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Hi I'm Jamie

I'm a gamer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

You name it, 2600-360 I play it. I also love working on computers and just tinkering with technology in general. I work doing IT Support and one day hope to nail down some nice certifications and a college degree. Mostly I just roll with the punches, though I hope soon to blaze my own trail.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a Pentecostal home, as such my new faith makes life interesting. Though it's tough, I know my parents respect that I am "searching for God" as they say. I don't think you would want to hear my entire conversion story, though I would like to share the abridged version. I met with the missionaries through a member friend, and we went back and forth on every possible question you might find on the internet (I know, that's where I got them from). It seemed every time I came up with something, these guys had an answer, maybe not the exact, foolproof, watertight one I wanted, but something that worked. I loved how when I left from meeting with them everything seemed to gel. A wonderful little aside is the fact that in one of my deepest hours of despair prior to talking with the missionaries, I cried out to God, begging him to let me know he was there. Some time after that my mom asked me if I even believed in God anymore, I told her simply, "I want to believe". During one of my lessons with the missionaries they recommended I read Alma 32:27 "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, -even if ye can no more than desire to believe-, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words" The hyphens I use to point out the part that stuck out to me like almost no other verse in scripture. This word was for me, I don't believe a farm boy 180 years ago wrote this, I believe God put this in there for people like me. What I feel to be the turning point in my conversion is when one night in discussion with the missionaries, a feeling of absolute peace came over me. I don't know how else to describe it other than the whole thing felt true, the whole church, all of it was right, it was the most intense feeling I have ever felt. The parts I didn't yet fully understand, the deeper doctrines, they mattered, but I genuinely felt like if I didn't know it in this life, that was OK, I would on the other side. Even now, typing this, I feel that same "blessed assurance" as the song says (a little nod to my pentecostal background :). Even beyond these, God has given me multiple witnesses, things that just make the whole church make sense. These are the reasons I believe the Gospel has been restored.

How I live my faith

Right now I am trying to learn and develop my testimony and strengthen my faith. I struggle with the same foibles as everyone else, but am very thankful for the grace of God, and I do what I can do live worthy of it.

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

Much like other Christians, though with a few more rules based on latter day scripture. We believe in the eternity of family so building strong family ties is important, as is the same with marriage. Honestly, other than some different takes on existing doctrine and the possibility of new doctrine we aren't very different that what any Christian should be. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We are commanded to baptize in scripture, simple as that. The bible can be vague on the topic, the Book of Mormon lays it out very plainly. Jesus commanded his followers to be baptized, thus showing us the comments made by Peter in Acts on the day of Pentecost were made to tell believers they need to be baptized. My favorite thought on the topic is this: A. He who does the will of the father will enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt 7:22) B. Jesus came to do the will of the father (John: 6:38) C. Jesus was baptized (Mark 1:9) Therefore, we need to be baptized. Show more Show less

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

Yes, I have a testimony the Book of Mormon is true, and because of that I do believe Jesus appeared in the Americas after his crucifixion. Aside from that, some church scholars believe the legend of Quetzalcoatl, to refer to Christ. But at it's simplest, Jesus told his disciples, I have other sheep that are not of this fold. The people on the American continent are those sheep. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The church most definitely believes in salvation by grace. The Book of Mormon tells us it is by grace we are saved, after all we can do. I feel if you get down to it, while most denominations would tell you they believe in grace alone, I don't think any would say that absolves you from works. My personal view on the topic is that salvation is free, we don't work our way into heaven, which is what the bible tells us. But we still need to do works once we have entered into the waters of baptism and started our walk with Christ. I don't think someone who got baptized and then left the church, never to do anything else would end up in the same place as someone who was baptized and then lived the commandments for the rest of their life. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Stop buying it, stop watching it, stop condoning it. If a majority of viewers of a TV show complained about a sex scene in that show and then stopped watching it and buying related merchandise, media companies wouldn't put more in their shows. Since this doesn't typically happen, education on the problems it can cause would be what I think is the best recourse. Show more Show less

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

God requires it of us now, just as he did in days of old. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, in Malachi we are told to bring out tithes into the storehouse, and in latter day scripture we are commanded to pay a tenth of our interest (income). 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.

As seen in the first chapter of Acts, we believe in the continuance of Apostleship, based in both biblical and latter day teaching. If the apostles were only meant for the time of Christ, why start replacing them when they die off? 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?

Only some Mormons are allowed in temples for the same reasons only some Jews were allowed in the Old Testament temples. There are requirements God has set forth, in these days it isn't so much a position as it is worthiness, and this is the only real barrier between a member and the temple, they simply need to be living worthily. Nothing secret goes on in Mormon temples, I can tell you right now that the gist of what goes on in the temple is ordinances (sacred rituals) for the living and those who have died without an opportunity to receive these same rituals. Beyond this there is sacred teaching that goes on in the temple which is mainly elaborations of existing doctrines. To the idea that the church has something to hide or something strange or weird is going on in the temples, I will use this line of reason. If I know you don't agree with me, and for some reason, beyond not agreeing with me, you don't like me, and want to run me down in public, would it be wise to tell you some of my most personal and intimate experiences just because you asked? Typically speaking members don't discuss specifics of temple experiences outside of the temple because of their personal and sacred nature. Show more Show less