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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In addition to being a Mormon, I am a husband, a father, a geek, and a Star Trek fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Lord's Church precisely because it is His Church. It is true. Being a member of it has enlightened my mind, refined my heart, and given me joy.

How I live my faith

I seek to do what is right in all my life as a husband, father, and human being. In my ward, which is a local congregation, I serve in what is called the nursery, which is a class for little children between eighteen months and three years of age. There they have a short lesson on some basic gospel topic, and they also have singing time, snacks, and play time. Also, most of the men in a ward are home teachers. Home teachers have the responsibility to visit the members of the Church in the ward and strengthen, uplift, and give service to them. I am a home teacher.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus taught, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:3 KJV). This means that, in order to enter the Kingdom of God, each of us must be "born again" by being baptized and receiving the Spirit of God. The Church today administers those ordinances to anyone who wishes to receive them and makes the necessary commitments. But there have been countless billions of people who have died without the opportunity to receive those ordinances. They are not lost---God has provided a means for them to receive baptism if they so choose. Members of the Church go to the temples to be baptized in behalf of those who have died without the chance to receive baptism. Like regular baptisms, these ordinances are performed by certain persons with the authority to do so in the sight of God. This way, those who have died without baptism have the ordinance done for them, which they are free to reject or accept. Neither the Church nor its members count those dead persons who have had baptisms performed for them as "members," and neither do they regard those persons "Mormons." Show more Show less

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

The word "Mormon" as applied to members of the Church is merely a nickname, given because of our belief in the Book of Mormon as a sacred scripture. "Mormonism" is similarly applied as a nickname to the beliefs and practices of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less