Why am I a Mormon?
There is a corolation between the powers of heaven, and our position or place in which we find ourselves, or the house which we are born into, so to speak. It is this factor that will determine what our core values are.
Now by definition, core values are the wants and needs that our parents impose on us that become transcended throughout the generations and heaped into the individual's patterns of thought and behavior. Lets say you and your dad both wipe your noses the same way, it may be possible that this form of nose wiping could be traced back a dozen generations. The same goes for other traits like ones sense of humor, how you spend your money, or wether or not you like to kick the dog when you get mad. It can at times even determine what church you might attend.
In part your core values can be affected by the circumstances of the generation in which you live. The culture and influences of the times tend to seep into the human psychie as well. For instance our mode of dress and common thought patterns, quips, and theories that expand throughout the masses and are inspired by movies and television. Can we blame it on our parents?
Since I do a lot of Family history work, I see patterns of my own families going to the same parishes for several generations and I take note of their activity, ie. marriages, baptisms, burials etc.They will always be two sided; either consistant activity, or few, and sporratic, events here and there. The parents are the determining factor, if they stop going to church chances are that the children will follow suit and suddenly the rest of the family drops off the map.
So in the beginning we have these certain values engrained into our temporal data base that point us in a particular direction. There is however a point at which the individual arrives, that allows for independant thought. "Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." -Columbus.
The components of your mind have the ability to accept or reject its previously dictated path. I like to think of it as the age of accountability. In essence it is the hitchhiker's cut off point. At this point the individual's spiritual integrity shines forth and the fork in the road makes its self known. Such is with the nurturing of the soul, It is a fact that you cannot grow in your own spirituality based on the experiances of other people. You have to get in on the action yourself. And what other way is there than careful study, Fasting, and thoughtful prayer?
It is by personal revelation, which is the Holy Ghost that will make all things known to you when your heart is pure and your intentions are directed towards the honest seeking of the truth. I say with all of the ferverance of my being that I find the most truthfulness in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Not only because of the fundamental corolation that it has with the ministry of Jesus, but because of it's sound and solid doctrine, the presence of the priesthood and it's divine appointment which was delligated to mankind by the hands of angels, and the ordinances it has which make us so ready for the next life and keeps us focused on the ultimate goal which is to build the kingdom of Heaven on Earth and obtain celestial glory with him whose glory it is.