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Hi I'm Jed

I'm a recent law school graduate working for a non-profit organization. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to law school and now I work for a non-profit organization. Before law school I studied philosophy and statistics. I grew up in New York City, so I'm a big fan of the Yankees, Giants, and Knicks. I love reading, especially about political and international issues. I enjoy partner dancing, like ballroom, swing, country, and salsa, although I'm still not that good at any of them.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the Church so my siblings and I grew up attending every Sunday. When I was in high school I went to seminary (a religion class based on the scriptures) every morning before school. One year the lessons were based on the Book of Mormon, so that year I spend time reading and studying the book. It was the first time I had really studied the Book of Mormon on my own. Over time I realized that I felt good as I read and prayed about it. It was a quiet, peaceful feeling, but it helped me know that the book was true. When I was a freshman in college I prepared to serve a mission for two years. I decided that if I was going to encourage others to join the Church, I needed to know for myself that the Church was true. I especially wanted to know from God that Joseph Smith was a prophet, since he lived so long ago and I never had a chance to meet him. I studied the revelations he received and the doctrines of the Church, I thought carefully about them, and I prayed about it many different times. One day, while I was talking with my friends about my church experiences and beliefs, I had a special experience. While I was talking about Joseph Smith I felt the Spirit very strongly. It felt like my entire body was full of peace and joy. I knew that this was God's communication to me that the Church was true and Joseph Smith really was a prophet. I decided in that moment to do my best to follow the revelations that came through the restoration of the gospel. It hasn't been easy, and I haven't always done a good job of living up to that commitment, but I have stuck with it, and God has helped me along the way. I have come to feel a deep peace in my life, a confidence that God will help me improve over time and return to live with him someday.

How I live my faith

In order to keep the Sabbath day holy, I don't study or work on Sundays. Instead, I spend my time going to church, talking with my family, and visiting friends. I participate in the choir for our congregation and prepare lessons for the mens' class that I teach once a month in church. I visit friends from church to see how they are doing and talk about issues we face in life. During the week I study the scriptures each day and pray several times daily, including right when I wake up and before I go to bed. I pray when I feel especially grateful for good things in my life, and I pray when I feel that I need help from God when things are difficult. I try to be honest about the time and effort I spend while I'm at work. I spend time doing different kinds of community service each week, including a tutoring program for local under-privileged high school students once a week and helping with cleaning and tree planting through my neighborhood association.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by prophets who lived largely between 600 BC and 400 AD. The first of these prophets was named Nephi, and he and his father Lehi lived in Jerusalem just before it was destroyed by the Babylonians. They were warned by God to flee, and they were guided by Him to build a boat and sail with their families to a new land in the Americas. When Nephi died, he gave the record to others to record the spiritual history of the people. Many prophets wrote their teachings and prophecies over a thousand-year period. Eventually they had contact with two other groups of people who had been similarly led to the Americas by the hand of God. The highlight of the book comes when Jesus Christ visits the Americas as a resurrected being after his ascension into heaven in Jerusalem. He taught the people the gospel and organized his church among them, just as he did in the Old World. Eventually the people rejected the gospel and more than 300 years after the visit of Jesus Christ, the prophet Mormon was commanded to compile a record of the people starting with Nephi. He passed this record to his son Moroni, who added his own writings and then buried the book in the earth to protect it until God was ready to bring it forth for all the world to read. Show more Show less