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Hi I'm John

I'm a blogger, a student, and a music junkie. I love skydiving and Disneyland and reading a good book. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm John. 22 years old, born and raised in Northern California, the best place on earth. It's not easy to be a member of the church there, which means you have to know what you know, and know it's true, or you can fall into the wrong crowd pretty easy. I left home to study at a university in Southern California and to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, and what the Lord wants to do with it. I'm someone that feels most comfortable chilling with my friends, and stepping out of my comfort zone, like speaking at high school graduation or skydiving. The Lord has blessed me beyond what I deserve, and I'm eternally grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the second child of six. My mother's side of the family has been members since early times of the church when the migrated from Norway to join the Saints in Salt Lake City. My father, however, came to know the church at 13 years old. One day two Mormon missionaries knocked on my grandma's door and asked to share a message with her about Jesus Christ. I'm that mid-western attitude of hers, she told them, "No...big pause...but you can come back when my kids get home from school!" Not long after that, they were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Personally, I grew up in the church, but it wasn't until my late teens that I came to question it's truthfulness. The world seemed so full of confusion. I reached a point where I had to know for myself, not because someone else told me it was true. It came from reading the Book of Mormon. It came from prayer. It came from keeping the commandments. I learned that it doesn't matter if you are born in the church or not, we are all converts, we must all find out for ourselves through the power of the Holy Ghost. Now I know it is true. And it brings me peace. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith on a daily basis. Being Christian isn't only doing big service projects although those are good, but it is in the little things. The daily things. Looking for ways to lift someone else up. Giving them an encouraging word. Help them carry something. Open a door for them. Smiling. I have promised to be a witness of God at all time and in all things and in all places. I'm not perfect, and I mess up a lot, but it is always on my mind, and I am simply trying to be more like my Savior. On a more general level, I love the number of activities I get to participate in every week. Group activities and scriptures study are awesome ways to make friends and learn more. Teaching lessons, serving with others, and learning from the Spirit. That's what it is.

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Yes. Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ see John 17:3. That means eternal life is attainable, but it is not cheap either. It comes with a price. If we keep His commandments, follow his ordinances like baptism by proper authority, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will make up the difference of our imperfections and we can live with God our Father and His perfect Son forever. Show more Show less

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

The Holy Ghost is a comforter, a teacher, a protector, and a sanctifier. As we are baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we receive the authorization to have his guidance always, as we keep the commandments. The Holy Ghost will help us understand important principles of the Gospel, warn us of danger, give us peace in times of trouble, and is the means whereby the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is put into effect in our lives, to literally wash away our sins and change our natures, in essence, to be born again. Show more Show less