Jacob Gates and Oliver Cowdery

My great-great-great grandfather Jacob Gates knew Oliver Cowdery and the Prophet Joseph Smith personally. He saw Joseph Smith on his horse heading to Carthage, IL before the martyrdom.  Here is a cool story about him talking to Oliver before his death. "Testimony of Jacob Gates. My father, Jacob Gates, while on his way to England,... Continue Reading →

Change in LDS Leadership

Change in LDS leadership is interesting and unique and unlike any other religious organization. Most churches have a priest or some type of leadership for their local parish. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the local leaders are all lay leaders. They are just regular members of the congregation who serve for... Continue Reading →

Mormon Baptism

Today was a special event for our family. In the LDS faith, (Mormon), we do not baptize children until they are 8 years old. We want them to make the decision and feel this is when they really start to know right from wrong. My daughter Camille recently turned 8 and was very excited to... Continue Reading →

Mormon Temples

One of the unique things about the LDS faith (Mormon) is our temples. There is sometimes confusion about our temples from the fact that not just anyone can walk inside and look at one. You can do that at one of our churches or visitor centers at the temple, but inside the temple is considered... Continue Reading →

Changes in life

As I was flying from Atlanta to Salt Lake Sunday evening, I was reading some of my journal entries. I often take time during flights to write in my journal. I had just finished writing and came across this sweet experience in my journal from 3 years ago. 9/7/14 Julienne had locked her keys in... Continue Reading →

Cleave unto charity

While reading 1 Corinthians chapter 13, I was pondering how this scripture seemed to directly apply to those who have doubts about Joseph Smith, the prophets & apostles, the Church, the Book of Mormon, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Charity is not just about giving to the poor, it is also defined as: lenient... Continue Reading →

Love One Another

As I have been pondering a bit today driving from Pennsylvania to New Jersey from one meeting to another, I have been thinking about a friend who has been questioning his faith in the gospel, particularly his faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon faith.  We are very good... Continue Reading →

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