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Hi I'm Rodric Johnson

I am a father, I am a Writer, I am a dreamer and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write. I have self-published a couple book and look to do more soon. Writing is a way of living a life different from what I currently have. I wonder about being the man on the street or the lady in the window, so I become those people and live the life. It helps me to appreciate what I have now and strive to improve. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. I like to look at my wife while she is interacting with the kids. Sometimes it amazes me how lucky I am to have a wife as great as mine! She is a loving kind lady that accepts me for me and for what I can become, which is very important for me. My kids are kids and behave like kids and I would have it no other way. I love them and the cute things they do. I savor the taste of Pecan Chicken Crunch Salads from Applebee's. I also love the pecan pie, which will be the death of me! Raisin Brand is my favorite cereal. If you didn't know already, chicken is my favorite meat, serve it how you will! I enjoy a good movie, especially action. I absolutely love Jackie Chan! Glorified violence may be wrong, but I am in love with the art of it on film. Will Smith is one of my favorite actors. I graduated with a bachelor in Psychology and a Master in education degrees. I love learning! I hiked Table Mountain in Cape Town and survived! I actually completed P90X. I need to start it again.

Why I am a Mormon

I found Christ as a young man, 15 to be exact. I discovered a copy of the Book of Mormon in my High school library and was converted to Christ by reading it's words. I was introduced to the Gospel by missionaries. I know that Christ lives based on the words I read from the Book of Mormon. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's authorized church because I asked God after I found out if he was real. My life has been a series of blessing ever since I have found that Christ has a church on the Earth that he directly leads. I like knowing that I have access to God in prayer and through His own prophets here on Earth.

How I live my faith

I have had many roles in the church, missionary being one of them. I have taught the Sunday School class for adults called Gospel doctrine. I have been a secretary to a Bishop. I have worked with the young men at the stake/diocese level and currently serve as a ward choir director. I seek to befriend as many as will let me and treat all as Christ would.  I want the things I do in secret to stay that way so that I do not allow pride to enter in gloating.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Rodric Johnson
The purpose of life is to prepare ourselves to return to live with God. We are his children and are here to be tested for bigger ad better things that he has in store for us. We must prove that we can move beyond the distractions of this life and follow Gods law even if it may be difficult. Our purpose is to live good lives and return to God. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Rodric Johnson
Baptism is one of the basic ordinances of the Gospel of Christ. We are baptized by someone with authority from God. Baptism is a public symbol of the private promise that we make to God be an example of right living and of the truth about the blessing that Jesus Christ paid for our mistakes so that we can live again with him in Heaven. When we are baptized we stand in a pool or body of water, a prayer is said and the person with authority puts us under water and raises us up quickly. Jesus Christ was baptized, so we also get baptized to become members of His church and to be obedient to God's rule to get baptized. In turn, God forgives us of our mistakes or sins, and supports us with his spirit to keep living righteous lives. It is necessary to get baptized to enter Heaven and to show that we are willing to be followers of Christ. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Rodric Johnson
The church uses the tithing to fund the building of the temples, which are sacred houses of worship we come closer to Christ in, and chapels around the world. We also use the money from tithing to print scripture and other teaching materials for use in church.  Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Rodric Johnson
I know that Christ loves me unconditionally and that makes me happy. If I can feel that much love from him and know that he love me too, my faith tells me that his words are true. In the scripture he tells me to love my wife as he loved the church. He was willing to give his life and take it up again to save his church and all mankind. My faith in Christ tells me I must be willing to do all in my power to help my wife be successful and my children too. I must give my life in service to them. If all of us think that way about each other, we will be strong Nothing could divide us if we follow Christ's teachings. Also, when times are tough and we fail to be all that we can, and we will, our faith teachers that Christ will forgive and help us mend our relationships. I love my Savior because he teachers me how to love my family through service. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Rodric Johnson
There is no restriction on who can join the church. God wants us all. I know that God has revealed that all worthy men can hold the priesthood and there are not restriction based on race. I love how the church has spread abroad to include many nationalities and races all under the banner of unity and love in Jesus Christ. We as a body of people use the authority of God to act in service and love to all people through using the priesthood as they did in biblical times. The power of God is the priesthood and is free to every man willing to take up his life in service of God and testify of Jesus Christ.All are welcomed unto the church. In fact, please come to church! Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Rodric Johnson
The church begin in Upper New York with six members as required by the state law at the time on April 6, 1830. These great souls believed in the testimony of Joseph Smith Jr. that God gave him authority and a commandment to restore the Church of Jesus Christ. Millions of people the world wide now claim membership in the church. What started as a small band of believers has grown into larger family of brothers and sisters. Joseph Smith Jr. was called of God to be his prophet and restore his church. He also was commanded to restore many great blessing to mankind that had been lost for centuries. He was commanded to witness to all people that God, our Heavenly Father and His SON Jesus Christ are two distinct people united in harmony to bring people to salvation. Show more Show less