me about living prophets and the plan of salvation. The told me their testimony of the restored gospel and that the Book of Mormom is a second witness of Jesus Christ. They also told me that I didn't have to believe anything that they said, but if I would ask God in sincere prayer, that He would let me know that what they had said was true. I followed their instructions and found out for myself that their message was true. Now I know the real nature of God, that Jesus was resurrected, has restored His ancient church through His modern prophet Joseph Smith and that He has called our present prophet in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I admonish everyone who would like to know as much as possible about God and Heavenly things to talk with the missionaries from the LDS church. You will be glad that you did. Go to the Lord in prayer with sincere faith and prove to yourself the things that I have written. I stake my reputation on them, and I give you my personal guarantee that they are true. I write them in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example to my family, and make sure that we have a gospel centered home. I have participated in church activities like missionary work, visiting sick people in the hospital and at home and taking part in church organizations. I have taught both youth and adult Sunday school classes. Everyone is assigned a number of members to visit each month to check on their needs, health, employment and other things pertaining to their welfare. I once even visited a man in jail. I look for opporrtunities to introduce people to our missionaries so that they can learn the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

C.T.
Husbands, Wives and their children can be together forever, by the sealing ordinances and covenants made in the temple. Here are some scriptures relating to this matter: 1. Eccl. 3: 14 14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. 2. Jer. 31: 1 1 AT the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 3. Matt. 16: 19 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 4. Matt. 19: 5 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 5. Mark 10: 7-9 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 6. 1 Cor. 11: 11 11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 7. Eph. 3: 14-15 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 8. 1 Pet. 3: 7 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

C.T.
The Bible and the Book of Mormon forbid the practice of collecting money as payment for preaching the gospel. The operation of the church has been revealed to the prophet and apostles who preside over it. No one who presides, conducts, or participates in our worship services gets any paid compensation. Jesus and His disciples did not preach for money they worked at their trades for a living, and taught on the Sabbath day, as indicated in Mark 1:21 and Luke 4:31. Jesus was a carpenter. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were fisherman see Luke 5:5-10. Mathew was a tax collector, Luke was a doctor, and Paul was a tentmaker. The following are scripture references to this subject: FROM THE BIBLE Micah 3: 11 11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Matt. 10: 8 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Mark 6: 3 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. Luke 5: 5-10 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not from henceforth thou shalt catch men. Acts 18: 1-3 1 AFTER these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth 2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome: and came unto them. 3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. Acts 20: 34 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 1 Cor. 4: 12 12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless being persecuted, we suffer it: 1 Cor. 9: 18 18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 2 Thes. 3: 8 8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 1 Tim. 3: 2-3, 8 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre but patient, not a brawler, not covetous • • • 8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre 1 Pet. 5: 2 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind FROM THE BOOK OF MORMON 2 Ne. 26: 29, 31 29 He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world but they seek not the welfare of Zion. • • • 31 But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion for if they labor for money they shall perish. Mosiah 18: 26 26 And the priests were not to depend upon the people for their support but for their labor they were to receive the grace of God, that they might wax strong in the Spirit, having the knowledge of God, that they might teach with power and authority from God. Alma 1: 26 26 And when the priests left their labor to impart the word of God unto the people, the people also left their labors to hear the word of God. And when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God they all returned again diligently unto their labors and the priest, not esteeming himself above his hearers, for the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the teacher any better than the learner and thus they were all equal, and they did all labor, every man according to his strength. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

C.T.
THE ARTICLES OF FAITH OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535—541 1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression. 3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. 5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. 6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. 7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. 9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. 10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory. 11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may. 12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. 13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Joseph Smith   Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

C.T.
Yes, We worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the saviour of the world. Show more Show less

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

C.T.
Many times, I have went to the Lord in prayer asking for help, and found the answer to my problem as soon as I opened the scriptures. Reading the Book of Mormon has clairified many gospel principals and made the teachings of the Bible much easier to understand.The scriptures have increased my sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The Book of Mormon has been a strong pillar in my testimony of the restored gospel. Being scientifically minded, I don’t take anything for granted or accept things on blind faith. When I began to study the Book of Mormon, the first thing that really stood out and excited me greatly, was 1 Nephi 3:7 where Nephi said, “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” I have learned many important things from the Book of Mormon such as: God will protect us from our enemies, with faith in God, all things are possible, we are serving God when we serve each other, and if we ask God in sincere prayer, He will let us know the truth of all things by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

C.T.
The Lord Jesus Christ calls the prophet. By revelation, worthy faithful men are called to be apostles. When President Gordon B. Hinckley was asked about this on the Larry King television show, he said something like, “Well, You get called to be one of the twelve apostles, and then you out live all the rest.” The selection of who will live the longest is in the hands of the Lord. Learning and understanding succession in church leadership has greatly increased the strength of my testimony. No one person or group of people can setup a prophet. Show more Show less