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Hi I'm John Kelly

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in England but raised all my life in Ireland. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints since 1987. I served a mission in Arizona. I have 4 children. I like soccer, my favorite team being Manchester United. I also like Science Fiction movies. I am back in college at the moment.

Why I am a Mormon

Simple really. The missionaries taught me when I was 19 and invited me to pray about the Church and the Book of Mormon. I did so and Heavenly Father told me they were true. What greater witness could I have than from God Himself? I know that the Church is literally the Lord's Kingdom on the Earth.

How I live my faith

Our Branch in Limerick City, Ireland would have about 120 active members. I have served in various capacities in the Church. I currently have a leadership role for the male Youth of the Church between 12-18 years old. In the past I have taught many different age groups, from 4 year olds to adults.

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

John Kelly
The Church remains neutral with regard to politics. We are strongly encouraged to vote however. We examine the views and opinions of those who are seeking public office and then vote for those who come closest to the standards of the Church. Members of the Church may stand as candidates in local and general elections and many have done so all over the world. Show more Show less

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

John Kelly
Not some things but all things. Everything around me testifies of a Supreme and Eternal Creator. But perhaps most importantly, I can feel the love He has for me in my heart. He is truly Our Heavenly Father and we are truly His children. I am a father. I have four children. I love them and they can feel that. They love me and I can feel that. It is the same with God. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

John Kelly
Tithing is an ancient law spoken of in the Bible. With tithing, members of the Church willingly give 10% of their annual increase to the upkeep and spread of the Church. When we go to Church on Sundays tithing pays for the building we meet in and the ground upon which it was built, the lights we switch on and the gas we use to warm us up, the chairs we sit on and the electricity running the microphone etc. We each contribute. There is no paid clergy. Tithing is also used to build Temples where couples can be married forever and not just 'until death do them part' and where families can be sealed for all eternity. Show more Show less

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

John Kelly
Our Churches or Chapels are for Sunday Worship and also to hold activities and other meetings. A Temple is for entering into sacred covenants, or two-way promises, with God. These covenants are entered into through special sacred ordinances performed by the Priesthood. I must stress sacred and not secret. Our Heavenly Father desires that all His children on Earth partake of these great blessings and not just a select few. 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 Kelly
With the death of Judas, the remaining 11 Apostles met and ordained Matthias to replace Judas. So there was a desire to continue having Apostles. Our Heavenly Father has re-established his Church in our time and He has called new Apostles to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the Earth. Heavenly Father will confirm this to anyone who asks Him in sincere, heart-felt prayer. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

John Kelly
The strict definition of the word 'Cult' is simply a type of worship or Church, so in that sense we are but so is every other Church. The more common understanding of the word, a group with strange and secret practices, is not an accurate description of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is perhaps based more on ignorance and misinformation rather than real knowledge. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

John Kelly
The Relief Society is the adult female organization of the Church. All women 18 and over are members of the Relief Society. They learn and grow mentally and spiritually from one another. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

John Kelly
The Priesthood is God's power and authority given to man to use responsibly in a manner pleasing to Him. It is the power that Jesus Christ gave to His Apostles. That power was taken from the Earth and has been restored to man once more in preparation for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

John Kelly
Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, just like Moses and Abraham in the Bible. He was the founder of our Church. He was called by God to help re-establish the Lord's Kingdom upon the Earth in preparation for when Christ will return again to the Earth. He lived in the United States during the first half of the 19th Century. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

John Kelly
Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist and we try to follow the Savior's example in every way possible. When I was on my mission I would explain baptism in 3 ways. First, baptism is like doing the washing-up after dinner. The plates and cutlery come out of the water sparkling clean. Baptism is symbolic of this cleansing process. Second, as we descend into the water, we are reminded of when Christ died and he was taken down from the Cross. As we are placed in the water for a moment, we are reminded of when Christ was placed in the tomb. And as we come up out of the water, we are reminded of when Christ was resurrected on the third day. So baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior. Third, when a child is in its mother's womb it is surrounded by water. At birth the child comes out into the air to begin its new life. In other words, the child is born. When we are placed under the water at baptism, we are surrounded by water for a moment. Then as we emerge from the water into the air, we begin our new lives as disciples, or followers, of Jesus Christ. Hence baptism is sometimes called 'being born again' because it is symbolic of the natural birth process. Show more Show less

What is faith?

John Kelly
Faith is a belief in something which is true. If I believe that the Moon is made of cheese, then that is not faith because it is not true! If I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, then that is faith because it is true. Show more Show less