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Hi I'm John David

Lover of all things International. Member of The Church of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm married to the most amazing woman in the world and I am the father of a handsome little boy and lovely little girl. For hobbies I like to scuba dive, sing, play the guitar, learn foreign languages, and eat food!!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have found teachings and doctrine that bring me and my family great stability, happiness, and peace in this turbulent world. Our invitation as a church has always been this: "Bring all the good that you have, and come let us see if we can add to it!"

How I live my faith

I enjoy life with no regrets! Also, my relationships have deeper meaning to me because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that we can experience heaven right now because that is how I feel about my life!

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

John David
Yes. You can read about it in 3 Nephi Chapter 11 in the Book of Mormon. Find this reading at http://scriptures.lds.org Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

John David
Mostly through their own personal donations and through the donations of their families. The church also has a local and general fund that all members can donate to. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

John David
It is the women's organization within the church. It was founded in 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith and was formed after the order of the Priesthood. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

John David
It is the right and authority for men to act in the name of God. It is way the church is governed, the Gospel is taught, and ordinances (or special rites) are performed. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

John David
We partner with other organizations such as Islamic charities and Catholic groups and Red Cross to help with disaster relief and enrich the lives of impoverished people. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

John David
No, there are not. The Priesthood (or right for men to officiate in the church) was not not available to men of African ancestry before 1978. We don't know all the reasons why this was the case, but assuredly we rejoice in the fact that all worthy men may hold the Priesthood today. To further explain this question, it is important to understand that the Priesthood had historically been limited as to who could hold it during ancient times as well as modern, for purposes known only to God. For example, during the time of the Old Testament, only one tribe of the 12 tribes of Israel, (Levi) could hold the Priesthood. In the New Testament times with Jesus only Jews could hold the Priesthood, no gentiles at all. It took a revelation from God to Peter that the Gospel could be preached openly to non-Jews. Similarly, in our day, there were also some restrictions at one point, but as for today there are absolutely none. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

John David
You will need to learn more by speaking with full-time missionaries, take the proper lessons about the church, and then be baptized. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

John David
A ward is an LDS congregation, subdivided into a geographical area. It can be the size of a few blocks (Utah) or a whole country, depending on the concentration of church members. A stake is a group of wards; generally from 6-10 congregations. A branch is a smaller congregation, that may not have as many people. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

John David
The Lord Jesus Christ, through the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

John David
Through prayer and through reading about Him in the scriptures. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

John David
Family represents one of the greatest gifts that God has given us. Everyone has a mom and dad, and this is because God entrusts us as imperfect parents to take care of His spirit children. He does this so we can grow and develop, and become more like Him. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

John David
Whoever has served the longest period of time as an Apostle and has outlived the rest. The Lord is in control over life and death, so we believe that He chooses. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

John David
Joseph Smith was a prophet in our days. He was chosen by God to help restore the original church of Jesus Christ back to the earth.  Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

John David
It can help unify us.  Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

John David
To allow men and women to become self-sufficient and then to go on to help others to become self-sufficient. It is a cycle which leads to self confidence and freedom from bondage. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

John David
It is God's law that we stay sexually pure. This means that sex or anything like unto it is practiced only between a lawfully wedded husband and wife. This also means keeping our thoughts clean, both in and out of marriage. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

John David
Because the Lord commanded it. The Lord has approved plural marriage in certain times, both ancient and modern, for His own purpose. As stated by the Prophet Jacob in the Book of Mormon, its purpose was to raise a righteous seed unto the Lord. Honestly, this is one area I don't understand 100%, but if I did, then I wouldn't have the need for faith! :) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

John David
We believe it is the word of God. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

John David
Because if you are not self reliant, you can't truly serve others. We talk about emergency preparedness because one of our scriptures says that if you are prepared, you shall not fear. We feel as though we have a responsibility to be a light to the world, and if we can't meet basic needs in the face of danger, how can we serve others properly? Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

John David
It is a conviction and even knowledge of truth that has been personally confirmed to you through the Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

John David
Various prophets of God who lived anciently on the American continent. Their writings were compiled by a prophet-historian named Mormon. This is why it is called the Book of Mormon. To use a Catholic/Protestant Christian example, the first 5 books of the Bible are sometimes referred to as the Book of Moses. They are referred to as such because Moses compiled ancient writings as well as writing his own history. Similarly, Mormon served in this compiling/writing capacity for the Book named after him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

John David
We believe that God has a tangible body of flesh and bone, although it is immortal and perfectly glorified, unlike our own imperfect bodies. We believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three separate and distinct beings, although they are one in purpose. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

John David
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. Our whole theology is centered on Him, His life and teachings, and His sacrifice for us. Show more Show less

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

John David
Daily direction for my life. These truths allow me to understand my role better at work, in my family, and among friends. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

John David
That family is the building block of society. We also believe that God intended His Plan of Happiness to be carried out through the family. We believe that our families will continue throughout eternity, by obedience to the Gospel and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

John David
No, but young men are encouraged to serve. My 2 year mission to Brazil has been a great blessing in my life. Some young women also serve (my wife did!) Older couples are also encouraged to serve (My Uncle and Aunt served a mission in Mexico). Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

John David
Unacceptable. In cases where the woman was raped or the life of the mother is in danger, exceptions can be made, although prayerfully and with the guidance of church leaders. Show more Show less

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

John David
Yes! We believe that through restored Priesthood ordinances performed in the Lord's Temples, family relationships can be perpetuated beyond the grave. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

John David
Because Jesus Christ commanded us to (see John 3:5) Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

John David
We don't need money to do what we do. It is rewarding work in and of itself. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

John David
God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost. Faith, repentance, baptism, and enduring to the end. Joseph Smith and his vision, the Book of Mormon, the Law of Chastity, the Word of Wisdom, keeping the commandments, tithing, eternal families. The Plan of Salvation. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

John David
Because we make bad choices which separate us from God. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

John David
Through tithing, which is defined as 10 percent of the income of church members. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

John David
Yes! We are not Protestant or Catholic Christians though. We believe in the restoration of the church that Jesus Christ established when he was on the earth. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

John David
So much fun! It gives you a strong social network wherever you go and it helps guide your life in the right direction. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

John David
When we respect our body by dressing modestly, we are sending a message to members of the opposite sex that we value the law of chastity and that we want their thoughts to be clean (because bad thoughts are the beginning of bad actions). Parents can teach their children by example, but also teach them why modesty is important. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

John David
No! We do tend to reach out to our own members effectively, but that help extends to people of all faiths and circumstances of life. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

John David
Because it is an ancient law as recorded in the Old Testament. Our modern day prophets have promised great blessings to those who pay tithing. I have felt greatly blessed in my own life through paying my tithing faithfully. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

John David
God our Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in the spring of 1820. This is referred to as the First Vision because it was the first major vision of God in our modern times. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

John David
It is a unique nickname that has stuck because we believe in the Book of Mormon as scripture. We are Christians first and foremost though. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

John David
Because Jesus Christ gave the command for his disciples and church to go unto the ends of the earth and baptize in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

John David
Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

John David
Don't view it yourself and teach others of its corrosive influence. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

John David
Go to www.mormon.org and find a meetinghouse in your area (the time schedule should also be listed). You will be able to talk with someone there on Sunday mornings. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

John David
Women don't hold the Priesthood because God hasn't asked them to serve in that capacity. But women do have an essential leadership role in the church. My own mother and wife have served as presidents of our local congregation's Relief Society, young women's orgainzation, and the primary. To my knowledge, the Relief Society is the largest women's organization on the globe right now. Women pray, give talks (sermons) and lessons in church. They coordinate with nearly all major decisions in the church. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

John David
The Book of Mormon is a book of sacred scriptures that is comparable to the Bible. It was written by ancient prophets from the American continent who testified of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

John David
They are powerful and wonderful! You should meet my wife, mother, sisters, and mother-in-law to see a glimpse of what I mean. We do believe in equal importance of roles between men and women, and although these roles overlap, there are distinct roles that God has ordained for men and women to perform. Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

John David
We don't drink these substances because we believe in modern-day revelation from God to prophets. The Lord has communicated through his Prophets that we are to abstain from these drinks. Other harmful substances are also against our health code, although each item may not be explicitly stated. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

John David
We live after the manner of HAPPINESS!! We are imperfect people who have issues too, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives us purpose and direction in life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

John David
Because we know that God is our Father, He loves us, and wants us to be happy. Eternal life means to live in God's presence forever. It also means to have our family relationships perpetuated. It also means to become like God, who is our Eternal Father (Matthew 5:48). Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

John David
It is mostly used to construct and maintain buildings. It is also allocated to pay for the Church Educational System, to sustain seminaries, universities, and institutes of religion. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

John David
They are 3 hours long. Usually we have the sacrament, or main congregational meeting for the first hour. Then we divide into Sunday School groups. Finally, men and women meet with their respective organization during the last hour. You are ABSOLUTELY invited!!! :-) Find one on LDS maps (www.mormon.org) that is close to you and tell members of the congregation that you are visiting and they will show you around! Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

John David
Because they are gifts of God to us. They are called temples because they are sacred and special. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

John David
Loving even the least person is the way we show love for Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40). What a powerful teaching. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

John David
We can find out the truth. We can be guided to make correct decisions. We can be protected from harm. We can be comforted during a time of difficulty. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

John David
No, not at all. Although plural marriage was practiced from around 1850-1890 among select members of the church, it was abolished in 1890 and any member engaging in such practice since that time are excommunicated from the church. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

John David
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is His eternal sacrifice on behalf of all of God's children. Through it we can return to live with God and also be able to better enjoy our lives here on earth, as we can repent and have peace in knowing we have been forgiven of our sins. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

John David
Because it teaches and testifies about the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

John David
Imagine if you had something extremely special and sacred happen to you personally. You might not express this experience or your feelings openly with everyone. This is not because you don't care about anyone else, but because the experience must be shared with those who are prepared to appreciate and understand the special, sacred feelings that you have. Similarly, the Temples of the church are open to those members of the church who are prepared and have lived properly as to be worthy to enter the House of the Lord. If they were available to just anyone, regardless of how they lived their lives, it wouldn't be as special. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

John David
Fathers preside over their family in love and righteousness, with the main responsibilities to provide for and protect their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of the children. Both are obligated to help one another in these sacred responsibilities. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

John David
Look at how many different faiths there are, even with the Bible. A restoration was needed to bring us to the unity of the faith (Ephesians 4:12). Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

John David
First, meet with the missionaries to be taught about the Church. Then study the Book of Mormon. Finally, pray to God, asking if the things you have been taught and studied are true. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

John David
It serves as an anchor in a world of shifting values. Most people have an innate desire for that steadiness that comes through righteous living. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

John David
Christ taught that all need to be baptized to enter the kingdom of God. Not all people have had this opportunity during their lives. The Apostle Paul mentioned in his epistle to the Corinthians the early Christian practice of baptism for those that have passed on. This is an example of a restored practice in the modern day church of Christ. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

John David
No, although we will stand as a voice for moral issues that can also happen to be political issues. (ie: abortion, marriage issues, etc) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

John David
We believe the Eternal Life is the type of life that God lives, and that it consists of family units. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

John David
It must be by immersion and performed by someone who has proper Priesthood authority to perform the ordinance. All must be baptized to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:5). Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

John David
Mormons are disciples of Jesus Christ who believe that He lives and has restored His true church to the earth. We believe in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which is where we get our distinctive nickname. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

John David
Yes! Show more Show less

What is faith?

John David
Faith is a principle of action, based on trust in God. Faith starts with a belief (an imperfect knowledge) but it will always lead to action. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

John David
Mormons believe in God, that He is the literal Father of our spirits. He is real and He hears our prayers. He created a purposeful plan for us being on earth. Our goal is to return to live with Him and with our families. Because we are imperfect and make many mistakes, He sent His son Jesus Christ to earth to allow us to change our very natures and live happily by following His teachings. He sacrificed His life and paid the price for our sins so we may return to live with God. God has always called prophets, who are men that he has teach us in His name. They teach us how to follow Christ in our day. We believe that Christ directs His church today through a living prophet. Through living in obedience to God's commandments, we can find joy in this life and eternal life in the world to come. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

John David
We believe that the Holy Ghost is a personage who is a member of the Godhead. It is through His influence that we can come to know truth in this life. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

John David
It doesn't say that they were only meant to exist during the time of Christ to my knowledge. Regardless, 12 Apostles were set apart for the purpose of unifying the body of Christ, or the church (see Ephesians 4:11-14). Similarly, the 12 Apostles today serve this function. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

John David
We believe that we are saved through the grace of Jesus Christ, after all we can do. It is free gift available to all, but in most circumstances, we must exercise faith in Jesus Christ to enable His grace in our lives. Grace can enable us to do the things that God has commanded us, which otherwise might be outside our own capacity. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

John David
Usually a cult means to most people "a fringe organization that believes things that I don't believe in." We certainly are unique in the world of Christendom. Also, we have a highly organized structure, which differs from most mainstream Protestant churches, and can give the perception of us being "closed." Let us remember that Jesus and His followers were considered a "cult" by the mainstream population in Palestine at one point too. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

John David
In New York state. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

John David
Anyone can attend church, regardless of who they are! The temple is a special building which is dedicated as a "House of the Lord" where only people who live faithfully to the Gospel of Jesus Christ may enter (ie: pay tithing, live the law of chastity, word of wisdom, being honest, etc). Everyone is also welcome to attend the temple, but they must be properly prepared by taking the necessary steps. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

John David
Our body is separated from our spirit. Our spirit goes on to continue living, while the body decays. Our character and knowledge will continue with us beyond the grave. We also believe that all men and women will be resurrected, which means that our body and spirit will be reunited eternally with glory. This is through the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corintians 15:20-22). Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

John David
Three main ordinances (or sacred rites): baptisms, the Endowment (where special instruction, teaching, and promises are made), and marriage ceremonies. All of these ordinances are performed in the name of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

John David
Absolutely not. But we do revere him as a servant of God, like the Jewish people revere Moses and the Catholic/Protestant Christians revere the Apostle Paul (by the way, we also revere these men - :-) ) Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

John David
The way the universe is formed all the way down to the intricacies of the human cell and its intelligently-designed mechanisms. I know there is a God by the way I feel when I pray to Him. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

John David
We should have faith in Jesus Christ, because He was and is the only perfect being to walk upon this earth. If you are going to trust and have faith in something, the only way it can become a complete, whole faith is if it is centered in a perfect being. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

John David
Imagine if you were pulled over for speeding, and it turns out that the individual who put gives you the ticket is the ice cream man! Would you pay the ticket? This silly example illustrates the importance of proper authority. The state gives Police Officers their right and authority to execute the law. Similarly, God gives men the right and authority to baptize. This authority must come from the methods that God has ordained. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

John David
It is a health code revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The underlying teaching is that the body is a gift from God and we need to take care of it by eating properly and abstaining from things that would harm it. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

John David
We do acknowledge that many people do have feelings of same-gender attraction. These feelings, in and of themselves, do not constitute sin, but when our thoughts become sexually impure towards a member of the same gender, or when homosexual acts are performed, this is where the Lord and His prophets have always condemned this behavior. Our Father in Heaven loves his children who struggle with these feelings, but they are not justified in the exercise of breaking the law of chastity, which applies to all. We love our brothers and sisters who have same-gender attraction, and welcome them in the church as long as they keep the law of chastity. Marriage is the foundational bedrock of society and we believe also of eternity. God Himself has ordained that only men and women be married. We seek to protect traditional marriage because that is what God has commanded. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

John David
We celebrate all major holidays (usually eating lots of food!!) We dress in our "Sunday best" - Shirt and ties for the men, dresses for the women. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

John David
By living what He taught.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

John David
To be happy and to live so that we can return to the presence of God our Father. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

John David
It is the compilation of sacred writings from the western hemisphere, while the Bible contains writings from the eastern hemisphere. Joseph Smith obtained the golden plates through the instructions of an angel of God, and translated the Book into English by the power of God. Show more Show less