Hi I'm Jeremy
Fascinated with learning. I love one of Thomas Jefferson's motto's of "Question Everything, Question with Boldness". That has helped me a lot in my faith and also to expand my views to continue learning and growing. I love fitness and all sports especially volleyball. I like Rubik's cubes. I am an Eagle Scout, Entrepreneur and currently a Missionary in Nevada.
Why I am a Mormon
Why not be a Mormon? Life is filled with questions, puzzles. It no fun to be alone. The whole purpose of the LDS/Mormon church is to better our lives. Answer questions. Not just to teach us but to teach us how to find out for ourselves. Not just to serve us but to teach us how to better serve and change others lives. I find I am more happy when I serve others and focus less on myself. You know the saying, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life." That's what the gospel of Jesus Christ does for us. But, you will never get tired of this kinda fish. Why not? Have your family sealed together, have all the promises God offers us in our lives. Every church offers something. We offer the fullness. Everything. Why not try it?
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
"Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it." I firmly believe in that statement with all my heart. While serving my mission for the Church. I love every moment. To be able to learn about so many different things. Joseph Smith's life has become my favorite topic to study. It came to the point where I would meet anti people who would bring up things about Joseph Smith to try to tear him down. I remember how upset I felt when a man told me that he was a descendant from Joseph Smith and that he said he wasn't proud of it... "You don't even know." Came to man. How great of a man he was. No he was not perfect. Nor is any other man who is, has or will live on the earth save Jesus Christ. He himself would readily admit it. Saying "Although I do wrong, I do not the wrongs that I am charged with doing; the wrong that I do is through the frailty of human nature, like other men. No man lives without fault." But, he was a prophet of God. You can feel that for yourself if you would just take the time to read his teachings. It is because of the life that he lived, how he taught. Men could not condemn his teachings because they were all true doctrine of God. Instead of excepting the truth, they tried to tear down the character of the man. I love the man. I wish that I could have known him. I know that he was a prophet of God. I know that he did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appear to him. I know that he translated the book of Mormon through the power of God. Read The Book of Mormon and you'll know he is a prophet. Study his life and you'll be amazed.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized when I was 8 in 1998. A good friend of mine and I were baptized on the same day. My Dad baptized me and my Grandmother played the piano. I was 8. I got baptized because I knew I should. I didn't know how much important that step was in my life but I knew it was something I could do. I remember that feeling. It sometimes bugged me, that I couldn't remember some big "spiritual" feeling. But knowing when I take the Sacrament every week, and I truly focus on Christ and try to be my best. Those weeks, I truly feel that spiritual peace and I get that confirmation, "You're doing the right thing". I have been to many peoples baptisms during my and sometimes, Wow, the spirit is so strong. Sometimes, you see it happens and that's it. I don't feel we need some amazing thing to happen each time. A dove to come from the sky. We are doing the right thing, and if we keep doing so. Those great experiences will come.
How I live my faith
As Nike says, Just do it! Living your faith is made so easy when you decide. "I want to do it. I know that is what I should do." You decide to and then do it. I pay tithing, read, pray, go to church, fulfill callings, and everything else that I know my Heavenly Father wants me to do. I got my answer that this is what I should do. I know God is not going to change that answer. I just try to live my life, to have fun, fit in, enjoy it and maybe make a difference. Really, living my faith does not hold me back at all but just makes things easier.