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Hi I'm Jesse.

I'm a web developer, video gamer, and all-around geek, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm studying computer information systems at a major US university, and I served a mission for the Church in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. I am also a scientist and a Democrat. The scientist in me would have more of a logical reason to disagree with the existence of any sort of god or deity than anything or almost anyone else—many of my classmates are atheists, for example—yet I see it also as a manifestation of the glory and power of God, and study it so deeply to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for its complexity, that I may be better able to praise Him for it. The Democrat in me disagrees politically with many of those with whom I come into contact within the Church—but I feel no less loved among my peers for it, and we simply agree to disagree and have civil conversations about politics. Because of our Heavenly Father's plan for us, I have absolute freedom to choose any path for myself. Because I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know which path I must follow to be able to return to live in His presence and be with my family—my parents, and my own eventual family—for all of eternity in perfection and perfect happiness. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, when I do make mistakes and stray from that path, I can partake of His mercy, be forgiven of my missteps, and keep moving forward, following the rod of iron that is the Gospel to the tree of life that is eternal happiness. That is why I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

My calling in my ward (a singles' ward for students at the university which I attend) is to put together the bulletins for each week's worship service, to make sure that there is communication between different service committees within the ward and that they tell me anything that needs to go in the bulletin, and to make sure that the ward is informed about any events or items of note happening within the ward or stake. I was given this call soon after returning from my mission, and it has kept me active in the Church and in my ward—something which I don't regret in the least, and which I am very thankful for.

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

I am a registered Democrat, and consider myself to be politically liberal or progressive; and I am by no means the only member of the Church with these views. The Church does not restrict the political opinions of its members, while encouraging them to be active in their community and to be participating members of society by supporting political causes in which they believe and by voting. An obvious reason why the Church would not endorse a political party is that to do so would jeopardize its status as a tax-exempt religious organization; but that is much more a benefit of the doctrine of the Church itself that every human being has the agency to make decisions for themselves. Every faithful member of the Church is free to hold whatever political opinions they may choose, while still remaining faithful and adherent to the principles and ordinances of the Gospel which they know to be true. Show more Show less